Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

It’s Time to Think About End-of-Season AC Care!

September 9th, 2019

pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-around-itThe official end of summer is near, and soon it will be time to start thinking about our heating systems (in fact, it’s not too early to think about scheduling heating maintenance!) You’ve likely been using your air conditioner fairly consistently over the last few months, and the last thing you need now is a sudden breakdown or huge repair issue when you still need your system.

The good news is, most air conditioning repair needs show signs and symptoms well before they force your system to shut down. So if you notice anything now, it’s a good idea to give us a call. This way you’ll be able to rely on your system not only for the rest of this summer, but when you start to use it as temperatures warm up again next year, too.

You should never attempt to formally diagnose or repair a faulty AC on your own—particularly because they have potentially dangerous components such as refrigerant) but you can definitely spot the signs that it’s time to call in a pro. We’ve covered some of the most common below!

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Is Your Air Conditioner Showing Signs of Disrepair?

August 26th, 2019

top-view-of-air-conditioning-outdoor-unitWe’ve been running our air conditioners pretty regularly all summer long. If problems developed with yours, you might be tempted to put off repairs—though we really don’t recommend doing so. We understand how tempting it can be, with the end of summer just a handful of weeks away. But if you want to avoid a sudden breakdown and ensure that your system is ready to perform next year, we urge you to take care of any repair needs you have right away.

We can’t continue without saying, if you haven’t had AC maintenance done this year, it’s not too late! This service is typically recommended once a year, and in the spring before you need your AC the most. But it matters more that you have it done consistently, than it does the time of year you schedule this service. Professional maintenance will help you avoid the worst of repairs, and for the rest, you can call our team. But how do you know if you need repairs anyway?

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Is August a Bad Time to Buy an Air Conditioner?

August 12th, 2019

row-of-homes-in-summertimeMid-late summer is never an ideal time to buy an air conditioner. But if yours calls it quits, or shows signs of major disrepair, then—simply put—you may have no choice.

But that should not mean, however, that you rush into your air conditioner purchase! You should take your time and talk to the experts about the benefits of certain cooling system types. Trust a professional to correctly match your home to the right air conditioner and vice-versa, all while giving you the most efficiency for your budget.

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Does Your Ductless System Need Repair?

July 29th, 2019

ductless-air-handler-with-remoteDuctless systems are incredibly effective and efficient HVAC systems, and a leading choice for many homeowners throughout Chicagoland, particularly those renting out rooms or portions of their homes. It saves energy, and subsequently money!

But, ductless systems can run into trouble and require unique repairs—at least, if they are not professionally installed. These heating and cooling systems are meant to be convenient and easy to use, never suffering from ductwork-related problems because they don’t have any! But with improper installation, or inconsistent maintenance, you could potentially run into one of the following problems.

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How Damaged Ductwork Impacts AC Performance

July 15th, 2019

hvac-technician-hands-sealing-up-damaged-ductworkYou’d be hard pressed to find a homeowner in the Chicagoland area who doesn’t care how efficient their HVAC systems are. Given how much of our heating we use each year, it stands to reason that when the time comes to turn on our air conditioners, we want to do so as affordably as possible.

But what many individuals don’t think about, is the fact that the “V” part of HVAC plays a pivotal role in all of this. Your ventilation—your ductwork—connects your AC and forced-air heating systems to the outdoors, making the distribution of conditioned air possible. Your ducts are usually out of sight, hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or even in your attic or crawlspace. So, what happens if this ductwork was installed by an amateur, or it is aging to a point of degradation?

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Could Your AC Repair Need Actually be a Thermostat Issue?

July 1st, 2019

studio-shot-of-modern-thermostatThe thermostat: a small object designed to look unobtrusive on the wall of a home, and easy to think of as a very minor part in the operation of your air conditioner.

The truth of the matter is though, the thermostat is essentially the brain of your air conditioner, where homeowners send instructions to the cooling system and the blower fan.

Many homeowners, and maybe you’re included in this, don’t realize that even the smallest thermostat malfunction can create a number of problems for an air conditioner—a drop in cooling, a spike in utility bills… even a completely broken down system.

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What Is AC Short-Cycling and Why Is It Bad News?

June 14th, 2019

air-conditioning-vent-on-wallShort-cycling is about as ominous a word as it seems, and unfortunately is a fairly common malfunction with an air conditioner—that is, if it wasn’t installed properly or you don’t have it regularly maintained.

To give you a brief definition, short-cycling is when the compressor of your air conditioner turns on and off in rapid succession—too quickly to do any good, and too quickly for your air conditioner to efficiently and effectively manage.

Read on to learn more about what this is and why it’s bad news for your cooling system overall.

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Prevent Allergy Suffering with These Indoor Air Quality Tips

June 3rd, 2019

woman-sitting-on-her-couch-blowing-her-nose-in-tissueHow much do you know about your home’s indoor air quality? The most important thing for you to know is that it’s worse than the quality of your outdoor air—at least this is the case if you don’t have the right indoor air quality products or services in place.

Indoor air quality issues are often attributed to allergy symptoms—coughing, sneezing, wheezing, etc. Even the healthiest person can suffer. But it’s especially awful for those who already have seasonal allergies or asthma. The problem is that today’s homes are built very tightly to conserve energy—which is great for your HVAC systems—and as such dust, dirt, and other debris get trapped in the home and circulate continuously through your air. Another problem is that dust and debris gets trapped in your air ducts, too. So what can you do?

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Should You Consider Going Ductless?

May 20th, 2019

closeup-view-of-hand-turning-on-ductless-air-handlerThere are a number of options to go with when shopping for a new air conditioner. If you already have a central system in place and its aging, or you’re concerned it’s not working efficiently enough, then you may choose to go with an upgraded central system. But what if your ducts are also in bad shape? Should you replace those, too? Well, maybe—but what if we had another solution for you?

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Can Your Furnace Replacement Wait Until Next Year?

May 6th, 2019

technician-working-on-furnaceWinter has been over for a while. We’re now finally starting to get to enjoy the warmer weather and tune-up our air conditioners to prep them for higher temps. As such, you might not be thinking very much about your furnace. But, should you?

Well, if it struggled at all to do its job this past winter, yes. And if you’ve needed to call for repairs in order to keep it running? Also yes. What about if it’s older than a decade?

You probably see where this is going…

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