Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Hissing or Bubbling: Bad Sounds to Hear

Monday, August 16th, 2021

An air conditioner shouldn’t make that many noises. A quick “click” is pretty normal, and you should probably hear the sound of air coming through your vents to greet you with cool, comfortable temperatures. This is a no-brainer, so we don’t think you need to call us if you’re encountering those two noises.

However, few noises are as serious and as common as a “hissing” or “bubbling” noise. This noise signifies a refrigerant leak, but the root of the problem could be a lot more complicated. For now, it would be best if you called our team for prompt air conditioning repair in Highland Park, IL. We can send someone over ASAP to fix your AC unit so you can get back to the important things in your life.

If you’re curious about why this sound is occurring and what causes a refrigerant leak, then keep reading. We’ll give you the rundown on this sound, what’s happening behind the scenes, and the best way of dealing with a refrigerant leak.

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Maintenance and Repairs Go Hand in Hand

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

There’s a growing misconception that if you’re on a budget, you need to choose between maintenance and repairs. Repairs can be scheduled when you need them, like when an air conditioner breaks down or starts running into problems. Maintenance is preventative, meaning you get it at the start of the year in hopes that any problems are caught before they become repair needs. In reality, both of these services are necessary. They work together, and even if you’re on a budget, we recommend calling us for both.

We try to make this obvious by having our maintenance plan give discounts on parts and labor for repairs. When you sign up for maintenance, it makes it cheaper and easier to call us for repairs when you need them. It shouldn’t be a choice between air conditioning repair in Glenview, IL and maintenance, you should always invest in both!

Here’s why.

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What Is a Temperature Differential?

Monday, July 5th, 2021

The “temperature differential” is a pretty scientific term. It has to do with the difference in temperature between the outside and the inside of your home. When things are hot out, you want the difference in temperature to be greater since you want it to be cooler in your home. Likewise, in the wintertime when it’s cold out, you want your home to be cozy and warm.

The term “temperature differential” is something we use widely in the HVAC industry because it helps us figure out if an air conditioner is working properly or not. An AC that can’t keep a home even a few degrees cooler than the temperature outside requires air conditioning repair in Buffalo Grove, IL.

However, if you’re constantly setting your AC to 65 degrees on a 100-degree day, then you’re likely running it into the ground and causing your energy bills to skyrocket as a result.

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What’s in My Air? An Air Purifier FAQ

Monday, June 7th, 2021

“Why would I need an air purifier in my home? Can’t I just open a window?”

This sentiment makes sense, and it’s almost convincing enough to end the conversation about indoor air quality, except that it’s not entirely true. Opening a window is a great solution if your air is feeling stuffy or unhealthy, but that’s often not a good option. For starters, your air conditioner or heater needs the windows to be closed to remain energy efficient and keep things cool. Also, some areas of your home might not have proper outdoor ventilation, and an open window just isn’t going to cut it.

The truth is that many homes need a helping hand when it comes to HVAC services in Evanston, IL. An air purifier is a high-tech, effective method of controlling indoor contaminants and eliminating them at their source.

Let’s talk about what air purifiers target and how they can help your home.

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The Science Behind AC Refrigerant

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Close your eyes and imagine your air conditioner. (Obviously do this after you read this blog post, since it’s hard to close your eyes and read at the same time) Picture the system working at peak performance in your head. How does it actually cool the air in your home? What’s going on inside that mysterious outdoor cabinet that’s keeping your home comfortable?

No it’s not using ice, and no, it’s not just blowing in air like a fan. It’s completely a very complex process where it uses a specific type of refrigerant to draw heat from your home and disperse it outdoors. This specific process is what we call “the cooling process” and it’s the most important aspect of your AC.

If you’re in need of help with your AC, from AC maintenance in Lake Bluff, IL, to AC repairs, then you’re going to need a baseline level of understanding about how your system’s refrigerant works.

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5 Common AC Repairs to Address Today

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Air conditioners can run into many different types of problems. If you’ve gotten to this blog post, you’ve probably been in a frenzy of online searches trying to pinpoint which AC problem is affecting you specifically. The truth is that it’s not as simple as looking up your AC symptoms online and making the fix yourself.

Firstly, you’re going to need professional repairs. Amateur or DIY repairs are the easiest way to void your system warranty, cause even more problems, and cost the most money down the line. It’s time to nip this problem in the bud by calling a team of trusted professionals that can get the job done.

Let’s talk about 5 different AC repairs in Highland Park, IL, and the symptoms behind each one. If anything sounds familiar, be sure to call our team so we can help you as soon as possible. We always get the job done.

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Last Year’s AC Problems Occurring Today

Monday, April 12th, 2021

When something is “time-sensitive,” what does that mean to you? You probably think about getting invited to an event where you have to RSVP, or paying your bills. These things need to be done in a certain amount of time, otherwise, you’re out of luck, right? Well, homeowners think that their air conditioner repair doesn’t fit that category, but that’s not entirely true.

AC systems can run into problems that either get worse over time or stay just as bad as they always were. An unfortunate reality about machine problems is that nothing ever gets better on its own. A technician needs to fix it properly. Do you need air conditioning service in Wilmette, IL because you’ve got a reoccurring problem from last year? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

Today, let’s focus on what the big deal is with AC repair and why you should almost never wait until “next year” to get it fixed.

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It’s Spring and You Know What That Means!

Monday, March 29th, 2021

It’s springtime! The birds are chirping, the flowers are starting to bloom, the sun is out late, and temperatures are starting to finally get warm. Pretty soon we’ll be taking out our air conditioners and dealing with heatwaves in a matter of weeks!

Uh oh, this is probably the point where your stomach churns as you realize that you forgot to schedule AC maintenance last year and you almost forgot to schedule it this year as well. In fact, you’re probably starting to wonder if an air conditioning tune-up in Buffalo Grove, IL is even worth the money. Your HVAC professional has mentioned how important it is, but maybe they’re just trying to sell you a service. Maybe you don’t actually need AC maintenance, right?

Nope, that’s not right. We’ll talk about why maintenance is so crucial to your air conditioner’s lifespan and your budget.

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Get the Most Out of Rebates, Credits, and Promotions

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

It takes a lot to locate and take advantage of promotions online. We’ve all been there, spending hours staring at our phones or computer screens while we constantly refresh and search the page looking for ways to save 2, 5, or even 10% on a huge cost like HVAC.

Luckily, when it comes to HVAC services in Deerfield, IL, it actually pays off to work with a team that actively seeks these kinds of incentives out and helps you save. Any price off of your HVAC work, whether it’s installing a new air conditioner or repairing your heater, is going to be a good idea on our end. That just solidifies our relationship as your go-to service provider, and we couldn’t be happier with that outcome (and your wallet being a bit thicker!).

So, let’s talk about the different ways to save and how our team helps you find them.

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5 Signs You Need Professional AC Help

Monday, September 28th, 2020
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So, you’ve been spending hours in the backyard clearing out and looking at your air conditioner’s outdoor cabinet. Every part of you wants to open that cabinet up and take a look inside so you can locate the problem and fix it. You’ve watched all the twenty-minute tutorials online about how to fix your air conditioner when confronted with a problem.

Well, we hate to have to say it, you need professional help.

How can you trust everything you’ve watched about air conditioning repair in Glencoe, IL online? What says that voice on a podcast about air conditioners or is a trustworthy one? Not to mention the fact that opening your air conditioner up could void the warranty and make you pay a lot more money than you’d like. Keep reading so we can tell you why professional service is well worth the money.

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