Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog

Fixing an AC Water Leak

June 11th, 2018

red-thermometerA heating system like a gas furnace or an old oil boiler creates new heat by combusting fuel. An air conditioner, on the other hand, doesn’t create new “coolness”. That coolness that you feel as the AC circulates cooled air throughout your home is actually the lack of heat. How does an air conditioner remove heat from the air in your home? Through the evaporation of refrigerant.

At no point in the process does an air conditioner (with the exception of an evaporative cooler) use water in its operation. So how is it that you’ve noticed water leaking from your air conditioner? Are you seeing things that aren’t there? Fortunately, no. It is entirely possible for water to be “leaking” from your AC. However,  it is not really a “leak” in the terms that you’re thinking of. Read on to learn more about this phenomenon, its causes, and when to schedule air conditioning repair in Cincinnati, OH.

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AC Tip: Even Small Refrigerant Leaks Are Big Trouble

May 28th, 2018

AC-toolsWe always make a point of stressing that, really, there is no such thing as a “minor” problem with one’s air conditioning system. Sure, there are those problems that are not quite emergencies, but the fact of the matter is that even relatively “minor” problems with your air conditioner are going to do real damage to your system if given the time. The fact that this damage is not instantaneous does not mean that it’s not worth fixing the problem immediately.

Now, that being said, there are also those problems that absolutely must be dealt with as swiftly as possible. This is certainly the case when it comes to refrigerant leaks with your air conditioning system. A refrigerant may not render your air conditioner inoperable as soon as it develops. Ignore the problem long enough,  though, and the results can be so damaging that you may need to replace your system entirely. Read on to learn more about why refrigerant leaks demand immediate AC repair in Middletown, OH.

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Is It Time to Replace My Air Conditioner Yet?

May 14th, 2018

AC-technicianWhen it comes time to replace your air conditioner in Hamilton, OH, you obviously want the job done promptly. You also want it to be done correctly every step of the way, so that you can enjoy the very best performance that your new air conditioner has to offer. That means picking up the phone to schedule your AC installation with qualified professionals—just like the ones on our team! All of this does beg the question, though, of when to schedule an AC replacement.

The obvious answer is not always the right one, and in this case, “when it breaks down, of course” is definitely not the right answer. Don’t get us wrong. Sometimes an air conditioner will break down with very little warning, necessitating an unplanned replacement. That being said,  it is always in your best interest to get out ahead of your air conditioning replacement. So read on, keep the following information in mind, and remember to contact us when you think the time for an AC replacement is approaching.

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Guess Who Won the 2018 President’s Award from Carrier Again!

May 14th, 2018

Bartels Heating & Cooling Receives 2018 President’s Award from Carrier for Quality and Leadership Excellence

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In recognition of its commitment to quality, leadership and excellence in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry, Bartels Heating & Cooling recently received the 2018 President’s Award from Carrier at a March 9 ceremony in Orlando, Florida.

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These Systems Provide Cooling and Heating in One!

April 30th, 2018

ductless-blowerWe are in a bit of swing season as far as weather goes right now. Things are certainly starting to warm up, and even nighttime temperatures are feeling milder. That means that now is definitely the time to replace your air conditioning system if you think you need a new one before the heat of summer really hits. While you’re at it, have you considered replacing your heater as well?

No, we are not trying to double our profits by convincing you to purchase 2 new systems. Quite the contrary, actually. Today, we want to talk to you about unique heat pump systems that are actually able to provide you with effective cooling and dependable, efficient heating—all in one package! Consider the following two options, and be sure to give our Cincinnati, OH HVAC professionals a call with any questions that you may have.

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Service Your Air Conditioner Already? Experts Say Yes!

April 16th, 2018

service-timeWe get it. Life is hectic, you’ve got a lot going on, and it seems impossible to stay on top of everything. These are perfectly relatable issues, but the fact remains that certain priorities really cannot be shifted to the back burner. Our Cincinnati, OH HVAC professionals are here to tell you that failure to keep up with the services that your AC needs can have some pretty serious consequences.

You need a dependable, effective, and efficient performance from your air conditioner throughout the summer season. You shouldn’t settle for just one or two of those attributes. If you push your luck and your air conditioner itself further than you should, though, you’ll be lucky to enjoy any of them! Here are a few tips regarding why prompt AC service practices are in your best interest.

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Here’s What Happens When You Don’t Change the Air Filter

April 2nd, 2018

furnace-technicianEven the best furnaces from the most trusted manufacturers in the industry are not going to function with 100% reliability. Furnaces are, like all other heaters, mechanical systems. They suffer wear and tear that will cause problems down the road, even when a routine maintenance schedule is adhered to. Routine maintenance is certainly the best way in which to avoid the need for furnace repair in Cincinnati, OH, but problems are still a matter of when, and not if.

While the majority of heating maintenance tasks do need to be handled by trained professionals exclusively, there is actually one item that you can check off the list yourself. That is changing the air filter in your furnace. Yes, your maintenance technician will do this when tuning up your system. However, this is something that really has to happen more than once a year, so that won’t really cut it. These filters are cheap and easy to replace, so don’t let a dirty filter cause problems for your system.

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A Guide to the Most Efficient Heaters

March 19th, 2018

heater-radiator-womanIt’s always a good idea to replace an older heating system as soon as you learn a repair is no longer an option. You might think it makes sense to wait until next winter or until the system breaks down altogether, but this is not ideal. You might end up rushing to find a good system, which can result in a shoddy installation, or you may have to deal with a complete heating system breakdown when you need it most!

We’re here to help you learn the basics of efficient heating installations, so that you can start on the process ASAP and know where to begin when you call local technicians. When you need a new heating system in Middletown, OH, you have a lot of options, but our recommendations for efficiency are listed below.

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Three Reasons Your Furnace Is Failing

March 5th, 2018

furnace-heater-repairYou assumed you had a few good years left with your heating system, but it’s suddenly showing signs that it’s giving out. Unfortunately, you may have to replace it, but you want to know…what went wrong?

It’s not always an easy answer. But we give you a general idea of what could be amiss with your furnace in today’s guide.

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Four Easy Ways to Save Money on Heating

February 19th, 2018

natural-gas-furnace-burnerWith all of these storms lately, you’re probably spending a lot of time indoors with the heater on. Your heating system is a great comfort—at least until you get your monthly bill. We know that heating your home can cost quite a bit, but there are some simple things you can do to lower those bills without so much shivering.

Think the only way to save money on heating is to shut off your system altogether? Sure, this is an easy step to take, but the advice we have below isn’t that much more difficult. Here are 4 easy ways to keep bills low without missing out on comfort.

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