Watch out for the 6 signs furnace repair is needed this winter

Winter is in full-swing here in Western New York, and you can count on the weather getting even chillier in the coming weeks. A properly functioning furnace is essential for these cold nights. How do you know when something is wrong with your system? What are the signs furnace repair is needed?

In this blog, we’ll review the six signs that you need to call in the professional technicians at Reimer for a furnace inspection. We offer 24/7 emergency furnace repair in Buffalo and Western New York.

For an inspection and repair, contact our team.

Signs furnace repair is needed for your home

Look out for the signs furnace repair is needed this winter in snowy Buffalo and Western New York.There are many signs that a furnace is on the verge of failure. Here are six of the most common ones—and when you need to call Reimer for service.

 

1. Ineffective heating

Ineffective heating is an obvious sign that your furnace requires repair. There are many reasons for which the furnace may not be generating hot air, or that you’re freezing in your own home. A few common causes include a clogged burner, a clogged filter, a faulty motor, or even a faulty thermostat.

If your thermostat is set correctly and your system is running, but not generating enough heat, call in the pros at Reimer. We’ll inspect your system and figure out what the problem is.

2. Faulty thermostat

Do you still feel the chill even when you turn the thermostat higher? If so, you should get the system checked by a professional. A thermostat contains temperature-sensitive switches that regulate the temperature inside the house. Those switches might need calibrating.

You should switch off the furnace and contact a professional technician to diagnose the furnace and make repairs.

3. Carbon monoxide alarm alerts

If your home’s carbon monoxide alarm has been chirping or sounding, you need to immediately turn off your home’s furnace and call emergency services. A cracked heat exchanger in a furnace has the potential to leak carbon monoxide gas. Colorless and odorless, you won’t see or smell this gas, but it can be fatal.

Reimer can repair or replace a cracked heat exchanger. If you suspect that your heat exchanger has issues, turn off the system and give us a call so we can inspect the system.

4. Banging noises

Another sign of a faulty furnace is banging or other types of noises emanating from the furnace. The noise can be caused due to many different reasons.

One common one? The ignitor is not working right, leading to a delay between the gas release and ignition. The amount of gas builds up in those seconds, and then is ignited, causing a “THUMP” sound. Over time, this can cause increased wear-and-tear to your system.

 

5. Increased utility bills

If your monthly heating bills have suddenly spiked for no reason, it’s probably something that’s off with your furnace. This is one of the most prominent signs furnace repair is needed in your home.

When something is wrong with your furnace, it often burns more gas or electricity to make up for the difference and meet the load demand you set at the thermostat. Over the course of a month, this can really add up.

This is one of the reasons we recommend that our customers schedule an annual furnace tune-up with our team. We can make sure your system is working as efficiently as possible before winter arrives.

7. Frequent cycling

If the furnace turns on-and-off frequently, it’s probably a problem with the heating system. The problem can be caused due to malfunctioning thermostat, improper air circulation, and clogged filter.

Also, think about who installed your system. One cause of cycling is that your current furnace is too large for your home (this is really a thing!), which means that it’s constantly starting and stopping instead of running smoothly to meet demand. This is why professional furnace installation from a trusted company like ours matters.

Seeing signs furnace repair is needed? Contact Reimer for 24/7 emergency furnace repair

In Western New York, Reimer Home Services is a trusted name in HVAC repairs. We specialize in working with all furnace makes and models, and our technicians have the tools and experience to get your home’s heating back to normal.

To get started and to schedule service, contact our team today.

Troubleshooting strange furnace sounds in your home

Older furnaces tend to make a lot of noise. While minor humming and pops are normal noises that come from the furnace and your overall system, there are several strange furnace sounds you shouldn’t ignore. From thumping to vibrating to squealing, we’ll discuss the five sounds you should call Reimer about this heating season.

Need furnace repair this winter? Contact our team for help.

5 strange furnace sounds you should listen for this winter

Here are five common furnace noises that you should never ignore. Not addressing the strange noise could result in major damage to your system.

1. Thumping noises

A vibrating or thumping sound is most likely caused by an unbalanced blower wheel. The noise can also be caused if the motor itself is out of balance.

If you’re hearing loud thumps coming from your system while it’s running, it’s best to call Reimer for an inspection to make sure that an unbalanced wheel doesn’t do permanent damage to your system.

2. Squealing noises

A squealing noise can come from several different sources. Here are the three most-common sources of a squealing sound in your furnace:

  • A shaft bearing that requires oiling
  • A loose blower belt that needs to be replaced or adjusted
  • A malfunctioning blower motor that should be replaced or repaired

All three of these tasks require the help of an HVAC professional. Left unchecked, these problems can result in long-term damage to your furnace and compromised heating this winter. Give our team a call.

3. Humming sounds

A humming noise indicates a faulty fan or capacitor. Give us a call if you hear a consistent, loud humming that’s more than the normal sound of the system operating.

4. Metal scrapping or a rumbling sound

The loud sound of metal scrapping against metal (think nails on a chalkboard) likely indicates a problem with the blower wheel. Of all the strange furnace sounds listed in this blog, we’ll bet that you’ll know this sound when you hear it. It’s pretty obnoxious.

In contrast, a low rumbling sound could indicate a faulty burner. As a precaution, you should turn off the furnace and call in a professional from Reimer.

5. Banging or popping noises

A loud banging noise could come from the furnace for two reasons. First, dirty furnace burners cause a delay in the ignition. As the released gas accumulates, the ignitor finally produces a flame, igniting the gas in a tiny explosion.

Not only can this be a loud pop, but it could result in damage to the system—including a cracked heat exchanger. The solution is to have a professional clean the furnace burners so that they ignite instantly and there’s no buildup of gas.

The other reason for banging or popping noises is that your air ducts, carrying hot air through cold metal, expand and contract with temperature change. This is relatively common noise, so to diagnose the exact source of the popping or banging sounds, listen to your furnace, and then see if the noise is also coming from other parts of the home.

Call the professionals at Reimer for help with any strange furnace sounds this winter

Whether you know the exact cause of your furnace troubles or you need an expert opinion on where to start, Reimer is your source for local HVAC expertise and services. Our friendly technicians are ready to answer your questions and inspect your furnace.

Also, don’t forget: by scheduling a furnace tune-up with our team in the fall, you can avoid the headache of having to listen for many of these strange furnace sounds.

To schedule service with us, contact our team, or give us a call at (716) 694-8524

Prevent water pipes from freezing by following these three steps

Frozen pipes are a common problem in the winter here in Buffalo and Western New York. They are a pain to deal with, and—in the worst cases—can cause pipe bursts that lead to thousands of dollars in property damage. In this blog, we run through the top 4 ways to prevent water pipes from freezing.

Prevent water pipes from freezingWhat causes water pipes to freeze in the winter?

Your water pipes freeze during the coldest nights and days of the year when exposed to below-freezing temperatures for an hour or more. So, why is this a problem? First, using the water again will require professional pipe thawing services from Reimer. But, you’re also at risk of a pipe burst.

What is a pipe burst?

As it freezes, water expands into ice, physically taking up more space. For pipes filled with water, this means that freezing causes the ice to push up against the sides of the pipes. Sometimes, nothing happens. But, if the pipe can’t handle the strain, it will burst.

The damage is prominent at the point of freezing and the water source as the blockage experiences an increase in pressure. A burst pipe can flood your home and generally turn you entire life upside-down. It’s not a good situation to be in.

Our four best ways to prevent water pipes from freezing

Here are four ways you can prevent water pipes from freezing this winter:

1. “Hide” your water lines by insulating them

Ok, let’s start with the most-vulnerable targets: your outside water lines. If you want to prevent water pipes from freezing, this is where you need to start. 

These lines are too exposed to keep the water in them liquid without your help. What you need to do is insulate these pipes so that they have a blanket of warmth protecting them at all times.

If you need further tips and advice—or would like a professional plumber to come to your home and inspect your outdoor pipes—give the team here at Reimer a call.

2. Make absolutely sure you know where your shutoff valve is

This is a big one. We’re always surprised at the number of people who don’t know where the water shutoff valve is, especially renters. Most of the more catastrophic pipe bursts can be nipped in the bud by quickly and effectively shutting off the water in your home, limiting the damage caused by a frozen pipe.

You want to prevent water pipes from freezing in the winter, but you also want to be ready to deal with those that do, in the event that something goes wrong.

The last thing you want to being doing at 2:35 on a cold Buffalo morning in December is running around the outside of your house in the dark looking for a snow-buried shutoff valve. Locate it now in the fall so you know what to do in the case of an emergency.

3. Check the insulation in your attic and basement

We’ve already talked about outdoor pipes and plumbing that are exposed to elements. But, insufficiently insulated plumbing in your home’s attic and basement can also freeze up if not given an extra layer of protection.

Take a quick look through your basement and attic. Are there exposed pipes near outside walls or the ceiling? If so, it might not be a bad idea to wrap them in an insulating layer.

“But, these pipes are in my house!” Yes, but consider this: in the event of a furnace breakdown and the need for furnace repair, any extra insulation on those pipes can buy them critical hours as the rest of your home gets frosty. In other words, insulation can be the difference between waking up to a frozen pipes and, well, not.

4. Schedule a heating tune-up with the team at Reimer

One of the best ways to ensure that your indoor pipes don’t freeze this winter is to make sure that your home’s furnace is running right and not at risk of a breakdown. Furnace problems that happen while the family is sleeping are the most common cause of frozen pipes. 

You can’t prevent every problem, but you can greatly reduce your risk of a breakdown by scheduling a furnace tune-up with our team. Not only do furnace tune-ups help you avoid furnace issues throughout the winter, but they’ll also make your system more energy-efficient—saving you money, all winter long.

That’s a win-win.

For more plumbing tips, advice, and other services, call the team at Reimer!

At Reimer, we handle all your frozen pipe problems with our 24/7 emergency plumbing repair services. For service here in Buffalo and Western New York, give us a call at (716) 694-8524 or contact our team online.

5 signs something is wrong with your furnace heat exchanger

Winter is right around the corner. Here in Buffalo and Western New York, your home is relying on your furnace to keep it comfortable and safe. In turn, your furnace relies on its furnace heat exchanger. Any problems there, and you’re not just without heat—you could actually be in danger!

What is the furnace heat exchanger, exactly?

The heat exchanger is the part of the furnace that separates breathable air and the combustion chamber from one another. The exchanger is made from a thin metal that allows it to transfer heat throughout the house. If it is damaged, the gases and the fumes from the combustion process mix with the clean air. Not good!

What are the signs of problems with the furnace heat exchanger?

Here are five signs that you need to call Reimer for furnace repair here in Buffalo:

furnace heat exchanger

Sign #1: You see soot

If the furnace has a soot buildup inside of it, then chances are that the heat exchange is damaged. This is a sign that the burner is not burning properly and needs to be fixed. The cause can be anything from tilted burners to cracks in the heat exchange itself.

Sign #2: You see cracks or damage

If other parts of the furnace show wear-and-tear, chances are the internal components have similar damages. Cracks due to machine stress are not uncommon and are actually inevitable over time.

Rapidly heating and cooling metal causes expansion and contraction, which causes damage to metal over time. The heat exchanger can also corrode with time due to constant exposure to the fumes and chloride.

When you spot these cracks or damage, call Reimer immediately for 24/7 emergency repair.

Sign #3: You see a change in the flames

A fully functional gas furnace should generate a steady blue flame. If the flame seems yellowish in color or erratic, the heat exchanger may be damaged or the burner may be grungy. If the flame leans to one side once the fan is turned on, chances are you have a cracked exchanger on your hands.

Sign #4: You see discoloration and buildup

If the heat exchanger develops cracks, the metal will get discolored with the soot that builds up on it. The cracks will allow that deposit through, making the heat exchanger appear “sooty,” as discussed in the section above. The site of the crack should have a buildup as well, or there might be spots that are darker than the rest of the metal.

Sign #5: You detect carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide can be a byproduct of the combustion process in your furnace. It’s a colorless, odorless gas that can be fatal. This is why it’s important to address furnace heat exchanger problems before they turn into a major danger to your family and house.

In addition to keeping an eye on your furnace for signs #1-4, you should have a functioning carbon monoxide detector. If you suspect there’s a leak, evacuate and then call the fire department and Reimer for HVAC repair.

Contact Reimer for 24/7 emergency furnace heat exchanger repair

If you’ve been noticing that your furnace heat exchanger is exhibiting any of the five signs above, it’s time to call Reimer for 24/7 emergency furnace repair in Buffalo and Western New York. Our technicians will inspect your furnace and make sure it’s safe to use this winter. If not, we’ll address your repair needs.

To contact Reimer for service, give us a call at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online. And remember: dealing with your furnace heat exchanger sooner than later can save your furnace and keep your home heated and comfortable.

Fall heating maintenance & tune-up tips from Reimer

Autumn is the perfect season for football, grilling, and having fun with the family. However, it’s also a great time to get your house ready for winter. In this blog, we’ll run through our fall heating maintenance and tune-up tips so that you can make sure your home is ready for a snowy winter here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Pictured: Fall heating maintenance is a good idea when the leaves start to turn.

Just like how spring is the best time to schedule an AC tune-up, early fall is the ideal time for a heating tune-up. This is important: a furnace checkup from the professionals at Reimer can help you avoid any emergency breakdowns during the cold months up ahead.

We recently ran through some reasons why you should schedule a checkup. Let’s dive into the three big parts of heating maintenance, and what Reimer does to address each item.

The three most important parts of fall heating maintenance

1. Inspection of the filter

Your furnace’s air filter keeps dirt, dust, and other debris out of the system. This matters, as dust particles can cause damage to the circuitry inside the system. However, over time, the filter becomes clogged with dirt and must be cleaned.

Not cleaning the air filter will result in the air being blocked. This causes strain on the heating system, making it work harder and less efficiently. It can even lead to a heating system breakdown, which is why newer heating systems have a safety switch that can automatically turn off the system in case of impeded air flow. However, that means you’re without heating until you get the filter cleaned.

The best thing to do is to call Reimer for a heating tune-up, and have us check on the state of your air filter. Whether you have a filter that can be cleaned or one that needs to be replaced periodically, we can help make sure your filter is ready for the winter ahead.

2. Cleaning the inside of the furnace

Cleanliness is not just about the filter. Another important part of fall heating maintenance is cleaning the inside of the furnace. This is something that only a certified and experienced HVAC technician should take on, so please give our team a call.

As with the filter, dirt builds up inside the unit over time. Sometimes, even rust and corrosion develops inside the furnace, which can be fatal for the critical circuitry inside. As part of our furnace tune-up service, our experienced technicians will thoroughly inspect the unit and clean it if required.

This will prevent minor issues such as moisture or dirt buildup from turning into major problems that require costly repairs.

3. Scheduling a furnace checkup & tune-up

No fall heating maintenance checklist is complete without a thorough inspection from an experienced professional. This is the best and most effective way to ensure the smooth and energy-efficient functioning of the system throughout the winter.

While DIY fall heating maintenance may look like it would save money, the reality is that an inexperienced person working with a furnace can cause major damage to the heating system or—worse—lead to a malfunction that presents safety issues. You should always hire licensed HVAC technicians.

Call Reimer for fall heating maintenance tips and your furnace tune-up

Contact Reimer Home Services for your fall heating tune-up in Buffalo and Western New York. We have expert technicians who can perform a thorough furnace inspection and run a diagnostic check to ensure that everything is working properly. You can rest at ease that your heater won’t let you down when you need it the most during the winter.

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

Buying a new cooling or heating system is a big investment. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the things you should consider when buying a new HVAC system.

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.

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.

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.

It’s time to start thinking about scheduling your heating checkup

It’s still hot and humid out here in Buffalo. Here in the dog days of a Western New York summer, the last thing that you’re probably thinking about is scheduling a heating checkup.

Yet, the late summer and early fall is the perfect time to have a professional from Reimer look at your furnace. In this blog post, we’ll explain some of the advantages of early heating maintenance.

When you’re ready to schedule your furnace tune-up, give us a call at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

Why get heating maintenance?

Most HVAC experts agree: heating maintenance is essential to the long-term health and energy-efficient operation of your furnace. It’s true: a well-maintained furnace uses less energy than one that’s gone without maintenance, and the less wear-and-tear it has to endure, the more likely it is to live for years longer than it would have otherwise.

Pictured: Reimer technician performing a heating checkup in a Buffalo home.

But, the benefits of a furnace tune-up go even farther beyond that. Heating maintenance can help you avoid a system breakdown in the winter. With winters as cold as they are here, anything you can do to prevent your furnace from breaking down is a high priority.

Heating maintenance can also keep your system running safely. A broken furnace can pose a health risk for you and your family. Our technician will ensure that everything is in working order.

Finally, there’s one more benefit to a furnace tune-up. Most furnace manufacturers have clauses in their warranties that require you, as the system owner, to have the furnace looked at by a professional HVAC company at least once per year. Given all the other benefits, having that warranty extended is really icing on the cake.

Reimer is the right company for the job

When it comes time for your furnace tune-up, Reimer is the best company to trust for the job. That’s because we’ve been helping homeowners in Buffalo and Western New York with their home maintenance needs since 1921. That nearly a century of serving generations of families in this community.

At Reimer, our experienced technicians are furnace experts. When you call to schedule your heating checkup, our team will conduct a throughout inspection and perform multiple maintenance tasks.

Finally, we back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can sleep soundly knowing that your furnace has been taken care of during our visit.

There are benefits to being early

So, why schedule your maintenance in the late summer and early fall? Even if daytime temperatures remain high, the nighttime ones are soon going to be dropping. You’ll be thinking about turning on that furnace soon.

You want to have your furnace checked before you turn it on for the first time in a season. Doing so ensures that our technician catches and safety or performance problems that could lead to a breakdown or health hazards.

It also gives you the best return on your investment: by having Reimer tune up your heating system at the start of the season, you see the most energy savings throughout the entire winter through improved energy-efficiency.

So, yes. It’s still hot out. It’s still humid out. And it might be just the right time for Reimer to take a look at your furnace. The best part? We’re regularly running specials and coupons for a furnace tune-up, which means you can save a ton this fall.

Call Reimer to schedule your heating checkup

Convinced that the late summer and early fall is the time to schedule a heating checkup? Call the team that Buffalo and Western New York have trusted since 1921: Reimer Home Services. You can reach our office at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

Electric Or Gas Tankless Water Heater: Which One Should You Buy?

Electric or gas tankless water heater

Deciding between an electric or gas tankless water heater? In this guide, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each system.

Most people tend to get confused when it comes to deciding whether to buy an electric or gas tankless water heater. Both the versions have different advantages and disadvantages.

Knowing about the pros and cons is important to make a wise purchase decision for the home. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each system.

Call Reimer for tankless water heater installation and service.

The pros and cons of gas tankless water heaters

The gas tankless water heater is run by either gas or propane.  Some models also have both propane and gas option. The reputable brand gas heaters tend to cost about $1,000 to $2000 and more. The venting requirements add to this cost of gas heaters. In some cases, you might also have to install the right size gas line for the heater.

Gas water heaters have a greater flow rate as compared to electric heaters. They can heat up to 8 GPM and more in warmer climates. Another advantage of gas heaters is that they are 10 to 20 percent less costly to operate as compared to electric heaters.

The pros and cons of electric water heaters

Electric tankless water heaters tend to be much less costly as compared to gas tankless heaters. You can find a good model electric heater for about $500 to $800. There are no requirements of venting or another gas line as is the case with gas heaters.

Operating costs of electric water heaters is high. The electric heaters use traditional electricity that is more costly than gas.

Also, in colder climates or where there is a need for high flow rate, a 200 AMP electric service needs to be installed that adds to the cost of the heater. For warmer regions, about 100 to 150 AMP electrical service is required. This is an important consideration when buying an electric heater as not all homes have such electrical service available, and upgrading can substantial add to the cost of installing the heater.

The bottom line: which is the better 0ption for the home?

After reading the above pros and cons of gas and electric tankless heaters, you should be able to make up your mind as to which is the better option of the two for you. If you have a gas line installed in your house that can support gas water heater, the best option is a gas water heater.

Also, a gas water heater is the right choice if the existing infrastructure does not support the electric power heater requirements. In such a case, a gas water heater will be better as not only the installation cost will be less but you will save money due to lower energy bills.

In all other cases, electric tankless water heater is the right choice. There is no need to install additional gas line or venting for the heater. Also, if you area suffer from gas line disruptions such as during extreme frigid months, it’s better that you install gas electric heaters.

Have Reimer help you decide between an electric or gas tankless water heater

For more information on buying the right tankless heater in Buffalo and Western New York area, you can contact Reimer Home Services.

How to Troubleshoot Noisy Furnace Ducts In Your Home

Troubleshoot Noisy Furnace DuctsDo you have some noisy ductwork this winter? In this blog post, we’ll walk you through a few tips to troubleshoot noisy furnace ducts. But, remember: there’s no substitute to calling in the experts at Reimer!

Furnaces are made to operate without making much noise. However, sometimes certain noises emanate from the furnace area that requires close inspection.

If you hear strange noises coming from the furnace area, it’s possible that something is wrong with the system.

Noises can come from either the furnace or the ducts. In both the situations, it is recommended to contact a professional furnace repair technician to get the system checked. In this article, we will take a look at some of the probable causes for noise coming from the duct.

Identifying noisy furnace duct sounds

Here are some of the common duct noises and some of the probable reasons of the noise.

Popping and Banging Noise – The sound of popping and banging is usually caused by the expansion and contrition of the duct walls due to temperature changes.

Rattling Noise – The rattling noise is most often caused by loose metal ducts that tend to knock against one another. The sealing starts to fails as ducts age due to which the duct connection tend to wiggle and get loose from the static pressure.

Vibrating or Shaking Noise – A sound of vibrating or shacking of the duct walls normally occurs due to the blockage of the return side airflow. This usually happens due to a clogged filer that results in drop in the air pressure that makes the duct walls to vibrate and shake.

Booming Noise – A loud booming noise coming from the duct emanates from the place where the duct trucks is connected with the plenum. The connection tends to endure the greatest swings in temperature. Inadequate expansion of joints or dampers contributes to the noise due to which you can hear a large boom echoing through the supply ducts.

Whistling or rumbling noise – In some cases, you can hear whistling or rumbling noise emanating from the ductwork. The whistling noise is normally caused due to excessive air flow through the ducts. On the other hand, the rumbling noise results due to pressure differences between the supply and the return ducts.

Conclusion

A professional furnace technician can perform a thorough check to identify the exact source of the noise. Different noises require different remedies. To better isolate and resolve the noise, you should consider requesting the technician to install a flexible transition for a furnace to quiet the noise coming from the duct.

Generally, noises coming from the ducts do not represent a major fault with the furnace. Apart from being a slight inconvenience, they don’t generally represent a serious issue with the furnace. However, if you hear strange noise emanating from the furnace itself, it’s essential that you have it checked by a professional technician.

Call Reimer for noisy furnace duct inspections, and for furnace repair

Make sure that you hire an experienced and licensed furnace technician. An experienced technician will expertly identify and resolve all kinds of furnace problems due to which you can spend the entire winter months in total comfortable and warmth.

If you want to hire experienced and NATE-certified furnace repair technicians in Western New York, you can contact Reimer Home Services.

Here’s How To Avoid Premature Furnace Heat Exchanger Failure

furnace heat exchanger failureIf your furnace is getting up there in age, you’re at risk of a furnace heat exchanger failure

What is the heat exchanger?

The heat exchanger is a critical part of the furnace that must be kept in good working order to avoid costly maintenance and emergency furnace breakdown. Any defect with the exchanger can lead to a major defect requiring repair or replacement. That’s why it’s essential that you have the device checked and cleaned by a professional furnace repair technician.

The heat exchanger plays an important role in generating warm air. Understanding the common reasons of heat exchange failure is important if you want to avoid emergency breakdowns. Here are some of the essential tips to prevent irreversible damage to the heat exchanger.  And this is important as the total cost of replacing the exchanger can be as much as $1,200.

How to avoid a premature breakdown of the heat exchanger

The heat exchanger should be properly inspected at regular intervals.  The major fault that develops with the heat exchanger is the development of a crack or hole inside. The constant cooling and heating result in a crack to develop inside the exchanger.

With proper maintenance and service, the heat exchangers can last for a long period of time. A professional technician can identify problems and perform the necessary furnace repair works that ensures that major fault does not develop with the heat exchanger.

The main thing that results in cracks to develop inside the heat exchanger is reduced airflow due to dirty filters. The filters need to be kept clean of dirt, dust, and other debris. Clogged filters reduce the air flow that result in development of cracks inside the system.

Other reasons for reduced air flow are the dirty fan blades, dirty duct work, and obstructed air vents. All of these factors can cause major damage to the heat exchanger. Also, the air obstructions can make the system strain in generating the heat that may result in overheating problem.

That being said, most modern furnaces have protection system that turns down the heater when the temperature becomes unusually high. However, this cannot prevent serious damage to the internal components thereby requiring costly repairs.

Schedule an annual furnace tune-up with Reimer

Annual furnace maintenance is the best way to avoid premature furnace heat exchanger failure. During the routine inspection, a qualified technician will ensure that the system is working properly without any kind of air obstructions. In case an aberration is found within the system, the technician will perform the repairs right away.

The cost of the annual furnace maintenance is generally not that much. This is especially the case when you consider that you will be saving a lot in the long run due to lower repair costs, reduced heating bills, and less frequent furnace replacement.

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Apart from that, the peace of mind due to not having to go through unplanned, emergency repairs of the furnace makes annual furnace maintenance more than worth it in the end. If you want help of qualified furnace repair technicians in Western New York, you should contact Reimer Home Services.