Archive for the ‘maintenance’ Category

Maintenance Checks are Not Repairs! | Sauk Village, Riverside

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

This year, we have already performed over a thousand maintenance checks on systems all across the Chicagoland area. Old or new, great condition or very poor, we have seen it all. Many homeowners have this service performed yearly and therefore their system is in pretty good shape. Those that do not have this service performed every year are usually scheduling a cleaning to improve the quality of comfort in their home. They have probably noticed some sort of issue with the system and are hoping that a simple tune-up will solve the problem. In some cases, it does, but in others, a cleaning is not nearly enough to get the unit running properly.

One Symptom, Two Problems

Here is an instance where one symptom could be caused by two different problems. Every day we have plenty of customers that call in and state that their unit is working but that it is not “blowing enough cold air.” We will send out a technician and although this could be caused by many different problems, he will usually find either a clogged air filter or clogged coils. A clogged filter is a simple fix that can be taken care of during a maintenance check by swapping out the old filter with a new one. Clogged coils, however, are much more difficult to clean out, and may even become a death sentence for your air conditioner. (more…)

Get Ready for the Heat! | Oak Lawn, Alsip, Orland Park

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Summer has begun and the high temperatures that are typical of Chicagoland are already here! We are still given relief from the heat by a day or two of mild temperatures here and there, but they are only a minor break between heat waves. As this week progresses, the heat is expected to crawl back towards the 90’s once again, and it you are worried at all about your comfort, now is the time to get your home ready! The air conditioner is at the forefront of your protection from the sweltering heat, but there are a couple other tips to keep in mind as you prepare your home this week.

Take Steps to Protect Your Comfort

  • Set the Thermostat: Despite some cooler days prior to a heat wave, it is best to leave your thermostat set at the temperature you would set it during the heat wave. If you were to turn off the air conditioner completely or set the temperature very high, the unit would have a significantly harder time getting to the desired temperature once the heat actually arrives. Give your air conditioner a break and get the house down to the desired temperature when the weather is milder! (more…)

Air Conditioner Misconceptions: Freon Re-Charges | Countryside

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Every year, we have customers call in and insist that their unit needs Freon. They have grown accustomed to having a service company come out regularly to add a pound or two of refrigerant to the system so that it will supposedly work better for the remainder of that summer season. The only problem is that many of these units don’t actually need Freon! These homeowners have literally bought into a common misconception about air conditioners that many less scrupulous companies have been taking advantage of for years!

You May Not Needs a Recharge

Air conditioners should never need a Freon recharge! Ideally the air conditioner should run for its entire life on only the original Freon that was added to the system upon installation. It is a closed system, and should not leak Freon. If the system does develop a leak, it needs to be found and repaired before Freon is added back into the system. Many companies look at Freon leaks as a “cash cow.” If they can convince a customer that their unit needs a new shot of Freon every summer, they have guaranteed business for years to come. (more…)

Air Conditioner Breakdowns| Palos Heights, Park Ridge, Rosemont

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

There are basically four categories that all air conditioner breakdowns fall into, and depending on the age, location, and condition or your air conditioner, you may be able to figure out which category your broken air conditioner falls into. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning can repair or replace your system no matter the cause of its problem, and if you air conditioner falls into the most common breakdown category, we may even be able to help you prevent future failures as well!

Four Categories of Breakdowns:

  • Lack of Maintenance: About 90% of air conditioner breakdowns are caused by lack of maintenance. Dirt, debris, and other contaminants are like a disease for your air conditioner, and if you are not having them cleaned out regularly, this is probably the source of your breakdown. Although it is most common, it is also the most preventable type of breakdown. A simple, low cost tune-up from Four Seasons every year will keep your system functioning for years to come. (more…)