Get Last Year’s Heating Repairs Today

October 18th, 2021

The timeline of heating repairs can be hard to grasp for some homeowners. These systems are expensive, and many of us are operating with budgets that are extremely tight. You can’t just afford to throw a thousand dollars at a repair need whenever it crops up.

That’s why we’d like to talk about heater repair in Algonquin, IL, and how to manage an expensive one. If a heater issue popped up at the end of the last heating season, then we’re happy you were able to make it through without a system breakdown. But the chances of your heater’s issue getting worse are high. That’s why we need to implore homeowners in our area to invest in heater repairs now, even if the problem began last year.

Problems that are allowed to persist will get worse and likely cause additional issues. Keep reading and we’ll explain how this happens.

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3 Reasons to Replace Your Home’s Knob and Tube Wiring

October 14th, 2021

We love old homes. There’s just something so magical about a home built at the turn of the century that has been fixed up and renovated to fit our modern needs. Old homes have character, and if you’ve got an older home then we think it’s something to be proud of! They take a lot of work to maintain, but we always find that it’s worth every penny.

One problem we get called a lot for in older homes is knob and tube wiring. We’re certified electricians in Palatine, IL, which means we’re more than capable of removing your home’s knob and tube wiring as you modernize the electrical system. However, if you’re finding yourself asking the question “what’s wrong with knob and tube wiring, can’t I keep it?”, then you’re in the right place.

Here are three quick reasons why you might want your knob and tube wiring replaced in your older home.

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Electrical FAQ: What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

September 20th, 2021

You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!

All movie references aside, this can be a tricky question to ask. When on a tight budget and looking to make some necessary improvements or repairs for your home’s electrical system, DIY work can feel like an easy way out. And while nobody will ever force you to call for professional electricians in Crystal Lake, IL, perhaps we’ll show you with our words why DIY work is such a gamble.

Let’s go over a few frequently asked questions we commonly get from homeowners looking to save money and cut corners on their home electrical work. We’ll talk about why these can be bad ideas, what might be a good idea, and why calling for a professional is usually the best idea.

Our team is available and has all the necessary equipment to perform electrical services in your home right now. Don’t hesitate to call us.

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3 DIY AC Fails We Recommend Avoiding

September 6th, 2021

We’re usually careful about using the term “fail” in our blogs. After all, when someone tries something and fails, that might not be as bad as we’re accustomed to thinking it is. Trying to paint a wall in your home or learning a new hobby is an amazing thing to do, regardless of how successful you are at the job. However, there are some things where failure can mean problems and expensive payments down the line.

If you fail trying to change your car’s oil, you might not be able to make it to work the next day. Some failures have consequences, and we think it’s important to talk about those honestly. So, when it comes to AC repair in Algonquin, don’t risk failure and discomfort in your home. Make sure you call our team before embarking on one of these DIY jobs that usually end up done incorrectly.

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3 Common AC Frustrations

August 23rd, 2021

We’re still in the middle of cooling season, which means it’s important that we take care of our air conditioners. While this might be easier said than done, some homeowners have not had the easiest time with their cooling systems. AC repair can be frustrating, and we first want to start off this blog post by telling you that we get it.

Prices for AC repairs and replacements have increased in the past few years. Systems are getting more complicated, installation costs are going up, and it might feel like you’re getting the short end of the stick. Well, when the HVAC industry hands you lemons, you can come to us and we’ll show you how to make lemonade!

Today we’re going to talk about 3 common AC frustrations and what our team is doing about them. Remember, call us for AC repair in Algonquin if you want a team that embodies quality and integrity!

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Detecting a Refrigerant Leak

August 9th, 2021

Imagine that you’re taking a walk around your air conditioner one day. It’s chugging along keeping your home cool and comfortable as expected, and all of the indoor components seem perfectly fine. However, when you walk by your outdoor cabinet, you hear a strange sound. It starts as a hissing but quickly transitions into a bubbling noise.

Is this normal? How have you never noticed this before? Maybe it’s just from that rainstorm we got the other night as water drains from your property?

The answer is no, it’s not normal. And no, this sound is not water! It’s the sound an air conditioner makes if it’s leaking refrigerant. If you keep reading, we’ll talk about what’s going on in your air conditioner. These noises most likely signify that you need AC repair in Algonquin, IL by a team of qualified professionals!

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Tune In to Our New Podcast: The Dream Home Experts!

August 5th, 2021

Are you a fan of our blog but you’re a better listener than you are a reader? Or perhaps you’d like to tune into some experts while doing chores around the house? The Dream Home Experts is a podcast about DIY home improvement by professionals who really know what they’re talking about.

We’d also like to tell our customers and fans that our very own co-owner Derek Baer is one of the hosts! On this podcast, we’ll highlight certain products in the HVAC, plumbing, and water treatment industry, as well as discuss our lives and our interaction with the community.

Click here to explore ways to listen to our podcast.

Contact us and let us know what you’d like us to talk about, and don’t forget to call Gold Shield Services Inc for any HVAC needs you might have!

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What Is Short-Cycling?

July 26th, 2021

There are a few terms that we think it’s important for homeowners to remember when it comes to HVAC. Things like “refrigerant” and “efficiency” are really important, and you’ll want a good grasp on those terms if you’re going to be a good air conditioner owner for the foreseeable future. However, many homeowners don’t know about the term “short-cycling” and what it means.

Today, we’d like to take this opportunity to talk about the term “short-cycling,” its definition, and why it’s important for homeowners to know about it. When or if your air conditioner starts short-cycling, you’ll want to have a team of professionals on hand to fix it because it can’t be repaired by anyone. This is a serious concern and it’s going to bring you a lot of trouble if you don’t call for professional AC repair in Algonquin, IL.

So, let’s take a deep dive into the world of short-cycling and figure out what you can do when you encounter it.

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Plan Accordingly for the Summer

July 12th, 2021

It’s July, which means that summer has been here for a while. We’re all experiencing the hot, summer temperatures and they’re likely only going to get worse. That’s why we’ve come up with a handy plan for you to be ready for the hot weather.

It’s not all about air conditioning! It’s important that people stay hydrated and keep cool in other ways as well. Home equipment like ceiling fans and dehumidifiers can keep things dry and cool in a way that can help your air conditioner run more efficiently. Keep reading for some more helpful tips.

Follow along as we talk about the different ways that smart homeowners are staying cool and also make sure you invest in quality AC maintenance in Algonquin, IL. This is the easiest and most affordable way to keep things cool and comfortable in your home for the foreseeable future!

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Combining a Dehumidifier With Your AC

June 28th, 2021

We like to think of our air conditioners as all-encompassing systems that can completely cool of our homes without any hiccups. While we’d argue that every air conditioner runs into hiccups eventually, this really depends on the climate and the maintenance provided yearly on the system. While you can set yourself up for success with maintenance, we’d argue that you might also need a dehumidifier in Algonquin, IL to help combat moisture in the air.

While air conditioners can do a small amount of dehumidifying as a natural part of the cooling process, that’s not their primary job. Eventually, you could see your air conditioner’s lifespan cut in half because it’s been worked to the bone trying to remove moisture from the humid air. A dehumidifier, especially a whole-home dehumidifier, is specifically designed to work with your home AC unit to keep your home as comfortable as possible.

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