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Common Reasons for Heater Repairs and How to Prevent Them

heating repairIn Berks County, winter is when you need your heater the most. Some years temperatures drop below zero. Add wind chill and your home’s temperature will drop rapidly when your heating system breaks down. Don’t let your family lose heat in the dead of winter. Use these HVAC care tips to help avoid some of these common problems.

Scheduling maintenance visits with B&L Ott will help keep your HVAC system working year round. However, if you do run into any issues, we also offer emergency repair services. A professional technician will find the source of the problem and recommend the best solution. If you take good care of your unit, though, you can decrease the number of repairs your system will need.

Lack of Maintenance

As with any machine, neglecting your furnace, heat pump or boiler will cause problems. To avoid problems, you should inspect your system and change its filter regularly. You should also schedule service with B&L Ott every year for a thorough inspection. Our monthly maintenance agreement is a popular choice among customers. It helps you track your heater’s health and keep it running year round.

When you schedule maintenance, we will clean all safeties and sensors. We will also check all major and minor components of the unit to ensure flawless operation. We can see problems forming and recommend fixes. This will ensure that you don’t have a break down when you need your system. You will also save money in the long run by preventing costly repairs.

Clogged Filters

A dirty filter can wreak havoc on your heating unit by restricting airflow and suffocating the system. Clogged filters can lead to overheating, blower failure, and improper airflow. When these problems get neglected for too long, your system will likely fail prematurely.

To avoid these problems, be sure to change your filters as specified in the owner’s manual. Generally, 1” filters should be checked and replaced every 30 days. However, some filters last longer than others. Changing your filter too often can also damage your system. If you are unsure, we recommend scheduling an appointment with one of our technicians to learn how to properly care for your heater. If you experience problems due to a clogged filter, be sure to contact B&L Ott for maintenance and repairs.

Weathering

Weather may cause your unit to break down over time. In this case, you may notice decreased efficiency and higher energy bills. When parts deteriorate, they will not work with the same precision. This makes your HVAC to work harder. In harsh conditions, damaged parts may lead to a system failure. To avoid these problems, schedule regular maintenance services with B&L Ott. We will clear the built up debris to prevent problems such as clogging and rust.

You may also want to consider buying a protective cover for your outdoor unit. This will keep out snow, ice, and leaves. Protective covers can be an effective way to preserve your system. However, it is important to know that covers can NOT be used with heat pumps. Also, they can only be used with air conditioners when they are turned off. Running a unit with the cover on WILL cause extensive damage. Be sure to contact B&L Ott before putting a cover on any Trane brand unit.

Thermostat Malfunctions

Age or improper installation can cause your thermostat to malfunction. Your home’s temperature should be within 3-5 degrees of the set temperature. If the numbers are not accurate, your thermostat may need to be repaired or replaced. However, it is difficult to determine if your thermostat is malfunctioning. Call B&L Ott to have a trained technician help you.

Age

The best way to extend your HVAC system’s life is to perform proper maintenance to prevent wear and tear. B&L Ott can provide any type of upkeep or repairs you may need. If you notice more breakdowns or higher utility bills, your system may be nearing the end of its life.  Talk to a well-trained technician who knows what to look for. They will notice even the smallest details that indicate that your system is nearing total failure.

You may want to consider system replacement planning. This B&L Ott service helps you plan for the eventual breakdown of your system. We can help you choose a new model and schedule the installation. The replacement will be on your time when you are ready. You won’t have to experience a complete shut down at the most inopportune time. B&L Ott’s system replacement planning service gives you the time you need to plan and saves you stress.

 

 

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Benefits of Getting Your Air Ducts Cleaned by B&L Ott

Unless you have a severe dust problem, it can be easy to forget about cleaning your air ducts. If you aren’t having problems with your air quality, you may focus on more important projects. Even if you are not having problems, it is important to inspect your air vents and HVAC system regularly. You should get them cleaned by B&L Ott before too much debris accumulates. You might be surprised at by how much dirty air vents can affect your indoor air quality.

Cleaner Environment and Indoor Air Quality

Having your air ducts cleaned by B&L Ott will improve the air quality in your home environment.

Get Rid of Contaminants

If you wait too long certain contaminates may start to infiltrate your home. Too much moisture can bring mold. Built up dust can house vermin and pests. These problems can be tricky and expensive to deal with. Regular cleaning from B&L Ott will keep the airways clear and dry so you can avoid these problems.

Better Health

When too much dust builds up in your airways, your filters may not work properly. When your HVAC system turns on, allergens will get blown into your home. You may notice family members sneezing or having trouble breathing when your airways are clogged. In this case, you should contact B&L Ott for inspection and cleaning. You can also visit our blog for advice on keeping a cleaner home environment.

 Clean Less Often

After your air ducts are cleaned by B&L Ott, you may find that you don’t need to clean your home as often. When the airways are clogged with debris, a lot more dust gets pushed into your home. In this case, you may find yourself having to clean more often than usual.

Better HVAC Efficiency

Using B&L Ott’s duct cleaning service can improve your HVAC system’s efficiency.

Save Energy and Money

clock-1758191_960_720If your energy bills have been increasing, clogged air ducts might be the cause. When too much dirt builds up, it blocks the air that is trying to flow through. In this case, the energy used to warm or cool the air is wasted because it never leaves the air ducts. Your HVAC system will also have to run longer to reach your desired temperature. The longer your system runs, the more you will pay.

Extended HVAC Life

Every time your system turns on and runs, the different parts interact. Friction slowly wears down the various components over time. Yet, the longer your system has to run, the faster this process will occur. You can boost your HVAC’s efficiency by scheduling B&L Ott’s duct cleaning service. You can also get the rest of your HVAC system inspected at the same time. This way, you can catch issues at an early stage and repair them before they turn into more costly problems. You can keep your system in better shape so it will last longer.

Make Sure the Job Gets Done Right

You need the right tools to properly clean your air ducts. It is difficult to thoroughly clean air ducts yourself. Hiring a professional from B&L Ott will help ensure that the job gets done correctly. B&L offers duct cleaning services to the Berks County area. You can click on the following link to learn more: http://otthvac.com/duct-cleaning/.

How Often Should I Get Them Cleaned?

Your air ducts should be cleaned every five to seven years. If you have pets or smokers in your household you will benefit from more frequent cleaning. This is also true for occupants with allergies, asthma or respiratory problems. Home renovations and water contamination can also cause debris to accumulate faster. If you have questions, contact B&L Ott for help by calling 620-816-6026. You can also use the contact page on our website: http://otthvac.com/contact-us/.

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Summer Services

When the Summer arrives in Berks County, you can expect varying temperatures. You may see anywhere from a comfortable 70° Fahrenheit to a scorching 100° Fahrenheit. When it gets too hot to spend time outside, you will need a functioning HVAC system to the heat. If your system is not prepared, you may experience problems or even a system failure. Don’t let your system break down when you need it most. Keep your system running and your family cool with one of B&L Ott’s summer services.

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AC Repair

When you crank up your air conditioning, it has to work harder to keep you cool. This can lead to inconvenient breakdowns. Here are some common reasons why an air conditioning unit will break down in the summer.

  • It is not prepared for the extra work.
  • The system is too small.
  • It is old and has worn or damaged parts.
  • It overheats.

If your HVAC system needs fixing, B&L Ott can send out one of our technicians to fix it for you.

AC Installation

Installing a new air conditioning system can help ensure that you have cool air when you need it. There are a variety of benefits that come with installing a new air conditioning system.

  • You worry less about breakdowns.
  • You can upgrade the size.
  • You can buy a more efficient system.
  • You can get the latest features.

Our technicians are well-trained and knowledgeable about all our products. We can help you choose the best brand, model, and size for your home and family.

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Mini Split Installation

B&L Ott has solutions for all your air conditioning needs. If you want to cool only a small area in your home, a mini-split system may be the right choice for you. A mini split system can help you in many ways.

  • You can save money by only cooling the rooms you use.
  • You can cool a recently added room in your home.
  • You can control the temperature of your space without a need for ducts.

A mini split air conditioning system is small and easy to install. All B&L Ott has to do is mount the unit and connect the refrigerant and electrical lines.

Room Add-on

You may be looking for something more than just temperature control this summer. Perhaps you want to improve the air quality or be able to control specific areas of your home. Here are some great add-ons B&L Ott can install for you.

  • Air purification systems – Cleans dirt and debris from the air.
  • Humidity control systems – Increases/decreases moisture levels in your home.
  • Home zoning systems – Allow you to change the temperature of different areas in your home.

With any of these units, you can enhance the air control in your home. With more control, you can keep your family happy, healthy, and cool.

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If you are the type of person who likes to prepare ahead of time, system replacement planning is for you. You can have a new system before the summer heat hits and spend more time doing the activities you enjoy. With system replacement planning, you don’t have to worry about:

  • The inconvenience of an unexpected system failure.
  • Rushed research when choosing a new system.
  • Finding payment in a hurry.

A B&L Ott can help you schedule your appointment and plan your system installation in advance. System replacement planning can help take the stress out of needing a new system.

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Boiler & Radiant Heat Installation and Maintenance

Boilers and radiant heat systems are hydraulic, meaning they use water to transport heat throughout your home. Our job is to understand the subtleties of those hydraulic mechanics in order to install, maintain, or fix your system at an optimal level.

When it comes to boiler installation B&L Ott can advise you in choosing the best gas, propane or oil fueled boiler for your home and budget. We also offer modern boiler models with energy saving features to help you save money on your energy bill. Just like any other machine, a boiler requires routine maintenance to ensure efficiency, safety, and dependability. It is recommended that you have your boiler inspected annually. A quality, well-maintained boiler can last 50-75 years.

Common Boiler Issues

If you notice any of these issues, your boiler may need maintenance. Contact B&L Ott to have the issue fixed so that your boiler can serve you well for years to come.

  • Boiling, whistling, gurgling or kettling sounds
  • Boiler keeps turning off
  • Radiator doesn’t heat
  • Thermostat inaccuracy (Water too hot or cold)
  • Loss of pressure
  • No heat or hot water
  • Pilot light goes out
  • Pipe leaks

If you are looking to save on energy bills, radiant heat is also an efficient way to heat your home. It uses less electricity than forced air and gets more of the heat directly to you and your family.

Common Radiant Heat Issues

B&L Ott technicians can solve a variety of issues involving your radiant heating systems including these common problems:

  • Strange humming, rattling, hissing or grinding sounds
  • Thermostat inaccuracy (Rooms too hot or cold)
  • Water leaks
  • Uneven heating
  • Increased heating cost
  • Damage to floorboards
  • Unusual smells 

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If you notice any of the issues above, contact B&L Ott as soon as possible. Leaving the issues unattended could result in worse problems. If you are looking to replace or install a new boiler or radiant heat system, our trained HVAC technicians would be glad to advise you in choosing the type and model that works best for your current situation.

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Duct Cleaning

Indoor air pollution awareness has been growing recently in the United States. If you want to keep your family breathing easy, it is important to keep your air circulation systems clean. Over the years, your air ducts accumulate dust, grime, debris, pet dander, pollen, and allergens. This circulates throughout your home and contaminates the air. This may cause your family to sneeze a lot or have trouble breathing, especially if you have allergies. Air ducts should be cleaned about every five to seven years or sooner if needed.

Without proper tools, it can be difficult to inspect and clean air ducts yourself, but B&L Ott has an experienced team and the proper tools to clear your airways. We use a powerful vacuum-like machine and up-to-date technology to keep your airways clear.

Reasons To Hire B&L Ott for Duct Cleaning

If you notice excess dust on your furniture, stale air or an unusual odor when your HVAC system is running, it may be time to have your air ducts cleaned by B&L Ott. Here are some other signs that may signal worse problems:

  • Accumulated debris under your vent cover
  • Fuzzy coating of dust on your return air register
  • Your air filter is clogged with dust
  • Dirt gathering on the blower fan of your furnace
  • A dirty air conditioning coil

Clogged air ducts can lead to worse problems. If the issue goes untreated bacteria, mold, dust mites and allergens may also begin to grow. Vermin may also begin nesting in your air ducts. It is important to hire a qualified company like B&L Ott to clean all components of your heating or cooling system. If a system is contaminated and certain parts go uncleaned, the issue may reoccur. Also, be sure to fix the cause of any issue before the airways are cleaned.

Quality Air Duct Cleaning Near Berks County

When you contact B&L Ott to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned, there are a variety of benefits you may notice. This includes improved performance and a longer lifespan for your HVAC system, fewer breakdowns, and lower energy bills. You will also notice less dust in your home, making it easier to clean and better for your allergies.

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Home Comfort Zoning

Is part of your home too hot while another part too cold? Hot air rises, making the upper levels of your home warmer, while the lower levels may be cooler. This leaves your home unevenly heated and while you try to get one area to the temperature your desired temperature, another area becomes uncomfortable.  If this situation sounds familiar, having a home comfort zoning system installed by B&L Ott can help.

How It Works

When you only have one thermostat, it can be very difficult to control the temperature of rooms at the opposite end of the house. With a home comfort zoning system, multiple thermostats are installed in separate areas of your home. This gives you the ability to make one area of your home warmer or cooler without affecting other areas.

All you have to do is set the thermostat for each zone to your temperature preference and your system will do the rest. After you set the temperature, a computer will tell the dampers in your home to open and allow warm or cool air to flow throughout the room. When the room reaches the desired temperature, the dampers will close.

Reasons to Have a Home Comfort Zoning System Installed by B&L Ott

  • Personal comfort
  • You have a large home with poor air circulation
  • If you have hot or cold spots in your home
  • You have large windows and parts of your home receive more sunlight
  • To suit room purposes (E.g. cooling off an exercise room)
  • To improve efficiency of your HVAC system
  • To prolong the life of your HVAC system

If you are unsure of how to divide your home, one of our certified techs would be happy to advise you in choosing the best set up for your home. Most homeowners, however, choose to divide their home simply by the upper and lower levels. If you’re your family members lifestyles call for different temperatures, a home comfort zoning system can also give you better temperature control to keep all of your loved ones comfortable.

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A home zoning system can be easily integrated into your current HVAC system. Contact B&L Ott if you have any questions or would like to request service to install a home comfort zoning system.

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Home Automation

Installing a home automation system can improve anyone’s life. With just a click of your mouse or tap on your screen, you can adjust the temperature of your home from anywhere at any time. Until recently this feature was thought of as only being available to large businesses and the rich, but today, many new homes are being built with home automation systems already installed. If you are interested an upgrade, B&L Ott can install a new automation system for you.

Benefits of Home Automation

  • Convenience – Convenience is the greatest benefit with a home automation system. A home automation system gives you constant access your HVAC system. Imagine being able to leave your home in the summer or winter and not have to choose between leaving your HVAC system running or suffering uncomfortable weather when you return home.
  • Saving Energy and Money – With convenient controls and scheduling features, you will also be able to turn off your HVAC system more often thereby conserving energy and saving your hard-earned money. This will improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and increase its life-span.
  • Increased Property Value – Home automated systems are becoming a major selling feature for homes. Many buyers are attracted to the idea of having the latest technology and gadgets in their home. An automated system makes home maintenance simpler and is a big selling point in the real estate market.

How It Works

The goal of a home automation system is to create a system of operations to control your HVAC system automatically without the need of human intervention. Once your system is installed by B&L Ott, you can program the thermostat to adjust the temperature daily based on your family’s daily routine. You can turn it off while your family is at work and school and have it turn on an hour before everyone returns home.

Based on your instructions, the system will routinely complete the scheduled commands allowing you to relax and enjoy more time with your family. You can also monitor and control your home’s temperature remotely via a compatible smart device and the internet. Simply input the desired temperature from wherever you are and your system will do the rest.

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If you are looking to have even more access and control of your HVAC system, a home automation system can also be combined with one of our home comfort zoning systems. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to have a new home automation system installed, contact B&L Ott.

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Geothermal System Installation

A geothermal system is a warming and cooling system for your air that compliments your HVAC system. Using the earth’s temperature, a geothermal heating system is a clean and efficient way to change the temperature in your home. If you are looking for a way to make your home’s air systems cleaner and more efficient, B&L Ott can help by installing a new geothermal system for you.

Benefits

  • Safe and Environmentally Friendly – A geothermal system does not use fossil fuels for power. Therefore, the power is cleaner and you do not need to worry about the threats of combustion or toxic gas.
  • Increased System Life Span – Geothermal Systems are more durable than traditional air conditioning systems. They can last five times longer and require less repair maintenance. A quality geothermal system can typically last anywhere from 25 – 50 years, but some say they can last up to 100 years.
  • Lower Utility Bills – Although the initial installation of a geothermal system seems expensive, the amount you can save on your utility bills will more than compensate for the initial cost. With notable efficiency and fewer breakdowns than the average air conditioning system, a geothermal system will save you money in the long run.
  • Improved Comfort – Geothermal systems can help eliminate warm and cold spots in your home by heating the area evenly. This provides more comfort for you and your family.
  • Comfortable and Not Noisy – B&L Ott’s geothermal systems are quite and do not make any more noise than your average household appliance.
  • Hot Water – A geothermal system can be connected to your hot water heater as well and provide you with warm water for little to no cost.

How It Works

When you order a geothermal system a loop of pipes will be installed just under the earth’s surface on your property (about 10 feet down). At this level, the earth maintains a constant temperature between 50 and 60 degrees. The pipes are filled with water and continuously circulated through the loop of pipes and into a heat pump in your home. The water gives the air a base temperature and then your heat pump and HVAC system will heat or cool the air the rest of the way.

This system works in both summer and winter as the ground stays at a constant temperature. In the summer, the pipe’s level is cooler than the surface and in the winter it is warmer. The geothermal system uses little power to get mid-range temperature air into your home and saves work for your HVAC system.

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B&L Ott has a professional team of techs that will properly install a new geothermal system for you and answer any questions you may have. If you’re ready to start saving energy with a geothermal system, schedule an appointment with B&L Ott.

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Ductless Home Heating and Cooling

Searching for a flexible, high-efficiency way to control the temperature in your home? A ductless home heating and cooling system may be just what you are looking for. By using B&L Ott to upgrade your home’s HVAC technology you can improve your home in a variety of ways.

Benefits

  • Flexibility – Ductless heating and cooling units are fairly small and do not take up much space in your home. The indoor fans only take up a few of feet of space on the wall and the outdoor compressor is about the size of a large suitcase.
  • Energy Efficiency – Unlike common HVAC systems, ductless systems deliver air directly into your room. The air does not travel through the walls or have a chance of getting stuck due to dust build-up. This improves both the efficiency and the lifespan of your system.
  • Save Money – Utility costs for traditional HVAC systems has been on the rise lately. Ductless heating and cooling systems rely on less power, thereby saving you money.
  • Improve Air Quality – Traditional HVAC systems get dirty quickly and the filters have to be changed often. Ductless systems have multi-stage filtration systems that keep your air free of allergens, dust, and bacteria for longer periods of time. Cleaner air will also help those with allergies.
  • Environmentally Friendly – B&L Ott’s ductless air systems have little effect on the ozone layer. They use cleaner energy which will help reduce your carbon footprint.

How Does It Work?

When you order a ductless home heating system from B&L Ott there are two main parts that you can expect to be installed in your home. The first is a compressor unit that will be installed just outside your home on a concrete slab. The other is one or more fans that are placed on the interior of an outer wall near the ceiling.

The compressor pumps warm or cool air through short pipes in the wall to the fans. The fans then distribute the air throughout your home. The compressor also transfers energy to the indoor units so that you do not need to worry about having any more wires in your home.

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Ductless home heating and cooling systems are quick and easy to install. When you contact B&L Ott to schedule an appointment, we will send you a knowledgeable technician who can help you choose which type of system and configuration will work best for your home and budget.

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Water Heater Installation and Maintenance

water heater installationYour entire family relies on your hot water heater. They need it for showers, cooking, clothes washing, etc. When your hot water heater breaks down, it can be a big inconvenience. Let B&L Ott help by either fixing, maintaining or installing a new system for you.

Water Heater Problem Signs

If you notice any of the following, you should contact B&L Ott for an inspection.

  • Temperature Problems – If your water is too hot to too cold, there may be a problem with your thermostat. However, if there is no hot water at all, you may have an issue with a broken heating element.
  • Rusty Water – There is a number of places you may have a problem if you discover rust while using hot water. Either the inside of your pipes or the inside of your heater may be rusting away. If not treated on time, this may cause leaks. Contact B&L Ott to get your water heater fixed both quickly and properly.
  • Strange Noise – Rumbling, banging or whistling sounds could mean that there is sediment buildup in the bottom of your tank. This decreases efficiency as the sediment blocks the water flow and usually signifies that your heater is near the end of its life.
  • Leaks – If you find water accumulated around your water heater, there may a crack on your unit. When metal gets hot, it expands which can cause fractures on the tank. If any part of your system is leaking, B&L Ott can help.
  • Your Water Heater is Old – Most water heaters last 10-15 years. If your water heater breaks down often or is nearing the end of its life, contact B&L Ott to learn more about your new heater options.

Hot Water Heater Installation

If you are looking for a new water heater, B&L lot has a variety of different types for you to choose from. Some options include energy saving features, tankless heaters or systems that use different power sources. B&L Ott’s technicians would happy to help you select which type of heater would work best for you and your family.

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Don’t let a lack of hot water inconvenience your family. Contact B&L Ott to inspect or install your hot water heater. We have a professional team that will get the job done quickly and properly.

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