Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Union’

It’s Time to Schedule This Heating Service!

Monday, September 19th, 2022

hand-writing-in-calendarHave you pulled out the sweaters, hoodies, and boots yet? If not, you will soon because fall is making its appearance here in Kenilworth, NJ. While the trees are changing colors and preparing to drop their leaves, most property owners are adding “schedule heater maintenance” to their to-do lists. If you own a home or rental property, there are a few good reasons that you should do the same.

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The Refrigerant Myth We Don’t Want You To Believe

Monday, August 8th, 2022

refrigerant-line-behind-acIf you’re like many homeowners, you might not actually understand how exactly the refrigerant in your air conditioner works. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, and know that it is important, but aren’t quite sure what it actually does. 

Refrigerant is what makes the cooling process even possible in your air conditioner. It is literally the chemical substance that enables your air conditioner to do its job in cooling down your home.

There’s a common misconception about this substance, however, that too many people believe–that refrigerant is a fuel that depletes from your system like gasoline does from a vehicle. But this isn’t true at all. Actually, your cooling system is supplied with enough refrigerant upon manufacturing to ideally last its entire lifespan! Therefore, if your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak that has to be repaired.

Read on to learn more, including why this misconception is harmful to believe.

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Here’s Why A Tankless Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Monday, July 25th, 2022

Btankless-water-heater-on-green-tile-wallack in May, we talked about the importance of maintenance for that one system in your home you probably take the most for granted and don’t think very much about–your water heater. What homeowners sometimes don’t realize, however, even after reading a blog post like that, is the same concept applies to tankless water heaters.

Homeowners sometimes assume that since tankless water heaters don’t actually hold water on a regular basis and therefore aren’t prone to the potential corrosion issues that tank water heaters are, they don’t need maintenance. However, there are other problems that can impact a tankless water heater, and maintenance helps ensure that those problems don’t cut down on the lifespan of your on-demand water heater. Read on to learn more!

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Several Sounds You Should Hear Your Air Conditioner Make

Monday, July 11th, 2022

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenIf you’ve ever read an AC repair blog that tells you some of the signs that a system is in disrepair, then you know that strange noises are one of those indicators. We often spend time telling customers what their air conditioner shouldn’t be doing, and as such, it can be easy to forget to explain what an air conditioner should be doing.

After all, air conditioners are big, complex, pieces of machinery and they are always going to make some noises that might be questionable. But the fact of the matter is, not all noises need to cause alarm. Read on as we put these sounds in context.

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“Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?”

Monday, June 27th, 2022

old-rusty-air-conditionerSummer has officially begun, and temperatures are starting to warm up. If you’ve already turned on your air conditioner for the season and discovered that it has some troubling symptoms, you may be wondering if you can put off managing them.

Typically, it’s always best to contact a professional to take a look if your air conditioner is struggling, whether it’s not cooling as powerfully as you think it should be, you suspect ductwork damage, it’s making strange noises, or anything else that seems suspicious.

In many cases, we’ll be able to conduct a repair for you and your air conditioner will get you through the rest of summer reliably and efficiently. It is possible, however, particularly if you have an aging system, that it’s time to replace your cooling system altogether. Read on to learn the signs that this time is nearing.

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Ice and Your AC: Why It’s Happening and Why It’s Bad News

Monday, June 13th, 2022

If someone asked you where you most expected to observe ice forming, you’d probably say on the streets in the wintertime, or maybe inside your freezer. These are sensible responses! What isn’t sensible, however, is seeing ice anywhere on your cooling system. Maybe you’ve never considered this, and maybe the first time you discover it, you’ll think it’s normal. After all, cooling systems chill the air, right?

While air conditioners do chill the air, ice is never a part of the process, and if you see it developing anywhere on your air conditioner, it’s not okay. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should try to remove the ice on your own–this can damage the system further and not get to the root of the problem causing the ice. So, your next step should be to call our team!

In the meantime, however, read on to learn a bit more about why this happens.

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Why Your Storage Tank Water Heater Needs Professional Maintenance

Monday, May 16th, 2022

water-heaterOf all the things you enjoy within your household, we’re going to guess that a warm, or even hot, shower in order to get clean and refresh is at the top of your list. This also means that there is nothing worse than being in the middle of that shower and having the water suddenly turn ice-cold.

If this has happened to you or someone in your household, then there were probably some choice words uttered before the water got warm again, if it did at all.

You should consider an event like this as a bit of a wake-up call that something is amiss with your water heater. It might be struggling with the job it’s meant to do, and if you ignore this problem, you might be stuck with a completely broken down water heater later on. But you can avoid this, with professional maintenance! Read on to learn more.

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Tips for Boosting Home Efficiency This Summer

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

outside-ac-unit-sitting-on-pile-of-moneyIn our previous blog post, we addressed the importance of professional annual AC maintenance, with one of the benefits of this service being that it helps your air conditioner work as efficiently as it’s meant to. But did you know there is more you could be doing in order to ensure its efficiency and therefore its ability to cool your home affordably? There is!

Read on as we uncover some of our top tips for staying cool in between maintenance sessions, and for the years to come.

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Now’s the Time: Schedule AC Maintenance Today!

Monday, April 18th, 2022

two-technicians-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitHave you ever wondered when the right time to schedule professional air conditioning maintenance is? If you ask a qualified and experienced HVAC professional, they’ll likely tell you that the answer is in the early spring, before you actually need your cooling system the most.

This is a good recommendation! Of course, another question homeowners often ask our professionals is, “do I really even need air conditioning maintenance?” We get it–you could be wondering why you’d want to pay for a service on your air conditioner when the system is operating “just fine.”

The fact of the matter is, “just fine” isn’t always good enough. Your air conditioner, for example, might not be operating as efficiently as it otherwise could be. This means you’ll be paying too much to use the system, plus it can accumulate wear and tear at a faster rate than it otherwise would. Routine maintenance helps reduce repair needs, increase equipment lifespan, and improve efficiency. Read on to learn more!

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“How Often Do I Need to Check My Sump Pump?”

Monday, April 4th, 2022

sump-pumpFor homes in our climate, the sump pump is a staple appliance, resting in the basement or otherwise the lowest point of a property. Sump pump systems help you avoid water damage due to flooding, switching on automatically as they gather excess water in the pit (sump) and then pump it out, either to a well or a wastewater system.

While you might not think that a huge flood can impact your house this way, you’d be surprised what a plumbing mishap or heavy rainstorm can do. And standing water in the basement or crawlspace of a home is a huge problem. It can cause severe damage to the foundation of your home, rotting away wood, and creating other hazards.

It also raises the humidity in your home, encouraging mold and mildew growth. We suggest that most homes in our area have a sump pump installed as an important precaution. Of course, if you found your way to this particular blog post, then chances are you already have one, so, how often should it be checked? Read on to find out!

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