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Heat Wave! Is Your AC Managing It?


Wow, the heat here in Southern California has been rough recently. We hope you and your family are managing well during the intense weather and that you have a powerful, reliable air conditioning system to provide vital cooling for these roasting times.

But if you have an air conditioner that’s struggling with the heat, now is not the time to delay calling us for air conditioning repair in Van Nuys, CA or elsewhere in our wide service area. It’s periods like this when we are needed the most, and our licensed and certified technicians are ready to rush to your assistance with 24/7 emergency support.

Down and Dirty Guide to an AC That’s “Roughing It” During a Heat Wave

Let’s get serious about your air conditioner, because these are serious times for cooling systems. You can help your AC better handle the heat and also watch closer for signs it needs the expert touch of a repair pro to help it.

Please, in the name of all that’s cool and comfortable, change the air filter!

We emphasize this all the time, but it’s more important now than ever: do not leave a clogged HVAC filter in place. Even if you change the filter every three months, change it now. When the AC runs most of the day, a clogged filter puts so much strain on it that it increases the chance of a system breakdown at the worst time.

Remember, 78°F is your air conditioner’s friend

When it’s scorching hot, the extra low-temperature setting on the thermostat looks appealing—like turning your house into a dip in the pool! But the higher you can set the thermostat and remain comfortable, the better. It slows down how much heat the house gains and makes your AC strain less. Put on light clothing, close the shutters and drapes, drink cold drinks, and make the most of the 78°F setting that will make your AC far less stressed.

Ignore no odd behavior from the AC

We know you don’t want to call for air conditioning repair unless you absolutely must. But calling early is the secret to convenience. Is the AC making a grinding noise, or clicking all the time rather than just at startup? Are rooms getting much hotter than normal? Is the compressor turning on and off rapidly over an hour? All warning signs to have a technician check on the system. Catch troubles early and it means a far shorter period without cooling for repairs. Plus the repairs will be less expensive—anything’s better than trying to fix a fully broken down AC, which may need to be replaced.

Keep in mind other methods to stay cool

Have those ceiling fans running in rooms where there are people: it can mean feeling 8°F cooler on average! When you let the AC take a break, keep the central fan operating. Avoid showering during the day and putting too much moisture in the air. Keep powered appliances off that can be off. Fix meals during the day that don’t require using the stove or oven. (Microwaves have never been so handy!)

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical serves Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Call our certified service technicians 24/7 for exceptional customer service!

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