Here’s why you should never handle your own furnace tune-up

If you are due for an annual furnace tune-up, you may be thinking you could save a few dollars and inspect the system on your own. After all, checking the furnace every year is a great way to be prepared for the cold winter ahead while ensuring your system is operating at top energy-efficiency for lower energy bills.

Pictured: Reimer technician performing a heating checkup in a Buffalo home.However, before attempting a DIY furnace tune-up, you should be aware of the risks that may arise for an untrained homeowner. Instead of doing things yourself, call in the experts at Reimer Home Services here in Buffalo and Western New York.

You may worsen the problem

Upon inspection, a do-it-yourselfer may discover that their furnace does in fact require some maintenance. Beyond watching a DIY video on the web and running to the local hardware store, the average homeowner is not equipped with the tools or experience needed to either tune-up or repair a home furnace.

Working on your furnace without the help of a trained HVAC professional may actually lead to an inefficient or inoperable furnace. By hiring a trained technician to inspect and repair your furnace, you can prevent problems now and in the future.

Safety risks increase

Homeowners attempting to inspect or repair a furnace on their own greatly increase the risk of injury to themselves and other home residents. Furnaces include many working parts and operate using gas or electricity. An untrained individual attempting to fix this machinery themselves is an invitation for trouble.

Don’t let your goal of saving a few bucks by doing things yourself turn into a safety hazard for others. Incorrectly repaired, a furnace can become a very dangerous fixture in any home.

System warranty may become void

Whether you feel well equipped to work on your home furnace or not, opening it up for a tune-up on your own may be a violation of your system’s warranty. Your standard manufacture warranty can be a great way to cover some of the costs of repair should your furnace have problems sooner than expected.

Turn to the professionals

Before you start a DIY furnace repair, think twice about the costly consequences that may ensue. At Reimer, your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. Contact us to schedule a furnace tune-up with one of our trained and experienced furnace technicians.

Signs you’re having sewer line problems and what to do about them

While your home sewage line might not be something that crosses your mind daily, it’ll certainly be top-of-mind when you have sewer line problems. Dealing with sewage problems can be very unpleasant and is best left to experienced hands.

In this blog, we’re going to review the top-3 signs of major sewer line problems. If you believe you’re seeing any of these signs, don’t wait to contact Reimer Home Services here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Here are the 3 major signs you’re having sewer line issues

#1. Mold inside your home

Mold. Just hearing the word can make anyone feel uncomfortable. When found within the walls of your own home, mold can feel like a violation of your personal space. Mold becomes a problem most often in damp or humid places.

If you discover mold growing on surfaces of your home such as ceilings, floors, or walls, you may be seeing the effects of a broken or damage sewer line. Treating mold quickly and resolving the problem at its core are the best ways to prevent the health effects that mold can cause for pets and residents alike.

#2. Regular drain clogs

While drain clogs are commonplace for most homeowners, reoccurring clogs may be a symptom for more serious concern. After applying your common drain cleaning solution or plunging repeatedly to no avail, it may be time to have a professional take a closer look.

  • Probable sewage line problems may include:
  • Damaged pipes or broken sewer line
  • Sagging lines known as “bellies”
  • Obstructed pipelines from underground root overgrowth

#3. Foul-smelling drains

Drains can often become bogged down with smelly debris over time. More serious sewage problems can lead to a lingering foul odor. If a gaseous smell is wafting from the drains inside or around your home it is best to call our plumbers for a proper diagnosis.

When sealed properly, your pipelines should not give off strong enough odors—or at least strong enough  for you to pick up regularly. A strong and frequent smell, especially above ground around your sewer line, may be an indicator that there is a crack or full break along your current sewage pipe line.

Call Reimer for help with your sewer line problems

When you’re in need of sewer line repair, the Reimer team has the knowledge and experience to do the job right. Contact us to make an appointment at your earliest convenience. We’re your trusted team for plumbing repair here in Buffalo and Western New York.