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

4 Reasons Your Home Isn’t Getting Warm Enough

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

cold-man-and-woman-in-parkasAs the cold weather continues to deepen, you’ll rely on your central heating system more and more until it will run during most of the day. You expect your heater will keep your family comfortable—that’s why you installed it, after all. But you might find as the winter starts that the house isn’t warming up the way you expect it to. You set the thermostat at the standard temperature for comfort in the house, but people are complaining that it’s too cold and they’re starting to layer up their sweaters or even wearing parkas around the house.

What’s going on?

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Is This Furnace Repair Worth the Cost?

Monday, November 9th, 2020

furnace-heater-repairYou keep a close watch on your budget so you know when you’re sinking too much money into any one item. When winter weather comes around, you want to pay special attention to your furnace, since your family’s comfort and safety relies on its steady operation. At some point, you may need a furnace repair in Lebanon, OH to keep your furnace running, and that repair may come this winter. When confronting any large furnace repair, you’ll ask yourself if the price is worth it. Is it better to have the repair done or have a new furnace put in?

Sometimes you won’t have trouble with the question, especially if the furnace is relatively young (under ten years) and the repair is covered by the warranty. But we’re going to look at some of the more borderline cases. 

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6 Signs You Have Dying Furnace

Monday, October 26th, 2020

furnaceAs a general rule, it’s best to have a furnace replaced before it has a chance to fail completely. It’s not much different than with a car—you don’t want the car’s final moments to be when you’re on the road. Getting ahead of a furnace that’s in its final year or two is more convenient, and it also means you’ll start enjoying better heating performance and energy efficiency from a new system.

The trick is determining when you need Cincinnati, OH, furnace service to put in a new furnace. We’ve listed 6 common signs that your furnace is approaching the end and it’s time to make arrangements for a replacement.

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Is a Furnace or a Dual Fuel System a Good Choice for New Heating?

Monday, October 12th, 2020

question-markWhen you look at the calendar and see the word October, you know the time is counting down until the first cold day of the season arrives. If you feel confident in your current furnace and you’ve already planned on scheduling heating maintenance (or have already got it done), then you won’t have much to worry about when the cold strikes.

But you may be in a situation where you believe your furnace needs to be replaced. You can go ahead and schedule Mason, OH, HVAC service to put in a new furnace. Or you might consider replacing the furnace with a dual fuel system, a popular way of enjoying a hybrid of electrical and gas heating in a house.

We’ll look at the pros and cons of choosing a furnace or dual fuel system. When you’re ready to make the final choice, call our technicians for an expert opinion and the work necessary to get your new heater prepared.

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It’s Fall—And Your Heater Is Ready for Its Maintenance Close-Up!

Monday, September 28th, 2020

service-blue-markerNow that fall has started, you have plenty of planning ahead for the seasonal weather shift. One of the most important steps to take is to schedule a maintenance appointment for your heating system. Whether your house has a gas furnace, electric furnace, boiler, or heat pump to provide vital winter warmth, it must have a professional Lebanon, OH, HVAC technician gives it a thorough inspection and tune-up.

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Should You Shut Down Your Heater for the Middle of the Year?

Monday, April 27th, 2020

natural-gas-furnace-burnerWhen the summer weather finally settles in and we know we’ve seen the last of the chill for the season, you’ll face a decision about your heating system. Should you shut it down entirely for the summer until it’s needed again in the fall? Or is it better to simply keep it on, but not in use?

The answer to this question varies depending on the type of heating system you use, and it’s not always an absolute “on” or “off” distinction. We’ll go into the details for the different types of systems you may have:

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Don’t Ignore Heating Repairs Because It’s Spring!

Monday, April 13th, 2020

heating-furnace-repair-technicianIf you’ve been through at least one spring in Ohio, you know that the season is never a guarantee the cold weather will vanish for good. Cold snaps can continue to happen even into June. You never know when you’ll need to have your furnace or boiler running again. This is why you shouldn’t shut down either for the season until the summer weather has well and truly arrived.

But you may still feel tempted to ignore the need for heating repair in Mason, OH because of the proximity of summer. The boiler is making some odd rumbling noises? “Oh well, it can wait until fall.” The furnace is turning on and off too rapidly? “Not a big deal, I won’t need it soon anyway.”

This kind of thinking can lead to trouble. Possibly even a dangerous situation if your home uses natural gas. Heating repairs need to be taken care of promptly, no matter the season.

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How Long Will My Furnace Last?

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Furnace-standardAt the end of each winter, you’ll want to assess your furnace and ask yourself if it is getting close to—or even reached—the end of its service life. If you think the furnace is too old, the spring and summer is a good time to have the new installation work done, since you won’t need to have the furnace keeping your home warm.

One of the key pieces of knowledge in deciding if a furnace needs a replacement is how old it is. But what does that age tell you? How long can you expect a furnace to last? The answer isn’t straightforward, since other factors come into play.

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Understanding When Repairs Are Still Worthwhile for Your Furnace

Monday, February 17th, 2020

furnace-oldPeople enjoy a fresh start at the beginning of the year. You may be thinking that a new start is what you need for your home heating. You have an old furnace that you think isn’t living up to its old standards. It sounds like a good reason to have a new furnace installed, and there are many excellent options on the market for a high-efficiency heating unit.

But… can repairs keep the furnace going? If they can, are they worth the cost? Before you make a choice about either heating replacement or heating repair in Mason, OH, we want you to read more about the cost of getting a new furnace vs. the cost of repairing an old one.

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Your Boiler Isn’t Keeping Up—Let’s Find Out Why

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

large-boilerIf you feel colder in your house than normal this winter to the point that you’re putting on heavy layers of clothing, nudging up the thermostat to much higher temperatures, and listening to family members complain about their rooms feeling like iceboxes, the trouble may be a heating system that’s struggling to keep up.

In this post we’re going to look at boiler systems specifically: why might a boiler start falling behind at its job? We’ll look at the more common reasons so you’ll know when to call for heating repair in Middletown, OH from our experts. Not all local contractors service boilers. We do!

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