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Spring’s Almost Here, Is It Time to Retire Your HVAC System?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

ac-coilsIt’s hard to say goodbye to old friends. You probably don’t think of the HVAC system in your house as an “old friend,” even though it has provided your house with years of comfort. It’s not a flashy piece of equipment, and most of it is hidden. But saying goodbye to it does mean paying for a new one—and you don’t want to do that until it’s necessary.

Since spring is a good time to have a new HVAC system put in (take advantage of the mild weather and technicians’ less busy schedules), it’s also a good time to start considering if this is when you’ll retire your current one.

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Ductless Heating and the Vintage Home: A Good Combo

Monday, February 25th, 2019

ductless-ac-unitThe vintage homes of Southern California are often beautiful, styled in classic Spanish and Art Deco designs. If you live in one of these homes, you want to preserve as much of the beauty as possible…

…but having a central air conditioning system—that’d be great too. Unfortunately, these vintage homes were built before central ventilation was common in residential buildings. There isn’t much space to put in ductwork unless you are okay with major renovations that can harm the original integrity of the home. You can rely on window ACs, but those look ugly when put into the windows of a beautiful vintage home.

Is there a solution? We wouldn’t bring the topic up if we didn’t have one!

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Why We Recommend Getting Rid of Window AC Units

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

ductless-mini-splitAlthough Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley are known for hot weather, many homes built here were not designed with central air conditioning in mind. Because these homes didn’t need much in the way of heating, and opening up doors and windows was thought to be “adequate” when it came to cooling down, these homes often lack the ventilation networks that make it easy to upgrade to central air conditioning.

But then the window AC unit came along, and these homes could enjoy cooling—in some rooms, at least—without trying to find a way to put in ducts.

Today, however, you don’t need window air conditioning units to have central cooling for your older home. We recommend you get rid of those old window ACs.

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What Does NATE Certification Mean for an HVAC Contractor?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

nate-logoWe care about our customers. We not only want to provide the best service for them on every job, we want to make sure they feel safe having our experts in their home. This is why we are fully licensed and insured (100% insured for both Liability and Workers Compensation) and do full background checks and drug-testing on all our employees so they earn the Technician Seal of Safety.

One of the most important certifications of quality we have as an HVAC contractor is NATE certification. You might have heard of this before but weren’t certain what it meant. We’ll explain what NATE means and why you only want to work with Los Angeles, CA, HVAC contractors who are NATE-certified.

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Strange Smells from the AC? Here Are Some of the Possibilities

Monday, September 10th, 2018

HVACkidNobody wants a smelly appliance in their house. But a smelly air conditioner… that’s not something people expect to happen. But it does! You may notice odd smells wafting from the room vents in your house when you have your air conditioning system running. These smells can indicate simple, innocuous problems. Or they could indicate a need for Los Angeles, CA air conditioning repair on the double. We’ll go over some of the more common bad AC odors, what they may mean, and what to do about them.

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The Thermostat Setback Is Still a Way to Save on Cooling

Monday, August 27th, 2018

You’ve heard the advice before: to save energy cooling your home, setback the temperature on the thermostat (i.e. set the temperature higher) during times when you’re not home or during the evening when people are asleep. The standard recommended setback temperature is 8°F. For example, if you keep the thermostat set to 78°F during the day when people are in the house and awake (this is a setting the US Department of Energy advocates for the best combination of energy savings and comfort), then the setback temperature would raise it to 86°F. If you own a programmable thermostat, you can have the setback as the standard evening/away setting and then not have to think about adjusting the temperatures after that.

Thermostat technology has advanced rapidly over the last decade, and you may have heard contrary advice: thermostat setback isn’t useful and won’t save money. But this is wrong for a number of reasons. Let’s look at why the thermostat setback is still a basic way to save money on cooling costs.

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These Facts Will Change the Way You Think About Air Conditioning

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Air conditioning is a standard part of life in So Cal. Most modern homes here are built different-ac-componentswith ACs in mind, and the regular hum of an air conditioner’s compressor is as much a part of the soundtrack of the summer as the crash of waves on the beach.

But people often don’t know much about the marvels of contemporary air conditioning. We’d like to share some facts about air conditioning that may alter how you look at them.

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Problems With an Air Conditioner’s Condensate Pan and Drain

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

ac-unit-insidesAn air conditioning system doesn’t use water to cool off the inside of a house—but water condensation is a part of the AC’s heat exchange process. If you listen to the air conditioner’s indoor cabinet when the system is running, you’ll occasionally hear the drip of water. This is the vapor from the air that gathers along the evaporator coil. As the coil evaporates the cold refrigerant moving through it to draw heat out of the air, it also draws out moisture in the air, where it condenses on the coil.

What happens to this water? It drips off the coil and falls down into a shallow condensate pan. A pump then removes the water through a drain and removes it from the house. For the most part, you won’t have to think about it. Unless…

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Help, My Thermostat Is Broken!

Monday, June 4th, 2018

hand-setting-thermostatYour house starts to heat up to uncomfortable levels as the outdoor summer temperatures soar. What do you do? You probably go to the central thermostat in your home to make adjustments to it. You set a comfortable temperature (we recommend 78°F as an energy-saving setting) and then let the AC handle the rest.

But what if nothing happens? The thermostat screen is blank, or the AC compressor/fan doesn’t turn on. If your thermostat is not working, you may need the assistance of HVAC professionals to take care of the problem.

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Why Isn’t My Air Conditioning Sending Out Cool Air?

Monday, May 7th, 2018

As Southern California settles in for the regular warm weather—and gets ready for the hot weather that’s not far off—air conditioners are going to start doing steady work. We hope you already scheduled maintenance for your air conditioning system, since this is the best way to ensure the finest possible performance from the system through the middle of the year. If you haven’t, you only have to call us and sign up for our maintenance club.

If your air conditioner is already running and you’ve notice that it’s not sending out cool air from the vents, that’s a problem. There are a number of possible reasons for this, and some of them will require that you call us for air conditioning repair in Burbank, CA. We offer emergency repair support when you need it!

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