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Why Your Air Conditioner is Making Those Weird Noises

Monday, September 25th, 2017

air-conditioner-repairWe still have a bit of hot weather left to get through before things start to cool off, which means that you’re probably still using your air conditioner to stay cool during the day. That’s fine, as long as you stay aware of the possibility of your system developing some kind of malfunction under the increased strain.

The faster you can have a malfunctioning air conditioner repaired, the better off it will be. One of the most obvious signs that your air conditioner is in trouble is if it is making unusual noises during operation. Let’s go over some of the odd noises that your air conditioner might make when it’s malfunctioning. (more…)

Look Out for These Indications That Your Plumbing is Leaking

Monday, September 11th, 2017

floodingKeeping plumbing in good condition can be frustratingly difficult in many ways, Most of the system is out of view, and most of the problems that occur with a plumbing system don’t immediately announce themselves.

Even finding a leak in your plumbing system can be problematic, without professional training and equipment. There are some things that you can do to tell if your plumbing system has a leak in it, though. Have a look at some of the indications that you should call a professional plumber. (more…)

If You Haven’t Scheduled Pipe Inspection in a While, Now is the Time

Monday, July 17th, 2017

corroded-pipesThe single best thing you can do to keep your plumbing system in good shape is to schedule preventive maintenance for it. The majority of problems that can afflict a plumbing system don’t give off obvious warning signs in time for most of the damage to be prevented. If you want to keep your plumbing system in good condition, you’re going to need to catch problems before they have the chance to develop that far. A key part of plumbing maintenance is video pipe inspection. (more…)

If You Notice These Symptoms, It’s Time for a Water Softener

Monday, June 5th, 2017

water-handsOne of the most common, and damaging, issues for plumbing systems across the country is lime scale. This is a kind of mineral deposit formed when a surface is exposed to hard water for an extended period of time. Hard water is water that has high calcium and magnesium content. As it flows through the pipes in your home, it deposits small amounts of these minerals inside them. Over time, the lime scale that results will restrict the flow of water through the pipes and cause issues for the plumbing. Your plumbing pipes are not the only place that you can find signs of hard water exposure, though. Have a look at some of the following symptoms that you should install a water softener to deal with your hard water problem.

Over time, the lime scale that results will restrict the flow of water through the pipes and cause issues for the plumbing. Your plumbing pipes are not the only place that you can find signs of hard water exposure, though. Have a look at some of the following symptoms that you should install a water softener to deal with your hard water problem. (more…)

What’s the Point of Professional Drain Cleaning Services?

Monday, May 8th, 2017

drain-pipeWhen most people realize that they have a drain clog, they don’t pick up the phone and call a professional plumber. They should, though, which we’ll get to in a minute. Instead, most people will dig a jug of store-bought drain cleaner out from under the sink and pour it down the drain.

This will often work, and if it doesn’t the homeowner will likely call for professional drain cleaning services. However, using those cleaners comes with a pretty steep long-term cost. Keep reading to find out why you should avoid store-bought cleaners at all costs, and use a professional instead. (more…)

Common Plumbing Problems to Watch for

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Of all the various systems that weave through your home, the plumbing is perhaps one of the most difficult to keep in good condition. This isn’t because the plumbing is any more or less prone to issues, but because when a plumbing system does develop a problem, it often goes unnoticed until it is too late. If you want to keep your plumbing system in good condition, you need to be able to identify problems as early as possible. With that in mind, have a look at the following common issues and the symptoms they come with. (more…)

If You Have a Plumbing Emergency, Follow These Steps

Monday, March 13th, 2017

underwater  flooding interiorPlumbing system problems tend not to be big and flashy when they occur, which is both a good and a bad thing in different ways. When they do occur that way, though, they tend to be classified as emergencies. Ruptured pipes spilling water into the walls, overflowing toilets, and the like can be quite panic-inducing if you’re not prepared to deal with it. Fortunately, though, there are certain steps that you can take, regardless of the issue, that will make things a bit easier to deal with. (more…)

Outdoor Lighting Options You Should Consider

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Are you satisfied with the lighting outside of your home? Do you have sufficient lighting to guide guests to your door? If you’re still in the dark when you step outside of the house, or if you want to install lighting that will help to protect your home and keep your guests safe, call the friendly service people at Service King Plumbing & HVAC. Our electricians will install your new lighting fixtures to match your energy efficiency needs, suit your design preferences, and make all of your guests feel welcome.

Add Landscape Lights

The lights outside of your home can serve to illuminate the parts of your yard that are normally kept in the dark. Show off a flower bed, a large tree, a waterfall, or your porch. Transform your outdoors into a place for family and friends to gather even after hours. And light up a pathway so that everyone on your property feels safe and secure.

Consider Security Lights

The lighting outside can double as both landscape lighting and pathway lighting. Additionally, you can have your outdoor lighting function as both a way to guide visitors to your front door and to keep the home safe and secure. When you install an automatic sensor with your outdoor lighting, you don’t have to worry about the potential problems that may arise from guests stumbling along your walkway, and you can feel better protected against intruders. The automatic motion sensor can detect movement several feet away from your property, scaring off those who might consider trespassing.

Switch to LEDs

LED lighting has come down in price dramatically in the last several years and has become the choice option for installers. And these days, LED lights look and feel warmer and brighter than ever before. Installing lighting fixtures designed to hold LED bulbs could save you quite a bit of money over the years, as these fixtures and bulbs operate efficiently and may last well over a decade.

Call your friendly neighborhood electricians at Service King Plumbing & HVAC to hear more about your outdoor lighting options in Algonquin and to schedule professional installation.

3 Common Boiler Repairs

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Boilers are among the most enduring home heating systems in existence. Their relative lack of moving parts, compared to systems like furnaces, provides fewer ways for boilers to wear out or break down. A well maintained boiler can last decades longer than other heating systems. However, despite their sturdy natures boilers are still susceptible to the occasional problem. Let’s examine 3 of the most common boiler repairs.


One of the biggest threats to boilers is long term exposure to hard water. Hard water is characterized by an unusually high mineral content, and is found in many areas throughout the United States. As the hard water flows through the boiler system, it deposits small amounts of minerals on the walls of the pipes. Over time, these mineral deposits will build up to the point that they restrict the flow of water through the pipes. This is especially problematic for the heat exchanger. As water is prevented from moving through the heat exchanger quickly enough, it begins to evaporate and produce steam. This causes a massive increase in pressure, which the heat exchanger wasn’t designed to handle. This causes a deep rumbling noise, known as kettling, as the heat exchanger struggles with the steam. The boiler has safety measures in place to shut it down before any serious damage occurs, like the heat exchanger rupturing, but you should still get your boiler checked by a professional as soon as possible if you notice it kettling.

Failed Circulator Pump

The circulator pump is the part that is responsible for actually distributing hot water throughout the house, similar to the way that an air handler circulates warm air from furnaces. It is often a water-lubricated system, which makes sense considering its role. If a circulator pump is installed incorrectly, however, or somehow gets air into the system, it can lock up and stop pumping water. If your boiler is on, but you aren’t getting any heat from it, you may have a malfunctioning circulator pump.


As with any water-based system, leaks can be a major problem for boilers. The severity of the problem depends on the location of the leak, but there are a few areas that are more common than others. Valves that aren’t closing properly can cause pressure issues during operation, while failing seals can let air bubbles into the system. If you see water leaking or pooling around your boiler, you should call a professional immediately.

If your boiler is having problems, call Service King. We provide quality heating services in the Algonquin area.

What to Do When a Toilet Overflows

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Of all the nightmare scenarios that can happen in your bathroom, an overflowing toilet is probably the most likely. With the relatively recent advent of “low flow” toilets, clogs have become much more common. This disgusting occurrence is never pleasant, but don’t panic! There are a few things you can do before calling a plumber.

Shut Off the Water

No, we’re not talking about the water for the entire house. Almost every toilet has a water shutoff valve near its base that is there for just this sort of emergency. Locate the valve and turn it to the right until water stops flowing into the toilet.

If you can’t find the valve for whatever reason, lift the lid off of the toilet. Inside you should see a float. This float is the mechanism that determines when to fill the toilet tank with water. When the water level drops, the float sinks until it opens a valve to let more water into the tank. If you lift the float, it won’t trigger the valve and the flow into the tank should stop. Find some way to secure the float so it won’t sink back down when you let go of it. Now that you’ve stopped the water flow, it’s a good time to clean up the mess made by the overflow.

Plunge It

If the water level in the toilet bowl is close to the rim, you’re going to want to skim some of it off with a bucket or something so you can have enough room for a plunger. Otherwise, you’re just going to get water all over the floor again. Now, grab a toilet plunger and try to plunge the clog out yourself. If the water level drops after you’re done, congratulations. The problem should be fixed at this point. If the water level stays high, even after multiple plunging attempts, then you have a more serious problem. Call a plumber to have a look at it for you.

If you have a clog in your toilet that you can’t seem to get rid of, call Service King. We provide 24-hour emergency plumbing services throughout Algonquin.