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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.

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

Split systems—combination HVAC setups that contain both heating (typically a furnace) and cooling (either an air conditioner or heat pump) components—have something unusual not found in ordinary furnaces: a furnace coil. But, just what is a furnace coil, and how do they work? In this article, we’ll explore this little-understood part and explain why it’s a big part of your split system’s performance—and why keeping it clean matters.

First, a quick note: if you need furnace or heating services here in Chicagoland, you’ll want to call the team here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. Our techs know their way around all kinds of furnace setups and installs, and we can help address your maintenance, repair, and installation needs. We always recommend having us do a seasonal furnace tune-up in the fall to clean the furnace coil and other parts of your system.

What exactly is the furnace coil?

This type of furnace coil is commonly known as an "A Coil" because of its distinctive shape.

This type of furnace coil is commonly known as an “A Coil” because of its distinctive shape.

Commonly known as “evaporator coils” or “A Coils” due to their distinctive triangular shape, furnace coils play an important role in your split system.

Air conditioners and heat pumps both work by moving heat from one location to another. For both systems in the summer, this means taking heat from inside the house and moving it outside. This is accomplished with refrigerant. As the refrigerant moves through the evaporator coil inside your home, it absorbs heat. That refrigerant then travels outside, where the heat is expelled and the refrigerant is then cooled, starting the cycle over again.

Heat pumps, of course, are able to reverse that operation in the winter, pulling heat energy from outdoor air (it might not seem like it on a cold Chicago night, but there’s some ambient heat energy there!) inside and expelling cold air.

Why is the evaporator coil installed with the furnace?

During the winter, as your furnace uses gas or electricity to generate heat energy, the furnace coil acts as a heat exchanger, absorbing that heat so that the blower can distribute it through your air ducts.

Why is cleaning the coil so important?

Furnace coils are not only typically inside the furnace assembly, but may be in their own casing, as well. Most of the problems associated with dirty coils come from the lack of access homeowners have to clean them.

Dust and dirt

The buildup of dust and dirt can cause problems. Dirty furnace coils are not as good at transferring heat energy, and you’ll start to see your system’s energy-efficiency dip. In severe cases, extremely dirty coils can trap heat inside your furnace, causing the system to overheat and trigging temperature failsafes that shut off the system entirely.

Mold and mildew

When the air conditioner or heat pump is in use during the summer, the cold refrigerant stored in the heat exchanger, reacting with the warm air in your house, can cause the exterior to generate liquid condensate. This can lead to ideal conditions (warmth and water) for mold and mildew to develop. For obvious reasons, you’ll want to deal with this before it negatively impacts your indoor air quality.

Cleaning the furnace coil

As previously mentioned, it’s nearly impossible (and certainly not advisable!) for a homeowner to reach the furnace evaporator coil. The best time to get your coils cleaned is during your seasonal heating tune-up, which we recommend scheduling in the fall before the first truly cold days of winter. The earlier you book your tune-up, typically the easier it will be to schedule you in.

To make sure you stay on top of your furnace maintenance on an annual basis and avoid any problems, we recommend joining our maintenance program. Known as the King Royal Treatment Plan, this program includes regularly scheduled tune-ups and a number of other perks. Probably the best part of this plan is that we call you to schedule the service appointment. Nifty, right?

Why can’t I clean my own coils?

Beyond how difficult they are to access, we don’t recommend diving into your own furnace. You run the risk of voiding your manufacturer’s warranty when you open up your own system, and there’s always a chance that something can go wrong or get broken, making our 24/7 emergency repair a necessity. Worst case scenario, if not done right, you run the risk of harming yourself.

Honestly, take it from us: when you don’t have the right tools or the right training, it’s just not worth the trouble. It doesn’t even guarantee that your furnace will run any better!

Replacing the furnace coil

In the event that your furnace coil has stopped functioning altogether, you’ll need to have it replaced. The part you’ll need is dependent on your system’s manufacturer, the model, the system’s orientation, and more. For instance, Carrier—the brand King installs—has several types of coils, both in cases and out-of-cases. We recommend giving our team a call so that a technician can match you to the right part you need for your specific system.

Call King and get help from expert technicians

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.

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.

Fall is the perfect time for a furnace upgrade

It’s fall here in Chicago’s South Side, and the leaves are beginning to change. Soon, they’ll fall, and winter will officially be here. If you’re relying on an aging furnace to get you through the coldest months of the year, you might be in for a cold awakening when it stops working. If your furnace is between 10-20 years old, fall might be a good time to think about a furnace upgrade.

In this blog post, we’ll review how a new furnace from King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing will help you save money on energy, reduce the likelihood of a breakdown, and increase your long-term savings. To get started on your furnace installation, call King at (708) 687-6898 or get in contact with us today.

Get the best possible energy savings

With an emphasis on energy-efficient design, the furnaces manufactured by Carrier today use far less energy than their predecessors 10-20 years ago. Part of this trend is driven by consumers: as energy prices have increased, the demand for furnaces (and air conditioners) that use less electricity or gas has skyrocketed. Thanks to the gains made in the past two decades, a furnace upgrade today could lead to significant savings on your winter energy bills.

Unfortunately, older furnaces hurt your energy efficiency on two fronts. In addition to not having the technology that modern heating systems do, furnaces also become less efficient as they age, due to worn parts and the general wear of decades of near-constant use for entire seasons. If you have an aging system and you’ve noticed that your energy bills have been spiking out of control, it might be time to give King a call about a furnace upgrade.

Head into winter with a reliable system

No one wants their furnace failing in the middle of a Chicago snowstorm, or a chilly, windy night. You, your home, and your family relies on your furnace for your winter safety and home comfort. If your furnace is older than 10 years old, you should consider replacing it. If it’s between 15 and 20 years old, you’re running the risk that it could breakdown this winter, or die altogether.

Reliable heating isn’t just an issue of comfort. It’s also an issue of costs. If you have to have your furnace regularly repaired, those costs can add up over time. This means that every winter you delay replacing your heating system with a furnace upgrade from King, you’re throwing money at a system that might not be around the following season.

Many people don’t think about the ways in which an older furnace—although already something you own—can cost them money. If you’ve been debating getting a new furnace upgrade, you should take spending more on energy and repairs with an older heating system into account.

Furnace Upgrade ChicagoSave even more

Your furnace upgrade will save you on energy costs and may keep you from paying for heating repairs this winter, but it can also save you in other ways. At King, we regularly offer seasonal specials on our furnace upgrade and installation service. If you don’t see a special here, be sure to check back.

Upgrading from a low-efficiency system to a high-efficiency furnace may qualify you for several state, federal, and utility rebates through Carrier. You can use this system to search by zip code for rebates available in your area. If you have questions about whether you qualify for a rebate or how to redeem one, give King a call. Our team would love to help you out.

One final way to save? Your new Carrier furnace may come with a new, 10-year manufacturer’s warranty that offers forms of coverage for parts and the functions of the system. This warranty protects you in the event of a furnace breakdown, and is—in effect—a great way to save money. Your aging furnace likely had a warranty that has long since expired, so a furnace upgrade from King can provide you with this incomparable peace of mind.

Call King for your free furnace upgrade estimate

King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offers free estimates on advanced, energy-efficient Carrier furnaces. Our NATE-certified technicians will measure your home and your family’s energy needs to help you find the right furnace; a system that is too big or too small will burn energy faster while producing less heating. Once we’ve completed this work, we’ll provide you with a free, upfront estimate on how much the new furnace will cost.

If you’re ready for more reliable heating this Chicago winter, give us a call at (708) 687-6898 or contact us online. We’ll get you started with a free furnace estimate.

Turn to King for your furnace tune-up and maintenance

Visitors to Chicago call it “the Windy City.” If they only knew, right? Winters for us Chicagoans can be pretty frosty, and your furnace is all that stands between you and that cold Illinois night outside. King Cooling and Heating reminds you that regular maintenance to your heating system can prolong its life, help you avoid costly emergency repairs, and give you the peace of mind that comes with a warm home.

Here at King Heating and Cooling, we believe that quality is king. That is why we employ the very best in our industry. With more than 45 years of experience, we take our time to ensure you always have heat in your home.

Why should I pay for maintenance on my furnace?

Keep in mind that you have a choice when it comes to maintaining your heating system, but you may not have as many options or as much time when something goes wrong. “Wrong” could include the furnace needing a costly repair, but it could also include even more serious issues, including water, electrical, fire, home damage, or health issues!

new furnace installs 3Scheduling regular maintenance through King will give you advance notice of any potential issues, while keeping your unit running at an optimal state.

The more efficient a heating system is, the more money it is saving you. Our maintenance inspection will identify any inefficiencies (such as air leaks) that exist in your system, and make sure your system only costs you what it should takes to warm your home. This could lead to huge energy savings over the course of a year.

Keeping your system going

Not unlike a well-maintained automobile, prolonging the total life of your heating system requires attention and care. If the cost and hassle of completely replacing your furnace gives you shivers worse than the ones from the cold outside, consider regular maintenance as a way to better your odds of having a longer-lived heating system.

Again, much like an automobile, an aging furnace is going to need more regular maintenance to keep it warming your home efficiently and effectively. Trust in the experts at King to keep your system going longer and help you get the best return on your investment.

Your manufacturer’s warranty

Your furnace may have a manufacturer’s warranty that protects the value of the system and covers necessary repairs. These warranties are valuable, and can save you a ton of money if your furnace breaks down.

In order to maintain it for future years, your warranty may require you to have an annual tune-up through a certified company like King.

How can I be sure I’m getting a good deal?

We want you to consider King Heating and Cooling for your regular furnace maintenance. In addition to our above-and-beyond commitment to service and our 40-point inspection system, we offer tremendous financial value for our customers.

Still not sure? Here are three other reasons you should trust King to check out your system:new furnace installs 2

  1. King believes you’ll be so satisfied with our services, we don’t ask you for payment until the job is done and you’re satisfied. Remember, our motto is, “Comfort today or you don’t pay!” Our technicians and staff work to make your home the most comfortable it can be, no matter how cold it is outside.
  2. King wants you to be happy, comfortable, and worry-free about the heating system in your home. To give you greater peace of mind, we offer a one-year warranty on all parts and service.
  3. Our customers love the work we do, and we’ve been awarded for it.. Thanks to their votes and support, we received the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, and we’ve been voted “Best of Chicago” by the Southtown Star not just once, but for five consecutive years.

What should I look for in a HVAC company?

Here are some of things you should consider when getting your heating system inspected:

  • Certified technicians: King only employs technicians who are fully qualified and ready to inspect your heating system.
  • Good job, done right the first time: King prides itself on doing quality work, and getting it right the very first time.
  • Hometown company: King serves Metro Chicago and surrounding areas. We know this city, and we’re here to help you.

furnace tuneup 3Our 40-point inspection

Regular maintenance for a furnace requires experts performing a thorough checkup of the system. King offers you both. Our fully certified technicians perform a 40-point inspection to make sure your unit is running at peak performance, and that you’re getting the best heat for your dollar. Again: we do things this way because we want you to be happy with the comfort of your home, and we’re not done until you’re satisfied with our work.

What is the best time to get my furnace inspected?

Obviously, your furnace sees the most use when it starts to get cold outside. We recommend getting it inspected before this point: you will save the most energy, time, and potential hassle by having your system inspected and maintained prior to the coldest months of the year.

However, if you find yourself in the midst of winter wanting to get your furnace checked, we encourage that, too. There is no wrong time to think ahead and make sure your system passes with flying colors. But, the fall is probably the best time: it allows you to identify any problems before they become problems, and helps to ensure you have a productive and cost-effective system by the time the first snowflakes begin to fall over Chicago.

No matter what season you have your system inspected, we recommend getting it looked at once-a-year. Remember, your furnace’s warranty may require it, and it’s worth the peace of mind.

How do I get in contact with King?

If it is time to schedule your furnace inspection, schedule your appointment with someone from our team. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to take care of you.