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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.

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.

Seasonal plumbing tips to get your home ready for winter weather

The falling temperatures during the fall are a polite reminder that the winter season is not far away. This is the season when you should get your home’s plumbing ready for the fall. In this blog post, we’ll share 5 seasonal plumbing tips to help you, your family, and your home have a happy and safe winter.

Pictured: Using our seasonal plumbing tips, this bathroom in Buffalo is ready for the winter ahead.

Prepare for cold weather with our seasonal plumbing tips

Here are five seasonal plumbing tips that can help you to avoid plumbing disasters during the coldest months of the year.

1. Check the insulation around pipes

There’s no two ways about it: frozen pipes are an absolute disaster waiting to happen. That’s why one of the most essential tasks in the fall is making sure your pipe insulation is ready to go. Properly insulated pipes are not just less likely to freeze, but they can help your water heater work more efficiently, since less heat escapes from the pipes as water is transported through them.

Have one of the professional plumbers here at Reimer check both your inside and outside pipes to make sure the insulation is in good shape and not showing signs of deterioration. If your pipes do need new insulation, we’ll advise you on how to best go about that and what areas of the home need to be re-insulated.

2. Have Reimer check the water pressure in your pipes

Another one of our seasonal plumbing tips: check the water pressure. You can buy a gauge from your local hardware store to check the water pressure. Experts suggest that the water pressure should be between 40- to 80-pounds per inch (PPI).

So, what if you find that you do have high water pressure? You need to call Reimer. We have tools and ways to reduce the water pressure in your home’s plumbing. Excessive water pressure can result in damaged pipes, valves, and faucets. It can result in a pipe leakage problem and dramatically shorten the lifespan of your home’s plumbing.

3. Call our team for a leak inspection

When people picture leaks, they often imagine them in easy-to-reach places, such as underneath their kitchen sink. That’s because you don’t see many of your home’s water pipes, which are underneath the slab, in walls, or behind cabinets.

Left untreated, a water leak can destroy your home by causing all sorts of problems, ranging from structural damage to the growth of mold and mildew. That’s not something you want to be dealing with during the holidays!

If you suspect you have a leak in your home, contact Reimer for leak detection services. Our plumbers have specialized tools that allow us to pinpoint where leaks are. From there, we’ll talk with you about your options for fixing the leak and any damage that it has caused.

4. Have Reimer inspect your water heater

On a cold morning here in Buffalo, is there anything more important than a hot shower? That’s why one of our seasonal plumbing tips is to have Reimer inspect and maintain your water heater.

If you own a standard water heater, chances are that it will need to be replaced after approximately 10-12 years of service. If yours is getting up there in age, it’s an especially good idea to have Reimer take a look. Even if we advise a new water heater, that’s better than having yours fail on the coldest night of the year or, worse, having it burst and flood your garage, basement, or laundry room.

5. Get your sump pump checked

Your sump pump is the last line of defense for your home. Sump pumps help protect your basement from flooding, and it’s important that yours is in working order ahead of a winter full of snow and burst pipes.

Have the team at Reimer take a look at your sump pump to make sure it’s ready for the cold weather ahead.

Call Reimer for your plumbing needs in Western New York!

If you want to schedule a plumbing maintenance to get ready for fall, you can contact Reimer Home Services. We provide expert plumbing service in Buffalo and surrounding areas. Ourexperienced team of certified and licensed plumbers will do a terrific plumbing job for you.

Here’s how to deal with an AC icing problem

Contrary to what you might assume, your air conditioner can develop problems with ice even on the hottest of summer days. AC icing isn’t just a problem here in Buffalo in January. It can also do damage to your unit in July.

Has the air conditioner coil in your home developed an ice buildup problem? If so, you should take immediate steps to resolve the issue as it can damage your air conditioner. In this blog, we’ll share some of the possible causes of your AC icing problem and the steps you can take to deal with it.

AC icing problems

1. Low refrigerant level

The refrigerant inside the air conditioner collects the heat inside the home and moves it outside. Over time, the refrigerant leaks due to the normal wear-and-tear on your system caused by it vibrating. This results in improper cooling.

In some cases, however, low refrigerant levels also cause the air conditioner to develop an AC icing problem.

Due to low refrigerant levels, the air conditioner coil gets too cold. It condensates, and the super cold temperatures causes this condensation to freeze. This results in the buildup of ice on the coils. The ice buildup issue can develop quickly due to dirty coils or high humidity levels—which cause more condensation than normal.

Solution: You should call the air conditioner technicians at Reimer to resolve your low refrigerant level problem. As part of an AC repair, we’ll check the refrigerant and top it off, if required. In combination with other work, this may solve your AC icing problem.

2. Insufficient airflow

Another reason for an icing problem in the air conditioner is a lack of airflow. Air conditioners are designed to cool the air by taking heat from it. In the case of improper airflow, the heat exchange will not take place. The refrigerant that removes heat from the air will become cool, causing an icing problem.

Solution: Insufficient airflow may be caused due to a dirty air filter, evaporator coil, or fins. Also, the airflow can become restricted due to a faulty fan or blower inside the air conditioner. Our professional air conditioner technicians will inspect the unit and perform the necessary repairs to resolve the issue.

3. Low outdoor temperature

Low outdoor temperature can also result in icing problems. AC icing problems develop when the outside temperature goes below 62 ℉ (or 16 ℉).

Solution: You should run the air conditioner on fan mode when the outside temperature drops. Also, you can use a fan or open the windows to ventilate the room.

Call Reimer for help dealing with AC icing problems

Icing problems should not be taken lightly. If your air conditioner develops an icing issue, it’s important to take instant steps to resolve the issue. Keep in mind that most icing problems can easily be resolved. However, if left untreated, the problem can lead to major problems that require costly repairs.

At the first sign of icing, call the professionals at Reimer Home Services.

5 plumbing tips to avoid a nightmare this summer

The summer season is a great time for traveling, relaxing, and having fun outdoors. You should not let the festive atmosphere of the season be ruined by plumbing problems. Here are five common plumbing issues that you should watch out for during the summer. By following these plumbing tips, you can help you and your home avoid a plumbing nightmare.

Plumbing Tips - Plumbing Issues1. Avoid a clogged garbage disposal

If you prepare meals at home, you should be extra careful of what you throw in the garbage disposal system. Fruits and vegetables are certainly good for health, but they are not particularly great for the garbage disposal system.

You should avoid disposing of hard fruits, such as watermelon rinds, as the rinds can damage the disposal unit’s blades. This can result in a stubborn clog.

Also, you should avoid putting cooking oil or grease down the disposal unit.  This can also result in a clogged pipe down the road when the oil or grease solidifies.

2. Prevent sprinkler problems

At the start of the summer season, you should inspect and clean the sprinkler system. Also, when mowing your lawn, you should make sure that the sprinkler heads are lowered. This will ensure that the sprinkler is not damaged and doesn’t cause a plumbing problem in the long run.

3. Be careful about pet hair clogging tubs

Pets, including both cats and dogs, tend to shed hair all year. They grow bulky coats during the winter that sheds during early and late summer. This hair can clog the pipes, resulting in a plumbing nightmare.

You should avoid bathing your cat or dog in the bathtub. If you do bathe the pet in the bathtub, you should consider trapping fur and hair before it goes down the drain.  Also, you should brush your pet regularly to reduce the chances of the hair clogging the drain.

If you do need drain cleaning, we can help.

4. Have Reimer inspect and repair your sewage pipes

Excessive rain water can get in your sewer pipes through cracks, resulting in the overflowing of the sewer. To avoid this problem, you should consider having the sewer drains checked and repaired by a professional plumber at the start of summer.

Also: you should also call a plumber in case the pipes have been damaged due to tree roots spreading underground.

5. Avoid small plumbing issues

Probably the best way to avoid a plumbing problem is by having a professional plumber check the plumbing at least once a year.

The plumber will perform a thorough check to ensure that everything is in good condition. In case any problem is detected, the plumber will perform the required repairs. They can also provide you with plumbing tips and advice. This will ensure that small plumbing issues don’t turn into a major problem.

For more plumbing tips and help, call the team at Reimer!

Residents of Buffalo and surrounding areas can contact Reimer Home Services for help with any plumbing problems. We have a team of certified and experienced plumbers who can perform the task efficiently for you.

Whether you have a minor or major plumbing problem, our experienced plumbers will resolve the issue quickly and professionally.

Here are 7 reasons why your air conditioner isn’t working as well as it could be (and what to do!)

Here’s how to prevent your downspouts from clogging

Prevent Downspouts From CloggingMost people tend to overlook the importance of keeping their home’s downspouts cleaned. They are an important component of the house that drains away the rainwater, thereby preventing it from accumulating on the roof.

However, as the water drains through the downspouts, so does debris—including leaves and twigs that can clog the drainpipe. Luckily for you, Reimer offers drain cleaning services in Buffalo and Western New York.

What happens if a drain pipe clogs?

Roofs, especially those with parapet walls, are catchalls for any and all sort of debris, including leaves, twigs, and plastic bags, among others. Drains and debris don’t mix. A drain’s dome lets water flow through while catching debris, which would otherwise clog the plumbing. Unfortunately, this debris builds up around the drain dome, slowing or eventually stopping the water.

Keep in mind that debris and drain is a bad match. If you don’t clean the debris, it will slowly accumulate around the drain dome and slow down or stop the flow of water. A clogged drain pipe can result in accumulation of water over the roof that can cause damage in many ways:

  • As water seeps into the gaps, it can expand and contract due to changing temperature thereby weakening the seams of the roofing material
  • Accumulated water can deteriorate roofing cement, tar, and caulking
  • Build up of water may strain the structural support of the roof due to additional weight
  • Lead to the formation of moss, plants, and slime on the roof deck
  • Create the breeding ground for mosquitoes

So, how can you prevent your home’s downspouts from clogging?  

The answer is simple. You should either regularly check the condition of the downspout yourself, or have the downspouts checked by an experienced plumber. The plumber can inspect the dome of the downspout and clear twigs, leaves, and other debris using proper tools without damaging the assembly or the structure.

Another advice to avoid clogged downspout is to ensure that the correct type, size, and thickness of the drain-dome slot is installed. You must talk with a professional roof drain expert to inquire about the right size and type of downspout for your home. Some of the factors that determine which is the right size downspout for your house include average rainfall exposure and the roof size.

In the end, remember that the best time to inspect and clean the downspout is before the rainiest season of the year. You should have the downspout inspected and cleaned of all debris. Also, after a heavy snowstorm, you should maintain the openings by creating a 12-inch path along the curb for the melting snow.

Call Reimer for drain cleaning of downspouts and other drains

If you to have the downspout checked and cleaned in the area of Buffalo, you can contact Reimer Home Services. You can rest assured that our highly experienced and trained plumbers can expertly perform all kind of plumbing in your home.

We’re your Buffalo furnace repair specialists | Reimer Home Services

Having furnace trouble? Is your system not starting? Or, is it starting, but not producing heating? You need professional furnace repair, and Reimer is here to help. We’re Buffalo’s furnace repair specialists, and we’ve been helping local homeowners with their heating needs since 1921.

In this blog post, we’ll review some of the things that set us apart from other furnace repair companies in Buffalo and Western New York. From our 24/7 emergency service to our NATE-certified technicians and 100% satisfaction guarantee, Reimer is your best option for fast, friendly, and effective furnace repair.

Buffalo Furnace Repair

We’re Buffalo furnace repair experts

We’re there when you need us

At Reimer, we offer 24/7 Buffalo furnace repair for homeowners throughout the city and other parts of Western New York. When your furnace stops working, give Reimer a call. We’ll dispatch one of our NATE-certified technicians to your home to inspect your system and provide you with an upfront estimate for the repair. From there, we’ll get the system working again and your furnace running again in no time.

We’re a company that you can trust

Since 1921, Reimer has provided the people of Buffalo and Western New York with HVAC and plumbing services. That means that for nearly a century, we’ve been helping this community with Buffalo furnace repair, tune-up, installs, and more.

There’s been much that has changed in the 95 years we’ve been in business. Here’s one thing that hasn’t: since the start, we’ve always been focused on our customers. We want you to have the best experience possible. To make that happen, Reimer hires the best technicians, backs our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and installs systems that work—period.

Angie’s List has compiled this list of things you should look for in an HVAC contractor. I think you’ll agree that our company meets those standards.

We have great people working for us

At Reimer, we’re proud to have NATE-certified technicians working on our team. NATE, or North American Technician Excellence, is a nationwide certification, training, and testing program that we put our technicians through.

Combined with their years of experience in the field, NATE certification proves that our employees have the training and expertise needed to deal with any Buffalo furnace repair they encounter. Our team fixes all makes and models, and there’s no repair issue that they haven’t seen—and fixed—before.

More than that, Reimer’s technicians are friendly and courteous. They take genuine pride in the work they do, and satisfaction in a good well done.

When you need professional Buffalo furnace repair, give us a call

No matter what your furnace’s problem is, the professionals at Reimer can fix it. Ready to schedule service? Give us a call for Buffalo furnace and heating repair at (716) 694-8524, or contact us online.