Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

Is Your Furnace in Need of Professional Help?

January 24th, 2022

checklist-with-red-markersThe absolutely last thing you need to worry about during this time of the year is whether or not your heating system is going to make it through winter. Of course, if your furnace has been routinely maintained by a professional and you keep on top of your heating repair needs, this shouldn’t be a concern.

But what if you don’t know when your furnace needs service–meaning, you don’t know the signs that it is in disrepair? Well, that’s what we’re here for!

We want to start by saying, the best way to fend off heavy repair needs is with routine maintenance. Whether you have an electric or a gas-powered furnace in your household, you should be staying on top of your annual maintenance appointments. This will help the system work as effectively and efficiently as possible for as long as possible.

Keep in mind though, while maintenance protects against big, surprise repair needs, your system will still need some repairs throughout its service life. Read on to learn signs that yours is, in fact, in need of professional repairs.

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Here’s Why You Need a Pro for Your Heater Installation

January 10th, 2022

technician-servicing-furnaceWe’re going to take a wild guess and say that if you’ve found yourself reading a blog post about heating installation in January, it likely means that you are pretty desperate to get some reliable heat in your home, ASAP! However, this really isn’t a service you want to rush. As important as it is to find the right heat for your home, you should also trust the team that is doing the job.

And no, you can’t just install your heater on your own.

Okay, well you probably could, but we can’t guarantee that you’d be able to do so as effectively or as efficiently as possible. Nor can we promise your safety, particularly in the case of a gas-powered heater.

Keep reading as we dive into the work that goes into a furnace installation. We’re sharing this with you not so you’ll try to install your heater by yourself, but so that you see why it is so important to hire a pro!

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How to Help Your Heater Work More Efficiently This Winter

December 27th, 2021

hvac-ventThe holiday season can leave a lot of us looking for ways to save money. This might tempt you to use your heater as little as possible so that you don’t have to worry about high energy bills. Affordable energy bills, after all, will make a huge difference to your budget!

Well, we have good news. There are some easy ways to boost energy efficiency and therefore lower your monthly utility costs, without sacrificing your comfort by avoiding heater use. Read on as we uncover some tips to ensure you’ll get the most out of your heating system without going broke doing so.

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Our #1 Safety Tip if you Have a Gas Furnace

December 13th, 2021

woman-hands-holding-paper-houseWe know, we know. The title of this blog post makes it seems like gas furnaces are inherently dangerous. This is simply not true. What is true, however, is that if you don’t properly care for your gas furnace, it can become dangerous. Why is this? Well because gas lines can leak, and when a furnace isn’t well-maintained or if the damage isn’t repaired, it’s more likely for this to occur.

The biggest risk is a carbon monoxide (CO) leak. CO exposure is one of the leading causes of household illnesses and injury, and even leads to many fatalities each year. We say this not to scare you, but for you to be aware. The component that you need to be most worried about is the heat exchanger. Read on as we uncover more about the heat exchanger, as well as our #1 safety tip if you have a gas furnace–scheduling annual furnace maintenance.

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Heed These Signs You Need Boiler Repairs

November 15th, 2021

boiler-systemBoilers are one of the most efficient and effective heating systems on the market, and when you live somewhere like the Chatham area, efficient and effective is exactly what you need to stay comfortable! But just like any other heating system, your boiler won’t last forever. If you keep it professionally maintained–you should be scheduling maintenance once a year for this system–and keep up with repair needs, you can count on your boiler lasting about 20 years.

But what if you don’t know how to detect whether or not your boiler system actually needs repair? Well, you’re in luck if you’ve found this blog post, because we’re about to tell you what signs to watch for. Read on!

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Know These Symptoms of a Plumbing Leak

November 1st, 2021

checklist-with-red-markerWe’ve probably all seen the movies or the TV shows where someone discovers a leak when a rainstorm hits, or when they really need to get the home ready for a gathering. These scenes usually involve a bunch of buckets placed around the property to gather water aggressively dripping from the ceiling or whatnot.

The truth of the matter is, most leaks are actually a lot more subtle than this, and don’t come from rainstorms–they come from your plumbing system. You want to know about these leaks as soon as possible, so that you can have them repaired and limit the risk of damage to your property. And they hardly ever happen at a convenient time–at least Hollywood gets that part right. But, how do you know if you have a leak? Other than having water gushing out of a pipe underneath a sink or from your toilet (ew!), are there symptoms you can look for?

There sure are! Read on as we uncover some of the most common warning signs you can watch out for that will alert you to the presence of a leak.

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Our Start of the Season Furnace Guide

October 18th, 2021

Many homeowners in our community are beginning the heating season by turning on their powerful furnace systems. Furnaces produce heat by either burning gas or creating electrical resistance that heats up the air. The first time your furnace heats up the air for the season, you might encounter some strange events. From noises to odd smells, a furnace can go through some growing pains every season, and we want to be the team to walk you through them.

First of all, don’t hesitate to call us for furnace repair in Warren. If you think something is wrong with your furnace, even before you turn the system on for the season, then our team can help with targeted repairs. We have the training, expertise, and necessary equipment to provide fast and reliable repairs on furnace systems in our area.

For everyone else, keep reading!

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How Long Does a Boiler Really Last?

October 4th, 2021

analog-clock-on-wallImagine waking up on a frigid January morning. Your radiator is cold. There is no hot water for the shower. Your old boiler has finally quit. This could be avoided if you keep an eye on its age and replace it before it breaks down. 

At Max Sr. and Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we have 109 years of home heating experience. This includes providing boiler service in Kenilworth, New Jersey. We believe it is better to prevent a problem than to fix an emergency problem. Here are a few tips to help you identify the age of your boiler and determine when it might be time to replace it.

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Yes a Tankless Water Heater Needs Tune-Ups, Here’s Why!

September 20th, 2021

tankless-water-heaterIf you’ve ever had a tank water heater system in your home, then you know it’s big, pretty noticeable, and in some cases can even be a bit noisy. In other words, it’s pretty hard not to pay attention to it. You also probably know that a tank water heater needs maintenance. What you might not know is that if you have a tankless system, it too needs a tune-up.

Scaling, or the buildup of mineral deposits, can have a negative impact on the unit, causing problems with water pressure, temperature, and even potential corrosion. They need occasional flushing to resolve this problem. So, yes, a tankless water heater needs a tune-up!

The maintenance that’s done to a conventional tank water heater is actually pretty similar to what needs to be done for a tankless system. Read on to learn more!

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No, That Sound Isn’t a Figment of Your Imagination: Signs You Need AC Repairs

September 6th, 2021

outside-ac-unitWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again–there is no such thing as an air conditioner repair need that crops up at a convenient time. Still though, you might be wondering why you can’t just wait until next year to address any AC repairs you might have right now, since fall and winter are right around the corner anyway.

Well, we still have some warm days ahead, for starters, and the last thing you need is an unreliable air conditioner to break down on you when you need it the most. Plus, letting an air conditioner sit in disrepair all season long could lead to a breakdown next year when you need it to function reliably!

Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that you need AC repairs. 

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