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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.

Reasons you should schedule an AC tune-up this summer

Most of us take the air conditioning in our homes for granted. However, the fact is that air conditioners get worn out over time. The electrical and mechanical components inside the device undergo wear-and-tear with use. If they are not replaced or repaired, it can lead to an emergency system breakdown, resulting in the need for repairs.

Schedule an AC tune-up with ReimerPreventive air conditioner maintenance will ensure proper working of the cooling device. You should schedule an AC tune-up this summer with Reimer to ensure that you air condoner works without any problems.

Here are four major benefits of scheduling a tune-up with us.

#1. Less frequent need for repairs

The major benefit of scheduling an air conditioner maintenance or tune-up is that you’ll need costly repairs less frequently. In fact, it’s said that every penny that you spend on an annual tune-up will save you a dollar in repairs. With proper maintenance and tune-ups, air conditioner breakdowns are far less likely to happen.

Our experienced air conditioner technicians will thoroughly inspect the cooling device and perform the required fixes right then and there. This will ensure that small problems with the cooling device do not develop into major issues. It will also reduce the likelihood that you spend the day sweating out due to an unexpected breakdown during summer.

#2. Reduced energy bills

When you schedule an AC tune-up, our technicians will make sure your air conditioner is running at its top efficiency. The cooling device will draw less power to cool the room. As a result, your energy bills won’t be high.

If you don’t maintain the air conditioner, it will strain to keep up and generate cool air. This will result in high energy bills.

#3. Extended system lifespan

Another benefit of scheduling an air conditioner checkup with Reimer is that it will most likely result in the increased lifespan of the cooling unit. A new air conditioner tends to cost thousands of dollars. For most people, an air conditioner is a major expense.

If you have the system tuned-up regularly by an experienced air conditioner technician, you can enjoy efficient cooling for a long time.

#4. Optimal room cooling

Scheduling a tune-up with Reimer will ensure that the air conditioner generates optimal cooling. Your rooms will remain cool and comfortable even during particularly hot days. There won’t be any hot spots in the home. The cooling will be uniform throughout the house resulting in maximum comfort for everyone.

Schedule an AC tune-up from the friendly pros at Reimer!

If you are ready to schedule an AC tune-up, contact us at Reimer Home Services. We serve the residents of Buffalo, NY. Our NATE-certified air conditioner technicians can ensure that your system operates efficiently without any problems.

You should consider scheduling an air conditioner maintenance before the summer rush. Our professional technicians will perform a thorough inspection of the air conditioner to ensure that everything is in good working order.

Why you should consider furnace replacement this fall

Here in Buffalo, a cold winter is fast approaching. Western New York sees it all in the winter: blizzards, below-freezing nights, and windy days. Your home should be a warm place where both your family and water pipes aren’t freezing, but are instead warm and comfortable. However, if you’re relying on an aging furnace that is near the end, you might be in for a cold awakening. You’ll need furnace replacement.

Most furnaces last between 10-20 years, with some lasting longer thanks to a good furnace maintenance record. Yet, if your heating system is getting up there in age, this fall might be a good time to consider a furnace replacement. In this blog post, we’ll share just some of the reasons that upgrading to a new furnace makes sense.

Reimer offers free estimates on new advanced Carrier furnaces. To get started, contact our team, or keep reading to learn more.

Furnace ReplacementThe truth about an aging furnace

When you bought your house twenty years ago, maybe it came with a furnace. Or, if you’ve been in your home longer than that, maybe you remember having it installed in the mid-1990s. Perhaps your furnace is slightly younger than that, or you’re just not sure.

There’s a common saying you might have heard: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Many people use this a justification for keeping aging HVAC systems hobbling along, year-after-year. After all, it’s hard to come to terms with replacing something that’s technically still running, right? To use another expression, why look a gift horse in the mouth? Your furnace has been fortunate enough to live to a ripe old age. You’re lucky!

Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as that. Think of your furnace in the context of a car. Sure, your very old compact car might still be street legal, but it can’t get above 45 MPH and it gets below double-digits in gas mileage. At some point, what you’re spending on repairs and energy begin to add up, to the point where maintaining your clunker of a car just isn’t it worth it anymore.

The same principle can apply to furnaces. Here in Buffalo and Western New York, heating systems are in-use through almost every night of the cold winter, working hard to keep your home and family warm. All this constant work puts strain on your furnace, and parts begin to wear down. Winter after winter, your heating system is marching toward its eventual breakdown. Along the way, it’s becoming less efficient and breaking down more often.

When will the final day be?

Nothing lasts forever. If you’re counting on your furnace to get you through the cold nights this winter, your old furnace may not be up to the task. In fact, a very old furnace could just quit working as a result of mechanical failure.

Part of the problem with gambling with an old furnace is that you don’t get to pick the time or circumstances under which your system gets replaced. For example, having to replace your furnace in a pinch is possible, but it means that you’ll need to figure out how to heat your home without it. Replacing your furnace in the fall, spring, or summer is easy for everyone involved, while replacing your furnace in a January blizzard is less so. Reimer will work with you to get your furnace replaced as fast as possible, but it’s sometimes better to plan ahead.

When you get a new furnace before your old one breaks down, you get to choose the place and time of your furnace replacement and have a minimal gap in heating.

Why should I upgrade to a new furnace?

In contrast to your old, aging furnace, a new furnace gives you a fresh start. Here’s how.

Furnaces manufactured today are better than those manufactured ten or twenty years ago. That’s because the technology has improved and furnaces are being designed with a greater emphasis on energy efficiency, to meet the (very reasonable) demands of consumers who want to save money on their electricity or gas bills. In addition to using less energy, today’s air conditioners are more powerful, have more precise heating, are often connected to smart devices, and run more quietly.

With a new furnace, you get a clean start on a new maintenance record (especially important if you purchased a home with a furnace and don’t know how or even if it was taken care of before your ownership) and a manufacturer’s warranty. That’s on top of the fact that a brand-new system is unlikely to encounter any major repair needs during its first few years of operation.

How do I start the furnace replacement process?

At Reimer, we offer free estimates on new systems. Give us a call, and we’ll arrange for one of our certified techs to come to your home and begin measurements. These are important: your heating system needs to match the size of your home for consistent and energy-efficient heating. As a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, we carry a wide selection of some of the most powerful and efficient furnaces on the market today. Once you’ve received your free estimate, you can make the decision whether to purchase.

We look forward to working with you on your furnace replacement. Contact Reimer today for your free estimate.

Signs that you need to call an expert for plumbing help here in Buffalo

When you need emergency plumbing repair, sometimes you’ll just know it, such as when you have a clogged drains, a leaky faucet, or a non-functioning garbage disposal. At other times, how do you know the difference between an emergency and a situation you can resolve with more time? Or, how do you know what the cause of the problem is? In this post, we review the signs of both types of repairs, so that you know when you need to call Reimer Home Services for 24/7 emergency plumbing repair.

Emergency plumbing repairYou no longer have water

Were the temperatures below freezing last night? If so, a severe loss of water pressure—or lack of water at all—may be an indicator that one of your pipes has either frozen or, worse, burst. A burst water pipe occurs when the water in your pipes freezes solid. Since water expands when it’s frozen, this puts pressure on the interior of the pipe, causing it to crack and release water.

A burst pipe can not only leave you without water, but it can cause major property damage. If you suspect that one of your pipes has frozen, call Reimer immediately for 24/7 emergency service. We’ll dispatch a technician to inspect and, if needed, defrost your pipes.

You no longer have hot water

You wake up in the morning, and, as part of your routine, you step into the shower. Having no hot water is a rude awakening. It may also be a sign that your hot water heater needs to be either repaired or replaced. Trust us: hot water isn’t something you always think about, but you’ll notice when it’s gone. Call Reimer and we’ll help you get it running again.

Depending on the situation and the age of your water heater, you may need to consider a new water heater. Reimer can help. From standard systems to tankless ones, our selection of water heaters provides you with choices, including several energy-efficient setups.

You have a clogged drain

A single clogged drain isn’t a disaster, but it can prevent you from using a sink, bathtub, or toilet until it’s cleared. That’s inconvenient and can really throw you off of your routine. Instead, call Reimer, and we’ll send a plumber out to unclog your drain. We have specialized equipment and tools to remove even the toughest clog.

All the drains in your home are clogging simultaneously

If every drain in your home is clogging at the same time, that could be a sign of a sewer backup, caused by some sort of blockage. Immediately stop using all water fixtures in your home and call Reimer as soon as possible so that we can investigate the situation. Otherwise, the backup may come up and begin to flood your home with… well, we’ll spare you the details. Just call us.

Trust Reimer for your plumbing repair

We’ve been in business since 1921, serving the people of Western New York with exceptional home services like plumbing repair. Our commitment to our customers is reflected in our 24/7 emergency service and our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If you’re in need of plumbing repairs, give our team a call. We’d be happy to help you.

Here are 5 signs that your home needs AC unit repairs

In many cases, you know when you need air conditioning repair because your AC system simply stops functioning. It’s not always that easy, however. Here are five other warning signs that you need to have a professional from Reimer inspect your air conditioner prior to the situation getting worse.

Pictured: A Reimer tech talking to a customer about AC unit repairs.#1. Your air conditioning system isn’t generating cold air

This is often what prompts homeowners to pick up the phone and dial Reimer for AC unit repairs. When your air conditioner isn’t generating cold air, it’s not cooling down your home, and the heat and humidity becomes noticeable, if not downright uncomfortable. However, it’s important to note that your air conditioner can be still be broken, even if it’s emitting cold air. In fact, you might not find out there’s a problem until…

#2. Your cooling bills are out of control

Your air conditioning is working just fine. You skipped the tune-up this year, and went straight into summer with the system in the same state it was in last year. Then, you open your monthly energy bill. We sure hope you were sitting down before you did, because the ultimate total is faint-inducing.

An AC system may be broken in a way that causes it to work harder to emit less and less cooling over time. If you find that your energy bills have spiked, call an AC repair specialist and have them look over your system.

#3. Your air conditioning unit is making sounds that it shouldn’t

You’ll know it when you hear it. Maybe your air conditioning system is making all the usual noises, but is louder than usual. Or, perhaps, it’s emitting a metallic screeching or a grinding sound. If you hear any of these noises coming from your air conditioning unit, you should call Reimer Home Services and have them send a technician out to diagnose the problem. Metal-on-metal scraping might be a sign that something is look or interfering with the fan. Besides the annoying noise, such a problem would lead to major air conditioning repair needs down the road—if not the total replacement of the system.

#4. Moisture is inside your ducts

Your air conditioning system is meant to handle a degree of moisture: after all, it’s outside, and rain can fall on it and inside of it, to a degree. However, you shouldn’t have moisture coming from the ducts inside of your home. If you do, it might indicate a number of problems. Call the experts at Reimer immediately. While it might be water or condensation from a nearby pipe, the water might not be water, but leaked AC coolant from the system. This liquid is toxic, and you’ll want to have us clean it up to ensure you and your family’s safety.

#5. Your unit is emitting strange smells

If you’re smelling a foul, metallic smell, that may be an indicator that your AC’s wire insulation has been burned through. In contrast, a musty smell might indicate that mold is growing inside of your AC system or in your ducts. Either way, a call to Reimer Home Services is the only way to know for sure.

Call Reimer for AC unit repairs this summer

Reimer Home Services is western New York’s source for quality customer service and incredible air conditioning repair. Whether you need AC unit repairs, a tune-up, or installation, call Reimer to schedule your appointment today.