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

Aluminum Wiring in Your House: Do You Need It Rewired?

Monday, December 12th, 2022
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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… 

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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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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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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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