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Is Winter Making Your Water Heater Work Harder?

Portrait of a smiling plumber at workMany homeowners encounter troubles with their water heaters during winter. If you notice that you wait longer for warm water to run from your faucets in winter, you’re probably suffering from the effects of our cold fall weather here in Joliet. Just like it’s hard to get ice cold water in the summer, it’s hard to get warm water in winter. Keep reading below to find out what you can do about lowered water heater efficacy during winter.

If you follow all of these tips and still find that your water isn’t as hot as you want it to be, it might be time to upgrade your system. If you need great water heater installation in Joliet, IL then contact our expert team today.

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How to Prepare Your Heating System for Winter

Chilled young man with winter hat sitting next to a radiator isolated on white backgroundIt’s fall here in Bolingbrook! That means the kids are back in school, the leaves on the neighborhood trees become more vibrant each day, and the holiday season is on the horizon. This is a special time of year, make sure you’re enjoying it to its full capacity by preparing your home’s heating system for winter—you don’t want to get caught out in the cold!

If you need premier HVAC services in Bolingbrook, IL our technicians at Johansen & Anderson Inc are the right team for the job. We understand the specific needs of Illinois residents because our company has serviced the area for the past 70 years. We’ve taken the time to perfect our craft—you can count on us when you need a job done right.

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As Temperatures Cool Down, Start Thinking About Your Furnace

winter-homeIt’s fall and temperatures are finally starting to cool down here in Joliet, now is the perfect time to start preparing your furnace. If you noticed that you had any heating inconsistencies throughout the past year, then now is the time to handle these problems before temperatures really plummet. If you need expert furnace services in Joliet, look no further than our team here at Johansen & Anderson.

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Tips to Revive Your Air Conditioning After a Long Summer

cool-house-hot-houseA long summer here in Orland Park definitely puts your air conditioner to the test. Before you shift your focus from cooling to heating this fall, make sure you square away your air conditioning unit and get ready for next year by getting any repairs you may need done. Service now can save you a headache in the future. If you need reliable air conditioning repair in Orland Park, contact our team at Johansen & Anderson Inc. for comprehensive service.

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Are You Not Getting Enough Hot Water from Your Water Heater?

plumber-hot-water-heaterIf you are constantly taking lukewarm showers, it’s because you are not getting enough hot water from the water heater heater. Water heater issues are frustrating because they have a multitude of causes. It’s a huge inconvenience for everyone in your home. If you’re getting frustrated with a lack of hot water, call on our team at Johansen & Anderson Inc. for water heater repair in Joliet, IL.

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As Summer Winds Down, Pay Close Attention to Your AC

tools-on-ac-unitAlthough your air conditioning has performed well through a long summer, it’s important to monitor the quality and performance of your AC as the season ends. Even if you get annual maintenance, it’s common for the scorching temperatures of summer to have impacted your air conditioning system. It’s always a good idea to have a routine check-up at the end of the summer to prevent future breakdowns. We can help! Our team at Johansen & Anderson Inc. has experience with all types of Bolingbrook, IL AC repair and routine maintenance.

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Why Air Conditioners Overheat

thermometer-going-redLate summer is the time period when air conditioning systems are at the highest risk of suffering a malfunction. It’s not just that this is the time in the summer when the heat level is the highest, but that air conditioners have already done an immense amount of cooling, often starting up in late April and putting in work almost every day after late June. Even with the best regular maintenance from professionals (a service we offer), an AC is in danger of overheating and failing during August and September.

What causes this overheating? It isn’t necessarily the heat—there are other culprits that may lead to an AC shutdown because it’s overworking.

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Can I Put More Refrigerant Into My AC on My Own?

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantWe can answer this question in two simple responses:

  • No, you can’t
  • You don’t need to*

Homeowners often ask this question about refrigerant because of a basic misunderstanding about what refrigerant is and what it does. We’re going to go into more detail to address the question because it helps people grasp how air conditioning systems work, and because it can help alert to a serious AC repair issue.

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The Ducts May Be Why Your AC Costs So Much to Run

duct-sealing-with-caulkingYou expect to pay more on your electrical bills during the height of summer because you have to run the air conditioning system during most days. The compressor in the AC—the heart of the system that is responsible for starting the cooling cycle—draws on large amounts of electricity when it runs.

However, have you noticed that your electrical bills this summer seem, well, much higher than normal? More than you would expect based on how much you use the air conditioner? Inflated utility bills are often warnings that there’s a problem in the HVAC system placing excess stress on the air conditioner. The issue may be inside the AC, but many people don’t realize the source could be in the ductwork.

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Air Conditioning vs. Heat Pump: Choosing Between the Two

cool-house-hot-houseThe summer has started, and you’ve made the discovery that your old air conditioner is not getting the job done. Time for it to retire to the scrap heap. What should you have installed in its place?

“That’s kind of a silly question,” you say. “Another central air conditioner, of course!”

We’re not arguing that you don’t need a new air conditioner for your house. But there’s an option for air conditioning that comes with heating as well. It’s not the standard combination of an air conditioner and a furnace, which is what you probably already have. It’s a single unit called a heat pump, and it’s an air conditioner that can switch how it works so instead of moving heat out of your home, it moves heat into the home.

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