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Why you should work with an HVAC company that values its employees

For many HVAC employees, working for a company that treats its personnel well is just as important as working for a company that pays well. Reimer is proud to be one of the top HVAC, plumbing, and home services companies in Buffalo and Western New York.

In this blog, we’ll review just some of the reasons our team loves working at Reimer—and why you should never settle for less than an HVAC company that values its employees.

Pictured: Reimer is a great HVAC company with fantastic employees!Why work with Reimer Home Services?

#1. Greater sense of fulfillment in your work

Employees who are treated well generally have a greater sense of fulfillment in their work. If you want to feel like what you do really matters, choose to work for an that appreciates your efforts and rewards you well.

#2. Improved opportunities for advancement

Employee-centric companies love to offer opportunities for advancement. They emphasize upward movement and reward top performers by giving them the ability to move up the ladder and experience even greater levels of success.

#3. Attractive workplace culture

Who wants to work in an environment marred by poor morale and bad attitudes? Unsurprisingly, the answer is no one. A company that values its employees works hard to create an attractive workplace culture that inspires employees to willingly perform at their best.

As a natural result of such an environment, morale generally remains high and good teamwork becomes more achievable.

#4. Work with top talent

It’s no secret that top industry talent tends to flock to companies that value their employees. If you want to work with other professionals who are just as committed to quality as you are, apply to work at a company that treats their HVAC technicians and plumbers well.

Work with an HVAC company that cares about its employees

At Reimer Home Services, we take pride in treating our employees like the indispensable assets they are. Happy employees generally outperform unhappy employees and find more fulfillment in their work.

So, whether you’re a customer looking for a great HVAC company, or you’re a HVAC / plumbing professional looking to take the next step in your career, call Reimer. We’ve been serving Buffalo and Western New York since 1921.

Here’s how to clean your kitchen’s in-sink garbage disposal

Your garbage disposal is a great way to get rid of unwanted food items when you do dishes. While this is true, your garage disposal may actually start to smell like garbage after a little bit, making you long for the days of having a clean garbage disposal. In this blog, we’re going to tackle just a few of the ways to clean your kitchen’s in-sink garbage disposal unit.

For help dealing with sink clogs and other drain cleaning problems, call us at Reimer Home Services.

Pictured: Citrus is a great means for cleaning your kitchen's in-sink garbage disposal.

Use the power of citrus fruit to clean your in-sink garbage disposal.

Use the power of citrus

Citrus fruits, like grapefruit, lemon, and lime, are natural deodorizers. Not only that, but they can also help with cleaning. For both of these reasons, that leftover orange peel or lemon from your tree are excellent tools to clear food waste from the wall and blades of your disposal.

To use this disposal cleaning method, put a few slices of citrus fruit down into your disposal. Hit the “on” button and let the fruit grind around for a minute before switching the system off.

Give your in-sink garbage disposal a wash

To give your garbage disposal a good cleaning, you don’t need to do anything special! All you need is some dish soap and a strong-bristled scrubbing brush. Take the scrub brush and apply some soap to it. Then, scrub down all the parts of your garbage disposal that you can see.

This cleaning methods eliminates food stuck in your disposal while also preventing mold from taking over as time passes. Mold most often develops in the joint between the rim of the disposal and the sink, so it’s a good idea to clean it every once in a while.

Mix baking soda and vinegar

This tried-and-true combination is a great way to clean your garbage disposal! Plus, you probably already have both baking soda and vinegar in your kitchen. Simply fill our disposal with some baking soda, add some vinegar, and then let the solution sit for a few minutes before rinsing the drain with water.

Let our plumbers help

If you still can’t get your garbage disposal to smell better, or your disposal isn’t working at all, give us a call at Reimer Home Services. We offer expert plumbing services throughout Buffalo and Western New York. We’re always happy to help, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Here’s the complete picture of what a tankless water heater costs

By now, you’ve probably heard about tankless water heaters. Also known as “demand-type” systems, these water heaters are capable of providing your home with limitless hot water, greater energy-efficiency, and even space savings. However, homeowners most want to know what a new tankless water heater costs.

In this blog, we’re going to dive into both the short-term and long-term pictures of what a tankless water heater costs relative to a standard water heater. Our goal is to paint a complete picture of what getting a demand-type system will entail.

For a quote on a new tankless water heater here in Buffalo and Western New York, contact the team at Reimer.

Pictured: Two tankless water heaters. In this blog, we break down what a tankless water heater costs.Higher upfront costs, but savings for years to come

A tankless water heater costs typically more than a standard water heater. Just how much more can greatly depend on the brand or type (gas / electric) being compared, but—on average—it’s not unusual for a tankless unit to cost twice or three times as much as a “tanked” water heater.

Yet, just looking at these upfront costs doesn’t tell the complete story. In many cases, upgrading to a tankless water heater means you’ll come out ahead. Let’s explain:

Energy-Efficiency

Tankless heaters are about 30% more efficient at heating water for your home than a standard unit. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that switching from standard to tankless can save homeowners, on average, about $100 a year. That number increases as you use more hot water; larger families with large hot water needs will likely see more savings.

“$100 a year,” you might say. “That doesn’t seem like all that much.” Sure, but consider this: your tankless water heater will likely last about 20-25 years before needing to be replaced. That’s $2,000 – $2,500 in savings over the lifespan of the system. In many cases, that’s more than the initial difference in price between a standard and an upgraded system.

Of course, that long system life has another advantage for your bottom-line:

Longevity

Tanked water heaters just aren’t made to last. That’s not a knock on manufacturers: it’s just that the constant combination of heat, metal, pressure, and water is inevitably headed for system failure at one point or another.

If you want to get down to what a tankless water heater costs, think about lifespan. A tanked system may last anywhere from 8-12 years (possibly longer than that, but efficiency might take a huge dip in the back-half of the system’s life). A tankless system typically lasts between 20 and 25 years.

Realistically, that means you could be in the position of buying two regular water heaters in the period of time you’d buy one tankless. At that point, you’re not saving all that much money with your initial decision to choose the cheaper of the two systems.

Avoiding disaster

Most homeowners don’t like to think about this, but—with a standard water heater—the potential for a tank burst always exists. Especially as they age and the anode rod corrodes fully, that combination of pressure, water, and heat on the metal can lead to hairline fractures that, left unchecked, develop into a fissure, requiring plumbing repair.

In contrast, tankless units don’t have tanks that can burst.

The difference in costs between these two types of water heaters is probably far, far less than your home insurance deductible—or the hit to your home’s market value—if you have to clean up flooding or damage from a burst tank.

Sure, there’s no price on peace of mind, but there is an actual cost-benefit to choosing a demand-type system here.

Your comfort matters, too

In this blog, we’ve made the case that tankless water heater costs aren’t always what they seem at the “sticker price” level. However, you should also consider the other benefits of a tankless system, including the main one: limitless hot water.

If you have a large family with a busy house, and you’re constantly running out of hot water in the mornings, a tankless system will make your home more comfortable and less stressful. You just can’t put a price on that.

For a detailed breakdown of tankless water heater costs, call Reimer

Interested in learning more about whether or not a demand-type system is right for your home? Contact us here at Reimer! We’re always happy to give plumbing advice to homeowners here in Buffalo and Western New York.

What you need to know about hybrid HVAC systems

Whether you are buying a new house or updating the one you currently own, you need to decide what kind of heating and cooling system you should have. You may be familiar with standard furnaces and air conditioners, but do you know about hybrid HVAC systems?

These systems are gaining in popularity because of their energy-efficiency and cost savings over time. In this blog, we’ll explore what these systems are and how they work.

For a free in-home estimate on a new hybrid system, contact our team!

Get to know dual-fuel

Hybrid systems, like those Reimer offers, are different than standard units because they rely on two power sources to run. They combine the best aspects of both electric power and gas power, which can include propane, fuel oil, or natural gas.

With the use of smart technology, the hybrid HVAC can switch back-and-forth between the fuel sources to use the most efficient and affordable option for the temperature and season.

Most of the time, the electric heat pump is in charge and functions much like a typical heat pump would by drawing warmer air inside during the cooler months or reversing and pumping warmer air outside during the summer.

When the temperatures dip lower, typically around 40 degrees F, the hybrid HVAC control system will switch over to the gas fuel system for better efficiency. Some systems allow homeowners to manually switch the fuel source, while others may work automatically.

Fall in love with the savings!

Hybrid HVAC systems may cost more initially, but they can save homeowners on their heating and cooling bills all year long—for years to come. It’s a win-win because you can be more comfortable in any season and save around 30-50 percent on your energy expenses.

Not only are you saving money, you are also doing your part to help save the planet. Just like a hybrid vehicle, a hybrid HVAC can reduce your carbon footprint. Many homeowners want to find greener features for their homes, and these hybrid systems fit the bill.

Call Reimer to learn more about hybrid HVAC systems

If you want to learn more about the advantages of hybrid HVAC systems, contact the pros at Reimer Home Services.

Stop hard water from damaging your home’s plumbing

Western New York State’s unique geologic formations account for the area containing areas with water that includes an overabundance of calcium and magnesium. This condition, known as hard water, may eventually cause damage to your home’s plumbing system if not dealt with appropriately with water softening.

Pictured: Do you know what's in your home's water? Here in Buffalo, many homes have hard water, and need water softening solutions installed.

If you have hard water, not only the pipes running in-and-out of your home, but also anything connected to those pipes may be harmed by the resulting mineral buildup. Appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, and dishwashers are especially at risk.

Homeowners can solve most hard water problems with the professional installation of a water softener. These devices use charged ions to remove alkaline minerals from the water supply. Solving hard water problems early, before any damage occurs, is the most cost-effective way to deal with the issue.

How to spot hard water in your home

Your local water company should be able to provide you with a water hardness report, but several signs can also alert you to a potential problem.

  • Washing machine issues When you start noticing that it takes longer for your washing machine to fill up, it could mean hard water deposits are beginning to clog the supply line.
  • Water heater problems Mineral buildup inside your water heater tank can cause you to have less available hot water and frequently burned out heating elements in electric models. This is one the main reasons homeowners need water heater replacement.
  • Dishwasher difficulties Spots on dishes and glassware are the visible signs of hard water, but minerals may also partially clog your dishwasher supply lines.
  • Low water pressureThe pipes in your home that supply water throughout your home are susceptible to blockage caused by hard water.
  • Water leaks In severe hard water situations where the homeowner delays taking action, water leaks and even burst pipes may occur.

What to do if you suspect you have hard water

Like most problems in the home, early detection and correction can save you money in the end. If you notice water leaking from pipes or around appliances, it is time to contact a qualified plumbing repair company like Reimer before your home incurs any more damage.

If you need water softening in your home, contact us at Reimer, and we will gladly discuss your options on correcting this common plumbing problem.

Cure the summertime blues with a new AC system, installed by Reimer

Western New York is not known for its sweltering summers, but it does get warm enough here to notice if your air conditioning unit is no longer pulling its weight. After years of protecting you and your family from the uncomfortable effects of heat and humidity, your old unit might not be able to keep up. You may need a new AC system.

Air conditioners eventually start running less efficiently and may do so for years before failing. You may begin noticing higher electric bills in the summer or your AC unit struggling to keep your home at the
desired temperature.

With a new AC system, you will start to see and feel some immediate benefits. Here’s what you can start to expect with new AC installation from Reimer:

Depend on having a working unit

It is a nice feeling to wake up every day knowing that your AC is far, far less likely to cause you trouble.

Getting rid of that old air conditioner and replacing it with a new AC upgrade could save you more time, irritation, and discomfort than you initially realize. A new system—with a new manufacturer’s warranty— gives you the peace of mind that if something does go wrong, you are adequately covered.

Stretch your energy dollars

As your older unit starts working harder to cool your home, you may start noticing your electric bill climbing.

By taking the energy-savings step of investing in a new, more energy efficient model, you should see your electric bill falling back in line and allowing you to keep more of your money for summertime fun.

Enjoy better cooling

An air conditioner is supposed to get your home to a cool and comfortable temperature and keep it
there, no matter what the weather outside is doing. If the temperature inside your home noticeably
fluctuates during the day, it is probably time to consider replacing your existing unit.

Call Reimer for a free estimate on a new AC system

If you are looking for a quality installation of a new AC system at a fair price, consider Reimer Home
Services. We have been serving the people of Buffalo and Western New York since 1921, and our
reputation for exceptional service and value continues today.

Stop suffering from AC repair costs, high-energy bills, or seasonal discomfort. Contact us today, and let one of our experienced professionals help you find the right system for your home.

Here’s why indoor air quality matters here in Buffalo homes

It’s school and college graduation season, as well as the start of summer. While you’re planning a summer vacation to get out of the house for some fresh air, you really should take some time to think about how to bring more of that freshness back into your home. Here’s why indoor air quality matters.

In this blog, we’ll make the case for scheduling an indoor air quality test from our team here at Reimer. By improving your indoor air quality, you can live more comfortably, lower the impact of allergies, and spend the summer healthier.

To schedule your IAQ test, contact us today, or call us at (716) 694-8524.

Here's why your indoor air quality matters.

You probably already know what outdoor air does to your allergies. However, if you have poor indoor air quality, you’ll probably be feeling the effects indoors, too.

Poor air quality can aggravate your allergies

Springtime here in Buffalo is bad enough for your allergies without poor indoor air quality playing a role. However, trapped pollen, dust, and other contaminants in your home’s air can easily bring the misery of your allergies inside.

This is just one of the reasons that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America notes that indoor air quality is just as important as outdoor air quality. Dust mites, mold spores, pet hair, and more can trigger an allergic reaction for homeowners.

If you’ve been sneezing, coughing, or experiencing headaches in your home, it might be a good time to call Reimer and schedule an indoor air quality test.

It can make you and your family sick

Beyond just allergies, poor indoor air can actually make you sick. Here’s why: trapped indoor air is a safe haven for airborne viruses and bacteria. Have you ever had an illness that impacted every family member, turn-by-turn? That’s probably because of their close proximity to one another in a closed space, with stale air filled with viruses and bacteria.

The team here at Reimer can install advanced air purification equipment in your home to help clean and purify your air. For example, we have UV purification equipment that kills airborne bacteria and viruses.

In fact, a UV device is on CNN’s list of some of the best ways to eliminate the flu virus in your home.

Bad air often smells bad

This might seem secondary to the other concerns, but it does matter. Poor indoor air quality and circulation issues mean that all sorts of bad odors are trapped in your home, just stewing.

From pet and body odors to dust and dirt and to, well, everything you’ve cooked in the last month, your house can start to smell pretty bad.

When you schedule your indoor air quality test this spring, be sure to ask your Reimer tech to assess the source of various odors in the air.

Adjust your humidity to be more comfortable

Indoor air quality isn’t just about what’s in your air. If your home’s air has been too dry or too humid, it’s time to have Reimer help adjust your humidity to a comfortable level.

In the summers, humidity tends to spike. This makes your home feel warmer, meaning that you have to use more air conditioning to keep cool. In the winter, the opposite effect happens, and you need to add humidity to make your home comfortable again.

Reimer has a wide variety of home humidification and dehumidification solutions. If your home has been uncomfortable so far this summer, give us a call to schedule an indoor air quality test.

Call Reimer for your IAQ test!

Reimer Home Services is your expert indoor air quality team here in Buffalo and Western New York. Schedule your IAQ test today by contacting us online or calling (716) 694-8524.

Use your tax refund to upgrade to a new air conditioner

It’s tax season, which also means that it’s tax refund season. According to the IRS, 83% of tax returns receive a refund, which means many Americans have cash on hand. Not everyone spends their refund wisely, and most Americans do spend it on something.

As we’ll discuss in a bit, one of the best uses of your refund is in making upgrades to your home—especially since increasing the value of your home helps you get more when it’s time to sell.

In this blog, we’ll talk about why investing in a new air conditioner to replace an older system might make sense for some homeowners.

#1. Investing this money in your home just makes sense

Most investors and financial planners are against using a tax refund for personal purchases, vacations, or—and this should come as no surprise—gambling money. Generally, these are good ways to get the least out of your refund, or to lose it completely.

Instead, most financial planners advocate for investing, saving, or using your tax refund on upgrades to your home that will permanently add value.

And while you can use your refund to put in some new kitchen countertops, replacing your decades-old air conditioner with a new system will also pique potential buyer interest, either now or years from now. Let’s discuss why.

#2. A new air conditioner has value

A new air conditioner, professionally installed by the experts at Reimer, adds value to your home. Many homeowners are wary of moving into a home with aging HVAC systems that they know they’ll have to replace.

In a hot market, any homes with newer HVAC systems are going to have an advantage, and those sellers are going to be able to maximize their value and return on investment.

There are few places in your home where your tax refund will have exactly the same impact. That’s particularly true if you’re not planning on selling your home right away.

#3. Live comfortably before you sell

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home in this year, or even in the next few years, a new air conditioner is something you can enjoy in the meantime. You can benefit from the increased comfort, better reliability, and superior energy-efficiency of your new air conditioner for years before selling your home.

With Reimer, finding the right air conditioner for your home is an easy process. When you call us, we’ll schedule a free in-home estimate with you. We’ll take measurements and match the right system to your home. Your peace of mind (and, really, the peace of mind of future buyers) is that the system is installed right by true professionals.

Learn more about our air conditioning installation, or contact us today to schedule your free in-home estimate.

What are the signs you need a new water heater?

There are many warning signs when your water heater is on the verge of death. In this blog, we’ll run through the signs that you need a new water heater, and when you should give our team a call for service.

#1. Your water heater is no longer keeping up with demand

As a water heater gets up there in age, sediment and rust can collect at the bottom of the tank. At first, this damage is not really noticeable. But, left unchecked, this can start to limit the space that water has in the tank, limiting the amount of hot water available to you and your family.

If you’ve started running out of hot water recently whereas you didn’t before when the system was new, it might be time to consider contacting Reimer for water heater replacement. At the same time, you can consider having us install a new tankless system that provides you and your family with endless hot water.

#2. The water isn’t as hot as it once was

Over time, water heaters are less and less effective at heating water, which results in lukewarm water where there was once steaming-hot water.

This causes a number of impacts throughout your home. Your laundry will be less effective at cleaning your clothes. Your dishwasher will be less effective at cleaning your dishes. And, finally, those winter showers are about to get chillier and chillier.

If you’ve noticed a discernible drop in your water temperature over the years, it’s a sign that your water heater might need to be replaced in the near future.

#3. There’s rust-colored water coming out of the faucet

Your water heater contains a sacrificial anode rod. This rod attracts all the rust in the system, preventing the tank walls from rusting. However, after this rod is completely rusted and spent, the rust will begin to impact the tank walls and collect at the bottom of the tank. You may first see rust-colored water coming out of your tap.

Older homes with pipes can also rust, but there’s an easy way to determine where the problem is: run both the cold and hot tap in sequence. If both are rust-colored, it’s either your pipes or something else. If only the hot tap is rust-colored, it’s most likely your water heater, and it’s time to call Reimer.

If it’s early in your system’s lifespan and the damage is limited (see information below), Reimer can replace the sacrificial anode rod in your system. However, by the time that rod is typically used up and the homeowner notices, it’s often too late for the tank itself.

#4. Your tank is either leaking or has fractures

If this is the case, contact Reimer immediately. A water heater is an compromised tank is a water heater at risk of bursting, which could send water flooding into your home. It’s not a good situation.

Over time, after the anode rod is spent, rust gets through the glass liner inside the tank to the tank’s exterior. As this rusts, it weakens the overall structure of the system.

The problems typically manifest first in the tiniest of cracks—little fractures in the tank shell. Eventually, if left untreated, you may then see water pooling at the base of the unit, or beading on the outside. This is a sure sign that your water heater is done. It’s one of the most pressing signs you need a new water heater.

If you’re seeing signs you need a new water heater, give Reimer a call

If you’ve noticed any of the four signs listed above, it’s time to contact Reimer for water heater services. Give us a call at (716) 694-8524.

It’s time to schedule your spring AC maintenance with Reimer

It’s still cold outside, and the temperatures at night are still dipping down into the 20s. Yet, despite all that, homeowners need to start thinking about spring. More specifically, they need to start thinking about spring and summer ahead, and having Reimer inspect their system for a spring AC tune-up.

March or April is the best time to have a professional from Reimer inspect your system. To schedule your tune-up, contact us, or give us a call at (716) 694-8524.

Why schedule an AC tune-up?

We’ve previously discussed the reasons to schedule an AC tune-up. From lower energy bills to a reduced risk of a breakdown, spring AC maintenance just makes sense.

Here’s another benefit that we didn’t discuss in that blog post. Did you know that AC maintenance keeps your manufacturer’s warranty intact? Many warranties have a clause stipulating that the warranty only renews is the homeowner has a professional look at their system annually.

Since air conditioner manufacturer’s warranties are designed to protect you and your system, it’s a good idea to schedule a tune-up. You’ll be getting your system ready for the season ahead and giving yourself the peace of mind that, if something did happen, it may be covered by the warranty.

Why schedule in the spring?

By scheduling your AC tune-up before the start of summer, you’ll maximize your energy-efficiency and more throughout the entire summer. This means you’re getting the best-possible deal out of your tune-up.

Why schedule with Reimer?

Reimer has been serving Buffalo and Western New York since 1921. We’re a locally trusted HVAC, plumbing, and home services company. We back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can expect great service from the city’s “Wizard of Comfort.”

That’s true for air conditioning maintenance. Our techs conduct a thorough system inspection and tune-up, checking for performance issues and cleaning the air conditioner.

From tightening loose electrical connections to checking your system’s refrigerant charge, we handle all the details to get your air conditioner ready for the summer ahead.

Call Reimer to schedule your spring AC maintenance

Don’t forget to schedule your spring AC maintenance with Reimer this March or April! To get started, contact us online, or give us a call at (716) 694-8524.