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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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Saving Secrets From Heating Experts

Friday, November 15th, 2019

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Finding ways to save energy with your HVAC system doesn’t mean shaving off a few pennies from your bills. You can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars with only a few basic fixes. You don’t have to let your heating and cooling costs get out of control when the savings are so simple.

Below is a list of energy-saving secrets straight from our president, Dean Gilford, who has a long history helping customers get the best from their HVAC systems. Call our team for assistance with your air conditioning and heating in Van Nuys, CA and throughout our service area.

Best Tip: Change the HVAC Filter

The filter in an HVAC system affects the heating, AC, and blower fan. If it becomes clogged, it will make all three work harder than they should. Aim to swap out the filter for a clean one every month, and you’ll see a significant difference in your bills.

Annual Tune-Ups

An HVAC system is similar to a vehicle in that it needs professional maintenance each year to keep it running in peak condition. Lubricating motors, cleaning components, checking refrigerant pressure and gas lines—all these contribute not only to an energy-saving HVAC system, but a long-lived one too.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

This is one of the most cost-effective upgrades you can make to your HVAC system. Because you can program the HVAC system to automatically adjust temperatures while you’re away, you can cut down on unnecessary heating and cooling costs. A good programmable thermostat can save up to 12% on heating and cooling costs per year.

Insulate

A house with poor insulation can cost 20% more to keep comfortable around the year, either from heat escaping or heat entering. There are many options for loose-fill insulation using cellulose, fiberglass, or even recycled denim, and blown-in insulation can reach between walls and other places that are otherwise hard to reach.

Blocking Air Leaks

Gaps around windows and doors contribute to plenty of energy waste. In fact, add up most of these “minor” leaks, and it could be the equivalent of a nine-foot hole in the wall. Plug up these leaks and you can see 10% savings.

Seal the Ducts

Your home probably uses ductwork for the HVAC system, and that ductwork may have many holes in it. We see this so often in homes that it’s honestly a bit depressing. Leaky air ducts can allow up to 30% of the air moving through the ducts to escape to closed off parts of the house, like the attic. Do you want to pay money to air condition or heat the attic? Of course not, and having professionals seal the ducts will give you back that 30% of the air you’ve already paid to heat or cool.

Know When It’s Time to Replace

In the last two years of a furnace’s life, it can turn costly to keep in repair. You can get around those costs and start saving money with a replacement furnace. If your current furnace is over 20 years old, you’re likely paying far more to run it than to replace it. Replacing that ancient furnace with an ENERGY STAR-certified system can mean a 15% efficiency boost.

Rebates, Tax Credits, & Utility Incentives

There are many great rebates, credits, and incentives for installing ENERGY STAR equipment. Talk to us and we’ll help you navigate these programs to make upgrading to energy-saving new systems more affordable than ever.

Call on Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical for great HVAC services throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

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Safe & Reliably Tested Furnaces Available Here! Rule 1111 Variance accepted!

Monday, October 28th, 2019

GREAT NEWS! Your family does NOT have to be test subjects for the nation after all. American Standard, the #1 most reliable brand of furnaces, has received a Variance from the government’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) ultra-low-Nox Furnace Rule 1111.

If you need a new Furnace but are worried about the high-temperature flame technology in the newly released ultra-low-Nox furnaces we’ve got you covered with the most reliably tested energy-efficient furnaces available in the San Fernando Valley. That’s correct! The #1 brand of heating equipment has received a variance from the South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1111 and we are able to sell and install the excellent American Standard equipment we have been installing for years without issues or problems.

Let us give you some background information regarding the new furnace regulations passed in Los Angeles County and a few surrounding areas:
In order to improve air quality in our communities SCAQMD mandated that furnaces sold in our community needed to reduce Nox Gas emissions from 40 ng/j to 14 ng/j. You don’t have to understand the technology to see that reducing anything by more than 2/3 is a tall order. You may be ready for a flying car, but mandating that one be built by a certain date doesn’t mean the technology will be ready for you 🙂

For the past 10 years world-wide HVAC equipment manufacturers have toiled with inventing new technology for our relatively small community. Keep in mind this regulation, known as Rule 1111, doesn’t apply to any other State in the nation, it doesn’t even apply to San Diego or Ventura County. It is strictly a regulation on furnaces sold in Los Angeles County and some surrounding areas.

In order to comply with Rule 1111 manufacturers vastly increased the flame temperature in the furnace to burn up more Nox gas faster. To keep customers safe from the new furnaces over heating manufacturers changed the installation requirements to require more empty space around the furnace.

Frankly, this whole Rule 1111 makes us nervous. We remember in 2000, when a catastrophe hit the heating and air conditioning industry; Reports of 50 house fires caused the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall 110,000 technologically flawed furnaces. The flawed technology was made by a company named Premier Consolidated. Many flawed furnaces were already installed in people’s homes. People were forced to be without heat while emergency services attempted to solve the problem

Premier Consolidated has long since gone bankrupt but the flawed technology and subsequent furnace recall hurt people.

We are cautious by nature and SAFETY has always been our number one priority. Our fear is that Rule 1111 is forcing manufacturers to release furnaces containing inadequately tested technology into the market place. We would not install one of these new furnaces in our home and we don’t want our customers to be test subjects for the rest of the nation.

We are big environmentalists and are proud to be on the front lines in the fight to save our planet! In fact, we install many heat pump heating systems, which are completely electric and an excellent choice for reducing the carbon footprint of your home.

We don’t know how long the Rule 1111 Variance will last but this is something we fought for and we are thrilled to offer as a reliably safe gas furnace option to our customers!

If you are interested in learning more and discovering the best system for your home please call 818-780-0701 to set up a FREE in home estimate.

Kindest regards,

Dean and Lisa Gilford

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical chooses to sell American Standard brand heating and air-conditioning, the #1 most reliable manufacturer year after year. Although we have installed every other brand we find American Standard to be the most dependable.

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