Posts

Make the switch to a demand-type water heater!

Hot water is one of those things that you don’t truly appreciate until you no longer have it. From showering and washing your dishes to doing your laundry, there’s a lot you need hot water for. That’s just one of the many reasons you should consider making the switch to a demand-type water heater.

Demand-type, or tankless water heaters, have many benefits compared to standard water heaters. In this blog, we’ll break down some of the key differences.

Pictured: A demand-type water heater can provide your home with unlimited hot water out of your kitchen faucets.Save money by saving energy

One of the main reasons to switch out your current water heater for a demand-type system is to save money on the cost of heating your water. Among the benefits of these systems is that water is only heated when you turn on the faucet, rather than needing it to be heated and then stored in a tank.

Because of their efficiency, you’ll also be doing your part to save the environment when you install a tankless water heater. It’s easier than ever to go green, and your home’s appliances are a great place to start.

Get more years out of your system

No matter how much you’d like to save on heating, cooling, and plumbing, there’s no denying the fact that home appliances can be expensive. Another great thing about tankless water heaters is that they’ve been known to last for up to 20 years when well-taken care of.

Better water, better safety

When water is heated and left in a storage tank, there’s a chance it can collect rust and scale, which you don’t want coming out of your showerhead or kitchen faucet when you’re ready to cook. You can sidestep that issue with a tankless heater.

You also don’t have to worry as much about accidentally scalding yourself with burning hot water with a water heater that doesn’t use a tank. That’s because such water heaters have unique safety features that keep that from happening.

Call us to learn if a demand-type water heater is right for your home

Interested in learning more about demand-type water heaters? If so, don’t hesitate to contact us at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today. See for yourself how much space, money, and time you can save with an upgraded appliance.

Deciding between furnace repair versus replacement

It’s a cold winter night here in the communities south of Chicago. Snow, wind, sleet—we go through it all each winter. Now, your 15-year-old furnace just died, and you’re faced with a crucial decision: do you have the NATE-certified techs at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing repair your furnace, or do you replace it with a new one? For many homeowners, the furnace repair versus replacement debate is inevitable. But, you don’t have to go it alone.

That’s because King is here for you. We’re heating experts serving Orland Park, Joliet, and Oak Lawn, and we help homeowners with their heating needs—all winter long. We can help you decide between furnace repair versus replacement, and we can offer 24/7 emergency repair service. The techs at King also install new furnaces.

furnace repair versus replacementHow do you decide between furnace repair versus replacement?

First, a word of caution: every furnace and heating system is different, and is in a different situation. This blog post makes generalities about all furnaces, but, as the saying goes, your mileage may vary. The best way to make a decision about furnace repair versus replacement is to give King a call. We’ll send out one of our NATE-certified, expert technicians to inspect your furnace and give you our honest assessment of whether you should have us repair it or have it replaced.

However, if you’re still having trouble making your decision, there’s a few things you should consider.

  • Energy Costs: It’s a well-known fact that the older the furnace is, the less energy efficient it is. After all, your furnace has run non-stop for multiple Chicago winters in a row, and all that wear-and-tear means that things don’t work like they did when the equipment was new. If you choose to have King repair your old furnace, you may be just having it limp along at higher energy costs than you would have with a new furnace. Over time, those costs can add up.
  • Repair Costs: Along with being less energy efficient, older furnaces are more prone to breakdowns as parts wear down and stop functioning. While a furnace tune-up from King can help you avoid some problems, breakdowns will only increase in likelihood as your furnace enters its second or third decade of life. Plus, any manufacturer’s warranty you had has probably expired. If repair costs are adding up, consider upgrading to a new furnace.
  • Home Comfort: Your home’s comfort matters—after all, why even have a furnace if it’s not going to keep you and your family toasty and warm throughout the whole winter? However, an older furnace is going to struggle in this regard, too. On the average, the older a furnace gets, the greater the decline in heating performance. The first symptom is hot and cold spots in the home. A young furnace is much better at keeping a consistent temperature. If you’re debating between furnace repair versus replacement, it’s important to consider your comfort.

For more signs that it’s time to replace your furnace, check out this guide from Energy Star.

Get started on your furnace repair or replacement

Here’s how you should get started. Give King a call and ask us about furnace repair. We offer 24/7 emergency service at no extra charge, so a technician will be at your home in no time. Just talk to us: ask us about furnace repair versus replacement, and we’ll give you some honest advice after we’ve inspected your furnace to assess the damage. At the very least, you’ll have an idea of what replacing your furnace will take; even if you decide to have your furnace repaired that day, you can consider getting a new furnace down the road.

If you do want a new furnace, we’ll arrange a free, in-home estimate with you. Proper furnace installation requires a home measurement so that we can match the size of your home and your family’s energy needs to the right system. King is proud to be a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer that carries some of the most advanced furnaces on the market. We also offer financing to customers with approved credit. Our NATE-certified techs are ready to help you reap the benefits of a new furnace.

If you’re ready to get started, give our team a call today at (708) 687-6898, or contact us online.

When to consider buying a new hot water heater

When you own a home or condo, there’s a lot to worry about. There’s your appliances, your roof, your backyard, your garage door—and that’s just the home maintenance, nevermind your actual life, which includes work, play, and spending time with your family. Here’s probably what you’re not giving much thought to: your home’s water heater, or your plumbing in general.

Like your air conditioner and furnace, your hot water heater is almost always running and keeping your home comfortable, yet it’s easy to overlook because it just sits there and does its job, year-after-year, for years to come. While it’s nice to have one less thing to worry about, your water heater won’t last forever, and you’ll need to pay some attention to it, especially as it begins to age. In this blog post, we’ll review situations in which you should consider purchasing a new hot water heater from the professionals at King.

Need a new hot water heater?Has your water heater been failing?

This is the number one reason people upgrade to a new hot water heater. After all, we push most buying decisions until the point where we need to replace something, and a water heater that is no longer working is a powerful incentive to upgrade.

However, there are instances in which getting a new water heater prior to your old one failing make sense. For example, if your water heater becomes incapable of raising your water temperature above a certain level, or if you’ve noticed that the stored hot water it produces has noticeably diminished, preventing you and your family from getting ready in the morning.

Alternatively, you may notice small leaks or condensation on the outside of the system. While not yet at the crisis level of the system bursting, any moisture leak from the system means that it’s time to call the professionals at King Heating & Cooling for a replacement hot water heater. Don’t ignore the signs of hot water heater failure and be stuck without hot water—or, worse, a flooded home.

Are your energy costs skyrocketing?

As a general rule, the equipment manufactured today—whether we’re talking about hot water heaters, air conditioners, or furnaces—is more energy efficient than preceding models. Part of that is improved materials and technology, while some of that is owed to an increased emphasis on preserving energy. Whether your water heater uses gas or electricity, an older system is less likely to be conserving energy in your home. This inefficiency can add up: the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that water heaters account for 17% of residential energy use on average.

The good news is that, by upgrading to a new hot water heater, you can save on your monthly energy bills. Generally speaking, gas systems are more energy saving than electric ones, so be sure to ask King about your options if you have gas lines in your home. No matter what system you choose, it’s going to be more efficient than the older system that you’re replacing.

Is your current water heater nearing the end of its lifespan?

Hot water heaters typically last between 10 and 12 years, although some can live well beyond that. Generally, though, your water heater’s second decade of life will be its last, and you should at least be prepared to think about replacement during that time. That’s something King can help with. We have a wide selection of new hot water heaters.

Ready to upgrade to a new hot water heater?

King has experienced plumbers and technicians who have the training needed to install new hot water heaters that work great and save you money on your monthly energy bills. If you’re looking for a new hot water heater in South Side Chicago, turn to the professionals at King. Contact us online or reach us by calling 708-687-6898.