During Winter and even Fall, the cold nights of Los Angeles can be unbearable. Don’t let a broken down heating unit, such as central heating, underfloor heating, gas heating, a furnace, or a wall heater leave you cold. If your heater isn’t working you need repair right away and West Coast Chief Repair will fix them all. No need to endure those chilly winter temperatures. Give us a call as soon as you have any issue with your heater or furnace.
Even in the mild, Mediterranean climate of Southern California, homeowners and business owners depend on functional central heating systems for indoor temperature control during colder months of the year. In fact, any significant heating outage can make an LA area residence or workplace uncomfortable, or even intolerable. At West Coast Chief Repair, we specialize in the maintenance, repair, and replacement of all types of heating systems. Every kind of heating solution has its pros and cons, whether it’s traditional heater system equipment, advanced technological underfloor solutions, or anything between, each present unique problems. Our winning combination of expertise, convenience and customer service, provides affordable solutions to make your home heating problems a thing of the past.
There are several common types of heating systems found in buildings throughout the Los Angeles area:
A forced-air furnace is a traditional, standalone unit that generates internal heat from a fuel source. A blower system pushes the resultant heat through the ducts of a home or business. Some units generate heat with an electricity-powered component called a heating element. Other types produce heat from natural gas or propane ignited and maintained by a pilot light. Fuel burning methods also need any excess gas and dangerous combustion byproducts removed. Energy production differs but the principle is the same. Any interference with the collection or re-circulation process can be hazardous. Shut down the equipment immediately and book a visit from a qualified professional.
Unlike traditional furnaces, heat pumps do not generate heat. They collect heat from the immediate environment like the air or the ground. Geothermal power is increasing in popularity as heat extraction and excavation techniques improve. An increase in temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit occurs every mile below the surface you bore. A ducting system channels the collected heat to each room in your home or business. Some units also have the ability to work in reverse during hotter parts of the year and serve the same function as a traditional air conditioner. Reversible heat pumps are often part of a larger HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system.
Gas/Electric Packaged Units.
A gas/electric packaged unit is a compact, central heating/cooling system. It uses a propane or natural gas powered furnace to generate heat and electricity for air conditioning. This method differs from many HVAC systems, which produce heat with a heat pump instead of generating it internally. Gas/electric packaged units are smaller and house their components in a single cabinet instead of in separate locations. Often they can fit into spaces that won’t accommodate an HVAC system.
Radiant and Underfloor Heating.
Heat radiation is when you feel the warmth from being near to a heat source. The heat source can be from a metal radiator bolted to the wall or pipes within the walls or underneath the floor. If the heat generated is from electricity then embedded elements will heat up at the flick of a switch. Gas-fired home heating is from a separate boiler that produces hot water that passes through the pipes or radiators in your home. This method also provides hot water for other uses. Sometimes solar power or geothermal heat pumps are also used to heat the water.
Gas Wall Furnaces.
Gas wall furnaces are not part of a larger heating system. Instead, these propane or natural gas powered units only heat a single room, and they come in two types.
Vented furnaces are in basic terms a naked gas-fed flame that heats the room via convection and radiation. The by-products, carbon dioxide, and water vapor get expelled from the building via the vent or flue.
During gas combustion methane and oxygen combine to form water and carbon dioxide (harmless). If there’s a restricted supply of oxygen, carbon monoxide forms instead (odorless and harmful). The whole process stays in equilibrium in normal circumstances. If you close or restrict the supply of oxygen, the furnace will produce dangerous fumes.
Ventless systems prevent the formation of carbon monoxide by having an oxygen level detector fitted. If functioning correctly, the unit is shut down by the sensor thereby preventing further noxious fume emissions. We recommend regular checks to ensure adequate protection is in place. Older models are not fitted with an oxygen depletion sensor, a separate carbon monoxide is advisable in this case.
A gravity furnace is an old technology that reached its peak in the first half of the 20th century. Instead of active distribution of the heat with a blower system, these gas, oil, or coal powered units rely on the power of gravity to distribute heated air upward through a ducting system. As a rule, gravity furnaces are typically in older homes. Many homeowners replace these units with more modern heating technologies. Since many gravity units contain a hazardous, hard-to-remove insulating material called asbestos. It sometimes makes financial sense to keep and repair them instead of attempting to replace them.
Experts in Heating System Maintenance, Repair and Replacement.
When it comes to maintenance, repair and replacement, each type of heating system has unique factors to consider. Problems specific to radiant heating systems include:
- Leaking tubes
- Shorts in electric heating coils.
- Problems that only appear in gas wall furnaces include:
- Vents that fail to pull in outside air
- Vents that fail to expel carbon monoxide
- Carbon monoxide sensors that fail to shut down a defective unit.
Since gravity furnaces often contain asbestos, removal and replacement must follow a unique set of strict safety guidelines.
Only qualified and experienced technicians should:
- Assess the health of all heating systems.
- Diagnose problems in units of any make and model.
- Carry out accurate repairs that fix all underlying issues.
- Turn the heat back on as soon as possible.
- Replace outdated systems.
- Install new systems from scratch.
At West Coast Chief Repair, our professional technicians have decades of training and real-world experience to assess and repair the heating system in your home or business. Regardless of the type of system you have installed, we will:
- Diagnose issues.
- Present options.
- Develop a comprehensive, cost-effective repair plan
- Carry out the repair.
If you require a replacement for your old system, we will:
- Safely remove your existing unit (including an asbestos-containing gravity furnace).
- Carry out any necessary retrofitting.
- Install a new, high-quality unit that meets all expectations for modern efficiency and performance.
Over 25 years, West Coast Chief Repair has built a sterling reputation as Los Angeles’ home for outstanding heating system repair. As part of our commitment to quality, we back every job we perform with a parts warranty good for anywhere from 90 days to an entire year. We also provide a labor warranty good for 30 days. For all heating systems, we rely exclusively on new, manufacturer-recommended parts for the make and model of your unit.
At West Coast Chief Repair, customer convenience is always a priority. All of our three L.A.-area locations are open from early morning to late afternoon, Monday through Saturday.
Streamline Your Efficiency.
One of the appliances that come with the largest energy costs in your home is your heater. Whether you use electric, natural gas, or oil as the driving force, heaters are a significant energy cost during the colder months of the year. Boosting performance can ensure a long, productive lifespan and save money on energy costs.
YEARLY MAINTENANCE. Showing your heating unit a little love yearly can ensure you’re getting the best performance. We can evaluate your unit, help maintain or replace worn parts, and clean your unit as needed to ensure it’s running smooth. This annual maintenance may be an additional cost, but one that you’ll see back in the form of smooth running, energy efficient operation.
FILTERS. Replace the filters to ensure that airflow is happening without obstruction. The heat that’s unable to circulate you can consider wasted energy.
ADD A HUMIDIFIER. Humidity in the air creates a higher heat index, making the air feel warmer than without a humidifier. As a result, your unit will work less to produce heat. It is also more comfortable in your home as the winter months tend to be drier. A humidifier provides additional comfort as well as energy efficiency.
SEAL LEAKS. Duct work that leaks is wasting your heat (and running up your bills). Have your heater appliance repair team inspect your ducts during your annual maintenance inspection.
Heating costs are an inevitable strain but by caring for your unit you can make costs manageable. Don’t wait until the warm weather is back again.
Gas Furnace Problems.
In Los Angeles, gas furnace systems are common. They’re subjected to heavy use during the winter months some years, and much less the next. While their use may be sporadic, you still need to keep your furnace in good working order. When something goes wrong, call a trusted and trained professional to help. If you wish to do some troubleshooting first, here are some helpful steps to take.
Know the common problems. Furnaces producing no heat are caused by a malfunctioning thermostat, tripped breaker, or an extinguished pilot light cause the most problems. Check these first.
Check the thermostat settings. It should set to “heat”. Also, check to make sure that setting is set at a high enough level.
Check the power. Be sure the circuit breaker has not tripped. If it has, it would be in the opposite position than the rest. Flip it back. If you have fuses, you may have blown one. If you replace the fuse or fix the breaker and it happens again, there’s a problem with your electrical system. You’ll need an experienced professional to handle this.
Check the power switch by your furnace. Sometimes, area technicians come out only to find that the power switch flipped. This is generally located on the furnace itself.
Reset the motor. Sometimes, the motor needs a recharge. You’ll find a reset button located near the blower motor’s housing. If it’s there, press it. If nothing happens, wait 30 minutes and try again.
If you have a gas furnace, a common problem is the pilot light. The pilot light may have gone out as a fluke or because of other problems. You may also have a gas valve that has closed. Reignite the pilot light or call a professional if it happens again.
Keeping up with maintenance will allow you to keep your appliances longer. Having repairs done properly and as soon as a problem arises will also extend the life of any appliance. West Coast Chief Repair can aid you in keeping up with maintenance and this will save you time and money.
“I had the best experience with this company and would recommend them to all my family and friends. We were having problems with our heater with 2 small kids in the house. They were able to get a technician out the very next day, who found the problem right away. Tiger (technician) was at my house the next day with all the necessary parts to fix the heater and now it works like brand new. I would highly recommend Michael and all his staff for any problems with appliances or heating and ac.”