Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Is Your Furnace in Need of Professional Help?

Monday, January 24th, 2022

checklist-with-red-markersThe absolutely last thing you need to worry about during this time of the year is whether or not your heating system is going to make it through winter. Of course, if your furnace has been routinely maintained by a professional and you keep on top of your heating repair needs, this shouldn’t be a concern.

But what if you don’t know when your furnace needs service–meaning, you don’t know the signs that it is in disrepair? Well, that’s what we’re here for!

We want to start by saying, the best way to fend off heavy repair needs is with routine maintenance. Whether you have an electric or a gas-powered furnace in your household, you should be staying on top of your annual maintenance appointments. This will help the system work as effectively and efficiently as possible for as long as possible.

Keep in mind though, while maintenance protects against big, surprise repair needs, your system will still need some repairs throughout its service life. Read on to learn signs that yours is, in fact, in need of professional repairs.

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Here’s Why You Need a Pro for Your Heater Installation

Monday, January 10th, 2022

technician-servicing-furnaceWe’re going to take a wild guess and say that if you’ve found yourself reading a blog post about heating installation in January, it likely means that you are pretty desperate to get some reliable heat in your home, ASAP! However, this really isn’t a service you want to rush. As important as it is to find the right heat for your home, you should also trust the team that is doing the job.

And no, you can’t just install your heater on your own.

Okay, well you probably could, but we can’t guarantee that you’d be able to do so as effectively or as efficiently as possible. Nor can we promise your safety, particularly in the case of a gas-powered heater.

Keep reading as we dive into the work that goes into a furnace installation. We’re sharing this with you not so you’ll try to install your heater by yourself, but so that you see why it is so important to hire a pro!

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How to Help Your Heater Work More Efficiently This Winter

Monday, December 27th, 2021

hvac-ventThe holiday season can leave a lot of us looking for ways to save money. This might tempt you to use your heater as little as possible so that you don’t have to worry about high energy bills. Affordable energy bills, after all, will make a huge difference to your budget!

Well, we have good news. There are some easy ways to boost energy efficiency and therefore lower your monthly utility costs, without sacrificing your comfort by avoiding heater use. Read on as we uncover some tips to ensure you’ll get the most out of your heating system without going broke doing so.

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Our #1 Safety Tip if you Have a Gas Furnace

Monday, December 13th, 2021

woman-hands-holding-paper-houseWe know, we know. The title of this blog post makes it seems like gas furnaces are inherently dangerous. This is simply not true. What is true, however, is that if you don’t properly care for your gas furnace, it can become dangerous. Why is this? Well because gas lines can leak, and when a furnace isn’t well-maintained or if the damage isn’t repaired, it’s more likely for this to occur.

The biggest risk is a carbon monoxide (CO) leak. CO exposure is one of the leading causes of household illnesses and injury, and even leads to many fatalities each year. We say this not to scare you, but for you to be aware. The component that you need to be most worried about is the heat exchanger. Read on as we uncover more about the heat exchanger, as well as our #1 safety tip if you have a gas furnace–scheduling annual furnace maintenance.

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Heed These Signs You Need Boiler Repairs

Monday, November 15th, 2021

boiler-systemBoilers are one of the most efficient and effective heating systems on the market, and when you live somewhere like the Chatham area, efficient and effective is exactly what you need to stay comfortable! But just like any other heating system, your boiler won’t last forever. If you keep it professionally maintained–you should be scheduling maintenance once a year for this system–and keep up with repair needs, you can count on your boiler lasting about 20 years.

But what if you don’t know how to detect whether or not your boiler system actually needs repair? Well, you’re in luck if you’ve found this blog post, because we’re about to tell you what signs to watch for. Read on!

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Our Start of the Season Furnace Guide

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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How to Shut Down Your Furnace for the Season

Monday, April 5th, 2021

furnace-jetsOne of the goals most homeowners have is to save money on their heating and cooling costs. And we get it! After all, using your furnace can get expensive, especially considering how much you actually need it in our climate. The good news is, there are a lot of ways you can use your furnace efficiently and spend less. One of these ways is to completely shut down the system during the late spring and summer season, when you don’t need it.

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Is Your Boiler Struggling to Keep Up?

Monday, March 8th, 2021

boiler-pressure-gaugeNo matter what type of heating system you have, it can only operate as efficiently and effectively as it is supposed to if it is properly cared for. Boiler systems are no exception! They should be installed, repaired, and maintained by highly trained and experienced heating professionals so they can function as they’re meant to.

It’s important to remember, too, that even with high-quality installation and services, there’s still a chance that something will go amiss that will require boiler repair, or even boiler replacement when it wears down enough. But do you know how to spot the signs that your boiler system is struggling to keep up?

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Don’t Ignore These End-Of-Season Furnace Repair Needs

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

technician-working-on-furnaceIt may seem really odd to call this the “end of the season” with the chillier temperatures we have had lately. But you know as well as we do that spring is right around the corner, and heat and humidity can come down on us much quicker than we expect. But before you call us for AC maintenance (which you can do any time!) it’s time to address your heating system needs.

Now, if you had your heater maintained this past fall and no problems were caught, you’re probably in good shape. This is especially true if your furnace is only a year or two old. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore this blog post. It’s always a good idea to know the signs of potential furnace repair needs.

Not sure what those indicators might be? Read on as we uncover just a few signs that should have you giving our number a dial.

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