What NATE-certified means (and why you should choose King)

When you need AC repair this summer, you want to hire the best to work on your system. In this blog, we’ll explain why NATE-certified techs are the best the HVAC industry has to offer, and why King hires experienced professionals to work in your home.

To schedule cooling services from King, contact us today. Or, give us a call at (708) 687-6898.

We Employ NATE Certified TechniciansWhat is NATE-certification, anyway?

The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program is the nation’s premier training, certification, and resource center for HVAC companies.

Founded in 1997 by a coalition of HVAC and service companies, NATE has helped improve customer satisfaction rates; reduce the return of improperly installed equipment; and more. Basically, NATE has changed the game.

Through NATE, HVAC technicians are not only trained, but they’re also thoroughly tested and vetted to determine whether or not they’re ready to go out into the field. NATE-certified technicians represent the pinnacle of the industry, and that’s why King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing hires them.

Why does being certified matter?

Your air conditioner and furnace are advanced, complex machines. They need a professional inspecting, repairing, or installing them. After all, you wouldn’t want just anyone handling your auto repair. The same thing goes for your HVAC units.

However, some HVAC businesses like to save money and cut corners by hiring techs who are inexperienced. That basically means that, at best, they’re learning on the job—with your air conditioner as the training exercise. Yikes! At worst, they could be completely out of their depth and making major mistakes.

At King, we recommend only have professional, experienced technicians inspect or repair your HVAC units. Our NATE-certified techs give you the peace of mind of knowing that you don’t have some random guy working on your system. Instead, you have a true, trained professional.

Why trust King?

King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has been serving the communities of Oak Forest, Orland Park, Frankfort, and Joliet since 1968. We’re a full-service HVAC business that is locally trusted: we’re a seven-time winner of the Chicago Tribune’s “Best of Chicago’s Southland” award.

Recently, King won the 2017 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics—one of the highest honors the BBB can bestow upon a business. We’re also a seven-time Carrier President’s Award winner. Finally, we’re HomeAdvisor Screened & Approved.

Beyond our awards, we’re a local business with great customer reviews and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. When you need HVAC, plumbing, or other kinds of home services, there’s only one team to call: King.

Schedule your service from King’s NATE-certified techs

To get started on your service from our NATE-certified techs, contact us today or call (708) 687-6898.

Why we work with Carrier and install their products

When you need a new air conditioner or furnace, there’s two names that should come to mind: King, and Carrier. The first is your local, award-winning HVAC company right here in the communities south of Chicago. The second is the world’s premier HVAC manufacturer that we’re partnered with.

In this blog, we’ll review the reasons why we work with Carrier as a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer. If you need a new air conditioner this spring, contact our team to schedule your free in-home estimate.

Carrier HVAC Dealer in Oak Forest#1. World-leading comfort

Carrier is a brand name synonymous with comfort. After all, Willis Carrier invented the modern air conditioner in 1902, and the company that bears his name hasn’t stopped innovating in the decades since.

The Infinity® class of air conditioners, for instance, boast industry-leading comfort features. Take the Carrier Infinity® 17 Central Air Conditioner has a two-stage compressor that keeps your home’s comfort exactly on point, while offering superior dehumidifying.

#2. An eye on energy-efficiency

Carrier is proud to manufacture some of the most energy-efficient air conditioners and furnaces available today. These systems lead the industry in their combination of comfort with energy savings.

The Carrier Infinity® 21 Central Air Conditioner is a great example of the company’s commitment to energy-efficient design and innovation. A Consumer’s Digest Best Buy with up to 21 SEER, this unit is one of the efficient HVAC systems on the planet.

If you’re looking to save money on your monthly energy bills for years to come, a Carrier might be right for your home. Call us for a free in-home estimate to learn how much you can save.

#3. Superior long-term reliability

For decades, Carrier air conditioners and furnaces have been known for their long-term reliability and ability to keep up with your home’s cooling and heating needs.

#4. Carrier products + King techs = better results

When you take great, energy-efficient Carrier air conditioners and furnaces and pair them with the factory-trained, NATE-certified techs at King, you’re in for great cooling and heating.

Our techs have experience installing new Carrier systems, and use only official Carrier tools and parts to do so. This ensures that each install is done right from the start, and that the installed air conditioner or furnace is ready to provide comfort to your home for years to come.

Call King for a free in-home estimate on a new Carrier system

King is your local, trusted Carrier dealer. This spring, if you need a new air conditioner, call King! We offer free in-home estimates on new systems, and our tech can help match you and your cooling needs to the right Carrier system.

To get started, contact us online, or give us a call at (708) 687-6898.

Here’s what it means to be HomeAdvisor screened

King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is a HomeAdvisor Screened & Approved business. But, just what does that mean? In this blog post, we’ll review what HomeAdvisor is, what it means to have their approval, and what that says about King.

What is HomeAdvisor?

HomeAdvisor is a trusted source for reviews, recommendations, and awards for home service companies, ranging from remodelers and upholsterers to plumbers and electricians.

Whether they’re connected to HomeAdvisor through helpful blogs, reviews for local companies, or the (very cool) “True Cost Guide,” homeowners trust this site, and others like it, as part of their decision-making process.

The King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing team accepts the 2017 BBB Torch Award for Ethics.

What does being “screened and approved” say about King?

We’re a licensed business

HomeAdvisor screens all businesses it works with to determine that they have state-level licensing, and that they’re qualified to work in the service areas (in our case: HVAC, plumbing, and other home services) that they claim to work in.

We only hire the best

HomeAdvisor checks the company’s ownership to determine that all the owners / principals are free of any criminal records. They also confirmed that we’re in good standing with the state of Illinois.

We’re a company you can trust

In addition to being a HomeAdvisor Screened & Approved business, King is a HomeAdvisor Top Rated business. This means that we’ve received a top rating of trust from our customers.

We’re an award-winning company

While we’re proud of our great standing with HomeAdvisor, King also has many other awards. We’re the 2017 recipient of the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics. We’ve also won the “Best of Chicago’s Southlands” award seven times, and we’ve matched that total with seven Carrier President’s Awards.

King: Proud to be your heating, cooling, and plumbing company

Despite all these awards, here’s what we’re most proud of: that you, our customers, have consistently given us such great reviews. It means the world to us that you think we’re one of the best HVAC and home services companies here in Chicagoland.

If you need service, turn to the experts at King. Contact us to get started, or give us a call at (708) 687-6898.

What are the signs of trustworthy HVAC companies?

Most people tend to go for the price or the age of the company when selecting an HVAC service provider. However, cost or age are not the only signs of trustworthy HVAC companies. There are actually a number of things you should look for when selecting a HVAC business.

In this blog post, we’ll review four qualities that all trustworthy HVAC companies share in common. We’ll also explain what makes our business fit those criteria, and why you should call us for your heating, cooling & plumbing needs.

Here are the 4 signs of trustworthy HVAC companies

Here are four important factors that you should consider when hiring an HVAC company. Thinking about these tips ahead of time will ensure that you hire the right professionals from trustworthy HVAC companies who won’t dupe you when it comes to maintenance and repair of the HVAC unit.

1. Most quotes / estimates cannot be given over the phone

You should be wary of HVAC companies that say they can provide you an estimate for a new air conditioner over the phone.

Even when it comes to repair or maintenance, a lot of factors need to be considered that can’t be seen over the phone. Some of these include: What is the condition of the ducts? Is the motor fan working properly? How dirty are the filters? What is the condition of the condenser coil? Is the thermostat working properly?

Installation, however, is where you really need to draw a line in the sand and insist on a free in-home estimate. That’s because air conditioners and furnaces come in a variety of sizes and settings, and a good technician will measure your home to make sure you’re getting the system that’s right for you and your family’s comfort.

Shady HVAC repair companies will provide the lowest possible quote for the job without even carrying out an inspection. Without an upfront and honest quote, the bill at the end of the repair may come as a shock to you.

That’s not how we do things here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We provide upfront, honest pricing on all of our services, and we provide free in-home estimates on new air conditioners and furnaces.

2. Check with the Better Business Bureau

Another important tip is to search for the company on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) site. This website rates companies based on their online reputation. You should select a company with a good BBB rating. A company with a very good BBB rating—like King Heating—is more likely to be reliable and trustworthy.

3. Read online reviews

You should also read online reviews for the business to know about the reputation of a company. Online review sites such as Yelp, Angie’s List, SuperPages, and Yellow Pages contain reviews written by actual customers. Read the reviews and then use your judgment. This will also help you in selecting a trustworthy HVAC company.

Interested in seeing reviews for King? We have multiple customer reviews on Facebook, Google, and Yelp.

4. Choose based on reliability, not cheapness

A common mistake people make is selecting the company that offers the lowest quote for a repair or replacement work. The company that quotes the cheapest price may not be the most trustworthy, or the best at what they do. Look for a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Do they stand by their work like King does?

You should be especially beware of companies that offer unusually low price. When it comes to price, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is. If you have doubts, call other companies and ask them if they’re willing to match that quote.

Call King for HVAC and plumbing services you can trust in Chicago

If you want to get in touch with a reliable and experienced HVAC company in Chicago’s south suburbs, contact King Heating Cooling and Plumbing. We have been serving these areas with complete dedication and integrity for decades.

You can reach us by phone at (708) 687-6898 or by contacting us online.

AC breakdown signs: 4 reasons to call King for service

Sometimes, an AC breakdown comes out of nowhere. That’s why King offers 24/7 AC repair services—often, the need for repair takes you and your home by surprise. But, there are other times when there are AC breakdown signs before the breakdown happens. In this blog post, we’ll review some of these signs and when you need to call King.

Need our 24/7 AC repair services? Call us at (708) 687-6898 or contact us online.

First: How you can avoid an AC breakdown

Pictured: Having seen AC breakdown signs, this homeowner called in an AC technician to fix her floor unit.We all know how excruciating summer can become as the mercury goes up and up and the humidity takes over. You need your AC unit firing on all cylinders. We recommend having King inspect and tune up your AC unit before the start of the season.

With that in mind, here are some signs of an impending AC breakdown:

#1. There’s refrigerant leakage

If you notice that your air conditioning unit is taking more time to cool off your living space than usual, then there might be a leakage of refrigerant. Simply filling up your air conditioning system with new refrigerant won’t solve the problem until you get the leakage repaired. In other words, it is necessary to call King to come take look at the problem ASAP.

#2. Your air conditioner isn’t responding to the thermostat

The cooling capabilities of your air conditioning unit can also be affected by an out-of-position sensor. This problem usually occurs in ductless air conditioners, but can also impact standard air conditioners. When the sensor comes in contact with the evaporator coil inside the AC unit, it can affect the performance of your air conditioning unit.

Only a professional AC repair technician—like the certified techs at King—should be trusted to make this repair to your air conditioner.

#3. At times, warm air is coming from the air conditioner

In the summers, warm air coming from your air conditioning unit indicates that there might be some serious fault within the system. Sudden drop in the levels of refrigerant or compressor failure are the most likely reason for this phenomenon.

#4. There’s no air flow and your system struggles

Another problem is when you sense you’re your unit is not giving out any air or very less air. This can happen either due to a problem with the blower or clogged ducts.

Blowers run on electricity and there also might be an issue with the electrical connections within the system. Never attempt to fix electrical wires or connections yourself! Doing so can be very dangerous. Call King instead.

Encountering AC breakdown signs? Call King!

If you are encountering any of the aforementioned mentioned problems with your air conditioning unit, don’t delay—call King for AC repair services. AC breakdown signs are your chance to deal with AC issues before they become a catastrophe and major headache. You can reach us at (708) 687-6898 or contact us online.

Here’s how to reduce electric bills without sacrificing your comfort

Running your air conditioner 24/7 during the summers can cause a significant surge in your electric bills. However, most people are not comfortable with the alternate. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can reduce electric bills without sacrificing your comfort.

reduce electric bills

Here we have listed some effective tips that will help you to slash your air conditioner bills without having to sweat during the sweltering summer days.

1. Keep the blinds closed during the day

Keeping the blinds closed is a simple way to reduce electric bills. The sunlight that enters the room warms up the temperature inside. As a result, your air conditioner will have to work extra hard to cool the room.

Simply closing the blinds during the day will prevent these rays of sunlight from heating your room.

2. Keep the air conditioner temperature at 72  (22 ℃) or higher

The ideal air conditioner temperature at home to save electricity bills without sacrificing comfort is 72 ℉ (22 ℃). Keep in mind that every degree you raise will result in savings of about three to five percent on your electricity bills.

Setting the temperature at a higher setting may feel a bit uncomfortable, but you will be able to reap monetary benefits.

3. Reduce electric bills by installing a programmable thermostat

Another important tip to reduce your cooling bill is to install a programmable thermostat. These thermostats feature a built-in timer. You can program the thermostat to set a higher temperature when you are normally out during the day and a lower setting when you’re at home during the evening.

This will help you maximize your cost savings. Also consider installing a WiFi thermostat, as such a device will allow you to set the temperature in your home, no matter where you are. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to adjust the temperature when you are outside.

4. Avoid placing the thermostat near hot objects

You should not place the air conditioner thermostat near sources of heat. Don’t place it near lamps or in direct sunlight. The thermostat can sense the heat, resulting in abnormal functioning.

The air conditioner will run for long periods, even after the desired temperature is reached. This will unnecessarily result in increased energy bills.

5. Schedule an AC tune-up with the team at King Heating & Cooling

A regular air conditioner tune-up from King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing will keep your AC unit in working condition. With a tune-up from our professional technicians, your AC will run efficiently without using too much energy.

Our expert technicians will carry out a thorough inspection of the air conditioner and perform need repairs. In this way, your air conditioner will run without any strain resulting in reduced energy bills.

Call King for your AC tune-up and tips on how to reduce electric bills in your home

Contact us to schedule an AC tune-up, or for your other air conditioning needs. Our professional and certified technicians can identify and resolve all kinds of air conditioning issues.

Here are 4 AC maintenance tips for the start of summer

The summer season has arrived in the U.S. This the time that you should focus on your home air conditioner maintenance, if you haven’t already done so. The heat and dust, along with long hours of operation, can take a toll on your cooling device. However, you can lessen the risk of a mechanical breakdown through an air conditioner tune-up. In this blog post, we’ll share some of our AC maintenance tips.

Regular maintenance of the air conditioner will ensure that the system performs efficiently. This will result in reduced energy bills, and your system will last longer as well. Knowing which air conditioner maintenance task to perform can help in ensuring optimum operation of the cooling device.

1. Have King inspect and replace the filter

The filter is one of the most important components of the air conditioner. A dirty filter can result in accelerated wear-and-tear on the cooling device. At the start of the summer, you should inspect the filter.

In case the filter is dirty, you should clean or replace it. A clean filter will ensure efficient flow of air. This will result in increased air conditioner efficiency. An efficient air conditioner will not draw excess power to operate resulting in reduced energy bills.

2. Have King examine the coils

Another important component of the air conditioner are the coils. Air conditioner coils capture heat from inside the house and release them outside the house. Dirty coils will not be able to efficiently dissipate heat. As a result, the system will heat up quickly.

Ultimately, the system will break down due to overheating. You should have a professional air conditioner technician inspect the coils and clean or replace them if required. Of all our AC maintenance tips, this could make the most difference in preventing a system breakdown.

3. Have King check the AC drain line

Over time, your air conditioner drain line can develop a leak. This will result in water accumulating around the unit. If the water gets inside the system, it can result in system failure. In order to avoid this fate, it’s important that you check the drain line regularly. In case of a leak or clogged drain line, you should have a technician perform the necessary repairs.

4. Do all of the above by scheduling AC maintenance from King

The start of the summer season is a great time to schedule an AC tune-up. Our professional technician will perform a thorough inspection of the unit. We’ll lubricate parts, check electrical components, test the refrigerant levels, inspect the wiring, and more. This can result in the energy-efficient operation of the system, thereby saving you money due to reduced bills and less frequent breakdowns over time.

Call King for more AC maintenance tips

The importance of summer AC maintenance cannot be emphasized enough. Contact us at King Heating Cooling and Plumbing to schedule an AC tune-up. We have a team of licensed and certified technician who can expertly maintain your air conditioner and have it ready to go for the rest of the season.

Here are 5 important facts about air conditioning filters

5 Important Facts about Air Conditioning Filters Almost every home in the United States has an air conditioning unit. For most people, it is an absolute necessity. However, some people tend to forget that the air conditioner is a mechanical device and don’t pay any attention to its regular maintenance and repair needs.

Given the high cost and expenses incurred in operating the unit, it’s important that you keep the unit serviced regularly.

An important part of the air conditioner is the filter. It prevents dirt from getting inside the system and doing major damage to the unit. Knowing more about the air filter will help in making the right decision regarding the unit. Here are some important facts that you should know about air conditioning filters.

1. Not all air filters are the same

Some people presume that only one type of filter is installed in the air conditioner. The reality is that there are many sizes and types of filters. Some are reusable after cleaning while others are for one-time use only. The filters have different ratings and prices. A professional technician can tell you about the recommended filter for your air conditioner.

2. You need to inspect your air filter regularly

An air filter collects dirt and dust over time and therefore must be cleaned regularly. The EPA recommends that you inspect your AC filter at least every 3 months. In case you reside in a dusty area, or there are pets or children inside the house, you should consider getting the filter inspected every month. Regular inspection will ensure that a clogged filter won’t result in damage to the unit.

3. Bigger is not always better

Keep in mind that only a specific size of filter will be suitable for an air conditioner. Going out and buying the biggest filter is not recommended. Installing a wrong size of air filter will result in inefficient filtering of the dust particles. This will result in accelerated wear-and-tear on the system. Again, a professional technician will guide you in buying the right size of filter.

4. Don’t always just default to the highest rating

Every air conditioner requires a filter with a particular Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating. Knowing that the highest rating is 16, some people buy the highest-rated filter. But the fact is that a filter with a higher-than-required filter might actually restrict air flow. This will strain the air conditioner and may cause damage to the system. That brings us to our final thing to consider…

5. Let a professional do the work

Filters should be installed, inspected, and cleaned by an experienced technician. Some people, in order to save money, try to clean the filter by vacuuming it. Others try to wash the filter in the washing machine. However, DIY cleaning often damages the filter. An experienced technician has the required tools and equipment to clean the filter safely.

The professional will also thoroughly clean the filter to prevent the buildup of bacteria and mold. These can enter the rooms through the vents thereby posing a health risk to the household.

Call King for help with air conditioning filters

If you reside in the communities south of Chicago, you can contact King Heating Cooling and Plumbing for professional help with air conditioning filters. We have a team of certified and experienced technicians who can perform all kinds of air conditioner repairs at an affordable cost.

How do humidity levels impact your AC unit performance?

Humidity Levels Affect Air Conditioning Unit PerformanceExcessive humidity inside the home can make the room feel hotter during summers. However, not many people know that high humidity levels in the rooms can also damage the air conditioner.

When the humidity level inside the home is too high, it negatively affects the cooling efficiency. In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the circumstances in which you’ll need to deal with humidity levels in your home.

What impact does high humidity have on an AC system?

Older models of air conditioners do not come with dehumidifiers similar to the ones found in modern air conditioning units.

During a particularly humid summer days, the air conditioner will not optimally cool the rooms. When the indoor humidity levels are high, the air conditioner will strain to maintain the required thermal levels inside the house. It will result in uneven cooling and increase the wear and tear of the system, thereby requiring AC repairs.

Humidity affects the cooling efficiency because it makes the air warm. The air conditioner will work overtime to generate cool air. This will result in increased strain on the cooling device.  Also, high humidity levels inside the home can lead to the growth of algae and mold inside the ducts that will greatly reduce the indoor air quality and may result in allergic reactions.

Install a dehumidifier to reduce damage to the AC

In case the humidity level remains high during the summers, it’s important that you install a dehumidifier to protect your air conditioning system.

Some of the common signs that indicate that your home may need a dehumidifier include:

  • Foggy windows: Humidity is nothing more than vaporized water. When the air becomes bottled up in your home, the windows will become foggy.
  • Moist skin: If your skin feels moist and clammy, it indicates high humidity levels in the home
  • Musty odor: High humidity levels results in dampness around the home that result in a musty odor to emanate from the rooms.

Have King install a smaller or more modern air conditioner

High humidity inside the house occurs in case a large air conditioner is installed. In case the cooling device is larger than the cooling requirements of the room, it won’t run for long periods of time. As a result, the air conditioner won’t be able to remove excess moisture from the air.

Consult your King AC technician to find out whether the air conditioner installed in the house is too large. Consider replacing the large cooling unit with a smaller one to effectively resolve the issue.

Schedule regular AC maintenance with King

Lastly, regular maintenance is recommended to ensure that any issue that may arise in the system due to high indoor humidity is addressed immediately. Failing to take action can result in major damage to the system that will require costly repairs.

Call King for more advice about dealing with high humidity levels

To sum up, high humidity levels negatively affect air conditioner performance and increase the need for frequent repairs. You should not ignore the problem as it can lead to costly AC repairs.

Contact King Heating Cooling and Plumbing for professional air conditioner repairs and advice.