Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

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

Friday, 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 Spring AC Repairs With These Tips

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

technician-working-on-outside-ac-unitTemperatures are slowly but surely rising, and soon enough you’re going to need your air conditioner to function as efficiently and effectively as it is designed to. So if your air conditioner is struggling at all, now is the time to tackle repair needs.

But what about preventing repair needs before they crop up? This would be the most ideal situation, right? We’ve shared some tips below on how you can do just that.

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It’s Never Too Early for an AC Tune-Up

Monday, April 8th, 2019

outside-air-conditioner-unitThe recommendation to schedule annual tune-ups for your cooling system can be an easy one to dismiss. After all, nothing is severely wrong with your air conditioner, so does it really need service? It’s never suffered a loss of cooling power or any other detrimental effects—by all accounts it’s working “just fine.”

But what if “just fine” isn’t good enough? What if your air conditioner actually isn’t working as efficiently as it could, and as a result is costing you more money than you should have to spend each month? We recommend maintenance because it helps prevent problems. We would love for you to never run into an emergency AC repair need, but the only way to help guarantee that is by taking proper care of the system.

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

Monday, 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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Tips for Staying Cool in Summer Heat

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Woman feeling hot and trying to refresh in summertime heatIf we could all afford to keep our air conditioners running at full blast all day every day during the summer, we would, right? But alas, that is just not feasible for most homeowners. The costs of running your air conditioning in Northbrook, IL day and night throughout the summer season are high, and it’s not that great for the environment, either! You will also wear out your air conditioner much faster than normal, and find having to replace the system years before you thought you would need to.

So, while setting your thermostat at the lowest possible temperature so that it will blast cold air out on you 24/7 is not the best option, are there still ways to stay cool other than using your cooling system? Yes, there are, and you can save energy by doing so too. Read on for some tips.

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