Furnace Repair Fraud! | Vernon Hills, Tinley Park, South Holland

October 24th, 2014

Nearly every industry has their fair share of scam artists, and the furnace repair business is no different. We hear horror stories on a daily basis of customers who called the wrong company first, and end up losing their hard earned money on unnecessary work. This winter, there are many fraudsters who are going to use the frigid cold temperatures to their advantage. No one wants to be without heat for very long, and for some people going without heat for any period of time could cause major health issues. Scam artists know this fact and manipulate it for their gain.

A Common Furnace Repair Scam

Probably one of the most common furnace repair scams involves heat exchanger inspections. A cracked heat exchanger can cause carbon monoxide to leak into the homes air supply, and it can cause several health problems including the possibility of death. But, it can only do these things if it is actually cracked! A cracked heat exchanger usually results in the purchase of an entire new system, because when a customer hears that there is a problem with the unit that could harm their family, they are quick to fork over large amounts of money to repair the problem. However, if this ever happens to you, stop, take a breath, and remember to think logically. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Up with the Industry| Homewood, Markham, Robbins

October 23rd, 2014

Technology is ever changing. It seems like just a few years ago cell phones were the size of bricks, computers were only owned by the rich, and cars were able to do little more than get you from point A to point B. Now we have touch screen, 3D, and Bluetooth technology, and the heating and cooling industry has advanced right alongside the rest of the technology world. Unfortunately, some HVAC contractors would rather cling to the old than advance with the new, but here at Four Seasons, we are constantly updating our skills to match the ever-changing technologies that are introduced.

We Never Stop Learning

Each of our service and install technicians are required to be EPA and NATE certified before they ever step foot in a customer’s home, but initial certification just isn’t enough anymore. Whether a service technician is new to the company or a veteran of Four Seasons, they are constantly taking classes in our on-site learning facility to sharpen their knowledge of this industry. Read the rest of this entry »

The SilentComfort™Solution| Lockport, Chicago Ridge, Darien

October 22nd, 2014

Does your furnace make it sound like there is a freight train barreling through your basement every time you turn it on? If you have or have ever had a noisy furnace in your home, you know the various sounds that your system can make, but luckily, Lennox Home Comfort Systems has solved this very annoying problem once and for all! Their solution is called SilentComfort™ technology, and here at Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer several Lennox systems that are equipped with this revolutionary advancement in furnace sound control.

How Does SilentComfort™ Work?

Most of the noise complaints that come from operating gas furnaces are the result of noisy burner firing and noisy blower motor operation. By creating innovative insulating enclosures around the burners and the furnace cabinet, Lennox was able to significantly reduce noise produced by the furnace. Furnaces that are equipped with this technology are up to 7 times quieter than competitive models! These systems are virtually silent! Read the rest of this entry »

4 Symptoms of a Cracked Heat Exchanger| Richton Park, Flossmoor

October 21st, 2014

Four Seasons has worked very hard to inform our customers of the dangers associated with having a furnace or boiler with a cracked heat exchanger operating in the home. Homeowners who have their heating system maintained yearly by Four Seasons receive a heat exchanger inspection along with their annual tune-up, but what if there is a crack between visits from your technician? As a proactive homeowner, you need to be able to recognize the symptoms of a cracked heat exchanger in order to protect your family. There are 4 main symptoms that any homeowner can check for periodically during the heating season:

  1. Abnormal Flame: As the furnace gets older, it becomes more and more likely that it will suffer a leak at the heat exchanger. From time to time, you may want to inspect the flame on the furnace or boiler. A proper flame should burn clean, steady, and blue. If the flame in your furnace “dances” or” jumps,” you may have a problem. Also if the flame is yellow or orange in color, cracks in the heat exchanger are also suspected. Read the rest of this entry »