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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.

Don’t let fuel delivery delays steal your comfort this winter!

winter fuel delivery new jerseyWinter is one of the busiest seasons for fuel providers, especially in New Jersey, where the weather can get treacherous. You never want to have to worry about having a fuel runout just when you need heating the most. There are several strategies you can employ to reduce the risks associated with fuel delivery delays, especially during the colder months or if bad weather is approaching. Read on to learn more about how Fredericks Fuel can help you stay on top of your energy needs this winter.

Plan ahead for your winter fuel needs

Keep an eye on your fuel gauge and never let your tank get even close to the 1/4 of a tank mark. This gives you a little bit of a “buffer” in case there is a delivery delay related to the weather. A little planning goes a long way when it comes to making sure you have enough oil on hand.

Mark the path, and clear the way

Mark your driveway so that it is visible for your oil delivery driver, no matter how much ice or snow is on the ground. Some people like to use fluorescent flags or other markers, but you need to be thinking about this before the ground is completely frozen solid. If the ground is already frozen, you can still mark your driveway using temporary markers such as banners or tape, but it is certainly easier to do with standard marking polls that can be planted in softer soil. If possible, salt your driveway in advance and be sure shovel thoroughly so that the delivery truck can access your tank.

Utilize automatic delivery to your advantage for peace of mind

Take it easy and avoid trouble with automatic oil delivery, the worry-free way! No more runouts in the dead of winter! Automatic heating oil delivery takes all of the work out of ordering your fuel—no more checking the tank, no more phone calls. When you enroll in automatic delivery in West Milford, Oak Ridge, Sparta, Wantage, Riverdale and surrounding towns, we monitor your fuel use and make deliveries before there’s any chance of running out, which can be inconvenient and expensive.

There is no extra charge for this service, and you will not use any more fuel than you would on will-call. Contact us today to learn more. We look forward to welcoming you as a customer of Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service!

Get Peace of Mind While You’re Away

vacation energy savings new jerseyThe purpose of winterizing your home before you go out of town is twofold; first, you’ll save money on your energy bills while you aren’t at home to appreciate the heat you’re paying for, and second, you’ll prevent disasters like frozen or burst pipes, flooding, mold growth, and damaged flooring and furniture.

By taking the minimal time and effort required for winterizing your Northern NJ home, you’ll save headaches, hassles, heartaches, and expenses. Read on to learn more about which winterizing tips can really pay off. You’ll be glad you did!

Top 4 Tips for Winterizing Any Home

Some winterizing methods are specific to the type of fuel and appliances you have in your home. However, many pointers are applicable no matter what type of heating source you use. Whether you have a boiler or furnace or use heating oil, electricity, or another type of fuel, you can save big on your energy bills and protect your home and equipment by:

We Look Out for Your Family All Year!

Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service delivers heating oil and HVAC service in Vernon, West Milford, Sparta and communities throughout Sussex County, NJ. 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.

Contact us today for fuel delivery, heating oil payment plans and service plans, or for guidance when winterizing your home. We’re here to help!

Why go local for heating system repairs and tune-ups in Northern NJ?

local oil company new jerseyAre all heating oil companies more or less the same? In short: definitely not. While the services offered may seem similar at first glance, having a local fuel provider on your side can make all the difference when it comes to service, responsiveness, reliability, affordability, and more. Below, we’ll explore the top 5 benefits of going with a local heating oil company.

Reliable, 24-hour emergency repair service

When you lose your heat on a cold winter day, it’s scary! You want to know that there is someone you can call for help, and it’s not the time to be stuck on the phone with a call center rep for a national chain. That’s why you need a heating company that has your back if anything goes wrong. As a Fredericks customer, you have access to emergency repairs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We always have a trained technician on call to answer no-heat calls, and each of our service trucks is stocked with heating system components to help get your boiler or furnace up and running.

Around for the long-haul: your family-owned NJ home heating service for more than 130 years

For more than 100 years, Fredericks Fuel and Heating Service has been coming to the rescue of homeowners who lose their heat. But you can increase the odds that your system will weather the coldest winter by calling us for a heating system tune-up. And you can gain real peace of mind (and savings) by enrolling in one of our convenient service plans. We’d love to help you avoid a “next time,” when it comes to emergency heat loss.

We’re your neighbors, not phone robots

We get the importance of being comfortable and safe throughout Sussex County, New Jersey winters because we live here too. With more than 130 years in the home heating business, we understand your home comfort needs, and we work hard every day to deliver high-tech heating and cooling with excellent service and a human touch.

Motivated to provide affordable prices

Big-name wholesale suppliers of heating oil may profit from pricing hikes, but local, consumer-serving fuel providers don’t. Unlike corporate giants, our business is better when customers aren’t scrambling in a panic, worried for their family’s safety, comfort, and financial stability. We work hard to show our customers that they can trust us, year after year, to keep our prices affordable.

Fredericks is here for you: your local, trusted fuel professionals

Fredericks Fuel and Heating Service knows what’s important to you. As the premier home heating service in Northern New Jersey, our number one priority is keeping you and your family comfortable and safe, and we have the resources and the expertise to do just that.

Contact one of our experienced professionals to learn more about how Fredericks can meet all of your heating oil needs this winter.

Running Out of Oil is Expensive – In More Ways Than One

heating fuel runouts new jersey Nobody wants to run out of heating oil, especially not in the colder months. It’s inconvenient, a hassle, and uncomfortable, to say the least. But did you know that letting your oil tank run dry can actually harm your heating system? Fortunately, the professional energy experts at Fredericks Fuel are here for you! We can inspect your tank, perform necessary maintenance, get you all filled up and set for winter, and help make sure you never run out of heating oil again.

Emergency Oil Deliveries Cost More

Same-day rush delivery has its place, and it’s an important service for families and businesses in need. But it costs more, and with a little preparation, it’s avoidable. Working with a Fredericks Fuel expert to analyze your fuel usage can help eliminate the risk of:

Running Out of Heating Oil Can Damage your Heater

Letting your tank run empty is costly in more ways than just the obvious expense of having to pay for rush delivery and emergency service. Having a dry tank is actually bad for your entire heating system, since it can:

Automatic Delivery Prevents Oil Runouts

Automatic heating oil delivery takes all of the work out of ordering your fuel—no more checking the tank, no more phone calls. When you enroll in automatic delivery, we monitor your fuel use and make deliveries before there’s any chance of running out, which can be inconvenient and expensive. There is no extra charge for this service, and you will not use any more fuel than you would on will-call.

Fredericks Fuel Can Help Keep You Warm, Without Any Extra Expenses

No more run-outs in the dead of winter! Become a customer today and enjoy the peace of mind that you won’t have to worry about a dry oil tank casting a chill over your holiday celebrations and or the dawning of the new year. We look forward to welcoming you as a customer of Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service in West Milford, Oak Ridge, Sparta, Wantage, Riverdale and the surrounding towns.

Myth-Busting the Complete Electrification Fairytale

electric home heat new jerseyWith the earth’s climate crisis raging and the effects becoming more and more apparent, many local governments are starting to take action. Unfortunately, eagerness to make a difference can sometimes result in hasty decision-making that ultimately doesn’t end up helping the situation. The rush to electrification in municipalities around the country is one example of well-intended efforts going awry.

Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service is one of the largest and most modern fuel oil and burner service companies serving Northern NJ. Our energy experts can help evaluate all of your fuel options. Read further to learn more about how the jump to complete electrification may not be the best move, for both the earth and your pocketbook.

Misunderstandings about greenhouse gas emissions

It’s true that electricity emits zero pollutants when in use. Electricity doesn’t burn fossil fuels when you turn on the lights or use an appliance. Sounds great, right? We need to look at the bigger picture in order to see what type of impact electricity has on the environment in total.

The problem is that electric plants burn fossil fuels in the generation of electricity – lots of fossil fuels. The more electricity is used, the more electricity needs to be generated, and the more harmful fumes released into our atmosphere.

Burdensome regulations can hurt the environment and more

Total electrification simply is not the silver-bullet solution that advocates want it to be. In a good-faith effort to reduce climate change, many governments put in place burdensome mandates and unfair incentives that hurt businesses, homeowners and landlords hesitant to jump on the total electrification bandwagon. And, the sad irony of the situation is that these efforts don’t even have the intended impact of reducing carbon footprint and harmful gas emissions!

Modern heating oil is a promising alternative to electrification

The future of oilheat is very promising, with biofuels and enhanced burner technology strengthening fuel efficiency, lowering costs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions far below those associated with electricity plants.

No more run-outs or outages in the dead of winter!

Another major problem with total electrification is that customers become totally dependent upon the electric grid, which can be less than reliable. Heating oil delivery brings more security, and when you enroll in automatic delivery, we monitor your fuel use and make deliveries before there’s any chance of running out, which can be inconvenient and expensive. There is no extra charge for this service, and you will not use any more fuel than you would on will-call.

Save money and save the environment as a Fredericks Fuel customer this winter

If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, our energy experts can help you find a solution that makes a big impact, for both the environment, and your energy-efficiency. Here at family-owned, full-service Fredericks Fuel, we promise to stay by your side for every step forward. Contact us for an estimate today!

Get peace of mind and keep your tank safe

tank release protection new jerseyOil releases are not very common, but they do take place occasionally, especially if a tank is very old or was not installed properly – despite strict EPA installation requirements. Fredericks Fuel has been safely installing aboveground storage tanks since the advent of home heating oil, and we have thousands of tank installations under our belt.

For our valued Northern New Jersey customers’ safety and peace of mind, we offer several fuel tank protection plans. Read on to learn more about how Fredericks Fuel can help protect you from the stress and expense of an unexpected oil release with our ProGuard program.

Tank protection service agreement eligibility

We offer oil release protection for both aboveground and underground tanks holding up to 4000 gallons, so long as you are enrolled in automatic delivery. Underground storage tanks will require testing prior to enrollment in the program, though. This helps our experts identify any potential issues before they arise, ultimately providing more protection for the customer. Abandoned tanks are not eligible.

Choose the plan that works best for you

Nobody wants to think about experiencing an oil release on their property, whether it is above ground, underground or in the basement. Our energy experts can work with you to figure out which tank protection plan is right for your situation, giving you peace of mind that showed the worst case scenario occur, your family will be protected, both financially and safety-wise.

The protection you receive with ProGuard includes

Work with Fredericks fuel to protect your oil tank.

Keeping your family warm and comfortable throughout our frigid New Jersey winters also means offering you the peace of mind that you won’t be left to fend for yourself should even a minor oil release occurs. Reach out to our fuel tank experts at family-owned Fredericks Fuel to help you assess your residential fuel tank protection needs.