Should You Repair or Replace Your Furnace – 6 Definitive Questions

should I repair or replace my furnace?

We all know that furnaces don’t last forever. But how do you know when it’s finally time to invest in a new furnace? Luckily, we have some industry insight that will help you make an informed decision. The team at Herrmann Services in Cincinnati has put together these six simple questions that you can ask to determine if it makes more sense to limp along or replace your furnace this year:

Do You Need to Repair or Replace Your Furnace? The Strategic Six Questions to Ask:

  • Is your home more than 12 years old?

Most furnaces only operate efficiently for 12-15 years before they need to be replaced. If your home is more than 12 years old and you have not replaced your furnace yet, your system is nearing the end of its lifespan.

  • Are your heating bills getting higher every year?

Your furnace and AC are the biggest consumers of energy in your home – they account for almost half of your energy costs. As your system ages and becomes less efficient, it also can hike up your energy bills.

  • Have you paid for repairs more than once in the last 5 years?

If you’ve had more than one major repair to your furnace system in the past 5 years, that could be a sign of trouble. Annual maintenance doesn’t count, but if you’ve been faithful about annual maintenance, it should extend the life of your furnace a couple of years, so you can take that into account.

  • Does your furnace seem to run nonstop?

Older systems become less efficient over time, which means they must work harder and longer to maintain the temperature that the thermostat demands. This results in higher utility bills.

  • Does your home have hot and cold spots?

Older systems weren’t necessarily designed to keep every room comfortable. Two-story homes are especially difficult to keep warm and cool. The upstairs stays warm in the summer and the downstairs is always chilly in the winter. Newer systems have technology available to even out the temperature in your home.

  • Is your furnace warranty expired?

Most furnace warranties only cover your system for 5-10 years. Once the warranty expires, repairs can become extremely expensive. At that point, it might make more sense to be putting that money toward a new, high efficiency furnace that will save you money on energy bills rather than spending it on repairs.

If you answered yes to more than three questions, your furnace is probably nickel and diming you to death. Take a look at your heating bills, think about your comfort and consider if it’s worth what it’s costing you. If you decide you may need a new furnace, give us a call and we’ll give you a quote on a new, energy-efficient furnace.

Learn more about your furnace replacement options by calling us at (513) 737-8423 or contact us online.

New Call-to-action

Don’t Let a Clogged Bathroom Sink Put a Drain on Your Holiday Fun

how to unclog bathroom sink drain

The leaves are turning crimson and gold, there is a decidedly autumnal crispness to the air, and school is well underway. That can only mean one thing…the holiday season is coming! And while there is much to love about the holidays, hosting guests can be stressful. Whether for drinks, dinner, or an extended stay, odds are your guests are going to need to visit the bathroom. So, while you are putting out fresh linens and pretty soaps, take a good look at your sink. Is it draining normally or is water backing up and sitting in it?

Sink or Swim? Find Out Now

Bathroom sinks see a lot of action – hand washing, tooth brushing, hair brushing, and shaving can all cause buildup and clogs that can lead to a slow or clogged drain. Add in a few guests and increase the number of bathroom visits for a couple of days, and that slow drain might lead to a catastrophic evening.

Not good! Test your sinks, showers and tubs to make sure all the water is flowing fine. Don’t wait until it’s too late,

How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink Drain

So, what should you do? You can try the following do-it-yourself remedies before you call your plumber:

  • Check the sink pop-up – the shape of the pop-up can lead to clog-causing debris and buildup;
  • Check the overflow. The overflow is the little hole toward the top of your sink. It serves two purposes: to drain a sink if it is too full and to provide air that allows the sink to drain faster. If it is plugged, your sink drains slowly. Make sure it is clear.
  • Use a plunger; be sure to plug the overflow with a rag or cover with some duct tape, or your plunging will not be effective.
  • Use a zip strip. The  most common clog cause in bathroom drains is hair. Luckily, these clogs usually occur right below the drain. There’s a simple solution. It’s called a zip strip and it costs just a couple of dollars at the hardware store. It’s a flat, plastic flexible stick with tiny points along both sides. Simply push it as far into the drain as you can, wiggle it a bit and pull back. It’s best to have a small bucket handy to put the hairy mess in. It is kind of gross, but usually very effective and a quick, easy fix.

After you remove the clog with any of these methods, be sure to run plenty of hot water down the drain to flush out any additional buildup or residue.

If these attempts do not work, give Herrmann Services a call at (513) 407-5177 or contact us online for a professional plumber in cincinnati to get that sink draining again before your guests arrive. Dealing with your in-laws is stressful enough – don’t let a slow sink drain add to that stress!

drain cleaning guide for diy

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink Drain – 4 Simple Fixes

how to unclog kitchen sink

Any slow draining sink is a nuisance. But different sinks tend to have different clogs. For instance, shower drains tend to collect hair. Kitchen drains, on the other hand, tend to have more problems with grease and food particles. The team at Herrmann Services put together these tips specifically for how to unclog kitchen sinks and garbage disposals.

1. Don’t Get Boiling Mad, Just Get Boiling

When grease, or greasy liquids, get poured down your kitchen sink, they go down the drain in a liquid state, but as they move through your pipes, the fat cools. As the fat becomes solid, it coats the inside of the pipes.

This coating will get thicker and thicker as more grease builds up until you get a slow draining sink or a completely clogged sink.

To unclog a slow draining kitchen sink, before you go out and buy drain cleaner, try this first. Boil a pan full of water on the stove. A tea kettle will do nicely as well. Pour a half cup of baking soda down your drain followed by a half cup of white vinegar. Let it fizz and bubble for five to ten minutes or so.

Then, carefully pour the pot or kettle full of boiling water down the drain. Turn the faucet on and see if it’s draining faster. Because the clog usually contains a lot of grease, the boiling water melts the grease, thus removing the clog.

2. Take the Plunge

If hot water doesn’t improve the problem, the culprit may be something other than grease buildup. It’s time to pull out the plunger. If there is standing water in the sink, remove it until there is only an inch or two so you can see what’s going on.

Place the cup of the plunger over the drain opening and pump up and down rapidly several times. Quickly pull the plunger off the drain opening. If this did not dislodge the clog, it may be trapped in the P-trap. Don’t forget to plunge both sides of the sink.

3. Remove the P-Trap

Large food particles like vegetable peels that become trapped in the curved pipe beneath the sink (known as the P-trap) are another common cause of kitchen drain clogs. Removing the P-trap sounds difficult, but is really not that involved.

You will need a channel-type pliers. Have a bucket handy, because water will spill from the drain when you remove this piece. Dump out any debris you find and rinse the pipe thoroughly before replacing it.

clogged kitchen sink drain and how to fix it

4. Use a Drain Snake to Unclog Your Sink

If the P-trap doesn’t appear to be the problem, the clog may be located further down the pipe. If that’s the case, you can use a drain snake to try to remove it. Most homeowners don’t have these on hand, and they are not cheap to rent or buy. At this point, it may be best to call a qualified plumber.

5. Keep Pipes Clean with Enzymes

Natural enzymes eat organic matter and were originally used to reduce the amount of organic waste buildup in septic tanks. Enzymes are now available for all types of plumbing needs, and if properly maintained, enzymes will help keep the pipes free and clear of buildup when used on a regular basis.

Enzymes are not as effective at removing an existing clog immediately, but regular use will keep your pipes clear of any organic buildup which helps you avoid clogs in the first place. Plus, natural enzymes are very easy on your pipes, unlike chemical drain cleaners.

9 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Kitchen Sink or Garbage Disposal

  • Grease – it will coat your pipes
  • Bones – they’ll just keep spinning around and around with the blades
  • Celery – the fibrous strings get tangled around the disposal’s blades
  • Coffee grounds – the oil in coffee grounds becomes a sticky sludge
  • Egg shells – ground egg shells become sand-like particles that stick to grease
  • Corn husks – the fibers get caught in the blades
  • Artichokes – again, too fibrous
  • Fruit pits – pits are very hard and can jam the disposal blades
  • Potato peels – starchy vegetables and even pasta can cause a sticky mess

If your kitchen sink defies all of your efforts to clear the clog, give Herrmann Services a call at (513) 737-8423 or contact us online and we’ll send a skilled plumber to your home.

drain cleaning guide for diy

No More Lame Excuses – It’s Time to Make the Switch to LED Lighting

Switch to LED Lighting in Your Home

So you’ve heard all about LED lighting. You know how energy efficient these bulbs are. You know that the lights are safer because they don’t create heat when they’re on. You know they last for years and years and won’t have to be replaced. So, why don’t you have them in every fixture in your home?

LED Lighting – Lame Excuses Demystified

At Herrmann Services, we like to keep our customers up to date on the latest and greatest in heating and cooling, plumbing, and electrical. On that note, we’d like to let you in on a little secret…it’s time to update your lighting to LED bulbs.

Wait, it’s actually long past time! So why exactly haven’t you done it yet? We have a few ideas. There are really only two reasons people haven’t updated and upgraded – cost and confusion. We’re here to help you eliminate this confusion and understand the costs of LED lighting.

Lame Excuse #1: LED Light Bulbs Cost More

So let’s cut to the chase. Do LED bulbs cost more than incandescent or CFL bulbs? Heck yes. But if you look at the years of lighting they provide versus those other bulbs, it’s well worth the investment. Plus, due to competition, the price has dropped significantly in recent years.

Eventually, the LED bulbs will pay off, and in the meantime, you’ll enjoy less heat production, longer bulb life, and a lot less bulb replacing!

Lame Excuse #2: Watt’s What?

With incandescent bulbs, though wattage isn’t an indication of brightness, it is a measurement of how much energy the bulb draws, so there is a well-known correlation between the watts drawn and the brightness.

With LEDs, you can’t use wattage to determine brightness. Instead, you have to look for lumens. To save you a lot of confusion, we included this comparison chart that we found in an article from C/Net (a consumer comparison website).

LED lights vs incandescent lights comparison

Lame Excuse #3: Confusion with Color

Incandescent bulbs provide a warm, yellowish light. LED bulbs can provide many different hues, namely warm white, soft white and bright white. LED color is measured by temperature in kelvins.

The lower the number, the yellower the light. If you want your LEDs to emulate the light from a traditional incandescent bulb, as many homeowners do, shop for a kelvin between 2,700 and 3,500K.

A Note of Caution

If you have switches that are dimmable, look closely when buying an LED to replace the bulb. Not all LEDs are dimmable. If you replace a dimmable incandescent with an LED, the fixture may hum, buzz, or crackle. Be sure to buy only LEDs that are labeled “dimmer compatible”.

Now that you know how affordable, safe, and similar to the look of incandescent bulbs LED bulbs are, get out there and replace your bulbs and start saving energy today!

If you need any electrical help in your home, from installing a ceiling fan to replacing an old breaker box to rewiring your entire home, give Herrmann Services a call at (513) 737-8423 or contact us online.

How to Fix an Annoying Leaky Faucet

how to fix a leaky faucet and save water

A leaky faucet can definitely be annoying, but it can also be very wasteful. According to Popular Mechanics, one drop a second from a faulty faucet sheds 2,300 gallons of wasted water a year. That’s a lot of wasted water! If you have a leaky bathroom or kitchen faucet, the team at Herrmann Services put together this basic tutorial to help you fix it. If you get in over your head, just give us a call.

Causes of Leaky Faucets

Sometimes faucet components get old, calcium buildup causes seals to leak, and seals get brittle and crack. These are fairly easy to rectify with new parts and a little cleaning and replacing. For major leaks, especially behind the wall, or damage to faucets, you’ll want to call one of our professional plumbers to fix the problem.

Related Reads: Is not only your faucet leaking, but your furnace too? See the reasons why here.

Tools Needed for Faucet Repair

tools needed to fix a leaky faucet

You’ll need the following basic tools:

  • A large wrench
  • Flat blade screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Pliers

Kinds of Faucets

Typically, there are two kinds of faucets – washer-type (also referred to as compression) and washerless (non-compression) faucets. Since compression faucets are the most commonly found faucets, that’s what this tutorial will focus on.

Leaky Faucet Diagram

Steps to Fix a Compression Faucet

  1. Turn off the water supply.
  2. If you have both a cold and hot water type faucet you’ll only need to fix the handle that is leaky. It may be worth fixing them both at once if the leak seems like it’s due to aging parts.
  3. Remove the handle and take out the faucet components.
  4. Remove the handle and unscrew packing nut with an adjustable wrench. Protect nut with tape. Turn the nut counterclockwise.
  5. After removing the packing nut, unscrew the stem of the faucet by turning it in its “on” direction. It is doable by hand but if it’s hard to turn, remove the handle to get an extra grip on it.
  6. Usually, just one screw holds the old seat washer to the stem. Remove both the screw and the washer.
  7. Lift out the old seat washer and fit a new one the same size into the recess. A worn or grooved washer could have caused the leaks. If the screw is corroded, replace it with a new brass one.

Related Reads: Want to stop the problem before it begins? Check out our 5 preventative plumbing tips!

And there you have it! You fixed your dripping faucet. Since you just saved gallons of wasted water and restored your faucet to pristine condition, you’ll probably sleep better at night.

Want to become a pro at your fixing your home’s plumbing? The experts at Herrmann Services have compiled a FREE guide to DIY plumbing! Download it now to learn plumbing secrets from the pros:

drain cleaning guide for diy

5 Reasons Why A Furnace Tune-Up Is Worth Every Penny

cozy weather is comingAt Herrmann Services, we like to keep our customers happy. That means we keep their furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters and other equipment running flawlessly. Unfortunately, like any mechanical piece of machinery, these items won’t run forever without regular maintenance. That’s exactly the reason we encourage all of our customers to get an annual tune-up on furnaces, ACs and water heaters. For obvious reasons, spring is the best time for an AC tune-up, and fall is the best time for a furnace tune-up.New Call-to-action

Benefits of a Furnace Tune-Up: More Than Just Warmth!

There are many benefits to getting a furnace tune-up. The team at Herrmann Services has broken it down for you to show you how a furnace tune-up now will more than pay for itself in repair savings, comfort and convenience:

1. Avoid Inconvenient Breakdowns and Freezing Toes

Does your furnace ever stop working on a mild day? No. It’s always the coldest day of the year. That’s because if your furnace has a part that’s struggling to work, is loose or cracked, etc., it will break when it is under the most stress. If it’s a cold day, your furnace will be working extra hard and extra long cycles to keep your home comfortable. Rather than suffer in the freezing temperatures waiting for a repairman to show up (probably on one of the busiest days for furnace repair) if your furnace has had a tune-up, it would be very unlikely to break down. Tune-ups prevent most breakdowns from occurring.

2. Increase Energy Efficiency and Save, Save, Save!

heating and cooling costs

A furnace that has parts that are cleaned, oiled, tightened, repaired and running smoothly will run much more efficiently than one that is neglected. Considering that heating and cooling costs account for roughly 50% of the average home’s energy bills, this can add up to some significant savings.

3. Keep Your Home and Your Family Safe from Fire Hazards

Furnace tune-ups will catch problems that could lead to fire hazards. During a furnace tune-up, the the technician will check things like electrical wiring, burners and safety controls. A furnace can produce carbon monoxide because of a mechanical failure or as the result of a cracked heat exchanger, flue or burner problems. Incorrect installation, damage caused by basement flooding, and even pilot lights can also produce deadly carbon monoxide. A technician will check all of these safety concerns.

4. Extend Life of Your Furnace and Make Your Furnace Last

Let’s face it, replacing a furnace or air conditioner is not cheap. No one wants to replace them. We only replace them when they are broken (like when they’re leaking water!) or are nickel and diming us to death and it just makes more sense to purchase a new one. Obviously, regular maintenance and cleaning will keep your system running more smoothly and efficiently and help it to last as long as possible. Plus, a small repair caught early will cost you much less than the major repair it may lead to later.

5. Keep Manufacturer Warranties Up to Date and Valid

Many systems come with a manufacturer’s warranty which covers certain parts and large repairs for a particular amount of time. No one wants to find out their warranty has been voided because they didn’t keep up the maintenance required in the warranty contract.

If you haven’t scheduled a furnace tune-up this season, give us a call and we’ll send one of our skilled technicians to your home to make sure your furnace runs smoothly and keeps your family warm all winter long.

Call us at (513) 737-8423 or contact us online to make an appointment.

Is Your Home Safe? Do This Room-by-Room Safety Sweep

Home Safety Tips Room by Room

At Herrmann Services, we care about our customers. While we know a lot about heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical services, we know many of our customers don’t. That’s why we thought this blog about home safety was worth sharing. Please read it and share it especially with anyone you know who has small children in their home.

Common Home Accidents

According to the CDC, each day over 300 children between the ages of 0-19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries. These injuries are often caused by burns from hot liquids or steam, or from electrical items like curling irons or coffee pots. Electrical shock is also a common injury.

Tips for Protecting Children in Every Room of Your Home

Hidden dangers lurk in every room, so be sure to check all of the things on this list to make sure each room is safe.

Kitchen Safety Tips

Kitchen Safety Tips

  1. Prevent scalding by setting the water heater’s maximum heat at 120 F/49 C.
  2. Prevent electrical burns by keeping small appliances out of the reach of children, and away from the kitchen sink.
  3. Prevent scalding and burns by keeping the handles to pots and pans on the stove turned away from where little hands can reach them.

Bathroom Safety Tips

Bathroom Safety Tips

  1. Never leave a small child or baby unattended in the bathroom.
  2. Unplug hair dryers, curling irons, etc., when not in use, and keep away from the bathtub and sink.

Bedroom & Living Area Safety Tips

Living Room and Bedroom Safety Tips

  1. Make sure all cords from window blinds are out of the reach of children. These pose a strangulation hazard.
  2. Place outlet covers over all electrical outlets that are not in use.
  3. Make sure all electrical cords are undamaged, and replace them if they are.
  4. Avoid using extension cords.
  5. Avoid using space heaters.
  6. Keep curious babies away from outlets, cords, and electrical items, large and small, including televisions.

Overall Home Safety Tips

Home Safety

  1. Install a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector on every level of the home. Test it and change batteries regularly (at least twice a year). Learn more about protecting your family from carbon monoxide here.
  2. If you notice an unusual odor, flickering lights, or power surges, have the home’s electrical system checked.
  3. In case of fire, develop an escape plan, establish a meeting point, and communicate and practice the plan with all family members.
  4. Teach your children proper emergency contacts, as well as how and when to call 911.

We hope these safety tips help keep your home and family safe from injuries and fire. Feel free to print these off for any first-time parents you may know.

Please call Herrmann Services if you need any heating, cooling, plumbing, or electrical help. Call us at (513) 407-5177 or contact us online to request service.

5 Preventative Plumbing Tips from the Pros

cartoon of man with flooded roomWhen plumbing emergencies happen, they are rarely convenient. The surprise expense, the mess and destruction of your things, not to mention the time it takes out of your workday for a professional to come in and fix it, all add up to frustration and aggravation.

Luckily, many plumbing emergencies can be avoided. Because emergencies don’t usually happen completely overnight, but rather are a buildup of small problems which eventually cause meltdown, most can be prevented. Our five tips for preventative plumbing will help you steer your pipes away from meltdown mode, so you don’t have to waste any more of your time waiting for the plumber to show up.

Tip 1: Invest in Metal Hoses for Your Dishwasher and Washing Machine

One of the biggest sources of flooding in a home is due to burst hoses on the dishwasher and washing machine. The truth is: the traditional black rubber hoses are just not enough. When they burst, they can cause leaks of up to five gallons per minute! That’s five gallons for every minute you’re not home!

If you want to avoid having an unexpected pool party in your living room, your best bet for plumbing safety is to invest in stainless steel braided hoses, which don’t burst as easily because they are pressure resistant and don’t age as quickly as rubber hoses.


Related Reads: Sump Pump Check: 5 Things to Check to Avoid Water Damage

Tip 2: Don’t Ignore Your Leaky Toilets. They’ll Only Get Worse

It can be tempting to ignore a minor problem when it doesn’t cause much inconvenience or doesn’t seem important enough to call a professional. Leaky toilets are one of those often-ignored small problems that can cause bigger issues down the road, like overflow or constant running of your toilet. This usually happens because there is a buildup of gunk around the valve seat and flapper, which prohibits the flapper from sealing correctly and eventually can result in a broken toilet.

If you know your way around toilet plumbing, you can try to clean the valve yourself. Otherwise, hiring a professional is a very quick and inexpensive process, compared to a completely broken toilet. Plus, if there is anything else wrong with the toilet, the professional plumber will be able to diagnose it correctly for you.

Tip 3: Prevent Pipes from Freezing with Insulation

Prevent frozen pipes by wrapping any pipes on outside walls with insulation. When temperatures dip below zero, as they often do during the winter in Cincinnati, the pipes on the outside walls get the coldest and may freeze. You can pick up pipe insulation very affordably at your local home improvement store.

bonus tips for drain cleaning

Tip 4: NEVER Put Fats or Cooking Oil Down the Sink!

Putting fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink is a recipe for disaster. Although you may think it’s the most efficient way to get rid of oils, it actually causes lots of harm to your plumbing system. The now-liquidy fats can solidify in your cold pipes, which creates clogs and big problems for you in the future.

However, it’s impossible to keep completely ALL oil out of the sink– we know that. To maintain your kitchen sink, pour near boiling hot water down the drain occasionally. This should melt any leftover oils from last night’s dinner pans in a jiffy.

Tip 5: Become Friends with Your Main Water Shut-off Valve

The main water shut-off valve is the valve which controls all of the water intake into your home. Knowing where it is and how to turn it off could save you lots of heartache in an emergency situation. The best way to prevent emergencies when you are away from home for an extended period of time is just to shut off your main water valve.

Also, to make sure your main water shut-off valve is operating correctly, open and shut it occasionally so that you know it’s not stuck and that, in an emergency situation, it will work.

Related Reads: Why You Need to Inspect Your Home’s Plumbing

Doing little things to prevent emergencies may seem time-consuming and inconvenient, but it is nothing compared to the cost and time-suck that a real plumbing emergency creates. In the end, we think it’s definitely worth it.

Stop the plumbing disasters before they start! Download our FREE guide 14 Plumbing Don’ts When Unclogging a Drain. If you’re a DIYer, this checklist will save you time and help you avoid these common drain cleaning mistakes.

 

drain cleaning guide for diy

Why You Need to Inspect Your Home’s Plumbing

home plumbing inspectionThink about all of the plumbing equipment in your Cincinnati area home. From the water heater and sump pump to the toilets and sinks, there are a lot of things that could go wrong and ruin your day. Checking your home’s plumbing is one way to keep disaster at bay, so you won’t have to come home to find your kitchen turned into a swamp.

See these 3 reasons to regularly check your plumbing from:

Avoid A Basement Catastrophe

People like surprises, but finding water in your Cincinnati basement when you expect your sump pump to work is not one of them. Over time, your sump pump may wear out, or the float may get stuck on the side of your sump pump pit.

It’s important to periodically check your sump pump to make sure it is working to avoid a wet basement. It’s also a good idea to install a sump pump battery backup, so your sump pump will work even when the power goes out.

Steer Clear of a Toilet & Faucet Meltdown

As your home’s toilet and faucet get older, it is more likely to need a repair here and there. Before doing repairs yourself, it’s a good idea to check the shut off valves for your toilet, kitchen, and bathroom faucets. That way, if you ever need to shut off the water in the event of an emergency, you will know where they are located and how they work.

You can also inspect the inner workings of your toilet for wear and tear. Over time, the valves in your toilet can wear out, and eventually cause a running toilet. This can cost you money on your water bill in addition to the annoying noise it creates.

Related Reads: 7 Items to Never Put Down Your Drain!

Never Step Into a Freezing Shower Again

Avoid stepping into a freezing cold shower by checking your water heater. This important piece of plumbing equipment is responsible for heating the water in your house. Keeping tabs on it will prevent it from going out when you least expect it to. You’ll want to check it for leaks, but also look for signs of rust near the bottom of the tank. A water heater that decides to fail can be a real messy problem.

These are just a few of the important pieces of plumbing equipment in your home that you need to inspect on a regular basis. For more information about plumbing inspections or to schedule one by a professional, contact Herrmann Services today.

DIY drain cleaning like a pro

Wait, Why Is There Water Under My Furnace?

water under furnace

When it comes to odd places to find water in your house, under your furnace would probably top that list. While finding water under your furnace can be a cause for concern, it doesn’t always mean costly repairs. There are a few reasons why you might have a wet floor under your furnace, and luckily some of them can be easily fixed without calling a repairman.

Find the Source of Water

The first thing you want to do is to find out exactly where the water is coming from. Making sure that it’s not standing water that has leaked from pipes, your foundation, or something else (like your water tank or washing machine) will make things easier for you to pinpoint and repair. Once you’re positive it’s coming from the furnace, it’s time to look at the possible causes and solutions.

Reasons Why Your Furnace is Leaking

  1. The floor drain may be clogged. It may be something as simple as a clog in the drain around your furnace where condensation is drained away.  Clear the floor drain of dirt, debris, and obstructions regularly to help reduce backups and flooding.
  2. Pipes may be improperly insulated or taped. If it’s been awhile since your condensation-bearing pipes have been checked, cleaned, and repaired, the insulation or tape around them may be wearing out, allowing condensation to form. Routine maintenance and checking of these pipes can help keep things running smoothly, and prevent water from pooling.
  3. Your A/C’s internal drain may be clogged. If your A/C shares an internal drainage pipe or system with your furnace, a clog can be a good possible cause of standing water on your floor. These clogs can form easily without regular service, and do require a professional to check them.
  4. You may have an issue with your flue pipe. If your flue pipe is in bad shape or is improperly sized, this can allow condensation to build up inside the furnace system itself and then pool on the floor. Problems with your flue are best checked and serviced by a professional to ensure everything is done properly and reduce future issues.

These are some of the more common reasons why you might have water pooling under your furnace. Doing regular maintenance can help tremendously in decreasing the likelihood of costly repairs in the future. Having tune-ups and regular servicing can help increase your system’s efficiency, reduce utility costs, and save you money in the long run!

Still unsure about the cause of water under your furnace? The professionals at Herrmann Services are experts that can help! Contact us online or call us at (513) 407-5177 for a professional inspection that’ll keep your furnace running at peak conditions.New Call-to-action

8256 Clara Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45239

© 2017 Herrmann Services | All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Sitemap

SEO and HVAC Web Design by Lure Creative