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

Why It’s Never Too Late for an AC Tune-up

Monday, September 5th, 2022

Fall is just around the corner – weeks away in fact. Does that mean it’s too late in the season for an AC tune-up? Never! An AC tune-up is always a good idea, no matter the time of year. Prioritizing AC maintenance is a great way to ensure that your unit is running at peak condition year round. 

And in fact, the end of summer is an especially good time to schedule an AC maintenance appointment because your unit has been working hard all summer long. Soon your HVAC will be working equally hard to warm your home in the winter, and you want it to do that job well. So if you think you need an AC tune-up, our team can help.

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Don’t Believe This Refrigerant Myth!

Monday, August 8th, 2022
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Your air conditioner is running, but your home is warm. When you place your hand near the air coming out of the vent, it does not feel cool. Could it be the refrigerant? It could be, but it’s important to understand what this is. There’s a common belief that refrigerant is some type of fuel. It is not. It does not deplete over time.

In fact, the amount of refrigerant placed into the system by the manufacturer is enough to last the entire lifespan of the system. So, why isn’t your air cool? When you call on a team for AC installation in Chicago, you can find a bit more about why this happens.

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Broken Compressor: Do You Repair or Replace Your AC?

Monday, July 25th, 2022
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At some point, you’re going to run into issues with your air conditioner. You might notice warm air blowing from the vents or hear strange noises coming from the unit when you turn it on. One of the less common issues comes from a broken compressor, which is responsible for helping the refrigerant do its job– cooling down your home and keeping you comfortable in the heat. When this happens, you have no choice but to seek professional air conditioning repair in Northbrook, IL.

While there are some cases where a damaged compressor can be repaired, most of the time, it will require you to replace the component. But here’s the issue, compressors are the most expensive parts of the AC unit. That means it might make more financial sense to replace the entire air conditioning unit.

In this article, we’ll help you figure out when it’s best to replace just the compressor itself or opt for an entirely new AC. Then we’ll discuss some of the signs that you have a failing compressor on your hands.

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What Type of AC Is Best for Your Home?

Monday, July 11th, 2022
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Choosing the correct type of air conditioning unit for your home can affect how you feel about your heating and cooling system for years. A good air conditioning unit is a must for most people, but buying and installing a unit can take up a large portion of a homeowner’s appliance or home upgrades budget.

This is why people shopping for AC installation in Northbrook, IL, need to think about what type of AC is best for their home. The good news is that there are plenty of different options! However, that means you should know what you want going in to ensure you are happy for years. Keep reading to learn about five types of air conditioners we install.

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5 Sounds You Shouldn’t Hear Coming from Your Air Conditioner

Monday, June 27th, 2022
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We get used to the noises that we hear from our air conditioning in Winnetka, IL. While a dull hum and the occasional **click** are normal, there are some sounds you don’t ever want to hear and are signals that are something that needs your immediate attention.

In this article, we’ll tell you about 5 common air conditioner noises that spell bad news. If you start hearing any of these listed below, then that’s a tell-tale sign that repairs are in order. We’ll let you know who the usual culprits are and what those repairs will likely be. Remember, you don’t want to ignore what your AC is telling you because the worst thing is being stuck in a hot home this summer.

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The Best Way to Boost AC Efficiency and Save Money!

Monday, June 13th, 2022
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In order to stay comfortable in our part of the world, it’s absolutely vital to have a powerful air conditioner. But when it comes to cooling your home, you want to do so affordably as well, right? 

With rising energy prices, many homeowners today are looking for ways to bring down their financial obligations. This might mean even avoiding the use of their air conditioners even though they’re really uncomfortable. The good news is, you really don’t have to avoid using your air conditioner. In fact, there are ways you can use it better that will make more efficient use of your energy and therefore, save you money. Read on to learn more! 

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Heed These Signs That Indicate You Need An AC Repair

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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Summer is on the horizon, which means sunny days and enjoying the great outdoors. It also means that we’ll all be turning up the AC to counter the heat that comes with the warmer months.

As you’ll be using your AC far more than you would in the cooler months, it’s important that you look out for a few signs that may indicate it’s time to call in the AC professionals.

In this article, we look at a few of these signs.

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Time for an AC Tune-Up

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
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Do you know when the perfect time to schedule AC maintenance is? First off, maintenance is an essential service, not just one you should do whenever its convenient. You should be scheduling an air conditioner tune-up annually, at least. In the case of a year-round heat pump, it’s best to have a tune-up done every 6 months.

So what we are getting at is that consistency matters more than timing here. Still though, there are certain times when air conditioning maintenance is more convenient for you–and springtime is that time. This lessens the chance that our HVAC professionals will be out on emergency calls, so you can get a tune-up scheduled at your convenience. Read on to learn more about why this service is so important.

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Ice and Your AC: Why This Is a Bad Combination

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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With temperatures cooling down, we’ve had a few mild days where it was possible to turn off our air conditioners for a bit. For the most part though, we’re still using them pretty frequently. As such, it’s important that they work as efficiently and effectively as possible. And if you see ice anywhere on that system then we have news–it’s not performing as efficiently and effectively as it should.

Fortunately, you need to only call our team to resolve this problem (no, you shouldn’t try to remove the ice on your own). Read on to learn why!

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Don’t Ignore These Potential End-of-Season AC Repair Needs!

Monday, September 6th, 2021

The official end of summer is right around the corner, and soon it will be time to start thinking about our heating systems (in fact, if you haven’t scheduled heating maintenance, it’s not too soon!) You’ve probably been using your air conditioner frequently over the last few months, and the last thing you need now is a sudden breakdown or huge repair need when you still need the air conditioner itself.

The good news is, most air conditioning repairs show 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 can rely on your air conditioning system not only for the rest of this season, but again when you begin using it next year as temps warm up again.

Remember, a faulty air conditioner should only ever be inspected and repaired by trained and experienced professionals. This is because they have potentially dangerous components such as refrigerant. But, you can definitely spot the symptoms that it’s time to call in a pro. We’ve covered some of the most common below!

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