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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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Does a Furnace Keep You Warmer Than a Heat Pump?

Monday, March 9th, 2020

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Colder weather than usual for an L.A. winter has caused homeowners to re-consider their old heating systems. An inferior heater would have shown what it was (not) made of during the season. It may be time to make that heating upgrade.

A heat pump is one of the ideal heating upgrades for Southern California homes because it’s also an air conditioning system. People are more willing to pay for a new heating system in a warm climate if they know they are also getting a new air conditioning system.

Yes, we are bigger supporters of heat pumps in Los Angeles, CA and the San Fernando Valley. But heat pumps prompt many questions from potential buyers, and one of them is the concern that they can’t compete with a furnace for heat. It’s almost treated like a settled fact that a furnace keeps people warmer than a heat pump. But is it a fact?

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Can I Buy a Used Furnace?

Monday, February 10th, 2020

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Buying used products is often a great way to save money and get vintage items with a special luster you won’t find on the modern market. Getting a used car? A smart shopper can find excellent deals on autos with many years left in them. Buying used books? If the text is legible, the function is the same as if it were new. Picking up a used fountain pen? The best pens only get better with age!

And getting a used furnace? Yes, that’s a …

No. Don’t. Don’t even consider it. Stop reading. Clicking on the CONTINUE READING button below will just waste your valuable time. There’s a REPLACE button at the top of this screen. And a phone number (818-280-8018). Click or call, set up an appointment, and we’ll get you the right furnace. Thanks for stopping by—we’re glad to be your choice for furnace replacement and furnace repair in Studio City, CA.

Serving Los Angeles, Van Nuys, and the San Fernando Valley since 1990!

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When the Thermostat Causes Heating Problems

Monday, January 27th, 2020

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“He’s a renegade cop who doesn’t play by the rules … but he gets results!” An action movie cliché from decades ago, although it gave us some fun popcorn movies. But you don’t want a renegade thermostat that doesn’t play by the rules in your house … because the results it gets won’t be the ones you want.

Renegade is a tough language to describe a thermostat. But whenever a thermostat malfunctions, reads incorrect temperatures or fails to accurately operate the heating system, it can mean discomfort and wasted energy. It may even lead to heater repair in Studio City, CA. If the thermostat isn’t doing its job, call our experts to fix or replace it.

Below are some common thermostat troubles leading to poor heating.

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Some of the Biggest Do-It-Yourself HVAC Repair Mistakes

Monday, January 13th, 2020

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Don’t try to “do-it-yourself” when it comes to HVAC repair. It’s that simple. These are jobs for professionals. Trying to fix a furnace, an air conditioner, a heat pump, a blower fan, a thermostat, or any other HVAC component will lead to increased costs, poorer performance, wasted time, and possibly safety concerns.

We wish we could leave it there, but people still feel the drive to try to fix problems on their own. The internet and its cornucopia of DIY videos don’t help.

The best way to illustrate why DIY HVAC jobs are a non-starter is to look at a few of the big DIY mistakes. We’ve often run into these problems when we’re called to look into a malfunctioning heater or air conditioner. Often, the current homeowner wasn’t the one who made the error—the consequences of bad DIY repair job echo down through the years!

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Terrible Advice You May Hear About Furnaces

Monday, December 16th, 2019

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One of the difficulties we often find with furnaces is that people in Southern California simply aren’t familiar enough with them. This means many homeowners can fall prey to bad advice coming from websites, friends, and unscrupulous and unprofessional contractors. We want to clear up and correct some of this terrible advice about furnaces to help you better understand your furnace. This will aid you when you’re looking for heating repair in Van Nuys, CA or if you’re considering having a furnace installed, either as the first heater for a home or a heating replacement.

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Efficiency With Gas and Electric Furnaces—It Can Be Tricky

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

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The hunt for your next high-quality heating system will probably involve looking for the best efficiency you can find. Efficiency is an important word with most home appliances today—the more efficient the appliance rating, the less power it will consume when it runs. At least, ideally. (Poor installation or poor unit selection can negate those benefits, making information about efficiency essential for any consumer.) If the type of heating system you’re looking at is a furnace, either gas or electric, you may run into a dilemma about their efficiency ratings, one that might lead you to the wrong unit.

We’re going to analyze the big trick with gas and electric furnace efficiencies to help you out. But to ensure you have the best unit that does what you need with the ideal efficiency, always call on our professionals. We’ll ensure you don’t end up with the wrong type of heating system.

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