Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for May, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Every year on the final Monday of May, citizens of America come together to honor those who have served our country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day came to prominence after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen soldiers on either side. Although its origins are somewhat ambiguous, it has always been about bringing people together to recognize our country’s military personnel and history. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the men and women who have served our county.

Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer. We hope that you have a wonderful day off, and that it is a great start to your summer!

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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

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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Air Conditioning Tip: Different Types of Refrigerant

Monday, May 6th, 2013

As homeowners throughout the area prepare for the onset of the cooling season, we’d like to take this opportunity to provide a little bit of information about the different types of refrigerant used in air conditioning systems. Like your refrigerator, your AC relies on the refrigerant cycle to remove thermal energy from your home and cool it for distribution. But it needs the right amount of refrigerant or else the cycle won’t work properly. When you need expert Fairfield, OH air conditioning maintenance and repair, call the pros at Bartels Heating & Cooling!

R-22 refrigerant is currently being phased out because its ozone depletion potential (ODP) and global warming potential (GWP) are seen to be relatively high. If you currently have an air conditioning, this is probably the refrigerant that circulates throughout your coils. As it becomes phased out of production, finding supplies for recharging will become more and more difficult. As it becomes scarce, it may be a good time to switch to a more environmentally friendly and efficient home cooling option. Today’s air conditioning systems contain the refrigerant known as R-410A, which is far less environmentally hazardous than its predecessor, although it still has a significant GWP. The new refrigerant operates at a higher pressure as well, which makes retrofitting different refrigerants difficult, if not impossible, for most air conditioning systems.

Refrigerant leaks are one of the most common problems, and they can wreak havoc on your system if they go undetected. All air conditioning systems, from ductless mini splits to heat pumps, rely on refrigerant in order to transfer heat. Refrigerant is chemically designed to produce radical shifts in temperature under pressurized conditions, and it alternates from a cool liquid to a hot gas and back again when circulating through your system. Your compressor pumps the refrigerant through the coils: the evaporator cools the indoor air and absorbs its heat; then it sends its thermal energy to the condenser coils for dissipation.

Make sure your refrigerant is always at the correct level so that you can enjoy uninterrupted comfort this summer. For Fairfield, OH air conditioning services, call Bartels Heating & Cooling today!


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