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

Don’t Let a Cracked Heat Exchanger Haunt You This Fall

Monday, October 21st, 2019

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Do you use a gas-powered furnace in your home? Well, then there is one safety risk that is essential you know. This isn’t to say that that gas furnaces are inherently dangerous—they’re not! But there is a component within it that can be dangerous if you ignore it for too long, and that’s its heat exchanger.

Like most powerful appliances or any type of equipment that creates combustion gases, a furnace can potentially create health hazards if it’s not regularly maintained, or repaired as soon as symptoms of a malfunction appear.

Cracked heat exchangers aren’t a problem that typically afflicts new furnaces—old gas-powered heaters are more prone to such a problem. When we say old, we mean about 10-15 years—this is the average lifespan for a well-maintained furnace.  

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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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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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As the Weather Warms, Take Care of Furnace Repair Needs

Monday, March 25th, 2019

technician-looking-over-furnaceIt may still be plenty cold enough for now to use our heating systems on a regular basis, but soon enough the temperatures will rise and you’ll be ready to use your air conditioner again. As a result, you might be tempted to put off any furnace care you may need or suspect.

Of all the heating services you should never neglect, a late-season furnace repair is at the top of the list. Ignoring your heating system when it needs work done on it can have costly and inconvenient consequences—and may even threaten your safety.

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Noises That Your Furnace Shouldn’t Be Making

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

woman covering her ears, on a white backgroundSure, it can be easy to ignore some of the noises that the systems and appliances in your home make. We often deny that something might be wrong because fixing it can be a nuisance. However, certain noises should not be ignored. While a rattle, for instance could simply indicate a loose panel, it could also suggest a cracked heat exchanger, which could lead to a carbon monoxide leak.

Here at Shavitz, we know just how important it is to protect yourself and your family. If you are hearing some suspicious noises, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with one of our technicians. Below, we have listed some sounds your furnace definitely should not be making.

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The Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Inside a gas furnace. Focus = the top of the middle flange. 12MP camera.If your home is like the majority of homes in our area, it’s very likely that you use a natural gas furnace to keep it warm. This is, after all, the most common type of residential heating system in the country, particularly in locations like ours with very cold winters. They are not only able to produce a large amount of heat, but they do so at less of an expense than electric furnaces, since natural gas costs less than electricity per unit.

But it’s important to note that any natural gas appliance has the ability to develop safety issues. We don’t mean to alarm you, since a well-maintained heating system will very rarely encounter these dangers. Current furnace systems are built with your safety in mind, and have special features to disallow for the escape of dangerous carbon monoxide into your home. There is one need for heating repair in Glenview, IL that is especially important to tackle right away when it comes to carbon monoxide exposure, and that’s fixing a cracked heat exchanger.

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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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AC Installation: Bigger Is Not Always Better

Monday, June 18th, 2018

top view of an air conditioner outside unitAre you concerned that this is the summer your home’s current air conditioner will finally quit its ability to keep your home cool and comfortable? If you are, or if you’ve already made the decision to replace your air conditioner, the time to get a new one is now. However, we encourage you to take your time in this decision—know what the cost factors are, and don’t rush out and buy the biggest system you can get within your budget.

The reason we say this is because too many homeowners go out and get the largest cooling system they can find without realizing that bigger doesn’t always mean better. In fact, you can be doing more harm than good to your overall cooling system by going this route. This is why it’s important to trust only those professionals who are educated and appropriately trained in Glenview HVAC services for your air conditioner installation.

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What Are the Best Ways to Prevent AC Repairs?

Monday, May 7th, 2018

technician working on air conditionerTemperatures may not be trending too far upward just yet, but soon enough we’ll be ready to switch our thermostats in cooling mode. When that time comes, you might not notice anything wrong with your air conditioner, if something is amiss. However, if you skipped your maintenance session or if you’ve neglected air conditioning repair in Glenview, IL even though you knew it was necessary, it’s time to ask if you can rely on your system to get you through the whole summer.

Midsummer air conditioner repairs are a hassle for homeowners, with full breakdowns of course being an even bigger hassle. You’ll most likely have to stop what you’re doing if this happens to you, and potentially even cancel plans in order to call in a pro during one of the busiest times of the year for HVAC contractors. Chances are, you’d prevent that if you could. Lucky for you, you can prevent AC repairs!

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