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Signs of Trouble with Your Boiler in West Chester, OH

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

A boiler is an efficient and effective way to heat your home. You see plenty of both in southern Ohio towns like West Chester; boiler systems embrace a wide variety of makes, models and ages. When your boiler exhibits signs of trouble – especially during our cold Midwestern winters – you need to take steps to correct it quickly. That’s why it pays to look for signs of trouble before they get out of hand. Here are a few of the most common:

  • No hot water or hot water taking time to arrive. This can some from a number of possible sources, such as a faulty thermostat or thermocouple, trouble with the pilot light, a valve failure, or mineral build-up preventing the flow of hot water to your radiator. Whatever the cause, the effects are obvious and need prompt addressing in order to restore heat to your home.
  • Leaks. Leaks indicate a problem with a coupling, damage to the boiler’s water tank, or possibly a faulty line. Besides creating puddles of water that need to be cleaned (and possibly damaging nearby household fixtures as well), leaks can severely impair your boiler’s ability to function.
  • Strange noises. Noises can come from many sources, ranging from leaks to air in the system to water gurgling through sediment build-up. A trained professional can identify the source of the noise and take corrective measures before the problem becomes worse.
  • Frozen condensate pipe. The condensate pipe removes waste liquid from the boiler: usually water mixed with a few trace gases created by the heating system. During the cold months – and we have more than a few of those in Ohio – the water may freeze in the pipes, creating a back-up and causing damage to your boiler.

Regardless of the cause, when you recognize signs of trouble with your boiler in West Chester, OH, it’s time to call in a professional. If you need boiler repair or service for any type of heating system, call Bartels Heating & Cooling today to set up an appointment.

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If My AC Turns On, Why Bother with Air Conditioning Repair?

Monday, August 26th, 2013

When it comes to air conditioning systems, people focus on performance, especially in cities like West Chester, OH, where the hot summers necessitate daily use of an AC unit. If cool air is coming out and the house is comfortable, why bother with air conditioning repair? In truth, air conditioning repair services are at their most effective when the issue isn’t pressing. Small problems are much easier to correct than large ones, and jumping on an issue early can save you a lot of money and stress in the future.

Take, for instance, the issue of low refrigerant levels, which is fairly common to a lot of air conditioning units. When a hole develops somewhere in the lines, refrigerant can leak  out, and too little refrigerant can cause problems with the cooling cycle. It probably won’t prevent the unit from functioning entirely, but it will force it to work harder and longer to do its job. Ice will likely form on the evaporator coils, leading to water leaks and inadequate cooling. Motors may be put under greater stress. And as the leak continues, the issues will only grow worse .

If, on the other hand, you contact a professional earlier in the process, a lot of that wear and tear can be avoided. A trained technician can pinpoint the leak and then seal it before recharging the refrigerant to its specified levels. That’s a simpler, easier and more cost-effective operation than simply waiting until the AC stops working entirely, and the extra strain of ineffective cooling has caused multiple components to fail.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as the saying goes, and you can prevent a lot of problems with your air conditioning unit with regularly scheduled maintenance calls. Bartels Heating & Cooling handles all kinds of air conditioning issues in the West Chester, OH area, and can help set up a maintenance schedule that works for you. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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West Chester, OH Air Conditioning Tip: Does My AC Require More Voltage?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Like a lot of devices, most air conditioning units depend on electricity to function. Indeed, a central AC system often requires more electricity than any other item in the house – up to 5,000 watts when the unit first starts up – which makes it vital to measure both its proper voltage and its efficiency in cooling the home. In West Chester, OH, with its hot muggy summers, an efficient air conditioner is the first, best way to keep your home comfortable. Ensuring that your AC has the proper voltage is an important step in that process.

A central air conditioning system usually needs a dedicated 220-volt or 240-volt circuit for operation, which is usually added at the time of installation. If the voltage is too low, it may cause the air conditioning system to “hard start,” or stutter before it finally fires up. This can cause a great deal to wear and tear on the system, and in some cases may trip the circuit breaker.

Accordingly, it’s very important to determine the right size air conditioning unit to meet your particular needs. A trained professional can help you estimate the amount of power required to cool  your home, usually measure in British Thermal Units (BTU) per hour. (Ironically, an air conditioning that is too large may cause as many issues as one that’s too small, since it will require more voltage to run and will likely cycle on and off too quickly.) Once you know that, an expert can add more circuits if needed, ensuring that your air conditioning has the proper voltage and keeping it running at maximum efficiency.

Efficiency is especially important with the hot summers in West Chester, OH. Air conditioning electrical bills can get out of hand, and you always want to use no more than the voltage you need. Bartels Heating & Cooling has years of experience handling air conditioning issues and can provide you with a reliable estimate of your air conditioning power needs. If more voltage is required, one of our trained professionals can perform the upgrade with your complete satisfaction in mind. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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West Chester, OH Air Conditioning Tip: Change Your Filter

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The filter in your air conditioning unit helps keep the system free of dust and debris. The cleaner a system is, the better it will function and the higher your indoor air quality will be. In West Chester, OH, where temperatures climb in the summer months, a clean, well-functioning air conditioning system is key to spending the summer in comfort. We all have our share of concerns from day to day, and changing the filter in your air conditioning can be fairly easy to forget. In the long run, however, it pays to change your filter regularly.

Filters serve to protect the air conditioning unit from dust and dirt, but they can also serve as a “first warning” for other potential problems. An excessively dirty filter may be a sign of burgeoning issues elsewhere in the air conditioning system, and can give you a “heads up” to call in a trained technician for more through maintenance inspection. More importantly, changing your filters helps keep the air in your house clean and remove irritants and allergens from the air. That’s not an insignificant concern in southwestern Ohio, where pollen and similar allergens have a way of making summers miserable for those allergic to them.

If you don’t change your filters regularly, it does more than just lower the air quality in your home. Dirty air filters can increase the airflow resistance in your system, which means it has to work harder in order to properly cool your living space.  That can raise the cost of your energy bills, as well as increasing the amount of wear and tear on the system itself. Changing your air filter regularly can prevent that, giving your pocketbook a break while extending the life of your unit in the bargain.

For maintenance and upkeep issues, contact the skilled technicians at Bartels Heating & Cooling. We can set up a regular maintenance schedule for you and help keep the rest of your air conditioning clean and efficient. We serve all manner of air conditioning needs in West Chester and southwestern Ohio. Call us today and see what a difference we can make!

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West Chester, OH Air Conditioning Repair Question: My Compressor Won’t Start

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Modern air conditioning systems are more efficient and reliable than ever before. That does not mean that you will never experience any problems with your AC, though. All mechanical systems can fail in a variety of different ways, and your air conditioner is no exception. If you notice any issues with the operation of your AC, or if it fails on you completely, contact the West Chester, OH air conditioning repair technicians you can really count on at Bartel’s Heating & Cooling. We thought it would help our customers if we provided some information on common reasons why your compressor won’t start.

Your compressor is a vital part of your air conditioning system, and if it will not start up you are in for some discomfort. Having the problem repaired as soon as possible is absolutely necessary. One reason this issue may come up is faulty wiring. Your compressor needs a constant supply of electricity in order to get running and stay on. If the power source feeding the compressor is not able to feed it that power, it will fail. The start capacitor, which transfers power to the compressor to get it going, may also be at fault.

Simple mechanical issues can also be to blame. If you have not had your system properly maintained it is possible that the motor is not properly oiled. The bearings may also be broken or damaged, or the motor itself may have some issue. Only a qualified professional can determine if a mechanical failure is causing your compressor to let you down.

Finally, a refrigerant leak may cause the level to drop enough that the compressor will not turn on. Refrigerant is recycled over and over, rather than being consumed, so a low refrigerant charge is most likely the result of a leak somewhere in the system. Contact your AC technician to have the leak repaired and your refrigerant properly charged.

To learn more about why your compressor may have failed, contact Bartel’s Heating & Cooling today. We can answer any questions you may have. Our West Chester, OH air conditioning repair technicians have the information you need to get your AC back up and running.

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How You Can Prevent Air Conditioning Repair

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

As summer fast approaches, homeowners throughout our the West Chester, OH area are making their systems can keep up with the heat and humidity. If you’d like to minimize the repair needs of your air conditioning system, the first step is ensuring that your AC is installed and serviced by a reputable, quality AC technician so that you know it’s being handled correctly. Call Bartels Heating & Cooling today for quality air conditioning repair in West Chester, OH.

There are numerous ways to prevent air conditioning repair. First, make sure you keep your air filter clean and clear or dust and debris as much as possible. Your air filter is designed to prevent the accumulation of dust and other debris from disrupting the refrigerant cycle and the various components. But that’s not the only reason why it’s important to keep it clean. When it gets dirty or clogged, it actually works against the cool air, by trapping it in the evaporator, which can lead to frozen coils, as well as other problems. You’d be surprised at the difference a clean filter can make. We recommend checking it about once a month during the cooling season.

If you haven’t already done so, you should also consider enrolling in a program of preventive maintenance. There’s no better way to ensure that your repair needs are kept at a minimum. During these regular visits, your AC system is thoroughly inspect, cleaned, and adjusted to ensure that it runs well no matter what the outside temperature may be. Professional maintenance may even be required by your manufacturer’s warranty. There’s simply no substitute for the technical expertise and precise knowledge of a professional. He will also be able to alert you to potential future issues, and offer solutions that can significantly reduce costs.

But if you do need air conditioning repair in West Chester, OH, look no further than Bartels Heating & Cooling. We can get your AC back up and running quickly.

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West Chester, OH AC Problem: Air Conditioning Electrical Problems

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

We rely on electricity more and more every year to power our various electronic gadgets, to cook food and clean our homes. But we also rely on electricity to operate our air conditioning systems. In fact, your AC is probably one of the largest consumers of your electrical energy during the cooling season. Considering how much you depend upon the crisp, cool air provided by your AC, no matter what type it is, it’s imperative that your repair problems as soon as they arise. While routine maintenance is the best way to reduce the need for repairs, sometimes they are inevitable. In today’s post, we’d like to review a special type of problem that you may encounter this summer: AC electrical issues. Call Bartels Heating & Cooling today for comprehensive air conditioning services in West Chester, OH.

  • AC won’t turn on: First, check to make sure that you haven’t merely tripped the circuit breaker or blown a fuse. Also, check to make sure that your thermostat is set at the right temperature, is in “cooling” mode, and calling for cool air. If neither of those two helps, you may have a faulty capacitor. This small device stores extra voltage to boost the startup of your AC.
  • AC won’t turn off: While it may seem like this couldn’t possibly be a “problem,” your AC shouldn’t run constantly. It should reach the temperature that you have set at the thermostat, and should then turn off. An AC that won’t turn off often indicates an electrical or thermostat issue that needs to be taken care of. If not, it can lead to increased wear and tear on your system.
  • Short cycling: This term describes when your AC turns on and off frequently. You need to ensure that your AC operates in full and effective cycles so that you can ensure that you’re getting the most from your AC this summer.

If you’re concerned about the operation of your AC or think that you may have an electrical problem, don’t worry. Just call Bartels Heating & Cooling today for comprehensive West Chester, OH air conditioning services

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Signs that You Need Air Conditioning Repair in West Chester, OH

Friday, May 17th, 2013

As we move into the cooling season, you may be looking to iron out any potential problems with your air conditioning system before they become major problems or before your system shuts down during the hottest part of the year. Fortunately, there are some preliminary signs that you might need professional attention. In this post, we’d like to review a few of these so that you can ensure that your system is highly effective and energy efficient this summer. Call Bartels Heating & Cooling today for air conditioning repair in West Chester, OH.

  • Frozen evaporator coil. Your evaporator coil resides indoors within the air handler. If it becomes frozen during operation, then there is probably an airflow issue. First, check to make sure that your air filter is not clogged. This is a common cause of frozen coils. Your air filter is designed to prevent the accumulation of dust and other debris on various system components. But if it becomes clogged, then it can actually begin to impede airflow. When this occurs, the cool air within your air handler can’t go anywhere and this stagnates the distribution of cooling into your living space, and may freeze the coils.
  • AC won’t turn on. This is typically either a thermostat issue or an electrical one. First, make sure that your thermostat is calling for cooling. If it is, then also make sure that you haven’t tripped the circuit breaker or blown a fuse. If neither of those helps, then there is probably an electrical problem. You may have a bad capacitor or a faulty electrical connection somewhere in the system.
  • Warm air. It’s never a good sign when you feel warm air coming through your ductwork during the summer months. There are numerous reasons for this, but a few of the most common are low refrigerant, dirty condenser coils, and a significant air leak. Make sure you have your system professionally maintained in order to avoid to prevent this from happening in the middle of the cooling season.

If your AC no longer works the way it once did, or if you’re concerned about its operation, then call Bartels Heating & Cooling for air conditioning repair in West Chester, OH.

 

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West Chester, OH Air Conditioning Options

Monday, April 29th, 2013

If you’re in the market for a new West Chester, OH air conditioning system, then you may find yourself overwhelmed by the various options. There have been recent technological advances in energy efficiency and performance that give homeowners a much wider range of cooling systems to select from. The most important aspect of the process, however, is selecting the right AC contractor. Only pro installation can ensure that you get the most out of your AC, whatever brand or type it is. For superior West Chester, OH air conditioning installation, contact the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling today!

Let’s take a look at several of your air conditioning options. While not all systems may be right for your home and budget, it’s important to know what’s out there so you can make an informed decision.

  • Central air: This is by far the most popular type of AC in the US. It is tried and tested, and many customers are pleased to have a central split air conditioning system. The basic layout of this system is an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air handler/evaporator. A refrigerant circulates throughout the coils, cools the warm air removed from your home, and dissipates this thermal energy outside. This type of forced air distribution system uses an extensive system of ductwork and registers to extract and send air throughout your home.
  • Ductless mini split: A ductless mini split uses a similar type of outdoor compressor/condenser unit as central air. However, as its name suggests, it doesn’t use ductwork. Instead, the air handler/evaporator coil is either designed to sit right inside your home, high on the wall or recessed in the ceiling. Because of their lack of ducts, they tend to be highly energy efficient, and they also offer built-in zone control; you can typically assign up to 4 different air handler units for every outdoor unit and put them throughout your home.
  • Heat pump: A heat pump is more or less a similar type of setup as central air, with one major difference: it can also heat your home during the cold. 

For more information about your West Chester, OH air conditioning options, call the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling today! 

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West Chester, OH Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Monday, April 1st, 2013

If you want to make it through the hot summer months comfortably, it is important that you purchase a high-quality air conditioning system and that the installation of that system is completed by a qualified professional. Of course, even the best air conditioning systems installed by expert technicians require continuing services to operate as efficiently and reliably as possible. That is why your air conditioning maintenance is so important.

While you must schedule routine air conditioning maintenance with a professional AC maintenance technician, there are a few things you can do yourself to keep your air conditioner working properly. Here are some air conditioning maintenance tips from Bartels Heating & Cooling to help you beat the heat this summer. Contact us with any questions.

One of the simplest ways in which you can help out the operation of your air conditioner is to change the air filter in your system regularly. If you are unsure how to do this properly, refer to the literature that came with your system or call a professional. It is important that an appropriate filter is used and that it is installed properly. This will help your AC work efficiently and reduce the risk of damage to your system.

You can also make sure that your air registers are clean and that they are not blocked off at all. If your air conditioner has to work harder to pull in and distribute air throughout your home it will incur unnecessary wear and tear. It will also cost more money to operate.

Also, take a look at your outdoor AC unit every now and then. Keeping it clear of leaves, branches and other debris will help prevent damage to your system. This unit must be able to pull in air and vent itself freely to operate properly.

The most importance West Chester, OH air conditioning maintenance tip we can give you is to schedule routine maintenance with a qualified professional. There is just no better way to keep your air conditioner operating properly. Contact Bartels Heating & Cooling today to learn more. We can help you keep your AC operating at great efficiency and performance levels.

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