What are the differences between gas and electric furnaces?

In this article, we review gas and electric furnaces, how each type of furnace works, and some of the key differences between them. If you need a new furnace in your home and you’re trying to decide between natural gas and electric models, call our team for a free in-home estimate today.

Gas furnaces

Gas furnaces generate heat for your home by combusting fuel (natural gas) in a combustion chamber and then transferring that heat to air through a heat exchanger.

A technician inspects a gas furnace after installation.

A technician inspects a gas furnace after installation.

Understanding gas furnace efficiency

When it comes to energy efficiency, gas furnaces are relatively efficient at generating heat for your home. The efficiency of a gas furnace is measured by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) score. AFUE is the measure of how much heat a furnace can pull from the gas as it combusts it. A gas furnace with 80% AFUE converts 80% of its fuel into heat, with 20% being lost in the exhaust. In other words, the higher the AFUE, the more efficient a furnace is, as it will use less gas to produce more heat.

Today’s furnaces have an efficiency floor of 78% AFUE, but many high-efficiency models are nearing 100% AFUE. For example, the Carrier Infinity® 98 Gas Furnace boasts a 98.5% AFUE score, making it one of the most efficient furnaces on the market today.

An important note before we move on: AFUE is less useful when comparing different types of systems. As we’ll review below, electric furnaces have 100% AFUE, but that doesn’t make them less expensive to run. The same thing goes for propane or oil.

A system for all seasons

Because they draw heating energy from natural gas and not electricity, many gas furnaces do not need excessive amounts of electricity to operate. This makes them ideal during power outages caused by storms since they can be run off of a backup generator in your home.

Electric furnaces

Electric furnaces work like a super-sized hair dryer or toaster. Electric current is run through heating elements, heating them up to high temperatures. Cold air is then forced through those elements, rapidly heating the air before it is pushed out through your air ducts to the living spaces of your home. This process continues until the air temperature in your home matches what your thermostat is set to.

More efficient, but costs more to run

On the surface, this feels like a paradox, right? How can an electric furnace with 100% AFUE cost more to run than a gas furnace with 93% AFUE? While electric furnaces are far more efficient at converting their energy source (electricity) into heat than other types of furnaces, this efficiency is counterbalanced by the market prices of each energy source. Natural gas is typically far less expensive than just electricity, so even the most efficient electric furnaces may be more expensive to run.

Of course, the exception to this rule applies to homes with electric-generating solar panels. By pairing an electric furnace with rooftop solar, you can defray some of the costs associated with heating your home in the winter.

No need to vent

Unlike their gas-burning cousins, electric furnaces do not need to expel combustion gases from the home via a flue pipe. This means that an electric furnace only needs to be connected to ductwork, allowing it to go in more places in your home.

No gas combustion also means that electric furnaces do not have a flame sensor, a heat exchanger, or other components found in a gas furnace. There’s no risk of a gas leak or a carbon monoxide leak, although such events are relatively rare in a gas furnace, as well.

Other types of furnaces

There are also furnaces fueled by propane and oil. While these furnaces—like electric furnaces—are often more efficient than gas furnaces, their fuel types are more expensive. If you’re considering either of these types of furnaces, be sure to talk to your local HVAC company about energy costs in your area and what you can expect to pay to heat your home in the winter.

Learn more about gas and electric furnaces

If you’re deciding between gas and electric furnaces, calling us is actually a good place to start. At King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we offer free in-home estimates on new systems. Our technicians can meet with you to review your home’s heating needs, and then help you find the right system for your house and your family. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home estimate.

Preventing frozen pipes in your Chicago area home this winter

Every year, every winter, thousands of Chicago-area homes and businesses fall victim to the same disaster: frozen pipes bursting, sending water flooding through the building. This causes a ton of property damage, and can ruin your holiday season. Preventing frozen pipes needs to be your top priority this winter.

In this blog, we’ll run through the best ways to prevent your pipes from freezing, both before winter and during it. To schedule a furnace tune-up or plumbing services with King, contact us online.

Preventing frozen pipes

Preventing frozen pipes in your home means scheduling heating maintenance and insulating pipes.Pipes freeze when the water within them is exposed to consistent, freezing temperatures for a sustained period of time. The most common cause of frozen pipes is your furnace breaking down in the middle of the night, causing the temperatures in your home to plummet.

Our first recommendation? Schedule a furnace tune-up in the fall with King.

With that out of the way, here are some other tips for protecting your pipes from the deep freeze.

Preventing frozen pipes before winter starts

  • Insulate your home properly by insulating unprotected pipes. Try not to leave any gaps during the process. If it’s unavoidable, use pipe sleeves. Seal the joints and the slits with tape if you have to.
  • Check your basement, attic, and crawlspaces for cracks or air leaks, and seal any you find. (This will also help make your home more energy-efficient!)
  • Have a contractor install heat cables that can be controlled with a thermostat. Follow the instructions given in the manual to ensure you install the ones meant for your pipes correctly. At the end of the season, unplug the cables to preserve energy.
  • Replace single-pane windows with storm windows or ones that are more energy-efficient.
  • Contact the team at King for a FREE plumbing inspection to examine your plumbing beforehand. We’ll tell you what can be done to ensure your pipes do not freeze during the chilly weather.

Preventing frozen pipes during the winter

When the coldest nights of the year arrive and the blizzard hovers over Chicago, follow these tips to further protect your home’s pipes:

  • Cut off the water supply to faucets and plumbing outside your home by closing the valves.
  • Make sure your garage doors are closed at all times to protect the pipes located there from the cold.
  • Keep your kitchen and bathroom cabinets open sometimes to allow warm air to circulate inside. The warmth will help keep the pipes from freezing over.
  • Allow pipes that are susceptible to the cold drip a little. This includes both hot and cold water pipes. This subtle water movement—even at the pace of a drip—makes it harder for the water to freeze.

Here are some more tips from The Chicago Tribune on how to avoid frozen pipes.

Here are long-term solutions for protecting your pipes

These probably aren’t things you’ll be able to do in the middle of a blizzard, and they’re above-and-beyond the DIY tips shared above. But, they’re a good idea for the Chicago homeowner who is interested in protecting their pipes, above all else.

Install fiberglass insulation

Installing fiberglass insulation is one of the best ways to ensure those pipes remain warm during the winter. Professional plumbers know how to install these without damaging your property. This includes examining the insulation requirements in your home’s crawl spaces, attic, basement, and other places that are hard to reach.

With this process, pipes that do not have adequate insulation will be insulated to keep them from freezing over once the cold weather hits.

Call King for plumbing repair and more advice on avoiding frozen pipes

As a company that provides both heating and plumbing services to the Chicago metro, King knows a thing or two about preventing frozen pipes. After all, we’ve been serving you for more than 45 years!

To schedule your furnace tune-up, your free plumbing inspection, or just talk through the state of your home’s pipes, contact us online.

We install and service boiler heating systems

When most people think of “heating,” they think of furnaces. However, there’s another common type of heater found in many Chicago homes: boiler heating systems. As part of a radiant heating setup—also known as a hydronic system—a boiler can provide your home with superior winter comfort and energy efficiency. In this article, we’ll review some of the upsides of boiler and radiant systems, and explore whether this type of heating is right for your home.

What are boiler heating systems?

The boiler is the integral piece of a home radiant heating system. In contrast to central, “forced-air” heating, where heat energy is transferred through air to the living spaces of your home, radiant heating systems move heat energy using water that travels through small pipes, typically underneath the floors. When the water reaches an in-room radiator, the heat energy is released into that space, warming the room.

Radiant heating has the potential to quickly warm up a cold room.

Types of boilers

There are two major types of boiler systems:

  • Hot Water Boilers, which operate as described above. They are the most common type of boiler system here in the United States.
  • Steam Boilers, which also heat water, but instead push heated steam into the radiator as its means of moving heat energy into the room.

It’s important to note that—while the principal concept is the same—boilers and water heaters are not synonymous. Your water heater heats water for use at the tap, while the water in the boiler system remains in a closed loop and is only used for heating purposes.

Energy-efficient heating for your home

Whether they heat water using electricity, oil, or natural gas, all boilers and radiant heating systems are generally more energy efficient than forced-air furnaces. Why is this? Water is a much better conduit for heat energy than air. As the boiler pushes heated water to the radiator, less of that heat energy is lost along the way than when a furnace air handler pushes heated air through ductwork and out registers.

Overall, this means that the boiler uses less fuel while providing more heating. As a result, many Carrier boiler systems boast an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of up to 90-95%, exceeding the efficiency benchmarks of many of the gas furnaces in their Infinity® series.

Radiant heating systems have another advantage over forced-air units: the registers are typically located at or near the floor, instead of at or in the ceiling. Since hot air rises in a room, this means that the heat from the radiant heating system is more effective at warming the room.

Heat your home’s floors

For homes with a hydronic system, one of the main benefits is heated floors. In most popular configurations, the pipes and tubes used to transfer heated water from the boiler to the radiators are run underneath the floors of hallways, kitchens, and rooms. The heat released during the transportation of the water through the pipes rises, warming the wood, tile, or carpet.

If you’ve ever experienced the shock of stepping barefoot onto the floor on a cold Chicago winter morning, you’ll recognize just what a difference maker this can be.

Should you upgrade to a hydronic system?

Most homeowners who upgrade to a boiler system make the switch when they remodel their home, since adding all the pipes, tubes, and radiators that make up the system can require some significant renovations. However, the upside of doing this is that you add serious comfort and value to your home, all while lowering your winter energy costs. If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, radiant heated floors could be a major part of the appeal of your property. It’s an upgrade worth considering!

If your home already has the setup for a radiant heating system, talk to the team here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing about your boiler system options. We install a number of high-efficiency, long-lasting Carrier boilers, and we can find the right one for your home during our free in-home estimate. To schedule yours, call us today.

4 benefits of upgrading to a ductless HVAC system

While most standard air conditioners and furnaces rely on air ducts to cool and heat your home, a ductless HVAC system does things differently by putting the source of that comfort right in the room with you. Ductless systems aren’t just versatile: they’re also energy-efficient and convenient. In this article, we’ll review what ductless systems are, how they work, and how one Carrier system leads the industry when it comes to ductless performance.

Year-round comfort

At minimum, ductless HVAC systems consist of two main components: an indoor blower unit (typically wall-mounted) and an outdoor heat pump. This type of system can provide both summer cooling and wintertime heating, even here in Chicago. Heat pumps operate by moving heat energy from one location to another. In the summer, this means removing heat from the home and depositing it outside—just like an air conditioner. In the winter, the heat pump pulls residual heat energy from even cold outdoor air and brings it inside.

In a section to come, we’ll review how one Carrier ductless system in particular is a good fit here in the Chicago area.

The indoor, wall-mounted component of a ductless system setup.

Zoned comfort for each room of your home

When you turn down the thermostat linked to a traditional HVAC system, the unit kicks on and cooled or heated air begins blowing out of the ducts. Depending on how your ducts work, you may be able to close or open specific ones, but the system is still pushing air there, which means you’re still effectively paying to cool or heat the entire home, not just a single room. Ductless changes the game by allowing you to selectively change the temperature of the room you’re in or a group of rooms instead of the whole house. This means you can set the comfort in each room—and set yourself up for savings.

For example, if you and your family are spending a hot summer night in the kitchen eating dinner and then playing a board game, you can set that room to a cooler temperature than the rest of the home so that everyone stays comfortable. Then, when the game ends and everyone heads to bed, you can turn off the cooling in the kitchen and turn it on in the bedrooms. This “zoned” approach saves you money because you’re only paying to cool or heat the rooms that you need to at any given time.

Greater energy-efficiency

Ductless HVAC systems are more energy efficient than standard air conditioners and furnaces. As it turns out, air is a relatively poor conduit for temperature, which means that a great deal of the energy spent cooling or heating air is wasted as that air travels through your air ducts to vents and the living spaces of your home. The system then needs to generate more cooled or heated air to make up for the amount lost in transit.

With its indoor, wall-mounted blower unit, a ductless system cuts out the most wasteful part of the process and distributes cooled and heated air directly where it is needed. Add in the aforementioned ability to operate your cooling and heating strategically in zones, and a ductless system will lead to both lower energy bills and greater comfort in your home relative to a standard air conditioner and furnace.

No need to add ductwork

There are many homes and spaces here in the Chicago area where it doesn’t make sense to add air ducts. Historic homes, many of them built before central air conditioning and heating took the form we recognize today, may not be able to be extensively modified or retrofitted due to local historic preservation codes (not to mention that the cost of adding ductwork is often a dealbreaker for many homeowners). In other cases, it may not make sense or be feasible for a homeowner to run new duct lines out to home additions, non-connected suites, or garages.

No matter what type of home or what kind of space you have, a ductless HVAC system grants you greater flexibility. Many homeowners who are car enthusiasts or hobbyists are even starting to use ductless indoor units to keep their garages comfortable during the winter cold or the summer humidity here in Chicagoland.

The outdoor heat pump component of a Carrier Infinity ductless HVAC system.

The outdoor heat pump component of a Carrier Infinity ductless HVAC system.

The Carrier Infinity® Heat Pump

This is one of the most advanced heat pumps in the world, and it’s a perfect fit for the climate here in the Chicago area. This system boasts up to 42 SEER cooling and 15 HSPF heating when paired with an indoor blower unit. Best of all, this heat pump has an operating range that allows it to remain at 100% heating capacity in temperatures as low as 0℉ and 100% cooling efficiency in temperatures as warm as 122℉. This versatility allows it to bring heat to your home, no matter how cold it gets this winter.

Call King for a free in-home estimate

To learn more about the Carrier Infinity® Heat Pump, the manufacturer’s other heat pumps, or these systems in general, give our team a call. King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offers free in-home estimates on new cooling and heating systems, including ductless HVAC systems. Our techs can match you to the new Carrier ductless unit that’s right for your home.

Common AC problems and what you can do to prevent a breakdown

No one wants to be stuck on a hot and humid summer night with an air conditioner that isn’t working correctly. One important way to prevent a breakdown is to catch issues as soon as possible. Here are a few common AC problems to keep an eye on.

If your air conditioner is running into trouble, call King for 24/7 emergency AC repair service. We’re ready to help! Plus, we don’t charge you extra for work on evenings or weekends.

You can keep your air conditioner running right throughout the summer by keeping an eye out for these common AC problems.The most common air-conditioning problems

Here are some of the most common AC problems and what they could indicate. Remember: King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offers 24/7 emergency service here in Chicagoland!

  • The house doesn’t feel cool: You hear the fan running and air is flowing, but it doesn’t feel cool. This problem can have many different causes, from dirty air filters to low coolant levels.
  • The fan isn’t working: When you set the thermostat to “cool” or “fan,” nothing happens. A common cause of this issue is a tripped circuit breaker. If the unit has power, the fan may have a worn belt.
  • The AC doesn’t turn on: If the AC doesn’t turn on at all, there may be a thermostat issue or a power problem. If the compressor doesn’t engage, the start capacitor may be the problem.
  • The AC won’t stop running: Sometimes fan or condenser problems cause the air conditioner to run continuously. This behavior isn’t normal, even if it’s hot outside.
  • There’s a weird smell or sound: Among the most noticeable problems are strange noises coming from the air conditioner, such as grinding, squealing, or popping sounds. Burning smells are also serious signs of trouble. Turn off your system and call the professionals at King.

What you can do to keep your AC in great condition

To prevent a breakdown, it’s essential to act quickly when you notice something odd. This means calling professionals ASAP. Our expert AC repair technicians can find the underlying cause immediately, preventing long-term damage to costly components such as the compressor.

In addition to emergency repairs, it’s a good idea to schedule preventative maintenance that focuses on cleaning and system analysis. Annual inspections can find issues before they become a problem. You can also contribute to a long-lasting air conditioner by replacing your air filter every 2–3 weeks and clearing away any dirt or debris.

At King, we’re always on call

You don’t have to take care of air conditioner maintenance and repairs alone. At King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we help you from the very beginning, offering recommendations for the perfect air-conditioner for your home. Whether you need a seasonal AC inspection, maintenance tips, or emergency repairs, reach out to our team right away.

Your home deserves the King Royal Treatment Plan

If you’ve read our other blog posts on the subject, you know just how important regular maintenance is to your air conditioner and furnace. Here’s the cool thing you might not know yet: at King, we make it easy for local homeowners here in Chicagoland to get their seasonal HVAC tune-ups. As a member of our King Royal Treatment Plan, we’ll call you to schedule the maintenance appointments. You’ll also get a number of other awesome perks, including priority treatment and discounts!

Join the King Royal Treatment Plan today.

Get the regal treatment you deserve as a member of the King Royal Treatment Plan. To learn more or to sign up, call us!

To join our King Royal Treatment Plan, contact our team online, or give us a call at (708) 687-6898. We’ll be happy to review the benefits of this program with you and the reasons why you should join!

Keep your cool (or warm) with the King Royal Treatment Plan

Preventive maintenance is vital for HVAC systems. You don’t want them to fail when the winter is coldest, or the summer is hottest. You don’t want them to be energy-inefficient. Routine inspection and maintenance help prevent system failure and saves money.

Let the King Royal Treatment Plan help keep your system running efficiently. King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing will come out twice yearly to perform preventive maintenance. We’ll call you to schedule the visit and make sure your system is ready for the season.

Royal Treatment Plan subscribers receive priority treatment

On bitterly cold winter days, it’s common to have a rash of HVAC failures throughout your community. Preventive maintenance minimizes the chance of a failure, but it doesn’t guarantee it. There is nothing worse than waiting for service and hoping your pipes don’t freeze.

As a member of the Royal Treatment Plan, you have made an extra effort to ensure that your HVAC system remains up and running. You deserve a reward. Any service request you make will take priority over non-subscribers.

Subscribers receive discounts on parts and labor

The cost of parts and labor is always a concern with heating and cooling systems. As an incentive to becoming a subscriber, you can expect to pay for parts and labor at discounted rates. This plan is also available for older equipment that may be more susceptible to problems.

See if the King Royal Treatment Plan is for you

The most important feature of the plan is the peace of mind it provides. Would you like to learn more? Contact King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today and ask about this fantastic plan.

What are the advantages of hybrid systems?

If you’re facing the double-whammy of declining comfort and rising energy bills, it might be time for a new heating or cooling system. Older furnaces and air conditioners are not able to keep up with the heating and cooling demands of your home, and you’ll start to see your bills skyrocket as a result. Here’s a solution: hybrid systems. Hybrid systems are dual-fuel setups that can switch between heating methods during the winter. They’re great.

In this article, we’ll explore what hybrid systems are, how they work, and why one might be perfect for your home here in Chicagoland. If you need heating or cooling installation, be sure to call your friends at King for a free in-home estimate!

Call us for a free in-home estimate on our hybrid systems.

Hybrid systems are capable of switching between using gas and electricity to heat your home—depending on which is cheaper.

What are hybrid systems?

Hybrid HVAC systems combine two methods of heating and cooling: electric and gas. With the capability of running on both, the system can choose the more efficient type to match the current weather conditions.

The benefit of going hybrid is that it’s highly customizable. When it comes to your home’s air distribution, each person has different needs, whether it’s temperature preferences or allergy sensitivities.

Technology plays a big role in making units more adaptable to on-the-spot changes. Along with the ability to switch between gas and electric, most systems come equipped with innovative features that allow you to make even personal tweaks to your environment:

  • Remote operation
  • Air purifier/humidifier
  • Zoning

Zoning is especially advantageous because you’re able to alter settings in different areas of the home. If your basement is consistently cold, you can increase the heat without cooking the rest of your house.

How do these systems save you money?

When you work with King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, you’ll get a hybrid system that’s grounded in the principles of energy efficiency. Regardless of the season, your unit calls on the method that may save you more money in the long run.

When temperatures are milder, the electric components will work hard to keep your home’s environment at a comfortable temperature range. When conditions dip below freezing, the system switches to gas, which heats your home in a much more efficient manner.

These systems are also durable. You may get more years of use than a non-hybrid system, and you may spend less on frequent and expensive repairs.

Is a hybrid system the right choice for your home?

If you’re in the market for a new heating system, the answer is probably, “Yes!” Energy efficiency helps you save money, and hybrid systems are designed for economical operation. Not only are these HVAC models kind to your wallet but they do more to provide a relaxing and enjoyable environment.

To find out more about hybrids and whether or not one would be a good fit for your home here in Chicago, call us for a free in-home estimate on a new heating system. Our techs can meet with you and learn more about your home’s heating needs.

Proud to be your trusted heating contractor in Chicago

When you need home services, you need a trusted plumbing, cooling, or heating contractor in Chicago. That’s what we’re here for. At King Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we offer professional repair, maintenance, and installation services for both homes and businesses—all from NATE-certified HVAC technicians and experienced plumbers.

If you need heating services this winter, give us a call. We offer 24/7 repair throughout Chicago’s Southlands.

King is your trusted heating contractor in Chicago

We’re proud to be your trusted heating contractor in Chicago. Call us for 24/7 service!

Our history

Since 1968, our company has been serving generations of Chicagoans. Our mission is to provide residents of Chicagoland with exemplary and trusted HVAC and plumbing services. That dedication has allowed us to grow over the years, all while never wavering from our commitment to excellence.

Our awards

We’re proud to have received awards in recognition of our work. We’re a six-time Carrier President’s Award winner, and we’ve been the recipient of the “Best of Chicago’s Southlands” award six times. In 2012, we received the Angie’s List Super Service award.

BBB A+ rated company

It’s also best to work with a company that’s well-regarded by the Better Business Bureau. For that reason, we’re proud to say our company has received an A+ rating from the bureau. What this means is our customers have awarded us with five out of five stars for our BBB rating.

Our commitment to you

No matter if you’re in need of professional servicing for your residential or commercial HVAC unit or your plumbing system, King is here to answer the call as your heating contractor in Chicago. What’s more is we do everything possible to save you as much money as we can without compromising on the quality of services we deliver.

Know that we also offer financing for those necessary yet unplanned repairs that pop up. We know you and your finances aren’t always prepared for repairs and upgrades. That shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice your financial health or peace of mind to get everything back on track.

Feel free to let us know if you’d like to speak to some of our current customers to get a better idea of how we work and what you can expect from us. We’re sure you’ll come away feeling confident about our dedication and services.

For a trustworthy heating contractor in Chicago, call King!

Do you need service, or do you have any questions for us here at King Heating, Cooling and Plumbing? Contact us! We’d love to hear from you and see if there’s a way we can help.

Here’s how to deal with frozen pipes in your home this winter

Frozen pipes are the fear of every Chicago homeowner. All it takes is one cold night, one problem with your furnace, and you’re suddenly dealing with pipes filled with ice. In this blog, we’ll discuss what frozen pipes are, how to deal with frozen pipes this winter, and what not to do when your pipes freeze.

For fast, reliable plumbing services here in Chicagoland, call your friends at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We offer 24/7 emergency frozen pipe repair services here in Oak Lawn, Frankfort, and Joliet, IL.

Avoiding frozen pipes is easy with these tips from KingWhy are frozen pipes such a problem?

As water freezes, it also expands. You may see this phenomenon when you make ice in a freezer ice tray: even when you fill the water up to the fill line, the resulting ice cubes often freeze over the top of that line.

In that scenario, the water has room to expand into as it freezes. However, in the case of your home’s pipes, there is no where for the ice to go. As the molecules expand, they push against the metal or ceramic sides of the pipe, exerting tremendous pressure on the interior walls.

Best case, the pipe walls hold, and there’s no long-term damage to your pipes. Worst case, they don’t, and you suddenly have water flooding into your home.

How to deal with frozen pipes this winter

Call us. Seriously: if you suspect your pipes have frozen, you need to call a licensed, professional plumber immediately. Doing so increases the chances that we can safely thaw out your pipes without long-term structural damage.

After you’ve called, shut off all the water to your home using the main water shut-off valve. There’ll still be some residual water in your home’s pipes, but this will at least limit the amount that can come out of a cracked pipe.

Here’s what not to do

Never try to thaw your home’s frozen pipes yourself! There’s a lot of “home remedies” out there on the Internet, from using a hair dryer to an electric blanket. At best, they just don’t work. At worst, they can actually increase the stress on your pipes, leading to a burst and other problems down the road. Or, they can present a danger to yourself and your family. Take that hair dryer, for instance. You’re using an electric appliance in a position where, if something went wrong, there could be water everywhere.

A professional plumber can help inspect the plumbing system prior to beginning the thawing, which helps identify if freeing the ice in one spot is going to cause a torrent in another damaged spot.

Call King for 24/7 frozen pipe services

If you suspect that your home’s pipes have frozen, call our team for 24/7 plumbing repair here in Chicagoland.

Here are 5 signs your furnace may be failing and needs to be replaced

Here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we understand just how important your furnace is to the comfort and safety of your home. Repairs and scheduled tune-ups are often enough to keep yours running efficiently, but if your furnace is more than 15 years old, these signs may indicate that your furnace either needs to be repaired or replaced.

If you need to upgrade to a new furnace, call King! We offer free in-home estimates on new heating systems here in Chicagoland.

5 signs your furnace may be failing

Here are the five biggest signs you should call the team at King for a furnace inspection this winter:

1. You hear unfamiliar noises

While most furnaces make some noise when kicking on, if you begin to hear banging, clanging, or grinding that you’ve never heard before, your furnace may be on its last legs. This is usually a sign that the furnace is having to work extra hard to heat your home. Not only could this lead to additional wear-and-tear, but it could hurt your system’s energy efficiency.

2. The pilot light is yellow

A furnace’s pilot light should be a blue, consistent flame. Anything other than this, and especially a yellow flame, is not a good sign. It could be that your furnace is putting out too much dangerous carbon monoxide. You should turn the system off and call King for an inspection—it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to potential carbon monoxide issues.

3. Your home has cold areas

If you begin to notice that some areas of your home never warm up, or that there are some areas that are too hot, the furnace may not be working right. A properly functioning furnace should heat your home evenly; in contrast, one that isn’t running right will leave certain rooms cold and others hot. Even more, if the air blowing from your vents is cold, something is definitely not working correctly.

4. Your heating bill keeps going up

When you open your monthly bill, you likely expect to see a fairly consistent number each time. If that number instead is growing each billing cycle, it could indicate that your heating system is breaking down. Over time, instead of spending more on your bill, it may be time to invest in a new furnace.

5. You’ve spent a lot on recent repairs

Once your furnace has reached between 10-15 years of age, the need for repairs tends to go up. If you find that you are frequently forking over good money to repair your old furnace, it could be a sign that it is failing and needs to be replaced.

Call King for a furnace inspection!

The professional team at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is here for your heating needs in Oak Forest, Joliet, and Frankfort, IL. If you suspect that your furnace is on the verge of a breakdown because of the reasons listed above, give us a call to schedule an inspection.