January 9th, 2023
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.
December 26th, 2022
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.
December 12th, 2022
Los Angeles may not have homes dating back to the 19th century like you often find in New England, but we do have homes old enough that may need extensive electrical rewiring. The amount of electricity a house uses daily has skyrocketed since the 1980s, and many homes have wiring that is older than that.
In this post, we’re going to address a specific type of older wiring issue, one that many homes in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley have: aluminum wiring.
If you have aluminum wiring in your house, do you need to schedule rewiring to replace it? Follow us below to learn more…
November 28th, 2022
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.
November 14th, 2022
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.
October 17th, 2022
Cool weather does arrive in Southern California during the fall and winter, even if it’s never a deep freeze and warm weather can return at any time. Our climate makes it necessary for our homes to have central heating, especially larger homes with high ceilings where heat will rapidly rise and leave the living area cold. But we don’t need the type of central heaters that homes in Milwaukie or Minneapolis have. Our heaters run for shorter periods and require a special balance of energy efficiency.
This heating challenge makes the heat pump an excellent option for local homes. Many of our customers haven’t considered a heat pump when they’re looking for heater service in Los Angeles, CA, and we are glad to tell them about the great benefits of installing one. We want more people to know about heat pumps because they’re not only excellent matches for Southern California homes, they can help significantly with energy savings.
October 3rd, 2022
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.
September 19th, 2022
This year, Southern California has experienced one of the hottest later summers on record. These are the times when having a working air conditioning system in a house can be literally life-saving.
Just because it’s almost officially fall doesn’t mean we’re safe from heatwaves. September and even October can still be brutally hot in SoCal. Your home’s air conditioning system isn’t likely to get a serious break until November (and even then, warm temperatures can stage a comeback at any time).
This is why we want to stress to you the importance of staying on top of any air conditioning repairs in Studio City, CA or elsewhere in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley that you may need. We know you’ll feel tempted to shrug off “minor” AC issues, but something minor often hides something major, or it will turn into something major. When you move early to intercept a malfunctioning air conditioning system, you’ll prevent a much worse and more expensive trouble in the future, and that includes having your AC fail on you completely on a blazing hot day.
September 5th, 2022
Homeowners are concerned with the efficiency of the appliances they purchase and install in their homes. Higher efficiency tends to mean lower costs to run the appliance, and it also helps to benefit the environment. The US Department of Energy provides a helpful guideline for energy efficiency with their ENERGY STAR program: appliances that receive the ENERGY STAR label have met the requirements for high energy efficiency and manufacturing standards.
There’s more to understand about the efficiency of an appliance than just whether it has the ENERGY STAR symbol on its case. When it comes to air conditioning and heat pump systems, there are several specific efficiency stats you’ll want to pay attention to when planning a new HVAC installation. The three ones we’ll address here are EER, SEER, and HSPF.
August 22nd, 2022
People are worried about the heat this summer and whether their air conditioning systems will make it to the end without breaking down. We understand this feeling: nobody likes a heat wave, and facing one without an AC to cool down a house is a frightening prospect.
You can always count on our expert technicians for air conditioning repair in Burbank, CA and elsewhere in our service area when you’ve got a failed AC. We know that you would much rather not have your AC run into trouble in the first place, so we have some tips that you can use to lower the amount of strain on your air conditioner and help it finish the season without making you sweat.