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Three Key Reasons to Get a Spring Fill-up

prevent oil sludge new hampshireAs the days get longer, and the weather gets warmer, you’re probably not planning on giving much thought to your oil tank. Getting through the weeks of the winter season and starting your spring chores are probably top of mind. In fact, it might seem nuts to make sure you have a tank of fuel for the long, hot summer, but it’s actually one of the smartest things you can do.

We’ve got three good reasons you should schedule a heating oil delivery in the spring.

1. Protect Your Fuel Tank

While modern fuel tanks are built to last, like everything, they’ll last longer if you take care of them. Keeping your fuel tank full over the summer will extend its life.

When your heating oil tank sits empty, condensation can form—and that can result in all kinds of problems. For starters, when condensation forms on the interior walls of an empty tank, that water drips down and sinks to the bottom of the tank. That occurs because water is denser than heating oil. That water then becomes an ideal environment for bacteria and other microorganisms. Over time, it turns into sediment or sludge that can get into your fuel lines and clog them up. This will cause your heating system to shut down, likely during the next winter, when we’re in the middle of a deep freeze. Sludge can also corrode your tank from the inside out—a big problem that could be difficult to see coming and costly to remediate.

In the winter, your tank doesn’t stay empty long, so these issues don’t come up. Condensation is less likely to form in colder temperatures. But in summer, especially if your tank is outside, condensation will form quickly. Of course, if you’re signed up for automatic deliveries, we’ll make sure you’re topped off for the summer.

2. Hot Water

If your water heater runs on heating oil, you’ll need to have some oil in your tank to make sure you have hot water. The largest use of hot water in the summer months is for showers, but your dishwasher needs hot water to get your dishes clean too. If you wash your dishes by hand, you will certainly want some hot water—cold water doesn’t do the job on greasy, dirty pots and pans. You may also want hot water for doing at least some of your laundry.

3. One Less Hassle in the Fall Months

When your tank is full in the fall, you won’t have to fight for a convenient heating oil delivery appointment at the same time everyone else is trying to get a delivery. You’ll also be ready for an early cold snap. While you’re at it, if you have a service plan with us, why not get your heating system tune-up in the spring? Not only will you have your choice of appointments, but the benefits won’t wear off over the summer!

One last thought. While fuel costs are up right now, filling up your tank to protect it from failing is a much better investment than paying for cleaning up an oil spill and a new tank—and the oil to fill it. If you’re an existing will-call customer and need a fill-up, please contact us today.

Are you looking to become a Pemi River Fuels customer? We’d love to help you. Give us a call today for local, reliable deliveries of propane or heating oil, as well as heating system services and repairs.

Pemi River Fuels has been meeting the fuel needs of homes and businesses in portions of Grafton and Belknap Counties here in New Hampshire for more than 50 years. We understand New England values and the importance of personal, courteous customer service!

Pemi River Ensures Your Home System is in Tip-Top Shape All Year Long

hvac tune-up new hampshireWhy wait for the busy fall season to get prepped for next winter? First and foremost, the benefits of a tune-up won’t wear off over the summer season. In fact, if you schedule your tune-up now during the spring season, you’ll get your choice of appointments and be ready to go in the fall with one less thing on your to-do list.

When you get a professional Pemi River heating system tune-up, our expert heating technicians clean, inspect, test, and prepare your furnace or boiler to make sure it’s ready and running at peak efficiency for the fall and winter months, including:

The Cost-Saving Benefits of Tune-Ups and Annual Cleanings

But tune-ups are more than cleaning and tightening and testing. Here’s how a spring tune-up can help you save money—and save energy:

For added protection and real peace of mind, we offer heating system service plans that include seasonal maintenance. It’s a smart choice for older systems that are more prone to breakdowns as they age, and for newer systems to keep them running, well, like new. In addition to annual tune-ups, our service plans include 24/7 emergency service and big savings on the cost of any repairs.

Contact us today to schedule your spring tune up as soon as possible—and to enroll in one of our service plans. Ask about our service plans for water heaters, too!

We want to acknowledge the recent, alarming surge in energy prices. This is difficult for everyone and we want you to know we are here to help any way we can. If you need assistance or have any questions please contact us to discuss the best solution.

Learn the Easiest Way to Save Money and Improve Your Comfort!

furnace filter new hampshireWho isn’t looking for a few smart ways to save a little money these days? Changing the filter on your furnace is an easy way to keep your heating system running more efficiently—which helps keep fuel costs down. Because the filter protects your heating equipment from dirt and dust, it helps prevent problems that could lead to a breakdown—or expensive repair. Additionally, a clean filter will also help improve the air quality in your home, reducing dust and allergens.

Usually, our technicians will replace the filter during your seasonal maintenance. But for the best results, the filter on your furnace should be changed more than once a year. Monthly or every other month is best in the winter—or all year, if you utilize central A/C, too.

If you aren’t sure what type of filter or the size you need, ask us. Some filters are even washable—you can put them in the top rack of your dishwasher and reuse them: a great, green solution! Pleated filters can go longer before changes. Just make sure you put a reminder in your calendar, so you don’t forget.

It’s easy, and not even messy if you do it regularly. Here’s how, in 4 easy steps:

  1. Locate the filter rack: Usually, it’s installed at the return or at the entrance to the blower chamber.
  2. Slide the filter out: If you need to pull, check for a locking mechanism, and disengage it. Disposable filters have a cardboard frame. If your filter has a metal or plastic frame, it is most likely washable.
  3. Replace the filter: Look for the arrow pointing to the direction of air flow. Make sure you install the filter the right way (towards the blower).
  4. Secure the door or filter rack: re-engage the locking mechanism. That’s it—you’re done!

Looking for an Easier Option?

If one more thing on your to-do list is just not an option, consider an electronic air cleaner. It does the same job but eliminates the need to regularly replace filters. While an electronic air cleaner must be cleaned, you can add it to your annual furnace tune-up and maintenance. Consider our service plans, which include seasonal maintenance as well as priority emergency service and valuable discounts on any necessary repairs.

The bottom line is that ignoring your filters can damage your furnace and shorten its lifespan. Additionally, the harder your furnace works, struggling to push that heat into your home, the more energy it uses. The more energy your furnace uses, the more it costs each month.

Our team of experienced pros is happy to answer your questions—and if you have been postponing, it’s never too late to schedule your tune-up. Contact us today and start enjoying cleaner air, and improved efficiency.

Help Keep Our Delivery Drivers, and Your Home, Safe

fuel delivery new hampshirePemi River Fuels’ delivery drivers are some of the very best on the road. They’re out there all year long to ensure you stay comfortable. As we all know, a New Hampshire winter can serve up some hazardous conditions at times, but our guys come through even amongst the toughest winter weather. Still, maneuvering with a heavy hose while navigating slippery surfaces can be challenging. But there are ways you can make deliveries safer for our drivers, both before and after big storms, so they can get their work done efficiently and get to everyone as quickly as possible.

No matter what winter may bring this year, these tips can help our drivers—and you—safe!

Winter Storm Preparedness Tips

  1. When clearing your driveway after snow, keep in mind that our trucks need a 9- to 10-foot-wide path to maneuver safely—and we cannot deliver fuel if your driveway isn’t plowed. Marking the edges makes it easier to navigate, especially on steep driveways. Remember, just because you can get your car down your driveway doesn’t mean our 15-ton fuel truck can make it too.
  2. Is your tank underground? Marking its location with a pole topped with a bright-colored flag or wide ribbon makes it visible over snowbanks and drifts.
  3. Be sure the path to your fill pipe is free of debris and branches and clear a path about a foot wide after a snowfall.
  4. After a storm, check for downed trees, branches, and power lines that may obstruct access to your equipment.

Protect Your Family

Maintaining a wide space around vents makes clearing snow and ice easier after storms. Wind, snow and ice can take damage lines and block vents, resulting in potentially dangerous situations for your home and family.

One more tip for winter peace of mind: Sign up for our convenient, FREE automatic delivery service if you haven’t already! With automatic deliveries, you never have to worry about running out of heating oil or propane. That’s because our proven method tracks your fuel usage alongside the current weather patterns to make sure you have the fuel you need when you need it, no matter what Mother Nature throws our way. This is available for both our propane AND heating oil customers!

Pemi River Fuels understands New England values and the importance of personal, courteous customer service. It’s why our high standards mean we get the job done right the first time! If you are in the market for a reliable, hometown heating oil, propane, or heating system services provider this season, don’t hesitate. Contact us today! We’ll be happy to help.

5 Reasons to Make the Shift to a Tankless Model This Season

water heater options new hampshireYour water heater is one of the hardest-working pieces of equipment in your home. You may not give it much thought, but between bathing and showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry, the typical American household uses between 60 and 65 gallons of hot water every single day. Your water heater provides all that hot water, day in and day out!

Cold weather like we get here in New Hampshire can make your water heater work even harder—and that nonstop workload takes a toll. The life expectancy for a conventional tank-style water heater is between eight and 10 years. But don’t wait for your water heater to fail to replace it! Like other essential equipment in your home, such as your refrigerator or oven, you don’t want to go long without it.

Should I Repair or Replace?

If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it likely won’t work as well as it did just a few years ago. You’ll see this with higher energy bills, or water not getting quite as hot during routine usage. Also, hard water can cause lime buildup in your water heater, reducing its efficiency and shortening its lifespan.

Other signs that your water heater is heading for a breakdown include seeing water around the base of your tank or any other signs of leaks, and rusty water—or rust—on the sides of your tank. Strange rumbling coming from your tank is a sign of sediment buildup that leads to corrosion and potential tank failure. If any of these signs are noticed, contact us right away for a service call. We’ll help diagnose the problem and give you an expert opinion on what your next move should be.

In general, replacing a water heater that is over a decade old typically makes more financial sense than repairing it. That’s due in large part to today’s high-efficiency water heaters saving you a great deal of money in the long run.

5 Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters

If a replacement is in fact needed, here are five reasons that your new water heater should be a tankless model:

  1. Unlimited Hot Water: Traditional tank heaters can run out of hot water if you use a lot all at once. Tankless water heaters use an electric pilot and a hot propane flame to heat water instantly, on-demand. There’s no tank, so it can’t hit empty!
  2. Increased Savings: Tankless water heaters save energy by instantly heating water when you need it, rather than keeping a large tank hot all the time. All that efficiency means you’ll also save money by lowering your energy costs by as much as 40%.
  3. Flexibility: With no storage tank, a tankless water heater is small—about the size of a carry-on suitcase. It can also be wall-mounted, which means a tankless water heater can be placed just about anywhere in the house, including closets and crawl spaces.
  4. Quality Components: The more durable components of a tankless water heater system fail less often and can often be repaired rather than replaced.
  5. Longer Equipment Life: The primary culprit in the limited lifespan of a conventional water heater is the corrosive water stored in its tank. Because it doesn’t store water, a tankless water heater will last 18 to 20 years—almost double that of its tanked counterpart!

Want to learn more about the benefits of a tankless water heater? Pemi River Fuels can help. We sell and install a broad selection of high-efficiency tankless water heaters from Rinnai, and we can help you choose the best option for your needs. We can also help you take advantage of money-saving rebates. Enjoy energy efficiency and comfort with a new water heater! Contact us today to get started. 

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!