ServiceMax Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Replacement’

A Bad AC Installation Is Truly Bad! Here’s Why

Monday, May 6th, 2019

ac-with-toolsIf you enjoy “do-it-yourself” projects around the home, there are probably a few big jobs you’re itching to see if you can handle on your own. What about installing a new central air conditioning system? That sounds like it might be a genuine adventure, and you’ll end up saving money on labor costs when you make the project your own.

Hold it right there! We understand your enthusiasm—but central AC installation must only be done by licensed HVAC professionals. This rule applies both to DIY attempts and allowing unlicensed amateur “handymen” to take on the work. A bad air conditioning system installation has many consequences that will cost you in comfort, money, and time.

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How to Find Out (Politely) the Age of Your Air Conditioner

Monday, September 10th, 2018

air-conditioners-recyclingIt’s not polite to ask people their age—unless they’re children, in which case they’ll probably tell you their exact age to half a year without you having to bring it up.

You never need to worry about offending your air conditioner by asking its age. But you may not know how to go about “asking.” This can be a problem if you’re debating whether to replace the system before next summer. An AC’s age is a vital piece of info for choosing “repair vs. replace.” If you didn’t originally install the air conditioner, you may have no idea how long it’s been in your home.

We can help. Discovering the age of a cooling system is simple once you know how. (Figuring out what to do afterwards is the tricky part!)

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Dare You Switch to a Heat Pump This Spring?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThe question in the headline may sound a bit melodramatic. But when it comes to home heating and air conditioning in Wilmette, IL, you don’t want to take chances. The summers are too hot, and the winters to intense, for you to end up with a subpar comfort system in your home. You’ve probably lived most of your life in homes that use a combination of an air conditioner and a furnace. Perhaps you’re accustomed to a boiler for winter heating and window units for cooling. Whatever the situation, you used two separate appliances for heating and cooling. A heat pump changes that—it’s a single appliance that provides central both heating a cooling. That’s a big change, and you don’t want to make the leap to using one unless you’re certain it’s the best move for your home.

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Odd Noises That Can Warn You Have an AC in Need of Repairs

Monday, July 31st, 2017

shocked-by-loud-noiseOne day in the future, consumers may have access to HVAC systems equipped with powerful artificial intelligence programs capable of diagnosing malfunctions early and altering homeowners to the problem—along with instructions of exactly what’s wrong and how to call a technicians to ask for help.

But we’re not quite there yet. Air conditioning systems can’t self-diagnose, but they do have ways of telling homeowners that something has gone amiss so they know to call for professional assistance. HVAC technicians use good old fashioned “organic intelligence,” i.e. their extensive training and experience, to find out what’s wrong and how to fix it. One of the ways air conditioners tell homeowners there’s a problem is unusual sounds from the system.

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Air Conditioner Shopping Help: SEER vs. EER

Monday, March 27th, 2017

spinning-fan-closeupIt’s now officially spring, and no matter what cold spells we may encounter in the coming weeks, the move toward warmer weather has started. This is an excellent time of the year to consider options for replacing an old air conditioning system. If your current AC is over 15 years old or has started to show signs of a decline in efficiency, reliability, and/or cooling output, it’s smart to have it retired and replaced with a new unit before the summer heat arrives.

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March The Unpredictable: Handling Its Temperature Swings

Monday, March 13th, 2017

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThere are many proverbs about the strange weather that occurs in March. You may have heard that March “comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb.” Or perhaps you’ve heard it “comes in like a lamb and leaves like a lion.” That’s the nature of the weather during this month that straddles winter and spring: it’s difficult to predict exactly which way the temperature will go—especially in a place like Chicago. (And no, groundhogs are not an effective way of predicting weather patterns in late winter.)

The important lesson to learn about March weather uncertainty is to make sure that your home comfort system is ready for any extreme. A cold snap, an early arrival of spring heat, or both—see that your heating and cooling system are prepped!

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A Matching System: Why You Should Consider Replacing Your Entire HVAC System

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

In some of our recent posts, we’ve discussed the possibility of arranging for installing a new residential heater during the fall. If you have an old furnace that no longer is living up to its former standards, then it is a wise idea to schedule a replacement before the winter arrives. That way you’ll be prepared for the cold and have a system that works at high energy efficiency.

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Your Air Conditioner Won’t Last Forever: 3 Signs You Should Replace It

Monday, July 20th, 2015

It would be wonderful if a home’s air conditioning system never needed to retire. In fact, many people treat their AC as if it will continue to perform its important function until the end of time (or until they move out of their home). But like any mechanical system that does an enormous amount of work, an air conditioner will eventual age to the point where it is too worn to effectively do its job and it must be replaced. Below are three major indications to watch for that will tell you it’s time to call HVAC professionals and arrange to have a new air conditioning system installed.

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Choosing the Right Air Conditioning Replacement

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

There are probably a lot of things that you’d love to spend your money on, and we realize that a new air conditioner may not be right at the top of that list. However, there is not an air conditioner in existence that is going to last forever, and you are likely going to find yourself in need of a replacement model at some point. When you do, it is important that you choose your air conditioning replacement in Chicago, IL wisely. The AC replacement pros at Malek Heating & Cooling are here to ensure that you are 100% satisfied with your new air conditioning system. Keep this info in mind, and contact us if you have any questions.

Central split systems are probably the most popular of all central air conditioning systems. These are the air conditioners which feature an outdoor compressor/condenser unit, and utilize a system of ductwork in order to distribute cooled air throughout your home. They are able to cool your house quite effectively and efficiently, as well as promptly. However, the ductwork that they use may suffer from energy loss if not properly installed and maintained.

Heat pumps are another great air conditioning option, operating in essentially the same manner as split central ACs, and also using ductwork in order to distribute cool air throughout a building. The major difference is the fact that heat pumps are able to reverse their operation, providing warmth in the winter by transferring ambient heat from outside back into your home. In very cold temperatures, a heat pump may be overwhelmed when trying to keep you warm. Discuss the pros and cons of heat pumps with a skilled professional before making any decisions.

Ductless air conditioning is another great option to consider. Ductless mini splits also use heat pump technology in order to provide year round comfort throughout your home. However, they use no ductwork in doing so. Instead, they rely upon individual, wall mounted blowers for air distribution. This eliminates the risk of efficiency and IAQ issues which ductwork is sometimes prone to.

If you are dissatisfied with the performance of your existing air conditioner, or if it has broken down completely, contact a member of our team and a qualified AC technician will help you resolve your AC issues. Malek Heating & Cooling will help you decide which is your best option for your air conditioning replacement in Skokie, IL. That way you can cool your home with confidence. Give us a call today to set up a service appointment.

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