Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

“Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?”

June 27th, 2022

old-rusty-air-conditionerSummer has officially begun, and temperatures are starting to warm up. If you’ve already turned on your air conditioner for the season and discovered that it has some troubling symptoms, you may be wondering if you can put off managing them.

Typically, it’s always best to contact a professional to take a look if your air conditioner is struggling, whether it’s not cooling as powerfully as you think it should be, you suspect ductwork damage, it’s making strange noises, or anything else that seems suspicious.

In many cases, we’ll be able to conduct a repair for you and your air conditioner will get you through the rest of summer reliably and efficiently. It is possible, however, particularly if you have an aging system, that it’s time to replace your cooling system altogether. Read on to learn the signs that this time is nearing.

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Ice and Your AC: Why It’s Happening and Why It’s Bad News

June 13th, 2022

If someone asked you where you most expected to observe ice forming, you’d probably say on the streets in the wintertime, or maybe inside your freezer. These are sensible responses! What isn’t sensible, however, is seeing ice anywhere on your cooling system. Maybe you’ve never considered this, and maybe the first time you discover it, you’ll think it’s normal. After all, cooling systems chill the air, right?

While air conditioners do chill the air, ice is never a part of the process, and if you see it developing anywhere on your air conditioner, it’s not okay. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should try to remove the ice on your own–this can damage the system further and not get to the root of the problem causing the ice. So, your next step should be to call our team!

In the meantime, however, read on to learn a bit more about why this happens.

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Why Your Storage Tank Water Heater Needs Professional Maintenance

May 16th, 2022

water-heaterOf all the things you enjoy within your household, we’re going to guess that a warm, or even hot, shower in order to get clean and refresh is at the top of your list. This also means that there is nothing worse than being in the middle of that shower and having the water suddenly turn ice-cold.

If this has happened to you or someone in your household, then there were probably some choice words uttered before the water got warm again, if it did at all.

You should consider an event like this as a bit of a wake-up call that something is amiss with your water heater. It might be struggling with the job it’s meant to do, and if you ignore this problem, you might be stuck with a completely broken down water heater later on. But you can avoid this, with professional maintenance! Read on to learn more.

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Tips for Boosting Home Efficiency This Summer

May 2nd, 2022

outside-ac-unit-sitting-on-pile-of-moneyIn our previous blog post, we addressed the importance of professional annual AC maintenance, with one of the benefits of this service being that it helps your air conditioner work as efficiently as it’s meant to. But did you know there is more you could be doing in order to ensure its efficiency and therefore its ability to cool your home affordably? There is!

Read on as we uncover some of our top tips for staying cool in between maintenance sessions, and for the years to come.

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Now’s the Time: Schedule AC Maintenance Today!

April 18th, 2022

two-technicians-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitHave you ever wondered when the right time to schedule professional air conditioning maintenance is? If you ask a qualified and experienced HVAC professional, they’ll likely tell you that the answer is in the early spring, before you actually need your cooling system the most.

This is a good recommendation! Of course, another question homeowners often ask our professionals is, “do I really even need air conditioning maintenance?” We get it–you could be wondering why you’d want to pay for a service on your air conditioner when the system is operating “just fine.”

The fact of the matter is, “just fine” isn’t always good enough. Your air conditioner, for example, might not be operating as efficiently as it otherwise could be. This means you’ll be paying too much to use the system, plus it can accumulate wear and tear at a faster rate than it otherwise would. Routine maintenance helps reduce repair needs, increase equipment lifespan, and improve efficiency. Read on to learn more!

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“How Often Do I Need to Check My Sump Pump?”

April 4th, 2022

sump-pumpFor homes in our climate, the sump pump is a staple appliance, resting in the basement or otherwise the lowest point of a property. Sump pump systems help you avoid water damage due to flooding, switching on automatically as they gather excess water in the pit (sump) and then pump it out, either to a well or a wastewater system.

While you might not think that a huge flood can impact your house this way, you’d be surprised what a plumbing mishap or heavy rainstorm can do. And standing water in the basement or crawlspace of a home is a huge problem. It can cause severe damage to the foundation of your home, rotting away wood, and creating other hazards.

It also raises the humidity in your home, encouraging mold and mildew growth. We suggest that most homes in our area have a sump pump installed as an important precaution. Of course, if you found your way to this particular blog post, then chances are you already have one, so, how often should it be checked? Read on to find out!

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Are You Ready for a Heater Upgrade?

March 21st, 2022

technician-working-on-furnaceModern heating systems are designed to last a very long time, but no heater can last forever, unfortunately, And when your heating system starts to show signs that it’s about to fail, it’s important to get a replacement as soon as possible. Far too many people wait and end up paying more month-to-month for inefficient heating operation, and potentially even facing a total breakdown.

Replacing the furnace or heat pump in your home at the right time can make the difference between a graceful transition into a new, more efficient, and affordable heating system, and a debilitating breakdown when you need your heater the most. Sure, we’re venturing into spring now, but you know as well as we do that colder temperatures can still surprise us. Read on to learn the signs that it may be time for you to upgrade your heating system before it’s too late!

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Sounds You Don’t Want Your Furnace Making

March 7th, 2022

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenWouldn’t it be great if we lived in a time that HVAC systems were created to make no noise at all? While we can’t promise that will ever happen, we can say with certainty that your HVAC systems may make sounds, but they should be that loud.

You can expect to hear things like the air ducts fluctuating as temperatures fluctuate inside of them, and air rushing through the vents and into your living space. But there are other noises you don’t want to hear–and that’s pretty much anything outside of the ordinary operational sounds you hear.

Read on as we uncover some specific noises that if you hear, indicate it’s time to give our team a call!

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How to Plan Around Your Plumbing with Your Kitchen Remodel

February 21st, 2022

plumber-helping-homeowner-with-sinkThis is a popular time of year for many indoor remodeling projects since homeowners aren’t typically spending a whole lot of time outdoors. However, small remodeling projects can become huge headaches if they’re not done correctly, or done without any professional assistance.

Take your kitchen plumbing, for example. There are actually quite a few things that can go wrong with your plumbing on any given day–a jammed-up garbage disposal, a clogged drain, a leaky plumbing appliance. Add on an amateur remodeling job and you could have the recipe for disaster. No need to worry though–we have some tips for you below on how you can plan around your plumbing with your kitchen remodel so you can avoid the pitfalls that other homeowners have faced. Read on!

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Have You Scheduled This Important Heating Service Yet?

February 7th, 2022

technciian-working-on-furnacePerhaps you haven’t put a whole lot of thought into the state of your heating system lately. We’d be a bit surprised if this was the case, since it’s certainly been cold here recently! But maybe you’re just relying on it to work as efficiently and effectively as ever without giving it a second thought.

We want you to give it a second thought! Scheduling maintenance, one of the most important heating services there is, is the only way you can ensure your system works as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.

Professional maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly clean, adjust, and inspect your heater for any problems, which we can alert you to right away so you can schedule service for your system. Read on as we talk more about this important service.

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