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The 4 Most Common Naperville Air Conditioner Repair Problems

April 21st, 2018

ac-repair-napervilleIt doesn’t matter whether you live in Barrington or another city in the Chicagoland suburbs, if you have an air conditioner, eventually it will encounter some problems. Whereas some of these problems are only minor, others can be very serious.

Your responsibility is to keep an eye out for these problems so that they don’t put your AC out of commission. You don’t want to be stuck in a hot and humid house, whether it be for one day or one week.

To ensure that you are prepared, Barrington residents should be aware of these 4 common air conditioner repair problems.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Ductless Air Conditioners

April 9th, 2018

ductless-ac-systemAre you thinking about having an air conditioner installed in your home? If so, you might not realize that there is more than just one type of air conditioning system available. In addition to central air conditioning, there are window air conditioning units, heat pumps, and ductless air conditioners, to name just a few options.

In this post, we’ll discuss the advantages of ductless air conditioners. Hopefully, this will help you determine whether or not a ductless air conditioner is the right choice for your purposes.

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of ductless air conditioners.

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When and Why You Should Change Your Home or Office Air Filter

March 16th, 2018

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If you’ve just bought a house or building and you’re dealing with your first HVAC system, or even if you’ve been there for years, there is one important aspect that every owner should remember. Changing out the air filter in your system can be one of the most crucial things you can do to keep your system running the way it should. It doesn’t matter if you have a commercial HVAC set up or a residential one — changing the air filter is a must.

According to Energystar.gov, the majority of HVAC filters should be changed every one to three months. If you had your system put in by residential or commercial HVAC services then they most likely told you the importance of changing it. Even if you’re someone who is willing to change the air filter as often as necessary, how do you know when you need to?

    • If the surface of the filter is a grayish color and there’s dirt and dust on it

 

    • If your home is somewhat dustier than usual

 

    • Your heating or cooling system has been cycling longer than normal

 

  • Check the manufacture’s recommendation for use (if your filter has been in longer than what they suggested)

There are a few reasons why you should change your air filter if you notice any of these signs.

  1. Your system will perform better: If the filter is clogged or dirty then air cannot move the way it should throughout the system.
  2. Limited air mobility: Since the air isn’t properly moving through your system, it’s limited from being directed into your home.
  3. Energy Efficiency: Your system will work harder to push the air through the system if the filter is bad and thus draw more energy to do so. A clean air filter means the air can move without much restriction and uses less energy.
  4. Dirty Air: As mentioned above, if your filter is clogged then the full amount of air isn’t being pushed into your home or office. The air that is being pushed however is full of contaminants that your filter normally removes. If you own a building with employees, this can pose a serious legal issue. If you have any problems with your filter or system you should contact your commercial HVAC services immediately.

Changing your air filter is a lot more essential than you might have thought. It isn’t difficult, and replacing it when you’re supposed to can save you time and money later on. If you don’t know where your filter is or how to change it, consider calling whichever of the residential or commercial HVAC services you had install the system. They’ll be able to inform you where the filter is as well as how long you should wait in between replacements.

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How to Prepare Your AC Unit for Spring (And Beyond)

March 13th, 2018

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Spring is just a few weeks away which means is almost time to throw your winter jackets in the attic. Along with getting rid of your winter clothing and bringing out your spring attire, it’s time to think about your home’s cooling system.

Since the weather is about to get a lot warmer, you’re not going to need to turn on the heat. Now is the perfect time to get your cooling system ready so that you stay comfortable throughout the spring and into the summer months. In order to do that, there are a few tips.

First, you should give your air conditioner a chance to run
Think of this as a trial run. Since you probably didn’t use your cooling system much over the past few months, there’s a chance that it needs some time to kick back into action. Letting your HVAC system run before you actually need it will help prevent any potential problems. Plus, you’ll find out if your system is in working condition or if it needs to be repaired well before you actually need to use it.

Next, regardless if the air conditioner is working or not, you should still schedule a time for an HVAC service visit
 These visits are designed to make sure that everything is in proper condition, and your technician will be able to fully inspect and clean the unit to make sure that it works well before you need it to. If any problems arise during their inspection, you’ll be able to have it taken care of almost immediately. Fortunately, this eliminates the need for you to reach out to an emergency HVAC company.

Finally, you should also consider replacing your air conditioner
 Two-thirds of all U.S. homes have air conditioners, but do they all work properly? Sit down and think about when you bought your air conditioner. If it’s been over 10 years, it’s probably time to get a new one. Even if your unit isn’t that old, take a look at your cooling costs over the past year. If they were extremely high, look for an air conditioning unit that can help reduce some of those costs. There are easy ways to get the most out of your HVAC system, so it’s important that you do what you can to utilize it properly.

Preparing your unit for the spring now could actually help to prepare it for the summer as well. Take a look at the tips listed above before spring arrives so you are fully prepared and on top of everything.

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Reasons Why You Should Always Demand Trenchless Pipe Repair

March 1st, 2018

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If you own a home, you might find yourself dealing with problems pertaining to your plumbing and sewer lines. Sometimes, piping in a home can burst or become faulty, while sewer lines are prone to damage from clogs, tree roots, and old age. To fix these problems, sewer pipe repair services used to have to dig ugly trenches to access the pipes, ultimately ruining your landscaping. However, that isn’t the case anymore!

Trenchless pipe repairs are a completely new way to repair and fix your pipes without having to dig up the ground. Along with this no-dig technology, there are so many other benefits of trenchless pipe repairs. Unfortunately, even though trenchless plumbing and modern sewer pipe lining can spare you from digging up your property, not all plumbing contractors have gotten the memo. So if you need to replace your sewer lines, here are a few reasons that you should demand trenchless solutions.

First, trenchless pipes are made out of a stronger and more durable material. The sewer pipe lining that is used, known as Polyethylene, can offer a reliable product with long-lasting effects. The new pipes actually help to prevent corrosion and tree root invasions. The material that is used will be the best way to help prevent trenchless pipe repair in the future.

The pipe liner also helps the pipes last longer, prevent clogs, and increase flow capacity. These pipe liners will ensure that a homeowner won’t have to clean out their sewer line as frequently as they would with normal piping. They also won’t need to worry about potential pipe bursting in the future. Ultimately, this a great way to save time, money, and stress in the long run.

When a pipe bursts, HVAC services will have to come into your home to fix the problem. With normal pipes, the heating and cooling services would be forced to spend extended hours, or even days, fixing the problem. With trenchless pipe repairs, the problem is typically resolved within hours. Although, this all depends on the extent of the pipe damage, of course. Usually, though, homeowners will be able to have their pipes fixed quickly with minimal damage to the area.

Trenchless pipe repairs are great for any homeowner that leads an extremely busy life. Not only will they not have to worry about consistent repairs or replacements, but if there is a problem it will be resolved pretty quickly. There is no major cleanup that comes with repairing trenchless pipes, as it only takes a few hours with minimal tools. While sewer replacement can take longer, plumbing contractors won’t have to destroy your property to access the underground pipes.

Time and money will be saved with the use of trenchless pipe repairs, and that’s something that many people are after these days. Plus, fixing easily corrected household water leaks with new and improved trenchless pipes can save homeowners about 10% on their water bills.

So if you need pipes or sewer lines replaced and your plumbing contractors don’t offer trenchless plumbing, you need to demand better service.

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3 of the Most Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

February 22nd, 2018

commercial plumbingIf you own a restaurant or a business, having a bathroom on the premises is necessary. In fact, the concept of indoor plumbing has been around for a very long time. It actually dates back to at least 2500 B.C. It’s crucial in a restaurant or bar, but also a big help to have in a shop.

You may think that the problems commercial plumbing sees would be the same that someone in a home faces as well. However, that’s not always the case as commercial plumbing is actually a lot different. Let’s take a look at a few common commercial plumbing problems you might deal with.

Leaking Fixtures

If you’re not careful, a leaky faucet can set your business back hundreds of dollars each year. When a faucet leaks for a long period of time, it’s wasting thousands of gallons of water. It can also cause some serious water damage to your building, so do what you can to prevent the faucet from leaking. If you find yourself in a bind, reach out to an HVAC service to have the problem fixed.

Clogged Toilets

You might think that clogging a commercial toilet isn’t that hard to do, especially in a food and drink setting. However, they’re actually more difficult to clog than residential toilets. While it doesn’t happen all the time, it is something that can happen every once in a while. If the toilet does clog and you can’t seem to work it out, have an emergency plumber come in with a toilet snake. If you notice the same toilet clogging over and over again, it may be a sign of major problems.

Running Toilets

If you notice the toilet running, you could be wasting a ton of money. This is a job only a plumber can handle, so reach out to them when you notice the issue. Sometimes, it can be a very simple fix. However, there are cases in which the entire toilet will have to be removed and replaced.

Commercial plumbing issues aren’t extremely frequent, but they are common. If you notice any problems, reach out to your plumbing service immediately for help and repairs.

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Common Furnace Problems to Look Out For

January 26th, 2018

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When the weather gets cooler, we often rely on our furnaces to keep us warm. Since we rely on them so heavily, it’s important that they always work properly.

Like many household appliances, there is always the potential that your furnace might have problems. While some of them may seem minor, a lot of them are extremely common. Let’s take a look at a few of these problems.

Dirty Filters
Dirty filters can be a big issue when it comes to your furnace. If they are clogged, it’ll prevent airflow from happening and stop clean air from getting out. The clogged filters will make it nearly impossible for the furnace to properly work. Some people who had dirty filters have found that the clogging actually caused damage to the limit switch. The limit switch controls the fan, which is a major part of the furnace. Energystar.gov says most HVAC filters need to be changed every one to three months, so make sure you’re doing so.

Problems With the Electric Ignition and Pilot Control
If your furnace is experiencing a faulty ignition or pilot switch, it might be extremely hard to heat your home. Any problems such as a clogged unit and filter, drafts in the appliance, and thermocouple problems can all lead to an unlit pilot light.

The Furnace is Making too Much Noise
If you notice a loud noise coming from your basement, it could be your furnace making an obscene amount of noise. Any rumbling, squeaking, and shaking noises aren’t normal sounds. The noises may mean mechanical problems, clogged burners, or airflow reductions. All of these things should be fixed by an HVAC company or a heating service.

The Furnace Isn’t Actually Heating Up
If your furnace isn’t heating up at all, you could have a bigger problem on your hands. This could indicate problems with the pilot light, power, gas, or thermostat setting. Check all of these things out and contact an emergency HVAC repair person immediately.

Relying on a furnace is something we all do when it’s cooler outside. However, it isn’t helpful when the machine isn’t working properly. Keep an eye out for the problems listed above. If you notice any of them, reach out to an HVAC specialist immediately.

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3 Ways to Avoid Winter Plumbing Problems

December 15th, 2017

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As the winter conditions quickly begin to make their presence known, making sure your house is in tip-top shape can help to ensure that you will be able to tackle the weather with ease.

This means that your heating and cooling systems must be in working condition. But what about the plumbing? If you have any winter plumbing problems, not only might it be complicated to fix due to the dropping temperatures and snow falling from the sky, but it can be extremely costly. In order to prevent anything from going wrong, there are a few ways to prevent any winter plumbing problems. Let’s take a look at a few things you can do.

Turn On Faucets
Although this may seem odd, allowing your home’s faucet to come to a slow drip can actually help you prevent any winter plumbing problems. Allowing the littlest amount of water that is both hot and cold to drip from your faucet can help to ensure your pipes are getting the relief they need. By making the water both hot and cold, you are using both spigots, ensuring that one is being focused on and the other is being neglected. Even if you find that your pipes have frozen, it’s important to still leave the faucet open, as it will help with pressure relief. Reach out to a plumbing contractor or a plumbing service to clear the pipes.

Install Insulation
Whether you’re using a small or large amount, any form of insulation can really help to prevent your pipes from freezing. Insulation can be very inexpensive, which is the best alternative if you want to avoid spending a ton of money in the future repairing your broken pipes.

Take Your Hoses Inside
Garden hoses are often overlooked. While many people have one and use it during the warmer months to water their lawns and plants, leaving it out in the winter is a direct line to frozen pipes. Bring your hoses inside, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to close your outdoor spigot. Doing these things will help prevent pipes from freezing and eventually bursting.

As a homeowner, it’s important to not only worry about your heating and cooling systems in the winter but to prioritize your plumbing as well. Ten percent of homeowners find leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. By making sure that your pipes don’t freeze during the cooler months and that you don’t have any water leaks, you’re saving yourself a ton of hassle and a ton of money.

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3 Things to Know about Trenchless Plumbing

December 7th, 2017

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Are you looking for a safe and cost-effective way to help and prevent any pipe and sewer problems? Trenchless plumbing might be the perfect thing for you and your home.

Of course, there are some things you need to know before getting involved with the world of trenchless plumbing. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Requires Minimal Digging
With trenchless plumbing, you don’t need to worry about plumbers tearing up your lawn. It’s a minimally invasive installation process that involves two small access points, so you don’t need to worry about extreme damage to your yard. The plumbers are also able to conduct trenchless pipe repair services easily so that you don’t have to worry about disrupting your normal routine.

Prevents Potential Future Damage
With traditional plumbing, you will often notice that you have the same consistency issues every five to 10 years or so. For example, if the roots of the trees in your yard made their way into your old pipes, chances are that they will do the same thing with the new ones. With trenchless plumbing and its sewer lining (which is essentially a pipe within a pipe,) you can prevent something from going wrong in the upcoming years.

Saves You Money
Trenchless plumbing service helps to eliminate labor costs. This affordable plumbing doesn’t require a crew to come and dig up your lawn just to install or conduct plumbing repair. Also, when you factor in not having to repair and potential future damage, you’re ultimately saving yourself even more money in the long run. You also won’t have to pay for anyone to put your yard back together after tearing it up, as there is no need to tear up your yard in the first place.

Indoor plumbing was created around 2500 B.C. Since then, there have been so many changes and developments made to the world of plumbing. If you have a problem with your pipes and need trenchless pipe repair services, reach out to plumbers near you. You’ll be able to save time and money in terms of the trenchless pipe repair services as they’re minimally invasive and inexpensive. For those looking for a cheap and easy pipe repair and maintenance, trenchless plumbing is the way to go.

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How to Prevent Winter Plumbing Issues

November 13th, 2017

emergency plumbing servicesWinter is around the corner, whether we like it or not, and nothing stinks more than plumbing problems during the colder season.

As a homeowner, there are a few things you can do to prevent any possible plumbing problems from wreaking havoc on your home. Remember these tips to make sure that your home is protected and that you won’t be stuck with a spewing water pipe during holiday family dinner. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Preventing Your Basement Floods

Since it’s still fall, this is the perfect time to start working on things around the house to help winterize. Before the first snowfall, check your basement for any leaks and check to make sure that your drainage area isn’t full of leaves and branches. When it becomes more brutal outside, check the drainage areas to make sure that they aren’t full of snow and ice. It’s important to keep them as clear as they possibly can be. If you don’t, you’re risking flooding your basement. A 2,000-square-foot home that experiences a one-inch flood may face about $20,920 in damages, so that’s something you should avoid.

Keeping Your Hot Water Heater in Working Condition

In order to ensure that your water stays warm throughout the winter and that you even save some money, check to make sure that your hot water heater is working. Check the area of the hot water heater to make sure it’s warm and make sure that there are no spaces for a draft, like open windows, near the unit.

Keeping Your Indoor Pipes from Freezing

This is one of the easiest things you can do to protect your home. To keep your pipes from freezing, simply make sure that your indoor temperature stays at above 13 degrees all winter long. This is crucial to note even when you’re away from home. You can even insulate your pipes for extra protection.

By taking the above steps, you’re preventing yourself from having to call emergency plumbing services for plumbing repair, sewer line replacement, drain cleaning, trenchless sewer repair, and other emergency plumbing services. Taking the steps and preventing emergency plumbing services from having to stop by your home when you’re rushing around trying to wrap presents and cook dinner will make for smooth sailing throughout the holiday season.

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