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

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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Signs Your Boiler Is in Trouble

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Pressure gauge process for monitored condition.Chances are, if you have a boiler you’re relying on to effectively heat your home, you also want it to do so as affordably as possible. If this is the case, it’s important to care for your boiler properly. This starts with professional installation from a highly trained and experienced team of heating professionals, and following up with proper maintenance, and boiler repair in Evanston, IL when needed.

Speaking of boiler repairs, these are pretty sturdy systems. However, even with diligent care, there’s always a chance that something will go amiss. As a result, your boiler will wear down to the point that it will need to be replaced. To give your system the longest life possible, you can and should tackle repair needs ASAP. But do you know the signs you have a boiler problem to begin with?

Here are some!

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Is Your Heater Hurting Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Rear view of a young woman opening the curtains in the morningThis is what many homeowners think—that running their heater actually dries out their air and makes the indoor air quality bad as a result. This isn’t quite the case though, and we wouldn’t want you to start using your heater less as winter gets closer and closer. Dry air is certainly a nuisance, but resisting use of your heater will not help the situation!

Modern construction has made our homes tightly sealed up against the elements, which can impact indoor air quality issues like dust infiltration. But dry air is a whole different beast. Why is it such a problem though? And how can you prevent problems with dry air from happening in your living space? Well, with the installation of a whole-house humidifier! If you’ve ever been through even just one of our summers, you might be wondering why you would want to add moisture to your home, but bear with us.

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6 Signs Your Boiler is Struggling

Monday, January 1st, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundThe only way that your boiler system has any hope of working as it is supposed to is if you care for it properly. This means many things: that it should be professionally installed, that you should schedule routine maintenance for the system, and that you should only trust professionals for adequate Evanston, IL boiler repair.

Of course, it’s also important to remember that even with this level of care, there’s still a chance that something will go wrong with your boiler system in the future, and eventually it will wear down to the point that it may need major repairs, or even replacement. However, do you know what indicators to look for when it comes to a boiler that’s struggling to do its job effectively and efficiently anymore? Check out these 6 signs, below.

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How to Choose the Right HVAC Company

Monday, September 11th, 2017

male service professional in blue jumpsuitWhen it comes to scheduling any sort of service work for your residence or your business, it makes sense that you want to know that the person coming to do the job is highly experienced and trained in the work you need done. When it comes to installation, or any service on an HVAC system, there is no exception to this fact.

But just because an HVAC contractor is popular, or a company is affordable, doesn’t make that the right contractor for your particular job. It’s important to do your homework and to ensure that the HVAC company you choose is a right fit for you and your needs. We’ve provided a brief guide below to help you do just that.

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So You Want a New AC Installed—But What Will It Cost?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

new-ac-installed-costOne thing you can count on in the Chicago area is that temperatures stay cooler a lot longer than they do in other parts of the country. This makes putting off certain tasks—like purchasing a new air conditioner—much more likely. But, soon enough summer will be here in earnest, and we don’t advise rushing into an air conditioner installation in Evanston, IL.

Before you rush out to purchase a new cooling system, there are a few things to consider. After all, don’t you want to ensure that you are prepared as you can be with a functional and efficient air conditioning system? If you know yours is not likely to last through another heat wave, or you suspect that its age is catching up with it, then buying a new one is a good idea—but what will it cost you?

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It’s Not Too Late to Tackle Heater Repairs

Monday, April 10th, 2017

late-season-heating-repairsAs the weather slowly but surely warms up, it’s almost time to begin using our air conditioners. But this doesn’t mean that if something is amiss with your heater, it can wait until the next heating season. In fact, delaying your Evanston, IL heating repair needs can actually do more harm than good.

Unfortunately, ignoring repair needs can be detrimental to your heating system, no matter how late in the season it may be. Just because you aren’t using your heater on a regular basis anymore doesn’t mean you can just let the issue go.

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There’s Never a Bad Time for Radiant Heater Maintenance

Monday, January 30th, 2017

no-bad-time-for-radiant-heater-maintenanceWhile residents in other parts of the country would scratch their heads wondering what “snow to wintry mix” means in the weather forecast, we are all too aware of its implication: it’s cold and unpleasant outside! It also means that you are out of luck if you aren’t equipped with a fully functioning and effectively operating heater. If you are one of the many Evanston, IL homeowners with a radiant heating system, then you are fortunate; these systems require very little by way of maintenance and repairs.

This does not mean, however, that radiant heating systems are immune to problems. Your radiant system does require that you care for it, and this includes having maintenance done on the system. Radiant systems are a preferred choice for many over their traditional forced-air counterparts. Rather than taking up a large amount of space in your home and running the risk of air loss through ductwork, these systems include wires or pipes that are embedded into your home’s walls, ceilings, or floors, where the heat radiates outward. System care is vital to ensuring that this process continues on without a hitch.

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Have You Tuned Up Your Furnace Yet?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Furnace maintenance just isn’t something that the average homeowner thinks about too often, or even considers to be important. This “wait until repair needs crop up” attitude can often result in a prematurely broken down heating system in the dead of winter—or worse, devastating property damage.

We don’t mean to sound dramatic, however a furnace tune-up is not simply a luxury—it is a necessity to ensure that you can safely operate your heating system when you need it the most. Keep reading to learn why you should schedule your furnace tune-up today, if you haven’t already.

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Signs That It Is Time to Replace Your Heater

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Temperatures haven’t dropped too dramatically in recent weeks, relative to where they’ll be this winter. However we are definitely approaching cooler weather, and as such you may have turned on your heater already. Hopefully you had it maintained this fall so you won’t experience any sudden surprises. Either way though, once you begin to use your heater on a daily basis, you should be alert for any of the following signs that can indicate it’s time for a heater replacement.

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