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Thermostat Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

For many homeowners, the heating system is something they never touch. The care of the system is completely left to the professionals at Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning, and we understand why. If you don’t know much about the operation of the furnace, you don’t want to risk the comfort of your family by working on it without a professional. However, every homeowner will have to tinker with their thermostat possibly even on a daily basis. Knowing the basics will help you better navigate the units operation and ensure comfort in between visits from Four Seasons.

Know Your Thermostat

  • Change the Batteries: Unless your thermostat is hard wired into the system, it will operate on batteries. These batteries should be changed on a yearly basis at least. If you can’t get the heating or cooling to start, change the batteries before you panic. The thermostat batteries can fail without completely shutting the display down. (more…)

Four Seasons is on Your Favorite Social Media Sites!

Between our 24 hour customer support center, our A+ rating with the BBB, and our 100% satisfaction guarantee, we have always done our very best to uphold our commitment to customer service. This same commitment is further reinforced by our new social media sites! Whether you’re using Google+,  Facebook or would rather share your experiences in tweets, it has never been easier to stay connected to Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning and Four Seasons Home Services!

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Winterize Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures | Elk Grove Village, Burbank

Every year, without fail, Four Seasons Plumbing receives calls for emergency repairs after a pipe or two bursts in a customer’s home. The source of the problem is typically an external line that was not properly winterized. Four Seasons can winterize your external plumbing fixtures at a very affordable cost in order to prevent the hassle and cost associated with repairing a burst pipes. You could also take these steps on your own to protect your outdoor faucets and hoses from damage.

  • Shut Off Valve: The external faucets have shut off valves located inside the home. These may be found under a sink or in the garage or basement depending on where the faucet is located outside your home. Shut the valve off for the season to stop water from being fed to that spigot.
  • Drain the Line: Now that the shut off valve is off, go to the faucet outside and turn it on. Allow the water to drain out completely. This will prevent the water stuck between the shut off valve and spigot from freezing and damaging the faucet. (more…)

More Winter Air Conditioner Protection Tips! | Woodridge, Joliet

As winter stretches her legs, furnaces and boilers are fired up across the Chicagoland area. However, before we can put our scorching summer to bed for good, we need to consider a few more air conditioner tips that could save us big bucks when spring rolls around. The air conditioner is vulnerable in the winter for a few different reasons, and earlier this season we discussed the importance of covering the unit during these long cold months. Today, we are going to learn more about why you should never run the air conditioner during the cold months of the year and why you should have a cage placed around the system as an added layer of protection.

Two More Air Conditioner Protection Tips:

  • Running the AC during the Winter: When the air conditioner is turned off for the winter months, make sure it is completely shut down and never restarted until the next summer arrives. The temperature needs to be consistently above 60 degrees in order to safely run the air conditioner. Running it when the weather is cooler will cause irreversible damage to the coils and the compressor. Come spring you will have major repairs or possibly even replacement of the system to deal with, and that is no way to start a new season.

Just to be safe, consider shutting the air conditioner off at the breaker to make sure that is not accidentally turned on. If the inside of the home does get too warm, turn off the furnace and crack a window to let in some cold air. (more…)

The Air Conditioner Cover Debate | Park Forest, Oak Forest, Dolton

As the candidates duke it out on the debate stage, HVAC contractors and experts have been debating the topic of air conditioner covers. Deciding whether or not to cover the air conditioner during the winter months is an ongoing discussion that seems to resurface before every heating season, and as a homeowner, sifting through the facts can be just as difficult as deciphering the truth amongst the political rhetoric. The only difference is that where politics may be a lost cause, finding the facts about air conditioner covers is not. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning knows from firsthand experience the truth about ac covers, and this is the advice we offer: GET ONE!

Snow and Ice Build Up on the AC

Chicago winters are synonymous with copious amounts of snow and ice. Although last winter we may not have had much, this winter we cannot hope for the same. When snow falls in such large amounts and ice begins to form, it can collect on the fan blades within the condenser of your air conditioning system. The fan blades in modern air conditioners are larger and can collect large amounts of snow. When the snow isn’t removed, the added weight on the blades can cause them to warp. (more…)

Advice for Budget Conscious Homeowners: Furnace Replacement

Last week, we talked a lot about a portion of the Energy Security and Independence Act of 2007 that will make purchasing a new non-condensing furnace come May 2013 impossible. Most homeowners are still unaware of this fact, but Four Seasons is trying to get the word out while homeowners across Chicagoland still have options to choose from. If you wait until next year, it will be too late and you will really only have one option if the furnace in your home breaks down and needs to be replaced.

Less Efficient but More Affordable Furnaces

Replacing your furnace is an investment that every homeowner will eventually have to make, and depending on the flexibility of your budget, making this investment may be difficult for many families. Sure it would be nice to get a high efficiency furnace that could save money down the line, but going with a less efficient but more affordable unit is the only option when working on a tight budget. (more…)

How Did Water Get in My Ducts? Part 1 | Mount Greenwood, Summit

Water is one of those things that you never see somewhere that it doesn’t belong. Unfortunately, water is often a symptom of an underlying problem that needs to be repaired sooner rather than later. Water is destructive and in a relatively short period of time it can cause rust, corrosion, and even encourage the growth of mold and bacteria.

Water in the Ducts

The duct work seems like an unlikely place to find water, but if you have an air conditioning system, water could get into your duct work.   Some homes are more prone to this problem than others, like those on a slab or a crawl space, but no matter what style of home you may have, you need to be alert to this potential problem. In part one of this two part article, Four Seasons will talk about what causes water to get into ducts in a home that is built on a slab. (more…)

Where Should I Install My Thermostat? | Evergreen Park, Lockport

Due to the relative simplicity of thermostat installation, many handyman homeowners will attempt this project without professional help, and if the thermostat they choose has a basic design, they are often successful. However, the biggest mistake that many homeowners make is installing the thermostat in the wrong place! You can’t base your placement solely on aesthetics, and choosing the wrong position could affect the way your heating and cooling systems provide comfort in the home. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning has HVAC experts on staff that have installed hundreds or possibly even thousands of thermostats over the years, and these are some of the tips they suggest to keep in mind while moving or installing your new thermostat:

  • Away from Sources of Heat or Cold

Lights, large electronics, refrigerators, and direct sunlight are all sources of extra heat or cold within the home and your thermostat needs to stay away!

  • Install the Thermostat on an Interior Wall

Exterior walls may carry a lower or hotter temperature than interior walls based on the temperature outside. This temperature difference will affect the reading on the thermostat if the thermostat is installed on one of these walls. Choose an interior wall instead! (more…)

How Much Life is Left in My Air Conditioner? | Bloomingdale, Phoenix

“How long will my air conditioner last?” At Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning, we hear this question a lot, and although it is hard to predict exactly how long your air conditioner will last, the typical central air conditioning system will run from 15 to 20 years before needing to be replaced. This average lifespan applies to systems that are well cared for, and depending on the current condition of your air conditioner, your system may call it quits sooner rather than later.

Make Your Air Conditioner Last Longer

Taking care of the air conditioner is the key to its longevity. As an emergency HVAC repair specialist, Four Seasons is often called in to repair poorly cared for air conditioners and it is already too late. They are beyond repair. We hate delivering the news to the homeowners that their air conditioner needs to be replaced after only 10 or 11 years of use. A little maintenance can go a long way towards preventing this from happening to your air conditioner. These are the top two maintenance steps you must take to not only prevent early failure but also to increase comfort and save money: (more…)

Flushing Power: Too Much and Too Little | Westmont, Lynwood, Worth

The toilet is one of the most importance appliances in the home, and when there is something wrong with the toilets in your home, having the problem addressed quickly is a must. Sometimes the problem cannot be repaired and replacement begins to look like a better option. Replacing the toilet on your own may seem like an attractive option for the budget conscious homeowner, but should you decide to take on this task, there is one adjustment you must make in order to achieve the flushing power you need to easily and efficiently remove waste from the home.

Adjusting Your Tank’s Water Level

The fill valve on your toilet has a screw that controls the amount of water that is fed into the tank to power each flush. Adjusting this screw in either direction will either increase the amount of water in the tank for each flush or decrease it. The screws are usually set by the manufacturer, but when you are installing a toilet on your own, the water level and flushing ability need to be assessed before the job is truly done. When the water level is too low, the toilet will not have the flushing power it needs to get waste out of your toilet and into the sewer system. When the water level is too high, you waste water and money with every flush of the toilet. (more…)