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Time to Upgrade Your Circuit Breaker Panel

Monday, May 21st, 2018

killowatt-wired-panelThe electrical panel of your home, a.k.a. the circuit breaker panel, is the hub of your electrical system. It’s where the incoming electricity is routed to the different circuits. The breakers are designed to shut off circuits in case of a voltage overload. If you have an old circuit breaker panel, you should make sure you aren’t overdue for having it upgraded.

Basic Questions About Replacing a Circuit Breaker Panel

When is it time to upgrade an older panel? Modern circuit breaker panels can usually last from 25 to 40 years. Answer some of the questions below to get a better idea of when you’re ready for a new panel.

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Considerations for Installing a Whole-House Generator

Monday, April 9th, 2018

natural-gas-generatorWith all the storms that have struck the East Coast and the Southeastern U.S. over the past few years, whole-house generators have become more vital than ever for keeping houses powered and families comfortable and safe.

In California, whole-house generators are less common—but that doesn’t mean there’s no use for them. Some of you may remember the rolling blackouts we experienced here in the mid-2000s. Those can happen again in the future, and most likely during intense heat waves when the stress from the operation of air conditioners can cause the electrical grid to fail. This jeopardizes comfort, which can be life-threatening for homes with elderly people or infants in them. Power failures also endanger residents of homes who rely on powered medical equipment.

Have you been thinking about installing a whole-house generator? If so, you probably aren’t sure where to start. The best place is to call us: we’re local experts in generator installation.

Here are a few considerations, things to think about, when you start out looking for a generator.

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

electrical-panel-repairsThe circuit breaker panel (a.k.a. the electrical panel) is the central “switching station” for electricity in your house. Its breakers are designed to trip and cut off electrical flow to individual circuits in situations where there is excessive voltage. This protects the electrical system from damage, and in turn helps keep your home safer.

An occasional tripped circuit breaker is a minor inconvenience. But when you find yourself making regular trips outside to reset tripped breakers, you have a more serious issue. In most cases, you’ll need to have a licensed, professional electrician in Brentwood, CA discover the source of the electrical trouble so it can be fixed correctly and safely.

So why is this happening? Here are the three most common reasons:

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Electrical Repairs for a Safer Home

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Not all homes use natural gas, but all homes use electricity. The electrical system is essential to daily life in a house, and keeping the circuits, wires, panels, connections, and appliances in good repair protects homes from suffering inconvenient power losses.

But electrical repair serves an even more important job—it keeps homes safe. Electricity poses potential health and fire risks. Modern home electrical systems are designed with safeguards to prevent trouble, but repairs further reduce the potential for something to go wrong.

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Dean Gilford We Love You

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Dean was 21 when he earned his Contractors License. He already had 6 years of electrical experience under his belt! Here’s Dean with his very first helper Hugo. Thirty years later still waking up early and working hard everyday.

Check out that pager!

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Kilowatt Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

 

ShermanOaks, CA January 17th 2018 – Kilowatt is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“It’s always an honor to receive the Angieslist Super Service Award. Independently verified Customer Satisfaction surveys are a main component of the selection process and making our customers happy is our top priority. So this is a real confirmation that our efforts are successful. Thank you,” says Dean Gilford the Kilowatt company president.

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical has been listed on Angie’s List since 2009. This is the 7th year Kilowatt has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For 30 years Kilowatt has provided A+ Rated 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical services to homeowners in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Congratulations to our amazing team Kilowatt. From our friendly customer care representatives, to our professional service technicians, to the installers who do the heavy lifting. Thank you. Because of your hard work Kilowatt has been recognized again, by our wonderful customers, with the Angieslist Super Service Award. Only 5% of home service providers are honored with this award. It is a testament to the team I am so proud of and grateful for.

 

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Reminder: Make Your Ceiling Fans Spin Backwards in Winter

Monday, December 18th, 2017

ceiling-fan-woodenLong, long before there was electrical air conditioning, there were fans. The action of a fan doesn’t by itself make the air cooler. What it does is remove the heat envelope from around people and evaporates perspiration, which allows the human body to release more heat. People feel cooler, even though the air itself hasn’t changed temperature.

Ceiling fans are the best way to enjoy the power of fans in a home. Ceiling fans don’t take up space the way desk fans and standing fans do, and they create an attractive look in a room that adds to the ambiance. A well-installed and placed set of ceiling fans creates an even flow of air around a room so as many people as possible can enjoy their comfort effects.

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Advice about Safe Outdoor Seasonal Lighting

Monday, November 20th, 2017

christmas-decorations-on-treePutting up holiday lighting in December is a time-honored tradition that can range from a few strings of white lights to brighten up the house front from the street, to complex, professional designs aimed to win contests and which are often visible from low-earth orbit.

Here in Los Angeles, light decorations have a special function: we don’t get snow here during December, and taking trips to the beach on Christmas Day isn’t unheard of. Without the natural decoration of snow, putting up outdoor holiday lights is a way to make our streets look more festive and more like a place that does have snow. It’s a great bargain: that holiday touch without all that cold and having to shovel the driveway each morning.

However, no matter how much lighting you plan on putting up for your house to brighten the season, we urge you to take safety precautions to avoid problems like shorting out your electrical system, creating tripping hazards, or triggering an electrical fire. The movie Christmas Vacation may be comic exaggeration—but not by that much.

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Outlet Repair and Putting in GFCI Outlets

Monday, September 11th, 2017

disassembed-outletDead outlets. They happen, and they’re annoying. Of course, you don’t just want to curse your bad luck, yell at the failed outlet a bit, and then pull out extension cords so you can use a different plug. You want that outlet fixed. And in many cases, it’s best to have that outlet updated if it’s an older one. We don’t just mean upgrading from old two-prong outlets to three-prong grounded outlets—we hope your home already has three-pronged outlets throughout it. We mean making the upgrade to GFCI outlets.

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Here’s Why You Might Want to Consider a Generator Installation

Monday, August 14th, 2017

natural-gas-generatorHave you ever given consideration to a home generator installation in Los Angeles, CA? If you haven’t, that’s not much of a surprise. Homeowners in Southern California don’t often consider the usefulness of a backup generator because this area doesn’t sustain the weather disasters usually associated with power outages, such as snowstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Backup generators are something we tend to think the unfortunate folks on the East Coast and the frigid Midwest need to worry about, and they aren’t a major necessity here in Sunny So Cal.

We’re glad that we don’t have to deal with blizzards and massive storms. But we aren’t trouble-free, either, and there are situations where having a generator in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley is an incredible help.

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