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

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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Would Your Home Benefit from a Boiler Installation?

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Temperatures are already cooling down, which means you, hopefully, already had maintenance scheduled for your heating system, and found out it’s in great shape to get you through the rest of fall and all through winter without any trouble.

But we’re willing to place a bet that if you’re reading this blog post, it’s either because your heater broke down, or you have an aging system that’s well on its way to that final breakdown.

The good news is, when you do need a heater, we’re the team to turn to for installation and any follow-up services you need. But we don’t want you to rush into this purchase. If you’ve always had a furnace, you may be tempted to get another one, but this isn’t always the best option.

Have you ever considered a boiler installation? Here are some reasons your home might benefit from this:

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How Can Your AC Save You Money?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

ac-save-moneyDid you know that your HVAC use accounts for about half of all your household energy use? Therefore, it makes sense that you would want to do everything in your power to ensure that you’re using your air conditioner as efficiently as possible this summer. Problems can plague cooling systems if they are neglected, or even as they age, but that doesn’t mean that yours has to drain your wallet.

We’d like to share with you some ways in which to improve your air conditioner’s energy performance so that it can actually help you save money on your energy costs. And when you need reliable air conditioning services in Wilmette, IL, you know you can turn to us. But in the meantime, read on for some great energy and money saving tips.

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How to Cut Costs on Commercial HVAC Operation

Monday, April 24th, 2017

commercial-hvac-cut-costsAs the weather warms up, it’s just about time to shut the heater off in your commercial space or business and begin using your commercial air conditioner once again. Naturally, running your commercial HVAC system can be costly—in fact energy.gov estimates that your HVAC system accounts for about half of all your energy costs—but your commercial HVAC use doesn’t have to break the bank.

First off, you can save money by trusting only specially trained technicians for your Wilmette, IL commercial HVAC services. This will ensure that any work done on your commercial HVAC system is completed accurately, helping you avoid service calls to repair shoddy work later on. There are a number of other ways to cut costs on commercial HVAC operation, too, which we’ve covered below.

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Should You Replace Your AC at the Same Time as Your Furnace?

Monday, February 13th, 2017

replace-heater-and-air-conditionerIt’s cold outside! Chances are, we didn’t need to tell you that. We certainly hope, though, that you have a fully functional heating system to depend on during these colder days. But what if your heater has failed you or a replacement has been recommended sooner than later?

You have many options to consider when looking into a new heater, and many homeowners wonder if they should take this time to look into an AC replacement as well, particularly if both systems are aging. While this decision may make a lot of practical sense, it’s not always so budget-friendly, unless you do it right.

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Efficient Heating: Is Zoning Right for Your Home?

Monday, December 26th, 2016

If you’ve found this blog post while looking for a way to efficiently heat your home, then you’ve come to the right spot! When you use your heater as much as we do here in Chicagoland, it’s only natural that you want to find a way to do so while still saving money. The good news is you don’t have to pay an arm and leg to heat your home each year. One significant way you can save is by investing in a zone control system.

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3 Reasons to Replace Your Heater This Year

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Even though our summers are nice and warm, and often long, it doesn’t mean our winters don’t pack quite the punch. With nighttime temperatures already dropping low enough to begin using your heater, it’s time to ask yourself if your system is ready for the coming winter. If you’re considering replacing your current heater this year, we have 3 reasons below why now might be the best time.

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Let’s Get Your Ductless System Ready for Winter

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Summer has officially come to an end, and our temperatures are starting to reflect the change of seasons. As our warm weather starts to dissipate, it’s time to think about our heating systems—namely if your current system is going to efficiently and effectively keep you warm this winter.

Ductless systems, also referred to as mini-splits, can be shifted from air conditioning to heating mode with just the touch of a button, making this a highly effective appliance. However without professional maintenance and regular care, it can’t work as well as it should. In addition to scheduling a tune-up with our professionals, there are a number of small tasks you can do on your own to ensure your ductless system is ready for winter.

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Why is Water Dripping from My Heat Pump?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Your heat pump operates according to many of the same principles as an air conditioner, which means it suffers from many of the same problems as well. For instance, you may notice puddles of water forming around its base, or dripping from key components in your heat pump. It’s not a good thing. The causes are myriad, but you likely need to contact a professional to deal with it. The good news is that here in Wilmette, IL, heat pump repair services are readily available. “Why is water dripping from my heat pump?” you ask. A brief rundown of the more common causes can be found below.

In many cases, the dripping water comes from ice on the cooling coils, which indicates a loss of refrigerant. Heat pumps and air conditioners need specific levels of refrigerant (dependent upon their models) to operate. When a leak springs up and the refrigerant levels drop, the cooling process is thrown off balance and ice forms on the evaporator coils. (The ice represents lost cooling potential that should be going into your home, as well as forming an unwelcome layer of insulation between the refrigerant and the air it needs to cool.) When you turn the air conditioner off, the ice may melt, forming puddles at the base of the unit.

You may also experience leaks if there are problems with the drainage system. Heat pumps often feature a condensate pan to catch normal condensation as it forms in the unit. That condensation then drips out of the system via a drain line. If the line becomes clogged or the pan is misaligned, water may drip out. (In many cases, a floater in the pan will automatically turn the system off before this happens, though you’ll still need to fix the problem before the heat pump will run again.)

If you spot water dripping from your system, the next step is to call Shavitz Heating & Air Conditioning for help. We offer a variety of air conditioning services in Wilmette, IL and heat pump repair is one of our regular services, and we have the know how to treat the root of the problem, not just the symptoms. Contact us today and let us show you what we can do!

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Damage Caused by Refrigerant Leaks

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Refrigerant leaks are the bane of air conditioners and heat pumps of all shapes and sizes. The refrigerant gas is the source of the A/C’s cooling power, and it needs to be at certain set levels (which vary depending on the exact type of unit). When those levels drop – through a breach in the line, say, or similar loss – then the damage can cascade and eventually result in serious repairs. The good news is that here in Wilmette, IL heat pump repair services can fix the problem before the damage caused by refrigerant leaks can get too bad.

The biggest sign of a refrigerant leak is a build-up of ice on the evaporator coils. It doesn’t seem like much – isn’t an air conditioner supposed to be cold? – but in fact it can create as serious issue. It acts as an insulator between the refrigerant and the air it’s supposed to cool, keeping the system from functioning the way it should. The air conditioner or heat pump thus works harder to do its job, increasing the strain on every single component. The ice build-up only worsen since its insulating properties exacerbate the problem, until the entire unit stops producing cool air at all. In the meantime, numerous other components are apt to be damaged by the problem, caused by the strain of over-work and similar issues of wear and tear.

The ice itself can cause damage too, both to the evaporator coil and to any components vulnerable to water. When the system shuts off, the ice may melt, and the water will short out electrical motors and damage similar elements very easily.

Unfortunately, you can’t simply scrape the ice off, since it’s just a symptom of the actual problem. Instead, give the experts at Shavitz Heating & Air Conditioning a call. We can handle the damage caused by refrigerant leaks, and will seal up the leak and recharge refrigerant levels so that the problem doesn’t repair. Heating system repairs in Wilmette, IL should be courteous and efficient and we stand by our pledge to leave you completely satisfied with our work. Call us today to make an appointment and let us show you how!

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