Service King Plumbing & HVAC Blog : Archive for March, 2015

What NOT to Put down the Garbage Disposal

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The garbage disposal has made our lives so much simpler. Cooking and cleaning is a breeze when you don’t have to gather up all the food scraps and bring them to the trash. You can take out the trash bag less frequently without worrying about spoiled food odors. And best of all, garbage disposals reduce the chances of drain clogs—but only if you treat your unit right.

While garbage disposals are highly effective for most foods, you cannot treat it as a catch-all for whatever waste you have laying around. Most people know that non-foods like plastic wrappers do not belong in the drain along with harder foods like meat bones. But did you know that many foods are off-limits as well? We see a lot of preventable drain clogs, which is why we’ve created a list of just a few things you should avoid throwing down the disposal, if you can. Call Service King Plumbing & HVAC for a new garbage disposal unit or for drain cleaning services to further protect your drainpipe.

  • Pasta and rice – Pasta and rice are examples of expandable foods, and as they expand, they can present a real problem for drains. As these clog up the drain line, waste can backup into sinks and tubs around the home—all because of some leftover spaghetti.
  • Celery and onion skins – These fibrous foods, along with items like artichokes and corn husks, can be stringy, and the fibers may wrap around the garbage disposal, forcing the motor to struggle and potentially leading to repairs. If you must put these down the garbage disposal, it is a good idea to cut them up into smaller pieces first.
  • Fats, oils, and grease – No matter how harmless it may seem, pouring grease down the drain can have some damaging consequences. That’s because such substances can solidify as they cool off, coating the lining of the drain pipe and allowing more debris to accumulate. Prevent drain clogs by pouring these in a separate trash container instead.

Treating your garbage disposal properly is one of the best ways to prevent blockage from forming. You can also call Service King Plumbing & HVAC for our professional plumbing services in Schaumburg, including garbage disposal replacement and preventive drain cleaning.

Why You Need Experts for Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector Installation

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Smoke detectors have been a mandatory fixture in homes and businesses for many years, but the legislation of carbon monoxide detectors is fairly recent. Since 2007, all Illinois homes have been required to keep a carbon monoxide detector within 15 feet of any room that a person sleeps in, as long as those homes burn fuel for heating or hot water. If you don’t currently have a smoke detector or carbon monoxide alarm in the home, or if you’re feeling uneasy about the condition of your existing system, count on a licensed electrician for installation or service.

The people at Service King Plumbing & HVAC can make sure that your new carbon monoxide and smoke detectors work properly. Call us for electrical services in Arlington Heights, IL today.

Why Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors are Necessary

Of course, smoke detectors alert you when there is a potential fire in the home. Smoke fills the unit and blocks a sensor, which then triggers an alarm to sound to keep you and your family members safe. A carbon monoxide detector is necessary in any home where a fuel-burning appliance is in use. This includes most water heaters and heating equipment. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills over 400 people in the United States each year and lands over 20,000 more in the hospital. Do not take this risk with your family’s health.

Reasons to Schedule Professional Service

It may seem as though you can simply mount the detector on the wall and then it will do the work. But these types of systems usually work better when they are wired into the wall directly. This way, you have a battery backup as additional support in the case of a power outage, not as your primary form of power. Professionals also have the experience to test your new smoke and carbon monoxide detector to make sure that everything is working properly.

We provide quality electrical work in Arlington Heights, IL. Contact the professional electricians at Service King Plumbing & HVAC today. We install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as surge protection, wiring services, and more. Always choose an electrician for electrical installation and repair for your safety and convenience.

Don’t Wait to Schedule Heating Repair

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

If you experience trouble with your heater, the issue may not seem like something that needs an urgent fix. This can be especially so if you still feel some heat from your heating system, and if you know that warmer weather is soon to come. However, this kind of thinking can be very problematic. You put your heating system, your comfort, your wallet, and possibly your health at risk when you neglect scheduling heating repair in Schaumburg for very long.

One of the main reasons you should not wait for long to schedule heating repair is that you may be spending far more on monthly energy costs than is necessary. It takes your heating system much longer to heat up a room when a component is in need of repair than it would if everything was working properly. That means that it uses up more energy, which directly correlates to your energy and gas spending.

When all of the components must make up for a faulty heating component, they must strain to keep up. This means that they may begin to fail as well. Suddenly, you might have two or three components that need repair or replacement, at a much greater cost than it would have been to fix the part that was originally troublesome.

Perhaps the most important reason to call a technician is that your heating system could break down at any time. You may find yourself without heat in the middle of a cold night. While companies like ours offer 24-hour emergency service, consulting with a technician is never an ideal situation at this time of night.

Finally, delaying heat repair may actually be a safety issue in some cases. While this is a very rare circumstance, your heating trouble could be a result of an overheating furnace plenum or even a potential gas or carbon monoxide leak. All modern furnaces contain safety components designed to prevent such occurrences, but the possibility of a system malfunction is simply not worth the risk.

Call our experts at Service King Plumbing & HVAC today to schedule our professional heating repair service in Schaumburg any time, day or night, with technicians who will work hard to restore your unit to the proper condition.

Palatine Heating Repair Guide: The Limit Switch

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

As a full-service heating and AC contractor, we take pride in installing quality systems and ensuring accurate repairs. Our installers and service technicians look over your entire system to make sure that everything is in top working order. And when we service gas heating equipment, our number one concern is your safety. Luckily, gas furnaces contain multiple safety switches that help to protect your home from gas leaks, fire hazards, and carbon monoxide poisoning. But choosing professionals for the repairs, installation, and maintenance of such devices is the best way to ensure optimal safety.

Speak with a furnace safety and operation expert by calling the friendly technicians at Service King. We can service the most vital safest components of your unit too make sure your home and family stay protected.

The Furnace Limit Switch: An Important Safety Feature

One of the most vital safety components in your furnace is the limit switch. The limit switch is the control that keeps your furnace from overheating. There is a setting on your furnace limit switch past which the furnace plenum is not allowed to pass, which may or may not be adjustable. If the plenum temperature does become too high, the control shuts off the entire system. You can usually find this switch in the control board.

Sometimes, the fan switch and the limit switch are one in the same. The fan switch contains a delay which tells the fan when to turn on after the furnace has heated up. If the fan does not start up, the plenum may overheat, and the limit switch will shut off the unit.

When the furnace limit switch shuts off your unit, you’ll need a technician to help you to get your system back on and keep it on. You may not be able to turn the unit back on at all or it may just continuously shut down. The same could happen if other safety switches detect trouble and shut off the system as well. A technician is best suited to determine the source of the trouble.

Call the friendly neighborhood service providers at Service King and schedule an appointment for professional heating repair in Palatine.