Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for July, 2013

Air Conditioning Electrical Repairs

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

This summer as you run your air conditioning system to stay cool, make sure that you watch for any issues that your AC unit might be developing. There are a few common issues that we get called to repair and one of them is electrical failure. Give us a call here at Shavitz for all your Evanston air conditioning repair. Our technicians are experts and we can get your system back up and we can get your system back up and working again quickly. Take a look below at some of the things that can go wrong with the electrical system of your AC.

Evanston Air Conditioning Repair: Electrical Problems

Make sure that you call for Evanston air conditioning repair services if you notice any issues with your AC’s electrical system.

  • Buzzing – If you have a heat pump at your house, buzzing could just be the normal operation of the reversing valve solenoid. However, if you aren’t getting any cooling in your house and you go outside you might notice a buzzing sound coming from the outdoor condensing unit. This buzzing could be from the fan motor or compressor motor trying to start without the aid of the capacitor. If your capacitors aren’t working then the motors won’t have enough strength to start up on their own and their motors will buzz as they try. This same problem could happen at your indoor unit with the fan motor that is located there.
  • AC not turning on – If you set your thermostat to a certain temperature but your AC never comes on then it likely means that you have an electrical problem. It could be that the power cord has come loose. But it could also be an electrical issue with your thermostats. The batteries could be dead but it might also be that the thermostat wiring has come loose or is corroded.
  • Frequently blown circuits – It is very likely that your air conditioning system is on its own circuit because of the volume of electricity that it needs. If you start having to go out and re-activate the circuit because the AC keeps breaking it, you likely have an issue with your AC. It could be something with your utility company but it could also be a problem with your AC unit demanding too much power.

When you need any Evanston air conditioning repair just call us here at Shavitz.

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Calling Shavitz for Air Conditioning in Evanston

Friday, July 26th, 2013

A reliable, efficient air conditioning system is a must during the long, hot days of the cooling season. When it comes to air conditioning in Evanston, IL, Shavitz is the company you can count on. We offer excellent air conditioning services and have done so for four generations. An air conditioning system must be properly installed, repaired and maintained if you hope to get the best operation and performance that it has to offer. Whether you are looking for an AC to install in a brand new home, or the time has come to repair or replace your existing system, Shavitz is the company to call when you want the job done right the first time.

Shavitz boasts a great history of satisfied customers, as evidenced by our 98% customer satisfaction rating. We have also earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, thanks to the outstanding efforts of our skilled, professional technicians. We were voted the Chicagoland Contractor of the Year, and Angie’s List saw fit to honor us with the Super Service Award 5 years in a row! We have also been awarded Carrier’s Prestigious President’s Award, and were nominated for the ACCA National Contractor of the Year and Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

As impressive as our laurels may be, they are secondary to the quality and fine selection of services we offer. Our NATE certified technicians take their work and the quality of their customer service very seriously. We are fully bonded, licensed and insured so that you can rest easy in knowing your service and system is protected. Plus, take comfort in knowing that our EPA certification means we treat the environment with the same respect that we do your home. Whether you are interested in a traditional split central air conditioner, a geothermal cooling system, a high-efficiency heat pump or ductless mini splits, you can count on our team to handle your air conditioning services with the utmost care.

For quality air conditioning in Evanston, IL, you can always trust the products and services offered by Shavitz. Our technicians take your comfort very seriously, and your 100% satisfaction is our goal. Contact us today to schedule service.

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Another Way Shavitz Offers Excellent Customer Service

Friday, July 19th, 2013

At Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning, we know that your home should be comfortable year round for all members of your family, including your pets! We’re proud to offer exceptional customer service that will leave you satisfied with our work and Shavitz dog biscuits that will leave your canine satisfied too. Your air conditioner should be running in top shape this summer to maximize the efficiency of the unit and help you save on your energy bills. And with so many allergens in the air, air cleaners can help filter dust, pollutants, and dander in the air and improve the quality of the air in your home. We’ve been a trusted name in the business since 1904 so give us a call today or schedule service online!

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Signs You Have a Broken Air Conditioning Compressor

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Your air conditioning system is a pretty incredible feat of engineering. There are many different critical components that allow your AC to remove heat from your home and exhaust it outside. One of those components is the compressor. If your compressor starts to have any issues then you will definitely start to have some big issues with your home’s cooling. Here at Shavitz, we offer complete Evanston, IL air conditioning repair services and we wanted to put together a few of the more common signs that could indicate that you need to repair your AC system.

How Air Conditioners Work

Before we talk about compressor issues, it’s important to know exactly what the compressor does. Your compressor’s job is to compress a refrigerant that is then circulated to the evaporator coils that are located in the indoor unit of your home’s AC system. The refrigerant is then released from the pressure which makes the evaporator coils very cold. The fan in your indoor unit blows the warm air form your home over the coils thereby cooling the air. The newly cooled air is pushed into your home while the newly warmed refrigerant is circulated to the outdoor condensing unit where the heat is exhausted into the outside air.

Evanston, IL Air Conditioning Repair: Is My Compressor Broken?

If your compressor isn’t able to properly compress the refrigerant, your AC system won’t be able to work well. Look for some of the following signs that could indicate that your compressor is broken.

  • Not enough cooling – If your air conditioning system isn’t producing enough cooling for your home it could be the fault of the compressor. Your AC system needs the refrigerant flowing into the evaporator coils to be under very high pressure. If that pressure isn’t achieved, then your system won’t be able to cool the air enough.
  • Hissing noises – If you hear hissing coming from your air conditioning system it could be coming from the compressor. Not only will this reduce the amount of pressure that your compressor can achieve but it can also cause refrigerant to leak out.
  • Noises – Your compressor has a motor that it uses to compress the refrigerant. If the motor isn’t working well it could start to operate at a higher volume. Keep an ear out for this problem.

For all your Evanston, IL air conditioning repair services, just call the friendly experts at Shavitz.

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My Air Conditioning Is Leaking Water: Is This Normal?

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Your air conditioning system has a ton of different moving parts that work together to cool your home. There are a number of common repair issues that we get called to fix here at Shavitz. One of the most common problems is water leaking from the air conditioner. If this is happening at your home then you likely need the repair services of a Chicago air conditioning company. Take a look below at some of the possible causes of this issue and then call the experts at Shavitz for repair.

Chicago Air Conditioning Company Tips: Why Is My AC Leaking Water?

Have you ever taken a cold glass outside on a hot day? You’ve probably noticed that water will start to collect on the outside of the glass. This is called condensation and it occurs because hot air can hold more moisture than cold air.

The same thing happens with your air conditioner as it pulls in warm air from your home and passes it over a series of very cold coils called evaporator coils. As the condensation gathers it should drip off into a condensate pan and then drain away. However, sometimes this pan and the drain can get clogged with dust and dirt which will result in a clog. Eventually the water in the pan will overflow which will cause your AC system to leak water. If this is happening at your home just call your local Chicago air conditioning company for repair.

How to Avoid Air Conditioner Water Leaks

If you’re like most homeowners then you’re trying to avoid any kind of air conditioning problems as possible. Probably the best way to keep your AC system working well is to get it regularly inspected and maintained by a professional.

During regular maintenance visits, your technician will thoroughly inspect every component of your system including the condensate drain and the condensate drain lines. They will clean them if there is any debris or dust in them and make sure that they aren’t clogged.

When you need a Chicago air conditioning company that is dedicated to your complete satisfaction and to the quality of work that they do just call Shavitz.

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Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

In the history of the United States, there are few days that hold such high importance as the 4th of July. We all remember baseball games, hot dogs, fireworks, ceremonies, patriotic music, and barbecues throughout the years as we’ve celebrated this special day. But we can quickly forget what our Independence Day is really about.

On this day in 1776, the second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence which was a written explanation of why America must be free from Great Britain. The legal separation of the two countries actually occurred on July 2, but Americans have celebrated on the 4th because that was the date on the much-publicized Declaration.

So whether you go to a ball game, watch the fireworks with family, barbecue some burgers or hoist a cold one with your friends, make sure that you take a moment to remember the sacrifice that many women and men made over 200 years ago to ensure the freedom that we cherish today.

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