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

How a 15+ Year-Old AC Can Have Trouble This Summer

Monday, June 13th, 2022

How old is your air conditioning system? You can find out without much difficulty. Look at the information plate located on the back of the condenser cabinet and you’ll see a “manufacture date.” If you don’t, write down the model and serial number, then go to the manufacturer’s website where you can input the information to learn the unit’s age.

If your air conditioning system is more than 15 years old, we have some important news for you: it’s time to have a new AC installation in Valley Village, CA. Although a central air conditioner can work for 15 years, most don’t last far beyond this and experience many problems that damage efficiency, create cooling troubles, rack up repair bills, and leave their owners stuck with a non-working system on the hottest days of the year.

To help you understand why we recommend scheduling a new air conditioning installation before the worst of the summer heat arrives, here are a few ways a 15+ year-old AC can give you problems.

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Other Ways an AC Tune-Up Can Benefit You

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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We hope you’ve arranged to have a routine maintenance tune-up and inspection for your air conditioning equipment. If you haven’t yet, it’s definitely not too late—it’s still spring, and that’s the best time to have this vital job done. Just remember that the Southern California heat will soon settle in, and you want your AC to be ready.

We’ve talked many times before about the benefits of regular professional AC maintenance. If you want some extra incentives to have the job done, here are a few of the maintenance benefits that we haven’t talked about. In fact, many people don’t realize these advantages of this service.

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April Is a Great Time to Get Your Annual AC Tune-Up

Monday, April 4th, 2022
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What do you think the weather will be like this summer in Southern California? It seems like a silly question—it will be mostly hot, like it is every summer. But we ask this because people sometimes take for granted how they’re able to make it through the regular summer heat each year, and that is their home air conditioning systems. Try to picture this summer without a reliable AC working to cool down your house. It’s not an attractive picture. But it’s what might happen if your air conditioner doesn’t receive its regular maintenance service during spring.

Spring has only just started, and April is the ideal time to arrange for your air conditioning maintenance in Studio City, CA. This is usually one of the least busy periods for HVAC technicians since we deal with fewer cooling or heating emergencies, and that makes it easy for you to schedule a convenient maintenance visit with our team. You can join our HVAC maintenance program and enjoy great regular service for your AC as well as special membership benefits.

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Does Your AC Have Enough Space to “Breathe”?

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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Most homes with central air conditioners have split systems. These are air conditioners with a set of indoor and outdoor units. The indoor unit contains the evaporator coil and the air handler that sends cooled air into the ventilation system. The outdoor unit, also known as the condenser, is a cabinet that holds the compressor, evaporator coil, and exhaust fan.

Any resident of Southern California knows the sight of these outdoor condenser units. They’re usually located along the side of a house or in the backyard, sometimes disguised behind a fence because people generally don’t find them the most beautiful part of the outside decor. Homeowners sometimes try to hide condensers behind shrubs or other plants, making them disappear into the landscaping. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious AC problems! The condenser of a central air conditioner must have a clear area around it to give it room to “breathe,” as we’ll explain below.

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Should I Shut Off My AC When I’m Away From Home?

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
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The central air conditioning system is one of the biggest consumers of electricity in a house. When the AC goes into active cooling mode and powers the compressor, it can use on average 3,500 watts per hour. The only appliance that might use more is an electric water heater.

Because AC’s can take up such a significant chunk of your electrical budget during a hot So. Cal summer, it makes sense to limit how much you have it running. This is why we recommend keeping the thermostat at around 78°F during the day: it’s a comfortable temperature that won’t force the air conditioner to run too long.

What about when you’re away from home? It sounds like it makes sense to just turn the AC off so it won’t use any power. The situation isn’t so simple, however. Unless you plan to be away from home for several weeks, we advise you to keep the air conditioner on—but not necessarily at the same settings.

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Think You Need a Bigger AC? You Might … Or You Might Not

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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A common misconception about air conditioning systems we often encounter is that if an AC isn’t providing enough cooling for a home, the best solution is to upgrade to a bigger air conditioner. On the surface, this seems like a rational basic choice. Sometimes it is the best step: an air conditioning system that’s too small for the house it’s supposed to cool is the wrong AC for the house.

However, if you’ve had the same AC working in your home for several years and have only recently encountered the problem with poor cooling, going to a bigger air conditioner is a mistake. The air conditioner is the correct size to meet your cooling needs, but something else has gone wrong. You might need repairs for the system, or perhaps a new air conditioning installation in Los Angeles, CA—but not necessarily a bigger new air conditioner.

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Can an Air Conditioner Ever Become Dangerous?

Monday, July 12th, 2021
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If you use a gas furnace to heat your home, there is some potential for the furnace to become dangerous. Toxic gas and combustion dangers can occur if the furnace isn’t given proper regular care. It’s not difficult to avoid these hazards with a gas furnace, but it’s important to know about the possibilities.

What about air conditioning systems? Can an AC malfunction in a way that creates hazards for your home? The answer is yes, but they’re different from natural gas concerns. They occur with extremely old ACs, and the best way to avoid these problems is to make sure you don’t keep an air conditioner that’s long past its estimated service life, i.e. more than 15 years. 

We’ll take a look at how an old air conditioning system can create health concerns.

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Still Have an R-22 Air Conditioner? It’s Time to Replace It

Monday, June 28th, 2021
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You can look for many different signs that you have an over-the-hill air conditioner ready for a replacement. General age is a good measure: most ACs don’t last far beyond 15 years. You can also watch for declines in efficiency that create higher electric bills, or a run of expensive repairs that indicate a system approaching the end of the line. 

One sign it’s time to repair your AC that is absolute is if it’s an R-22 unit. If you have an R-22 air conditioning system, arrange to have a replacement put in as soon as you can—otherwise, it will force you to replace it at some point when it’s much less convenient for you.

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Understanding How Much Electricity an Air Conditioner Uses

Monday, May 17th, 2021

When the summer starts, you know to expect a rise in monthly electric bills. Air conditioning systems require large amounts of electricity to run, and as soon as you start to regularly turn on the AC, you’ll see an increase in electrical usage.

In this post, we’re going to look closer at the amount of electricity your AC consumes and the difference in electrical consumption compared to other appliances. If you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between “cooling” and “fan only” mode on your AC, this is the post for you.

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Get Ready for Summer Weather With AC Maintenance

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Do you want to bring your home life to a halt this summer because you need an emergency AC repair in Van Nuys, CA—or elsewhere in our service area? Of course you don’t, although you can always rely on our technicians to come through for you in case this happens. 

But we’re here to talk about repair prevention today, and that’s only part of what you’ll get when you have your AC maintained before the summer heat arrives. 

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