MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Does Your Boiler Really Need Annual Maintenance? Here’s the Answer

Monday, March 18th, 2024

Annual maintenance is strongly recommended for many things. Your air conditioner, gas or electric furnace, water heater and more will all function better when they get a professional check-up every year.

If you heat with a boiler rather than a furnace, does it also need annual maintenance? It does. We’ll explain why, and how boiler maintenance will benefit your system.

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Furnace Repairs You Probably Didn’t See Coming

Monday, February 5th, 2024

Some furnace repairs are more common than others. Even if you don’t know anything about heating systems, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that there’s an ignition system that lights the fuel, or a blower fan motor that forces air to move. If you were told one of these things needed to be fixed, it wouldn’t come as much of a shock.

But sometimes there’s an unusual situation that causes a problem with your heating system. What kind of furnace repair needs might surprise you? Here are some odd ones that you probably wouldn’t see coming.

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How to Keep Your Older Furnace Going for as Long as Possible

Monday, January 22nd, 2024

Wouldn’t it be lovely if your furnace just lasted forever? Unfortunately, there will come a time when it needs to be replaced. If you have a gas furnace, that will happen after about 15 years, and if you have an electric furnace, you can hope for about 20.

Keep in mind, though, that these estimates are based on furnaces which receive maintenance annually. Furnaces that don’t receive maintenance might last half as long.

If your furnace is getting on in age, the prospect of replacement may be looming large in your mind. But replacement is a big cost. Naturally you’d like to put it off for as long as you can. What can you do to keep your older furnace running for as long as possible? We’ve got three tips that can help a whole lot.

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Everything That Goes Into a Boiler Check Up

Monday, December 11th, 2023

Boilers are the best! They last longer than any other type of heating system—up to 30 years!—and during those decades, they rarely need repairs. But in order to perform their best, and to make it to that 30-year mark, they do need regular maintenance. Here’s a primer on why boiler maintenance is necessary, what it entails, and how to make it go as smoothly as possible.

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Can That Old Gas Furnace Be Repaired, or Is It Time to Replace It?

Monday, November 13th, 2023

As the cold weather sets in, you need your gas furnace to be reliable. If it’s having trouble, or might need a major repair, it’s time to make a very important decision. After all, the last thing you want is to have it break down and need to be replaced in January, when you need it the most.

Before you get into an emergency situation, assess your heating system. Is your old gas furnace worth repairing? Or have you reached a point where investing in repairs is a waste of money? Do you need a new furnace?

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Is It Worth It to Fix an Old Furnace? How to Know When to Replace It

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve thought about your furnace. After all, you haven’t needed it all summer! But it’s best to consider it now, so you can get any repairs done—or schedule replacement if necessary—before you’re left with a freezing home in January, trying frantically to get someone to come to fix or replace your furnace in a hurry. How can you tell if furnace repair or system replacement is the right choice? Here are some key things to weigh while you make that decision. 

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Can A High-Efficiency Furnace Save Money?

Monday, March 20th, 2023

Your furnace needs repairs and it’s got you wondering if it’s time for a replacement.  Furnaces are expensive and no homeowner looks forward to when their furnace is too expensive to repair and replacing it is inevitable.

It makes sense that you’d want to spend as little money as possible. However, no homeowner wants to purchase a brand-new furnace and end up not being happy with their purchase! Not that a new furnace is going to need furnace repair in Wayne, NJ; we’re talking about performance here. 

Lower-priced furnaces aren’t very energy efficient which means they’ll cost more to run over the course of their lifespan. Homeowners who have a bit more to spend when it’s time to buy a new furnace wonder just how much more they should spend. Let’s review high-efficiency furnaces to determine if it’s right for your home.

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What Groundhog Day Can Tell Us About Heater Maintenance

Monday, February 6th, 2023

On Groundhog Day this year, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. That means we’re supposed to get 6 more weeks of winter, much to the chagrin of people in the northeast.

But before you get too disappointed, just how accurate are Phil’s “predictions?” Can a groundhog in Pennsylvania really affect your heating in Montclair, NJ?

Let’s take a look at just how accurate Phil’s prognostications are.

Although you shouldn’t decide on whether to get heater maintenance based on whether a groundhog sees his shadow, we’ll also discuss the many benefits of heater maintenance. 

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How to Avoid Furnace Repairs This Winter

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

The winter weather seems like it’s here to stay. New Jerseyans either love or hate the cold and the snow. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s this: being able to tolerate our cold winters depends on having a reliable furnace at home.

There’s nothing better than coming home to a warm, toasty home after a day of being out and about in the cold weather. A dependable furnace isn’t a luxury here; it’s a necessity.

Now that you’ve been running your furnace for several months, how confident are you in it’s ability to warm your home through the rest of the season?

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Furnace Red Flags to Watch Out For

Monday, December 26th, 2022

One of the most common questions we get from our customers is: how do I know when my furnace needs to be replaced? There’s no standard answer for every homeowner. There’s lot of factors to take into consideration. 

There are some major indicators that you’re likely to need either a furnace replacement or furnace repair in Wayne, NJ. One of these indicators is the age of your furnace.

A gas furnace has an estimated lifespan of 10-15 years. An electric furnace has an estimated lifespan of 15-20 years. If your furnace is approaching or past this timeframe, this will help you learn the furnace red flags to watch out for.

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