Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Some Basics about Electronic Ignition

Monday, December 14th, 2015

If you have a relatively new furnace or boiler heating system (updated within the last 5 years), then your heater ignites using electronic ignition. This is because standing pilots tend to waste a lot of fuel, so mandates were put in place several years ago for manufacturers to equip combustion heating systems with electronic ignition components rather than a standing pilot. There are two types of electronic ignition, as we’ll outline below, and it’s important to know which type you have so that you can inform your Bartels Heating & Cooling technician should an ignition problem develop with your heater.

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What Is the Benefit of Using a Hybrid Heating System?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The cold weather is here and homeowners are using their heating systems full time once again. If you are looking at replacing your heating system in the near future, you may want to give consideration to a hybrid heating system. A hybrid heating system provides you with all the benefits a heat pump HVAC system has to offer in addition to a back-up gas furnace. Why choose this kind of system for your home in Fairfield, OH? We’ll explain more below.

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Are You Considering a Radiant Heating System for Your Home?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

As we head toward the coldest season of the year, you may be looking for a new heating system, or looking to add heating to a section of your home, like a mud room or laundry room. Radiant heating can be a great choice for either need, but within the category of radiant heating, you have a choice to make, namely what type of radiant heating you’d like to use for your home in Hamilton, OH. The heating experts from Bartels Heating & Cooling are here to give you a quick overview of the two choices and how they can work in your home.

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Is a Heat Pump Effective Enough to Heat My Home?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

If you are in the midst of looking for a new heating system or a replacement heating system, you may have come across a heat pump. These systems have many benefits, of which we’ll explain more about below, but there is some concern about whether or not a heat pump system can provide adequate heating to a home in Fairfield, OH. It takes some explaining to understand this concern, so let us shed some light on it for you.

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Do You Need to Replace Your Heating System?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

It came quick: that chilly weather in the morning and the evenings, chilly enough to make you think about turning your heat on. Did you find yourself hesitating because you ended last heating season questioning whether or not your heating system was going to continue to run as needed? It may be time for replacement, and to help you determine this before the cold weather sets in, here are three factors to weigh:

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Have You Scheduled Heating Maintenance Yet?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

We are at that time of year where the days are warm and comfortable and the nights are just chilly enough to need a blanket. It may not be time to fire up your heating system yet, but it will be soon, and you want to make sure that no matter what type of heating system you have, it is ready to work and work well. The best way to ensure that this happens is to call the HVAC experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling and schedule an appointment for heating maintenance for your home in West Chester, OH.

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The Key to Quality Furnace Installation

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

If you need a new furnace, it can be tough to pick someone for the job. You want to make sure that your new heating system runs properly, and you also want a technician who will treat your home with respect. Sometimes, homeowners resort to allowing a friend or family member with limited HVAC knowledge to install the new unit as this is someone they feel they can trust. However, if you don’t choose an experienced professional for furnace installation, it may end up costing you far more than you expect.

Here’s what you should know: the only way to ensure quality heating installation is by choosing an expert for the job. The highly qualified technicians at Bartels Heating & Cooling will make sure that your new heating system runs as efficiently as possible.

What Can Go Wrong with an Amateur Installation

There are a lot of things that may go wrong if you choose an amateur for heating installation. For one, you may end up with a unit at is not the proper size. This is a big deal because a furnace that is too large will use a lot of energy and may short cycle. A furnace that is too small will not heat the home completely and may expire sooner than it should.

Furthermore, there are a lot of risks when you’re working with a gas furnace. If the unit is not set up just right, you could risk a natural gas leak. Setting up the ventilation system or making sure that your existing flue pipe is compatible with the furnace is also important in preventing CO leaks. You don’t want to leave this job to someone without experience. Every component must be just right in order for it to work properly, which is why you should hire an expert for any heating installation job.

Furnace installation involves intensive knowledge of heating systems, which our technicians already have. Put your trust in the highly qualified, skilled people at Bartels Heating & Cooling as we take pride in our work and have provided quality furnace installation in Hamilton and the surrounding area. Call us today!

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Why Does the Outside Unit of My Heat Pump Run in Heating Mode?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

When a technician installs a new heat pump in your home, you’re usually told that it’s an efficient heating and cooling system. However, you may not be too sure as to how this unit functions. How can a single system provide both heating and cooling for a home? And why, unlike with other heating systems, is the outside unit running when you switch it into heating mode?

Here at Bartels Heating & Cooling, we can answer all of your questions about our comprehensive heat pump installation service in Fairfield. Call us today for maintenance, repairs, or installation. We provide quality service from HVAC technicians who care about the caliber of the work they perform.

Heat Pump Operation

When a technician installs a heating and cooling system in a new home, these units are usually entirely separate from one another. Often, a forced-air heating system like a furnace is installed inside of the home and a split system air conditioning system goes both inside and out. The air conditioning coils may sit atop of the furnace, and they likely share a blower fan, but otherwise the units operate independently of one another. Therefore, when you run the furnace in the winter, the outside unit should not run as it only functions as part of your air conditioning system.

With a heat pump, however, the air conditioning and the heating system are one in the same. Just as with a normal AC unit, refrigerant absorbs heat from one area to another. Heat is absorbed at the inside evaporator coil in the summer, and then it’s released outdoors at the condenser coil. With a heat pump, the process reverses in the cooler months. Refrigerant absorbs heat from the outside air and moves it indoors with the help of a reversing valve and multiple check valves. This is highly efficient because it takes less energy to move heat than generate it.

Call the professional technicians at Bartels Heating & Cooling for heat pump installation, repair, or maintenance in Fairfield today. These are some of the most efficient systems on the market, helping you to save money over time while offering the performance you need.

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What to Check before Calling for Furnace Repair

Monday, February 16th, 2015

When your furnace stops working or begins to malfunction, your first instinct is probably to call an HVAC technician to examine your system. That’s a good habit to develop, but before you call for professional help there are a few things you should check first. It is possible that your furnace malfunction is actually very minor, and something you can fix yourself. Even though you will likely need to call a professional anyway, examining certain parts of your system beforehand can help isolate and identify the problem. Let’s take a look at what you should check before calling for furnace repair.

The Thermostat

The core of any central heating system is the thermostat. It is the brain of your furnace system, which will not act without an order from the thermostat. As such, a malfunctioning thermostat can pretty effectively cripple your entire furnace. If your furnace stops working, you should always check your thermostat before doing anything else. Examine the display on the thermostat and make sure that all the information and settings are correct. An incorrect display is a sign that something is wrong with your thermostat.

The Air Filter

The air filter is responsible for protecting your furnace from dust and debris that blows in from the ducts. Though it does this job well, the filter has no way to rid itself of any particles that it collects. If not cleaned or changed out every 1-3 months, the air filter can become clogged. This restricts the air flow through the system, trapping heat inside the furnace and causing it to overheat. When this happens, it trips a device called the “limit switch,” which shuts the furnace down as a safety measure. If your furnace suddenly shuts down and won’t restart, it is possible that it overheated due to a dirty air filter. If you replace your dirty air filter, that might be all that is needed to solve the problem.

If your furnace is experiencing any sort of issue, call Bartels Heating & Cooling to make an appointment today. We provide professional furnace repair service throughout the West Chester area.

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Noises You Shouldn’t Hear from Your Boiler

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Boilers are some of the sturdiest and reliable home heating systems on the market today. They have fewer moving parts than most systems, which means fewer chances to have a breakdown. However, boiler systems are not invulnerable. There are a few problems that can arise with boilers of which you should definitely be aware. Most of those problems begin with unusual noises coming from the boiler itself. Let’s examine some of the noises that you really don’t want to hear from your boiler, and what you should do if you do hear them.

Rumbling

A rumbling noise coming from your boiler is a sign that it is kettling. Kettling is a serious issue that is caused by mineral deposits building up on the inside of the boiler’s heat exchanger. These mineral deposits are caused by hard water (water with a high mineral content) running through the boiler over a period of years. As the water runs through the heat exchanger, it deposits small amounts of minerals on the walls of the pipe. Eventually, these mineral deposits build up enough to restrict or block the flow of water through the heat exchanger. This causes the water to evaporate in the pipe, creating steam and putting immense pressure on the heat exchanger. This is what causes the rumbling sound you hear when a boiler is kettling. If you hear this sound, you should shut your boiler down right away and call a professional to fix it.

Gurgling

A gurgling sound is often heard in the pipes that are connected to the boiler, and run throughout the house. Gurgling is often accompanied by uneven heating, or even no heating at all depending on the layout of your heating system. It is caused by air bubbles in the pipes, which impede the flow of water and lessen the system’s ability to heat. The way to solve this problem is to drain all the air out of the system, which is best done by a qualified HVAC technician. Once the whole system is purged, the gurgling should stop.

If you are hearing strange noises from your boiler, make an appointment with us by calling Bartels Heating & Cooling. We provide quality boiler repair in the Hamilton, OH area.

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