Brilliant Home Services Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Spring Means It’s Time to Talk about Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Air-conditioner-repairmanIt’s spring once again here in Chicago… although that doesn’t mean we start to enjoy warm weather immediately. Warmer weather maybe, but right now isn’t a time when you’ll need to rev up your air conditioner to keep your home cooled down. That will probably start in May.

But wait a minute… May isn’t that far off! Less than a month away. And those warmer temperatures might arrive at the end of April with little warning. Your air conditioning system will start it’s job soon enough, so you can’t afford to let it go without special attention from HVAC professional. And that means it’s time for your AC’s regular spring maintenance inspection and tune-up.

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Winterizing Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

Monday, November 28th, 2016

A service that we stress at this time of year is arranging for a heating inspection and tune-up. This is the best way to head into the winter with confidence that your heater will work at its best, with high efficiency and low chance of a breakdown. Call us today if you haven’t scheduled your heating maintenance yet.

But your air conditioner needs a type of maintenance for the winter as well. You won’t be using the system through the coming season, but the outdoor unit of a split system AC (which is probably the type you have) can suffer damage over the season from snow and rust. It’s a good idea to winterize the outdoor unit of your air conditioner so it will be in the best condition possible when spring comes around once more.

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Those Strange Noises from Your AC and What They May Mean

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

The end of summer is the time when air conditioning systems are most likely to malfunction. Your home’s AC has probably worked steadily since May, so even with the most rigid maintenance it can run into problems due to wear and tear. It’s important at this time of year to pay special attention to any warning signs that the AC needs repair work. Don’t shrug off these warnings because cool weather is coming up—you never want to risk running into a larger repair or possibly a full system breakdown!

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Is Your AC Tripping the Circuit Breaker? Let’s Find Out Why

Monday, August 1st, 2016

The circuit breakers in your electrical panel are there to guard the electrical system in your house and to prevent fires from starting should equipment shorts out. One the appliances that can cause a circuit breaker to trip is the air conditioning system, and during a hot summer it isn’t a surprise that the heavy load on the AC can lead to a tripped breaker. If your air conditioner suddenly stops working, check on the electrical panel first before you call for repairs. Sometimes all you need to do is reset the breaker, and the AC will be back to normal.

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Some Additions to Consider with a New Air Conditioning System

Monday, July 18th, 2016

You’ve decided that it’s time to retire your worn-down and inefficient air conditioning system so that you and your family can enjoy a much more comfortable summer. Great idea! We’re glad to be of service when it comes to an AC system replacement. But we would also like to offer you the best in other options that can make your new air conditioner work at its best and provide many more benefits. Below are 3 options to consider having done as part of a new system installation:

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Why You Should Have an ENERGY STAR Air Conditioner Installed

Monday, July 11th, 2016

People are always looking for ways to save money on their utility bills during the year. The summer is a time when homeowners are especially aware of energy demands, such as the amount of work that an air conditioning system handles. There are many ways that you can reduce the amount of energy that your home’s cooling system requires, such as installing a dehumidifier and a smart thermostat. But perhaps the best way is to replace an old air conditioning system with a new ENERGY STAR-certified model.


ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program created to help both businesses and individuals save money and help the environment through better energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR helps people make smarter choices by identifying products that meet the program’s requirements for lowering energy use and protecting the environment. When you see the ENERGY STAR label on a product, you know it meets the program’s requirements for high energy efficiency.

What Does the Label Mean Specifically for a Central Air Conditioner?

The program has a number of criteria for air conditioning systems to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label. The most important qualification is high energy efficiency, which is measured as SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating). The higher the SEER number, more effective the air conditioner is at converting electricity into cooling power. The current efficiency requirement for an air conditioner to receive the ENERGY STAR label is 15 SEER for split systems (i.e. a standard central air conditioning system). The system must also have low emissions of carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases.

Although you can have an ENERGY STAR air conditioner with 15 SEER, there are many models that do even better, up to 20 SEER. But you must make sure that you have professionals help you to choose the right model for your home. Although you should always look to an ENERGY STAR air conditioner, not all certified models are right for your home.

To arrange for an ENERGY STAR-certified air conditioner installation, call Brilliant Home Services. We serve Glenview, IL and the rest of Chicagoland.

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When Repairs Run Out and It’s Time for an Air Conditioning Replacement

Monday, July 4th, 2016

When our technicians go to homes to look over malfunctioning air conditioners, a question that they frequently receive is, “Can you fix the AC so we don’t have to replace it?” Often times the answer is “yes.” Sometimes it’s “no.” And other times it hovers in-between: “We can repair it, but it’s probably a better choice to have the air conditioner replaced.”

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Why Can’t My Air Conditioner Keep Up with My Cooling Needs?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

It’s predicted to be extremely warm summer in Chicago this year. We’re only starting to feel the beginning of it, but in July the heat will very quickly ramp up. Your air conditioning system will need to take on a lot of work to provide you with comfort through the summer.

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The Great Benefits of Smart Wi-Fi Thermostats

Monday, June 20th, 2016

What type of thermostat do you have in your home running the HVAC system? An old manual slider-and-dials model, or a no-frills digital display? It’s time for an upgrade! Even if you have a standard programmable digital thermostat, there’s a much better option just waiting for you: a smart Wi-Fi thermostat.

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Ice on Your Air Conditioning: What It Means

Monday, June 13th, 2016

At some point during the summer when your air conditioning is running on a regular basis, you may notice ice developing along its indoor evaporator coil. At first, this may not seem like it’s a major problem. After all, doesn’t the presence of ice mean that the air conditioner is doing its job of lowering the temperature?

However, ice should never appear on an air conditioner when it’s running correctly. ACs don’t use ice to lower the temperature of the air sent into the ventilation system, and the presence of ice means that a malfunction is causing the evaporator coil to stayed colder than it should be, triggering moisture along it to freeze. Call for HVAC repair technicians when you see this occurring so you can have the problem fixed before it affects your comfort—or damages the air conditioner.

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