Here’s the signs your home is ready for a new furnace

If your furnace is getting up there in age (it’s more than 10 years old), you should be prepared for the possibility that you may want to upgrade your furnace in the next few years. In this blog, we’ll run through the signs that your old furnace might need to be replaced with a new furnace this winter.

King offers free in-home estimates here in Chicagoland, including Joliet, Oak Forest, Orland Park, and beyond. To schedule yours, give us a call.

Your older system just isn’t heating your home

As furnaces age, their heating output often becomes more limited. The furnace, in effect, is putting less warm air into your home’s air ducts. The result is that the system isn’t able to completely distribute hot air to all areas of your home, resulting in a patchwork of hot and cold spots.

For homeowners, this can be infuriating. You and your family may be enjoying the temperature of the kitchen, but you step into the living room to watch a movie and you feel like a cold front just came in through the door.

There’s a few things you can do to try to improve this situation. First, if your furnace is getting up there in age, it might be time for a new one. However, you can also call King for air duct cleaning. It’s possible that your distribution of heat is being negatively impacted by dirty or partially clogged air ducts. This also has a negative impact on your indoor air quality.

Your energy-efficiency has taken a big dip

If your energy bills are spiraling out-of-control this fall and winter, it could be a sign that your older furnace is no longer able to generate heat as efficiently as it once did. There are two solutions to this problem: first, have King perform a heating tune-up on your system. This will help to ensure that your system—no matter how old—is at least working at its optimal condition.

However, in the long run, you should probably consider replacing your older furnace. Here’s why: over time, those energy bills can cascade and add up to big costs. If you’re paying $50-$100 extra per-bill throughout the winter months, you’re quickly looking at $1000 extra dollars if you delay upgrading by two years.

Of course, that’s only one aspect where you might be paying more than you should…

You’re needing more repairs than before

If you’ve been needing to get your furnace repaired one or two times per-season, it might be a good idea to make the switch to a new furnace. Multiple, sequential repairs can quickly meet or exceed the cost of a new furnace, and you’re not getting the benefits of the boosted energy-efficiency or manufacturer’s warranty.

When in doubt, you need to speak with a King technician. Our NATE-certified technicians can help you determine what the future of your HVAC system should be, and what steps you can take to replace your older system.

Make the switch to a new furnace

If you’re debating the upgrade to a new furnace this winter, consider this: King not only offers free in-home estimates on new systems, but we also have financing available with approved credit.

To get started on your journey to a new system, call our team today.

Here are our best tips for preventing frozen pipes this winter

On average, Chicago winters have highs just above freezing. Any time the temperature dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, there is a risk that your water pipes can freeze. Frozen pipes can crack and leak, which is why preventing frozen pipes is so important.

To avoid the need for emergency plumbing repair this winter, call King. We offer free plumbing inspections here in Oak Forest, Orland Park, Joliet, and other parts of Chicagoland. Our experienced plumbers are ready to help you with your plumbing needs, and to help you assess your risk for frozen pipes this winter.

Avoiding frozen pipes is easy with these tips from KingEnsure you have sufficient heat

Before winter hits, you want to make sure your home is ready for the cold months ahead. A furnace tune-up in the fall is one part of frozen pipe prevention. This service ensures your home has enough heat to protect you interior pipes and prevent freezing.

Know your high-risk areas

Exposed pipes, such as those in a basement or home exterior, are at the highest risk for freezing. However, an easy fix is to look into is insulation. Pipes in a basement, crawlspace or attic can be wrapped in foam, while external faucets can be protected with faucet covers.

Let warm air circulate and keep cold air out

Keep your garage door shut to prevent cold air from seeping in. You also want to use the warm air inside your home to protect interior pipes, such as those under a kitchen countertop. Open the cabinet doors as often as possible to allow for air circulation that helps in avoiding frozen pipes.

Drain faucets for reduced risk

You won’t be watering your lawn when the temperature is below freezing, so turning off the flow of water to your exterior faucets should pose no issue. Most switches are located in a basement or similar area. Once the water’s off, open your faucet all the way to let water drain out.

Know who your local plumber is

In the event some of your pipes freeze, you need a plan of action. A licensed plumber from King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can assess the damage and determine what sort of repairs you might need. We are also available to help with your winter prep with a whole-house heating tune-up.

Preventing frozen pipes during a cold Chicago winter takes knowledge and proper planning. With our help, you can avoid common pitfalls during winter and protect your home from water damage. To learn more about our plumbing services, call us today.

Winter is around the corner, and it’s time to schedule a heating tune-up

Chicago’s winters are not for the faint of heart, which is why it’s important to have a strong, properly operating furnace to help you get through the colder months. To make sure your system works when you turn it on, it’s a good idea to schedule a heating tune-up every year, and fall is the perfect time for this.

For professional furnace tune-ups here in Chicagoland, contact the team at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

Here’s why you should schedule a heating tune-up

#1. You can catch small problems early

Your furnace contains a complex network of moving parts that will eventually wear down over time. When we perform an annual fall tune-up on your system, we thoroughly inspect and clean each element. By making note of potential issues, we can prevent one worn part from creating a larger problem. In fact, King offers a 40-point furnace inspection and tune-up.

#2. You can get more out of your heating dollar

No matter if your furnace uses oil, natural gas, propane, or electricity, it can be expensive to keep your home warm during a Chicago winter. To get the most out of your energy expenses, your heating system needs to run at peak energy-efficiency. An annual tune-up can ensure everything is in proper working order efficiency-wise.

Over the course of the entire this winter, this could save you a lot of money on your heating bills.

#3. You can stay in compliance with your warranty

Heating systems come with lengthy warranties that cover key components in the event of breakage, but you have to keep up your end of the deal as an owner. If you don’t adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, you might not be protected if the system fails.

#4. Keep your family safe

You probably don’t think of your furnace when everything is running properly, but it’s a device that uses combustible material to heat your home. If you don’t take care of maintenance issues regularly, you could end up with an unsafe situation such as a carbon monoxide leak or even a fire hazard.

Schedule a heating tune-up from King today!

Why set yourself up for a larger issue with your furnace that could be avoided by regular fall HVAC maintenance? You’ve spent a lot on your system, so trust the experts at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing with all of your service needs. To schedule an appointment, contact us online today.

Here are 3 reasons to join a HVAC maintenance program

One of the best-kept secrets in the HVAC world is the HVAC maintenance program offered by  King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. This program includes regularly scheduled maintenance, priority service, and a number of other perks.

At King, our Royal Treatment Plan offers a great way for homeowners to save, both through energy savings as a direct result of tune-ups and through discounts and priority service. To learn more about the Royal Treatment Plan, contact us online, or give us a call at (708) 687-6898.

#1. Regularly scheduled inspections and tune-ups

Don’t underestimate the power of a tune-up! In fact, regular inspections and maintenance can keep your air conditioner and furnace running right throughout the year, while also lowering your monthly energy bills.

If that wasn’t enough, a solid maintenance record—the kind you’ll have as a member of a HVAC maintenance program—has two other benefits. First, you’ll keep your manufacturer’s warranty intact. Second, you’ll extend the lifespan of your system.

As a member of a HVAC maintenance program like the King Royal Treatment Plan, you’ll receive regularly scheduled tune-ups that keep your system running at their best. At our company, we call you to schedule these tune-ups, making the process all that more convenient.

#2. Priority service matters when you need it

Most HVAC maintenance programs come with additional priority service, where the company considers you a “VIP” customer and handles your service needs first. That’s certainly true here at King! Our Royal Treatment Plan members receive priority service for all the other services we offer. It’s our way of saying thanks!

Ask any homeowner: on the hottest days or coldest nights of the year, when the air conditioner or furnace has stopped working, being first in the queue for service from a trusted HVAC company matters. That’s why this particular perk of your HVAC maintenance program makes all the difference.

#3. All the other perks

Companies often throw in a number of other awesome perks with their HVAC maintenance program. Here at King, Royal Treatment Plan members—on top of regularly scheduled tune-ups and priority service—also get a discount on parts and labor.

That’s right: no matter what the need or service, Plan members can count on King to not only help them first, but to give them a discount. Maybe this is just one of the reasons we’re one of the best-reviewed HVAC, plumbing, and home service companies in Chicago’s South Side.

Join a HVAC maintenance program that benefits you. Join our Royal Treatment Plan!

There are many reasons why joining a HVAC maintenance program just makes sense for homeowners. Here in Chicago and Chicago’s South Side communities, consider joining the King Royal Treatment Plan for great service and fantastic perks from an award-winning team.

To learn more or to get started, contact King today, or give us a call at (708) 687-6898.

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 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.