Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

Should You Consider Going Ductless This Year?

May 18th, 2020

wall-mounted-air-handler-in-modern-living-roomOne of the top reasons homeowners often choose to go ductless is because they’re able to take care of their air conditioning and heating needs all in one system. Also known as a ductless mini-split, the ductless systems has been gaining popularity, as they’re great for keeping homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

We get it though—choosing the best HVAC system for your home and specific needs can be overwhelming. After all, there are a number of great options out there to choose form. Our advice is to speak to a trained professional before making a final decision. Not all homes are a perfect match for going ductless, and it’s important to be aware of how your home’s setup plays a role in cooling and heating efficiency. For many homes though, ductless is definitely the way to go.

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What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

May 4th, 2020

pipe-with-leakThere are many times where a plumbing problem simply cannot wait for “normal business hours,” and in those cases, you need to be able to get in touch with a plumber right away.

But, do you really know what constitutes as a plumbing emergency? When should you really bite the bullet and call for emergency plumbing services, and is it worth incurring an additional cost? For the most part, that’s a question that only you as an individual can answer, and it’s also dependent on the exact scenario. For instance, a small leak in a single faucet isn’t likely a huge cause for concern, but if there is water spreading across your kitchen floor, that’s a different situation entirely. What should you do if that’s the case? We’ll get to that in a moment…

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How to Use Your AC More Efficiently

April 20th, 2020

illustration-of-green-house-and-money-on-scaleYou won’t meet many homeowners here in the New Jersey area who aren’t thankful for the use of central air conditioning. It’s essential in making our homes not only comfortable, but bearable. If your cooling system isn’t working the way you expect it to though, then it might be time to call for repairs, or if you haven’t scheduled it yet, maintenance.

When you skip necessary repairs and maintenance, you run the risk of your air conditioner behaving inefficiently. The good news is, in addition to staying on top of these needs, there are steps you can take to improve your AC efficiency, and therefore use less energy and save money. Read on for some of these steps.

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Heater Troubles: When to Repair Vs. When to Replace

April 6th, 2020

gas-jets-of-furnaceAre you worried about your heater breaking down at any given moment? If you aren’t aware of the signs that your furnace or heat pump system may need a repair, you probably are right to be concerned. It’s never fun to need heating repair, but it’s even worse when your heater just stops working altogether when you need it the most.

Sure, it may be spring and warmer temperatures are on their way, but for now, you still need your heater, which means you need it to function! So, how can you tell if yours needs repair? And at what point should you consider replacing the system altogether?

Read on as we uncover some insights into this.

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Don’t Ignore These Late Season Furnace Needs

March 23rd, 2020

technician-servicing-furnaceWe suppose you could say our weather is fairly predictable throughout the year. But as we transition into spring, you know as well as we do we can be surprised by very warm weather, or a couple more weeks of chilly temperatures. If the former happens, you’ll likely be tempted to shut off your gas furnace for the season and not think about it again. But if you have any heating repair needs that require attention, we really urge against ignoring them or delaying them.

Delaying any sort of heating system repair need can cause it to turn into a much bigger problem, leaving you with a broken down heater next year when you need it, or, depending on the circumstances, a malfunctioning air conditioner too! And especially in the case of a gas-powered system, delaying repairs can lead to safety issues. But how do you know if you even have heating problems that need managing? Read on as we uncover some of the symptoms of heater problems.

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Now Is the Time for This Important AC Service

March 9th, 2020

technician-working-on-air-conditionerWinter is slowly but surely on its way out, which means it’s definitely not too early for one very important air conditioning service—maintenance! Union summers are nothing to contend with, without a fully functional and efficiently operating cooling system. Still, we’ve found that homeowners are sometimes hesitant to schedule this service—why schedule air conditioning services when you haven’t even used the system yet, or if nothing appears to be wrong with it?

Trust us when we say, maintenance is essential to the overall effectiveness of your air conditioning system and your home comfort this spring and summer. Be sure to reach out to our team of professionals for your AC maintenance, and read on to learn how air conditioning maintenance benefits you.

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Are You Using Your Heater As Efficiently As Possible?

February 24th, 2020

heating-vent-in-wallWinter is plugging right along, and chances are you’ve used your heater a lot this season. That’s just a part of living in our area, right? Well yes, but paying an arm and a leg to use that heater certainly shouldn’t be a part of living in our area. But the fact of the matter is, that’s what many homeowners are doing, through no fault of their own. Too often, we see individuals use their heaters inefficiently, and they end up paying more in energy costs, repair bills, and premature replacement costs as a result.

So what can you do to avoid all this? Do you need to spend a lot of money to avoid spending a lot of money? Not at all! There are some very cost-effective and even free things you can do to boost efficiency and lower costs. Read on!

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The Problem with a Cracked Heat Exchanger

February 10th, 2020

gas-jets-of-furnaceDo you use a gas-powered furnace? If you do, you’re certainly not alone—many homeowners in our area use these powerful and efficient heating systems to keep warm all winter long. But if you are one of these homeowners, there is one potential safety risk you should be aware of—a cracked heat exchanger.

Like any other powerful appliance or equipment that creates combustion gases, an ill-maintained furnace could potentially create health and safety hazards. This is true whether you skip maintenance or delay a necessary repair, especially if that repair is to a cracked heat exchanger! This isn’t a problem that typically occurs in newer heating systems, but rather those that are aging—around 10-15 years old.

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Do You Need Professional Drain Cleaning?

January 27th, 2020

plumber-cleaning-drain-with-drain-snakeThe holidays may be over but they could still have their lingering effects, and no, we don’t mean on your credit card bill.

We’re talking about your plumbing! If you hosted any big meals this past holiday season, you likely made a lot of use of your kitchen sink and garbage disposal system. As such, you may have a buildup of FOG (fats, oils, and grease) and other food items.

Kitchens aren’t the only victim of the holidays, either, when it comes to your plumbing system. Visiting guests means excessive use of your bathrooms as well, where clogs are just as likely.

But how do you know if you need professional drain cleaning? Read on as we uncover some of the signs.

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Noises You Never Want to Hear from Your Furnace

January 13th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsThe thing about household noises is sometimes they can be easy to ignore or brushed off. It’s easy to deny that anything is wrong, and often desirable to do so since nobody wants to pay for unnecessary repairs.

However, there are some noises that just shouldn’t be ignored, and often they come from your furnace. Now, not all are serious. For instance, a rattle from your furnace might indicate a loose panel that needs to be tightened. But it may instead suggest you have a cracked heat exchanger, which can lead to a hazardous carbon monoxide leak.

On our team, we understand how important it is to protect yourself and your family. If you hear suspicious noises coming from your heating system, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule service on our website. Read on as we uncover some of the noises you never want to hear coming from your furnace.

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