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B&L Ott’s Preventative Maintenance Program

B&L Ott’s Preventative Maintenance Program is a service designed to provide maintenance to various components of your HVAC system. We offer this program to both residential and commercial customers in the Berks County area.

Other HVAC companies offer preventative maintenance programs, but B&L Ott’s program is very different. When you schedule preventative maintenance with us, we will be sure to send you an experienced technician who will carefully and thoroughly examine your system. They won’t just give it a quick look or cut corners.

B&L Ott’s Philosophy

At B&L Ott our belief is that preventive maintenance should do exactly what it says – provide maintenance that helps prevent system breakdowns. B&L Ott’s technicians are extensively trained and must pass a series of tests before they are allowed to perform maintenance on your HVAC system.

The goal of preventative maintenance is to prevent unexpected total system shutdowns. To accomplish this, our technicians will perform a series of tests that can help predict future failures. Then they will make the necessary adjustments or fixes to keep your HVAC system running reliably and efficiently. 

Why Should I Get B&L Ott’s Preventative Maintenance Agreement?

“Maintenance” is a word that is overused, misinterpreted, or often taken lightly. B&L Ott takes maintenance very seriously. Your HVAC system requires maintenance just as much as your car does. In fact, it needs maintenance more. Take a moment to think about how important maintenance is to your car. If you neglect an oil change and your engine fails, the manufacturer will void your warranty. On top of that, if you neglect to get its brakes, electronics, tires or other important parts checked, you can also end up with expensive repairs. 

Now think about how important maintenance it to your HVAC system. You use your HVAC system a lot more than you use your car. According to AAA (Triple-A), the average American spends about 290 hours per year driving their car. Your HVAC system sees about 16 times more use! The average home will operate their HVAC system for a combined total of about 3,000 hours per year.

Not only does your HVAC system see more use in just one year, but it also has a longer lifespan than your car. The average American keeps their car for about 6.5 years while the average HVAC system lasts ten years. This means the average car gets 1,900 hours of use before it gets traded in while an HVAC system sees about 30,000 hours before it is replaced. This is why it is so important to ensure that your HVAC system receives proper maintenance from B&L Ott.

What Are the Benefits of B&L Ott’s Preventative Maintenance Program?

B&L Ott’s Preventative Maintenance Program provides you with a variety of benefits.

System Reliability and Peace of Mind

When your system has received maintenance, you can rest assured that your system is functioning properly and that it has little to no chance of experiencing a total system shutdown. This will give you peace of mind that your family will have heating or air conditioning when they need it most.  

Efficiency, Comfort, and Increased Lifespan

During our visit, B&L Ott will make sure that your system is running efficiently. If we find any issues we will provide suggestions to improve your HVAC system’s efficiency. A system that runs efficiently will provide you with a comfortable environment for your home and family.

Extra Attention if Your System Still Fails

B&L Ott’s Preventative Maintenance Program greatly decreases the chances of system failures. However, if a system shutdown still occurs, B&L Ott will treat you as your number one priority. In this case, we will provide you with upfront pricing, waived travel & diagnostic fee, 15% discount on repair service, and priority scheduling.

B&L Ott Guarantees

B&L Ott offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a 1-year guarantee on repairs. If you aren’t happy, call and ask for Ryan Ott. Our Preventative Maintenance Service comes with worry-free maintenance scheduling and 24/7 emergency service 365 days a year. We can help you uphold the manufacturer’s warranty on your HVAC system as well as provide system replacement planning when your system nears the end of its life.

What Can I Expect When B&L Ott Visits?

When you use B&L Ott’s Preventative Maintenance Program, you can expect quality service and satisfaction. We will ensure your system is operating at peak efficiency, capacity, and safety levels. We will also inspect every component of your system.

One of our technicians will take the time to ask questions to get to know you and your family’s needs and expectations. Whether your 2nd floor is uncomfortable, a family member has allergies, or your utility bills have been on the rise, we can help you find the best solutions for your home. Our technicians have specialized training with a number of different highly-calibrated inspection tools so they can accurately test and adjust your system. We will educate you and answer any questions you may have so that you can make the best decisions for your home and family.

How Do I Prepare for B&L Ott to Visit?

When you schedule a visit, the best way to prepare is to write down any problems, questions or concerns you would like to discuss. This way we can better make sure everything gets covered and any issues you have noticed receive attention.

It also helps to clear the area around your system so our technicians have room to work. Finally, make sure you are home for your appointment. If you have any more questions about preparing for a B&L Ott visit, you can contact us through our website or by calling 610-816-6026.

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Customizing Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system is one of the largest investments you will ever make. You will also use it on a daily basis. With this in mind, your HVAC system should be customized to meet the needs and expectations of you and your family. B&L Ott can help find the HVAC features and systems you are looking for and ensure that they are installed properly.

Why Should I Customize My HVAC?

Customizing your HVAC system can provide you with a variety of benefits.

Efficiency – Many upgrades and additions can help keep your system cleaner which will allow your HVAC system to run more efficiently. An efficient system will save you money over time by keeping your utility bills low.

Reliability – When your system is running efficiently and tailored to your home, it will likely need fewer repairs over time and last longer.

Comfort – Customizing your system will give you more control over the air in your home. You can balance the temperature and adjust the humidity in your home to suit your preferences.

Air Quality – Some of the customizations B&L Ott offers will improve the air quality in your home by cleaning the air your family is breathing.

B&L Ott will take the time to figure out what setup will work best for your home. We will sit down with you to learn about your family’s wants and needs, then suggest potential solutions.  

Checking the Air Quality in Your Berks County Home

According to the EPA, the air inside our homes can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air.  If you look at the inside of your duct or the surface of your air conditioning coil, you will see all of the dirt that has made it through your filter. These are the same contaminants you and your family are breathing.

Many homeowners are using the same filter that came with their system. These filters only do the bare minimum to keep your system operational.Typically, these are 1” filters that MUST be changed every 30-90 days. Regardless of what these filter packages say, they do not improve indoor air quality or prolong the life, efficiency or capacity of your HVAC system.   

Popular Customizations

If you want to improve the air quality and comfort in your Berks County home, B&L Ott can help with these and other popular customizations.

indoor air cleanersUpgrade the Filtration System

A better alternative to a 1” filter would be a media filter or an electronic air cleaner. Media filters are 20 times more effective than a 1″ filter and require replacement every 6-12 months. An electronic air cleaner is 100 times more effective than a 1″ filter and requires cleaning 2-4 times per year. They send negatively charged particles to your home that attract positively charged particles and thus neutralize the air in your home.

Upgrade the Fan Motor

If you have a weak blower motor, it may be struggling to thoroughly circulate the air in your home. When the blower is weak, it may not be able to push the conditioned air into all the areas of your home. In this case, you may notice warm or cool spots around your home. B&L Ott can help you upgrade your fan motor to improve the comfort of your home.

Biannual Preventative Maintenance and Duct Cleaning

Biannual preventative maintenance may not seem like a customization, but each maintenance appointment is tailored to your specific system. During maintenance, a B&L Ott technician will thoroughly inspect, clean, and repair your system. Biannual maintenance will help maintain the reliability of your HVAC system. If you have a ducted system, you will also want to consider B&L Otts duct cleaning service to improve the cleanliness of the air and the efficiency of your system.

Can B&L Ott Customize Any System?

Every home is different, but B&L Ott can offer a comfort upgrade for almost any situation. Actually, every HVAC system B&L Ott has worked on has some level of customization to it. For instance, when we perform maintenance on a variable speed system we will adjust various features, including the fan speed and the dampers, to maximize the comfort in your home. If you have a forced air system, B&L Ott can also add a humidifier at any time to improve your comfort during the colder months in the Reading area.

What About Older Systems?

Older systems do have some limitations when it comes to customization. It is difficult to pair old technology with new technology. When you do so, your system may experience wear and tear more quickly and decreased efficiency. However, B&L Ott does offer alternative solutions if your system can not be customized. We work with Mitsubishi ductless systems to provide customers with ductless systems that can be installed in almost any room.

Contact B&L Ott for a Consultation!

The easiest way to determine if and how your system can be customized is to contact a comfort consultant from B&L Ott. Customization is all about having a conversation. Be ready to tell your B&L Ott comfort consultant what you are looking for and what your expectations are. We will visit your home to look at your current system and help you find the best solution.

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Estimating the Life Expectancy of Your HVAC System

No one wants their HVAC system to break down in the middle of the night, or even during a busy day. When it does, you either lose precious sleep or time you could be spending doing something more productive or fun. This is why it is important to know the probable life expectancy of your HVAC system. Determining how much longer your HVAC will last allows you to plan ahead for a replacement as your system ages.

Why is Knowing the Life Expectancy of My HVAC system important?

Replacing an HVAC system is the second largest expense a homeowner can expect to see in their lifetime. With this in mind, it is a good idea to plan ahead and prepare a budget beforehand to help the process run smoothly. Knowing how much longer your current system will last is a good place to start. B&L Ott in Leesport, PA can help you determine the approximate life expectancy left for your system. If need be, we can also help you plan for, choose, and install a new system with our System Replacement Planning service.

Factors That Contribute to Life Expectancy

Various aspects can affect just how long your HVAC system will last. The brand, installer, and frequency of maintenance can all influence the life expectancy. If you own a non-Trane branded system that was installed by an HVAC company other than B&L Ott, you can expect an average life expectancy of 8-10 years. However, if you have a Trane system that is serviced biannually by B&L Ott, you can expect to see 10-12 years of use.


When looking for an HVAC system that will last, you want to look for a brand you can trust. B&L Ott’s preferred brand is Trane. Compared to other brands, we have found their products to be the most durable and reliable. All of Trane’s equipment goes through SEET Testing. SEET stands for Systems Extreme Environment Test and helps ensure their company’s high standards. Their equipment must survive a series of severe weather and environmental conditions to make sure each system will hold up when you need it most.



­To ensure that you get full use and life expectancy from your HVAC system, you need to choose the right company to install it for you. When a system is not installed properly, it will lose efficiency and the parts will wear down faster. The system may need frequent repairs or experience a total system shutdown before it reaches its full life expectancy. Scheduling an installation with B&L Ott guarantees that your system will be installed properly from day one.


Just like a car needs its oil, tires, brakes, and belts changed regularly, your HVAC system needs attention as well. By getting your HVAC inspected, cleaned, and tuned-up by B&L Ott at least twice a year, you can help your system last well beyond its life expectancy. You should also change the air filters regularly. Most 1″ filters need to be changed every month, however, some can last longer. Talk to a trained B&L Ott technician during your next maintenance visit to determine your system’s specific needs.

otthvac teamGetting an Estimate from B&L Ott

B&L Ott will walk you step by step through the process of determining the life expectancy of your system. One of our knowledgeable technicians will determine the age of your system and compare it to the industry standards for that specific brand and type of system. We will also take the health and performance of each individual component into consideration. Based on our evaluation, we will provide you with the best options for repairs and improvements, or provide information on replacing your system.

Hire a B&L Ott Comfort Consultant

Your comfort is B&L Ott’s priority. One of our comfort consultants can match you with the perfect system for your home and family. This no cost service will evaluate your system and family’s needs in approximately two hours. We will perform a load calculation to ensure your equipment is adequately sized and take the time to learn what comfort features you and your family are looking for. When we are finished, you will know exactly what system, installation practices, and adjustments are required to provide you with the comfort you desire.

Benefits of B&L Ott’s System Replacement Planning

B&L Ott’s System Replacement Planning service is the most convenient way to have your current HVAC system replaced. No one likes to make a knee-jerk reaction to replace their system, especially when weather or time constraints make the process more difficult.

While B&L Ott’s emergency service is here to help you whenever you may need, our System Replacement Planning Service can eliminate the stress and worry that comes with having to replace your system last minute. You can prepare a budget, take the time to choose a system, and have that system installed at a time that is convienint for you. You can make the best decision for your home and your family, without feeling the pressure.

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Why Does My System Need Maintenance Even Though It Is New?

So, you just got a new HVAC system installed by B&L Ott. Everything is brand new and in working order. So you don’t need to pay any attention to it for a while, right? Not exactly. This is a question our B&L Ott technicians receive quite frequently. While it is unlikely that you will run into any major problems right away, maintenance is still important. When you schedule a maintenance visit with B&L Ott, we don’t just fix existing problems; we help prevent future problems from occurring.

When Should I Start Scheduling Maintenance?

Your system should start receiving preventive maintenance within the first year of installation. Like your car, your HVAC system needs to be inspected, cleaned and maintained regularly. When you neglect to change the oil in your car, the oil becomes contaminated and its ability to properly lubricate the internal parts is reduced. If neglected long enough, the engine will eventually fail. HVAC systems are very similar. Without preventive maintenance from B&L Ott, you can experience mechanical failures, reduced capacity, reduced efficiency, reduced comfort and reduced lifespan.

Systems should have maintenance performed twice a year regardless of their age. This includes once during the heating season and once during the cooling season. During the heating maintenance, the system will be cleaned and checked to ensure it is operating at the highest efficiency as possible. Then, during the air conditioning maintenance, the outdoor condenser coil will be washed and cleaned.

Why Is Maintenance Important So Soon?

Cleaning is one of the most important aspects of a new air-conditioning system’s maintenance. Small critters and other elements tend to push contaminants like pollen, grass, dirt, dust, twigs and leaves into your outdoor condenser. These contaminants clog your system, reduce efficiency, and affect its ability to function properly. B&L Ott’s maintenance program will make sure your system operates at the highest efficiency on a yearly basis. It can prolong its life as well was keep your energy bills and need for repairs low.

Preventive maintenance is also a requirement from every manufacturer to uphold the warranty. All systems need maintenance to stay at their peak efficiency and to operate properly. Every brand name system comes with some kind of warranty. All manufacturers require maintenance be performed in order to keep that warranty intact.

What Happens If I Neglect Maintenance?

Maintenance during the first year isn’t just for cleaning. Even a brand new system can encounter problems or challenges. You might not see these problems right away, but they are developing. Dirty coils will create expensive repairs in the future.

Also, replacing an HVAC system is not like replacing a refrigerator or microwave. You don’t just plug it in and have everything operate how it did before. New technology allows HVAC systems to be more customizable to fit the needs of your Berks County home. This means that many changes can take place in how your home is conditioned. For instance, if you have forced-air, your duct system might not be perfect or might have different airflow needs. Your new system may need some adaptations to ensure your family is comfortable.

B&L Ott Makes Sure Your System Is Operating To Your Liking

One of the many differences between B&L Ott and other HVAC companies is our emphasis on customization and perfection. When we install your system, we adjust the operation to fit your needs. Our comfort consultants perform a needs analysis during your initial consultation. Using your feedback, we make adjustments to the newly installed system to make you as comfortable as possible.

We then schedule a follow up within 1-2 weeks of the installation. This enables you to test the new system and determine if there are any additional comfort concerns you would like addressed. Some adjustments include air balancing, humidification, dehumidification, filtration, scheduling, air velocity, on/off cycling, thermostat operation, etc. In short, your new system will operate much differently than your old system. It is important to maintain the new equipment so that the changes we made during the installation continue to provide you with comfort.

Preventing Problems

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin.

There are two main ways you can help prevent system failures and reduced efficiency. The first is to have B&L Ott install your system so everything is set up properly from the beginning. We come back about a week after the install and check everything again. The second is to enroll in our automatic preventive maintenance program. This helps catch small issues before they turn into costly repairs. It also ensures that your system keeps achieving the high-efficiency standard it is rated at.

B&L Ott’s Preventive Maintenance Program

By signing up for our preventive maintenance program you will receive two maintenance visits each year, one for the heating system and one for the air conditioning system. You can opt for the automatic renewal so you never have to worry about remembering. At the conclusion of each visit, the B&L Ott technician will schedule your next visit. It is important to always schedule your next visit at this time because we are always scheduling maintenance visits 6 months in advance. You can learn more about B&L Ott’s maintenance program here:

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Repair vs. Replace

Choosing between repairing and replacing your HVAC system can be a difficult task. There are many aspects to consider. You may not know how much life your current system has left. Then you have to calculate and compare costs before making a decision. You may not have all of the tools or time to figure everything else. Don’t worry, though, because B&L Ott is here to help!

Below are some common questions and answers that can help you make a decision. If you live in the Berks County area, you should schedule an appointment with us. We will send a trained technician to inspect your system, explain the situation, and answer any questions you may have.

Signs Your HVAC System Needs a Repair

The best way to know if your HVAC system needs to be repaired is to sign up for B&L OTT’s exclusive preventative maintenance program. Our technicians will be able to easily show you, explain, and make repairs that need to be made. However, there are some problem signs you can look out for on your own. These include:

  • Holes in the ductwork.
  • Unusually high utility bills.
  • Your system is not working at all.
  • Your system is making loud or strange noises.
  • You can see dirt buildup on your outdoor condenser coil.

All these issues can signal decreased efficiency which may be costing you with your energy bills. B&L OTT’s exclusive preventative maintenance program is one of the best ways to ensure that your HVAC is clean and running efficiently.

Signs Your HVAC System Needs to Be Replaced

There are many factors that signal that your HVAC system should be replaced rather than repaired. The most common one is age. If it is only a few years old, you will likely want to repair it. On the other hand, systems that are 8-10 years old are nearing the end of their life and should be replaced instead.

You will also want to compare costs. If you have to make a costly repair of 500-1000 dollars, we recommend saving that money and investing it into a more comfortable reliable system. Other problems that signal replacement include needing many repairs and the physical appearance. If you notice rust, corrosion, or deterioration, you may want to consider replacement.

Typical Lifespan

The typical HVAC system lasts 8-10 years. However, this is directly proportional to how well the system has been maintained. If you take good care of your system and it is a quality system, it may last longer. On the other hand, neglected HVAC systems may only last 5-7 years.

An HVAC system is like a car; it needs proper care if you want it to last. If you think about it, your system runs year round, constantly turning on and off. This process causes wear and tear to the parts over time. Environmental elements make an even bigger impact and add to the deterioration of your system.

Run-time can also affect your HVAC. During Berks County’s hot summers, you may be putting extra stress on the compressor and outdoor fan motor. To help keep your system running efficiently, give your system a break from time to time and contact B&L Ott for regular maintenance.

Deciding to Repair or Replace

B&L Ott can help arm you with the information to need to decide whether you should repair or replace. We can help you compare the costs of repairing vs. replacing. If the costs of repairs are more than 25%-35% of the cost of a new system, you have to ask yourself is it worth it to replace. A comfort specialist can help you look at what savings you can realize from replacing the system.

Not every repair automatically signals a need for replacement. Not every consultation results in a recommendation of replacing the system instead of repairing. B&L Ott’s goal is to educate and empower you to choose what works best for you.

We take many factors into account when helping you with a recommendation. This includes how long you intend to remain in your home, your budget, what financing options are available, and the true costs. We estimate the annual cost of ownership and give you the facts. In the end, it is your decision to make.

Benefits of Installing a New HVAC System

If you end up replacing your system, you can look forward to a variety of benefits. The first benefit is being able to customize your new system to your home and family’s needs. You can correct comfort issues and add the latest technology. Your new system will be quieter, more comfortable, more efficient, and more reliable.

To ensure that your new system will work to its full potential, you will need to make sure that it is installed properly. According to a study by the North Carolina Alternative Energy Institute, 93% of all systems are installed improperly. Having a new system installed by B&L Ott guarantees that your system will be installed properly. We will correct the comfort and efficiency robbing errors of the previous installation.

Choosing a New System

When it comes to choosing your new system B&L Ott believes in delivering the customer the best choice based on their needs. A comfort consultant will provide literature and explain each system’s benefits and function. They will also ask you a variety of questions to help customize your new system to your home. You will be asked about your needs and priorities. Then we will evaluate the potential energy savings and comfort improvements. Then we will make model recommendations.

We will sit together and add or remove components to provide you with the system you want. We will help make sure the solutions you need are within a budget you are comfortable with. A system installed by B&L Ott can last 15 years or more – often double the average life of systems installed by other companies. We won’t give you booklets and tell you “here are 3 options”. We will sit with you and together we will customize a solution to your family’s needs.

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What to Expect When You Schedule B&L Ott’s Duct Cleaning Service

When was the last time you had your air ducts cleaned? If you have noticed excess dust or poor indoor air quality in your home, your ventilation system may be the culprit. The air in your home is circulated through your air ducts daily.

If your air ducts are dirty, the air blowing through will push the dust into your home. This is why it is important to change your filter regularly and get your air ducts cleaned every 2 years. However, if a high-efficiency air filtration system is installed, they can be cleaned every 5 years.

B&L Ott highly recommends having a high-efficiency air filtration system installed.  If you have your ducts cleaned and you don’t have a media air cleaner or electronic air cleaner, your ducts will immediately get dirty again. Contact B&L Ott to learn more about keeping your air clean and your HVAC system running efficiently.

Why Should I Get My Air Ducts Cleaned?

Cleaning your air ducts can bring a variety of benefits. First and foremost, it will help ensure that the air you and your family are breathing is clean. If anyone in your family has asthma, allergies, or respiratory problems, dirty air can cause sneezing or breathing issues. Pets or smoking can make these problems worse.

Another benefit is increased efficiency. Dirt and dust block the air from moving through the ducts. This causes your HVAC system to work harder and costs you more. By having your ducts cleaned by B&L Ott, you can experience better efficiency and lower energy bills.

Preparing for Our Service

Any time of the year is a good time to get your air ducts cleaned. You can choose a time that works best for you. Be sure you have time to take care of a few tasks you should take care of before we arrive, though.

If there are boxes or other equipment near your HVAC unit, be sure to clear the area. This way, the B&L Ott technician can access your system to inspect and clean it. However, furniture that is on vents should be left where it is. This will allow us to diagnose any airflow issues that are caused by the furniture. If there is an issue we can then make suggestions to improve the airflow in your home. Pets and kids can be kept wherever is comfortable for you.

Cleaning Your Ducts

B&L Ott uses a special high-efficiency vacuum with a rotating brush head to clean the ducts. We control this machine remotely as the hose and brush go through the ductwork. Together they clear out almost all the debris. We start with the branch ducts first and push the dirt into the main line. Then move to the main supply ducts. The dirt is then stored in our machine so that it will not be recirculated through your house. Finally, B&L Ott will supply you with before and after pictures of the ductwork.

We also use a machine to fog your ducts with an antimicrobial cleaner.  This will kill contaminants in your ducts that cannot be removed from cleaning alone.  We will clean the grilles, registers, and diffusers with a degreasing agent as well.

How Long Will It Take?

For an average-size Berks County home, the process will take approximately 4 hours. Larger homes with multiple systems will take longer as there is more to clean. B&L Ott prefers that the homeowner stays there the whole time. This way, if we come across any problems, we can make sure you are aware of it right away and fix the problem for you. This also allows you to see what goes into the duct cleaning process.

Fixing Problems

B&L Ott’s service can also help you find problems that are affecting the efficiency of your HVAC system. If we find mold, rodents, excess dust, unnecessary penetrations, or failed duct work we can address these issues right away. We will provide you with the best recommendations to fix each issue.

Why Choose B&L Ott?

There are many aspects to consider when choosing a company to clean your air ducts. One feature you should look for is the consideration for your home and family. B&L Ott technicians will treat your house as if it is their own. We take extra precautions to make sure your floors, walls, and ceilings are protected. We will leave your house as we found it, except you will have cleaner air ducts.

Another aspect you should look for is what is included in the service. B&L Ott will be sure to be thorough with our work. We will remove each individual grille from the ceiling or wall and clean it with 409 or another cleaner. This will remove any bacteria, mold, or dust from the registers.

A shop vac can only reach about 40% of your ductwork. B&L Ott uses a specially-designed machine to help us clean every square inch of your ducts. We will leave you with a before-and-after picture of your ducts and recommendations to keep them cleaner. By following these tips you can improve your HVAC system’s efficiency, save money, and increase the time span between cleanings.

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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.


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.


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:

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:

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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 

Quality Boiler and Radiant Heat Installation and Maintenance Near Berks County

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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