How long should your air conditioner last?

Statistically, the typical compressor on your a/c system should last 15 plus years. We come across 20-25 year old systems quite often. Even though these units are still cooling your home, they cost you twice as much on your electric bill than a new unit. A/C Repairs vs. New Equipment The older units are using … Continued

Where is Your Thermostat Located?

Throughout the year we receive numerous inquiries regarding indoor comfort issues. Sometimes the problem is simply relocating the thermostat. The larger the house the more difficult it is to have uniform temperature with one thermostat. For most homes, the ideal location for a thermostat is a hallway. This tends to give the most uniform temperature … Continued

Do you want a dry basement?

In a typical spring/summer we get some heavy downpours. For many homeowners this leads to a wet basement. We encounter many sump pump problems that could be avoided. Unfortunately, most people don’t pay a lot of attention to their basement unless there is a problem. We encourage all homeowners to be proactive and avoid a … Continued

When should I replace my air conditioner?

There are a lot of decisions homeowners have to make at one time or another, one of which could involve a/c replacement. On average, it’s typically somewhere between 12 to 17 years before it will be time to contact a professional HVAC company about replacing your air conditioner. This being said, there are many things … Continued

Do you have condensation on your windows?

Most people are familiar with condensation on the inside of their windows in the winter. This is due to excess indoor humidity. But why does condensation occur in the summer? Window Condensation in Summer During the cooling season, window condensation can be found on the outside of the glass. This is usually seen in the … Continued

How efficient are new A/C units?

After a heat wave many homeowners are afraid to look at their electric bills. A central A/C system can easily double your bill, especially if it is 15-20 years old. Today’s technology has produced systems that can cut your bill by 50% or more. Over a few years the savings can be substantial. The standard … Continued

How are A/C units priced?

There are too many variables involved for us to give accurate phone quotes. Typically there are several factors that determine the cost of a new A/C unit. A/C Unit Pricing Factors Efficiency – This is the primary cost factor. 13 SEER is the basic unit and they go up to 26 SEER. The cost difference … Continued

Summer HVAC Tips

Summer HVAC Tips for Air Conditioning Maintenance When temperatures rise in Illinois during the hotter months of the year, air conditioners get to work to cool things down. This extra effort on the part of your HVAC system means it will need some additional attention to keep doing its job efficiently and effectively. Along with … Continued

Do you have a noisy water heater?

Like most appliances, water heaters are taken for granted until there is a problem. While most homeowners have their HVAC equipment maintained on a regular basis, water heaters are usually not checked out. The quality of the water has a lot to do with the longevity of a water heater. The average lifespan is 10-15 … Continued

Does your A/C unit have ice or frost buildup?

Every summer we get numerous service calls related to “no cooling” problems. Many of those issues are due to freeze up of the evaporator coil. When a system has an icing problem it could mean that the coil, suction line (thick copper line from coil to compressor) or compressor are encapsulated with ice. Once the … Continued