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How a home can benefit from this type of system

ductless ac Mansfield, MA For many of us, having air conditioning in our home, whether that is through a ductless ac system or a central air system, is essential and a non-negotiable. This holds especially true for us homeowners here in Southeastern Massachusetts where the summer season can get hot and humid. We simply wouldn’t be as comfortable without air conditioning. So it’s understandable that you would want to get the most that you can out of your home’s air conditioning system and feel like the system you’ve decided upon is absolutely worth it.

Your different air conditioning options

When it comes to air conditioning for your home there are a few different ways you can go:

The pros of ductless mini-split air conditioning systems

When deciding on the type of air conditioning system may work best for you and your home, it’s important to consider the benefits of each type. Here is a look at some advantages that a ductless ac system can offer a homeowner:

Ductless mini-splits from W.H. Riley & Son

A ductless mini-split system is a great option for air conditioning if you live in a house or building that doesn’t have ductwork.

The professional team at W.H. Riley & Son can work with you to pick out the ductless equipment that will work best for your home and we can also install it flawlessly.

So if you are in southeastern Massachusetts and thinking about ductless AC or are in need of air conditioning maintenance contact W.H. Riley & Son today!

Signs it may be time for an upgrade

galvanized pipes Bridgewater, MA Since most of the things that we find throughout our homes inevitably do not last forever, replacing items that we live with and use frequently is more or less common practice and nothing particularly out of the ordinary. So it may go without saying that this holds true when it comes to our home’s plumbing system and galvanized pipes.

Galvanized pipes and plumbing explained

Lead pipes were the popular plumbing choice for many years until about 1986, which is when they were deemed unsafe and the Safe Water Drinking Act (which subsequently allowed the EPA to monitor the quality of the water we drink) came into play.

Even though lead pipes were common until the mid 1980’s, galvanized pipes came into the picture prior to this as a safer alternative.

Galvanized pipes are pipes that are made of steel. They are supposed to protect a home’s plumbing system from corrosion and rust with a preventative zinc coating. Galvanized pipes were frequently used within the plumbing industry prior to and throughout the 1970’s.

While galvanized pipes can hold up and last for anywhere from 30 to 70 years, they eventually wear out and rot as a result of corrosion.

Replacing galvanized pipes

Galvanized pipes are no longer used within the plumbing industry. This is due to both health reasons and the fact that they can damage a home’s water supply. So if your plumbing system is operating with the help of galvanized pipes, you may want to consider a replacement.

There are also some clear signals that indicate replacing your galvanized pipes might be necessary. These signs include:

The bad news is that the above problems and galvanized pipes themselves can’t be fixed. The only alternative is a full-blown replacement.

The good news is that W.H. Riley & Son is a full-service plumbing company who can help you fully replace your old plumbing system.

Plumbing services from W.H. Riley

Whatever your plumbing needs are for your Southeastern Massachusetts home, the professionals at W.H. Riley & Son can get the job done. We carry and sell top-quality boilers and water heaters and offer the plumbing services they need to keep working properly. Our full service plumbing services include the installation and repairs of faucets, sinks, toilets and electric water heaters.

On top of that, the professionals at W.H. Riley & Son can:

When you need a plumbing job done effectively, efficiently and in a cost effective way, turn to W.H. Riley. If you need to upgrade your current home’s pipes or if you are building a new house and need a plumbing service to partner with your contractor, our team can help.

Contact W.H. Riley & Son today to learn more about the plumbing services we offer both home and business owners throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

Follow these five easy steps

furnace Wrentham, MA If you are a homeowner, you know that there is plenty to do to maintain your home. There is your standard cleaning and straightening up. Oftentimes there is yard work. Every now and then something has to be repaired and fixed. And your furnace filter needs to be changed.

Changing your furnace filter

Yes, changing the filter in your home’s furnace needs to be added to your to do list. But the good news is that this task is not time consuming. In fact, it should only take you about five minutes, maybe 10 at the most. Changing your furnace filter really comes down to simply switching out your old filter for a new one.

Here is a little more detail about exactly how to change the filter in your furnace:

  1. Figure out what size filter you need. Using those measurements, purchase a replacement filter.
  2. When you are ready to change your furnace filter, turn your furnace off.
  3. Locate your old furnace filter and remove it. If you don’t know where your furnace’s air filter is, read the manual that came with your home’s heating system. If you no longer have the manual, check your furnace’s blower compartment, which is under the cover, or the blower fan’s metal ductwork.
  4. Put the new filter in.
  5. Turn your furnace back on.

Signs it’s time for a new furnace

Scheduling annual routine furnace maintenance and taking care of things such as changing your furnace’s filter helps keep your equipment up and running and working efficiently. However, no matter how on top of changing your furnace filter you are, it is inevitable that you will have to upgrade to a new furnace at some point.

Knowing when to upgrade and looking out for certain signs that indicate it is time is important since you don’t want to find yourself with a furnace that all of a sudden just doesn’t work. You should consider upgrading and replacing your furnace if:

Full furnace services from W.H. Riley & Son

If you are in Southeastern Massachusetts and need furnace installation, service or repairs W.H. Riley & Son can help. Our professional team can install a furnace that is right for your home and then keep that furnace up and running with regular maintenance and repair services.

W.H. Riley & Son is a full-service furnace company and we can help keep your home comfortable all year long. Become a customer by contacting us today!

What you can do when your boiler doesn’t work

These days, many of us know how to troubleshoot certain devices and electronics that we use in our everyday lives. If our Internet stops working, we unplug and re-plug in our cable boxes or modems. If the TV suddenly doesn’t turn on you change the batteries in the remote. When your cell phone is acting funky you turn it off and then back on again.

But what can you do if you suddenly find yourself with boiler problems?

Common boiler problems

Just like with many things in our homes, boilers sometimes encounter issues and don’t always work perfectly. Common boiler problems include:

Troubleshooting tips for your boiler

Yes, calling in a professional is definitely an option (and sometimes highly recommended) if you find yourself with boiler problems. But before you do so there are actually some things you can do on your own to see if you can fix the issue. Below are some troubleshooting tips that can potentially help get your boiler back on track:

When all else fails, call in the service technicians at W.H. Riley for boiler repair services.

Boiler maintenance

Waiting until you notice issues to schedule maintenance on your boiler is not a good idea, especially during a southeastern Massachusetts winter. A professional should be performing maintenance on your boiler every year. Doing so helps:

W.H. Riley & Son’s boiler services

Consider W.H. Riley & Son your one-stop shop for all your boiler needs. Our licensed and certified technicians can help you select the right boiler for your home, install that boiler, repair your boiler when necessary, perform annual maintenance and deliver the fuel your boiler needs.

Let W.H. Riley & Son help keep your southeastern Massachusetts home’s boiler running all year long. Contact us today for all your heating system needs!

Which one is right for you?

Homeowners are constantly faced with decisions to make. Which furniture is going to look best in this specific room? Should we hire someone to take care of the landscaping? And (here in Southeastern Massachusetts) which home heating system is right for us?

Home heating systems

It is common for homes to have either boilers or furnaces to heat their homes. While boilers and furnaces are both used for heating purposes, they differ in the way they work and provide heat.

The easiest way to spot the difference between boilers and furnaces is to look for radiators and vents. Boilers have radiators (otherwise known as baseboards). Furnaces have vents.

How boilers work

Boilers are hydronic heating systems that use either hot water or steam to provide heat to a home heating system. They burn fuel to heat water and that water is then pumped through in-floor radiant tubing, baseboards, radiators or other sealed hydronic devices within your home. Once it has done completed the job that water goes back to the home heating system unit and does the same thing all over again.

Boilers that use steam for heat convert their hot water to steam before that water starts circulating through a house and providing heat.

How furnaces work

Unlike boilers, furnaces do not use hot water or steam to produce heat. Furnaces are, instead, forced air systems that burn fuel to create hot air. They then push that hot air through a system of ducts that lead to a home’s vents.

Choosing a home heating system

When thinking about the home heating system that would work best for you and your family, it’s important to consider the advantages of each one.

Here are some benefits that boilers offer:

Here are some advantages of using a furnace:

W.H. Riley & Son can help with your home heating needs

The professionals at W.H. Riley & Son can help you find the right furnace or boiler for your Southeastern Massachusetts home. We can also handle installations, maintenance and repairs and we will help ensure that your heating system runs as efficiently as possible.

Contact W.H. Riley & Son today to learn more about our home heating services!

How the winter weather has an impact

propane Taunton, MA Cold weather and winter weather can affect a lot of things. It impacts traffic and, sometimes, our ability to get from point A to point B, what we wear and, in some cases, our moods. A drop in temperature and bitter weather can also affect propane.

Propane, propane tanks and cold temperatures

It is important for propane customers to know how to prepare for the winter and what to expect once the temperatures drop. Here is a look at the impact that cold temperatures can have on both propane and propane tanks:

Propane related tips for the winter

Yes, cold temperatures and the winter weather affect propane, but there are certain things a homeowner can do to prepare for and make it through the cooler months.

If it snows, clear off the snow and ice that gets on your propane tank, near your propane tank and on your propane tank’s regulator as soon as you can. You want to avoid letting this snow and ice accumulate since that accumulation can increase your chances of damage.

Don’t let yourself run out of propane in the middle of winter. Make sure you place your next order when your tank is 25% full to reduce your chances of being without any propane at all.

Propane from W.H. Riley & Son

Residents and commercial business owners in southeastern Massachusetts can count on W.H. Riley & Son for the propane they need. In addition to 150 years of business under our belt, we also offer fair pricing, reliable propane deliveries and outstanding customer service.

Contact us today to let us know how we can help with your propane needs!

What You Need To Know So You Don’t Run Out

heating oil delivery North Attleboro, MA Those of us in Southeastern Massachusetts who rely on heating oil to heat our homes know just how important the fuel is. We also know that running out of heating oil is less than ideal, especially in the dead of winter. That is partially why it is so important to know exactly how and when to order it.

Ways To Order Heating Oil

There are a couple options when it comes to how you can order your heating oil:

Preparing For A Heating Oil Delivery

In addition to knowing how to order your next supply of heating oil, it is also important to know how to prepare for a heating oil delivery. This preparation helps keep heating oil professionals safe and work as efficiently as possible. Following the below tips will get you ready for your next heating oil delivery:

Count On W.H. Riley & Son For Your Heating Oil

Not only can homeowners in Bristol County count on W.H. Riley & Son for their heating oil, but we also happen to offer the best quality heating oil at the fairest prices in the area. On top of that, our heating oil is clean burning, which is good for your heating system’s lifespan and efficiency.

In addition to our automatic delivery option, we also deliver Bioheat Plus® fuel, which burns even more cleanly than our standard heating oil. This helps our customers save money.

So if you are in Southeastern Massachusetts and are looking for a full-service heating oil provider contact W.H. Riley & Son today!

Here are some factors to consider when it comes to furnace filters

furnace filter Franklin, ma Furnaces are a great way to heat a home and they are a popular home heating choice among homeowners here in Southeastern Massachusetts.

For those of us who do heat our home or business with a furnace, we know that what comes along with using a furnace is the need for a filter for that furnace.

Types of furnace filters

Filters are very important parts of furnaces. They keep dust, dirt, pollen, allergens, bacteria and air pollutants out of the air in a home or commercial space, which, in turn, improves the quality of the air you’re breathing.

There are a few different types of filters that are available to furnace users.

Which furnace filter is right for you?

Having an understanding of the different types of furnace filters that are available, will help you figure out what kind of filter you need for you, your home and your family. For example, if you are looking for something that helps with any unpleasant smells an activated carbon filter could be the way to go. If you are looking for something that will keep small particles from getting into the air you breathe, consider a pleated air filter. If you or someone you live with tends to get sick a lot, a UV filter may help since these prevent bacteria and viruses from getting into your home’s air and, therefore, your immune system. Or maybe you are only looking for something that keeps debris from getting into your furnace, in which case, a fiberglass air filter will get the job done.

Here are some additional things to consider if you are wondering what kind of furnace filter you need:

Count on W.H. Riley & Son for all your furnace needs

No matter how good your furnace filter is, furnaces don’t last forever and soon enough you will need to upgrade to a new furnace. When that time comes, W.H. Riley & Son can help.

Our team of professionals will work with you to find the furnace that works best for you, your home or your business. W.H. Riley & Son is a full-service furnace company that offers furnace installations, servicing and repairs throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

We make purchasing a new furnace or repairing an older one easy. Contact us today to learn about all the furnace services we offer.

A look at their lifespan

boiler lifespan Bridgewater, ma If your southeastern Massachusetts home has a boiler, you may think of that boiler as one of the most important parts of your home. After all, boilers are what heat and warm houses and, without them, we would be a lot less comfortable throughout the winter.

Since they are so important and a pivotal part to the lives of so many, it is important to have an idea of how long they last. This will give you an idea of when you may need a new one and, in turn, help you stay warm and comfortable throughout every cold season here in Massachusetts.

A Boiler’s Typical Lifespan

The exact number of years that a boiler will last depends on its exact type of model, but usually one can safely estimate that a standard boiler will last between 10 and 15 years.

The key to helping a boiler last longer is annual routine professional maintenance. This maintenance typically includes:

Annual Boiler Maintenance

A boiler that is professionally maintained will last longer than a boiler that isn’t, which is reason enough in and of itself to book annual service appointments for your boiler. But there are other benefits that come along with annual professional boiler maintenance as well. Here are a few:

Added safety: Routine boiler maintenance helps protect you and your family from problems related to carbon monoxide.

It saves you money: Boilers naturally lose about 5% of their efficiency a year. This means that boilers that aren’t professionally maintained aren’t working at the level they otherwise can be. With professional servicing appointments, a boiler’s efficiency increases, which, in turn, saves homeowners money.

Increased reliability: If you want to be sure that you can count on your boiler to do its job, regular maintenance is key, as it increases reliability.

It can prevent major issues: One of the best ways to detect minor boiler issues and fix them before they turn into large, costly repairs is with routine maintenance.

Why use a boiler to heat your home or business?

Using a boiler to heat your home or business has a lot of advantages, which is just another reason to keep up on your annual boiler maintenance. Here’s a look at some of them:

W.H. Riley has your boiler needs covered

The technicians at W.H. Riley & Son are here to help make sure your boiler is working as efficiently as possible. We offer boiler installation, maintenance and repairs to customers all throughout southeastern Massachusetts.

W.H. Riley & Son is also able to deliver the fuel your boiler needs, whether it’s propane, natural gas or traditional heating oil.

Simply put, we can take care of all your boiler needs.

If you are looking for a new boiler system, fuel for your boiler or are looking to repair or service your current boiler, contact W.H. Riley & Son today to become a customer.

Some reasons to consider using propane

propane equipment Wrentham, ma Using electronics and appliances are a standard part of our everyday lives these days. And because these electronics and appliances are so integrated into our lives, thinking about what you use to power them and how you can benefit from powering them a certain way is an important thing to think about.

Why Use Propane?

Lots of the appliances and electronics that we use on a regular basis can be powered either by electricity or propane, a “green” alternative fuel.

Many people make the switch from electric appliances to propane appliances thanks to all the advantages and benefits provide can provide. Curious to know what these advantages and benefits are? Here are a few:

Turn to W.H. Riley & Son For Your Propane

If you are in southeastern Massachusetts and are looking to make the switch over to propane or are looking to use propane for more appliances throughout your home, W.H. Riley & Son can help. We can deliver propane, install propane appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, and boilers and provide the piping you need to run all your propane appliances. We are a full-service company that offers automatic propane deliveries, 24-hour emergency call coverage, various payment plans and plumbing services for propane powered pool heaters, grills and stoves.

Whether you are a homeowner or a local business owner, we are here to provide you with high quality propane fuel, dependable service and competitive propane prices.

Contact W.H. Riley & Son today to hear more about our propane services.