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2 Maintenance Steps for Seasonal Chiller Shutdown

Oct 09, 2019

With autumn temperatures cooling off and winter on the way, it’s important to start thinking about fall chiller cleaning and winter shutdown. Properly cleaning and taking your chiller off-line prevents harmful bacteria and containments from building up in the chiller tank and making themselves known in the spring when you reactivate your system. Here at Althoff, serving Chicago, we want to make sure you know the proper steps to take and the reasons why your chiller should be professionally shutdown in the fall.

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Water Softener vs. Water Conditioner for Your Commercial Building

Sep 25, 2019

Does your business or multi-unit tenant building in Chicago need a water softener or a water conditioner? If you or your residents or employees have noticed white stains around water faucets and showerheads, it’s a good indication that you have hard water, which is water with 3.5 grains or more of calcium and/or magnesium per gallon of water, or water that contains more than 60ppm of calcium and magnesium.

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Does a Low-Flow Toilet Really Save Money?

Sep 16, 2019

If you’re a homeowner with older toilets, you could be flushing your hard-earned money down the drain. Regular-flow toilets can use up to seven gallons of water per flush. In comparison, a low-flow toilet is required to use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush.

When you start doing the math, you can see that with every flush, a few cents are added to your water bill. These cents can quickly turn into dollars. By limiting the amount of water you use per flush, it’s possible to drastically reduce your water bill.

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Natural Gas vs. Electric for Heating Your Multi Unit Condo Building

Sep 12, 2019

Do you know the best way to heat your multi-family property? For most apartment buildings, condos and co-ops, the choice boils down to natural gas, heating oil or electricity. In order to determine the best way to heat your multi-unit residential building, it’s important to look at a number of factors, including utility costs, costs to install and city codes and regulations.

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Why Does My A/C Have Ice on It in the Summer?

Sep 05, 2019

There's nothing that'll get you more steamed than coming home to a hot house in the summer. Imagine your surprise when you go to inspect your air conditioner, and it's covered in ice! Each summer, this is one of the most common calls we get at Althoff Industries.

Luckily, an icy air conditioner is easy to diagnose and repair. While it may seem like you'll have an expensive repair bill coming your way, oftentimes you simply need to make a few simple changes to prevent your air conditioner from icing over. In this article, we’ll identify the causes of most frozen air conditioners, the repair process and how to prevent your air conditioner from freezing in the future.

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Does your Commercial Building Have These 8 Common Plumbing Issues?

Aug 22, 2019

When is the last time you had the plumbing system in your Chicago building inspected for water leaks? For most commercial and large residential buildings the answer may be months or years ago minus a few repairs for obvious water leaks. The truth is that large buildings in Chicago should have their plumbing systems inspected for leaks and partial or full clogs at least once a year and preferably twice a year for buildings that have heavy water usage. Having your Chicago building’s plumbing system inspected twice a year can catch common problems, including, pinhole leaks, running toilets, leaking faucets and problems with drain and sewer lines before they cause a catastrophe. Here are some of the common water problems we diagnose and repair in the commercial and multi-story residential buildings in the greater Chicago area.

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How Often Should Commercial HVAC Maintenance Be Scheduled?

Aug 07, 2019

With the end of summer rapidly approaching and the eminent onset of fall, you may be thinking about switching your HVAC system from cooling to heating, but is it ready? When it comes to ensuring that your commercial HVAC system in Chicago is ready for fall and winter, one of the best things you can do is schedule a fall inspection, which helps ensure there are no excessively worn parts and usually includes an interior and exterior cleaning of the system.

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10 Questions Your Mechanical Contractor Should Be Asking You

Jul 24, 2019

When you seek out the services of a mechanical contractor, there are certain questions the contractor should ask you in order to understand the current performance of your building and the required repairs and/or the upgrades your building needs in order to operate efficiently. These questions also help ensure that you receive the services and results you expect.

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How Hot Weather Affects Your Building HVAC

Jul 10, 2019

 

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My A/C Is Running but Not Blowing Cold Air

Jul 01, 2019

Summer is in full swing and, on really hot days, all you want to do when you get home from a long day is to enjoy some cool air conditioning. Nothing kills this excitement more in the warm summer months than entering your home only to realize that your A/C is not blowing cold air. Unfortunately, an A/C is not fail-proof and they can quit blowing cool air for a variety of reasons. We have listed some of these reasons below so you can have an idea of why your A/C quit working and how you can resolve the issue.

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