Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

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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Frozen Pipes: What to Do to Prevent and Treat Them

December 30th, 2019

frozen-pipe-with-iciclesWe won’t go as far as saying frozen pipes are inevitable, but if you don’t take the proper steps to prevent against them then they may very well be inevitable. Unfortunately, they can cause quite a bit of damage if they’re not dealt with the right way. This is because as the water in the pipes thaw, a negative pressure buildup occurs, putting pressure on the walls of the pipe and leading to cracks or even burst pipes.

To protect your plumbing from freezing in this way, there are a few steps you can follow. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to prevent this in the first place, and be sure to contact our team if you do wind up with damaged plumbing.

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Is Your Boiler Experiencing Problems?

December 16th, 2019

pressure-gauge-on-boilerThe only way your boiler can be as efficient as you need it to be is if you properly care for it. This means having it professionally installed, repaired, and expertly maintained by experienced technicians who will help it perform at its best.

Another important factor to remember is that even with quality heating services from a company that has been around for over a century like ours, your boiler or any heating system can experience problems from time to time. Eventually, your boiler will wear down to the point that replacement will be imminent.

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“Help! My Heat Pump is Stuck in Cooling Mode”

December 2nd, 2019

vent-on-wall-near-floorLet’s face it, it gets cold around here in the winter! Have you gone to turn on your heat pump for the first time this year only to discover that it seems to be stuck in cooling mode? This can of course be a frustrating issue—after all, you need a reliable heating system!

The first thing you should do if your heat pump seems to be blowing out cold air when it should be sending out heat is to check the thermostat. Do you actually have it set to heat? This might seem apparent, however there is always a chance that a family member switched it back over, preferring a different temperature in the home than you do.

Assuming you checked this and the heat pump is blowing out cold air even when you’ve switched the thermostat to heat, it means your heat pump is stuck in cooling mode. But how does this happen and what can be done?

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How to Test Your Sump Pump

November 18th, 2019

sump-pump-systemCan you believe that in some parts of the country, people have no idea what a sump pump even is? You practically have to know here—if your home is ever in a position that flooding is likely, the sump pump will be what saves your property, and your wallet.

There’s no denying that an expertly installed and well-maintained sump pump is necessary for our homes, and with winter coming, we are approaching the time of the year where they’re often needed. Is your sump pump ready to work if needed?

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