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Why you should make the switch to a new Carrier air conditioner

Earlier this summer, we outlined some of the reasons you should change out your old, failing air conditioner for a newer model. However, here’s something else to consider: you should switch to a new Carrier air conditioner. As one of the world’s most-trusted names in indoor comfort, Carrier is the right system, and King is the right team to install it.

Pictured: A King rep talks to homeowners here in Chicagoland about their new Carrier air conditioner.The best place to start after reading this blog? Give us a call to schedule a free in-home estimate on a new Carrier system. During this estimate, we’ll help you find the right air conditioner for your home and your family’s cooling needs.

Why Carrier?

Carrier is one of the world’s oldest and most-trusted cooling companies. There’s a reason for that, actually: their namesake Willis Carrier practically invented the first air conditioner all the way back in 1902.

Most companies would just ride those credentials all the way to today, but the incredible thing is that Carrier has continued to innovate, invent, and establish themselves as one of the top HVAC manufacturers in the world. Today, they’re at the cutting-edge of sustainability, energy-efficiency, quiet design, and a number of other categories.

What makes a new Carrier air conditioner different?

Carrier’s whole line of air conditioners is built to impress. First, these systems are balanced, providing equal parts energy-efficiency, cooling performance, and quiet design. This results in a happier, cooler home, without the huge energy bills in the summer. Believe us: with the heat and humidity here in Chicagoland, you want to cut right through that and have a comfortable home.

Perhaps these hallmark qualities of a great Carrier air conditioner are best seen in the Infinity® 20 Air Conditioner with Greenspeed® Intelligence. Arguably one of the most efficient air conditioners available today, this system packs a cooling punch. It’s the top-of-the-class.

Why Carrier versus other brands?

Ask your neighbors: chances are that the system they trust to cool their home is a Carrier. That’s because generations of Americans have turned to Carrier for superior comfort and cooling. Carrier has long been focused on saving people money on energy bills while still providing high-quality systems.

Here’s another great reason to choose a Carrier: King’s professional AC installation experts can help you install your new system right. After all, an air conditioner is only as good as the installation, and our NATE-certified techs have the know-how and training to make sure your air conditioner is good to go and ready to start cooling your home.

To get started on your free in-home estimate, contact us! We’d love to meet with you and help you find the right Carrier for your home.

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.

AC breakdown signs: 4 reasons to call King for service

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

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

First: How you can avoid an AC breakdown

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

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

#1. There’s refrigerant leakage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Encountering AC breakdown signs? Call King!

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

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

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

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

1. Keep the blinds closed during the day

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

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

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

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

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

3. Reduce electric bills by installing a programmable thermostat

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

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

4. Avoid placing the thermostat near hot objects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are 4 AC maintenance tips for the start of summer

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

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

1. Have King inspect and replace the filter

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

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

2. Have King examine the coils

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

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

3. Have King check the AC drain line

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

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

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

Call King for more AC maintenance tips

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

5 signs that you need a new air conditioner

Install a New Air ConditionerTrying to decide whether you should repair your older air conditioner or get a new air conditioner? In this blog post, we’ll work through five signs that it’s time to have King install a new unit.

Keeping your air conditioner in working order

Air conditioners must be kept in good condition so that they can properly cool the rooms when the temperatures start to rise. Proper maintenance of your air conditioner will ensure that it lives a longer, more energy-efficient life.

That being said, sometimes air conditioners get to the point when they need to be replaced.

Determining when to replace your air conditioner is not an exact science. There are no set rules that can tell you when it’s time to replace the air conditioning unit. Having said that, here are five tell-tale signs that indicate that you need to call King for a free in-home AC installation estimate.

1. Consider the age of the air conditioner

The fact is that older air conditioners are less efficient than newer, current models. According to Energy Star, you should consider replacing your air conditioner if it is more than 10 years old, and you should seriously consider replacing the air conditioner if it’s more than 15 years old—as this is the average lifespan of most cooling devices.

2. Apply the $5,000 rule

Some experts recommend using the $5,000 rule to consider whether you should replace the unit. Just multiply the age of the cooling device with the repair cost. If the amount is more than $5,000, you should consider replacing the unit. Otherwise, it’s better to repair the unit.

For instance, if your air conditioner is 8 years old and the repair cost comes to around $400, that equals $3,200. You should have King repair the air conditioner. However, if the repair costs $700 for the same air conditioner, it equals $5,600 and so you should consider having King replace the air conditioner with a new one.

3. Think about the frequency of repairs

Consider whether the air conditioner requires frequent repairs. If the answer is “yes,” you should consider replacing the air conditioner. Otherwise, it’s best to repair the equipment.

You should particularly consider replacing the system if the repair costs are more than 50 percent of the price of a new air conditioner. Consult with the air conditioning technicians at King to find out how much repairs will cost, as well as the cost of the a system. From there, you can make an appropriate decision.

4. Replace an air conditioner that requires R-22

Older air conditioners generally require R-22 refrigerant, which is known to cause great damage to the environment. If your air conditioner uses this refrigerant, you should consider replacing it with a new one.

Another reason for replacing the air conditioner with a one that doesn’t use R-22 is that the price of this refrigerant has increased considerably. In addition, the production of the refrigerant is slated to end in 2020. So, it’s best to take action early and replace the air conditioner.

5. Consider the energy efficiency of the air conditioner (and the energy savings of a new air conditioner)

A new air conditioner is highly energy efficient, resulting in lower energy bills. Also, many states offer tax credits to the homeowners that purchase highly energy-efficient systems. So, you should consider replacing the unit if it will save you money in the form of lower bills and tax incentives.

Call King for a free in-home quote on a new air conditioner

If you want to gauge the condition of your existing air conditioner, schedule an inspection with our professional technicians today! We also offer free in-home estimates if you’re shopping for a new air conditioner.

Even more reasons to get AC maintenance

It’s hot outside, and the last thing you want is your air conditioner quitting on you in the middle of the night. Don’t wait until the worst happens: instead, be proactive and plan ahead with an AC tune-up. As we covered in March, AC maintenance is one of the easiest things that homeowners can do to keep their system running right. Here are three more major benefits of an AC tune-up from the experts at King Heating and Cooling.

AC maintenance ChicagoBetter energy efficiency

Have you noticed that your electricity bills this summer have been similar to the temperatures outside: climbing up and up, with no relief in sight? There might be a correlation between skipping your AC tune-up and your higher bills. Without annual maintenance, your air conditioner will continually lose efficiency as dust and other contaminants build up in the system and air leaks appear.

However, an AC tune-up from the professionals at King can help you restore efficiency to your system. Over the course of a summer, a tune-up can lead to major savings on your electricity bills. If you’ve been suffering energy bill sticker shock, give King a call. Our NATE-certified technicians will treat your air conditioner right and make sure it’s operating at maximum efficiency.

Improve your indoor air quality

Now that we’ve discussed how the buildup of dust and pollutants in your air conditioner could have a negative impact on your system’s energy efficiency, let’s discuss another impact. Dust, dirt, and pollutants can clog your system’s filter over time. Without the cleaning or filter change that comes as part of AC maintenance from King, your system will eventually send material into your home’s air via the ductwork. That’s pollutants and dust that you have to breathe in. Consider this: you spend a large amount of time—including your sleep—in your home. It’s one thing to inhale such materials on your 15-minute commute; it’s another thing entirely to breathe in pollution during your nine hours of rest.

If you have allergies or are sensitive to dust from the outside, an AC tune-up might help to remove the amount of pollutants entering your home. In combination with other services—such as air duct cleaning—AC maintenance can really help you breathe easier.

Get more performance from your system

Is your current cooling spotty, with one room feeling like an icebox and another feeling like it might as well be outside in the heat? This might be caused by your air conditioner needing a tune-up. Thanks to the wear placed on parts or the buildup of dust, your system might not only be compromised in terms of energy efficiency, but might have—overall—less cooling power. Sans maintenance, you’re effectively paying more for less air conditioning.

Choose King Heating and Cooling for your AC maintenance

Founded in 1968, King is the South Side’s go-to source for great cooling and heating products, services, and expert advice. Our NATE-certified technicians help people stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and we’re known for 24/7 emergency service throughout Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods and suburbs. We are here to serve you and you home with quality AC maintenance.

Ready to schedule your AC tune-up with us? You can book your appointment by calling (708) 687-6898 today.

When do I need to replace my current AC system?

Here’s a situation: your current air conditioner has just stopped working, and you’ll need to have it repaired as soon as possible. Right? Or, is it a better deal to just purchase a new air conditioning unit?

AC Repair or ReplacementEvery situation is different. However, there are some things you can think about before making your decision and calling King Heating and Cooling. We’re the South Side’s HVAC experts, and our industry-certified technicians can help you decide between replacement and repair.

When to consider AC repair

  • If your system still has life ahead of it: If your air conditioner is less than ten years old, it may not be time to throw in the towel just yet. Most cared-for AC systems can last past 15 years, so getting rid of your current system may not be as appealing if it hasn’t reached the peak of its lifespan.
  • If the repair is a one-off affair: If this repair is a one-time thing that isn’t likely to become a recurring issue, it might be worth fixing the system. When you have a professional from King Heating and Cooling look over your system, be sure to ask them what they think. If they indicate that there’s other damage that could cause further breakdowns, that should probably come into your decision-making process.
  • If you can get professional help for a great price: Before you start adding up the price of repairs on the calculator, consider that King Heating and Cooling offers regular specials and coupons for our services that may make a repair far more feasible.
  • If you like your air conditioner: This is more important than most people think. If you really like the cooling power of your air conditioner and your current electricity bills, it makes sense to put the money into the system to keep it running. Of course, the opposite may be true. Again, every cooling situation is different. If you’re struggling to weigh the positives and negatives, ask the professionals.

When to consider AC replacement

  • If the price is right: It’s true for repairs, and it’s true for new air conditioning systems, as well. King Heating and Cooling regularly offers special deals on new AC installations, and we can match you to the right system for your cooling needs. If the cost of your repair even begins to approach the cost of a new system, don’t hesitate to opt for the new air conditioner. You may even make up the cost gap in energy savings!
  • If you need something more efficient: Nevermind the system breaking. Even before your old air conditioner stopped working, it was leading to some eye-popping electricity bills. For an older system, there’s only so much that regular maintenance can do. Eventually, a new system may make sense on the grounds of energy efficiency alone.
  • You want to boost your home’s resale value: Even if you’re not planning on selling your home right now, a new air conditioner can increase your home’s value if you do have to move. It could even be the difference between making a sale or just missing out.

No matter what you decide, King can help

Need to talk to a trained and experienced technician? Just ask King. We can help match you to the perfect AC system for you, your family, and your cooling needs. We also offer financing to customers with qualifying credit—learn more about this program.

Benefits of an AC tune-up

It’s the time of year for spring cleaning. While you work on dusting and finally moving those holiday decorations into storage, don’t forget about your air conditioning system. Not only does it need annual cleaning, but it also needs a general tune-up. The best people to call for both? King Heating and Cooling of south Chicago.

Here are some of the benefits to scheduling your AC tune-up this spring:

NATE Certified EmployeeGreater energy efficiency this summer

Along with heat and humidity, summer can bring about high energy bills that cost you and your family hard-earned paychecks. An unmaintained AC system is a less efficient one, meaning that skipping the tune-up could really cost you. As dust and other pollutants build up on the coils and in the ducts, it blocks cooling and makes your air conditioner work harder for less cooling output. Your AC could cost you money every single month.

Instead, schedule your AC tune-up with King. Our industry-certified technicians will have your system operating at peak efficiency for the rest of the summer. You’ll see the energy savings on every bill.

Lessened chance of a system breakdown

No one likes having their air conditioner break down in the middle of the summer. Yet, that’s when it’s likeliest to do just that: after all, there are some days where it’s running nearly 24-7! If your AC does go down, King can help with that. But, if you’re looking for a way to prevent the need for repairs in the first place, consider getting an AC tune-up with us.

In fact, up to 80% of all repairs can be avoided altogether with regular maintenance. It’s one of the reasons that a tune-up is most effective in the spring, before summer arrives. If there’s something not quite right with your air conditioner—such as grime buildup on the coils or a loose bolt—our trained technicians can catch it before it becomes a crisis.

Keep your manufacturer’s warranty intact

Many air conditioning manufacturers actually stipulate in their warranty agreement that the system needs to have a certified technician look at it every year. Otherwise, the warranty is considered voided, and you’ll no longer be able to benefit from the perk should your air conditioner break down in the years after. Schedule your AC maintenance with King Heating and Cooling to keep your warranty intact.

Help your system live longer

Most air conditioning systems last between 15-20 years, depending on the make and model, how often it was used, and—most importantly—what kind of maintenance it has received. Annual tune-ups not only improve your system’s energy efficiency and help prevent breakdowns. They can also benefit your air conditioner in the long term, by giving it a chance at a longer life.

A system with years of dust and grime built up in it has to work harder, which results in even greater wear-and-tear on the machine. Plus, not replacing failing parts puts the entire air conditioner at risk of being damaged. An AC tune-up won’t make your home’s system last forever, but it will give it better odds at a longer life.

 

Go with King Heating and Cooling

King Heating and Cooling services much of south Chicago, including Orland Park, Joliet, and Frankfort. If it’s time for you to schedule your AC tune-up, give King a call.