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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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Always Fiddling With the Thermostat? Something May Be Wrong

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

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Although there are many high-end thermostats available on the market today, including energy-saving smart thermostats that come up with their own programming, at their core thermostats operate on a basic principle: they signal to the parts of the HVAC system when to turn on and turn off. If your thermostat and HVAC system are operating correctly, then all you need to do for comfort during a season is to find a single setting for the day when people are home and a different one for night and when people are away. For example, during cold weather, 68°F is the recommended daytime setting.

You shouldn’t need to continually adjust the thermostat throughout the day to be comfortable. If you find that you are—because the house always seems a bit too warm or a bit too cold—it’s a reason to be concerned about the HVAC system. The thermostat may be malfunctioning, or the heater could be. Either way, we recommend you call us for heater repair Sherman Oaks, CA.

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Warning Sounds From a Furnace in Trouble

Monday, February 8th, 2021

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We’re probably going through the last spell of “cold” weather here in Southern California, and that means you’re in the final stretch of depending on your furnace on a regular basis. It’s also a time when a furnace is more likely to have malfunctions because of the accumulation of strain during the season. That fall maintenance visit seems distant, especially when you’re getting ready to schedule AC maintenance.

It’s a wise idea to keep a close watch on your furnace for signs it may be in trouble. Or in this case, a close listen. Odd sounds are one of the ways you can tell you may need professional repairs for your furnace.

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For an All-Electric Home, Is a Furnace or Heat Pump Better?

Monday, January 11th, 2021

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Many homes in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley don’t have connections to gas mains, so they have to rely on electricity to power appliances like the heating systems. Although this does narrow down the options available for central heating, these houses still have several choices. Usually, it comes down to an electric furnace or a heat pump. The choice isn’t a simple one, because there are additional considerations to make that will also affect the cooling for the home.

Is there a clear choice between the two? No, because heating is never the same between two different homes and several factors must go into consideration. Both electric furnaces and heat pumps have advantages and disadvantages, and ironically the decision may come down to the … air conditioning system.

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How You Can Save Money on Heating in 2021

Monday, December 28th, 2020

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A few good things may come out of the difficult year of 2020, and one that we expect to see is more homeowners taking extra steps to save money with everything from their electricity to their plumbing. People are just more aware of being at home and how to cut down on those extra expenses—as well as dodge possible repair problems.

You may be considering ways to save money as the calendar flips over to a new (and we hope better) year. You can start right away by concentrating on how to cut down on the cost to heat your house. Heating in Encino, CA and elsewhere in Southern California is less intense than many other parts of the country, so it’s not too difficult to find ways to lower costs without suffering from discomfort. We’re long-time specialists with Southern California weather, and we have advice for how you can save money with your heating in 2021.

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Somebody Told Me I Need a New Furnace—Is That True?

Monday, November 30th, 2020

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Well, that depends on who told you. You will eventually need a new furnace for your home, since even the most durable furnace heating system ever constructed will wear down over time until it’s no longer worth keeping around. But if someone who isn’t an HVAC professional told you something like, “Once your furnace is ten years old, you should replace it,” that’s not useful advice and may be flat wrong. 

The only people whose advice you can trust when it comes to a central heating system like a furnace are licensed professionals. These are the folks with the training and history to help you make an informed decision. If you have reason to believe that heater repair in Burbank, CA isn’t enough to keep your furnace going and it’s time for a new heater, call our experts and we’ll help you make the decision. We aim for customer satisfaction and won’t try to sell you on any service you don’t require.

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Why Your Furnace Keeps Shutting Down

Monday, November 16th, 2020

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This was the first weekend in Southern California of true cold seasonal weather. That may not seem cold to other parts of the country, but it’s cold for us! This means you probably turned on your furnace this weekend for the first time in … well, it’s been a bit, hasn’t it?

We hope you had a smooth switch over to using the furnace. But you are reading this post, after all, and that means the furnace is already giving you problems by shutting down early and not getting the house warm.

Before we go further and look at the reasons you may need to have furnace repair in Van Nuys, CA from our technicians, a quick reminder about heating maintenance: if you haven’t scheduled it, that might be the reason you’ve got a furnace acting questionably. Never miss out on having this job done during the fall, since you’ll be able to head off problems like the ones we’re going to look at below.

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You Need Heating Maintenance This Year More Than Ever

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

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We aren’t looking at a colder winter than normal here in Southern California. We can expect a few chilly nights that drop down into the 50s, as well as rain—and rain is something we’ll welcome! But we want to emphasize with our customers how important it is to schedule heating maintenance this year, especially if it’s something you tend to let slide off your calendar of “to-dos.”

You want to avoid heating repair in Los Angeles, CA if at all possible this season. It’s going to be a difficult and stressful winter, and the last thing you want dropped onto your list of issues is a failed heating system. Getting ahead of the problem with professional heating maintenance is a way to make for an easier season in general. Just give us a short bit of your time to inspect, tune-up, clean, and adjust your heater and it will reward you this season.

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The Final Fixes of the Season for Your Heater—What You May Need

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

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The weather may still stay cool for a bit during March and possibly into April. But no matter how close the warmer weather is to us, heater repair in Tarzana, CA is something you need to always be vigilant about. If the furnace or other heating system in your home encounters problems, it’s vital that you don’t hesitate or put off the repairs until the fall. Prompt heating repair saves you from a bigger repair, later on, a possible system breakdown when you need it the most or even safety concerns.

What kind of troubles are possible this late in the season? Almost anything, but we’re going to focus on a few in particular.

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The Condensing Furnace: What You Need to Know

Monday, March 9th, 2020

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There is never a wrong time during the year to consider doing upgrades or heating repair in Studio City, CA or elsewhere in So Cal. Heaters do less work in our climate, and there are long stretches around the year where you can plan to make a major replacement without much worry about losing out on comfort because of lower temperatures.

With that in mind, we’d like to talk about one of the best choices available to you for an upgrade from your current, older furnace: the ­condensing furnace.

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