Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog

Corrosion and Your Boiler: Does This Mean the End?

November 11th, 2019

boiler-residentialAs we prepare our homes for winter, it’s important to assess our heating systems. The best way to do this is to schedule routine maintenance heater service in Loveland, OH. Giving HVAC professionals a chance to analyze a furnace, boiler, or heat pump provides a homeowner with valuable information about the future of the system—if it still has a future. If a heater has years of life left in it, maintenance helps ensure the best performance and energy efficiency over the coming season.

Let’s focus on the future of your heating system—specifically the boiler, if your home is one of the many in the area that relies on a hydronic boiler system. A warning sign of a boiler in jeopardy is the appearance of corrosion, such as rust, along the tank or other components. It looks like bad news… but does it mean the boiler must be replaced?

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Providing Enough Heat?

October 28th, 2019

cold-manThe weather is cooling down at the end of October—we’re finally in the full fall weather. That means furnaces are going to start coming on for the first time since early spring.

Unfortunately, sometimes furnaces might have a surprise in store for a home—not delivering enough heat to keep people warm. If this is happening in your house, you can at least be thankful you caught the problem early in the season. With professional furnace repair in Lebanon, OH from our experts, you can have the system back in great shape before the worst cold of winter arrives.

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Arrange for Your Fall Commercial HVAC Maintenance

October 14th, 2019

commercial-HVAC-unit-refrigerant-rechargeOctober is the first full month of fall and the point when we start to experience cooler weather as a prelude to the winter. It’s also the time when we recommend our Loveland, OH commercial HVAC clients arrange for their annual system inspection and tune-up. This regular maintenance is essential for protecting both an investment in a commercial heating system and the on-going operations of a business through the winter.

If you don’t currently have a commercial HVAC contractor to handle fall maintenance for your business, you’ve found the right people to take on the job. We offer full HVAC maintenance services for commercial systems, regardless of whether we installed the system originally. (Many HVAC contractors only maintain systems they installed.) Our technicians are NATE-certified to ensure you have the professional work you deserve.

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The Benefits of Packaged Rooftop HVAC Units

September 30th, 2019

rooftop-unit-commercialWhen it comes to providing heating and air conditioning to commercial spaces, the most popular option is the packaged rooftop unit. You’re familiar with these—you see them on top of most commercial buildings, and they’re popular locations for chases and shootouts in movies. But rooftop units are common for a reason, and it’s not just to give movie heroes a place to run for cover during an action scene.

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Why You Should Always Install New AC Equipment

September 16th, 2019

ac-junkyardBuying used, or “previously owned,” makes sense in many avenues of daily life. For example, purchasing used books is a great investment. Used furniture is often a terrific bargain, and a smartly bought used car bought can provide many years of service.

But what about purchasing a used air conditioning system? This is a situation where buying used isn’t a bargain. In fact, it can cause many problems and is a money-waster, not a saver. When you call a professional contractor for air conditioning service in Middletown, OH to install a cooling system, they’ll always install a new system because they know the benefits.

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Does a Failed Compressor Mean I Need to Get a New Air Conditioner?

September 2nd, 2019

old-ac-unitOf the different ways a central AC system might malfunction, nothing is more terrifying than news of a dead compressor. It’s like being told the engine of a car is shot. But while someone who has a classic car may feel it’s worth it to put in a new engine, there’s no such thing as a “classic” air conditioning system! Nobody collects them, nobody holds vintage air conditioning shows. When the compressor dies, an owner must face the question whether it’s more cost-effective to replace the whole AC than just replacing the compressor.

And … is it? The answer is more complicated than “yes” or “no.”

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How Long Is an Air Conditioner Cycle?

August 19th, 2019

air-conditioning-grillA common problem we recommend our customers look for with their central air conditioning systems in West Chester, OH during the summer is short-cycling. This is when the AC becomes trapped in start-up mode and shuts down before completing a standard cooling cycle. Short-cycling does immense damage to an AC over time because of the increased stress. It also makes it harder for the system to evenly cool the home and creates large spikes in electrical bills.

But this leads to a good question: How long is a normal air conditioning cycle? The honest answer is “it depends.”

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Is the Filter in My AC Enough for Cleaning the Air?

August 5th, 2019

air-fliter-cuIf you’re asking this question, you already know that your central air conditioning system has an air filter. We hope you also know that this filter must be changed routinely so it won’t become excessively clogged. We recommend changing the filter for a clean one every one to three months to prevent the blower in the HVAC system from straining too hard and wasting energy.

To answer the actual question: No, the filter is not enough for cleaning your household air—because that isn’t its actual job.

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Heat Loss, Heat Gain, And Your Home’s Thermostat

July 22nd, 2019

thermostat-manual-dialWhen you think about cooling down your house with an air conditioner, do you imagine the AC blowing cool that pushes the hot air outside? It doesn’t quite work like that. The air conditioner actually turns the warm air in the house into cool air by drawing the thermal energy out of along the cooling coils, then blowing this cooled air into the rooms of the house.

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Everything You Need to Know About Smart Thermostats

July 8th, 2019

Nest-ThermostatYou may expect an HVAC contractor in Cincinnati, OH, to tell you that you need a brand new HVAC system if you are serious about getting the most efficient and effective performance possible from your air conditioner. That is not always the case, though. Sure, there are instances in which a full system replacement may be necessary. However, there are also plenty of instances in which upgrading a single component can be the fix you’re looking for.

This is frequently the case with thermostats. Specifically, for those homeowners still using outdated manual thermostats or very basic digital models. There is a whole world of advanced thermostat technology out there just waiting for you, so what are you waiting for? Using a smart thermostat is a simple but incredibly effective way to start getting more from your HVAC systems. They require professional installation with compatible systems, though, so be sure to work with a member of our team.

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