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Which type of water heater is best for you?

water heaters new jersey Water heaters can sometimes be “out of sight, out of mind.” You probably don’t spend much time thinking about your water heater, unless it’s giving you trouble. Unfortunately, this type of equipment doesn’t last forever and if your appliance is more than a decade old, it may be time to begin thinking about upgrading.

There are several types of water heaters on the market today, and that can be overwhelming for homeowners looking to upgrade their water heating systems. Read on to learn more about the water heater options available nowadays, and which appliance might best fit the needs of your household.

Tank vs. tankless water heaters: What’s the difference?

One of the biggest changes in the water heating industry in the last decade is the availability of new technologies that make getting on-demand hot water easier and more efficient than ever! Both conventional storage tank style water heaters and tankless water heaters can make good sense for typical homeowners, depending on their priorities.

Expert water heating installation by Fredericks Fuel

In addition to tank water heaters by Bock and Peerless Indirect, we install high-efficiency tankless water heaters. Traditional tank water heaters make for an easy switch out from your old water heater. A new tankless model can provide virtually unlimited hot water and generally lower water heating costs.

Quality water heating is essential to home comfort

Our equipment experts can help you choose the water heater that makes the most sense for you. At Fredericks Fuel, we offer the highest quality water heaters in West Milford, Oak Ridge, Sparta, Wantage, Riverdale, and the surrounding towns – with expert installation.

No matter which kind of water heater you select, you can depend on Fredericks Fuel to install it professionally for years of trouble-free use. We look forward to welcoming you as a new customer of Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service!

What Is Heating Oil?

Is modern heating oil right for you?

heating oil new jersey How is modern heating oil different from traditional fuels? Heating oil has evolved and changed a lot over the last few generations, so it makes sense if you are not quite sure what today’s heating oil even actually is, despite the fact that heating oil has proven to be an efficient, reliable heating fuel for homes and businesses in northern NJ for many decades. Read on to learn more about how heating oil can help you enjoy peace of mind and affordable comfort – with the help of Fredericks Fuel!

Heating oil FAQs: What IS heating oil, anyways?

Here are some of the most common heating oil questions we hear. If you have a different question, please reach out and one of our fuel experts will be happy to help you.

What to look for in a heating oil provider

Just as important as which heating fuel you choose; is the company you choose to deliver it. At Fredericks Fuel, we are proud of our:

Expert heating oil delivery and equipment service

Fredericks Fuel is much more than a heating fuel company; we are your full-service family-owned heating company, ready to respond to all of your home comfort needs with caring, expert customer service. Most of our customers were referred to us by other customers, which is the highest compliment that a business can receive.

If you are looking for a dependable heating oil company in Vernon and Sparta, NJ, and throughout Sussex County, please contact Fredericks Fuel today.

Aboveground tank service you can trust

heating oil tanks new jerseyAs the weather starts to cool down, it’s a great time to check up on your heating oil tank – before you really need to put it to good use for the season. If you’re seeing any signs of wear and tear on your fuel tank or you have an older system, it may be time to consider an upgrade.

But, what factors should you consider when deciding what style and size of heating oil tank is right for your home? Read on to learn more about how the experts at Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service can help you determine what works best for you.

What size tank do you need?

Heating oil tanks come in a variety of sizes, and these days, you have more options than ever. While that can be overwhelming, we’re here to help you make sense of what’s available.

Factors influencing tank size needs

Factors to consider alongside tank size

Whatever tank size you select, it’s important to also consider whether your chosen fuel company offers:

Fredericks wants to be your home comfort company

To learn more about aboveground tanks, contact us today, and one of our equipment specialists will promptly respond. We look forward to welcoming you as a customer of Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service!

A variety of delivery options to meet your fuel needs

heating oil delivery new jerseyAs our longtime customers will tell you, when you are a Fredericks Fuel customer, you can rest assured that we are here for you with dependable service and programs to make things easier. No matter what type of fuel delivery service works best for you, we are ready to respond to all of your home comfort needs with caring, expert customer service. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of the delivery options we offer.

Automatic delivery gives ultimate convenience

We encourage our heating oil customers to arrange for automatic delivery, since it offers many PROS, including:

Our automatic delivery customers don’t typically report CONS associated with their fuel delivery, but it is important to note that automatic delivery requires:

Reach out to us today to learn about convenient automatic delivery.

Will-call delivery lets you take control

If you prefer, you can also keep track of your fuel usage on your own, by checking your oil tank fuel gauge yourself and calling us before your oil tank gets too low. We call this method will-call delivery, which means that you call us when you need a fuel delivery. When you are on will-call, it is important to call us 48 hours in advance so you don’t run out of fuel.

The PROS associated with this method of fuel delivery are that:

There are also some CONS associated with this method, such as:

Contact us today if you are in need of a fuel delivery.

Trust Fredericks Fuel as your dependable heating fuel resource

Fredericks Fuel is much more than a heating fuel company; we are your full-service family-owned heating company, serving West Milford, Oak Ridge, Sparta, Wantage, Riverdale and surrounding towns.

We are proud of our excellent reputation for safe, professional fuel delivery and personal, friendly service. Most of our customers were referred to us by other customers, which is the highest compliment that a business can receive.

Whatever your fuel delivery needs are, we look forward to welcoming you as a customer of Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service!

This is the year to go on a monthly payment plan!

home fuel prices new jerseyAs we all know by now, fuel prices rise and fall. Lately, heating oil, gasoline and other products derived from crude oil have been skyrocketing on the global market. These higher fuel prices are a burden for us all, but with Fredericks Fuel, you never need to worry about run-outs and delays – and we have several payment options available to our customers.

If you worry about rising prices, then our capped price program plan may be for you. This plan caps your next winter’s delivery price at $3.09 a gallon. Or, you may benefit from our monthly budget plan, which spreads payments over 11 months to make sure there are no surprises on your bill.

Below, read about how Fredericks can be by your side, helping you cope with the fuel price fluctuations.

What’s causing fuel price spikes?

When Russia invaded Ukraine, crude oil prices began to soar to over $100 per barrel for the first time in nearly a decade. This global conflict further compounds existing supply shortages and inflation. Fuel providers don’t profit from price hikes; we actually end up losing out when customers are forced to cut back on their fuel usage. This is one reason why it’s important to us to help make your budgeting easier and more straightforward.

Get a handle on home fuel costs with our monthly budget plan

If fuel price spikes are getting to you, or you’ve had enough of big payments over the holidays, take advantage of a monthly budget plan, which keeps your payments manageable all year long. Even when fuel prices are low, the cost to heat your home can quickly add up, especially in the winter. Our monthly budget payment plan offers relief by allowing you to pay the same amount each month.

Here’s how it works: We’ll estimate your annual heating bill and spread the cost over eleven months. At the end of the oil heating season, if you have used more fuel than the amount we have estimated, you’ll pay the difference. If you have used less fuel than estimated, we will send you a check for the difference.

Stick it to fuel price spikes with our capped price program

Why pay more than necessary for your heating oil when you can lock in a fair rate now?

Here is how it works: Let’s say you pay for your heating oil now at $3.34 a gallon with your credit or debit card. This is the cost of your heating oil at a capped price of $3.09 a gallon, plus a 25-cent-per-gallon nonrefundable program fee. This fee makes it possible for your delivery price to go lower than the $3.09 capped price if market conditions permit. If you pay by cash or with a check, we offer a 5-cent-per-gallon discount off the nonrefundable program fee, so our total cost, when paid with cash or check, would be $3.29 a gallon.

You can rely on Fredericks when fuel prices spike

At Fredericks, we’ve been heating homes and businesses in Northern NJ since 1878 and are still a family-owned, full-service fuel, heating and cooling company today. We’ve weathered price spikes in heating oil before, and we’re looking forward to being by our customers’ sides as we usher in the next era. The future of oil heat is very promising, with biofuels and enhanced burner technology.

Fredericks Fuel & Heating wants to be your home comfort company in West Milford, Oak Ridge, Sparta, Wantage, Riverdale and the surrounding towns, and we promise to stay by your side for every step forward. Reach out and contact us to become a customer today!

How we help commercial businesses succeed

commercial fuelsNot all heating fuel companies are created equally, and your business deserves the specialized knowledge that comes along with serving commercial clients and their unique needs. Read on to learn more about how Fredericks Fuel and Heating Service can help your business thrive.

Build your commercial operation’s success

Commercial fuel needs covered for on and off the road

A century of commitment, stepping into the future

With our unique history of serving Northern NJ for over a century, and our commitment to progress and innovation in the industry, we offer the best commercial combo for your business needs.

Fredericks Fuel & Heating wants to be your commercial comfort company

We look forward to welcoming you as a customer of Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service in West Milford, Oak Ridge, Sparta, Wantage, Riverdale, and surrounding towns! For prompt, safe heating oil and fuel delivery, and commercial heating equipment service by trained professionals, contact Fredericks Fuel today.

Have you checked your furnace air filter lately?

furnace filters new jerseyNow that winter in Northern New Jersey is a somewhat distant memory, you may not be thinking about your furnace much. It’s a good idea to remember to change your furnace air filter, though. Why? Because it protects your equipment and saves you money in the long run. Read on to learn more.

Why is changing your filter such a big deal?

Changing your air filter is just one way to boost your heater’s health, and your own. Plus, this simple, ten-minute, inexpensive task can extend your heater’s life in a big way and can have you and your household:

Can’t I just wait until next fall?

The short answer is: Not if you want your furnace to be working when it’s time to switch it back on. If you have central air or your heating and cooling systems use the same ductwork and fans, you’ll want to change the air filter in your furnace, even when you aren’t heating your home. Everything from allergens and pet dander to dirt and debris continues to circulate in the spring and summer and can end up in your furnace filter, even when you’re cranking up the air conditioning instead. Don’t kick off next fall with a dirty filter that could have your furnace overheating before it even gets going.

How to ensure your air filter is clean

Now that you’re on board with checking your air filter’s quality, it’s important to know how to do it safely.

  1. Turn off the furnace system’s power. It’s important to do this before you proceed.
  2. Locate the air filter. A filter is usually somewhere along the system’s return air duct. It may be in a wall or ceiling, or in the furnace itself.
  3. Remove the air filter. Many of the new filters slide in and out so it is easy to remove them and put them back.

Keeping local residents comfortable for more than 130 years

Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service is proud to be the fuel company of choice for hundreds of homes and businesses in the North Jersey area. We deliver heating oil and commercial fuels in surrounding towns, and we are a full-service heating company as well. Our highly trained technicians can install and service virtually and kind of heating equipment, air conditioners, water heaters, fuel tanks and more.

Heating oil has proven to be a remarkably resilient and efficient choice over the decades, and it continues to enjoy tremendous popularity today. If you heat with oil or if you need advice on heating for your home or business, please contact us today. We will be glad to share our many years of expertise with you.

Spring forward with an upgraded oil tank

heating oil tanks new jerseyAs the weather begins to warm up, your heating oil tank probably won’t be on your mind much, but believe it or not, spring is actually a great time to consider replacing your fuel storage tank. Most older heating oil tanks have an anticipated lifespan of about 25 years, which means if your home was built prior to 1995, it is likely time for an upgrade. Read on to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your heating oil tank during the milder season.

Off-season prices

There are a number of reasons why upgrading your heating oil tank during the off-season is a smart choice. Many businesses and homeowners list affordability as one top factor they weigh heavily when deciding if an upgrade is right for their home. The good news for spring shoppers is that like most off-season equipment, heating oil tanks may be at their peak affordability just as the need for home heat is decreasing for the season.

Reach out to the energy experts at Fredericks Fuel to take advantage of the best heating oil tank replacement costs. We service Vernon, West Milford, Sparta, and communities throughout Sussex County and northern NJ.

Be prepared for next winter

When the snow and ice have melted and the debris of winter is cleared, it’s easy to forget just how quickly the colder months will come around again. The last thing you want is for your heating system to shut down in the middle of winter due to a problem with your outdated tank.

Flexible installation schedules

You deserve the time and attention it takes to have your oil tank installation job done right the first time, all year long – and at Fredericks Fuel, that is always our priority. Springtime affords a little more flexibility when it comes to scheduling, though, since technicians aren’t as busy. Demand for heat is obviously greatest during the colder months, or in the fall as we anticipate winter on its way. But, when that demand goes down in the spring, professionals can often devote extra time and attention.

When you heat with oil, you want to be confident that your fuel storage tank has been installed properly. Having been in business since before the advent of home heating oil, Fredericks Fuel has installed literally thousands of aboveground storage tanks and we follow strict protocols to ensure that your fuel is stored safely and that there will be no interruption fuel flow when it gets extremely cold.

Tank protection plan

Replacing your outdated fuel tank is a big decision that you’ll rely on for decades to come. Heating oil tanks nowadays have improved tremendously over tanks from 20 years ago. In fact, today’s models are virtually leak-proof. For peace of mind, Fredericks Fuel also offers a tank protection service agreement through the ProGuard program, for both underground and aboveground fuel storage tanks.

Rely on us for safe, secure tank installation year-round

All of our installation technicians have been trained in the industry-standard best practices for installing aboveground fuel tanks. We install tanks by such respected brands as Granby and Roth, so you can be confident that once your fuel tank is installed, you won’t need a replacement for many years.

To learn more about aboveground tanks, contact us today, and one of our equipment specialists will promptly respond. We offer residential and commercial customers, with prompt, professional fuel delivery and expert installation and service of heating and cooling equipment, water heaters, and more.

Heating oil evolution: cleaner, greener and more efficient

heating oil history new jerseyLike most forms of energy, heating oil has come a long way since the 1840s, when kerosene was first derived. But, did you know that even further developments in heating oil technology emerged in just the past twenty years? These days, it’s much more eco-friendly and more efficient, saving users lots on their energy costs. Read on to learn more about how heating oil has improved in recent decades, and what that means for you as a business or homeowner.

What makes today’s heating oil superior?

Oil heat is the best heat simply because it is cheaper, safer, cleaner and far more efficient than other heating methods.

Safety is our priority: Oil heat is safe and it gives you one less thing to worry about, it doesn’t explode. Oil poses one of the lowest risks of carbon monoxide poisoning to your family. The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that gas units are associated with 92% of carbon monoxide deaths in homes while oil is less than 10% of that.

Energy-efficient means cost-efficient: Over the years oil heating systems have regularly outperformed other fuels in terms of efficiency, and that means savings for you on your energy bills.

Eco-friendly: Heating oil is now considered a clean energy source. In fact, it is cleaner than ever! Today’s technological advances have led to more energy-efficient forms of heating oil, including low-sulfur blends mixed with biofuels, like soybean, plant, and animal fat products. Heating oil is also nontoxic, contains no carcinogens and is biodegradable. It’s cleaner than natural gas and has fewer emissions, which mean it reduces your carbon footprint.

Heating fuels delivered promptly and safely

With a history of delivering heating fuels that stretches back to 1920, Fredericks Fuel and Heating Service has no peer when it comes to keeping residents of northern NJ warm and safe. As we have grown, our steadfast goal has been to provide our customers with dependable, expert service. Perhaps this explains why many families have been Fredericks customers for generations.

For heating equipment service by trained professionals and prompt, safe heating oil delivery in Vernon and Sparta, NJ, and throughout Sussex County, and contact Fredericks Fuel today.

Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues- the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen, and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked the energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory and spiking all energy prices. We’ve had increases from our heating oil suppliers of over $1.50 per gallon in less than a week!

What’s coming next

We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we dislike this as much as you do. Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back usage. They have trouble paying their bills and our receivables skyrocket. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers in just 10 days. It is an awful mess for everyone.

One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions.

If you are having trouble paying your bill, talk to us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been with us a while. We can also set you up on a monthly payment plan.

Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you and pray for the people of Ukraine.