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.
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.
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.
When you come home in the summer, you want your home to be comfortable. When your air conditioning system isn’t working properly, your summer becomes miserable. In this blog, we’ll review the 5 big signs you need AC repair this summer, and when you need to contact King for emergency AC service here in Chicagoland!
5 signs you need AC repair this summer
#1. Your house is hot and uncomfortable
The most obvious warning sign is when your house is warm no matter how much you’re cranking the AC. An AC unit that’s not blowing cold air or isn’t blowing much of anything at all will make your home humid and muggy. There may also be unequal cooling in different rooms.
#2. Your HVAC system is loud
When you turn the air on, you should hardly hear a thing. You may hear a slight rumble and a faint noise of blowing, but if there’s an exceptional amount of noise, there’s probably an issue. If you hear any grinding, chattering, or squeaking, you need summer AC repair.
#3. There is a leak, or pooled water by your AC unit
Excessive moisture and leaks near your HVAC unit is a sure sign there is an issue with your system. If you see water pooling near your AC unit, there is a possibility that the pipes or drainage tubes are broken or blocked.
Water pools may pose an electrical hazard or cause mold. Leaking refrigerant fluids may be a risk to your health.
#4. You smell unusual odors
Your AC shouldn’t smell like anything. If your AC is causing your house to smell instead of cooling it down, there may be mold building up inside the unit. Don’t simply try to plug your nose, light a candle, or use an air freshener. You need to contact King for emergency, 24/7 repair.
#5. Your monthly energy bills are increasing
The last thing you need is a higher energy bill. If you’re wondering why you’re suddenly paying more to cool your house, it may be because your AC unit is working harder than it should. A sudden spike in your monthly bills is a clear indication you should contact King for AC repairs. You can also avoid higher energy bills throughout the season by scheduling an AC tune-up.
Seeing, hearing, or smelling the signs you need AC repair? Call King!
If you notice any of these signs you need AC repair, it’s crucial for you to get in touch with the HVAC professionals here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. Contact us for the best air conditioning repair and maintenance in Chicagoland!
This summer season, do yourself and your family a favor by considering switching your old AC to a new model. Make the change from your current, worn-out AC unit to an energy-efficient Carrier system. It’s easy to enjoy the many benefits such a change can offer.
King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is here to keep you and everyone else in your home as comfortable as possible no matter the time of year. In this blog, we’ll discuss the benefits of upgrading to a new air conditioner this summer.
Boost your home’s energy-efficiency
While installing your new unit, you might find out that there are several reasons your home isn’t as energy efficient or kept as comfortable as you’d like for it to be. For instance, it might be that you need a new unit and that your home’s insulation isn’t as great as it should be.
There might also be energy leaks in your home as well as leaks around your windows and doors that need to be addressed. There’s little need to get a new air conditioner and leave it at that if more work needs to be done to your property.
Invest money rather than waste it
When you spend money on repairs to an older HVAC unit that’s really starting to show its age, what you’re doing is wasting money rather than making a good investment. This is because your money is better spent on a newer unit that will last longer, rather than on a unit that’s likely going to completely fail soon.
Get the right-sized unit for your home
You can also save energy by getting the correctly-sized air conditioner for your property. Units that are either too big or too small drive up energy costs. Also, a unit that’s too large for your home is likely to fail faster than an accurately-sized unit.
This is why it’s vital that you choose a reputable and experienced company (like King!) for switching your old AC to a new model.
Get a free in-home estimate from King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing
Can’t remember when your current air conditioner was installed? Give us a call here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to find out more about efficient Carrier air conditioners and how an upgrade can improve your home comfort.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
First: How you can avoid an AC breakdown
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.
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.
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
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.
Almost every home in the United States has an air conditioning unit. For most people, it is an absolute necessity. However, some people tend to forget that the air conditioner is a mechanical device and don’t pay any attention to its regular maintenance and repair needs.
Given the high cost and expenses incurred in operating the unit, it’s important that you keep the unit serviced regularly.
An important part of the air conditioner is the filter. It prevents dirt from getting inside the system and doing major damage to the unit. Knowing more about the air filter will help in making the right decision regarding the unit. Here are some important facts that you should know about air conditioning filters.
1. Not all air filters are the same
Some people presume that only one type of filter is installed in the air conditioner. The reality is that there are many sizes and types of filters. Some are reusable after cleaning while others are for one-time use only. The filters have different ratings and prices. A professional technician can tell you about the recommended filter for your air conditioner.
2. You need to inspect your air filter regularly
An air filter collects dirt and dust over time and therefore must be cleaned regularly. The EPA recommends that you inspect your AC filter at least every 3 months. In case you reside in a dusty area, or there are pets or children inside the house, you should consider getting the filter inspected every month. Regular inspection will ensure that a clogged filter won’t result in damage to the unit.
3. Bigger is not always better
Keep in mind that only a specific size of filter will be suitable for an air conditioner. Going out and buying the biggest filter is not recommended. Installing a wrong size of air filter will result in inefficient filtering of the dust particles. This will result in accelerated wear-and-tear on the system. Again, a professional technician will guide you in buying the right size of filter.
4. Don’t always just default to the highest rating
Every air conditioner requires a filter with a particular Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating. Knowing that the highest rating is 16, some people buy the highest-rated filter. But the fact is that a filter with a higher-than-required filter might actually restrict air flow. This will strain the air conditioner and may cause damage to the system. That brings us to our final thing to consider…
5. Let a professional do the work
Filters should be installed, inspected, and cleaned by an experienced technician. Some people, in order to save money, try to clean the filter by vacuuming it. Others try to wash the filter in the washing machine. However, DIY cleaning often damages the filter. An experienced technician has the required tools and equipment to clean the filter safely.
The professional will also thoroughly clean the filter to prevent the buildup of bacteria and mold. These can enter the rooms through the vents thereby posing a health risk to the household.
Call King for help with air conditioning filters
If you reside in the communities south of Chicago, you can contact King Heating Cooling and Plumbing for professional help with air conditioning filters. We have a team of certified and experienced technicians who can perform all kinds of air conditioner repairs at an affordable cost.
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