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

How a Clogged Filter Can Damage Your Furnace

Monday, February 14th, 2022

man-with-filterThe most common nugget of wisdom we impart to our customers to help them help their furnaces is to regularly change the furnace filter. This filter is usually located on the HVAC cabinet at the point where the return air ducts connect to where the blower is located. The filter does the job of blocking debris coming through the return air ducts so it won’t enter the cabinet and contaminant the furnace, blower, and other parts of the HVAC system. This filter isn’t self-cleaning, and after one to three months the congestion in the filter will start to cause problems and even lead to damage to the furnace. 

We want you to have a healthy and reliable furnace. We’re always ready to assist with heating repair in Cincinnati, OH when you need it, but we know you’d much rather not have to call us in the first place. Regularly changing the furnace filter goes a long way toward preventing needless furnace problems. To help you better grasp why changing the filter is so important, we’ll list how a clogged filter can damage a furnace.

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3 Ways Your Gas Furnace May Become Unsafe

Monday, January 17th, 2022

furnaceWe want to start this blog with an assurance: gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous appliances. They’re found in millions of homes across the country, dutifully keeping families warm. Provided they receive regular maintenance and professional repairs as necessary, they can run at high degrees of safety throughout their service lives.

Still, burning natural gas does carry risks, such as exposure to toxic gases like carbon monoxide and the hazard of explosions and fires. We’re going to examine some of the ways your gas furnace may develop safety problems to help you better understand how to prevent them. Our technicians are ready to assist you whenever you need furnace repair in Mason, OH, or if you need to replace an older furnace that’s no longer safe.

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Are There Furnace Repairs I Can Do Myself?

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

old-furnace-basementThe simple answer to this question is no. Repairing a furnace requires special training and equipment only available to licensed professionals. Attempting to tamper with a furnace without the proper tools and knowledge can damage the furnace and create serious safety hazards. 

This doesn’t mean you’re without options if you have a faulty furnace! There’s a difference between a professional furnace repair in West Chester, OH and going through troubleshooting steps. In fact, we encourage you to try troubleshooting your furnace before giving us a call for repairs. You may find out a simple solution to the problem. Just don’t do anything requiring opening up the furnace and using tools on it!

Let’s go through the basic steps of troubleshooting a faulty furnace.

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Is Your Furnace Already Having Trouble Heating Your House? Let’s See Why…

Monday, December 20th, 2021

cold-manYou never want to start the cold weather months with a furnace that doesn’t seem up to the job. You want to know that after you turn the furnace on for the season and make the adjustment to the thermostat that you’ll receive the right amount of warmth for your family’s comfort. If your furnace isn’t keeping up the cold, there may be something wrong. It might be minor. Or it might be something that will require you to call us for furnace repair in Cincinnati, OH or even a full furnace replacement. 

To help you get started, we’re going to look at several of the reasons a furnace might get into the problem your furnace is currently in. Please don’t attempt any actual repair yourself, however, unless it’s something simple (we’ll point those out below).

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Reasons You May Want to Install a Garage Heater

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

installing-space-heaterGarages are difficult spaces to heat because they’re often open to the outside with enormous doors and it’s difficult to create effective insulation around them. The heating requirements of a garage make it extraordinarily difficult to connect to the rest of the HVAC system in a home: the standard furnace for a home won’t be able to warm up the garage unless a much larger heater is installed, which would then be overpowered for the rest of the house. Because of these challenges, many homeowners simply don’t heat the garage. 

There are advantages to heating a garage, however, and one of the services we offer as a Mason, OH, HVAC contractor is the installation and service of garage heaters to handle this specific task. We offer several different models of garage heating systems.

Below we’ve listed several reasons you may want to consider having our technicians set up your garage for heating.

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Is Your Furnace Not Working? Here’s Some Steps to Try

Monday, November 8th, 2021

natural-gas-furnace-burnerTime to get ready for winter! We’re already experiencing days dipping down into the ‘40s, and that means your home’s furnace may have already turned on. We recommend you schedule regular maintenance for it if you haven’t already—and we’re the local Mason, OH, HVAC contractor for the job. This maintenance is the best way to prevent your furnace from suddenly stopping during the winter.

Maintenance can’t be 100% effective at preventing problems, however, and you may come across a point this coming season when your furnace stops providing you with heat. You might need to call us to repair the furnace, but below we’ll go over some basic troubleshooting steps to see if there’s a simple reason for the problem.

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Do Colder Days Force Your Furnace to Work Harder?

Monday, October 25th, 2021

woman-freezing-coldThis post is going to be a bit of deflection, because the answer to the question is a simple one: Yes, your furnace works harder on colder days. It doesn’t work differently when it’s colder—the same principles of how the furnace heats and distributes air are at work. What makes the furnace work harder in cold weather is that it must run for longer to raise the interior temperature of your house to the target you need for comfort. 

Now here’s where we deflect, because talking about your furnace working longer during cold weather needs some examination. The, ahem, cold fact we’re looking at is that you are probably making your furnace work harder than necessary on those cold days. This leads to higher energy bills, but it can also lead to a furnace that fails abruptly in the middle of one of the coldest days of the year. Knowing more about your furnace running on cold days can help you avoid emergency heating repair in Cincinnati, OH.

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The Flame Sensor: The Rundown on a Key Furnace Part

Monday, October 11th, 2021

natural-gas-burners-flame-furnaceDuring fall, we stress the importance of our customers having maintenance for their gas furnaces. Maintenance takes care of many important steps to ensure the best performance from a furnace, but the most important benefit of maintenance is ensuring a furnace works safely. 

Gas furnaces aren’t inherently dangerous unless they suffer from neglect. Furnace manufacturers design their products with several vital safety measures, and during maintenance, our technicians carefully check each of them. One of the key safety features in a gas furnace is the flame sensor. Today we’ll give you the basics of what you need to know about this essential part of your furnace and how it protects you.

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Repair Prevention for Your Furnace That Goes Beyond Maintenance

Monday, September 13th, 2021

natural-gas-burners-flame-furnaceIn our last post, we recommended you start thinking about arranging for maintenance for your heating system, even though it’s technically still summer and the fall weather hasn’t arrived. Maintenance is simply the all-around best service you can have done for your home’s HVAC system, and you’ll be thankful you had it taken care of early when the cold finally sets in. For one thing, it means less chance you’ll need furnace repair in West Chester, OH over the season. 

We want to focus more on repair prevention for your home’s furnace. Routine maintenance isn’t the only way you can stop damage to the furnace and avoid expensive repairs or a safety hazard. Follow us below as we delve into some more ways to stop the need for furnace repairs as well as an early system replacement.

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It Isn’t Too Early to Think About HVAC Maintenance for Winter

Monday, August 16th, 2021

dont-forget-post-itAs we’re writing this post, the temperature outside in West Chester is 82°F. Prime summer weather. Nobody wants to think about their home’s heating system at a time like this. The idea of turning on a furnace during a balmy summer day seems crazy. 

But we’re not asking you to turn on your furnace right now, only give some consideration to when you will need to have it turn on. This is the middle of August, and the official start of fall is a bit more than a month away. Fall is when we recommend our customers arrange for winter-prep HVAC maintenance. It’s not too early to start planning, since the best time to catch our technicians for this service is during the fall lull. 

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