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 is the furnace coil, and what are things that can go wrong with it?

A furnace breakdown in the dead of a Chicagoland winter is nothing short of a nightmare for any homeowner. That’s one of the reasons we recommend our professional furnace tune-up in the fall before winter starts. In this blog post, we’re going to review an often-overlooked furnace component, the furnace coil, and why it matters to your system.

What is the furnace coil?

Also known as the “A Coil,” the furnace coil is an important component of your system that is either installed inside the furnace or as part of the air handler. The coil serves as a heat exchanger that produces warm air inside the furnace.

When the electric or gas burner coils activate, the heat exchanger heats the air that is pushed through the ducts by the blower fans.

Why is cleaning the coil so important?

As the system ages and goes without maintenance, dust and dirt can accumulate on the coil, preventing effective heating and causing your system to become less energy-efficient. As the air passages of the coil are blocked, the heating will get noticeably less effective.

In cases where the coil is so covered in dirt and dust to be nearly completely blocked, the airflow to the system will likely be blocked, causing your furnace to overheat. Your furnace does have a temperature failsafe that will kick in to shut off the system, but you’ll need to call King for our 24/7 furnace repair.

Apart from dust, another obstruction of the coil can be in the form of mold. The dark and warm environment of the coil serves as the ideal breeding ground for a mold infestation.

Airborne molds can enter the return ducts and invade the coil, spawning a thriving mold colony on and around the coil that will restrict airflow. The dried mold residue will clog the coil thereby substantially reducing the airflow and degrading the effectiveness of the furnace—not to mention your indoor air quality.

Heating maintenance matters

The evaporator coil needs to be kept cleaned at all times. It’s important that you have the coil cleaned by a professional technician from King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

If dirt and dust are allowed to accumulate on the coil, it will not just lead to reduced effectiveness of the heating system, but also higher heating bills and—possibly—a system breakdown.

Call King and get help from expert technicians

You should never try to service the furnace coil yourself. The coils are sealed inside the furnace and are not easily accessible. Trying to clean the coil on your own puts you in extreme danger of an electric shock. Also—and this is true for any type of DIY HVAC repair—you can inadvertently damage the system if you try to repair the system yourself.

Our advice? Let our experts handle your furnace repair and maintenance—including cleaning your condenser coil. Contact King today for 24/7 repair.

Signs you have furnace problems in Chicago this winter

We’re in the middle of the winter season here in Chicagoland, and many furnaces are pulling multiple shifts just to keep up with your home’s heating needs. Furnace problems can often come out of nowhere, but knowing the signs of trouble can help you take quick and decisive action to get your furnace fixed—before it breaks down.

When you encounter furnace problems, contact the experts at King. We offer 24/7 furnace repair here in Oak Forest, Joliet, and surrounding areas.

What are the signs you have furnace problems?

There are four prominent signs that your furnace is on the verge of a breakdown. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for:

#1. Your heating bills are constantly increasing

One of the most common and obvious signs your furnace needs repair is that your heating bills are continuously increasing. Poorly maintained furnaces often become less effective and require more energy to run at full capacity. (That’s why a furnace tune-up is so important!)

Be on the lookout for increased utility bills this winter. If your December bills are incredibly high, consider calling our team for a furnace inspection and repair.

#2. You hear strange noises from your furnace

Strange noises coming from the furnace is one of the most prominent red flags when it comes to the health of your furnace and heating system. If you hear screeching, popping, humming, or banging sounds coming from your furnace, you probably have furnace problems.

Call an expert right away and get your system checked before it stops working altogether.

#3. You smell gas or other strange smells

If you have an older furnace in your home, you should have a working carbon monoxide detector and be on the watch for any gas issues.

Older furnaces have a higher chance of developing a cracked heat exchanger—a fault that has the potential to release deadly carbon monoxide gas into your home. Other furnace problems can lead to gas you can smell. Be vigilant, and—when in doubt—call in the experts.

#4. Your furnace isn’t performing to your expectations

You should be able to trust your furnace to keep you and your family warm all winter. If you’re encountering cold spots in your home, a lack of heat at night, or other problems, don’t just settle for poor heating. A heating system that is struggling to keep up with your needs is a heating system in need of repair or replacement.

Furnace problems don’t just go away magically. What’s a minor inconvenience today could turn into a full breakdown during the next blizzard. Call King to schedule a heating tune-up or for repair if you suspect something is wrong.

Call King in to address you furnace problems this winter

These are just some of the warning signs that can help you identify that your furnace is in need of repair or maintenance. Look out for these signs and—if you notice any of these—call the experts at King right away.

For professional furnace repair and maintenance in South Side Chicago, the South Suburbs and Parts of NW Indiana, contact our team.

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, call us at (708) 687-6898 or contact us.

Preventing frozen pipes

Preventing frozen pipes is easy with these tips from KingPipes 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.

Long-term solution 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, give King a call at (708) 687-6898. Or, contact us online.

Here are the 5 big benefits of a fall furnace tune-up from King

The idea of not having a working furnace during a cold, dark Chicago winter is ridiculous. Yet, by not scheduling a fall furnace tune-up, many Chicagoans risk exactly that fate. Here’s the facts: your furnace requires a tune-up to keep it running right. By not scheduling one, you’re increasing your risk of a breakdown that will leave you and your family in the cold.

In this blog post, we’re going to run through 5 of the top reasons you should schedule heating maintenance before winter arrives here in Chicago.

Your top-5 reasons to schedule a fall furnace tune-up

A fall furnace tune-up can be the difference between a comfortable and cold home.Here are five main benefits of scheduling a furnace tune-up here in autumn:

1. Reduced risk of an emergency breakdown

Here’s the reality: all mechanical devices undergo wear-and-tear over time—your furnace included. However, you can reduce the attrition rate by scheduling a regular tune-up of the system.

When you schedule a fall furnace tune-up with King, one of our expert techs will verify that your system is ready to go for the winter. We’ll also address potential issues before they turn into big problems for your heating system.

2. Longer furnace lifespan

If you never took your car into a mechanic for an oil change, how long do you think it’d last? Never having your furnace looked at by a professional technician is a similarly bad idea. In fact, regular maintenance can help your furnace last longer and run better as it ages.

This is just one of the ways that a fall furnace tune-up from King can actually save you money in the long-run. The other, of course, is…

3. Lower monthly energy bills

A furnace that is not properly maintained will use more energy than one that is regularly checked and cared for, resulting in higher energy bills. Having a tech from King inspect your system can lead to lower energy bills. Here’s how.

As a furnace fills with dust and parts begin to wear down, it needs more energy to push heating to the living spaces of your home. This is a vicious cycle: as it uses more energy and works harder to heat your home, those parts wear down even faster.

By having a King technician inspect your furnace as part of a fall furnace tune-up, you can rest assured that your heating system is ready for a full winter of energy-efficient operation.

4. Ensure the safety of your household

Your furnace needs to be checked annually to ensure that it can still operate safely. A chief concern: a cracked heat exchanger can result in carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless, and deadly—gas getting into your home’s air. Known as the “Silent Killer,” carbon monoxide is not to be trifled with.

If you suspect that something is wrong with your heat exchanger, call the fire department and then give King a call for 24/7 emergency furnace repair.

5. Peace of mind for you and your family

An emergency furnace breakdown on a cold Chicago night is a stressful event for you and your family. By reducing your risk of a breakdown or safety problems, a fall furnace tune-up can provide you with something you can’t put a price on: peace of mind. It’s one of the reasons we provide this service to south Chicago homeowners and renters.

Trust King with your fall furnace tune-up

We’re a local HVAC business that you can trust. That’s because we’ve been serving south Chicago, Joliet, Oak Forest, and surrounding communities since 1968. For many homeowners here, “King” is the name they trust for their heating, cooling, and plumbing needs.

To learn more about our services or to schedule your tune-up, give King a call at (708) 687-6898 or contact our team online. We look forward to speaking with you!

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.

4 Valuable Tips For Avoiding Furnace Failure This Winter

Avoid Furnace FailureThe furnace is an essential device that keeps the house warm and comfortable during frigid winter months. A properly working furnace ensures that you do not spend the cold season shivering miserably. In order to ensure that the heating device continues to operate without any problem during the winters, it’s important that you have the system regularly checked by a professional technician to avoid furnace failure.

No one likes the prospect of their furnace breaking down in the middle of the cold season. To avoid this, you should keep in mind certain points that can decrease the chances of an emergency furnace failure.

1. Keep the filters clean

The importance of having the filters cleaned cannot be emphasized enough. The filter is the lungs of the furnace. If it becomes clogged with dirt or dust, it will not be able to heat the room properly. What’s more, it can also lead to increased strain as the furnace will struggle to produce warm air, and ultimately break down.

A clogged filter prevents proper airflow and forces the air handler to strain. This results in an overheating problem that eventually results in a system failure. In addition, the clogged filter allows some dirt and dust to enter the system. The dust can coat the furnace motor and the blower that can also quicken the furnace breakdown. Keeping the furnace serviced regularly will ensure that you don’t face the problem.

2. Inspect the thermostat battery

Occasionally the furnace fails to perform due to a simple thermostat battery problem. Some thermostats require a battery to operate. The batteries typically last for 3 to 4 years after which they require replacement. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep spare batteries so that you can replace them easily when required.

3. Keep the air vents open

Another advice to prevent furnace failure is to keep the air vents open. Closed vents are certainly not a good idea in the unused rooms as it can lead to furnace failure. Instead of saving energy, it can actually make the furnace strain to produce the heat that leads to energy problems later on.

4. Consider a furnace maintenance contract

You should strongly consider signing a maintenance contract with an experienced furnace repair company. This is the most effective advice to avoid the prospect of a furnace failure. The expert technician will thoroughly check the system during the routine inspection.

If anything is wrong with the furnace, the technician will perform the repair then and there that prevents major fault to occur with the system.

Call King for furnace maintenance to avoid furnace failure

Regular furnace maintenance will ensure that you don’t face the problem of an emergency furnace failure. If you require expert furnace service in Elgin, Illinois and the surrounding areas northwest of Chicago, you can contact King Heating Cooling and Plumbing. We have a team of experienced and NATE-certified furnace technician that can perform all kinds of furnace repair and replacement tasks.

4 tips for preventing mold in ductwork

Tips to Prevent Mold In DuctworkWith the right conditions, mold can grow in your home’s cooling and heating ductwork. Mold in ductwork is a more common problem than you might think, and it negatively impacts your indoor air quality and can pose a health risk.

Exposure to molds can result in eye irritation, nasal stuffiness, skin irritation, and wheezing. Moreover, people with chronic lung disorders can develop a mold infestation inside the lungs.

Mold infestations are common in regions with humid weather. While you can’t completely get rid of mold, you can take actions to prevent and control mold infestations. Here are four steps that you can take to prevent mold from growing in your home’s ductwork.

1. Keep furniture away from vents

You should make sure that your furniture is not blocking the air flow vent. Any blockage could prevent the air conditioner from properly circulating the air in your home.

Stagnant air, combined with dark light conditions, can bring about condensation. This can encourage mold growth inside the ducts. That’s why you should keep furniture items—from drapes to couches—away from your home’s vents.

2. Keep moisture at bay

High humidity levels also encourage mold growth inside the ducts. To avoid mold infestation, you should consider using a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels inside the house balanced.

Also, you should consider buying a humidifier monitor that can monitor the humidity level inside the house. The humidity level should be kept between 35 – 50 percent. Mold growth will start in the ducts if the humidity level inside the house is more than 70 percent.

3. Keep HVAC ducts clean to prevent mold in ductwork

Regular cleaning of the HVAC ducts will prevent mold growth. Not cleaning the ducts regularly could result in mold buildup, or the buildup of other materials that negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality.

Call King for our ductwork cleaning service. You should have your ducts cleaned by a professional technician, as cleaning the ducts to remove and prevent mold growth requires great expertise and skill.

Also, be sure to ask King about our selection of air purification systems.

4. Have King install the right HVAC system for y our home

Keep in mind that large-sized HVAC units tend to create more moisture. More moisture means increased risk of a mold infestation. That’s why it’s recommended to use a proper size unit to avoid the chances of a mold infestation. King offers free in-home estimates on new air conditioners and furnaces so that our professional technicians can match you to the right system for your space and comfort needs.

Prevent mold in ductwork by calling King!

Contact King to get in contact with professional air conditioning and heating technicians.

Trust King with heating repair during the return of the polar vortex

Brrrr! This is shaping up to be a cold winter here in Chicago, with the latest version of the infamous polar vortex bearing down on our Windy City. This is a time for winter jackets, hot cocoa, and careful travel plans. It’s also a time that your home’s furnace will be under the most strain, as it attempts to keep your home cozy despite below-zero conditions outside. If your furnace breaks down, be sure to call King for heating repair.

In this blog post, we’ll outline some of the things that make King a better source for professional heating repair this winter. Remember: when the temperatures drop, you need a company you can trust to be there to fix your furnace. Make the call to King at (708) 687-6898, or contact us online.

Heating Repair ProfessionalsHeating repair, when you need it

Here’s a scenario: your furnace stops working at 2 a.m. It’s -7 out. You’re worried about your pipes freezing in these conditions. You try calling a few places, only to learn that they only offer service between 9-5, Monday-Friday. What? You need furnace service now, not tomorrow morning. Instead, give King a call. We offer 24/7 emergency heating repair service.

When you call King, we’ll dispatch one of our technicians to your home to inspect the furnace and determine what the issue is. From there, our technician will speak with you about the problem, what it will take to fix it, and what your options are. We’ll provide you with an upfront estimate. Once you’ve approved the quote, we’ll get to work.

Our technicians travel in stocked trucks, and are ready to fix any furnace issue. We work with all makes and models. Once we’ve completed the repair, our tech will meet with you again to review what they did.

The best part of our emergency 24/7 heating repair? We don’t charge you anything extra for it. That’s right: we won’t add extra fees to your repair just because it happened after hours.

The best technicians around

At King, we believe that the best people provide the best service. That’s why we’re proud to have some of the best heating repair technicians in the city working for our company.

Our technicians are NATE-certified, which means they meet the high standards and rigorous testing of the North American Technician Excellence program. This is a national accrediting and training program for HVAC technicians; only the best can make it through this program. That’s why we pick NATE techs for our furnace repair jobs right here in Chicago.

More than just great training and accreditation, our technicians have years of experience in the field. They not only have the expertise to fix any heating issue on any furnace make or model, but they also have seen and done it before.

Finally, we should note that our technicians—in addition to being true professionals—are great people. Friendly, courteous, and honest, our technicians take pride in their work, and will do everything possible to get your furnace working again, as fast as possible.

A great heating and cooling company

King believes in providing our customers in Chicago, Joliet, Oak Lawn, and beyond with superior service. That’s why we use NATE-certified techs and offer 24/7 emergency service. But, that’s not all. King backs all the work we do with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied with your service from King, let us know. We’ll work to make things right.

We also offer a warranty on any parts we use and our labor. We want you to have complete peace of mind about your furnace repair, and not have to worry about the heating repair we just did failing at some point in the near future.

When it’s time to replace your furnace, King also offers heating installation. We’re proud to be a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, and our NATE-certified technicians offer in-home new furnace installation estimates. Plus, we have financing available to customers with approved credit.

Don’t let your home go cold. Call King today for heating repair!

When the temperatures drop here in Chicago (either thanks to the Polar Vortex or just our normal winter conditions), call King for fast, 24/7 emergency furnace and heating repair. You can reach us at (708) 687-6898 or contact us online.