HVAC projects in and around the chicagoland area. Some things we see out there.
Boiler heating repair persons such as Around the Town Heating’s unusually large guy named Big Ed gets the job done and gets it done right. Is boiler heating repair more difficult then, well let’s say forced air heat?Could be, there are differences in the amount of issues that may arise from boiler heating repairs verses forced air heating repairs. Such as with steam boilers, you may have a low water cut off that’s not reconnecting its internal switch, in turn will not let your boiler fire up. This occurrence happens with forced air furnaces by way of a high limit being tripped due to a clogged or dirty filter or a pressure switch stuck in the closed or open position. Also with forced air furnaces you may have a defected ignitor or a dirty or burnt out flame sensor. The equivalences of this to a boiler may be a spark board going bad or a thermal couple defective not producing enough millivolts to hold open the pilot stat of the gas valve.
It’s cold and wintery. Boiler heating repair and forced air heating repair should be left to the professionals. However if you feel up to the task of repairing your own heating system whether it’s a boiler or furnace, use good sound judgments, natural gas can explode. But observe, shut the power to the appliance and always stay back as you turn your appliance on. There is no law saying you can’t work on your own heating system. But remember in the long run we here at Around the Town Heating would rather see you call us. Boiler heating repair and forced air heating repair is in our wheel house, don’t fear the repairman but welcome us in open arms. We will get your heat going and safely, this we promise.
We are currently offering our top of the line Peerless Steam Boilers on SALE
If your house or apartment is too cold it may be because your steam boiler is not working as well as it did a few years ago. Call 312-243-9896 or contact Around the Town HVAC to have an appointment scheduled for repair or replacement of your steam boiler today.
Whether your heating system fails or you lose power to your home. It’s a good possibility that you still have natural gas or propane. If this is the case then the quickest and the safest way to get immediate heat relief would be to boil water in a big cooking pot. A pasta pot or a steamer pot works well. Fill with water and boil once boiling lower burners to keep it boiling and steaming. This is a temporary relief but works well and is fairly safe.
There’s nothing that will halt your normal day-to-day life more than a power outage in the dead of winter.
An extended winter power outage is, for me at least, the stuff of nightmares.
Without power, you lose the primary way you heat your house, and, in most cases, you also lose your water supply.
Luckily, there are other ways to heat your house without using electricity. And, believe it or not, preparation is fairly simple.
It’s important to stock up on the obvious things: plastic window sealers, lots and lots of blankets and quilts, insulating pipe wrap, batteries (lots of batteries), water, canned goods, board games, etc.
Once you’re in the clear as far as supplies go, here are four things you can do to heat your house and stay warmer this winter…
Wood stove or portable heater: If you don’t have one yet, it’s a good investment. You may be able to find a cheap, used one. It’s better than nothing. If you use either, just make sure you have proper ventilation in each room you’re using them in. Also, a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector wouldn’t hurt either.
Designate a warm room: In the event of a winter blackout, pick the smallest room in your home and cover the walls and windows in blankets, towels, curtains, space blankets… whatever you have. Keeping that room warm will be much easier than trying to heat your house in its entirety.
Pitch a tent or make a fort: A small tent or fort in your warm room will capture body heat and help you and your family stay warm.
Warning: Never use your bath tub to burns logs, You may laugh but over the years we seen this. Porcelain bath tubes explode with extreme heat. Also plastic Bathtubs burn to a toxic tune of death. Never burn in a garbage can in your home, we have seen this as-well. No ventilation will cause carbon monoxide and eventually death. These warning items described here is common sense, but not everyone has that.
The Series 64™ boiler from Peerless® is a semi-commercial, atmospheric, gas-fired boiler for hot water or steam systems. Ranging from seven to 12 sections in six sizes, the Series 64™ boiler has an 81% combustion efficiency and an input of 345 to 632.5 MBH. The Series 64™ boiler is offered as either a packaged unit or knockdown with factory assembled split block sections for ease of handling. The boiler is available for either natural or LP gas with spark ignition (seven and eight section boilers are also available with standing pilot ignition). A single vent draft hood allows for natural draft (chimney) venting.
Winterizing your home in Chicago is just not replacing your old and inefficient furnace. There’s more to it. If you were to take a lighter and run it along the trim of your windows, doors and thresholds there is a good chance you would see the flame flickering. If the flame is flickering that’s a sign that the cold from outdoors is getting in your home. What does that mean to you? Well higher gas bills to pay due to the heating systems longer run time. Also with this longer run time, is wear and tear or the components of the heating system. Which can lead to premature heating system breakdowns. Also if are is getting into your home through these penetration points then so is dust and dirt, you may wonder what dust and dirt has to do with the higher gas bills? Well it shortens the furnace filter life span, creating dirty furnace filters much sooner then normal.
We all know that every one changes their furnace filter monthly?
HVAC price gouging, say it ain’t so”. What one person deems price gouging another may deem it to be fair. For example on yelp there is a review about our company price gouging a blower motor installation, our price was $385 plus the service call and a capacitor, that person while our technician was at the house looked on line and said I found a motor on line for $80.00. But the motor he was looking at was not the right one and frankly he was an idiot and we sent our lawyers after him for lying about us for price gouging on the internet.
In any service business you have your people that are pissed off because they have to spend any money period, for service. I have had customers say “well I seen that part for XYZ on the internet” Why is your price so high?
The price on the internet is just that, on the internet, is it on your furnace or boiler? and is it the right part? Also can you safely install the part? And is it on your furnace or boiler immediately? No of course not, it has to be shipped, and if it’s cold or hot in your home how does that change your comfort level? It doesn’t, but we do because we have the part on our truck and if not we can get the part nearby in a matter of one hour.
Let me ask you this, when you purchase a car do you think the car dealers are making fifty dollars? No they make on an average car of $30.000 they make around $10.000 plus any upgrades the sell you. Now that’s not price gouging? You got to remember that some of that $10.000 goes to overhead.
Here is another point. Many people purchase a car; prices vary of course, but your average car price is$30.000, you use the car for what a year past the end of the loan, trade the car in and purchase another car.
Now let me ask you this; shouldn’t that car last twenty to thirty years for the price you spent? OK then, let’s compare a car to your furnace. You purchase a basic furnace for $2400.00, now this furnace keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, how long do you expect that furnace to last? 4 years maybe 5, oh no you want that furnace to last 15 to twenty years. But wait you paid $30.000 for a car that you will be trading in around 4 or 5 years, maybe a little longer. But shouldn’t that car last as long as your furnace? HVAC price gouging? I don’t see it.
Pricing gouging is what places like Walmart do. Not us hard working HVAC guys, we don’t buy private jets and mansions. We are blue collar working men trying to feed our families by keeping your HVAC systems working safe and efficient. Thanks BIG ED
Call us at 312-243-9896 today and we will be happy to help accommodate your home comfort level with a properly functioning and well tuned heating system. We service and repair furnaces, boilers, and radiators most often during the winter season in Chicago. A well running and efficient heating system is an indispensable part of your home security and safety. Let Around the Town’s experienced technicians allow you to sleep soundly knowing that your furnace or boiler is installed to the highest standards available.
Temperatures Friday afternoon should reach the mid-40s but there’s likely a big change next week
Every year the temperature drop quickly and because most of us have not been using our furnaces during the warm months, they often need maintenance to perform at their peak.
Having your furnace inspected and serviced every year is recommended by the manufacturers in order to get the full benefits from your warranty.
It’s about time that you are warm and comfortable this wintertime and the blistering cold that is sure to come. Around the Town Heating & Cooling is providing the best furnace technicians to ensure a quick, hassle free experience that will have your heating system blasting warm air. Give us a call today for a Free Estimate on New Installations! Chicago: 312-243-9896, Suburbs: 708-388-2247 or fill out our convenient online contact form.
Around the Town HVAC has been servicing the Bridgeport Neighborhood of Chicago customers for over 25 years. We know the area and can get there fast to help maximize your comfort levels during winter!