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Too Early to Think about Air Conditioning?

air-conditioning-systemSouthern California has experienced colder weather than usual these past few weeks. Along with temperatures in the 50s during the day, we’ve also had powerful rainstorms. This may sound comical to somebody who lives in a place like Minnesota: what we’re going through isn’t remotely close to what they consider “cold.” But it is for us, and you’ve probably gotten some steady use from your home’s heating system during the previous weeks and not given your air conditioner much thought.

But spring is almost here (officially on March 20), and hot weather rushes in early in Southern California. Now is the time we recommend you give serious thought to your air conditioning system in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Maintenance Is the Essential AC Step

What’s the first thing to think about when you think about air conditioning in spring? Regular maintenance! We urge all our customers to schedule maintenance every year in spring for their air conditioning systems. We offer a maintenance program that makes this much easier. When you sign up, you’ll receive yearly maintenance visits from our trained professionals for both your cooling and heating system.

Maintenance for your air conditioning provides the following:

  • Lower utility bills over the summer
  • Reduced chance the system will abruptly break down
  • Longer system life
  • Fewer repair needs
  • Good ol’ fashioned peace of mind

Repairs as Needed

If you’ve turned your air conditioning system on this year so far—which is probable considering California weather—you might have noticed the system behaving oddly. “Odd” could be something like grinding noises, hard-starting, and the system shutting on and off rapidly. These are warning signs that the system will benefit from repairs. Make sure to move on these before the hot weather really starts. (If you don’t catch them, the professional maintenance service will.)

Air Conditioning Replacement

This is a bigger preparation move—because sometimes repairs and maintenance won’t do the job to keep an old AC in peak shape. Eventually, you’ll face the choice of putting in a new air conditioner. The average service life of a central air conditioning system is 10 to 15 years, so if your system is closing in on 15 years—or if it’s even older—now is an excellent time to consider if a replacement is the best way to prepare for the summer.

Fortunately, you have our HVAC team to help you out with this choice. You can rely on our technicians to give your air conditioner a full analysis and help you understand the future costs for keeping it as compared to putting in a new AC. We offer many different air conditioning systems for replacements, including excellent high-efficiency ACs that can make a huge difference in your summer utility bills. There are also options that change from standard central air conditioning, such as a heat pump (which works as a heating system as well) and a ductless mini split (great if you’re planning a remodel or an add-on room).

Call our certified service technicians 24/7 for exceptional customer service! Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical has served Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley since 1990.

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