Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Furnace Repair’

Why Electronic Ignition Replaced the Pilot Light in Furnaces

Monday, February 12th, 2024

When people think about gas furnaces, they often think of pilot lights—those small, steady burning flames that wait inside furnaces to ignite the burners. However, if you go to your home’s furnace right now and look for the pilot light, you probably won’t find one. The reason is that the standing pilot light has been mostly replaced with electronic ignitions systems.

Why did this change happen? Follow along below, and we’ll tell you the story of why electronic ignition is now the standard.

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Signs of a Cracked Heat Exchanger and What to Do Next

Monday, May 8th, 2023

Your furnace is critical to keeping your family warm through the winter, but it may run into problems at some point. Your heat exchanger is a vital component of your furnace, though it can turn into a nightmare if it cracks and you don’t realize it.

Getting furnace repair in Hamilton helps you protect your family from carbon monoxide and other gasses that can leak out of your furnace. Let’s talk about how to spot a cracked heat exchanger and how you can proceed from there.

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Signs That Your Furnace Is Struggling

Monday, February 13th, 2023
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It’s regularly running, keeping your family warm, and occasionally, it runs into problems.

Your furnace is a key component of your home comfort, but it’s not invulnerable. Eventually, something’s going to break down. The question is, will you be ready when it happens?

You can call for furnace repair in Fairfield, but before that, you should have some idea of what’s going on under the hood (so to speak). Let’s help you find out what’s going on with your furnace so you can anticipate what the repairs will entail.

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How Do You Know If Your Furnace Limit Switch is Dead?

Monday, December 5th, 2022
Man servicing a furnace.

Your furnace keeps you warm throughout the year, but as a complicated piece of machinery, it runs into problems here and there that need special attention. Your limit switch is one of many components that allow your furnace to run in the first place, and it also keeps you safe at the same time.

But when limit switch furnace malfunction hits, those safety features can fail and put your home at risk. If you’re wondering whether or not your furnace’s limit switch is dead, this is how you can find out.

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What Can Happen If Your Furnace Isn’t Venting Properly

Monday, November 21st, 2022
Attic ventilation for furnace exhaust.

Your furnace works hard throughout the year to keep your family warm. All that wear and tear begins to weigh on it, which leads to repairs every so often. However, there are some repairs that really can’t wait, and ventilation is at the top of that list.

All furnace repair needs should be taken care of as soon as possible to prevent a number of problems. Let’s talk about why ventilation is important and what it could mean for your family’s safety.

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What Does the Furnace Limit Switch Do?

Monday, October 10th, 2022
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The modern gas furnace is built to work as safely as possible. The combustion of natural gas can create dangers from toxic gases like carbon monoxide and from flames escaping from the combustion chamber. But when furnaces are well-maintained, they rarely cause problems for homes. If they did, they wouldn’t be permitted in residential buildings in the first place.

The furnace that warms your house during the winter has several safety mechanisms built into it, such as the flame rollout switch and the flame sensor. One of the key safety components is the furnace limit switch, and we’re going to look at this vital part of your furnace today.

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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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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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