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What’s That Smell from the Heater?

nose-smell-childThe heater has just started up again, and you’ve got a problem. There seems to be a smell coming directly from the vents. This can be a scary situation. Of course, if you have any cause to believe it’s a gas leak, you should turn off the system ASAP. Otherwise, the urgency of the issue can range quite a bit.

In some cases, there’s no cause for alarm when you notice a smell from the vents. Otherwise, you may need someone to investigate the heating system or the vents. Avoid this possibility with our maintenance services and call us if you do require heater repair!

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4 Common Boiler Repairs

radiator-relaxing-boilerA boiler is a complex piece of equipment. And yet, it’s one that rarely requires repair. That’s one of the great things about a boiler; it’s highly durable and tends to require little maintenance. That’s why you might be surprised when you notice problems with your boiler, but it’s bound to happen at some point or another.

Take a look at some of the problems you might come across when you own a boiler instead of a forced-air heating system like a furnace. (These are two very different systems, aside from their ignition systems.) It’s good to know what you might expect, and better to realize that routine preventative maintenance may be a good option for your home.

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How to Prevent Heating Repair

old-furnace-openAlthough we love being heating technicians and installers, we understand that most people don’t really want to run into a situation where they have to call us. Your heating system won’t last forever, though, and you’ll have to call in technicians eventually. But we’re here to help see that an emergency heating repair or replacement call happens later, not sooner.

Heating repair prevention is a little bit of work, but it’s worth it when you know you are more likely to get through the fall and winter without having to call us in. (We understand.)

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Why HVAC Maintenance Is So Important

vent-wall-whiteWhen we recommend maintenance for an air conditioner or heating system, we know that it’s an easy suggestion to dismiss. Unless something is seriously wrong with your system—if you cannot get any heat on a cold winter’s night—you might put off calling a technician, especially if things were working just fine last season. And yet, like maintenance for your car, routine air conditioning and heater maintenance is so important for repair prevention.

As HVAC specialists (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning specialists), we believe it is our duty to tell you why routine maintenance is so important. For more information, reach out to our team and schedule your heating maintenance service ASAP!

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6 Ways to Improve Heating Efficiency

lose-money-heatSaving money isn’t always easy when temperatures drop and you need your heating system to run almost all the time. Heating systems take up a large portion of our energy and fuel expenses, sometimes accounting for the highest amount of energy use when the weather is chilly. And you know that it’s not practical to simply shut your system off.

Improve heating efficiency with these 6 tips from our expert technicians. Call a professional technician to schedule service for your furnace in Plainfield, IL.

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4 Facts to Know about Your Boiler

radiator-relaxing-boilerBoilers provide a comforting heat that other heating systems simply cannot match. Heat radiates out into a room, rather than moving through ductwork and vents in a home, as hot water allows for easy, reliable heat transfer.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding boilers and their associated components: underfloor heating systems, radiators, and baseboard heaters. As experienced heating technicians, we hear a lot of misconceptions every day, and we feel it’s our job to clear them up. Read on to learn what we think any boiler owner should know, and call our team for boilers in Lockport, IL.

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What Makes a Ductless Mini Split Different from Your Other Options

ductless-living-roomYou’ve got several options for your home when there is no air duct system to move heat and air around the house. For heating, many locals have an electric or radiant heating system to emit heat throughout the house such as a furnace or boiler. And for cooling, you might choose a window air conditioner or room unit mounted into the wall.

However, this is not necessarily the best setup. If you’ve been looking into other options, it’s time to consider a ductless mini split system in New Lenox, IL. Call our technicians to find out if this is really the best choice for you.

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What You Should Check before Calling for Heating Repairs

filter-change-ductsOf course, major heating repairs are not something we recommend for the average homeowner as a do-it-yourself project. Repairing a furnace is not easy. We know because our technicians train for years to continue to learn the latest techniques for heating repair—their training is never complete! No single online guide or manual could prepare someone to properly diagnose and repair such a complex system.

Still, there are many times we show up for heating repairs, only to find that the problem could have been resolved by the homeowner. Could it be a simple fix? If you’re heater is broken down completely or just not functioning properly, try the following. You may just prevent a call to a heating technician.

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What Is the Efficiency of My Heating Equipment?

Sometimes, when homeowners are concerned about their utility bills, we get questions about how their heating equipment may be contributing. It’s a safe assumption; we often encourage people to keep an eye on their bills because heating systems take up a large portion of your monthly utilities. Higher-than-usual bills could be a sign of a problem within the system.

We also get questions about the heating efficiency of their furnaces. Many people wonder whether their heaters are simply not efficient enough and if they are simply stuck with these high bills. Below, we’ll show you how to tell what efficiency rating your heater has, but we also explain that efficiency isn’t everything.

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3 Signs Your Heater Needs an Inspection

Today’s heating systems are safer than they have ever been before. Thankfully, carbon monoxide leaks, gas leaks, electrical issues, and other heating safety concerns have become less common—but these types of issues are still possibilities.

In addition, a heating system can break down at any time if it doesn’t get the attention it needs. Why risk it? Here are three signs you may need to schedule an inspection from a professional heating technician. Call us when you decide it’s time for heating service in New Lenox, IL.

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