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

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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4 Ways to Get the Most from Your Heater

Monday, February 8th, 2021

jets-of-a-furnaceWe heard it from Punxsutawney Phil himself—we have six more weeks of winter ahead! Okay, whether or not you believe in Groundhog Day predictions, the fact of the matter is that temperatures are probably going to stay chilly for a while, and you’re definitely going to need a fully functional heater to continue to keep you warm.

When we say fully functional, we mean just as powerful as it should be, in addition to as efficient as it should be. How efficiently your heater operates informs how much you spend on your heating from month to month, and who wants to pay more than necessary? The bad and the good news is, you might not be using your heater as efficiently as possible. Read on to learn 4 ways to potentially change that!

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Tips for Staying Warm When Your Furnace Breaks Down

Monday, December 28th, 2020

woman-huddled-with-blanket-drinking-from-mugWhen your furnace breaks down, the last thing you want to do is think of fun or creative ways to stay warm, right? You just want your furnace fixed, and fast.

We get it! In an ideal world, you’d call up a heating professional and have your heater back up and running within 10 or 15 minutes. But even with our emergency services, this just isn’t the case.

Now, you can prevent an unpleasant surprise like this. It’s possible with professional services like preventive maintenance. Whether you have a gas or electric furnace system, you should be scheduling this maintenance service once a year. It allows our professionals to comprehensively clean, inspect, and adjust the components of your heater to make sure it operates as best it can. Maintenance tune-ups also extend the lifespan of the equipment and make it less likely that you’ll have a surprise breakdown to begin with.

But, we’re going to assume that if you came across this blog post, you weren’t able to prevent your breakdown. We’re definitely the team to call! However, in the meantime, we do want to offer some creative and potentially even fun ways to stay warm until we show up.

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Give Yourself the Gift of Safety with This One Winter Tip

Monday, December 14th, 2020

furnace-jetsSafety is on everyone’s minds this year. More specifically, the health and safety of our families is a top priority, as it should be. Because of this, you may be looking for ways to ensure good health hygiene in your home. You probably have everyone washing their hands, you likely are keeping surfaces as clean as possible, and then hopefully you have the right indoor air quality products in place to boost immunity and make your home more comfortable in general.

But there is one thing that often escapes homeowners’ minds this time of year, and it can be a pretty important one—get your furnace maintained!

This is a service we typically recommend in the fall, before you need the system the most. It’s important for all heating systems, but especially gas-powered furnaces, and especially gas-powered furnaces that are 10-15 years of age. Read on to learn why!

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4 Signs That It’s Time to Call for Heater Repairs!

Monday, November 30th, 2020

mans-hand-holding-cell-phoneThe last thing you possibly need in our area is a furnace or heater failure during the coldest time of the year, right? In fact, you need a powerful and efficient heating system to get you through our winters. And you can have that so long as you trust an experienced and skilled team for your heater installation and services, like maintenance and repairs.

Maintenance actually helps you avoid up to 85% of the repairs your furnace may ever need in its lifespan! Of course, even if you diligently keep up on your annual heating maintenance (or biannual, if you’re using a heat pump) there’s always a chance you will need repairs between tune-ups. Good news! We can help. First, we want to fill you in on what signs to watch out for that even indicate it’s time for heater repairs. Read on!

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How to Prep Your Heater for Winter

Monday, October 19th, 2020

woman-looking-comfortable-in-home-in-winterThe official start of winter may still be a ways off, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t in for some chilly temperatures pretty soon. You deserve to be as comfortable as possible when they come! One way to ensure this is the case is by prepping your heater for winter. What do we mean by this? Oh, scheduling routine heating maintenance, of course!

The thing is, heater maintenance is not a luxury service for a select few. Heating maintenance is absolutely vital to the efficiency, efficacy, and longevity of your heating system. Don’t believe us? Read on as we uncover the numerous benefits of this service and why it’s the leading way to prepare your heater for winter.

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Heater Troubles: When to Repair Vs. When to Replace

Monday, April 6th, 2020

gas-jets-of-furnaceAre you worried about your heater breaking down at any given moment? If you aren’t aware of the signs that your furnace or heat pump system may need a repair, you probably are right to be concerned. It’s never fun to need heating repair, but it’s even worse when your heater just stops working altogether when you need it the most.

Sure, it may be spring and warmer temperatures are on their way, but for now, you still need your heater, which means you need it to function! So, how can you tell if yours needs repair? And at what point should you consider replacing the system altogether?

Read on as we uncover some insights into this.

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Don’t Ignore These Late Season Furnace Needs

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

technician-servicing-furnaceWe suppose you could say our weather is fairly predictable throughout the year. But as we transition into spring, you know as well as we do we can be surprised by very warm weather, or a couple more weeks of chilly temperatures. If the former happens, you’ll likely be tempted to shut off your gas furnace for the season and not think about it again. But if you have any heating repair needs that require attention, we really urge against ignoring them or delaying them.

Delaying any sort of heating system repair need can cause it to turn into a much bigger problem, leaving you with a broken down heater next year when you need it, or, depending on the circumstances, a malfunctioning air conditioner too! And especially in the case of a gas-powered system, delaying repairs can lead to safety issues. But how do you know if you even have heating problems that need managing? Read on as we uncover some of the symptoms of heater problems.

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