Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

What Happens When Your AC Condenser Stops Working

Monday, May 15th, 2023

The outdoor portion of your air conditioning unit is also called the condenser. It is where heat and humidity get transferred so that they can exit your home and make more room for cold air. If your condenser is not working properly, this heat and humidity could get trapped inside the system and cause major problems.

The good news is, you can stay ahead of condenser problems by identifying when something is wrong and fixing it sooner rather than later. If you think that you need AC repair in Van Nuys, CA, our team is here to help. You can keep reading to learn more about why it is so important to address condenser issues early and prevent damage from spreading. 

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4 Perks Only Well-Maintained ACs Give You

Monday, May 1st, 2023

You can either have a well-maintained air conditioner, or not. There’s really no middle ground. But taking the time to invest in AC maintenance really pays off in the long run. In fact, there are four key benefits that you can expect to enjoy when you invest in AC maintenance consistently.

If you do need to schedule AC maintenance in Los Angeles, CA, our team is here to help. In fact, we are experts at all things air conditioning. You can keep reading to learn more about what we think are the top benefits of investing in professional maintenance for your air conditioner. 

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Why Is My Coil Freezing Up? – Los Angeles

Friday, April 28th, 2023

An HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) coil can freeze due to a few reasons, including:

  1. Dirty coil: A dirty coil can restrict airflow, causing the temperature of the coil to drop and resulting in condensation that freezes on the coil. The entire coil can become a big block of ice!
  2. Low refrigerant level: If the refrigerant level is low, the pressure in the evaporator coil will drop, leading to lower temperatures and potentially freezing.
  3. Faulty fan or motor: If the fan or motor isn’t functioning correctly, the airflow across the coil will be restricted, causing the coil to freeze.

A coil cleaning will help prevent the coil from freezing by removing any dirt, dust, or debris obstructing airflow. When the coil is clean, air can flow freely through it, which will help prevent the temperature from dropping to the point where condensation freezes on the coil.

Additionally, regular coil cleaning will improve the overall efficiency of the HVAC system by ensuring that it can transfer heat effectively, which will reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills. It can also extend the lifespan of the HVAC system.

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Dusty-Smelling AC? That Might Be Normal—Might

Monday, April 17th, 2023

Have you ever turned your air conditioner on only for your home to suddenly smell dusty? Sometimes that is completely normal, but not very often. Usually, you want your air conditioner to produce only clean, filtered, conditioned air out into your home.

If dust is continually cycling through your air conditioning system, that is a problem. It may mean that you need to schedule an air conditioning repair in Los Angeles, CA. You can keep reading to learn when it might be normal for your air conditioner to smell dusty, and what a dusty AC means otherwise.

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Another Hot Summer Ahead, So AC Maintenance Is Vital!

Monday, April 3rd, 2023

Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. Another year of hot temperatures will sweep across our area, so you want to make sure that you invest in AC maintenance sooner rather than later. If you wait until later in the spring or into the summer, our team and other AC teams in the area will be swamped with calls about broken ACs. 

When you stay ahead of AC maintenance in Van Nuys, CA, you don’t have to worry about the inconvenience of an emergency repair needs popping up unexpectedly. Keep reading to learn more about how AC maintenance can help you this summer, and for many summers to come. 

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AC Repair This Fall May Be Critical!

Monday, September 19th, 2022

This year, Southern California has experienced one of the hottest later summers on record. These are the times when having a working air conditioning system in a house can be literally life-saving.

Just because it’s almost officially fall doesn’t mean we’re safe from heatwaves. September and even October can still be brutally hot in SoCal. Your home’s air conditioning system isn’t likely to get a serious break until November (and even then, warm temperatures can stage a comeback at any time).

This is why we want to stress to you the importance of staying on top of any air conditioning repairs in Studio City, CA or elsewhere in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley that you may need. We know you’ll feel tempted to shrug off “minor” AC issues, but something minor often hides something major, or it will turn into something major. When you move early to intercept a malfunctioning air conditioning system, you’ll prevent a much worse and more expensive trouble in the future, and that includes having your AC fail on you completely on a blazing hot day.

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What’s the Difference Between EER, SEER, and HSPF?

Monday, September 5th, 2022
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Homeowners are concerned with the efficiency of the appliances they purchase and install in their homes. Higher efficiency tends to mean lower costs to run the appliance, and it also helps to benefit the environment. The US Department of Energy provides a helpful guideline for energy efficiency with their ENERGY STAR program: appliances that receive the ENERGY STAR label have met the requirements for high energy efficiency and manufacturing standards.

There’s more to understand about the efficiency of an appliance than just whether it has the ENERGY STAR symbol on its case. When it comes to air conditioning and heat pump systems, there are several specific efficiency stats you’ll want to pay attention to when planning a new HVAC installation. The three ones we’ll address here are EER, SEER, and HSPF.

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What Can I Do to Help My AC Through a Heat Wave?

Monday, August 22nd, 2022
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People are worried about the heat this summer and whether their air conditioning systems will make it to the end without breaking down. We understand this feeling: nobody likes a heat wave, and facing one without an AC to cool down a house is a frightening prospect.

You can always count on our expert technicians for air conditioning repair in Burbank, CA and elsewhere in our service area when you’ve got a failed AC. We know that you would much rather not have your AC run into trouble in the first place, so we have some tips that you can use to lower the amount of strain on your air conditioner and help it finish the season without making you sweat.

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Quiz: A Problem With the AC or the Thermostat?

Monday, August 8th, 2022

In the summer, when temperatures start to rise, the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working. However, like any mechanical device, air conditioners need regular maintenance to keep them running properly. 

Here are four signs that indicate your AC unit may need service:

  • The AC isn’t cooling the house like it used to
  • The AC is making strange noises
  • The AC unit is leaking water
  • The AC unit is blowing warm air

If you notice any of these four signs, it’s best to call a professional air conditioning repair company to have your unit fixed. Having regular air conditioning service in Encino, CA by Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical can help extend the life of your AC unit and keep it running properly all summer long.

Let’s talk about the causes of these four issues below.

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A Short History of Air Conditioning Refrigerant

Monday, July 25th, 2022
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Refrigerant is a critical part of air conditioning systems and of most refrigeration equipment, such as refrigerators and freezers. Although people associate the word refrigerant with cold, refrigerant actually goes through stages of low and high temperatures. What refrigerant does is allow for the process of heat exchange: refrigerant can easily shift between liquid and gaseous states, and as it does this it absorbs and releases heat. In an AC, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the indoor air and then expels it to the outdoor air.

There isn’t a single refrigerant type: many different chemicals have done this job. Usually, these refrigerants are referred to as blends. The word freon is also used to describe refrigerants, but this isn’t accurate, as we’ll talk about below when we look into refrigerant history.

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