DuAll Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for August, 2013

Should I Get a Gas or Electric Water Heater?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

You probably depend on your water heater much more than you realize. It is responsible for hot showers and baths, and for keeping your dishware and laundry clean. Your home is simply not the same without a reliable and bountiful amount of hot water. Among the decisions you have to make during your search for a new water heater, deciding between gas and electric is one of the most important. Buying a new water heater is an important investment in the future of your home comfort. Because it’s something you and your family members will come to rely on, you need to ensure that its size matches the hot water needs of your home and that it is installed correctly.

Call DuAll Heating & Cooling today for all of your water heater installation needs in Plainfield, IL.

So, should you get a gas or electric water heater? There are advantages to either system, and it may come down to practical and economic considerations rather than performance. Both electricity and natural gas are adequate energy sources for the production of hot water.

Here are some factors that might help you decide:

  • Existing setup. Did you have a gas water heater before? If your new system is a replacement model for an old one, then you may want to simply stick up with the type of system that you have. This often allows for a smoother integration of your system components, and it often cuts down on labor time.
  • Gas piping. If you currently run your stove or oven on gas, or you previously had a gas water heater, then you already have a gas line and gas piping. Installing gas piping from scratch will obviously add a bit to the upfront cost, which is something you probably want to consider. But, depending on your local utility rates, it may be a good decision in the long run.
  • Cost of electricity. Know how much your electricity rates are before installing an electric water heaters. While some homeowners choose an electric water heater out of sheer necessity, you may want to make the most of your choice.

Call DuAll Heating & Cooling today for excellent water heater installation services in Plainfield, IL.


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Why Is My Air Conditioning System So Loud?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Few things are as irritating as a loud noise emitting from one of your home appliances. You should expect a reasonable amount of noise during your air conditioner’s operation, but a particularly loud or unusual sound is often an indication that something has gone wrong with your system itself. We have seen a wide variety of issues in our time, but a loud noise is one of the most frequent signs that a problem with your AC should be fixed. If you find that your air conditioning system has become noisy, then you should call for professional air conditioning services in Naperville, IL from DuAll Heating & Cooling.

Let’s take a look at  few different loud noises that may frustrate your cooling experience as well as their possible causes:

  • Banging. If you find that your AC emits a banging noise, it could be a strong indication that there is some kind of loose part within your system. This is probably responsible for the metal-on-metal sound. But another possible cause is a bent or damage part whose deformed shape is now hitting an adjacent component. For example, your AC may have a bent fan blade that now hits the interior surface of the unit as it spins.
  • Buzzing. If you hear a loud buzzing noise emitting from your AC, then it could be an indication that your system has an electrical problem. This is potentially hazardous so it’s best not to tamper with any parts on your own. It’s far better to ensure that your AC is serviced by a professional. Electrical “arcing” can be hazardous to your home and your health.
  • Grinding. If you hear a grinding noise, you should shut off your AC and call for professional assistance. This is likely an indication of dried-out bearings, whether at the blower motor or somewhere else. It’s an indication that there is something seriously wrong with system, and continuing to operate it could potentially lead to serious damage and major component replacement.

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What’s the Difference Between Central Air Conditioning and a Heat Pump?

Monday, August 19th, 2013

One of the great luxuries that homeowners enjoy today is the wide selection of cooling systems available for installation in their homes. There is no need to feel as though you have to stick with what you know. As energy prices continue to rise, more and more homeowners are looking for more efficient, effective ways in which to cool their homes. If you are interested in exploring your air conditioning options, contact the Bolingbrook, IL air conditioning professionals at DuAll Heating & Cooling. We have many different air conditioning systems for you to choose from, and we can help you determine which is best for your home. Here is some information to consider about what sets a heat pump apart from central AC systems.

Here Are the Differences Between Central AC and Heat Pumps

Heat pumps and central air conditioning systems are actually very similar in many ways. Both feature an outdoor condenser unit, and both use a ductwork system to distribute cooled air throughout your home. The big difference between the two is the way in which they work to cool that air. Traditional split central air conditioners rely on the consumption of fuel in order to cool air. Heat pumps, on the other hand, utilize the heat transfer process. It is this innovative operation that allows them to operate so efficiently.

By transferring ambient heat out of your home (as well as back in when the heating season arrives), a heat pump is able to cool down your house while consuming just a small amount of electricity. The less energy your air conditioning system consumes, the less money you have to spend to operate that system. This means that you can cool your home more affordably and in a more environmentally friendly way. Contact a member of our team today if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of cooling your home with a heat pump.

Stop paying too much money to cool your home down. Schedule a heat pump or air conditioning installation with the Bolingbrook, IL air conditioning professionals at DuAll Heating & Cooling. No matter how you decide to cool your home, we can help you do so in the most efficient and reliable way possible.

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Why Does My AC Keep Making a Rattling Sound?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Your AC system has a lot of moving parts that can break down and cause problems for your home’s comfort. Often, your air conditioning system will start to make a new noise when it needs service. Rattling is a common issue that we get called to fix and we wanted to share some of the likely causes for this problem.

Give us a call here at DuAll Heating and Cooling if you need any Naperville, IL AC services.

Naperville, IL AC Services: AC Making Rattling Noises

If your AC is rattling, call us here at DuAll Heating and Cooling for Naperville, IL AC services. Here are a few of the possible causes:

  • Fan cage – Your air conditioning system has two fans: one inside and one outside. The cages around them protect you and also protect the fan from any injury or damage. But if the cage becomes damaged, it can rub against the fan and cause a rattling noise. If this is the case, make sure that you turn off your AC right away in order to avoid bending your fan’s blades.
  • Motor – The actual fan motor can become damaged and start to make a grinding or rattling noise. Sometimes it’s just that the motor needs to be lubricated or the bearings replaced.
  • Debris – If any branches or twigs get into your air conditioning fan it can cause it to rattle against the blades. This can also cause damage to your fan blades which could require that you replace them.
  • Loose parts – Your air conditioning system has a lot of moving parts it in that can come loose and start rattling. The only problem is that to find the loose part you will have to take off the panel for your air conditioning system and poke around inside. Doing that is usually unadvisable and should only be done by a professional air conditioning contractor.

We know that when your air conditioning system starts to make any new noises that it can be extremely frustrating, and even uncomfortable when guests are around. That’s why we work so hard to respond quickly and provide you with the quality of service that you deserve.

If you need any Naperville, IL AC services just call the specialists at DuAll Heating & Cooling.

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