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Don’t Let Unexpected Equipment Repairs Take a Bite Out of Your Budget!

heating repair new hampshireHere in New Hampshire, we’re all used to frigid temperatures. And it comes as no surprise that most of us plan for the cold weather with things like snow tires, automatic oil and propane deliveries to prevent untimely runouts, and plenty of fleece and down jackets.

However, if your heating system conks out on a freezing night, the last thing you want to worry about is the cost of repairs.

Whether you use propane or heating oil to heat your home, heating equipment repairs can be expensive—especially if you need to replace a major component. On average, typical furnace or boiler repairs can cost between $300 and $400, and repairs to a water heater can run close to $600. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance to apply a little winter preparation to your heating systems, to ensure your warm and comfy all season long—while eliminating the worries of an unexpected breakdown.

How to Save on Repair Costs This Winter

When it comes to a worry-free winter, Pemi River Fuels has a heating system service plan to help you save!

Both plans include an annual heating system tune-up. This comprehensive maintenance helps ensure your system is running at peak efficiency, improves overall energy efficiency, and reduces the chance of breakdowns. Regular maintenance also extends the life of your equipment, too!

We’ve Got You Covered

Pemi River has been serving customers in Grafton, Belknap, and Carroll Counties for more than 50 years. Our technicians have the knowledge and experience to answer all your questions and help you choose the best service plan for your budget—and your existing heating system. Contact us today for more information… It only takes minutes to enroll! We’ll be happy to help you get started.

Why It Pays to Act Sooner Than Later with Your Home Heating Fuels

oil delivery new hampshireIf you’re a “Will-Call” customer for your home-heating fuel, it’s high time to fill your tank and even consider switching to automatic delivery. U.S. home-heating bills are expected to surge this winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). So, it’s a wise move to stray from Will-Call, replenish your tank, and investigate Automatic Delivery, Budget Plans before prices climb even further.

In the U.S., fuel costs have risen to multiyear highs and will hit household finances as the weather turns colder. “As we have moved beyond what we expect to be the deepest part of the pandemic-related economic downturn, growth in energy demand has generally outpaced growth in supply,” EIA Acting Administrator Steve Nalley said.

Less than 12 million American households rely on heating oil or propane, but they will absorb the worst financial blow. For them, costs are expected to rise 54% and 43% respectively, the EIA said, from last winter.

Depending on locale, the EIA said residential costs will spike to about $2.50-$3.50 per gallon for propane, and $3.39 per gallon for heating oil. Last winter season’s prices were about $1.50-$2.50 per gallon for propane, and $2.55 per gallon for heating oil. Heightened energy prices are expected to dent household budgets in the coming months. Here’s where Pemi River Fuels, can step in and help!

Enroll in a Budget Plan Today!

For more than a half century, Pemi River knows that all our customers have different needs. Our propane and oil price and payment options put you in charge. A popular choice with customers is Automatic Delivery, which can be combined with our Budget Plan. Facing market volatility, current Will-Call customers would gain peace of mind by switching to Automatic Delivery, which also includes our Loyalty Rewards, too!

What Are Loyalty Rewards?

Earn Pemi River Loyalty Points whether you’re a pay as you go customer or are also on our Budget or Pre-Buy plans!

Our Budget Plan allows you to spread out your payments at a level mark over even, monthly installments. It’s one of our most popular choices because it gives something priceless to our customers: peace of mind. You don’t get hit any surprises each month, and you don’t get nailed with big heating bills around the winter holidays.

Our heating oil price and payment options put YOU in charge of how you manage the costs of heating your home. Contact us today to get started!

Pemi River Fuels has been meeting the fuel needs of homes and businesses in portions of Grafton, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire for more than 50 years!

Diagnosing Potential Issues Now Can Save You Some Work—and Even Some Money!

hvac repair new hampshireYour home furnace has one simple, yet essential job: To heat your living space until it reaches the ideal temperature you’ve set on your thermostat. And before too long, we’ll be firing up our systems for the incoming winter season. This brings up the following question: Is your heating system prepared for the season ahead?

If you’ve neglected maintenance on your system in years past, the potential for issues may arise. That first cold evening of the season, your furnace may seem to be doing its job when, in-fact, it is either underperforming or malfunctioning entirely.

Typically, troubles occur in one of two ways. Either the furnace acts like an overachiever—running after the desired temperature has been achieved, or it chugs along without ever reaching that target temperature.

Both issues will wind up costing you both in elevated heating bills as well as detrimental wear and tear on your equipment itself. Fortunately, smart homeowners can be proactive and nip potential problems in the bud with easy fixes. Just follow the guidance in the “Troubleshoot Your Furnace Tip Sheet” below!

Troubleshoot Your Furnace Tip Sheet

If your furnace runs but fails to reach the set temperature:

If your furnace continues to run after reaching the target temperature:

If none of the above troubleshooting techniques solve your furnace problem, reach out to Pemi River Fuels for service! Our local, expert service technicians will diagnose the problem and fix it quickly, getting it right the first time to restore the cozy warmth essential to your New Hampshire home.

For expert heating oil and propane furnace repairs in the Grafton, Belknap, and Carroll County area, trust the company that’s been taking care of our neighbors in New Hampshire for more than 50 years. Choose Pemi River Fuels! Contact us today to learn more.

home fuel supplier new hampshireEver notice that the cost of propane or heating oil tends to go up when temperatures drop? You definitely do if you pay market price for your fuel!

That’s because the market price for heating oil and propane is like a stock that changes from day to day. Market price is determined by a range of unpredictable factors, including the weather and the cost of crude oil. If you pay for your fuel as you go during the heating season (we call this “will call” service), you’re paying market price—which can go up as much as the market will allow it to.

Of course, there is a chance that a market price will go down, too—during a particularly mild winter, for example—which means that will call customers can take advantage of the savings if their fuel-buying timing is right. But as anyone will tell you, timing a market is tricky business—and the truth is, you’ll almost always pay more for your fuel from mid-October through March than you will at other times of the year.

That’s why the Pemi River Propane Pre-buy option makes so much sense!

With Pre-buy, you buy all your gallons for the upcoming heating season in advance of heating season at an agreed-upon price that will not change, no matter what the market does. In other words, you’ll be protected from rising oil and propane prices as demand for fuel rises and supply dwindles—but you won’t be able to take advantage if market prices drop.

Which Option Should I Choose?

Both Market Price and Pre-buy have their advantages and disadvantages—and much of the decision about which plan is right for you depends on your tolerance for risk. If you want to play the odds, a Pre-buy price might be best; if you have a little gambler in you, you can take a chance with market price. Just remember that more often than not here in New Hampshire, fuel costs will go up during the heating season.

If you’re already on a pricing plan, we recommend sticking with it rather than trying to jump from one program to the next trying to time the market.

There’s still time to enroll in Pre-buy for your 2021-2022 heating oil and propane deliveries! Contact Pemi River Fuels today —we’re happy to get you started. And remember that for reliable propane delivery and heating oil delivery in Central New Hampshire—nobody beats Pemi River!

oil delivery new hampshireSummer is a great time to give your heating system a well-earned break, after it spent most of the year keeping your family safe, cozy, and comfortable. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about your furnace or boiler altogether!

In fact, there are two things you could do today that will help your equipment make a seamless transition into heating season 2021-22. The first, of course, is to schedule routine maintenance – something you should do every year. But the second might be a little less obvious: order heating oil sooner rather than later.

Why buy oil now when you’re not going to use your heating system for another few months? The answer is that it could prevent damage to your tank.

How Heating Oil Tanks Can Fail

Changes in temperature can cause condensation to form on the inner walls of your oil tank, the same way water beads outside a cold glass on a hot day. Condensation is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, the bacteria that live in heating oil love a damp environment—which means they’ll multiply in whatever fuel is in your tank, turning it into a thick fuel line- and burner nozzle-clogging sludge.

Secondly, water—which is heavier than oil—will eventually fall from the tank walls and sink to the bottom, where it will eat away at the steel from the inside out. At best, that will lead to leaks down the road—at worst, a costly rupture.

The bottom line is that a build-up of condensation is bad for your fuel, bad for your tank, and bad for you—but you can keep it at bay by keeping your tank at least half full during the offseason. Topping off your tank now could also be a good way to save some money, since heating oil prices usually sink when demand is low.

Need to top off your heating tank this summer? We can help you with an offseason heating oil delivery in Grafton, Belknap and Carroll Counties, NH! Contact Pemi River Fuels today to learn more.

water heater repair new hampshireDo tankless water heaters need to be flushed, even though they don’t have a storage tank?

Absolutely!

Limescale builds up on the heat exchanger of a tankless water heater just as it does on a conventional storage-type water heater. Without intervention to remove the scale, it will gradually reduce the efficiency of your equipment until it negates the advantages you paid for by going tankless!

While removing scale might sound like a complicated process, it’s actually pretty easy to do – something you might want to tackle yourself (don’t worry – if you’re not comfortable with that, we can do it for you).

Here are some pointers:

Flushing Your Tankless Water Heater

Please note: Before attempting to flush your tankless water heater, always read the manufacturer’s instructions first! While the procedure detailed below is fairly standard, there might be slight but important variations based on your particular model.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Step-by-Step:

  1. Before you begin, set your temperature to 150°F and let hot water run through the heater for about a minute.
  2. Shut off all the power to the water heater.
  3. Close the incoming and outgoing water isolation valves. If your unit doesn’t have isolation valves, then you can buy some and install them yourself.
  4. Have a bucket ready to collect water as it drains. There will be about a liter of water or so in the pipes of the tankless heater.
  5. Drain the unit and connect hoses to the drain ports of the isolation valves “A” and “B”.
  6. Dump this bucket or have another bucket ready to go with a solution to be pumped through the heater.
  7. Fill an empty bucket with a mix descaling solution and water. About a half a bucket of water will do the trick.
  8. Open the isolation valves A and B.
  9. Turn on the circulation pump. Let the solution circulate through the tankless water heater for at least 30 minutes, but an hour is better.
  10. Drain the descaling solution from the heater and flush fresh water through the heater by closing valve “B”.
  11. Open up valve “A” with a hose leading to an empty bucket.
  12. Open up the inlet water valve to let fresh water flow through the unit and empty into the empty bucket to get all of the solution out of the heat exchanger.

Descaling is not the only maintenance your water heater needs! Be sure to schedule maintenance a minimum of once every two years for a conventional water heater, and once a year for a tankless water heater, to keep it running at its safest and best.

Contact Pemi River Fuels today to learn more about water heater service in Grafton, Belknap and Carroll County, NH!

heating service new hampshireA heating system is a big investment for any New Hampshire homeowner, and the most important way to protect that investment is to get routine maintenance for your furnace or boiler every year—especially during the “shoulder” or “off-season” months such as late spring and early summer! That way you’re ahead of the curve by the time autumn rolls back around.

The best way to do that? Choose a comprehensive Pemi River Equipment Service Plan!

Why choose a Service Plan for your oil- or gas-fired heating system? Consider these great benefits:

Priority Service And Discounted Repairs!

Two other benefits that a Service Plan offers—and they’re big ones in an area like New England, where heating systems work hard in the winter—are priority service and covered or discounted repairs.

With priority service, you’ll skip the line, which will put your life back on track first in the event of a widespread emergency or weather-related complications. With discount and covered repairs, you’ll get a break on some of the more common heating system problems you’re likely to encounter.

We Have Two Service Plan Levels Available:

Pemi River Fuels offers two service plans. Our Select Comfort Service Plan ($399) covers:

With our Economy Comfort Service Plan ($199), you get:

Our annual tune-ups, covered in both plans, help ensure that your equipment will run at maximum efficiency, saving you on energy costs. Our thorough annual tune-ups and inspections are available to you even if you don’t have a service plan.

Take care of your heating equipment with a comprehensive Service Plan from Pemi River Fuels. Contact us to learn more about our Select Comfort and Economy Comfort Service Plans—the best value in heating maintenance in New Hampshire!

renting propane tank new hampshireOne of the most important decisions you will have to make as a new propane customer is whether to lease or buy your propane tank. The answer to that question depends on several factors that you will have to weigh before making your decision.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of owning and leasing your propane tank.

Owning A Propane Storage Tank

Pros
When you own your own propane tank:

Cons

Leasing A Propane Storage Tank

Pros
When you lease a propane tank,

Cons

As you can see, although there are some advantages to buying your own tank, leasing offers distinct advantages in terms of maintenance costs and safe, hassle-free operation. For this reason, most propane customers choose to lease their tank.

Still not sure whether to buy or lease your propane tank? Give Pemi River Propane a call and we’ll be happy to find you the perfect solution.

equipment service plans new hampshireA new furnace or boiler is a significant investment for a New Hampshire homeowner—one that should keep your family warm and comfortable for many years to come.

But that “should” greatly depends on having your equipment serviced by a professional every year. Basic maintenance is a MUST for your equipment, and the best way to get it is through a high-value heating equipment service plan from Pemi River Fuels!

6 Benefits Of Service Plans

Here are six reasons why you should opt for a service plan for your heating system this fall:

  1. You’ll Get Priority Service – When you sign up for our Select or Economy Comfort Service Plans, you’ll get priority service when scheduling your maintenance calls and heating system repairs.
  2. You’ll Save on Covered Repairs – Get discounted coverage on parts, controls, burner replacement parts, fuel supply parts, warm air and hot water systems, and more that otherwise could add up—especially at full cost.
  3. You’ll Help Your Equipment to Maintain Efficiency – Did you know that an unmaintained heating system could lose five percent efficiency every year? That means that professional heating system maintenance will often pay for itself in energy efficiency savings alone as soon as we tune it up.
  4. You’ll Prevent Many Expensive Repairs – With regular annual service visits, our expert heating technicians can spot small problems before they become big ones, often helping you to avoid a costly heating repair bill. They can also give you a heads up when it’s smart time to invest in a heating system upgrade rather than pouring more money into fixing older equipment—and we’ll never offer you something we wouldn’t recommend to that of our own friends, neighbors and families!
  5. You’ll Keep Your Warranty in Place – If you install a new propane- or oil-fired heating system, its warranty will probably require you to get regular professional maintenance to keep it valid against any unforeseen system failures.
  6. You’ll Protect Your Investment – Your home heating system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your home and regular preventive care from a professional makes sure it keeps running safely and efficiently. Maintaining your home heating system regularly also can extend the life of your heating system, so you get more for your money.

As you can see, enrolling in a heating service plan in NH pays both now and down the road. Contact us today to enroll in a Pemi River Fuels service plan and experience the benefits for yourself!

new water heater new hampshireYour water heater works hard behind the scenes, pumping out hot water for your taps and appliances day after day, year after year. But there will come a day when your water heater stops working—or worse, fails to the tune of thousands of dollars in water damage to your basement.

The good news is that your water heater will usually present warning signs before it gives out altogether. Here are four things to watch for—especially if your water heater is nearing or has passed its 10th birthday (which is the average lifespan for a conventional, storage-type water heater).

Water Heater Installations In New Hampshire
If you’re experiencing these or any other problems, it could be time to replace your water heater altogether. Our equipment experts 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 can get back to your hot showers and dry basement.

We offer storage-type and Rinnai tankless water heater models in a range of sizes – contact us today to learn more about what we have in stock right now!

When you know it’s time to upgrade your water heater, we’re here to help! Contact Pemi River Fuels today to learn more about high efficiency propane water heater installations in Grafton County, NH and surrounding areas!