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The High Cost of Delaying AC Repairs

August 6th, 2018

woman-with-fanLook, we get it. We’re not about to dive into the complexity of human nature or anything, but the fact is that, sometimes, when faced with a problem, the easiest solution is just to ignore it. Of course, it usually does not take that long to realize that this is not a solution at all. This is definitely the case when it comes to trouble with your air conditioning system. Fact is, those problems are only going to get worse.

Does that mean that you should freak out every time your AC makes an odd sound or seems to be leaving a warm spot in your home? Of course not. Does it mean that you should take prompt action to get our skilled HVAC contractors in Romeoville on the case right away? You betcha. There is simply no situation in which putting off any necessary AC repairs is going to benefit you in any way. Swift repairs are best.

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The Tale of the Icy AC

July 23rd, 2018

man-with-fanHmmmmm, there is ice on the coil in my indoor AC unit. That’s odd, I guess. But hey, it’s a cooling system—looks like it just got a bit carried away with itself this time around. No big deal, right? Wrong! Sure, your air conditioner is a cooling system, but that doesn’t mean that it’s supposed to be functioning as a freezer! If you notice ice on your system, then something is definitely wrong. It is just a matter of what has gone wrong.

Like most air conditioning problems, there are a few potential causes of this issue. Some are very serious, while some are actually quite simple to resolve and won’t even require professional intervention. One thing is certain, though. It is always going to be best to resolve such issues promptly, particularly if you require professional air conditioning repair in Plainfield, IL. Read on, consider your situation, and contact us if you have any concerns.

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What to Do About an AC Water Leak?

July 9th, 2018

AC-technicianWhen you open up a cabinet under your kitchen or bathroom sink and you find a puddle of water under there, you probably aren’t going to be all that shocked. Annoyed, sure, but not shocked. After all, your sink drains through the pipe under there, and a leak is not necessarily that surprising. What about if you walk past your indoor air conditioning unit and find that there is a pool of water surrounding it, though? That’s odd, isn’t it?

Well, it may be a bit odd, but it actually is not all that uncommon. It is also not necessarily indicative of a very serious problem with your air conditioner—though, as is always the case with air conditioning issues, it could be a serious problem. All of this does beg the question of where this water is actually coming from, of course. As you may know, your air conditioner does not use water in its operation. It doesn’t store water in a reservoir. It doesn’t have a water supply line. So let’s examine this issue closer.

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What Dirty AC Coils Mean for Your System

June 25th, 2018

two-condenser-unitsLook, we get it. You don’t want to focus on the negative. Why would we spend a whole blog post talking about potential problems that you may encounter with your air conditioning system? Well, because the more you know about how various issues could affect your air conditioning system, the more likely you are to handle any such issues before they are able to. By understanding how dirty coils can negatively affect your AC, you can ensure that you don’t let such problems develop.

Many homeowners may not realize that their air conditioners even have components called “coils.” Of course, we don’t expect you to be the expert when it comes to all things air conditioning. That’s what our professional technicians are here for. Even so, it is definitely beneficial for you to have some idea of what these coils do, and why dirty coils are such a serious matter. So read on, and leave your AC repair services to the pros on our staff.

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You Need to Work with a Professional HVAC Contractor

June 11th, 2018

AC-manifoldThis is something that the most ardent of DIY enthusiasts among us may not really want to hear, but the fact of the matter is that certain jobs around the house do demand the skill and expertise that only trained professionals in the field can handle. This is most certainly the case when it comes to HVAC systems and the services that they demand. When you need an AC or heater installed, repaired, or tuned up, you need to turn to a professional HVAC contractor in Romeoville, IL.

Does this mean that there’s nothing you can do at all for your own HVAC systems? No, of course not. It does mean that you have to be aware of your own limitations and recognize what certain situations call for, though. There are basic maintenance and troubleshooting steps that you can take. When the situation is beyond this basic level, however, that’s the time to call in the pros!

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Is Your Air Conditioner in Need of Repair?

May 28th, 2018

ac-toolsIf so, then you really need to jump into action right away. The longer that you wait to do so, the worse off your air conditioner and your comfort, not to mention your budget, are likely to be. While we will admit that certain air conditioning problems are more serious than others, we don’t really agree that there is such a thing as a “minor” air conditioning problem? Why not? Because any problem with your air conditioning system is going to result in serious eventually.

The moment that you have any reason to suspect that there is a problem with your AC is the moment that you should be scheduling professional air conditioning repair in Bolingbrook, IL. Even those problem that you believe are “minor” enough to ignore are going to come back to bite you if they are not resolved promptly. This obviously begs the question of how you are supposed to recognize that there is trouble brewing with your system to begin with, though.

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Don’t Leave a Dirty Air Filter in Your AC

May 14th, 2018

man-with-filterIf you have visited this blog before, then you have likely seen us talking about just how important it is to schedule routine maintenance for your air conditioning system. If not, let us summarize—you need to schedule routine maintenance for your air conditioning system! That being said, while professional annual maintenance is a must, there is actually one very important maintenance task that you can and should handle on your own. That is changing your air filter.

We know that it may sound inconsequential, but trust us when we say that changing your air filter regularly is literally one of the best and most important things that you can do for your home cooling system. In today’s post, we are going to explore just why this is a little bit further. So read on, and let a member of our team know if you have any questions regarding how to change your air filter or which filter to use.

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Signs That You Have a Refrigerant Leak

April 30th, 2018

technician-workingWe pride ourselves on offering not only exceptional technical HVAC services, but outstanding customer service as well. A big part of doing so is simply being honest with our clients—though that is not always so simple for certain contractors out there. It is with this goal of honest communication in mind that we have to admit that there is no way to guarantee a problem-free experience with your AC. Even the best-maintained systems are going to run into trouble eventually.

One common instance of trouble—and a very serious one, at that—is the refrigerant leak. A proper refrigerant charge is absolutely integral to getting the outstanding performance that you deserve from your home cooling system. If you do have a leak, then you need prompt and professional air conditioning repair in Plainfield, IL. This begs the question of how you can spot a refrigerant leak. Well, we’ve got some tips to help you recognize the signs of trouble associated with the problem.

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How to Boost Cooling Efficiency

April 16th, 2018

There are a lot of different HVAC contractors in Plainfield, IL. Like any other industry, some of these contractors are great—like us. Others will do decent work. Then there are those that really cannot be trusted to complete the job properly and expertly, let alone to guide you through the process in an honest manner. We’re a business, and we need revenue to stay afloat and thrive. The way that we gain this revenue is not by selling pointless upgrades or new systems to homeowners that do not really need them, though.

Instead, we simply offer outstanding services at a fair price. It’s served us well thus far, and honesty is a cornerstone of our business philosophy. That is why we’re going to share some tips with you to help you boost energy efficiency in your home this summer. Now, upgrading your system to a high-efficiency model will have great results, but we know that not everyone can afford to do so. So we’ve put together some simpler tips to help you keep those cooling bills in check this season.

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BE SECURE IN YOUR HOME

April 3rd, 2018

Don’t open the door to strangers. If you get an unexpected knock at the door, check to see who it is before opening it. Elderly people especially are old school and want to be hospitable. Best defense, act as if someone is in the home with you: say, I’ve got the door,” and speak through the door. Tell friends to call you before they plan to visit.

Secure your front door with a deadbolt. Install 1-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Use 4 inch screws to secure your deadbolt to the door frame. Many installers don’t drill the bolt hole deep enough and use only half-inch screws. Burglars can kick those doors in with little effort.

Install peepholes on all entry doors, including garages. Many burglars try to access the house through the garage.

Don’t leave House keys in obvious locations. Don’t leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Thieves will generally find them. Find an inconspicuous place to hide the keys, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.

Sliding glass patio doors should always be secure. Many times burglars work as a team. One at the front door keeping you talking while another enters through a rear and steals everything within reach. Burglar-proof your glass patio doors by setting a pipe, piece of wood or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide. The pipe should be the same length as the track  and always keep it in place.

Always listen to your intuition. In these times we live in everyone has a cell phone or GPS. If someone comes to your door wanting information or directions.  If they are persistent in you opening the door for them to hear your explanation, Call 911 immediately

The ultimate goal of a thief is the master bedroom. Keep your valuables out of reach for an intruder. Use a secured safe deposit box in a bank to stash away your valuables when they’re not in use or if that is not possible hide your valuables in a safety box in a less conspicuous location In the house.

Keep drapes and blinds closed at night. Don’t allow intruders to easily see what’s inside your home – especially in rooms where there is expensive equipment. Drapes and blinds obscure a potential intruder’s view, making it difficult to see which rooms hold high value items, or even whether someone is inside the home.

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