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Think Your Water Heater Is Wearing Out?

Here’s What to Look for

water heater installation new jersey

Your water heater is a workhorse in your northern New Jersey home. You depend on this marvelous machine to provide you with all of the hot water you need, whether it’s showers and baths, laundry, dishwashing, home cleaning and more!

When Is It Time to Replace My Water heater?

The average life expectancy for a conventional tank water heater is around 10 to 12 years. If your water heater is about that age, it’s time to think about upgrading. Here are some other trouble signs that tell you a new water heater may be in order.

  1. Higher energy costs – If your energy expenses keep getting higher even though not much has changed in your household, your water heater may be overworking to do its job – and suffering from inefficiency as a result.
  2. Leaks or rusty water – A puddle of water under your tank – or rusty water coming from it – are signs that your water heater could be corroding from the inside out. You have no choice now. A rusted tank can’t be repaired and you need a new water heater.
  3. Hard water – White stains on your utensils and glassware are common signs of hard (mineral-containing) water. Your water supply could be hard to begin with, or the problem could be the result of a long-term build-up of lime in your tank; either way, those minerals will reduce efficiency and shorten the lifespan of your water heater.
  4. Unusual noises – Growling or gurgling sounds in your storage tank are usually a sign of sediment build-up – a problem that eventually leads to costly water heater repairs or premature replacement if it is not addressed.

Our Water Heater Experts Can Do An Inspection

We’re available if you’re having any problems. If it’s time to replace your water heater, we will help you choose a model that’s the right fit for your space, use, and budget, then install it quickly and correctly so you have one less thing to worry about.

Afterward, annual maintenance service from a JW Pierson technician will make sure that your water heater will stay in good running order, last longer, and run at peak efficiency. And if you do need repairs, our technicians are here to help.

To take away some worry, we also offer a Hot H20 Service Plan for oil-fired water heaters to help you save on maintenance and repairs.

Stay in hot water with JW Pierson! Contact us today for all things related to water heating!

From construction to filling stations, we’ve got you covered

commercial fuel supply new jerseyBusinesses all over northern New Jersey rely on commercial fuels to get the job done. JW Pierson is committed to delivering the most dependable commercial fuel service in Essex, Passaic, and Bergen counties.

JW Pierson is committed to delivering real value that goes beyond competitive prices. We provide easy ordering and on-time deliveries so you can keep your focus on your business and your fleets on the road.

Commercial Businesses We Serve:

  • Construction companies
  • Waste haulers
  • Landscapers
  • Delivery companies
  • Moving companies
  • Golf courses
  • Warehouses
  • Filling stations

Not only do our commercial diesel fuels run equipment like tractors and commercial mowers, and vehicles ranging from cars to 18-wheelers, but municipalities and school districts know they can trust us to deliver the diesel fuel for their school buses, commercial mowers, snowplows and more.

The JW Pierson Difference

We offer more than a century of experience working with businesses all over our service area. As a result, we have not only developed strong relationships with our commercial clients, we’ve also developed a deep understanding of their needs. That translates to a real partnership; whether you’re an institution, school district or municipality, you just won’t get that personal, high-level service from a big national company with corporate headquarters on another coast.

At J.W. Pierson, we understand that managing your fleet fueling and other commercial diesel fuel needs is a full-time job. We have one of the largest fleets of diesel delivery trucks in the area, so we can always deliver the diesel fuel you need.

We’ll work with you to come up with a delivery schedule that works for your diesel demands. Not only that, we have fair, transparent pricing for our commercial propane so there are no surprises for you.

Trust JW Pierson with the commercial diesel fuel delivery services your business needs to succeed! Contact us today to learn more about how we work for your business.

Smart Thermostats Can Help You Stay Comfortable and Save on Energy Costs

thermostat installation new jerseyOne of the easiest and most cost-effective upgrades you can make to improve your comfort at home and realize great savings on your fuel bills is to install a smart thermostat.

You probably know thermostats track the air temperature in your home and control your heating or cooling system to keep air at your desired setting. The most basic models are manual: turn the dial to adjust the temperature. Programmable thermostats use a timer to let you set different temperatures on a daily or weekly schedule. This helps use less fuel and keep heating and cooling costs more manageable.

Smart thermostats take the technology to the next level.

Wireless connectivity lets you check your thermostat settings and your home’s temperature from anywhere, using an app on your phone or tablet. Forgot to turn on the vacation setting for your central air conditioning? No problem—use your phone to do it while waiting in the security line at the airport.

Smart thermostats are designed to learn your heating and cooling habits, creating a schedule that matches them. Some even connect with your home automation system like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, so you can adjust your thermostat with a verbal command.

Here’s what make smart thermostats the smart choice

Smart Meters Help You Save Money

You know the best way to combat high heating and cooling bills is to reduce energy usage. When you “teach” a smart thermostat to lower the heat when you leave the house and turn it back up in time to make the house comfortable by the time you to get home you may be able to cut your heating and cooling costs by 10%, according to the United States Department of Energy. The savings you’ll enjoy will quickly offset the cost.

Smart Thermostats Give You More Comfort

Old manual thermostats can vary by as much as five degrees between the temperature you set on your thermostat and the temperature of the air in your home. That makes a big difference not only in comfort, but in energy costs, as each degree difference can raise your heating or cooling costs by up to 2%. Smart thermostats are much more precise, with only a half-degree difference. The temperature you set is the temperature you get.

Smart Thermostats Protect Your Equipment

Constantly running your heat or air conditioning, or manually making extreme temperature adjustments, like you might when you come home to a very hot or cold house, adds stress to your HVAC system. Over time, this can cause breakdowns and ultimately shorten its lifespan. By using your smart thermostat to change your heat or air conditioning automatically, it will adjust gradually, taking pressure off your HVAC system and helping it last longer.

Get comfort and convenience with a smart thermostat. Contact us today for more information.

home heating options new jerseyRecently, New Jersey homeowners have been bombarded with advertising designed to convince them to convert their oil-fired heating system to an electric-powered one. But is that a smart move?

The fact is that when it comes to keeping you warm through the long NJ winter, heating oil offers unique benefits that few energy sources – especially electricity – can match.

Benefits Of Heating Oil

Why stay with heating oil rather than changing over to electricity? Consider these benefits:

  • It’s better for the planet – Advocates for electricity will point to the low emissions produced by electric appliances, but that doesn’t take the full picture into account. The fact is, more than half the electricity generated in New Jersey is produced by burning natural gas, which is 95 percent methane – a greenhouse gas with 84 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. Add to that the inefficiency of transporting electricity (nearly two-thirds of electricity generated at most power plants is lost between the plant and the consumer, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration), heating oil owns the smaller carbon footprint.
  • You’ll be safer – According to a recent National Fireman’s Protection Association study, electric heating accounted for six times more fires, more than nine times more civilian deaths, nearly 12 times more civilian injuries, and nearly 15 times more direct property damage than heating systems powered by liquid fuel. This is in large part due to the fact that heating oil is not flammable in a liquid state: it requires very specific conditions in order to burn at all.
  • You’ll stay warmer – When it comes to belting out Btus, nothing beats oil heat. Heating oil can generate temperatures of up to 1,200°F when burned – much more than electricity. That means your home will heat faster and you’ll need to burn less fuel to stay comfortable.
  • You’ll get more heating bank for your buck – Although many of today’s electric-powered appliances boast high efficiencies, so do today’s oil-fired furnaces and boilers. The difference again comes down to oil’s higher Btu output: by producing so much heat, your equipment can run intermittently rather than constantly, ultimately giving you more heating value for your money.
  • Longer-lasting equipment – With proper maintenance, today’s oil-fired heating furnaces and boilers can last 30 years or more – significantly longer (sometimes twice as long) as systems powered by electricity.

The bottom line: Don’t believe the hype: there’s a reason why oil heat has been the most reliable source of home heating in the northeastern U.S. for more than a century! To learn more, contact the heating pros at JW Pierson today. And remember: for reliable heating oil delivery in NJ, nobody beats JW Pierson!

Carbon monoxide safety new jersey

Any home comfort equipment that burns fuel to produce energy – whether it’s a furnace, boiler, water heater, cooking range, or any other device – produces at least some carbon monoxide (CO) as it runs.

With functioning equipment in a properly vented space, these emissions are minimal and harmless, but if CO accumulates in your home, it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning – a dangerous and possibly deadly threat.

Here’s what you need to know about carbon monoxide, its dangers, and how to prevent them.

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas produced by burning any fuel, including heating oil, gasoline, coal, wood, charcoal, kerosene, propane, or natural gas.

What leads to a build-up of CO?

A buildup of CO typically occurs due to improper ventilation or broken equipment. Some causes of CO buildup include operating unvented appliances for too long, a broken or improperly maintained heating system, a backdraft near the heating appliance, or a blocked flue or vent.

How can I tell if I have a CO build-up?

Although both oil and gas combustion produce carbon monoxide as exhaust, they differ in how they display when a build-up has begun: in a gas system, there is little visible display if too much carbon monoxide has accumulated, which is why it is critical to install CO detectors at every level of your home (see below). If oil-burning equipment is not functioning properly, it will produce smoke and soot – a natural CO warning to people in your home. If you see soot on your oil-burning equipment, contact us immediately for service.

What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?

Symptoms of CO poisoning vary depending on the amount of exposure to the gas. Mild symptoms include flu-like headaches, nausea, fatigue, and dizziness; moderate symptoms include severe headaches, drowsiness, confusion, and disorientation; extreme case symptoms include unconsciousness, convulsions, heart failure, and in rare cases death.

If you are experiencing CO poisoning symptoms,

  • Get fresh air immediately. Open windows and doors, turn off fuel-burning appliances, and leave the house.
  • Call your fire department or 911 and report your symptoms to your doctor.
  • Service all your fuel-burning appliances before turning them back on.

What should I do if my CO alarm sounds?

Always assume your CO alarm is operating correctly! If it sounds,

  • Leave your home immediately
  • Call your fire department or 911
  • DO NOT reenter the premises until responders have given you permission
  • If the source of the CO is determined to be a malfunctioning appliance, DO NOT use that appliance until a professional services the equipment

How do I avoid problems with CO?

  • Maintain fuel-burning appliances ­every year
  • Repair or replace poorly functioning appliances immediately
  • Install CO detectors throughout your home, following the manufacturer’s instructions for placement, testing, and maintenance. If you have propane-fired equipment, install propane detectors, too.
  • Study the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning, and teach your family what to do if they experience them.

At JW Pierson Co., your safety is always our priority! If you have any questions about carbon monoxide safety, or believe that any of your appliances require expert heating equipment repair in Essex, Passaic and Bergen County, NJ, contact us today.

bioheat new jerseyIf you use heating oil to heat your New Jersey home, you’ve probably at least heard of Bioheat®, or biofuel. But how much do you really know about this revolutionary energy source, and how is it different than conventional “No.2” home heating oil?

Let’s take a look.

Bioheat Basics

Bioheat is a fuel made by blending ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) with biodiesel – a renewable energy resource made in America from soy other vegetable oils, animal fats, recycled restaurant oils and other natural sources. Typical blends range from two to twenty percent biodiesel per gallon (the blend percentage is indicated by the “B” number in the fuel name: B5 is five percent biodiesel, for example).

In most cases, Bioheat can be used in modern heating oil equipment without modification – in fact, if you’re already a JW Pierson customer, you’re using Bioheat already! Most major heating system manufacturers accept Bioheat as covered under their warranties for use.

Cost

The price difference between Bioheat and No. 2 heating oil is slim, with Bioheat typically being pennies more per gallon or less. However, when you consider the total cost of the two fuels, Bioheat comes out on top by a substantial margin.

You see, Biofuel is more cost effective as a fuel than No. 2 oil in the long run – mostly because it burns cleaner than regular heating oil. That means your heating system will probably last longer, retain more of its efficiency over time, and require fewer repairs.

Environmental Benefits

How does Bioheat stack up against No. 2 on environmental impact? It comes out on top there, too. Bioheat burns cleaner than common heating oil, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of Sulfur, Nitrogen Oxides and Carbon Dioxide.

By burning cleaner, Bioheat typically also extends the life of heating equipment, which means that fewer furnaces and boilers will find their way into the landfill.

Did you know that JW Pierson offers Bioheat delivery in Essex, Passaic, and Bergen counties, NJ? Contact us today to learn more, or to become a JW Pierson Co. customer!

refrigerant leak new jerseyIt happens sometimes, especially with older A/C systems: you turn on your central air conditioner, but the air coming from your vents is warm.

Not cool.

There are several potential causes for this problem – but if you also notice frost or ice forming on your outside central air conditioner lines, that narrows the possibilities down more or less to one: your cooling system has a refrigerant leak.

Refrigerant is used to transfer heat from inside to outside your home. When levels are low – usually due to a leak – heat builds up in the condenser coils, at first decreasing cool air and eventually causing your equipment to stop working altogether.

The Problem With Refrigerant Leaks in Older Cooling Systems

Historically, recharging a system with refrigerant was an easy process for a qualified A/C technician. But a change in the law has made things a little more complicated – at least for the owners of older systems.

Since January 1, 2020, production and import of R22 refrigerant – commonly known as Freon – has been completely halted by the U.S. Government and the Environmental Protection Agency in favor of Puron refrigerant. This is largely because Puron (also called R-410A, Forane, EcoFluor, or Suva) is kinder to the ozone than Freon. Puron systems also use less energy and cause less overall environmental impact than systems charged with Freon.

Sounds great, right? Now the bad news.

The ban of Freon has made the coolant almost impossible to find in the U.S., and when it is available it is extremely expensive. Most air conditioning units built after 2010 are already using Puron – but if you still have an A/C built before 2010, it could still be using Freon – making a system replacement more practical than a repair or recharge.

The Bottom Line

If you have an HVAC system that has a leak and your system was installed before 2010, you need to start planning for replacement of that legacy system – sooner than later.
A JW Pierson technician can check your A/C unit to see if it is currently using R-22 Freon or R-410A Puron. If it uses Freon, we can suggest an equivalent Puron air conditioning system to replace it with.

For expert air conditioner installation in New Jersey, trust the pros at JW Pierson. We’ll work with you to find a home cooling solution to fit your home and budget, then get it installed quickly and correctly the first time. Contact us today to get a FREE, no-obligation estimate on cooling system installations in NJ!

family safety new jerseySevere weather can strike any time here in New Jersey, and its impact can be devastating if you’re not prepared for it.

Here are seven things you can do to keep your family safe before, during, and after a severe weather event in NJ:

  1. Write and share an emergency plan with your family. A detailed emergency plan is a must-have for any family. Need help preparing one? Check out tThese resources from the Department of Homeland Security’s ready.gov website.
  2. Check carbon monoxide (CO) detectors at least twice a year. These devices provide essential protection for your family if your equipment malfunctions or is damaged during severe weather.
  3. Always listen to authorities. Severe thunderstorms and other extreme weather can develop quickly. Charge electronic devices and have extra batteries for emergency radios to keep up with the latest information; don’t assume that you’ll have access to the internet or your cellphone!
  4. If you have a backup generator, fill it. If you rely on a gas-powered backup generator, make sure you have enough fuel in it to power your devices for at least a week in the event of a long-term loss of power.
  5. If you are ordered to evacuate, use extreme caution when returning to your property. Look for downed power lines and other property damage that could be hazards for your family.
  6. Inspect your home comfort equipment. If it is safe to do so, do a visual inspection of your equipment to assess damage after a storm. Always follow these guidelines when inspecting your equipment after a severe weather incident:
    • If you have any gas-powered appliances, avoid turning on a light switch or using any power source when re-entering your home after an outage.
    • Never inspect your household appliances while standing in water.
    • Never attempt appliance equipment repairs yourself – always call a professional.
    If your oil-fired furnace, boiler or water heater is housed in a flooded basement,
    • Shut down all breakers to your basement before you go down there. If your breaker is in the basement, only attempt this if conditions make it safe to do so; if they don’t, contact an electrician for help.
    • Begin removing water. While you will need to wash and sanitize everything to prevent mold damage, some items and décor may be salvageable. Take everything you can out of your basement to dry elsewhere – preferably outside the house.
    • If it’s safe to do so, access your appliances, including your furnace or boiler, water heater, washer and dryer, etc. If your appliance has a pilot light, do NOT re-light it without a licensed service tech inspecting it first.

While restoring your furnace to working order could simply amount to giving it a thorough cleaning, you won’t know for sure without a professional heating system inspection. If your equipment has been exposed to water, do not use it before calling in a heating professional!

Be safe in any weather with expert service and repair for your oil-fired equipment in NJ from the pros at JW Pierson. Contact us today to learn more about heating repairs and emergency heating service in New Jersey!

home air cough new jerseyAir conditioning can be a real godsend during the peak summer months here in NJ. But occasionally A/C can give you more than you bargained for.

The truth is, sometimes we don’t feel so great when the A/C is constantly running – it can give us a sore throat or maybe even cause a nagging cough. The question is, why does this happen, and what can we do about it?

Let’s take a look.

Causes and Cures for an a/C Cough

If you are prone to getting coughs caused by your air conditioning, it’s usually due to one of two reasons: either your indoor is dirty, or it’s overly dry (or both!).

The good news is there are easy ways to fix each problem so you can be more comfortable in your space.

Problem 1: Dirty Air

Solutions:

  • Replace the air filter
  • Consider installing Indoor Air Quality equipment

Indoor air can be full of dust, pet dander, and other allergens, which are often the underlying cause of your coughing fits. Whether you have a central A/C, a mini-split system, or window units, your air conditioner cleans your indoor air by pushing it through a filter before circulating in your home.

The problem is that filters are good at their job – which means they’ll trap a lot of those nasties and keep them from re-entering your space. Over time, they’ll capture so much material that they get clogged and stop doing their job – or worse, they’ll start pushing it back out into your home again!

The answer to this problem, of course, is to keep an eye on your air filters. A good rule of thumb is to check them every six weeks or so during the summer – especially if you have shedding pets. If your filter is clogged, clean or replace it (depending on the model – see your owner’s manual for instructions).

Another way to clean your air is to install a whole-house air purification system. These supplemental systems pick up where your air conditioning filters leave off, capturing the smallest of air purities and preventing allergens and microorganisms from growing in your home.

Problem 2: Overly Dry Air

Solutions:

  • Maintain your air conditioner
  • Use your A/C less frequently
  • Consider installing a whole house humidifier

Summer air is naturally more humid than winter air – but that difference goes away when you constantly run the A/C. Air conditioners have a drying effect on your indoor air, which can create respiratory distress (including coughs).

One way to reduce dryness in your home air, of course, is to run your air conditioner less frequently (using a programmable thermostat is a great way to do that). Another way is to make sure your air conditioner is not doing any more air drying than necessary by having it maintained by a home cooling professional every year. An experienced technician will keep your equipment in top shape, helping maintain proper humidity levels and air quality so you’ll stay healthy.

A third way to combat over-dry air from your A/C is to install a whole-house humidifier. These units connect directly to your home HVAC system and pump just the right amount of water vapor into your air to keep you comfortable (you control humidity from your thermostat, just like you control the temperature).

Is your air conditioning making you cough? Consider getting routine A/C maintenance or installing indoor air quality equipment from JW Pierson Co.! Contact us today to schedule service or get a FREE, no-obligation estimate on IAQ installations in NJ!

a/c service new jerseyThe thermostat is the brains of your home HVAC system, controlling your equipment to deliver heat or cool air where it’s needed in your New Jersey home.

While thermostats don’t require much care to keep them running, they do occasionally present issues that could affect the performance of your central air conditioner.

Solving Your Summer A/C Issues

Here are seven reasons why your thermostat could impact the performance of your A/C this summer.

1. It’s not located in the right place – Put a thermostat near a drafty window or in direct sunlight and it will have a distorted view of the temperature in your house, which might cause it to run your HVAC equipment when it doesn’t need to be engaged. Ideally, a thermostat is centrally located away from direct sun light and heat sources; if it isn’t, it’s a good idea to move it (contact us for help – it’s not a DIY task).

2. It needs a cleaning – When grime accumulates inside a thermostat, it can’t correctly gauge the air temperature of the house. Older thermostats can be cleaned by simply dusting inside the cover. To clean the contacts, use a piece of paper and move it between the contacts in order to get the grime off. Don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself? Call us.

3. It needs a change of batteries – Most newer thermostat models use batteries, and those batteries wear out over time. See your owner’s manual to see what kind of batteries you need and how to replace them.

4. It isn’t programmed properly – Modern thermostats are like little computers, and programming some of them can be just as complicated. Spend some time learning how your thermostat works so you can troubleshoot problems and save more money along the way.

5. It isn’t properly installed – It may seem like installing your own thermostat is easy enough to do yourself, but it really isn’t a D.I.Y. task. If you see loose wiring or notice that your thermostat isn’t performing the way it should, it’s a good idea to let an HVAC pro take a look. If there’s a problem, an expert technician will identify and address it right away.

Some thermostat issues are easy fixes – others aren’t. Our experts can take care of the latter category, working quickly and neatly to fix problems the right way and suggest solutions you can live with.

Contact JW Pierson today to learn more about thermostat installations and air conditioning maintenance and repairs in NJ!