ServiceMax Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Reducing Your Use While Staying Home

Monday, May 4th, 2020

houseIt is impossible to ignore the fact that most of us are spending increasing amounts of time at home. This is helping us to stay safe but it has certainly thrown a lot of things out of whack. From canceled trips and events to just general stir-craziness, it can be tough to stay home most of the day. What’s more, it can make things a lot tougher on our energy bills. When you are home all day, your energy use is often going to go up quite a bit whether it is from increased time spent cooking, needing to keep your HVAC system on more regularly, or even just needing to have the lights in the home on for a couple of extra hours a day.

We know that things have been more stressful than usual lately so we want to do our part to help. That is why we have collected some tips and tricks to help you keep your home energy efficient during this time and reduce your use so you have one less thing to worry about. Let’s get started.

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Why Consider a Tankless Water Heater?

Monday, March 9th, 2020

tankless-water-heater-diagramThings have been exciting lately. You and your loved one have finally purchased your first home together and you are starting to get settled in. The home is just about perfect and aside from a fresh coat of paint in one room and a new sink in the spare bathroom, you are in love. That is why, when you go to take a hot shower and find out that the water heater isn’t working right, you are quite upset.

Let’s be honest, having a bad water heater is bad enough. Replacing a water heater, however, is another level. This isn’t an easy job to do by any stretch of the imagination. But it does offer you a great opportunity to really think about what water heater is going to best meet your needs and your lifestyle.

We get that replacing an old water heater isn’t pleasant but it does leave you a perfect chance to consider other options like tankless water heaters in Chicago, IL.

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Furnace Maintenance is Important

Monday, February 10th, 2020

service-reminder-stopwatch“Better late than never.”

This phrase is one that many of us have heard over and over again. The reason being is because it’s pretty true. Better to do your taxes late than never, or better to get your car serviced late than never. The alternatives to these two examples are unpleasant to think about, we know. When it comes to your furnace, the alternative to never having maintenance done on your heating system is also unpleasant.

All too often we have encountered clients who skipped their annual maintenance services for their furnaces in Chicago, IL because it was too late. What they end up with, of course, is a furnace that didn’t operate nearly as well as it would have otherwise. Some people even ended up with expensive repairs that could have been avoided.

So, why schedule late maintenance? Because it is always the better option.

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Post-Holiday Water Heater Repairs

Monday, January 13th, 2020

service-reminder-stopwatchThe holidays are finally over! No more buying gifts, planning parties, cleaning to prepare for visits, or anything! It’s all done!

The holiday season can be a lot, and while most of us enjoy the fun events and visits from loved ones, we also come away pretty worn out. And you know what else gets worn down by this busy season? Your water heater.

We promise it is true. Between the dishes washed, the bathroom trips, the food made and so on, your water heater has been working hard. Of course, water heaters in Chicago, IL do need to continue to provide hot water. This is Chicago after all–icy showers are really not an option. So whether you need maintenance or repairs, we’ve got you covered.

The question now is, what might be going on with your hot water heater that requires help from a professional?

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The Most Important Furnace Repair to Make

Monday, December 30th, 2019

furnace-burners-smallThere are a variety of furnace repairs that you may need to make throughout your system’s service life. However, there is one particular repair need that is more important than most others simply because it involves the safety of you and everyone else in your household.

We are discussing the heat exchanger. The repair that may need to be made is if that heat exchanger has a crack in it. Not only can this issue create a problem with your furnace’s ability to heat your home but it can be fairly dangerous too.

If and when you encounter the need for furnace repair in Chicago, IL, whether it is a filter replacement or a cracked heat exchanger, make sure you work with e pro to get the job done right.

For now, however, let’s delve into why you should be concerned about a cracked heat exchanger.

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You Don’t Have To Choose Stale Air To Stay Warm

Monday, December 16th, 2019

clean-fresh-warmIt is wintertime in Chicago and it goes without saying that there aren’t many people who would want to spend extended periods of time outdoors. The problem that you’ve been facing, though, is that you still feel uncomfortable indoors. While you certainly aren’t freezing, it feels like your skin is drying out and your lungs are craving fresh air that you could get if you just opened a window…which is obviously something that you can’t do when its freezing cold out there.

We know that the cost of fresh air during the winter in Chicago isn’t one that anybody can opt for. But what if we told you there was a way to enjoy fresh air into your home during winter without sacrificing all of your warmth?

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4 Signs Your Boiler Needs Repair

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Waking up in the morning to a home full of warmth is a great feeling, especially when it is icy and cold outside. There is just something special about being able to walk around barefoot inside thanks to the hard work of your boiler.

You really do rely on your boiler heater to keep your home comfortable, especially during some of the wild weather that hits Chicago. And, being the grateful and smart homeowner that you are, you know that your boiler needs the care to keep running.

That is why you are curious about what to look for that lets you know when your boiler needs repairs before you are facing a full boiler installation in Chicago, IL. If you want to learn more about this subject, then read on and, when you are ready, reach out to us to schedule your next repair service.

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Boiler Services Will Ensure You Don’t Freeze This Fall

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Fall in many states triggers the idea of colorful leaves and light layering for lowering temperatures. For us, frigid temperatures arrived alongside the colorful leaves.

Our region is unique and because of that, it requires heating systems that can keep up with it. That is why so many of us enjoy the benefits of boilers as our home heaters. With their use of heated water, boilers are able to effectively warm homes in Chicago.

Your reliance on your boiler to keep you warm over the next several months is one of the reasons it is so important to make sure your system is in good working order. If it isn’t you will need to schedule service to get it back into tip-top shape…and fast!

The question is, what service does your boiler need? Or does it need any at all?

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3 Signs Your Generator Needs Repairs

Monday, October 21st, 2019

emergency-home-generatorThe wind is howling and an ice storm has begun. Thankfully you and yours are snuggled up within your home, safe and sound and warm. That is, you were warm before the power went out. But wait! You have a working generator!

The situation above is one that residents of Chicago are familiar with. They are also likely familiar with the (ironically) icy feeling of dread that creeps up the spine when their generator won’t turn on and things are getting colder by the minute in the house.

Even if your generator is working, if it is in need of repairs, it won’t be the reliable power provider that is usually is. This is why repair needs should be addressed as quickly as possible once they are identified.

But how do you know your generator needs repairs?

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Why Should I Care About My Local Electrical Code?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

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Picture this: You move into a new home and your good friend John Doe—who enjoys learning about residential electrical codes—has pointed out an electrical code violation or two. You shrug it off because it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to you. The police won’t give you a ticket over faulty wires!

The issue with the tale above is that there is, in fact, a big problem with having an electrical code violation in your home. Why? Because it puts everyone in the home at risk. At a minimum, you will encounter short-circuiting galore; at the worst, your home could burn down.

John Doe’s knowledge of local electrical codes lets him know when he needs to call for electrical repair in Chicago, IL because of a violation. Simply being aware of common violations that happen every day can make a huge difference in keeping you are your loved ones safe.

But what do you need to know? Continue reading to find out.

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