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Have You Checked Your HVAC Air Filter yet This Heating Season?

January 13, 2020

We’re about three months into heating season 2019-2020 – which means your HVAC system has already logged a lot of hours keeping your family safe and warm in your Sullivan county home. The question is, have …

Furnace rust

What Causes Your Furnace to Rust?

January 6, 2020

A furnace is an investment that should last more than a decade if it is properly maintained by a professional heating contractor. But nothing lasts forever, and eventually you’re going to see telltale signs of …

Freezing home

Five Ways to Keep Your Tankless Water Heater from Freezing This Winter

December 23, 2019

As we know all too well, it can get pretty cold here in Sullivan County during the winter – and without some proper precautions, your home plumbing equipment can suffer because of it. One piece of …

Heating oil sludge

Heating Oil Sludge – What It Is and How to Prevent It

December 17, 2019

If you use heating oil to heat your home, you may already be aware of the problems associated with heating oil sludge – a thick black mixture of dirt, rust, and oxidized fuel that can …

Winter Propane Safety Tips

December 9, 2019

When it comes to keeping you warm through the coldest months of the year here in Sullivan County, propane is one of the best and safest bets around. But as with any fuel, you have …

What is a considered a good AFUE rating?

December 2, 2019

AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency – is a convenient measure for comparing the performance of one furnace to another; much like MPG for your car: the higher the AFUE number, the more efficient the equipment …

No Heat? Please Troubleshoot Before Calling for a Heating Repair

November 25, 2019

As autumns in Sullivan County go, it’s been a mild one so far in 2019 – so there’s a good chance your heating system has yet to get a full workout. But we all know …

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Tankless Water Heater?

November 18, 2019

A water heater can is an important home comfort investment – a piece of equipment you will rely on daily for more than a decade. That’s why it’s so important to make a choice you can …

Avoiding a Thanksgiving Plumbing Disaster

November 14, 2019

It happens every year at locations all over Sullivan County: someone makes the mistake of pouring grease from that delicious turkey down the drain, and 24 hours later, they’re faced with a backed-up kitchen sink. Talk …

How Long Will My Heating Oil Last?

November 4, 2019

One question we get a lot here at Black Bear is, “how long will my heating oil last?” The answer to that question, like the answer to many questions about heating costs, is “It depends.” In …