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Here’s how to troubleshoot strange furnace sounds or noisy furnace ducts

All HVAC systems, to a degree, make noise while operating. However, how do you know if these noises are normal or an indicator that something is wrong? If you’re hearing strange furnace sounds or experiencing noisy furnace ducts, it could be either business as usual or a sign of trouble. In this article, we’ll review the wide variety of sounds that your furnace and air ducts can make, and which ones should lead to you giving us a call for furnace repair here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Start by ruling out potential furnace problems

Before you start thinking about what sounds are coming from your ducts, you’ll want to rule out that the sounds are coming from your furnace. There are several different furnace sounds that signal potential trouble. Here’s why you need to keep an ear out for popping, screeching, and rattling.

For help diagnosing noisy furnace ducts in your home, call the professionals at Reimer.

For help diagnosing noisy furnace ducts in your home, call the professionals at Reimer.

Popping Sounds

The sound of a loud “pop” coming from the furnace could be a sign that the furnace is igniting too much gas in the combustion chamber. In most cases, the root cause of this issue is a defective gas valve or dirty burners. Basically, what you’re hearing is a (small) explosion inside of the furnace.

This is something that you’ll want to get checked out by a gas furnace professional. Eventually, the furnace flame sensor—a safety mechanism that checks for the presence of a flame to ignite the gas—may kick in, shutting down your furnace.

Screeching Sounds

A loud screeching sound is not a natural part of a furnace’s cycle. It’s probably an issue with the blower fan’s belt. As these belts age and wear, they begin to fray and cause strange sounds. If you’re hearing a distinctive screech coming from your furnace, it’s probably not something you want to ignore for too long. Call our team and have us out to inspect the system.

Rattling Sounds

Chances are that you do not have a rattlesnake in your furnace, so the likely culprit of a rattle is something that is loose. The furnace produces a harmless low-frequency hum while in operation. Anything that’s loose—from screws and components to the heat exchanger itself—could start rattling from this natural vibration. Again, this is something you’ll want one of our technicians to help you diagnose. The rattling of a loose part is typically an early warning for an impending breakdown.

Diagnosing the sounds made by noisy furnace ducts

Now that you’ve eliminated the possibility that the noise could be generated by your furnace, it’s time to turn your attention to your ducts. Here are some of the most common sounds made by noisy furnace ducts while your heater is running.

Banging Sounds

Once you’ve ruled out the sound coming from the furnace itself, the next likely explanation of a loud popping or banging sound is the ducts. As hot air enters a cold duct, the metal expands and warps in response to the sudden temperature change. This leads to the metal “banging” as it shifts into place. This same phenomenon occurs when a duct, once filled with hot air, cools down after the furnace has been shut off. This sound is pretty harmless, and it’s natural to hear it whenever your furnace turns on or off.

Rattling Sounds

The rattling noise is most often caused by loose metal ducts that tend to knock against one another. This could be a sign that your ducts have leaks or gaps between them, which will ultimately have a negative impact on the performance and efficiency of your heating system. As ducts age, the connective sealing between them begins to deteriorate or loosen. This isn’t going to cause a breakdown or anything, but it’s still worth having a Reimer technician look into this winter.

Vibrating Sounds

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 filter that results in a drop in the air pressure that makes the duct walls vibrate and shake.

Booming Sounds

A loud booming noise coming from the ducts typically emanates from the plenum where all the ducts meet. This connecting point tends to endure the greatest swings in temperature. Inadequate expansion of joints or dampers contributes to the noise. What you’re hearing is a loud boom echoing through the supply ducts.

Whistling Sounds

In some cases, you can hear a whistling or rumbling noise emanating from the ductwork. The whistling noise is normally caused due to excessive airflow through the ducts. On the other hand, the rumbling noise could be due to pressure differences between the supply and the return ducts.

Call Reimer to have our team diagnose noisy furnace ducts

When it comes time to care for your furnace or your ducts, 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 comfort and warmth.

At Reimer Home Services, our experienced techs are ready to assist you with diagnosing strange furnace noises and the source of noisy furnace ducts. Contact us today to schedule service here in Buffalo and Western New York.

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.

Leaking drains? Here’s some solutions for this common plumbing problem

The plumbing system in your house is very important for convenient and comfortable living. However, we know that, eventually, all the plumbing that makes our life easier will encounter problems. One common issue you’ll encounter are leaking drains.

In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the causes of leaking drains and what you can do to fix them. When in doubt, call (716) 694-8524 to speak with the experts at Reimer Home Services.

Leaking drains in the kitchen

Pictured: Drain pipes under the sink. Leaking drains can cause a major disaster—call Reimer for service today!

Leaks in kitchen can happen for many different reasons, including problems with your sink, dishwasher, and more. Let’s review some of the causes of leaking drains:

Clogged-up sink drain

If we talk about the drain leaks in the different parts of your house, then the kitchen is that space where most of them occur. The reason? The clogged-up drain pipes of your kitchen sink. This problem usually happens when the discharge hose of the dishwasher is below the sink and the draining through the sink is happening at snail’s pace.

This problem can cause leaks to happen from dishwasher and that can cause a mess on your kitchen floor.

You can first try yourself to unclog the drains by flushing them with boiling water. You can also try running a solution of vinegar and baking soda through it. If these home remedies don’t solve your problem, then you might need professional drain cleaning services from the Reimer team.

Broken door seal on your dishwasher

If your dishwasher is not leaking constantly and only starts leaking when it is being used or turned on, then a clogged sink drain is not the reason behind this leakage. Run the dishwasher and note if the leak is happening in the final stages of the wash cycle, because that means something is wrong with the dishwasher.

Leaking bathroom sink drains

This is another leaking drain problem, just in a different room. Most of the time, the drain pipe under the bathroom sink starts leaking just because of the loose nut joining the drain flange with the sink. A simple tightening of the nut can stop the leak.

Sometimes, the answer isn’t so simple. An uneven gasket or rubber washer—which is used to make a seal between the nut and sink—can also cause the drain leak. Reimer can replace these with with even and flat washers to stop the leak.

Problems with leaking drains? Call Reimer!

Reimer Home Services is your source for expert plumbing services in the Buffalo and Western New York area. We help homeowners with all their plumbing needs—including fixing leaking drains. For 24/7 plumbing repair, call (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

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!)

It’s summer. The last thing you want when the temperatures outside are rising is to be wondering why your air conditioner isn’t working.

Pictured: Call out Reimer techs to help diagnose why your air conditioner isn't working this summer.

Pictured: Call out Reimer techs to help diagnose why your air conditioner isn’t working this summer.

An air conditioner can fail to properly cool the room for a number of reasons. In this blog, we’ll review 7 of the most common reasons that your air conditioner isn’t working and is unable to cool your home. If you’re experiencing AC problems, call Reimer this summer for AC repair.

Here’s 7 reasons your air conditioner isn’t working

1. Dirty condenser coils

It’s possible that your air conditioner’s condenser coils are loaded with dirt or other debris, preventing the air conditioner from cooling your home effectively. Here’s why: your condenser coils are responsible for dissipating heat outside during the cooling process. The less effectively they can do that, the less cool your home will be.

Best case, your air conditioner can still get your home down to the right temperature, but has to expend more energy to do so, costing you more money on your energy bills. Worst case, dirty coils can cause the system to overheat and shut down entirely, leaving you and your home without cooling.

One good way to ensure that your condenser coils are clean ahead of summer is by scheduling an AC tune-up in the spring. When a certified, experienced technician looks over your system, they’ll clean the coils and ensure they’re at max heat dissipation.

 2. Coolant problems

Coolant is quite literally the lifeblood of your air conditioner. Your air conditioner’s coolant moves heat energy out of your home and puts it outside, thereby cooling your home’s interior.

The coolant exists in a closed-loop system, both because of its toxicity and because that’s what drives energy-efficient cooling. In theory, free from evaporation or any means to escape, your AC’s coolant should last for the life of the unit.

That’s theory. In practice, however, coolant can leak, especially if the lines feeding it to the outdoor evaporator are worn or damaged. Such a coolant leak needs to be dealt with immediately; keep pets and children away and call in your local HVAC technicians.

Even beyond the toxicity of coolant, insufficient coolant means less heat energy is being transferred out of your home. Let’s return to that blood analogy: the blood in your body transports oxygen and removes carbon dioxide. If you were steadily losing blood, that process would be slowed or stopped altogether, causing serious problems.

Whether you suspect a coolant leak or insufficient coolant, call in a professional from Reimer to diagnose the problem. If low coolant is the issue, they’ll refill the coolant as required.

3. Clogged air filter

This is a very common reason that air conditioners work harder than they should and eventually break down. However, unlike every other item on this list, it’s the one that most homeowners have the power to do something about.

Your air conditioner can produce all the cooling it wants. If it can’t get that air to your home because the air filter is clogged up with dirt, dust, or other debris, your home isn’t going to cool down. This starts a vicious cycle, as your air conditioner continues to ramp up the cooling, which isn’t getting to the thermostat.

If you’re able, locate your air filter. Some air filters are reusable, and made to be cleaned. If so, make a plan to clean it at least once per-month in the summer. We recommend vacuuming it and then spraying it down with a hose to remove baked-in dust and dirt. If your air filter is not reusable, make sure you make a trip to the hardware store to grab a new one on a regular basis.

If you have questions about your home’s air filters, or want an opinion on the airflow in your home, call Reimer. Our techs are true cooling experts who are eager to help you with your home’s needs.

(Again, this is a good time to remind you that a spring tune-up can make a big difference for your air filters and your system as a whole!)

4. A defective thermostat

Most AC problems have to do with a lack of maintenance or a fault within the system. In some cases, however, the issue can be that the thermostat is sending the wrong temperature readings to the air conditioner. This manifests in two ways:

  • The thermostat tells your air conditioner that the home is cold enough, when it’s really not. The air conditioner doesn’t turn on or respond to you lowering the temperature, leaving your home hot.
  • The thermostat tells your air conditioner that the home is hot, when really it’s at temperature. The air conditioner runs endlessly and is constantly starting and stopping in an attempt to lower the temperature.

If you suspect that your thermostat is non-responsive, or that there’s a problem with the connection of your air conditioner and your thermostat, you need to call in the experts to take a look. By the way, thermostat functionality is something that your Reimer tech will examine during your AC tune-up in the spring, if you schedule one.

5. A faulty compressor

Another reason that the air conditioner does not properly cool the room is due to a defect in the compressor. The compressor is the main cooling unit of the air conditioner. It is simply a motor that compresses the coolant and circulates it through the condenser coils and the evaporator. If the compressor becomes faulty, the air conditioner will not be able to cool the room.

6. Very high temperatures

It’s a general rule of thumb that air conditioners can only realistically cool your home about 20-30 degrees. Yes, they can often stretch beyond that, but at some point, you’re running your air conditioner inefficiently and not sufficiently removing humidity.

Here in Buffalo and Western New York, we don’t typically encounter the type of summer highs seen in the South or West. That being said, when a heat wave rolls into town, your AC may struggle to get down to 65 degrees like it does on days where it’s 75 out.

This isn’t something that necessarily requires repair, but if you do want a technician to take a look at your thermostat and adjust for higher summer temperatures, give us a call.

7. An undersized (or oversized) air conditioner

Of all the items on this list, this is the one that you really can’t do much about once the air conditioner is installed. An air conditioner that’s too big (or too small) will just run inefficiently (“Bigger is better” is actually a common AC myth). Here’s why:

  • A too-small AC unit will have to run constantly to keep up with the space you’re asking it to cool. It might seem like your air conditioner isn’t working at all, just because it’s losing a battle it can’t compete in.
  • A too-big AC unit will have trouble running smoothly. Instead, after turning on, it will run, quickly reduce the temperature, and then shut off. Then, it will have to repeat that process. That constant starting and stopping, over time, causes not just wear-and-tear on the system, but reduces your home’s energy-efficiency.

(Size is just one of the things you should consider when buying a new AC system)

This is why it’s so important that you have a professional HVAC technician meet with you and provide you with a list of air conditioners that are right for your home and your cooling needs. Finding that “Goldilocks” air conditioner is easy here in Buffalo: just give Reimer a call for a free in-home estimate. We’re air conditioning installation experts.

Call Reimer for help diagnosing why your air conditioner isn’t working

Now that you known the 7 deadly sins of air conditioners, you can better diagnose why your air conditioner isn’t working on the hottest days of summer—and decide when you need to quickly diagnose problems and determine when you need a professional to look at your system. Here in Buffalo and Western New York, we’re those professionals!

Contact Reimer when you need AC repair this summer.

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.