Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Furnace’

Dirty Filters Cause Heating Problems

Monday, December 10th, 2018

man-with-filterWe all expect our heaters to provide us with the heat we desire, especially during the winter season. Fairfield temperatures are quite brisk this time of year, so it’s best that you prepare, as we have a long winter ahead of us. One way to do this is by taking the time to think about your air filter. Air filters need regular changing to keep your furnace running efficiently. They need to be changed more than just once a year by a trained HVAC technician.

Many homeowners tend to minimize the importance of changing their air filters, so it may only get changed during their annual maintenance visit. However, it is recommended that an air filter is changed once every 1-3 months. Failure to do so can negatively affect the overall function of your furnace. Thankfully, you can schedule an appointment with Bartels Heating & Cooling. We offer heating services in Fairfield, OH!

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Is a Furnace the Way to Go?

Monday, October 29th, 2018

furnaceMaybe. We apologize if that is not quite as satisfactory of an answer as you were hoping for, but it is the best we can give right off the bat. Before we can really advise you about which heating system is best suited for your home, your personal user preferences, and your budget, we need to know more about factors. With that in mind, however, we do want to share some information that should help you to better understand just why furnaces are so popular among homeowners.

It is not a coincidence that furnaces remain the most popular of all home heating systems, after all. Does this mean that they are perfect for every home and every homeowner? No, of course not. But the furnace just might be the perfect fit for your home heating needs. Just remember that you’ll need to schedule professional furnace services if you want to get the most from your system, including the occasional furnace repair in Cincinnati, OH.

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Here’s What Happens When You Don’t Change the Air Filter

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

furnace-technicianEven the best furnaces from the most trusted manufacturers in the industry are not going to function with 100% reliability. Furnaces are, like all other heaters, mechanical systems. They suffer wear and tear that will cause problems down the road, even when a routine maintenance schedule is adhered to. Routine maintenance is certainly the best way in which to avoid the need for furnace repair in Cincinnati, OH, but problems are still a matter of when, and not if.

While the majority of heating maintenance tasks do need to be handled by trained professionals exclusively, there is actually one item that you can check off the list yourself. That is changing the air filter in your furnace. Yes, your maintenance technician will do this when tuning up your system. However, this is something that really has to happen more than once a year, so that won’t really cut it. These filters are cheap and easy to replace, so don’t let a dirty filter cause problems for your system.

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Three Reasons Your Furnace Is Failing

Monday, March 5th, 2018

furnace-heater-repairYou assumed you had a few good years left with your heating system, but it’s suddenly showing signs that it’s giving out. Unfortunately, you may have to replace it, but you want to know…what went wrong?

It’s not always an easy answer. But we give you a general idea of what could be amiss with your furnace in today’s guide.

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Will a Furnace Run Without Electricity?

Monday, February 5th, 2018

circuit-box-electrical-electriciansDuring a winter storm, many homes in our area are left without power. While there are certainly ways to cope with the lack of lighting, there’s one system you cannot go long without: the furnace. However, if you have a gas furnace, you might not worry too much about this possibility. After all, the natural gas line is not affected by a power outage, right?

While it’s true that you should still have natural gas coming to your home during a regular power outage, that does not mean all gas appliances will still work. Unfortunately, most furnaces will not work in the event of a power outage in your home, and we explain why (and what you can do) in today’s guide.

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Furnace Repair FAQ: Is My Thermostat Broken?

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

thermostat-open-repair-glovesHere is a common scenario that happens in the modern home. You notice that the heater has not cycled on in quite some time. The air is getting chilly, so you go to the thermostat. You try turning it a few degrees warmer, but nothing happens. You call out to your spouse, or say to yourself, “I think the thermostat is busted!”

As heating technicians, our jobs would be a lot easier if the thermostat really was the source of most heating system breakdowns. While this is rarely the case, it is possible that your thermostat is at fault for your low heating or complete system shutdown. Read on to learn when this is the case, when you can solve the problem on your own, and why you may have to call in our expert technicians.

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Diagnosing Noises from Your Heater

Monday, December 25th, 2017

woman-ears-covering-handsThe hum of your heating system as it starts its cycle as usual is, of course, nothing to be alarmed about. You know the normal noises your heating system makes, which means you know when something is off. Typically, a sound from your heating system may not mean that your system is in any immediate danger, but it often still means you should call in technicians ASAP.

Want to know what those noises really mean? Check out our guide to some common sounds below, but be sure to reach out to your local technicians for boiler or furnace repair the moment you notice a problem!

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A Quick Guide to Furnace Safety

Monday, December 11th, 2017

house-smoke-detectorAs winter draws near, there are a lot of things to concern yourself with around the house. Winterizing the home means covering windows, filling up air leaks and tackling drafts, packing up the garden hose and winterizing the outdoor faucets, and insulating wherever you can. It means checking the storm drains again, inspecting the fireplace and chimney, and digging winter décor and blankets out of storage.

But perhaps the simplest step, you may think, is to switch that thermostat over to heating mode and turn up the temperature. Well, experts say there’s more to it than that. With all the work you have this winter, let’s not forget about home safety, first and foremost—particularly when it comes to a furnace that runs on natural gas.

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How to Make Your Heating System More Efficient

Monday, November 13th, 2017

money-out-chimneyAs the temperatures outside drop, the cost of heating your home becomes higher and higher. This is to be expected, of course, as the furnace has to run for longer to keep you warm. However, at some point during your homeownership, you may find out that you pay much more than you should have to! Maybe a neighbor tells you that they pay way less than you do to heat a similarly sized home, or perhaps you’ve just realized you’re spending more than you did last year.

It might be possible to get your heating system running at a higher efficiency so that you can save more over time. Read our tips and speak to our team to learn more!

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5 Signs You Need Heating Repair

Monday, October 30th, 2017

heater-radiator-womanWorried your heater could break down at any moment? If you don’t know the signs that a heater needs repair, maybe you should be. It’s never fun to have to repair a heating system, but it’s even worse when your heater has broken down completely, calling for an emergency repair that could cost you even more.

Experts say it’s important to repair a heating system early in order to avoid sudden system breakdowns and higher repair costs. In addition, the sooner you repair your system, the lower your monthly bills may be, and the longer your system can last. Check out the signs you may have a heater in need of repair sooner rather than later.

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