Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

Why Won’t My Heat Pump Heat Anymore?

January 1st, 2018

question-mark-blue-whiteA heat pump is a highly efficient air conditioning and heating system, all in one. Most heating systems, like furnaces and boilers, have to generate heat using natural gas or large amounts of electricity. Heat pumps use electricity, but they only have to move heat, rather than generating it. This results in much lower energy usage than comparable systems, especially if you purchase a high-efficiency heat pump.

However, like any system, a heat pump can run into trouble. One of the most alarming is when a heat pump just won’t heat! You might hear that the fan has turned on and the system appears to be running—so why don’t you feel any heat from the vents?

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Features to Look for in a New Furnace

December 18th, 2017

couple-coffee-floor-paint-samplesChoosing the latest and greatest technology when it comes to something like a cell phone or a smart TV is a matter of convenience and, let’s admit it, fun. You picked out that smartphone with the high megapixel camera because you love showing off your awesome photos, or you got that new TV to watch the big game in a way you never have before.

However, when it comes time to pick out a new furnace, you might not be so excited to go for the latest and greatest technology. After all, you won’t be looking at the furnace, and heat is heat, right? We certainly don’t think so. While it may not be as flashy as some of the other technology in a home, a new furnace with the latest features can certainly help you feel more comfortable and save money. It’s worth it!

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Troubleshooting a Gas Hot Water Boiler

December 4th, 2017

boiler-system-residentialIn general, we don’t recommend that you attempt to troubleshoot a boiler on your own, and certainly don’t believe the average homeowner should attempt to make repairs to a hot water boiler. This could be dangerous, and time-consuming when you don’t know what to look for. Technicians with the proper training can come to your home and make a quick assessment with all the tools they need to do so.

Still, it’s useful to know what can go wrong. That way, you know why it’s so important to take care of issues quickly and have a better idea of what to expect.

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Should You Replace Your Furnace Before It’s Too Cold?

November 20th, 2017

open-older-furnaceThere are some things you own that you may replace well before they fail on you. For instance, you might replace your smartphone with the latest and greatest model primarily to take advantage of the camera. You replace your furniture even though it’s still in decent shape just to get a better color or upholstery.

However, there are some things you don’t tend to replace until they’ve completely given out on you. This includes home systems like the garbage disposal, clothes dryer, and, unfortunately, the furnace. We think it’s a mistake to wait this long to replace your heating system though.

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Get Better Efficiency from Your Heating System

November 6th, 2017

money-heat-blue-chimneyHeating systems have improved in many ways since we first became a company in 1912. The most noticeable and needed improvement has been in terms of safety. Today’s heating systems don’t even require you to keep a pilot light lit. They can ignite themselves with electronic ignition systems, and only when the thermostat calls for heat.

No matter which system you choose, the risk of a gas leak, carbon monoxide leak, or fire is much, much lower than it once was. What differs from system to system, though, is efficiency rating. Heating systems have better efficiency than ever before, so why are you still paying an arm and a leg every winter?

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4 Common Furnace Repairs

October 23rd, 2017

open-furnace-cabinet-glovesWhen your furnace runs effectively year after year, a problem with the system comes as a surprise. Furnaces are durable, after all, but only assuming they get the service they really need year after year. Improper maintenance can be a huge contributing factor as to why a heating system experiences frequent breakdowns, although many come without warning.

In any case, it’s important to call in technicians ASAP when a furnace is not functioning properly so that you promptly get the service your system needs. Finding out why furnaces tend to fail will hopefully convince you of the need for both fast service and routine furnace maintenance. Read on to learn more!

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What Type of Heating System Is Best?

October 9th, 2017

furnace-burner-litWhen it comes to purchasing a new computer, television, bicycle, or even a simple lightbulb, most people want the best item they can afford. They want the fastest system, the clearest picture, the bike that requires the least maintenance, the most efficient bulb. The “best” is sometimes hard to define, but a lot easier when you spend a lot of time interacting with those items. When it comes to finding the “best” heating system, it’s a bit of a mystery.

In large part, finding the best heating system for a home is so difficult because there’s no easy answer. There is no one heater to rule them all. The best heating system is simply the one that’s best for your home. And that depends on several different factors.

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How to Prevent Repairs for Your Furnace

September 25th, 2017

furnace-repair-technicianThis year, don’t waste your time making repairs for your home furnace in the middle of winter, when you need it most. You might be surprised to hear that a large portion of the problems we see with furnaces in the colder season are largely preventable. Furnace repairs are frustrating, and in some cases, they are also dangerous. We want to help you avoid them at all costs.

We have seen firsthand that preventative maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your furnace, lowering your bills, and, possible, preventing repairs altogether. Find out our expert tips for preventing your furnace from breaking down or operating poorly below! For more, feel free to reach out to our team anytime.

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Why Join a Maintenance Plan for Your AC and Heater?

September 11th, 2017

clipboard-document-homeSome of the major investments you own are things you take every opportunity to protect. Your car, for example, hopefully receives regular oil changes and tire rotations. Your computer likely has antivirus protection installed. And you may use surge protectors to reduce the possibility of power surges that can slowly wear out your electronics.

The devices you don’t see or think of so often, though, may miss out on some of this protection you typically put into your investments. When it comes to your HVAC equipment—your heating and air conditioning equipment—the best way to make sure you get the service you need is with an HVAC maintenance plan from a local contractor.

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Your Guide to Picking Out a New HVAC System

August 28th, 2017

family-moving-home-boxesBuying a new air conditioner often comes as a “distress purchase.” This term describes a purchase made in a time of need, when you cannot go for any longer without cool air in your home. However, as the air conditioning season draws to a close, we hope you’ll have more time to pick out your new air conditioner as it becomes less urgent.

Better yet, when you pick out a new air conditioner or heater before it breaks down—as it hits the 10-15 year mark—you’ll save yourself a lot of stress and get a new system you actually love! We’ve got your guide to some of the best features in the industry in today’s post.

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