Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog

Our Start of the Season Furnace Guide

October 18th, 2021

Many homeowners in our community are beginning the heating season by turning on their powerful furnace systems. Furnaces produce heat by either burning gas or creating electrical resistance that heats up the air. The first time your furnace heats up the air for the season, you might encounter some strange events. From noises to odd smells, a furnace can go through some growing pains every season, and we want to be the team to walk you through them.

First of all, don’t hesitate to call us for furnace repair in Warren. If you think something is wrong with your furnace, even before you turn the system on for the season, then our team can help with targeted repairs. We have the training, expertise, and necessary equipment to provide fast and reliable repairs on furnace systems in our area.

For everyone else, keep reading!

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How Long Does a Boiler Really Last?

October 4th, 2021

analog-clock-on-wallImagine waking up on a frigid January morning. Your radiator is cold. There is no hot water for the shower. Your old boiler has finally quit. This could be avoided if you keep an eye on its age and replace it before it breaks down. 

At Max Sr. and Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we have 109 years of home heating experience. This includes providing boiler service in Kenilworth, New Jersey. We believe it is better to prevent a problem than to fix an emergency problem. Here are a few tips to help you identify the age of your boiler and determine when it might be time to replace it.

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Yes a Tankless Water Heater Needs Tune-Ups, Here’s Why!

September 20th, 2021

tankless-water-heaterIf you’ve ever had a tank water heater system in your home, then you know it’s big, pretty noticeable, and in some cases can even be a bit noisy. In other words, it’s pretty hard not to pay attention to it. You also probably know that a tank water heater needs maintenance. What you might not know is that if you have a tankless system, it too needs a tune-up.

Scaling, or the buildup of mineral deposits, can have a negative impact on the unit, causing problems with water pressure, temperature, and even potential corrosion. They need occasional flushing to resolve this problem. So, yes, a tankless water heater needs a tune-up!

The maintenance that’s done to a conventional tank water heater is actually pretty similar to what needs to be done for a tankless system. Read on to learn more!

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No, That Sound Isn’t a Figment of Your Imagination: Signs You Need AC Repairs

September 6th, 2021

outside-ac-unitWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again–there is no such thing as an air conditioner repair need that crops up at a convenient time. Still though, you might be wondering why you can’t just wait until next year to address any AC repairs you might have right now, since fall and winter are right around the corner anyway.

Well, we still have some warm days ahead, for starters, and the last thing you need is an unreliable air conditioner to break down on you when you need it the most. Plus, letting an air conditioner sit in disrepair all season long could lead to a breakdown next year when you need it to function reliably!

Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that you need AC repairs. 

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Air Conditioner?

August 23rd, 2021

two-technicians-smiling-and-standing-over-outside-ac-unitFall is just around the corner, but for now, we’re still dealing with warmer temperatures. While cooler weather might be calling our names, this is no time to ignore your air conditioner.

After all, the end of the season is the most likely time for something to go wrong with your air conditioner. This is especially true if it’s an aging system–that is, once it’s 10-15 years old. Now, some of the signs of a failing air conditioner can be fixed with our repair services. But once your air conditioner reaches a certain age, it’s really time to consider an upgrade and replace your air conditioner. Read on to learn more!

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Ice and Air Conditioners Don’t Go Together: Here’s Why!

August 9th, 2021

ice-on-air-conditionerHave you recently noticed ice on the coils of your air conditioner? Are you wondering if it’s a normal thing? Ice and air conditioners are a bad combination. In the case of frozen coils, these usually result due to a refrigerant leak or a clogged air filter. The airflow in your system becomes uneven, so that coils are unable to stay warm. As the temperature of the coils drops, they freeze and are unable to function properly. This can prevent your AC from cooling well. 

In the case of a refrigerant leak, it can lower the pressure levels of this coolant in your system. As a result, the internal temperature of the system falls, and ice forms over the coils. Refrigerant leaks are worrying due to other reasons too.  It’s the chemical substance responsible for actually cooling your home. Without it, or without enough of it, your compressor (the heart of your air conditioner) will struggle to perform and may even break down years before its time. 

Here we highlight some of the most common signs that your AC coils may have ice on them. We also discuss what you can do to resolve the problem. 

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4 Signs You Need AC Repairs

July 26th, 2021

technician-working-on-air-conditionerHave you noticed how air conditioner problems always happen at the most inconvenient times? The reason why this happens is that the AC has to overwork during a really hot summer day. When the components are pushed beyond their capabilities, a part with a minor fault is likely to break down.

This is why we suggest getting regular air conditioning service in Maplewood for your AC. Here are some signs which suggest that your AC is in need of urgent service. 

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Qualities to Look for in a Professional Plumber

July 12th, 2021

plumber-working-on-sinkYour home’s plumbing is essential to the comfort your home offers. When you encounter any problems with your home’s plumbing, it is critical to immediately address any problems before leading to more extensive and costlier repairs. It makes sense that you would want to hire a plumber in Chatham who can do a good job and give you the peace of mind that they will provide you an effective solution to your plumbing problems.

Unfortunately, not all plumbers are made the same. Most plumbers are good at what they do with the plumbing, and that is why they can offer their services. However, the best in the business possess other qualities, proving that they are true professionals that you can trust.

If you need to hire a professional plumber for your home, you should know about the qualities to look for that help you recognize a good professional. This post will help you make a more well-informed decision when hiring a professional plumber by highlighting the best qualities in the business.

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How Maintenance Helps Improve AC Performance

June 28th, 2021

happy-family-sitting-on-couchChecking your air conditioner once in a while and calling a professional to take care of its routine maintenance can be more crucial than you realize. Waiting for something to go wrong with your AC before calling a professional could be a very expensive mistake. If you don’t care for your air conditioner’s maintenance needs, you might find yourself calling a professional for air conditioning repair in Scotch Plains instead of more affordable maintenance services.

Calling a well-trained professional to examine your AC regularly can help you make sure that they identify any potential problems and address them before they require expensive repairs.

We’re going to tell you about some of the benefits of air conditioning maintenance to help you understand how maintenance improves your AC’s performance.

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How to Improve the Air You Breathe Indoors

June 1st, 2021

woman-leaning-back-on-couch-looking-comfortableIt would be really easy for us to say, “just buy an air purifier!” and call it a day. However, you deserve more of an explanation than this, and also that’s not super helpful. The thing is, there are a number of factors that can impact the quality of your indoor air, and there are a number of products that can help improve the air you breathe indoors.

Indoor air quality is a bigger deal than most people realize, no matter what time of the year it is. In fact, your indoor air quality can be worse than the quality of the air outdoors, without the right products in place, And today, we’re going to talk about one product in particular. A UV air purifier!

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