Reimer is proud to be your trusted air conditioning services team here in Buffalo and Western New York. We offer 24/7 emergency repair, professional-caliber tune-ups, and new system installation. Call on our team to keep your air conditioning running right—and your home comfortable this summer.

At Reimer, your safety is important to us

The COVID-19 outbreak has seemingly thrown the whole world into disarray. Here in Buffalo and New York, it has led to major shutdowns of businesses, schools, and social events. Health experts are uncertain exactly how long this outbreak will last and how long these measures will be necessary. As such, our team at Reimer Home Services is proactively taking precautionary steps to protect you and your family. In this article, we’ll review what exactly COVID-19 is, how we’re working to protect you, and how you can support our community through this crisis.

Our team is here for all your 24/7 emergency heating, cooling, and plumbing needs. For fast service throughout Buffalo and Western New York, contact us today. We’re ready to help.

Our team is taking steps to protect your home

Throughout the duration of this outbreak, our team at Reimer Home Services is taking precautionary steps to protect you and your home. Here’s what you need to know:

What you need to know about COVID-19

COVID-19, also known as “novel coronavirus,” is a virus that has spread throughout the world in a matter of months. Because COVID-19 only recently made the jump from animals to humans, there is no pre-existing human immunity to it, and no vaccine has yet been developed. This means that everyone is at risk of catching this disease.

As you have no doubt heard on the news, COVID-19 is incredibly easy to spread. Once infected, most people do not show symptoms for a few days. During this “incubation period,” they may unknowingly be infecting others. Most of those infected (about 80%) experience mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, but a sizable population may be completely symptomless for the duration of their infection—making them more likely to go out into public spaces and accidentally infect dozens or even hundreds of other people.

In other words, without social distancing and precautionary measures, experts believe that COVID-19 could spread like wildfire. This is problematic because 20% of those infected experience severe symptoms and may require hospitalization. Vulnerable populations, such as the elderly or those with pre-existing health conditions, are especially at risk.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and help “flatten the curve” of patients that our hospitals have to treat at once, experts recommend that everyone:

  • Practice Social Distancing: Avoid going out into public spaces unless absolutely necessary, such as for an essential job or to get groceries. When you do go out, avoid touching your face, cough and sneeze into your elbow, and wear a face mask.
  • Wash Your Hands: The virus is primarily spread by people touching an infected surface and then touching their nose, mouth, or eyes. When you return from a public space, wash your hands thoroughly in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Sanitize Surfaces: Wipe down anything you might have touched to kill the virus. You should especially sanitize your phone.

If you are sick, stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others. If you do have to go to work or to the store for supplies, keep a distance of six feet between you and the next person. For more up-to-date information, be sure to check out the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Thank you for your support of our community

These are difficult times for many people, and local businesses and their employees are being hit hard. If you are in a position to do so, please consider supporting local businesses during this difficult time. You can make a positive impact by:

  • Supporting local restaurants by ordering food for takeout or delivery. This helps them keep going through these tough times. If you feel uncomfortable ordering food, call them and ask if they sell gift cards. This purchase gives the business cash today, and you can then use or gift the certificate once the COVID-19 outbreak is over.
  • Whether you’re buying essentials or putting together a care package for a family member, try to shop local. Our storefronts are not getting foot traffic, so buying things from them online can make a world of difference.
  • Do the small things and recognize those who are working hard to ensure our grocery store shelves remain stocked, our power remains on, and life continues moving forward. A simple “thank you” can really lift someone’s spirits and keep us all moving forward.

On behalf of our entire family and team here at Reimer Home Services, we also would like to give our sincerest appreciation of our local first responders, medical personnel, and all those working on the front lines of this crisis. You’ve always been awesome, and we appreciate you more than ever!

Of course, you can count on Reimer Home Services for all your emergency HVAC and plumbing repair needs during this difficult time. Thank you for your continued business and support. Stay safe, stay healthy, and call us with all your 24/7 repair needs.

Are AC tune-ups worth the cost?

Your air conditioning unit is subject to a lot of wear-and-tear over time. To keep it working well, you need to have it maintained regularly. It’s especially important to have your unit checked out now that spring is here and it’s about to start working full-time. Some homeowners wonder “are AC tune-ups worth the cost?” The answer is, “Absolutely!”

Unfortunately, many homeowners underestimate the importance of getting their AC checked out every spring. As a result, some of them may experience an unpleasant surprise when their air conditioning won’t come on the first time they attempt to use it for the year.

Avoiding this unpleasant situation is as simple as getting your system checked out annually. Here’s what you should know about AC tune-ups and whether or not they’re worth it.

What is included in an AC tune-up?

You probably take your car in for regular tune-ups to make sure it operates optimally, and you should do the same for your HVAC system. Here’s what’s typically included in an HVAC tun-up for your cooling system:

  • Air filter change
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Cleaning of coils and other components
  • Cleaning condensate drain
  • Thermostat testing
  • Checking of controls, belts and blower motor
  • Cleaning and/or replacing of parts as needed
  • Measuring refrigerant levels
  • Straightening and checking fins

If your contractor notices loose electrical connections, those will be tightened during the service as well. If your contractor notices any problems while servicing your HVAC system, he or she will make you aware of them before fixing them.

Ask any experienced HVAC technician on our team, and they'll tell you that AC tune-ups are worth the cost.

Ask any experienced HVAC technician on our team, and they’ll tell you that AC tune-ups are worth the cost.

What might happen if you don’t maintain your AC?

If you fail to maintain your AC unit because you don’t want to deal with the reasonable cost of a tune-up each year, you might regret your decision. This simple service can identify potential problems before they become major ones that wreck your system.

Remember, it’s almost always better to repair your system as needed than it is to leave it in disrepair until it stops functioning and needs complete replacement. Remember the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It really applies to the way you care for your AC system.

How can you keep your HVAC system in good condition?

In addition to calling Reimer Home Services every time you need an HVAC system tune-up, there are things you can do as a homeowner to keep your system working well. For example, you can improve airflow through your system by inspecting and changing your filter every three months.

You can also check all your grilles and vents to make sure they’re clear from furniture and debris so air can flow freely. Remember to keep all vents open as well so you don’t put unnecessary pressure on your system.

Ready to schedule your professional AC tune-up?

Now is the perfect time to schedule your professional AC tune-up so your HVAC system is ready to serve you well the rest of the year. Contact Reimer Home Services and we’ll help you get your tune-up scheduled right away.

Here are 5 things to consider when buying a new HVAC system

Buying a new cooling or heating system is a big investment. You need to consider the efficiency, size, type, ratings, and fit of each system within your budget. In this article, we’ll review what you need to consider when buying a new HVAC system for your home. Whether it’s spring and you’re looking for a new air conditioner or it’s fall and you need a new furnace, our buying guide can help you.

If you’re a homeowner or business owner here in Buffalo and Western New York, the team here at Reimer Home Services is ready to help you find the right cooling or heating system. Give us a call for a free in-home estimate today.

Look at the SEER rating (and other ratings)

Pictured: Air conditioners outside of a local home. When you're buying a new HVAC system, call Reimer!

If you’ve had your air conditioner or furnace for 10-20 years, HVAC technology has probably changed a lot since the last time you went shopping for one.

To get a good deal, it is important to go for the latest technology offered in the market in regards to energy-efficiency.

Getting an HVAC system with better ratings means you are saving significant amount of money every month while simultaneously protecting the environment.

SEER, HSPF, AFUE and EER are different rating methods designed to tell you, as the consumer, what you can expect from the HVAC system in terms of energy-efficiency. Generally speaking, the higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner or furnace.

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Pair your new system with a programmable thermostat

Thermostats have also come a long way in the last decade or so. There are now programmable thermostats available, which allow you to set the times and temperatures your air conditioner or furnace will run at. This kind of automated system can save you money on your monthly energy bills.

Many programmable thermostats can be controlled through your smartphone or smart home device. They’re a good investment to pair with a new air conditioner or furnace. By using your systems more efficiently, a programmable thermostat can help your HVAC units live longer, more productive lives.

Get the appropriate size of HVAC system

Another crucial thing to consider while you are buying a new HVAC system: make sure that the size of the unit fits your home space or size. The best way to find out what size of furnace or air conditioner you need? Call in the HVAC professionals at Reimer for a free installation estimate, and we’ll advise you on what size of HVAC unit to purchase.

Why does this matter? Well, an oversized or undersized HVAC system presents a number of problems that can end up costing you money. Here’s how:

  • Having too much heating and cooling capacity will make your HVAC system less efficient, because it will be consuming more energy to provide conditioned air for less space. It will also constantly start and stop, causing further wear-and-tear than normal.
  • Have too little heating and cooling capacity means you will be sacrificing your comfort because there will be inadequate cooling or heating according to the size of your home. Your system will also accrue more wear-and-tear as it runs constantly to try to keep up with demand.

Get honest advice on what HVAC unit is best

A lot of heating and cooling companies specialize or partner with just one brand. Even if that brand’s systems aren’t right for your home, they’ll have no choice but to push you in that direction, since that’s what they sell and install.

In contrast, a company like Reimer carries and installs multiple makes and models of air conditioners and furnaces, which means we can give you a more honest evaluation of the type that’s right for your home.

Cost matters… but not exactly in the way you think

Don’t make the mistake of just picking an air conditioner or furnace based on the sticker price alone. That’s a bad way to think about things, because the true cost of a HVAC system can often only be evaluated when it finally stops working.

Buying a new HVAC system? Be sure to have a professional technician install it in your home.

Buying a new HVAC system? Be sure to have a professional technician install it in your home.

Here’s what that means: let’s say that you purchase a less expensive air conditioner that saves you $3,000 compared to a better, more expensive model. You might think you got a great deal! But, if that worse air conditioner needs constant repairs, uses more energy, and dies at an earlier date than the other unit, you might not come out ahead at the end.

That’s why energy efficiency is so important: if you choose to buy a less expensive and less efficient air conditioner or furnace, you’re going to pay for it, every single month, for the lifetime of that unit. Just something to think about when you’re buying a new HVAC system.

For more tips on buying a new HVAC system, call Reimer

After getting the right HVAC system for your house, it is important to get it installed professionally for optimal results. At Reimer, our technicians are experienced professionals serving the greater Buffalo, New York area. We offer free in-home estimates on new systems, so don’t hesitate to give us a call with your questions or to get started.

You can reach our team at (716) 694-8524, or contact us online.

What are hybrid systems and how do they work?

At Reimer, our technicians can’t recommend hybrid systems enough. These advanced, energy-efficient cooling and heating systems have the potential to save homeowners money year-round and improve the comfort inside of their homes. In this article, we’ll review what hybrid systems are, how they work, and what makes them a good fit for homes here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Want to talk with one of our techs about your options? Call us here at Reimer for a free in-home estimate on a new cooling or heating system.

Get a free in-home estimate on our new hybrid systems from Reimer Home Services.

Call Reimer for a free in-home estimate on a new cooling or heating system here in Buffalo and Western New York.

What are hybrid systems?

Also known as “dual-fuel systems,” a hybrid system is a special type of combined cooling and heating system that can switch between three modes of operation:

  • Cooling generated by pulling heat energy out of your home and putting it outside, like an air conditioner.
  • Heating generated by combustion of gas, like a traditional furnace.
  • Heating generated by pulling heat energy from outdoor air into the home, like a heat pump.

These systems toggle between using electricity (for cooling and heat pump heating) and gas (for furnace heating) depending on which is the most efficient option at that time.

How are hybrid systems more efficient than a normal furnace?

In many cases, moving heat energy from one place to another requires less energy than the gas combustion process used by a furnace. Using the heat pump mode of operation during the fall, winter, and early spring lowers the cost of heating your home.

However, there’s a catch: heat pumps generally get less efficient as temperatures drop and it becomes more difficult to pull heat energy from outdoor air and bring it inside. Here in Buffalo and Western New York, we’re known for our below-freezing nights in the winter. The advantage of a hybrid system is that it knows that threshold and automatically switches to the more efficient furnace operation when it needs to.

When it comes to a hybrid system, think of the heat pump mode like a lower gear in a truck, with the furnace mode as a higher gear. Both have their uses depending on the context.

How much can this system save homeowners?

With this dual mode of operation, hybrid systems can reduce heating costs by up to 33% in the winter and cooling costs by up to 46% in the summer. If you think about the money you spend each and every year on cooling and heating, that could add up to thousands of dollars in savings over the lifetime of the system. But, you don’t have to wait to start saving. A new hybrid system professionally installed by the team at Reimer can help you start saving money right away this winter.

It should also be noted that this “two gears” approach can reduce the wear-and-tear the system would have otherwise experienced if it only had a single mode of operation. A gas furnace, for instance, can only run at one speed, whether it’s 50 out or -15.

Call Reimer for a free in-home estimate

Interested in learning more about our hybrid systems? Want to know if a dual-fuel system is right for your home? Call the experts here at Reimer for a free in-home estimate here in Buffalo and Western New York. We’ll send one of our friendly, experienced techs to meet with you and discuss your home’s heating needs, matching you to the system that’s right for your home and your budget.

Also, don’t forget that we offer financing!

Here’s why upgrading to a smart thermostat is a great investment

With technology changing every day and becoming more and more advanced, automation has become one of the most important aspects of daily modern life. It has changed the way we all work, play, and communicate. It has even quickly become an important part of keeping us comfortable in our homes, and the smart thermostat is to thank for this convenience.

First-generation and mercury-based thermostats are becoming wildly outdated compared to new smart models available on the market. If you are looking to bring your home into the modern age with the best-possible comfort and convenience for your home, here are just a few reasons to consider upgrading your thermostat.

Call Reimer for thermostat installation, repair, and other services here in Buffalo and Western New York.

We can install a programmable, smart thermostat in your home. Call Reimer today!

A smart thermostat allows you to program your indoor temperature for when you’re away, saving you money on your monthly energy bills.

Why upgrade to a smart thermostat?

1. They’re SMART

Before you consider the various perks of installing a new smart thermostat, it’s important to understand what separates them from the other thermostats. The oldest of the bunch—mercury thermostats—use a needle to control temperature. They don’t give the most accurate reading, and they only come with standard heating and cooling settings. About 20 years ago, this was the industry standard for both residential and commercial construction.

The digital thermostat, which is often confused with a smart thermostat because of their similar appearance, allows the user to adjust the temperature depending on a certain time of day. Both of these earlier models are somewhat effective in regulating temperature, but they don’t have the intelligence or flexibility options offered by smart thermostats. Their state-of-the-art features and capabilities are what sets smart thermostats apart. They have the ability to make automatic adjustments based on your home and your cooling and heating needs. The very best models “learn” as they’re used, updating their algorithm to deliver optimal comfort with less energy use..

2. You can remotely change the temperature

If you’ve ever arrived at work and realized you forgot to turn the thermostat to a more energy-efficient setting before you left, you’re not alone. After all, forgetting to do a repetitive task is a very human mistake! And while it’s nice to come home from work to a nice cool and comfortable house, it’s a serious waste of money and energy to run your AC unit at an optimal temperature all day, especially when you’re not there for more than 8 hours.

Smart thermostats solve this issue. Most smart thermostats have Wi-Fi capability, which allows you to set your home’s temperature from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection. So, the next time you get to work and realize you forgot to set the thermostat before you left, don’t stress. You can change it from your phone app, and know that you won’t have a huge energy bill because of a small mistake.

3. Save money with improved energy efficiency

The top feature of smart thermostats is that they save you money. When you add this to energy-saving HVAC systems, your savings will just continue to grow. Because the smart thermostat can sense when you are not home, or even be set to run at specific times during the day, your AC unit is not working overtime to produce temperatures that you don’t need. Not only will it help you save on your monthly energy bills, but it will also reduce necessary maintenance and repair costs because it is not running as often.

4. Solve outdated thermostat issues

A huge issue with old-school, outdated thermostats is that they can experience a variety of different complications. Things such as poor thermostat placement, dirt and debris buildup, and bad electrical connections are all things that reduce your thermostat’s performance and efficiency. New smart thermostats are more accurate and last longer, which means more consistent temperature in your home and less worry about watching your energy costs.

5. Have greater control over your home

When you pair your smart thermostat with compatible HVAC systems, you will have far greater flexibility. For example, you will have access to zoning, which will allow you to set specific temperatures for certain rooms and parts of your home. For example, if your entire family is in the kitchen cooking and eating dinner, your AC doesn’t need to be cooling your bedroom and living room at the same time. You can program your thermostat to a different setting for each room, saving energy and money.

6. Improve your indoor air quality

A smart thermostat can help improve the air quality in your home by letting you know when your filters need to be changed or even when you need to schedule your next maintenance call. Some smart thermostats also include a humidity sensor feature, which helps keep your home at a comfortable, healthy level. You can even sync your smart thermostat with a smart speaker device so it can automatically do things like order your filters for you when it’s time.

Call our team to learn more about your smart thermostat options

There are many benefits of upgrading to a smart thermostat. If you’re interested in getting started, call us today! Our expert technicians will have you up and running so you can enjoy maximum comfort in your home year-round.

Here are the 5 signs your AC needs immediate service

The summer months in Buffalo bring extra heat and humidity. If your air conditioner quits functioning at any point during these summer months, you are going to notice the comfort level inside of your home take a hit.

If you can spot early warning signs of air conditioning trouble, one of our quality and experienced technicians from Reimer may be address the issue before a full breakdown occurs or the system needs costly repairs. In this article, we’ll discuss the top five warning signs that your AC unit needs professional repair as soon as possible. Call Reimer for 24/7 AC repair here in Buffalo and Western New York.

The 5 signs your AC needs immediate service include strange sounds, odors, or performance issues.

If your air conditioner isn’t performing the way it should, call Reimer for 24/7 repair services here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Here are the 5 warning signs your AC needs immediate service

1. You notice unusual noises coming from the unit

A clear indication of a problem with your air conditioner is a screeching or scratching sound coming from the outdoor condenser. This could mean that one of the belts has worked its way out of proper position. Without being fixed, the belt will continue slipping until it comes completely off its pulley and can potentially cause more damage.

2. Not enough air flowing from the vents

If you notice the airflow in your home is weak or nonexistent, it could be that your compressor could be going out or that there is a serious leak in your ductwork. If the ductwork is the issue, this means there is a tear or block somewhere deep in the ductwork system inside your home. Have one of our techs come out and take a look—we could identify the source of the problem and lack of airflow before your system experiences further issues.

3. Unusually high energy bills

A sudden spike in your energy bills during the summer is typical, but if the amount is excessively high—say, more than double the normal amount—it could mean that there is an AC issue. This could be caused by a number of things, from the compressor failing to a torn or blocked air duct. The best way to find out what is going on is to call the experienced AC professionals at Reimer. Our team has the right tools and equipment to find and repair the problem as soon as possible!

4. Foul smell while system is on

A foul mildew smell that is coming from the vents while your AC unit is running could mean fungus is forming in your ductwork. Some forms of mold are hazardous to humans and animals, so this is an issue that needs to be handled right away. Unlike being uncomfortable in your home, this situation really cannot be put off. We offer 24/7 emergency service. Don’t wait when something is wrong. Call the team at Reimer!

5. Moisture leaking from the unit

If you notice a wet spot around your unit, it could mean that the condensation drain tube is blocked or busted. However, it could mean that poisonous Freon is leaking from your system, so calling the team at Reimer is your best bet here to avoid any serious damage.

The team at Reimer is always ready to handle your AC repair needs!

Don’t get caught this summer with a broken-down AC unit. Here at Reimer, we repair ALL air conditioning makes and models and—as mentioned above—we provide 24/7 emergency service throughout Buffalo and Western New York. We have the right team in place to repair your unit today.

If you notice any of these signs that AC needs immediate service, do not wait until the problem gets worse before you call us. This can cause more issues and money for you. We’re your go-to HVAC team here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Here’s why you need a summer AC tune-up from the Reimer team

A Reimer technician completes a summer AC tune-up in Buffalo, NY.

Call Reimer for a summer AC tune-up here in Buffalo, NY.

Most of us don’t think about the life expectancy of our air conditioner on a day-to-day basis. However, every day you use your air conditioner means more wear-and-tear on the system, especially as it gets older. The mechanical and electrical components inside of your unit go through wear-and-tear with constant, everyday use during the hotter months of the year. If these parts are not repaired and replaced when needed, it can lead to an emergency system shutdown, resulting in no cool airflow for your home until the system is repaired by one of our experienced technicians.

Having regular AC maintenance performed on your system by our technicians will help ensure that it is working properly and cooling your home correctly and efficiently. You can schedule an AC tune-up with our team today to make sure your air conditioner is ready to make it through the summer without any unexpected breakdowns.

Here are a few huge benefits of scheduling a tune-up with the team at Reimer Home Services:

Fewer, less-frequent repairs

The number one benefit of scheduling an air conditioner tune-up is that you won’t have to deal with costly repairs as often. It has been said that every penny you spend on your annual HVAC tune-ups can save you up to a dollar in repairs. We’ll take those odds any day! With the proper care and maintenance that comes with our seasonal tune-ups, air conditioner breakdowns are way less likely to happen.

Not only does this save you money in the long run, it gives you that peace of mind knowing that you and your family will stay cool all summer with a unit that is less likely to have an emergency breakdown.

The experienced staff here at Reimer Home Services will thoroughly inspect your cooling system and perform any necessary repairs right then and there, on the spot, helping to prevent any problems from happening before your unit has a chance to breakdown from it. This ensures that small problems do not develop into bigger and costlier problems in the future. This means you won’t have to be sweating it out in your home on the hottest night of the year due to an unexpected breakdown.

Lower energy bills

Once you schedule an AC tune-up with the team at Reimer, our technicians will make sure your AC is running at its maximum efficiency. The cooling device will require less power to cool down your home. As a result, your energy bills won’t be as high because your unit is not using as much energy.

On the other hand, if you do not regularly maintain your AC unit, it will have to strain to keep up and keep your home cooled. This will likely result in skyrocketing energy bills.

Longer lifespan of your system

Another long-term benefit of scheduling regular AC checkups with Reimer is that it will more than likely result in the increased lifespan of your cooling unit. It’s no secret that a new air conditioner is not cheap, and will likely cost you thousands of dollars. For most households, a new AC unit is a major expense they are not prepared for.

If you are consistently having your system tuned-up by an experienced air conditioner technician, you can rest easy and enjoy efficient cooling for a long time ahead. Take care of your system and it will take care of you.

Get optimal cooling

Scheduling seasonal tune-ups with our team ensures that your AC unit optimally cools your entire home. Your rooms will remain cool and comfortable even when it’s upwards of 90 degrees outside. This reduces the chance for having those “hot spots” in your home. The AC unit will produce enough cooling throughout the house, resulting in maximum comfort for everyone inside.

Here’s a list of the most common air conditioner problems

Summer is on its way to Western New York. That means that your air conditioner is about to see some heavy use. Whether you have a brand-new air conditioner or an aging system, you need to know what some of the most common air conditioner problems are and what to keep an eye out for. In this article, we’ll review some of the signs that your air conditioner is having trouble, and when you need to call in our team here at Reimer Home Services for fast, reliable service.

The expert techs at Reimer are ready to help! We offer 24/7 emergency AC repair here in Buffalo and Western New York. Call us today to schedule service.

Call Reimer for service if you're noticing any of these common air conditioner problems this summer.Here are 5 of the most common air conditioner problems

Electric control failure

Over time, the fan controls and compressor in the system wear out. This is more common to happen in oversized systems—systems that were installed in homes where they are too large for the amount of space in the home. You also need to watch out for turning the AC on-and-off frequently. Call in a professional from Reimer Home Services to check to see if there is any corrosion in the system.

Low refrigerant

Refrigerant is essential in any AC system. It is a chemical that is responsible for cooling down the air as it flows through the system. If there is a reduced level of refrigerant, you’ll notice that your system has either stopped cooling or that the coils have frozen over. Low refrigerant levels could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the line. You’ll want to have one of our techs out to inspect the system and diagnose the exact source of the problem.

Faulty wiring

In the event the wires in the AC system start to break down, you need to get it looked at right away. It is a potential fire hazard, and you do not want to trip a circuit breaker. Faulty wiring can prevent the blower from running as it should, resulting in inadequate airflow. This means less comfort for your home and—in the event that the return vents are not operating properly—insufficient airflow over the coils, which, again, could result in frozen coils.

Malfunctioning outside fan

Most AC systems have an outside unit. When a professional inspects the system, he or she will also need to take a look at the outside unit to make sure it is still performing optimally. When the fan malfunctions, proper heat transfer cannot occur. The air conditioning compressor could overheat.

Sensor issues

Many AC units have a thermostat sensor, which is found behind the control panel. This sensor is responsible for measuring the temperature of the air. This sensor can get knocked out of place, which causes the system to behave erratically. One of our certified, experienced experts might need to recalibrate the thermostat and the system to make sure that they’re working in-sync with one another.

Call Reimer for AC service here in Buffalo and Western New York

The next time your AC system goes on the fritz, hire a professional from Reimer Home Services. Not only are we here for your AC repair needs, but we also provide seasonal maintenance for your air conditioner. To schedule 24/7 emergency repair service with our team, call us today!

Here’s why your air conditioner might not be cooling your home

Warm summer weather isn’t that far away. If you don’t have a working air conditioner, the rising temperatures are going to make your home uncomfortable. At Reimer, we offer HVAC repair services here in Buffalo, NY. Give us a call with any of your AC repair needs, and we’ll have one of our experienced techs come out and help get your system running again.

In this article, we’ll review some common reasons your air conditioner might not be working or not working right, and what you need to know about each.

For HVAC repair services in Buffalo, call Reimer this summer!Common signs you need HVAC repair services this summer

#1. It’s low on refrigerant

From time-to-time, air conditioners can lose refrigerant. This is not a common occurrence, since the refrigerant exists in a closed-loop system. However, leaks can sometimes develop where small amounts of refrigerant are lost at a time.

This may also be the case if the refrigerant contacts moisture, which could cause it to freeze. When the line becomes frozen, the blockage prevents the cool air from reaching inside.

A spring air conditioning tune-up can address issues with refrigerant levels in your air conditioner.

#2. It’s not connected to the thermostat

Another common air conditioning problem is the thermostat. Luckily, a lot of thermostat issues are simply being set to the wrong settings. Most panels have an “auto” and an “on” section for the unit.

The best setting is “auto,” which allows your air conditioner to kick on and off according to the room temperature. If you’ve accidentally set yours to “on,” you’ll notice it runs continuously, regardless of room temperature. Only use the “on” setting if you have a filtration system installed in your HVAC unit.

#3. There might be a mechanical issue

Sometimes the problem is a larger one, such as the condenser coils or the ductwork. Stalled coils prevent your unit from blowing cool air but won’t stop it completely. This means you’ll assume it’s running properly even if it isn’t.

If the ductwork is the issue, you’ll need a professional. He or she will need to search the ducts for cracks, bends or blockages that make it too hard for the cool air to reach the inside of your home.

Call Reimer for HVAC repair services today!

If your air conditioner has stopped working this spring, have Reimer get it back up-and-running before summer temperatures arrive. Contact us today to schedule your AC repair or AC tune-up service here in Buffalo and Western New York.

What are ductless split systems, and is one right for your home?

You’ve no doubt heard about “ductless” systems, or seen one in action at a friend’s home. These increasingly popular systems can both cool and heat your home, and they’re an energy-efficient and versatile alternative to standard, duct-based HVAC setups. Plus, they have a number of other advantages, such as zoned comfort. In this article, we’ll review what ductless split systems are, how they work, and why one of these systems might be a good fit for your home.

For a free in-home estimate on a ductless setup here in Buffalo and Western New York, Reimer is the team to call. One of our techs can meet with you and help you determine if ductless is a good fit for your family’s cooling and heating needs.

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Ductless split systems are typically wall-mounted, meaning they can deliver comfort right to the living spaces of your home.

What are ductless split systems?

It’s right in the name: ductless split systems do not rely on ductwork to transport heated or cooled air, as traditional furnaces and air conditioners do. Instead, these systems have two main components connected by a refrigerant line: an outdoor condenser and an indoor blower. Multiple indoor units can be connected to single outdoor unit: that’s where the “split” part of the name comes from. These units, typically wall-mounted, blow cooled or heated air into the room they’re in, cooling or heating it.

Benefits of upgrading to ductless

Going ductless has several advantages over a standard, duct-dependent HVAC setup. Here are just a few:

Lower Installation Cost

Installing new ducts or repairing old ones can be a significant investment in your home. It’s also a very invasive project, with walls and ceilings literally being torn up to access ductwork. In contrast, ductless installation often costs far less. If you’re weighing getting new ducts installed in your home or home addition, consider the benefits of ductless before you commit to such a long, costly project.

Energy-Efficiency

With a duct-driven cooling and heating setup, a significant amount of energy is lost in transit between the blower and the living spaces of your home. Ductless systems avoid this problem by putting the blower right into the living space. As a result, they can often heat and cool your home for far less energy, reducing your energy bills.

Zoned Comfort

A ductless split system is capable of heating and cooling rooms of your home independently of one another. Have one room that gets too cold in the winter, no matter what you do? You can set the system to heat that room more than the rest of your home. If you and your family are spending the evening in the living room, have the system heat that room without the need to also pay to heat the rest of the home. This can save you money and make your home more comfortable.

Versatility

Ductless systems are wall-mounted, which means they can go in many places that a duct line wouldn’t be able to travel. You can place a ductless system over your kitchen sink, for instance. Or, you can put one right over your bed in the master bedroom. The point is that you have more options than ever.

Indoor Air Quality

Air ducts are not only inefficient at transporting heated or cooled air from one place to another, but they’re also a great place for dust, dirt, grime, pollen, mold particles, and much more to collect. By bypassing the need for ducts entirely, ductless systems avoid this problem, meaning that you can breathe easier.

Is your home right for a ductless system?

Any home—even one with existing ductwork—can have a ductless split system added to it. However, ductless systems are most often installed in these types of situations:

Historic property

If you own a historic home that does not have existing ducts, a ductless split system allows you to add cooling and heating without major renovations that could ruin the historical value of the property.

Home additions

If you’ve added a bedroom to your home or a separate in-law suite on your property, consider having a ductless setup installed. In the case of the latter scenario, this allows you to add cooling and heating to a place where ductwork can’t go.

Other areas

Many homeowners who do regular work in their garage in the winter are opting to have our team install a wall-mounted ductless unit in that space, so that they can work on cars and home projects in comfort.

High-use rooms

As mentioned earlier, many homeowners who have existing ducts choose to have a ductless split installed to supplement their cooling and heating in one or two commonly used rooms.

Call Reimer for a free in-home estimate

Reimer Home Services is your trusted HVAC installation team here in Buffalo and Western New York. In fact, we’ve served local homeowners since 1921, helping them with their home comfort needs. That tradition of service continues to today. Our technicians can meet with you and provide you with a free in-home estimate on new ductless split systems.

To schedule your estimate, give our team a call today!