Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

Signs Your Boiler Is in Trouble

December 17th, 2018

Pressure gauge process for monitored condition.Chances are, if you have a boiler you’re relying on to effectively heat your home, you also want it to do so as affordably as possible. If this is the case, it’s important to care for your boiler properly. This starts with professional installation from a highly trained and experienced team of heating professionals, and following up with proper maintenance, and boiler repair in Evanston, IL when needed.

Speaking of boiler repairs, these are pretty sturdy systems. However, even with diligent care, there’s always a chance that something will go amiss. As a result, your boiler will wear down to the point that it will need to be replaced. To give your system the longest life possible, you can and should tackle repair needs ASAP. But do you know the signs you have a boiler problem to begin with?

Here are some!

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Shavitz Heating & Air Conditioning Food & Toiletries Drive Benefits Niles Township Food Pantry this December

December 3rd, 2018

DECEMBER 1, 2018—SKOKIE, IL—Shavitz Heating & Air Conditioning recently announced plans to conduct an area-wide food and toiletries collections drive this December to coincide with Niles Township Food Pantry Awareness Month. Donated items will be delivered by Shavitz employees to the Niles Township Food Pantry, which provides food and personal hygiene items to more than 1,800 Niles Township families every month.

Tony Araque & Bronson Shavitz

In addition to accepting donations at its corporate headquarters at 4849 Main St. in Skokie, Shavitz’s service technicians in Cook and Lake Counties will be accepting customer donations of canned food, other non-perishable items, and toiletries.  Customers will receive $1 off their service for each donated item, up to $20, according to owner Bronson Shavitz, a fourth-generation owner of the company established in 1904.

At Shavitz, our community comes first,” he said. “The winter can be a very difficult time of year for struggling families, and we are happy to unite Shavitz customers to support this important cause.”

As the need to feed the community grew over the years, so did the lines in the Niles Township Food Pantry, which completed a major renovation earlier this year. Today, the new spacious pantry allows for up to 20 shoppers at a time making for a smooth and easy experience. There are over 30 racks lined with baked goods and canned food items, grocery store-style refrigerators filled with eggs and dairy, and an abundance of fresh produce too.  Best of all, clients are empowered by the opportunity to self-select their food, complementing the pantry’s motto to “Serving Food with Dignity.”

“Right now, there are children and young adults in our community who are going to bed and to school hungry,” said Niles Township Food Pantry Director Tony Araque. “We rely on the generosity of businesses like Shavitz to help our neighbors in need who live right here in Niles Township.”

For more information on the Shavitz food drive, visit https://www.shavitz.com/ or call (847) 973-5834. For information on the Niles Township Food Pantry, volunteer opportunities, or how you can make a monetary donation, visit www.nilestownshipgov.com or call (847) 673-9300.

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Noises That Your Furnace Shouldn’t Be Making

December 3rd, 2018

woman covering her ears, on a white backgroundSure, it can be easy to ignore some of the noises that the systems and appliances in your home make. We often deny that something might be wrong because fixing it can be a nuisance. However, certain noises should not be ignored. While a rattle, for instance could simply indicate a loose panel, it could also suggest a cracked heat exchanger, which could lead to a carbon monoxide leak.

Here at Shavitz, we know just how important it is to protect yourself and your family. If you are hearing some suspicious noises, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with one of our technicians. Below, we have listed some sounds your furnace definitely should not be making.

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Is Your Heater Hurting Your Indoor Air Quality?

November 19th, 2018

Rear view of a young woman opening the curtains in the morningThis is what many homeowners think—that running their heater actually dries out their air and makes the indoor air quality bad as a result. This isn’t quite the case though, and we wouldn’t want you to start using your heater less as winter gets closer and closer. Dry air is certainly a nuisance, but resisting use of your heater will not help the situation!

Modern construction has made our homes tightly sealed up against the elements, which can impact indoor air quality issues like dust infiltration. But dry air is a whole different beast. Why is it such a problem though? And how can you prevent problems with dry air from happening in your living space? Well, with the installation of a whole-house humidifier! If you’ve ever been through even just one of our summers, you might be wondering why you would want to add moisture to your home, but bear with us.

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The Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

November 5th, 2018

Inside a gas furnace. Focus = the top of the middle flange. 12MP camera.If your home is like the majority of homes in our area, it’s very likely that you use a natural gas furnace to keep it warm. This is, after all, the most common type of residential heating system in the country, particularly in locations like ours with very cold winters. They are not only able to produce a large amount of heat, but they do so at less of an expense than electric furnaces, since natural gas costs less than electricity per unit.

But it’s important to note that any natural gas appliance has the ability to develop safety issues. We don’t mean to alarm you, since a well-maintained heating system will very rarely encounter these dangers. Current furnace systems are built with your safety in mind, and have special features to disallow for the escape of dangerous carbon monoxide into your home. There is one need for heating repair in Glenview, IL that is especially important to tackle right away when it comes to carbon monoxide exposure, and that’s fixing a cracked heat exchanger.

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What Happens During HVAC Maintenance?

October 22nd, 2018

technician accessing inside of air conditioning unitIf you’ve been reading blog posts on our site for even just a few months, then you’ve likely seen us mention the importance of maintenance before. We really can’t stress how important it is that you schedule this service for both your air conditioner and your heater each and every year to ensure your HVAC systems work at peak efficiency and for as long as possible.

And it’s easy to get started with a maintenance plan, you can just give us a call! Our maintenance session includes thoroughly cleaning your system, making recommendations for repairs and perhaps one of the most important HVAC services in Northbrook, IL–inspecting the system. But, what is involved in this inspection? What do technicians actually do during maintenance, particularly when they’re checking over the system—what do they look for?

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Does Your Heater Do This When You Turn It On?

October 8th, 2018

heating system venting outdoorsJust like anything else in your home, your heating system collects dust when it’s not in use. This is particularly true if you have a clogged air filter or if you don’t have a powerful enough air filter in place. What this means, is that when you go to turn on your furnace or heating system for the first time this year, the dust will burn off and you’ll likely smell an odor.

Another problem some homeowners face, at least if their system wasn’t maintained yet this year, is strange sounds when they turn on their system for the first time during the heating season. Whether you’re dealing with smells or sounds when you turn on your heater, we have pertinent advice for you. Keep reading!

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It’s That Time of Year: Schedule Heating Maintenance Today

September 24th, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.We get it, heating maintenance is one of those recommendations that is easy to dismiss. After all, isn’t it just a luxury service for those people who can afford it? You don’t actually need maintenance, right?

Wrong. In fact, we’d venture to say you can’t afford to go without maintenance. Preventive tune-ups are one of the most important Glenview HVAC services you can get for your heater. It helps the system last longer, reduces repair needs, keeps your heater functional for as long as possible, and increases home safety.

But we understand you might not take that at face value. Keep reading to learn what exactly HVAC maintenance entails and why it’s so important for your heating system and your home.

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When You Need a Great HVAC Company, Look for These Qualities!

September 10th, 2018

technician reviewing paperwork with homeownerThere are a number of people out there willing to work on your air conditioner, or heating system. Many of them, however, have limited experience in the industry and may still have a thing or two to learn about before working on your system. Therefore, we don’t advise you put the well-being of your HVAC systems at risk by hiring anyone less than a pro.

Fortunately, there are plenty of qualified HVAC contractors out there. But only some of these are great technicians with the training and skills that go above and beyond. So, when searching for such a company, what qualities should you look for?

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As Summer Temps Fade, How’s Your AC Holding Up?

August 27th, 2018

relaxed young woman laying on sofa in comfortable acIf you did not have your air conditioner maintained before the summer began, chances are it’s not holding up well—at least, not if it’s an aging system. The end of summer is when we get the most calls for air conditioning repair in Glenview, IL. This is because your AC system has been under immense stress all season long, and as we near the end of summer its parts may have become worn down (again, especially if you didn’t have pre-season maintenance done).

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