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

What Happened to Pilot Lights in Furnaces?

Monday, March 21st, 2022
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This is a question people sometimes ask when they look at the furnaces professionals currently install in homes, or when they see a new furnace in a home. Most current homeowners likely grew up in houses with furnaces that used pilot lights, or owned a furnace with a pilot light. Yet the pilot light is becoming an endangered species in home heating. 

What happened? Why has the standing pilot light been extinguished, and what took its place?

This isn’t just trivia questions. You can understand a good deal about your furnace’s operation and how it uses energy when you know a bit more about the fate of the standing pilot light.

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Considering Your Heating as We Approach Spring

Monday, March 7th, 2022
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March is the month when winter officially ends, and in Southern California we can expect steady warm weather from here on with only occasional mild cool spells. You probably won’t need your central heating in Burbank, CA to run much more than a few days during March before it goes into its long mid-year hiatus.

As the spring weather settles in, it’s a good time to consider your home’s heating needs and the recent performance of its heating system. Do you need to make upgrades or replacements? What changes can you make during spring to ensure you have the best heating for next year? We’ll look into some of these heating considerations more below.

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Bad Heating System Tips—Be Warned!

Monday, February 21st, 2022
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We have so much information at our fingertips today that it’s almost impossible to imagine what life was like before the widespread use of the internet. But the internet has also increased the speed and accessibility of poor information and many outright myths. This is something that we in the HVAC industry have to deal with: consumers who have picked up misconceptions and bad tips that have spread far and wide. 

Below are some of the most common pieces of bad advice about heaters that homeowners run across. There is plenty of accurate information out there—you’re reading such a source right now. But whenever you’re in doubt about something like heating repair in Lake Balboa, CA, you’ll get the best advice when you call our experts.

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Why Does My Gas Furnace Keep Shutting Off?

Monday, February 7th, 2022
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We’re going through what will probably be the coldest weather of the season here in Southern California. That might seem warm to people on the East Coast, but it’s definitely cold enough that we’ll need our heating systems running. This is the point when you’re most likely to find out if your heating system is up to its job. If you have heating maintenance done at the start of winter, you can expect to run into few problems. But even the best maintenance can’t prevent all malfunctions. 

For instance, you may discover that your gas furnace isn’t running long enough to warm up the house, either shutting off after a few minutes or shutting off almost right away. What’s the cause of this? There are several possible sources, which we’ll look at below.

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Can My Gas Furnace Rust?

Monday, January 24th, 2022
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When you think about parts of your home that might suffer from rust, you’ll first think of exterior metal parts that may rust from rain, or perhaps the water heater. The gas furnace isn’t likely to be on the top of your list of items in danger of rusting. After all, a gas furnace doesn’t use water to provide heat the way a boiler does. It never uses water at all.

But, to answer the question in the title, yes, your furnace can rust. It’s more common than you might think and can become a major problem requiring professional furnace service in Encino, CA

In this post, we’ll provide you with information on how rust can start on your furnace. You can use this for prevention and to help you know when to call us to examine the furnace. 

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Understanding the Flame Sensor in Your Furnace—And When It Needs Repairs

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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We like to reassure our customers that gas furnaces are built to high standards of safety, and it’s not difficult to keep a gas furnace running without health hazards. As long as you have your furnace regularly maintained and schedule any repairs it may need promptly, you shouldn’t have any concerns about running the heater safely.

One of the key safety features in your gas furnace is the flame sensor. We’ll examine what this part does to maintain safe furnace operation, as well as when to know you need to call for heating repair in Van Nuys, CA to fix or replace it.

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Your Gas Furnace DOES Use Electricity: We’ll Explain How

Monday, December 13th, 2021
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Have you ever heard a person say something like this…? 

I’m sure glad I’ve got a gas-powered heating system. That way, if I have to deal with a power outage during the winter, my heating system will still run and keep me comfortable.

You may have thought something didn’t feel right with that logic. Gas-powered furnaces burn natural gas to run, and natural gas continues to flow to homes even if the power grid goes out. But can a gas furnace keep running if there’s no electricity?

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5 Important Facts About Heating Repair You May Not Know

Monday, November 15th, 2021
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You can find lists of interesting information about home heating all around the internet, mostly fun facts about the history of the development of central heating. 

This isn’t one of those lists. These aren’t necessarily “fun” facts (although we hope you enjoy reading them), but they are important facts that can help you know more about your heater and why professional heating repair in Burbank, CA is often essential. We think this is useful information that can make central heating easier for you. 

Okay, let’s dig in…

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November Is When We Recommend Scheduling Heating Maintenance

Monday, November 1st, 2021
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We’ve started to experience our first true cool fall days during the past few weeks. Although the Southern California temperatures will never drop down much farther than 50°F during the winter, those temperatures still make it necessary to have a working heater for a house—especially for older homes that don’t have enough insulation to keep out drafts. 

November is the best month to prepare your heating system to ensure uninterrupted warmth when you need it and energy bills that won’t get out of control. And this means it’s time for … heating system maintenance! We want to make sure you don’t forget to schedule your heater maintenance in Encino, CA, a job that often escapes people’s minds in our milder weather. We have a long history in HVAC services, and we understand how beneficial routine maintenance is.

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Are Electric Furnaces Much Safer Than Gas Furnaces?

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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If you do an online search on electric furnaces, you’ll find this question often pops up: “Do electric furnaces create carbon monoxide?” That people are asking this shows that many homeowners are unaware of the important basics of how different types of furnaces run. We want to clear up some of these misunderstandings and address the broader question of whether or not an electric furnace is a far safer choice than a natural gas furnace for home heating. 

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