Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for April, 2015

Why Should You Replace Your Air Conditioning System Now

Monday, April 27th, 2015

With warm temperatures on the way, Hamilton, OH residents are switching from winter to summer. Temperatures are comfortable now, but soon enough that thermometer is going to rise, and with it comes the humidity and uncomfortable conditions that make an air conditioning system an absolute necessity. If you’re considering a replacement system, now might be the best time to contact an expert, before the heat of summer really kicks in. Why should you replace your air conditioning system now? Here are three good reasons for you to consider.

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Why Is There Sediment at the Bottom of My Water Heater?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

If you’ve ever run your hot water and found what feels like small pieces of grit in the water, you aren’t losing your mind, nor is your water heater contaminated; it is most likely sediment from the bottom of your hot water heater. Sediment build-up in your hot water heater isn’t an indication that your water is dirty, but it is an indication that it’s time for a maintenance appointment. The experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling can perform thorough maintenance on your home’s hot water heater and remove any and all sediment at the bottom of the tank during the process. All we need is a call from you and our pros will get your water heater back into optimal shape.

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It’s All About That Air: Energy Recovery Ventilators

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Advances with home products, including better insulation, insulated windows and doors and better ductwork construction have made homes so air-tight that a new problem has developed: there’s a lack of good ventilation. Opening a window in the middle of winter or at the height of summer is not a solution to this problem, but we have something that is: an energy recovery ventilator, also known as an ERV.

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Does Your Commercial Air Conditioning Need Repair?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

We are finally starting to see some warmer weather in our area, and if you have a commercial space, this means you’ll soon be switching from heating to cooling. While you need to be aware of potential problems developing with your commercial HVAC system year-round , the switch between seasons is especially important. Why? Part of your system has been dormant for a few months, and there is the possibility that an issue may have developed during that time. So what kinds of things should you keep an eye out for? Here are some tips from the commercial AC experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling:

Poor Performance

Is your thermostat set to 72 degrees and it feels like it’s almost 80 degrees indoors? Does your AC seem sluggish? Poor performance is a telltale sign of a system in need, so if you are seeing these signs, or are simply questioning whether or not your system is operating as it should, call for an expert.

Sky-High Energy Bills

Have you noticed a significant increase in your business’s monthly energy bills, but haven’t changed how you use your AC? When a part or an assembly in your air conditioning system malfunctions, it will create stress on the system; anytime your system is stressed, it will use more energy to operate. It can be tempting to wait for a full breakdown before calling for help, but this is never advisable. If you are seeing very high, inordinate energy bills, call a professional for assistance.

Strange Sounds

Your commercial AC system is designed to operate with minimal noise, so any kind of loud sound is typically a solid indication that a problem has developed. Examples of abnormal sounds would be clunking, banging, screeching, and anything else that sounds of out of the ordinary in regard to the system’s operation.

It’s critical to the operation of your business to have a cool, comfortable atmosphere in which to work – don’t compromise it by hiring an inexpert or amateur person to repair your commercial air conditioner. The commercial specialists at Bartels Heating & Cooling have been serving southwest Ohio since 1973, so call us today for all of your commercial AC needs!

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3 Ways to Prevent Air Conditioning Failure

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

It’s difficult to think about when the outside air is still chilly, but warmer weather will soon be here, and your air conditioning system will be running regularly throughout the day before too long. It can be an alarming situation if your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of a hot summer day, which is why we recommend taking preventive steps now to avoid this. Follow these tips for successful air conditioning operation throughout the warmer months, and call one of our experts now for professional maintenance services in West Chester.

  • Pay attention to problems – If your air conditioning system is struggling, you may be able to tell early on if you know what signs to look for. Noisy operation and slow cooling times indicates trouble. If your system has trouble starting up or staying on, it could do some damage to the compressor. Call for repairs early on to prevent parts from deteriorating any further.
  • Change your filter regularly – The filter of your air conditioning system is designed for two purposes. First, it stops your fan from sucking in large debris that could damage the air conditioning unit. Second, it filters contaminants out of the air so that your family does not breathe these in. If you allow this filter to become clogged, though, air cannot successfully pass through and into the system, which may result in motor trouble or frozen coils, among other problems that could result in system failure.
  • Keep your AC professionally maintained – Changing the air filter regularly is an important part of maintaining your unit, but one of the best things you can do for your system is to schedule regular maintenance visits from a professional. Professional maintenance involves checking refrigerant levels, testing the voltage, tightening electrical components, cleaning the coils, oiling the motors, and many other tasks that help to extend the life of your system. For the most part, these tasks require an expert with the proper tools for the job and the experience necessary to recognize trouble quickly.

Call the cooling experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling for air conditioning maintenance, repairs, and any additional services in West Chester and the surrounding areas.

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