Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

“Can My Heating Repair Needs Wait?”

February 11th, 2019

Stagnant-heating-vent-on-wall-near-floorWith nighttime temperatures traditionally hovering no higher than 39° at least through April, the short answer to this question is, “no.” If you do suspect or know that you have heating repair needs, you may be tempted to use your heater less and less, and be ready to just shut it off when the heating season ends so you don’t have to deal with it, but this can be a mistake.

Ignoring any sort of heating system issues can cause it to progress into a much bigger problem, leaving you with a broken down heater next year when you need it, or even before winter weather ends this year. But how do you know if you have heater problems that need managing, unless you’ve been told by a pro that you do? Read on to learn some of the common signs of a heating repair need.

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“What Is a Two-Stage Furnace and Will It Benefit Me?”

January 28th, 2019

technician-looking-over-furnaceWhen you are shopping for a new HVAC system, whether it is an air conditioner or heater, you may come across some terminology you don’t recognize. One term that’s becoming a little more common, is “two-stage.” You will typically see this used in the description of high-efficiency air conditioners and furnaces.

But what makes it different? Is it really any better than a single stage HVAC system? Keep reading to learn more about two-stage furnaces and how having one may very well be advantageous for your home.

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Beware This Common Boiler Threat

January 14th, 2019

Industrial boiler gas regulation and metering moduleThere may have been some point during your homeownership when you were told that your boiler is being impacted by scaling. Maybe you’re unsure of whether to take this problem seriously or not. We’re here to tell you that yes, you should. Scaling in boilers is actually really common, and also really serious. It’s caused by high levels of minerals in the water—namely, calcium and magnesium—that get left behind in the boiler tank and tubes. This can lead to a reduction in heat as well as a loud banging noise in some instances.

You may be wondering how this is dangerous for your boiler. Well, a boiler that’s suffering from scaling is in danger of breaking down entirely and/or leaking water into your home. Both of these would require prompt boiler services in Union, NJ. But we’d like to help you avoid this issue to begin with, if possible.

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Heat Pump Troubleshooting: A System That Won’t Heat

December 31st, 2018

vent on wall near floorWhen you live in New Jersey, you know that winter temperatures dip to a point that not only is a fully functional heater more comfortable, it’s a vital necessity to keep you warm and comfortable all season long. If you own a heat pump system for your heating and cooling needs, it’s likely due to its numerous benefits: heat pumps are versatile, efficient, and extremely effective. And since this system works year-round, it’s important that you have it regularly maintained and quickly repaired when something does go wrong with it.

If you noticed that your heat pump isn’t heating your home as you’d expect it to, its’ time to schedule repair services! The most obvious culprit is a broken reversing valve, which won’t allow you to switch the heat pump from cooling to heating mode at all. But there are a number of other reasons this might be occurring. Below, we’ve provided a list of possibilities.

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Is Your Sump Pump in Good Working Order?

December 17th, 2018

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system.Or rather, is it ready for winter? Sump pumps aren’t something that other parts of the country need—they don’t have the potential for flooding due to heavy rains and snowmelt like we do. Your sump pump is vital to your home during this time of the year—being able to pump water out of your basement or crawlspace as needed.

First off, we have to say that if you do need any service work done on your sump pump, it’s important to trust the work to a professional plumber in Chatham. Attempting the job on your own could do more harm than good, and leave you with an ineffective sump pump. However, there are some steps to take to ensure your sump pump is in good working order for the change in seasons.

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Tips to Improve Furnace Efficiency

December 3rd, 2018

cardboard house in the hand against the blue skyToday, furnaces cost a lot less to operate than they did years ago, which is due to higher efficiency ratings. This is a definite plus, especially when we consider all of the ways in which we spend our money. Switching to a high-efficiency furnace is definitely a step in the right direction. If you are looking for furnace services in Warren, NJ, look no further than Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

While investing in a new high-efficiency furnace is definitely a great way in which to enjoy better heating efficiency, it is not the only way. A new furnace is a major investment for most homeowners, and it may not be one that you can afford at any given moment. That’s why we have some tips to help you get a more efficient performance from the furnace that you already have in place!

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Reasons a Furnace Will Short-Cycle

November 19th, 2018

Man looking cold in front of thermostatNo matter what time of the year it is, there is one thing that you deserve—to be comfortable in your own home. You aren’t going to get that, however, if your HVAC systems aren’t functioning the way they should. There is a lot that can go wrong with any mechanical system or large piece of equipment. Your furnace is no exception. Remember, just because it seems to be running fine, doesn’t mean that’s actually the case.

Spotting the signs of problems with your furnace isn’t always easy. A heater that won’t start is certainly a clear sign that it needs repair—or replacement even if it’s an aging system—you’ll definitely want to call the pros for furnace repair in Chatham, NJ if this happens. But you should also recognize a more subtle sign, and know that it’s bad for your furnace—short-cycling.

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The Time to Prevent Frozen Pipes Is Now

November 5th, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoIt pretty much goes without saying that it gets pretty cold here in our area! As a result, frozen pipes are certainly a threat. While we don’t have to worry about them quite yet, the time to prepare for them and avoid this problem in the winter is now. Frozen pipes lead to other issues, such as burst pipes and subsequent damage, which we assume you’d like to avoid!

And remember, if you run into this problem in the coming months, or any other type of plumbing emergency, you should call a professional plumber in Union, NJ, versus trying to fix it on your own or hiring a general handyman. The plumbers on our team have extensive experience and you can rest assured that when we are on the job, the job will be done right!

So, what exactly can you do to prevent this problem? Read on!

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Could a Boiler Work for Your Home?

October 22nd, 2018

Industrial boiler gas regulation and metering moduleWith temperatures already cooled down to a point that you need your heating system on a daily basis, we hope yours is working as well as it sh. But what if you’ve skipped maintenance, or you have an aging system that just can’t keep up with the heating demand in your home anymore? Well, then it may very well be time to invest in a new heater.

We discourage you, though, from rushing to buy the biggest heater within your budget and just being satisfied with that. If your system is still operational for now we really urge you to take a few considerations into account for your next heating system purchase. And if you don’t already have a boiler system in place, it may be time for you to consider one! But what are the benefits? What makes them better than furnaces or other forced-air heating systems?

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The Top 3 Signs of Furnace Trouble

October 8th, 2018

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverWinters are harsh in our area. Or, at least they can be without an effective and efficiency furnace in place. And yours is about to be put under a lot of stress. The strain our furnaces go through during the coldest part of the year increases the chances of problems cropping up over time, which is why you should be particularly vigilant for signs that it is struggling and in need of furnace repair in Union, NJ.

Early detection of heater problems means prompt repairs and better damage prevention. Take a look below at the top 3 signs that something is amiss with your system, and be sure to give us a call right away once you do.

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