Elm Heating & Cooling, Inc. Blog

Boiler Troubles? We Have Your Solution!

March 27th, 2017

While the West Coast is enjoying warmer weather for the most part, our chillier temperatures still necessitate the use of a fully functional heating system. So if your boiler is showing signs that it’s about to call it quits, naturally you’ll want to call for professional Chicago, IL boiler services to have your system repaired right away.

But how can you be sure your boiler needs professional service? Maybe it’s an issue you can resolve on your own? First off, we don’t recommend that you try to tackle any big repair issues for your boiler, let alone any heating system. Not only could you possibly do more harm than good, but you may threaten your own safety too. The best thing to do is give our staff a call. We’ve shared some indications below that it’s time for you to do so.

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What to Do When Your Furnace Won’t Turn On

March 20th, 2017

when-your-furnace-wont-turn-onAfter just experiencing one of the largest late-winter storms in recent years, and still facing chilly temperatures in the weeks ahead, the last thing you want to do is deal with a malfunctioning furnace. However, if your furnace has suddenly quit working, then it’s definitely time to call for Chicago, IL furnace repair services.

Before you do that, however, we have a number of troubleshooting tips for you. The fact of the matter is that your furnace problem may not actually be an issue with the actual heating system at all, but rather with a related component. We urge you to check the following factors.

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Don’t Neglect These Late Season Boiler Troubles

March 6th, 2017

dont-neglect-boiler-troublesWhen winter temperatures drop as low as they do around here, it’s no secret that we need efficient and effective heating. So when something goes wrong with your boiler, you could be pretty concerned. But since we’re nearing the end of the heating system, is it okay to ignore troubling boiler symptoms, so long as the system is still running?

No—doing so can increase the risk of costly repairs and premature system replacement. Plus, ignoring boiler trouble can significantly reduce the efficiency of your heating system in the future. Besides, if you do not fix the problem now, you might forget to do it before next year, and you could be stuck with no heat when winter rolls around again.

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Is Your Ductless Heating System in Need of Repair?

February 28th, 2017

Ductless systems are a highly efficient way for homeowners throughout Chicago to heat their homes. They allow for zoned heating throughout your home, and they do not cause you to suffer from the indoor air quality problems that a central heating system with ducts would. Plus, they do not take up much space.

Ductless systems are cost-effective and give you a great deal of control over how you heat your home. However, just like any other HVAC system, they are not immune to problems. Keep reading for some signs that your ductless heating system may need repairs.

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Should You Replace Your Aging Furnace with a Boiler?

February 20th, 2017

replace-aging-furnace-with-boilerFirst thing’s first—it’s important to note that today’s models of both furnaces and boilers are highly energy efficient, and you can’t go wrong with either one. However, there are some scenarios in which you may prefer one over the other for your specific needs and home specifications.

So if your furnace is aging, you may be wondering if it’s time to replace it with an upgraded furnace system, or if a boiler is the better choice. We’ve shared some tips below to help you make an educated decision. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions!

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Cold Air from the Furnace: What’s Wrong?

February 6th, 2017

cold-air-from-furnaceWe’re sure that you know how important maintaining and caring for your furnace is to ensure its efficiency—at least you do if you’ve been following our blog. But it’s important to realize that even with the most diligent care, your furnace can still experience problems, and we’re here to provide solutions to those problems! One of the most common furnace issues we receive calls for is in regards to cold air.

This is, naturally, a very frustrating furnace problem to have and your natural inclination may be to panic. But before you call for furnace repairs in Chicago, IL, be sure to read below and see what may be causing your furnace troubles—sometimes it may be so simple a fix that you don’t need the help of a professional. We’re here when you do, though!

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Can You Maintain Your Furnace On Your Own?

January 30th, 2017

When it comes to heating your home, it’s only natural that you want to do so as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Therefore, you may be tempted to perform any maintenance that it may need on your own. The thing is, our licensed and extensively trained professionals know exactly what to look for when we fully inspect and clean your system.

Therefore, it’s vital that you schedule professional maintenance on a yearly basis (or twice a year if you have a heat pump). However, this doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do to care for your furnace during the winter. In fact, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your heating system continues to function as efficiently as possible.

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Humidifiers and How They Help

January 23rd, 2017

how-humidifiers-helpRecent rain and fog made for less than ideal driving situations and a few cold and wet nights for residents of the Chicagoland area. However, even though we do get our fair share of rain, for the most part our winters dry the air out, and in turn create many problems for residents.

When the air is dry and uncomfortable outdoors, you can simply go inside. But what if the air inside is just as dry, if not drier? The relative humidity level in your home should be between 30-50% for ideal comfort, but oftentimes it drops way below this, to the point that it can create illness for you and your family, and even property damage in your home. Fortunately, there is a resolution to this problem—investing in a Chicago, IL whole-home humidifier.

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Does Your Boiler Need Any of These Repairs?

January 16th, 2017

There are many advantages to using a boiler to heat your home. One of the biggest benefits is that they typically need fewer repairs than other heating systems like furnaces and heat pumps. The reason for this is because they have very few mechanical parts needed to circulate hot water from the main system throughout your home to radiators and baseboard heaters.

Still though, your boiler is an appliance. And like any appliance, it’s not going to run 100% free of problems throughout its entire lifecycle. Fortunately, our professionals are very inept at performing boiler repairs. But first you should understand what the most common boiler repair needs typically are.

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The Importance of a Boiler Tune-Up

January 9th, 2017

When it comes to choosing a heater for your home that is known for its endurance, you can’t do much better than a boiler. Boiler systems typically last many years longer than furnaces or heat pump systems, mostly because they have fewer moving parts, and thus fewer complexities.

However, it’s vital that you remember—no heating system is invulnerable. Boiler systems need tune-ups on a routine basis in order to stay in top shape. If you aren’t sure about whether or not your heater needs maintenance this year, keep reading to decide.

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