Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Encino’

Quiz: A Problem With the AC or the Thermostat?

Monday, August 8th, 2022

In the summer, when temperatures start to rise, the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working. However, like any mechanical device, air conditioners need regular maintenance to keep them running properly. 

Here are four signs that indicate your AC unit may need service:

  • The AC isn’t cooling the house like it used to
  • The AC is making strange noises
  • The AC unit is leaking water
  • The AC unit is blowing warm air

If you notice any of these four signs, it’s best to call a professional air conditioning repair company to have your unit fixed. Having regular air conditioning service in Encino, CA by Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical can help extend the life of your AC unit and keep it running properly all summer long.

Let’s talk about the causes of these four issues below.

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Other Ways an AC Tune-Up Can Benefit You

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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We hope you’ve arranged to have a routine maintenance tune-up and inspection for your air conditioning equipment. If you haven’t yet, it’s definitely not too late—it’s still spring, and that’s the best time to have this vital job done. Just remember that the Southern California heat will soon settle in, and you want your AC to be ready.

We’ve talked many times before about the benefits of regular professional AC maintenance. If you want some extra incentives to have the job done, here are a few of the maintenance benefits that we haven’t talked about. In fact, many people don’t realize these advantages of this service.

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Can My Gas Furnace Rust?

Monday, 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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November Is When We Recommend Scheduling Heating Maintenance

Monday, November 1st, 2021
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We’ve started to experience our first true cool fall days during the past few weeks. Although the Southern California temperatures will never drop down much farther than 50°F during the winter, those temperatures still make it necessary to have a working heater for a house—especially for older homes that don’t have enough insulation to keep out drafts. 

November is the best month to prepare your heating system to ensure uninterrupted warmth when you need it and energy bills that won’t get out of control. And this means it’s time for … heating system maintenance! We want to make sure you don’t forget to schedule your heater maintenance in Encino, CA, a job that often escapes people’s minds in our milder weather. We have a long history in HVAC services, and we understand how beneficial routine maintenance is.

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How You Can Save Money on Heating in 2021

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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A few good things may come out of the difficult year of 2020, and one that we expect to see is more homeowners taking extra steps to save money with everything from their electricity to their plumbing. People are just more aware of being at home and how to cut down on those extra expenses—as well as dodge possible repair problems.

You may be considering ways to save money as the calendar flips over to a new (and we hope better) year. You can start right away by concentrating on how to cut down on the cost to heat your house. Heating in Encino, CA and elsewhere in Southern California is less intense than many other parts of the country, so it’s not too difficult to find ways to lower costs without suffering from discomfort. We’re long-time specialists with Southern California weather, and we have advice for how you can save money with your heating in 2021.

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Why We Don’t Recommend Portable ACs for Home Cooling Solutions

Monday, May 20th, 2019
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A ductless mini split air handler

Many older homes in Southern California weren’t built with central air conditioning in mind. But today it’s hard to imagine making it through our summers in comfort without some type of AC. If you live in a home that doesn’t have central air, you’ve probably looked for a cooling solution, such as a portable air conditioner.

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Beware the Mismatched Thermostat and Air Conditioner!

Monday, August 28th, 2017

hand-setting-thermostatHaving a working thermostat in your home is critical. After all, you can’t run your air conditioner or heater unless you have a way to communicate with it—and that’s the job of the thermostat. It’s also beneficial to have an up-to-date thermostat that can effectively run your HVAC system, even when you’re away from home. A manual thermostat can still do a decent job, but digital programmable models are helpful for managing air conditioner and heater operation even when you aren’t home. You can come back to a cool house without having the run the air conditioner all day—all it takes is a programmable thermostat.

However, we want to caution you and all other homeowners about a trap that’s easy to fall into when it comes to looking into the most cutting-edge of climate control technology. New “smart” home control systems are all the rage now, and they do offer some amazing benefits for energy savings and comfort. But… well, we’ll get into that below.

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Another Tip on Determining if You Should Replace Your Air Conditioner

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

IMG_1870Here’s a common scenario that happens around this time of year, when the temperatures start to get warm: Your air conditioner starts to act up, and then it stops altogether. You call HVAC professionals to have the system repaired, and the technicians show up and manage to get the air conditioner working once more. But they tell you that the system will probably need to be replaced—and soon.

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What Sort of Lifespan You Should Expect from Your Furnace

Monday, November 30th, 2015

IMG_8221One of the more common questions that we hear from customers is how long they should expect their air conditioner or heater to continue to work before replacing it. People in Southern California usually have a good idea about air conditioner lifespans considering how much work those units put in every year. But the situation is a bit shakier when it comes to heating systems. Heaters are a necessary part of comfort during the year, but they do less work than air conditioners.

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Energy Efficient Cooling Tips

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Residents and visitors of the LA area alike know how hot and humid it can get here, so it’s not surprising that we crank up the AC as soon as the long cooling season shows itself. But the cost of cooling can be overwhelming at times. It’s just as important that your air conditioner be energy efficient as it is powerful. As a leading HVAC provider in the Los Angeles area, our customers are always interested in saving money on their monthly electric bills, no matter what type of air conditioner they have.

Here Are Some Energy Efficient Cooling Tips to Keep In Mind as You Stay Cool This Summer

  • Know when to replace your AC. If you find that your system struggles to keep you cool during the summer months or that it fails to be energy efficient at all, then it may be time to opt for a new system. There’s little sense in having an old and obsolete system, particularly if you’ll have to get rid of it soon and it’s costing you a fortune to operate. Sometimes the best way to improve energy efficiency is to swap out the system entirely.
  • Preventive maintenance. The only way you can expect your cooling system to operate just as it should is with routine maintenance. We’re not just talking about changing the air filters. Your entire system needs to be routinely cleaned and adjusted for maximum efficiency and performance. Dust and debris only lead to higher energy bills. This is ideally done before the beginning of the cooling season.
  • Take care of problems ASAP. If you notice that your air conditioner no longer functions like it should, then make sure to have it repaired as soon as possible. Letting problems linger only leads to further damage and high energy bills. Find a quality contractor who can service your system.

If your AC is struggling or it needs to be routinely maintained, just let us know. We offer a number of air conditioning services in Encino that can keep you cool. Call us today.

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