Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

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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Should You Go Ductless This Summer?

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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When it comes to cooling down your living space or heating it up, wouldn’t it be nice if you could use just one system? Well, you can! A ductless system, also referred to as a ductless mini-split due to its setup, is a heat pump-style system that’s become the preferred HVAC choice for many homeowners throughout Chicago and beyond, for good reason.

Ductless systems are not only a fantastic option for keeping your home comfortably cool in the summer, but they can also heat up your home in the winter, too. So, if you’re considering going ductless this summer for your cooling needs, it may benefit you this fall as well! Read on to learn more.

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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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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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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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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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Air Conditioning Problems to Watch for This Spring

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The weather is already starting to heat up, and that means that people are going to start relying on their air conditioning systems more and more often as the year progresses. As the strain on your air conditioning system increases, the chances for problems to develop will go up. If you want to limit the amount of damage these problems can do to your air conditioner, you should be able to recognize them early. That way you can call for repairs before whatever is wrong with the system can do too much damage to it. Read on for some common air conditioning problems you need to watch for this spring.

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Air Conditioning Noises and What They Indicate

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Air conditioners make a lot of noise during operation. We know this. However, that doesn’t mean that all noises they make are normal. If you notice your air conditioner making unusual noises, it very likely means that there’s a problem with your system. Let’s take a look at some of the various noises that your air conditioner might make, and the problems they indicate.

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