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

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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The Cracked Heat Exchanger—A Big Furnace Trouble

Monday, January 6th, 2020

furnace-oldFurnace manufacturers design their heating products for durability and dependability. But at the same time, furnaces are complex devices and they can suffer from a range of malfunctions during their service lives. These troubles can be kept to a minimum through regular heating maintenance, but nothing can prevent all possible problems. And no problem with a natural gas furnace is more concerning, and more in need of a speedy response, than a cracked heat exchanger.

Our technicians are experts at furnace repair in Mason, OH. We understand the seriousness of situations like a cracked heat exchanger. We’ll explain below why this issue is urgent, but remember that you need to call on licensed professionals only for a repair like this. It’s a matter of your family’s safety.

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What a Clogged Filter Can Do to Your Furnace

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

pleated-air-filterThe air filter on the HVAC cabinet of your home has a vital job to do—and it isn’t connected to the quality of the air circulating through the house. People often have this misunderstanding: they hear the word filter an imagine the mesh of the filter trapping unhealthy particles in it. You can have HVAC technicians install special indoor air quality filters into the ductwork to remove contaminants from the house—but the one already in place isn’t doing that job.

So what is the filter for? It protects the furnace and air conditioner inside the HVAC cabinet from the dust, lint, and other debris that comes through the return air ducts. After one to three months, the filter will collect enough debris that it must be replaced with a clean one. It’s easy to forget to do this, but we strongly urge you to set reminders for yourself about it. If you leave a clogged filter in place this winter, it can have negative effects on your furnace and lead to furnace repair in Lebanon, OH.

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It’s December, But Not Too Late to Tune-Up Your Heating System!

Monday, December 9th, 2019

couple-in-pajamas-winterDecember is Winter. The actual season doesn’t officially start until the solstice on 20–21, but winter weather doesn’t run on a strict calendar anyway.

However, just because December has arrived doesn’t mean you missed the window to schedule annual maintenance for your heating system. Your furnace, boiler, or other heater hasn’t put in the main portion of its job yet, and it needs to have a full inspection and tune-up from professionals before then. Although it’s simpler to have the job done in early fall, it’s much better to have it done a bit later than to skip it altogether.

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Corrosion and Your Boiler: Does This Mean the End?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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Here Are Your Most Common Heat Pump Repairs

Monday, April 15th, 2019

air-conditioning-condenser-wrenchMany homeowners across the country are opting to have heat pumps installed in their homes, and if you are one of those homeowners, you are well aware of the benefits: heat pumps are efficient, effective, and quite versatile. In fact, heat pumps are one of the few HVAC systems in the market that allow for both summertime cooling and wintertime heating, making them a convenient and cost-effective choice. But, no matter how great your system is, it is going to require repairs at some point. And when this happens, you are going to need a team of expert HVAC contractors in Hamilton, OH to service your system.

If you own a heat pump, it is important that you schedule your repairs at the first sign of a problem to prevent it from growing worse. That is why it is important to be aware of some of the most common repairs that your system may experience. So below, we have outlined a few of them for you. Keep reading to find out more!  

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What’s That Sound?

Monday, April 1st, 2019

woman-ears-covering-handsWhen you turn on your furnace on a cold winter day, you don’t expect to hear a symphony of strange sounds. In fact, the only sound you should ever hear coming from your furnace is the gentle sound of air whooshing through the vents. Therefore, if you are noticing any bizarre, out of the ordinary noises coming from your system, it is definitely time to schedule your repairs with an HVAC contractor in Fairfield, OH.

There are a number of concerning sounds that you may hear from your furnace at some point during its service life. If you would like to find out what some of these sounds mean, then keep reading below! We have provided a quick guide to odd noises. 

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