A Few Heat Pump Malfunctions You Might Run Into

April 18th, 2022
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We think heat pumps are excellent choices for Southern California homes. They can work year-round meeting the cooling and heating demands of a house, and because of our mild winters, they don’t suffer from efficiency issues when in heating mode (a problem heat pumps can encounter in extremely cold climates). 

If you have a heat pump for your house, we want you to enjoy its benefits for as long as possible. Below are a few of the more common heat pump malfunctions you may see that can interfere with your comfort and the heat pump’s energy efficiency. Turn to our professionals to handle the repairs that will solve these troubles. 

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April Is a Great Time to Get Your Annual AC Tune-Up

April 4th, 2022
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What do you think the weather will be like this summer in Southern California? It seems like a silly question—it will be mostly hot, like it is every summer. But we ask this because people sometimes take for granted how they’re able to make it through the regular summer heat each year, and that is their home air conditioning systems. Try to picture this summer without a reliable AC working to cool down your house. It’s not an attractive picture. But it’s what might happen if your air conditioner doesn’t receive its regular maintenance service during spring.

Spring has only just started, and April is the ideal time to arrange for your air conditioning maintenance in Studio City, CA. This is usually one of the least busy periods for HVAC technicians since we deal with fewer cooling or heating emergencies, and that makes it easy for you to schedule a convenient maintenance visit with our team. You can join our HVAC maintenance program and enjoy great regular service for your AC as well as special membership benefits.

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What Happened to Pilot Lights in Furnaces?

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

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!

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?

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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Can My Gas Furnace Rust?

January 24th, 2022
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When you think about parts of your home that might suffer from rust, you’ll first think of exterior metal parts that may rust from rain, or perhaps the water heater. The gas furnace isn’t likely to be on the top of your list of items in danger of rusting. After all, a gas furnace doesn’t use water to provide heat the way a boiler does. It never uses water at all.

But, to answer the question in the title, yes, your furnace can rust. It’s more common than you might think and can become a major problem requiring professional furnace service in Encino, CA

In this post, we’ll provide you with information on how rust can start on your furnace. You can use this for prevention and to help you know when to call us to examine the furnace. 

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Understanding the Flame Sensor in Your Furnace—And When It Needs Repairs

January 10th, 2022
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We like to reassure our customers that gas furnaces are built to high standards of safety, and it’s not difficult to keep a gas furnace running without health hazards. As long as you have your furnace regularly maintained and schedule any repairs it may need promptly, you shouldn’t have any concerns about running the heater safely.

One of the key safety features in your gas furnace is the flame sensor. We’ll examine what this part does to maintain safe furnace operation, as well as when to know you need to call for heating repair in Van Nuys, CA to fix or replace it.

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Important Electrical Safety Advice for an Older Home

December 27th, 2021
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Although most homes in Southern California would be considered “new” compared to those on the East Coast (where there are still many inhabited homes built at the beginning of the twentieth century), there are still a significant number that are more than 40 years old. That’s considered an older home when it comes to important home services, such as electrical safety. 

We’re older home specialists when it comes to electrical and HVAC needs, and we’ve helped many homeowners with the improvements they need for better, safer living in a vintage house. If you are living in a vintage home, you’ll find this list of safety advice a great help. We’re the electrician in Van Nuys, CA you can count on to meet all your electrical needs, from general to highly older-home specialized.

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Your Gas Furnace DOES Use Electricity: We’ll Explain How

December 13th, 2021
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Have you ever heard a person say something like this…? 

I’m sure glad I’ve got a gas-powered heating system. That way, if I have to deal with a power outage during the winter, my heating system will still run and keep me comfortable.

You may have thought something didn’t feel right with that logic. Gas-powered furnaces burn natural gas to run, and natural gas continues to flow to homes even if the power grid goes out. But can a gas furnace keep running if there’s no electricity?

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