Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

Is Your Sump Pump in Good Working Order?

December 17th, 2018

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system.Or rather, is it ready for winter? Sump pumps aren’t something that other parts of the country need—they don’t have the potential for flooding due to heavy rains and snowmelt like we do. Your sump pump is vital to your home during this time of the year—being able to pump water out of your basement or crawlspace as needed.

First off, we have to say that if you do need any service work done on your sump pump, it’s important to trust the work to a professional plumber in Chatham. Attempting the job on your own could do more harm than good, and leave you with an ineffective sump pump. However, there are some steps to take to ensure your sump pump is in good working order for the change in seasons.

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Tips to Improve Furnace Efficiency

December 3rd, 2018

cardboard house in the hand against the blue skyToday, furnaces cost a lot less to operate than they did years ago, which is due to higher efficiency ratings. This is a definite plus, especially when we consider all of the ways in which we spend our money. Switching to a high-efficiency furnace is definitely a step in the right direction. If you are looking for furnace services in Warren, NJ, look no further than Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

While investing in a new high-efficiency furnace is definitely a great way in which to enjoy better heating efficiency, it is not the only way. A new furnace is a major investment for most homeowners, and it may not be one that you can afford at any given moment. That’s why we have some tips to help you get a more efficient performance from the furnace that you already have in place!

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Reasons a Furnace Will Short-Cycle

November 19th, 2018

Man looking cold in front of thermostatNo matter what time of the year it is, there is one thing that you deserve—to be comfortable in your own home. You aren’t going to get that, however, if your HVAC systems aren’t functioning the way they should. There is a lot that can go wrong with any mechanical system or large piece of equipment. Your furnace is no exception. Remember, just because it seems to be running fine, doesn’t mean that’s actually the case.

Spotting the signs of problems with your furnace isn’t always easy. A heater that won’t start is certainly a clear sign that it needs repair—or replacement even if it’s an aging system—you’ll definitely want to call the pros for furnace repair in Chatham, NJ if this happens. But you should also recognize a more subtle sign, and know that it’s bad for your furnace—short-cycling.

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The Time to Prevent Frozen Pipes Is Now

November 5th, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoIt pretty much goes without saying that it gets pretty cold here in our area! As a result, frozen pipes are certainly a threat. While we don’t have to worry about them quite yet, the time to prepare for them and avoid this problem in the winter is now. Frozen pipes lead to other issues, such as burst pipes and subsequent damage, which we assume you’d like to avoid!

And remember, if you run into this problem in the coming months, or any other type of plumbing emergency, you should call a professional plumber in Union, NJ, versus trying to fix it on your own or hiring a general handyman. The plumbers on our team have extensive experience and you can rest assured that when we are on the job, the job will be done right!

So, what exactly can you do to prevent this problem? Read on!

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Could a Boiler Work for Your Home?

October 22nd, 2018

Industrial boiler gas regulation and metering moduleWith temperatures already cooled down to a point that you need your heating system on a daily basis, we hope yours is working as well as it sh. But what if you’ve skipped maintenance, or you have an aging system that just can’t keep up with the heating demand in your home anymore? Well, then it may very well be time to invest in a new heater.

We discourage you, though, from rushing to buy the biggest heater within your budget and just being satisfied with that. If your system is still operational for now we really urge you to take a few considerations into account for your next heating system purchase. And if you don’t already have a boiler system in place, it may be time for you to consider one! But what are the benefits? What makes them better than furnaces or other forced-air heating systems?

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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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