Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

The Importance of Servicing Boilers Before You Need To

October 7th, 2019

technician-adjusting-knobs-on-gas-boiler“What do you mean by that?” you might ask.

Well, what we mean is, rather than waiting for a sudden need for boiler service in Union, NJ, such as an emergency repair, you should be proactive and pre-emptive, and schedule boiler maintenance soon.

“Wait, does my boiler really need to be maintained?”

It may seem like a simple enough system—way less complex than a furnace, for example. Boilers are often found in homes that don’t have a network of ducts, since they operate by circulating hot water through pipes to terminal points such as radiators and baseboard heaters, where the heat then radiates into the rooms of your home. And yes, boilers have fewer moving parts than furnaces or heat pumps so they wear down slower and will require fewer repairs over their extended lifespan.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t ever wear down or need a repair!

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Is It Already Time for Furnace Maintenance?

September 23rd, 2019

technician-looking-into-furnaceIt’s officially fall, and homeowners throughout our area are looking forward to cooler temperatures and fun fall activities. But have you thought about the state of your furnace?

This is the time of year to plan for heating maintenance, if you haven’t already made an appointment or aren’t already part of our maintenance service agreement. Heating maintenance is best performed during the fall, before you need your system the most—though it’s worth noting that it’s more important you have this service done consistently each year (or twice a year if you have a heat pump) than it is the time of year you have it done.

Keep reading as we look into one of the most common types of home heating systems—the furnace—and explain just why scheduling routine preventive maintenance is so important.

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Your 2019 Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite

September 11th, 2019

NextdoorLogo_greenMax Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, A Corp. has been named a Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite for 2019!

Nextdoor enables those in your community to easily create private online groups for their neighborhoods in order to facilitate conversation surrounding local businesses, products, and services.

Neighborhood favorite winners are chosen by those communities through a voting process. That means we couldn’t have gotten here without you—our valued customers! Thank you and please join us in thanking our team for providing consistent and reliable service throughout the Union, NJ area and surrounding areas for over 100 years.

Contact Max Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, A Corp. for great HVAC service today!

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Tips for Shutting Down Your AC for Winter

September 9th, 2019

AC-Condenser-UnitChances are, you’re still going to need your air conditioner to run for a little bit longer, even though the official end of summer is just a couple weeks away. In fact, even fall can introduce some surprise heat waves. Eventually, you’ll look at the upcoming weather forecast, see temperatures dropping, and know that winter is coming.

At this point, it’s essential that you have your heating system tuned-up and inspected to prevent problems with it. You can arrange for this with our team as soon as you want to! We provide comprehensive and thorough maintenance for all types of heating systems. But in addition to heating maintenance, there’s something else you’ll need to do with your HVAC systems this time of the year.

You’ll want to winterize your air conditioner! That’s right, we don’t recommend simply turning off the air conditioner and leaving it. It can suffer damage over the winter if this occurs, and that damage can jeopardize its functionality when you need it again next year. So, how exactly do you prep your AC for the off-season?

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Know the Signs of a Struggling Cooling System

August 26th, 2019

top-view-of-air-conditioning-outdoor-unitSummer is progressing right along, and you’ve likely been using your air conditioner on a daily basis as a result. The last thing you need, then, is a sudden and unexpected breakdown and repair call when temperatures are at their highest.

The good news here is that most cooling system repair needs give out signs and symptoms well before the air conditioner actually breaks down. While you shouldn’t attempt to formally diagnose or even repair a faulty air conditioner yourself since they include potentially harmful components such as refrigerant—which requires formal training and licensing to safely handle—you can still spot these signs that you’re in need of AC repairs. So, what are the most common indicators?

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How to Choose an Air Conditioning Repair Professional

August 12th, 2019

ac-tech-repairing-air-conditionerYou can probably find a number of people who would be willing to do some work on your air conditioner for cheap. The problem is, many of these “handymen” or enthusiastic “do-it-yourself” folks don’t actually have any experience or training in the HVAC industry, and may even be hoping to learn a thing or to by working on your air conditioner—do you want your cooling system to be used as a guinea pig?

Do you want your wallet to suffer the consequences?

We’re guessing not—we advise that you not put the wellbeing of your HVAC system at risk—things like faulty installation and incomplete maintenance can certainly be detrimental to the functionality of your system, while a poor repair job can leave you without a functioning air conditioner at all!

So, how do you do your due diligence when choosing an air conditioner repair professional? We’ve shared some tips for what you should look for, below.

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Tips for Using Your AC Most Efficiently

July 29th, 2019

ac-on-pile-of-moneyIf there’s anything that the majority of homeowners want to know, it’s how to make their air conditioner more efficient so they can save money on their energy bills. Considering how uncomfortably hot it can get during our long summers, it’s only natural that you are one of these homeowners!

And we have good news—there are a number of AC services that will help with this, including preventive maintenance to help fend off repair needs and lower your bills. There are also HVAC and indoor air quality products that can help with this too. Plus, simple things like adjusting your thermostat a few more degrees higher than you normally due, and changing your air filer very 1-3 months, will help!

Interested? Keep reading to learn more!

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Store-Bought Drain Cleaning Solutions Cost More Than You Think

July 15th, 2019

animated-drain-with-arrows-showing-direction-of-water-flow“Wait, what?” you might be wondering. Store-bought chemical drain cleaners cost nothing at all! That’s why you buy them in the first place—they’re affordable and easy solutions to drain clogs, right?

Well, sure… but we’re talking about a different kind of cost. The cost of using these cheap alternatives to professional drain cleaning is much higher than you might realize, by way of plumbing repairs and potentially even whole-home repiping if you use them for too long.

Did this get your attention? Read on!

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What to Do When You Have a Plumbing Emergency

July 1st, 2019

worried-homeowner-mopping-up-water-from-floorWe’re sure you’d agree that no plumbing problem happens at a convenient time—so to you, any plumbing problem may seem like an emergency. So, you want to work with a plumber that offers emergency services!

Fortunately, you can call us when you do have an emergency—we’re here for your plumbing needs whenever you need them. Sure there are some instances in which your plumbing problem isn’t actually an emergency, but for times of crisis, we’re here.

But what do you do while you wait for your plumber to get to your home? Surely you shouldn’t just sit there and watch water cascade through your kitchen or seep through your carpet in the case of a slab leak. Read on for what you should do when you’re facing a plumbing emergency.

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Air Conditioning Tasks You Can Manage on Your Own

June 17th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterTemperatures are warming, and it’s almost time to start using our air conditioners on a daily basis again. If you haven’t already, this means that now is the perfect time to schedule your professional air conditioner maintenance appointment. Professional tune-ups enable our pros to fully inspect and clean your cooling system, making any adjustments we see necessary, and recommending repairs as needed, too.

Managing these repairs before you need your air conditioner daily will ensure your system lasts all season. Once professional maintenance and repairs are taken care of, you’re off the hook, right? Well…not quite. We actually encourage you to take care of a few smaller maintenance tasks in between professional services to ensure your air conditioner is good to go for the warmer weather. These tasks include:

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