Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

It’s Time to Schedule This Heating Service!

September 19th, 2022

hand-writing-in-calendarHave you pulled out the sweaters, hoodies, and boots yet? If not, you will soon because fall is making its appearance here in Kenilworth, NJ. While the trees are changing colors and preparing to drop their leaves, most property owners are adding “schedule heater maintenance” to their to-do lists. If you own a home or rental property, there are a few good reasons that you should do the same.

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Signs That You May Have a Plumbing Leak

September 5th, 2022

plumber-working-on-sinkMaybe one of the most common household issues that homeowners face, no matter the time of year, are plumbing leaks. And if you do have a plumbing leak, it’s usually a much bigger problem than it looks like at first. We don’t say that to scare you, but the truth is that even the smallest pinhole leak, if it goes unnoticed for too long, can cause a lot of water and subsequent property damage.

Here’s the thing–plumbing leaks can and do go on for a long time before they’re noticeable. This is true whether it’s from a pipe underneath a sink (and then, behind cabinet doors) or a pipe running behind your drywall. The good news is, there are signs that you can keep a watchful eye and listening ear out for. Read on to learn what these signs are!

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Don’t Miss These End-of-Season AC Repair Needs

August 22nd, 2022

outside-ac-unitNow that we’re right smack in the middle of summer, you don’t want anything to go wrong with your air conditioner. Of course, if you had maintenance done on your system this spring, you probably have little to worry about. It’s during maintenance that our professionals comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it.

We can alert you to repair needs early so you have time to get them on your schedule before they turn into a breakdown. And we can ensure that your system works as efficiently and effectively as possible.

With or without maintenance, however, it’s always a good idea to know the signs that you may be in need of professional AC repairs. The sooner you have them taken care of, the better. Read on as we uncover some common end-of-season AC repair needs for you to watch out for.

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The Refrigerant Myth We Don’t Want You To Believe

August 8th, 2022

refrigerant-line-behind-acIf you’re like many homeowners, you might not actually understand how exactly the refrigerant in your air conditioner works. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, and know that it is important, but aren’t quite sure what it actually does. 

Refrigerant is what makes the cooling process even possible in your air conditioner. It is literally the chemical substance that enables your air conditioner to do its job in cooling down your home.

There’s a common misconception about this substance, however, that too many people believe–that refrigerant is a fuel that depletes from your system like gasoline does from a vehicle. But this isn’t true at all. Actually, your cooling system is supplied with enough refrigerant upon manufacturing to ideally last its entire lifespan! Therefore, if your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak that has to be repaired.

Read on to learn more, including why this misconception is harmful to believe.

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Here’s Why A Tankless Water Heater Needs Maintenance

July 25th, 2022

Btankless-water-heater-on-green-tile-wallack in May, we talked about the importance of maintenance for that one system in your home you probably take the most for granted and don’t think very much about–your water heater. What homeowners sometimes don’t realize, however, even after reading a blog post like that, is the same concept applies to tankless water heaters.

Homeowners sometimes assume that since tankless water heaters don’t actually hold water on a regular basis and therefore aren’t prone to the potential corrosion issues that tank water heaters are, they don’t need maintenance. However, there are other problems that can impact a tankless water heater, and maintenance helps ensure that those problems don’t cut down on the lifespan of your on-demand water heater. Read on to learn more!

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Several Sounds You Should Hear Your Air Conditioner Make

July 11th, 2022

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenIf you’ve ever read an AC repair blog that tells you some of the signs that a system is in disrepair, then you know that strange noises are one of those indicators. We often spend time telling customers what their air conditioner shouldn’t be doing, and as such, it can be easy to forget to explain what an air conditioner should be doing.

After all, air conditioners are big, complex, pieces of machinery and they are always going to make some noises that might be questionable. But the fact of the matter is, not all noises need to cause alarm. Read on as we put these sounds in context.

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“Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?”

June 27th, 2022

old-rusty-air-conditionerSummer has officially begun, and temperatures are starting to warm up. If you’ve already turned on your air conditioner for the season and discovered that it has some troubling symptoms, you may be wondering if you can put off managing them.

Typically, it’s always best to contact a professional to take a look if your air conditioner is struggling, whether it’s not cooling as powerfully as you think it should be, you suspect ductwork damage, it’s making strange noises, or anything else that seems suspicious.

In many cases, we’ll be able to conduct a repair for you and your air conditioner will get you through the rest of summer reliably and efficiently. It is possible, however, particularly if you have an aging system, that it’s time to replace your cooling system altogether. Read on to learn the signs that this time is nearing.

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Ice and Your AC: Why It’s Happening and Why It’s Bad News

June 13th, 2022

If someone asked you where you most expected to observe ice forming, you’d probably say on the streets in the wintertime, or maybe inside your freezer. These are sensible responses! What isn’t sensible, however, is seeing ice anywhere on your cooling system. Maybe you’ve never considered this, and maybe the first time you discover it, you’ll think it’s normal. After all, cooling systems chill the air, right?

While air conditioners do chill the air, ice is never a part of the process, and if you see it developing anywhere on your air conditioner, it’s not okay. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should try to remove the ice on your own–this can damage the system further and not get to the root of the problem causing the ice. So, your next step should be to call our team!

In the meantime, however, read on to learn a bit more about why this happens.

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Why Your Storage Tank Water Heater Needs Professional Maintenance

May 16th, 2022

water-heaterOf all the things you enjoy within your household, we’re going to guess that a warm, or even hot, shower in order to get clean and refresh is at the top of your list. This also means that there is nothing worse than being in the middle of that shower and having the water suddenly turn ice-cold.

If this has happened to you or someone in your household, then there were probably some choice words uttered before the water got warm again, if it did at all.

You should consider an event like this as a bit of a wake-up call that something is amiss with your water heater. It might be struggling with the job it’s meant to do, and if you ignore this problem, you might be stuck with a completely broken down water heater later on. But you can avoid this, with professional maintenance! Read on to learn more.

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Tips for Boosting Home Efficiency This Summer

May 2nd, 2022

outside-ac-unit-sitting-on-pile-of-moneyIn our previous blog post, we addressed the importance of professional annual AC maintenance, with one of the benefits of this service being that it helps your air conditioner work as efficiently as it’s meant to. But did you know there is more you could be doing in order to ensure its efficiency and therefore its ability to cool your home affordably? There is!

Read on as we uncover some of our top tips for staying cool in between maintenance sessions, and for the years to come.

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