Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

Plumbing Emergency? Here’s What to Do

July 16th, 2018

woman with rubber gloves on looking at leak under bathroom sinkWe probably don’t have to tell you how integral to the functionality of your home your plumbing system is. Still though, even though you know this, you probably don’t think about this home component very much—that is, until something goes wrong. The fact of the matter is, things like leaks, clogs, and other plumbing issues very rarely happen at a “convenient” time, and when they do occur you may very well need the assistance of a professional Kenilworth emergency plumber.

But how do you know what constitutes an emergency? When does a problem need to be addressed right away and when can it wait? This, of course, is dependent on your specific situation. For instance, if you have a drip coming from a faucet in the home, you’re not going to be concerned, but if water is gushing out of a burst pipe on your kitchen floor, then you have an entirely different scenario on your hands. So, what do you do?

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Why Liquid Drain Cleaning Solutions Are No Solution

July 2nd, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.Drain clogs. They’re one of those unfortunate parts of being a homeowner, no matter where you live.

Drain clogs are also one of those things that most homeowners deal with incorrectly.

What we mean is that many people believe that all they need for a good drain cleaning in Scotch Plains is a bottle of store-bought, liquid drain cleaning solution. But we couldn’t think of a worse way to deal with this particular plumbing problem.

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As Summer Begins, Don’t Neglect Your Cooling System

June 18th, 2018

return vent on floor of roomThe official start of summer is here in just a few short days, making now the best time to arrange for your cooling system’s annual air conditioning maintenance, if you haven’t done so already. There are a few basic tasks you can complete on your own when it comes to air conditioning maintenance, like changing your air filter every 1-3 months. But for full maintenance that makes an overall difference to the performance of your system, you’ll want to call in a pro.

Only a trained and experienced HVAC professional can handle the various tasks required for such a job, like thoroughly inspecting motors and electrical connections, and comprehensively cleaning coils and moving parts. You can count on our staff to provide your cooling system with effective maintenance every year.

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A Guide to the Latest Technology in Air Conditioning

June 4th, 2018

technology iconIt may take longer to warm up in our part of the country, but when summer does finally grant us with soaring temperatures, you’ll be grateful for effective and efficient air conditioning in Union, NJ. But is your air conditioning system working as efficiently as possible?

There are ways to boost how efficiently a cooling system works, no matter how old it is. For instance, scheduling routine maintenance helps it perform better, as does staying on top of repair needs and getting those repairs managed right away. Changing your air filter every 1-3 months also helps with performance, and running your ceiling fans in combination with your cooling system allows you to turn the thermostat up a few degrees.

But perhaps the best efficiency tip we have, particularly if you have an air conditioner that’s 10-15 years old, is to upgrade to a new, more technologically advanced, air conditioning system.

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2 Unexpected Reasons for AC Repairs

May 21st, 2018

technician working on air conditioning unitWeird things can happen that cause your air conditioner to fail. We aren’t talking about anything too bizarre, but they can definitely be unexpected for homeowners who aren’t too familiar with HVAC equipment or how their air conditioners operate.

But any need for AC repair in Union, NJ is no surprise to our HVAC technicians, who have seen it all. The average homeowner is rarely aware of what can cause an air conditioning system failure—and it can definitely sneak up on you. So without further ado, here are a couple unexpected reasons for AC repairs, and a couple not-so-surprising reasons for AC problems.

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How NOT to Save Money on Plumbing

May 7th, 2018

white pipe with blue cloth tied around itWhen you have a major plumbing problem, you need help fast. Most plumbing issues come as a surprise, and chances are you don’t want to spend a lot of money to manage this one. Fortunately, you know someone who knows someone who is a handyman! They can do things like fix loose mounts, hang shelves, and unclog a sink with a plunger. He doesn’t have any formal training, but that’s okay, right?

Well, if you don’t want to save money on your plumbing repairs, then sure, that’s just fine. Read on to learn about the difference between most “handymen” and professional plumbers in Chatham, NJ. Be sure to call our team when you want us to prove to you the invaluable experience of highly trained and experienced plumbing contractors.

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Why Is the Water Heater Acting Up?

April 23rd, 2018

water heater tankNo matter what season it is or temperatures are outside, there is one heating system you’ll always need to function at full capacity—your water heater. It’s easy to take this home component for granted, and blindly trust that you’ll have hot water from the taps whenever you need it.

When you think about the amount of strain a water heater has on it (it works 365 days a year, after all) it’s easy to understand that you can’t expect it to work 100% free of problems. At some point, you may need to invest in professional Union water heater repair. It helps to know the warning signs that something has gone wrong, the biggest of which we’ve covered below.

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Drain Cleaning Advice from Professional Plumbers

April 9th, 2018

hand gripping drain pipeDrain clogs and blockages are an unfortunate part of modern living, one that we all have to deal with at one time or another. However, clogs are also one of those things that homeowners deal with incorrectly. When a blockage develops in the average home, most people go out and get some store-bought drain cleaning liquid to manage the issue. This is actually a terrible way to deal with it!

Keep reading for some tips from the pros on why you should always have a plumber handle drain cleaning in your living space.

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How to Check Your Sump Pump Properly this Spring

March 26th, 2018

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system.Your sump pump is one of the most important components there is when it comes to your plumbing system. It helps prevent water damage from flooding, and goes to work automatically as excess water gathers in the sump (a pit). Then, that water is pumped out either into the municipal wastewater supply or a well.

Of course, not all homes in the Madison area have basements, and not all neighborhoods are susceptible to flood risks. However, sump pumps definitely have their place for the homeowners who do benefit from them. Whether it’s snowmelt or a plumbing burst, your home can certainly accumulate a lot of property damage without a functioning sump pump, from rotted wood and mold growth to other hazards caused by the excessive and stagnant moisture.

What if you already know all this and have a sump pump in place already? That’s great! Now is the perfect time to test it and make sure it’s ready for the coming season!

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4 Common-Sense Ways to Save Money on Heating

March 12th, 2018

hot-house-air-conditioningWe could all use a bit of extra spending money, but those monthly bills get in the way. Often, homeowners are paying a lot more than they have to on home necessities without realizing it. Some small changes to the way you use and maintain your heating system can help it to run more smoothly and reduce your monthly spending on energy and fuel costs.

As heating experts, we know of many ways to upgrade a heating system and help your home to operate more efficiently—things we wouldn’t recommend homeowners try on their own. However, there are also some small things you can do which, when you think about it, just make sense!

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