Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

The Top 3 Signs of Furnace Trouble

October 8th, 2018

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverWinters are harsh in our area. Or, at least they can be without an effective and efficiency furnace in place. And yours is about to be put under a lot of stress. The strain our furnaces go through during the coldest part of the year increases the chances of problems cropping up over time, which is why you should be particularly vigilant for signs that it is struggling and in need of furnace repair in Union, NJ.

Early detection of heater problems means prompt repairs and better damage prevention. Take a look below at the top 3 signs that something is amiss with your system, and be sure to give us a call right away once you do.

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“Help, My Furnace Won’t Start!”

September 24th, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.Temperatures aren’t quite cold enough to start using a furnace on a daily basis just yet, but you may have already tried turning yours on to discover it wouldn’t start at all. With cooler weather right around the corner, this is certainly not a problem you want to have to face, and certainly not one you can sit around waiting to have repaired.

This is actually one of the most common service calls that professional HVAC technicians get, in addition to a furnace that won’t stop running (which we’ll get to below). Keep reading to learn more about what’s happening when your furnace behaves in this way, and give us a call for reliable heating services!

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Do You Really Need Maintenance for Your Furnace?

September 10th, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.It may seem odd that we’re already talking about heaters. But think about it—sure it may be hot this week, but cold weather is right around the corner. As such, you’ll be relying on your furnace very heavily, and sooner than you may really realize.

But is maintenance really necessary?

Well, yes.

This is absolutely a service you want done before the cooler temps come and you need to turn your furnace on for the first time. We say this not only for furnace functionality, but also for your home safety. Keep reading to learn more!

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Indoor Air Quality: How UV Rays Are Actually Good for You

August 27th, 2018

UV light on blue backgroundYou might be scratching your head on this one. “What? UV rays are GOOD for me? What about sunburns—skin cancer risks?” You’d be right, but that’s not the level of UV light we’re talking about here. This is more of what you know as a “black light”—seen at many concert and amusement parks after dusk.

We aren’t talking about that level of UV light, but rather the UV rays that help eliminate mold, mildew, and other microorganisms from the inside of your ductwork so that you can breathe and live more healthfully in your home. With fall and winter well on their way, this is the perfect time of year to think about just this, and take the proper steps in defending your family against wintertime illnesses as best you can.

In addition to helping you live more healthfully though, UV lights—also referred to as a UV air purifier—can even benefit your air conditioning system by improving its efficiency and lifespan. Keep reading to learn more!

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Always Hire a Pro for Your Commercial Plumbing Needs

August 13th, 2018

commercial building at nightThere are very specific standards that a person much reach to become a professional plumber in New Jersey. These standards are in place to ensure that consumers are left with a plumbing system that functions as effectively and efficiently as it should for as long as it should, and does so safely.

These standards are even more important when it comes to commercial plumbing. So when you find your business or commercial space in need of plumbing services in Union or one of the surrounding communities, you want a plumber who specializes in commercial spaces! The good news is, you needn’t look any further than our team.

Hiring a professional commercial plumber, rather than relying on the general handyman for your building, gives you safety and liability guarantees that you can only get from a licensed plumbing company, in addition to the following benefits:

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Signs of a Worn Out Water Heater

July 30th, 2018

Water heater being worked on by a technicianWater heaters are designed to last a very long time, so long as you properly take care of them. However, no water heater will last forever. Occasionally you will need Union, NJ water heater repair, and eventually, replacement. And chances are, you’d like to replace your water heater before it gives up on its job completely and you’re left without hot water for hours, possibly even days.

If you’re unsure of whether or not your current water heater is in good shape, the best thing you can do for the system is call in a pro to take a look at it for you. In the meantime, we’ve shared some guidelines below that your system is struggling and potentially worn out to the point that it requires replacement.

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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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