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Wednesday, February 14 2018

Changing dirty air filters will:

  • Prevent costly breakdowns.
  • Maximize your family's comfort.
  • Keep your utility bills under control.
  • Minimize dust and & pollen that plague allergy sufferers.
  • Protect your system from expensive damage and premature failure.

Inspect yours each month and change when dirty. This is especially important during those early spring and late summer months when pollen counts are high.

Of course, the best way to insure your comfort and your equipment's long life and efficiency is with Stan's annual precision maintenance service.

Schedule now, and we'll check that filter for you.

Serving New Castle County Delaware; Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania; Cecil, Kent and Queen Annes's Counties, Maryland

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Friday, February 03 2017

Because carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of poisoning death in the U.S., we've added a precision air check to every visit we make. Whether we're in your home for a plumbing or heating/cooling service, we'll perform this life-saving test.

Even if you have CO detectors in your home, you should have a professional test with precision instruments performed at least once a year. Unfortunately, the standard detectors sold in hardware stores and home centers only detect lethal levels of CO. Our instruments are five times more sensitive. 

Such low level detections enable us to identify a problem before it becomes life-threatening. Even low level exposures have been linked to debilitating respiratory conditions. Older and younger family members are most vulnerable. Because symptoms are so similar to those of colds and flu, they are often misdiagnosed by medical professions.

If you have not yet scheduled annual maintenance for your heating system, call us at 866-PERKOSKI (866-737-5675) or schedule online.

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Tuesday, November 01 2016

“Is My Air Conditioner Causing Global Warming?”

You may well be wondering with the recent announcement of an international agreement to phase out HFCs*, the most common refrigerant used by the air conditioning industry (USA Today, Money, Oct. 15, 2017). HFCs previously replaced the ozone-depleting CFCs** as mandated by earlier international agreement, the 1989 Montreal Protocols. While not damaging the ozone layer, these newer refrigerants have since been found to trap thousands of times as much heat in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Hence the new mandate.

*HFCs – hydro-fluorocarbons (R-410A refrigerant).
**CFCs – chlorofluorocarbons (R22 refrigerant).

Here’s the good news:

  1. As reported by USA Today, your air conditioner (or heat pump)  WON’T release HVCs into the atmosphere if it is working properly. Likewise if your old unit is disposed of properly by an U.S. EPA certified technician, it will not release these harmful gases.
  2. Unlike the fossil fuel industry which is dragging its feet on addressing climate change, our industry is hard at work perfecting systems using alternative refrigerants that do not harm the Earth’s atmosphere.

What you can do now:

  1. The only way to insure that your AC or heat pump is operating working properly is to have it maintained annually by your Stan Perkoski’s professional.Annual maintenance not only assures that your unit is operating safely but also that it is operating at its maximum performance and energy-efficiency.

Additional benefits of Stan’s Perpetual Care Club membership include:

  • Priority scheduling. If your AC or heating system breaks down, members go to the head of the line.
  • 11.5% discount on all repairs (parts & labor).
  • Stan’s exclusive LIFETIME WARRANTY on all parts and labor as long as your system continues to be covered by the plan.
  • 100% money-back guarantee. If you’re heater or AC fails any time in the season following its maintenance service, we’ll refund 100% of the cost of that maintenance service or credit it toward the repair.
  • Stan’s exclusive carbon monoxide safety checks (fuel-burning heaters and water heaters).
  • Stan’s exclusive annual water heater anode rod inspection – for flood protecting and extended life. Timely replacements can as much as double the life of your water heater!
  • A $250 gift card to be used toward any non-emergency heating/cooling replacement.
  • A $100 gift card to be used toward any non-emergency water heater replacement.

  1. When it comes time to replace your old system, be sure to have it done by your U.S. EPA certified Stan Perkoski’s Home Services professionals. 

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Tuesday, September 13 2016

Today, Memphis, Tennessee suffered the deadliest house fire since the 1920s. Nine family members, include six children, have lost their lives. Another child is fighting for it's life. The cause of the fire: a malfunction of an air conditioner's power cord

I can't emphasize enough the importance of annual maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment for your Delaware, Eastern Shore of Maryland or southeastern Pennsylvania home. It's not only critical to your comfort and efficient operation of your equipment, it can literally save lives. Poorly maintained equipment is not only a fire risk, but also a source of deadly carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Even low doses of carbon monoxide can make family members ill. Such symptoms are often mistaken for winter cold or flu symptoms.

Schedule your HVAC maintenance service today.

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Sunday, July 31 2016
How to Know If Your Aging Water Heater Is Nearing Failure.

Most Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania homeowners don't realize when their water heater is ready to fail. But waiting too long to replace it can result in disastrous and expensive flood damage to your home and possessions.

Here are five signs to look for to prevent an imminent water heater disaster.

  1. Its age. The typical lifespan of a water heater serving a family of four is about seven to ten years. The more you use it, the shorter its life. If you're not certain of its age, check your water heater's serial number. It should include the year the unit was manufactured. If you're not sure, call us with the brand and serial number, and we'll help you determine its age.
  2. The consistency of heating. If you are experiencing inconsistent hot water, or if you're unable to maintain a constant temperature, your unit is likely nearing the end of its life. 
  3. Signs of leaks. Periodically check the floor under your unit for moisture. Older units often develop slow leaks that will worsen over time. 
  4. Noises. As your water heater ages, sediment will build up and harden on the inside. You'll start to hear pops, rumbling or banging. These can cause cracks in the liner.
  5. A change in the color of your hot water. Such changes could mean your unit is rusting from the inside. If you suspect rust (or sediment), you can check by carefully draining water directly from your unit.

IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR WATER HEATER MAY BE NEARING THE END OF IT'S LIFE, call us at 866-PERKOSKI (866-737-5675) to schedule a FREE no-pressure consultation.

If we determine that your tank is nearing failure, we'll show you your replacement options. If we determine that your tank is still sound, we offer some steps that will as much as DOUBLE your water heater's remaining life.

  1. By draining your tank, we will remove much of the sediment that can lead to liner damage.
  2. We'll also pull and inspect your water heater's anode rod. If it's nearing depletion, we'll recommend replacing it. The "sacrificial" anode rod is the single most important part preventing rusting of your hot water tank. Here's how it works:

Over time, tiny cracks will develop in your water heater's glass liner exposing the steel to corrosive elements. The anode rod is made up of a more reactive metal. When the tank is filled with water, an electrolyte process begins whereby the sacrifical rod is consumed to protect the exposed steel of the tank. As long as this more reactive material lasts, the steel will not rust. When it's depleted, the tank corrosion. A new anode rod will add years of service to your aging unit. NOTE: The anode rod inspection is FREE with your consultation as it is with your annual heating/cooling maintenence service.

Call us at 866-PERKOSKI (866-737-5675), or schedule online.
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Sunday, July 31 2016

Some Important Advice to Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland Property Owners with Older ACs.

Prices for R-22 refrigerant (aka Freon) have risen sharply over the past few years. Here's why: A little over 25 years ago, the EPA ordered the gradual phasing out of R-22 as part of the international treaty (the "Montreal Protocol") aimed a reversing the thinning of the Earth's critical ozone layer. This thinning is responsible for dramatic increases in skin cancer and cataracts. 

The good newsRecent M.I.T. research confirms the fact that the notorious "hole" in the ozone layer has indeed begun to heal. 

The bad news: Air conditioner repair costs for older units will continue to soar as a result of the spiraling costs and increasing shortage of the R-22 refrigerant.

The 1990 Clean Air Act ended production in 2010 for new air conditioning units "charged" with R-22. Production of the refrigerant itself was immediately reduced by 75%. By 2014, that reduction had reached 90%. Now the pace of reduction has picked up. As of January 1, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered an immediate drop from 51 million pounds to 22 million pounds, then to 18 in 2016, 13 in 2017, 9 in 2019, and finally zero U.S. production in 2020.

Although some R-22 is still being recovered and reclaimed from units we replace, the amounts are not nearly enough to meet demand. The resulting shortages have led to dramatic price increases. By 2016, the price for the R-22 refrigerant has more than quadrupled over it's 2010 level. By contrast, the price of the environmentally-friendly R-410A refrigerant that is used in today's air conditioners is currently at the same level Freon was in 2010.

Owners of older air conditioners need to take action now to protect themselves from these spiraling repair costs. (Unfortunately, you cannot replace R-22 with the R-410A refrigerant. The engineering requirements of the compressors is completely different.) Here then are Stan's recommendations:

  1. Service your equipment every season. (ACs once and heat pumps twice a year). Although your air conditioner is a closed system, leaks do occur. Always a good idea for maximum comfort and efficiency, our precision tune-up will detect leaks early preventing expensive re-charges not to mention damage to the environment.
  2. Schedule a no-pressure no-obligation consultation. Your Stan Perkoski's professional will help you select the right replacement for your goals and for your budget. You'll learn just what you can expect in savings with today's high efficiency environmentally-friendly replacements. You'll now just how soon you can expect your new system to pay for itself, what impact today's higher efficiencies will have on your electric bills, and what you may gain in family comfort.

We will collect the refrigerant from your old unit and send it to a recycler. Unfortunately some disreputable contractors will release these harmful chemical into the environment.

Call 866-PERKOSKI (866-737-5675) to schedule your maintenance service and/or no-pressure consultation.

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Wednesday, June 01 2016

Free Service Call; click to schedule.Always test your AC system early even before the heat arrives. It's the surest way to know that comort will be there when you do need it. Problems are most likely to appear after your system has been idle for months. You want to identify problems and get them fixed now. It never fails that when temperatures first soar, our phones start ringing off the hook. Test now and avoid the rush if your system will need repair.

It's best to perform this simple test when temperatures are first in the mid 70s. Simply set your thermostat to "cool" and turn down the temperature setting. Wait a while after hearing your system start. Then check to see that there's cool air coming from every vent. And also be sure to change your filter if it's dirty. This is the single most important thing you can do to assure comfort, efficiency and long life for your expensive system.

Give us a call if you experience any unusual noises or odors, or if you have any doubts or questions about your system's peformance.

Of course your best assurance of a trouble-free season with special seasonal savings and benefits comes with a precision maintenance service by your Stan Perkoski's professional. If you have an air filtration and/or air purifying system, be sure to have it/them serviced too.

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Friday, April 22 2016
Make This Mother's Day Really Special

Give Mom something really special this year, a luxury shower head. We're discounting shower accessories 20% now through Mother's Day. We offer rainfall, massage and hand-helds. Give us a call at 866-PERKOSKI (866-737-5675).

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Thursday, March 31 2016

Our customer, Durelle Lester of Rock Hall, MD called in deparation. He'd just received an $800 water bill. We were able to locate and repair a leak in a water supply line buried underground. Because his home was on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, over 70,000 gallons had leaked unnoticed. We expected to help our customers save water during National Fix-a-Leak Week, but one this big one was a lot more than we expected. NOTE: Check out Mr. Lester's testimonial.

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Monday, March 14 2016
National Fix-a-Leak Week Mar 14 through March 20.

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