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

AC Troubleshooting: The Problem with Refrigerant Loss

Monday, September 21st, 2020
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There’s a fairly common misconception among homeowners about refrigerant–that it “runs out” or depletes from your air conditioner like gasoline does from a vehicle.

This misconception could come from an internet video or article, or even a dishonest HVAC “professional” looking to make a quick buck. But the point is, refrigerant loss isn’t something that should ever happen!

Refrigerant is in a closed, sealed loop, and is recycled throughout the lifespan of your air conditioner or heat pump. So if you’re suffering from refrigerant loss, it means there is a leak that must be repaired. Read on to learn more!

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End of the Season Is No Time to Neglect AC Repairs!

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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When you live in a climate like ours, it can be easy to put off AC care. We’re much more well known for our chilly winters, after all, than we are our hot and humid summers, no matter how much of a punch they pack when they come.

As the summer season slowly but surely comes to a close, it’s almost time to turn our attention to our heating systems, scheduling maintenance or upgrading our systems as needed. This does not mean, however, that you should ignore any AC repair needs you might have. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that you need AC repair, and call our team when you’re ready to schedule them!

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Why You Need a Quality AC Installer

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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The reason you need a quality, professional, AC installer, is because they know the intricacies involved in every step of the installation process. Sure, we can share those steps, and we’re about to below. But air conditioners are complex–we aren’t sharing these steps to encourage you to do it on your own. We’re sharing them to show why it’s important to hire a professional.

We understand, however, that if you’re on the lookout for an AC installation company this time of the year, you’re probably desperate for a new cooling system. But even though you need one now, we really encourage you to take your time finding the right installer. Rushing into a decision like this can leave you with an ineffective or inefficient cooling system.

So, what are the 3 steps, and subsequently 3 reasons you need a quality installer, for AC installation? Read on!

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Why Is My Upstairs Hotter Than My Downstairs?

Friday, July 31st, 2020

My high school physics teacher, Mr. Ploplys, said you can’t fight physics.  Hot air is always rising and cold air is always falling.  If you live in a townhome, you know first-hand how this gets worse as you walk to the upper floors.  The laws of physics apply, but we can at least help!  

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One way to win the fight for comfort in your home is air movement.  Set your thermostat fan setting from “auto” to “on” to constantly mix up and redistribute that hot and cold air.  Properly sized and multi-stage or modulating air conditioners will help with this as well (see below). 

Hot Roofs and Attics  

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Temperatures in poorly ventilated and poorly insulated attics can easily reach 140 degrees F or more making a sauna seem breezy.  Ensure your attic is well ventilated and insulated or that heat will make your top floor uncomfortable. 

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Your Ductless AC Might Need Repair If…

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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Air conditioning repair is not a service you should wait on when you know or suspect you need it. This is especially true for ductless cooling and heating systems, that have unique qualities and equally unique repair needs.

While an air handler can be easily replaced, it’s not the cheapest purchase to make, especially if the problem that led to the replacement could have been avoided. And then if the outdoor unit–namely, the compressor–fails, you’re really out of luck!

Essentially, the longer you wait to have your air conditioner professionally repaired, the higher chance there is of a complete system breakdown. And when you do need AC repair, we’re the team to call! But how do you know when there’s a need? Read on as we uncover a few of the top ways to tell if your ductless air conditioner needs repairs.

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“My AC Compressor Failed! What Do I Do?”

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you might have seen us refer to the thermostat of your HVAC system as the brain of the system. If it fails, you lose all control of your air conditioner and cannot possibly get it to function and cool your home properly. Fortunately, thermostats are relatively easy to replace, and affordable as well, when compared to other AC components.

Take the compressor, for example. This is considered the “heart” of your air conditioner. Unfortunately, when this component fails, the fix is typically an expensive one. And your air conditioner can’t do any part of its job with a failed compressor. Because this is such an essential component, actually, homeowners have an important decision to make if theirs fails. Read on as we uncover what your options are at this point, and if you’ve come across this problem give our team a call for further guidance.

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AC Not Performing As It Should? Here’s Why

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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Nobody needs to explain to you why an air conditioner is beneficial. Air conditioning is more than just a luxury these days, it’s a necessity to stay comfortable and even healthy inside of our homes. If you have a whole-house air conditioner in place, however, and it’s not performing as it should, it could leave you frustrated and miserable.

We would like to help you avoid this! There are a few AC performance problems in particular that homeowners will often ignore or neglect at first, because “it’s not that bad” or they’re afraid that a repair will be expensive. The truth is, though, that the longer you wait on fixing a cooling system problem, the worse the problem can get—until you’re stuck with a completely broken down system.

So, read on as we uncover these few common AC problems and what they may mean for your air conditioner.

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Why Is AC Short-Cycling a Problem?

Monday, June 15th, 2020
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One of the most common, and unfortunately one of the most damaging, problems an air conditioner can experience is a condition called short-cycling. Short-cycling is both the symptom of a problem and a problem in itself. In some cases, a few simple adjustments from your HVAC pro can fix this issue. But in many cases, the root cause is serious and requires a bit more than just that.

And unless the short-cycling is stopped, it will lead to the premature breakdown of your air conditioner, prompting you to have to replace it much sooner than you planned. Plus, until that point, your air conditioner will have wasted a whole lot of energy and money.

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4 Reasons to Consider Going Ductless

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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Did you know there is an alternative to using your air conditioner and heating system that only involves installing one system? For many homeowners throughout Chicagoland, a ductless system is becoming the preferred option for home temperature control, and for good reason. They’re good at not only keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

We get it—choosing the right HVAC system for your household can seem overwhelming, as there are many options to choose from. Our best advice is for you to speak with a trained and experienced professional before making a final decision. Not all homes are candidates for a ductless system, but our pros can help you make an informed decision about what’s best for your household.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance: Does Your Ductless System Need a Tune-Up?

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Has it been 6 months since your last ductless system tune-up? If so, then yes, your ductless system needs a tune-up again!

The fact of the matter is, if you are utilizing a ductless mini-split system for your heating and cooling, you need to schedule maintenance twice as often as other HVAC systems—after all, you’re using it twice as much. Without this bi-annual maintenance, you simply won’t be able to enjoy the full benefits of your ductless cooling and heating system since it won’t be able to perform as efficiently or effectively.

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