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

Signs Your Thermostat Is Making Your Home Heating Worse

Monday, January 23rd, 2023
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We’ve experienced an extremely wet winter here in Southern California. That’s great news when it comes to alleviating the drought, but it’s not so great when it comes to home comfort. You’ve probably run your heating system much more often than in previous years—and maybe you’ve noticed a few oddities about it.

Heating systems can malfunction in a variety of ways, but often the malfunction comes from outside the heater, such as from a faulty thermostat. The thermostat is essential for a heating system to operate at all, so even minor issues with one can throw off the heating in your home. 

We’re going to look at signs you have a thermostat problem. You’ll still need professional assistance to correct this, and our team is the one to turn to for service for thermostats and home heating in Los Angeles, CA.

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Reasons Your Furnace Isn’t Turning On

Monday, January 9th, 2023
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Southern California is going through a bout of rainy, cold weather. We’re thankful to have the rain since we need it to alleviate the drought. The cold temperatures aren’t as wonderful, but this is why you have a furnace in your home.

But you may have run into a problem with your furnace: it won’t turn on. You can rely on us when you need heater repair in San Fernando Valley, CA. We’ll find out what’s wrong with your furnace that’s keeping it from warming up your house.

On that topic, let’s take a look at some of the reasons you have an obstinate furnace. A few of them are things you can correct on your own without our help.

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What Does the Furnace Limit Switch Do?

Monday, December 26th, 2022
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A gas furnace contains many important components: the gas line, gas burners, control board, blower fan, combustion chamber, heat exchanger, inducer fan, flue, electronic ignition system, flame sensor, etc. They all work together to provide a home with warmth, convenience, and safety.

Today we’re going to look at one of the key components that allows a furnace to synchronize its parts and deliver even and energy-efficient heating to the house. It’s also a part that helps the furnace to run safely with little risk of it overheating. This part is called the furnace limit switch.

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Top 4 Mistakes You May Make With Your Heater This Season

Monday, November 28th, 2022
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We’ve had our first brush with colder weather these last few weeks, and you’re probably one of the many homeowners in Southern California who turned their heating system on for the first time in many months during the past few weeks. Although you won’t require the level of heating power through the year as many other parts of the country, you’ll still need to rely on that heating system in the coming winter.

Before the full winter weather arrives, we want to give you some help. We’ve provided heating assistance to Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley homeowners for many years, and we know many of the mistakes people make with their heating systems that make them unnecessarily more expensive to run and may cause them to wear down too early. Below are the top four mistakes most people make with their heaters—so you can make sure you don’t make them.

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A Few Reminders Regarding Furnace Safety

Monday, November 14th, 2022
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The fall weather has arrived in Southern California, and it’s even brought along some welcome rain. This might be the first time you’ve turned on your home’s furnace since the beginning of the year to keep your family warm. It’s therefore a good time to go over some reminders about furnace safety so you can enjoy a worry-free winter.

Gas furnaces are, in general, safe to have in your home

This first safety reminder is a positive one: gas furnaces aren’t inherently dangerous appliances that create safety risks for a home. We don’t wish to discourage people from using one because as long as you follow basic precautions, a gas furnace is one of the best and most reliable ways to heat your home.

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It Was a Hot Summer—But You Still Need to Think About Heater Maintenance

Monday, October 3rd, 2022
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We know that mentioning the words “heating” or “furnace” right now may make you start to sweat. We just came through a hot summer in Southern California and the beginning of fall is also striking us with heat waves. You want to think of words like “cool” and “air conditioning,” not about anything connected to your home’s heating system. 

But, although it may seem like cold weather will never arrive when the temperatures are this hot, it’s still on the way. You can feel thankful that you won’t have to deal with sub-freezing temperatures in sunny SoCal, but we do get our share of days and nights when heating systems need to come on, especially for homes located near the beach. 

This is all to say that now is the time to think about scheduling heater maintenance in Encino, CA. Maintenance won’t make your house hotter while it’s going on—but it will help to keep your house warm and energy-efficient when the heater does eventually need to turn on.

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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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