Owning, or even sometimes renting, a home in Howell, NJ, requires general maintenance to keep your investment in working order. It’s really all about being prepared. Per Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Maintaining your home’s systems and appliances wards off emergency situations and costly repairs while extending your equipment’s life. Take the time and money to perform general maintenance on a regular basis. Many of the maintenance services require the knowledge, skills, and tools of a professional. During the maintenance or service call, our technician will make any necessary repairs and/or alert you of a possible situation. Call 1st Choice to assist you in maintaining any of the following or to answer any questions you may have:
Furnace and Boiler Maintenance
For furnaces and boilers, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed in the fall. The purpose is to keep your system running at top efficiency throughout the season, i.e., to keep you having heat when you need it. Our technician will check and clean (depending on whether you have a furnace or boiler) all the connections, controls, sensors, drains, ignitor, ducts, pipes, burners, valves, motors, thermostat(s), and smoke/carbon-monoxide detectors, and instruct you on anything you could do between our service visits. As a rule of thumb, furnace filters need to be changed every three months or as needed, which is something you can do yourself with the correct filters.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
For air conditioners, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed in the spring. Our professional technician will check and clean the connections, coils, blower components, lines, refrigerant, drain, fuses, and thermostat(s), as well as lubricate all working parts. Maintenance you can do yourself between service visits is to remove any yard debris or vegetation from the top and sides of your outdoor air conditioner unit, as well as to keep it covered with an air conditioner cover or tarp in the winter.
Heat Pump Maintenance
For heat pumps, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed in the fall, same as furnaces and boilers. Our professional technician will check and clean ducts, filters, blower, indoor coil, ducts, refrigerant, electric terminals, connections, motors, and belts, as well as lubricate all working parts. Be sure to change or clean the filter every three months or as needed. You can also clean the outdoor coils whenever they seem dirty, and keep yard debris and vegetation away from the unit.
Whole-House Humidifier Maintenance
For whole-house humidifiers, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed at the same time as your furnace tune-up and cleaning. Our professionals include this maintenance along with the furnace appointment. Typically there isn’t much in the way of maintenance; however, our technician will change your humidifier pad and clean any mineral buildup you may have (in the case of hard water). Ask our technician to show you how to dissolve the buildup on your own every few months to keep your humidifier working at top efficiency.
Air-Filtration System Maintenance
For air-filtration systems, regular maintenance is something your can perform on your own. Maintenance on an air-filtration system usually just means changing or cleaning the filter every three to nine months. But you should check with the manufacturer’s specific recommendations. Changing or cleaning your filter on a regular basis will ensure the best filtration for your home as well as extend the life of the system. If you need any assistance or would like to install an air-filtration system, feel free to talk with one of our professionals at 1st Choice.
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“Hello! Chris just left after a boiler tune-up. Punctual, neat, tidy, knowledgeable, courteous, efficient.. And…he didn't mind me watching him. He even said he likes explaining what he's doing to his customers. Many maintenance packages to fit every budget. The pricing is reasonable and the work is exceptional. Can hardly wait for spring to have my AC tuned!”
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“Todd was very courteous. And neat (covered his work boots with a shoe cover upon entering). He explained the entire system well to me, and im not very good at comprehending machines. 10 points to you, todd. Thank you”
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“Todd was super helpful, knowledgeable, and detailed in his service. Was very easy and pleasant working with him.”
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“Hi and Good Morning,
I just wanted to write and say thank you for the excellent service. Kevin was here the other day and I cannot say enough how much I appreciated his friendly demeanor and the knowledge he had of our heat pump systems. You guys continue to impress us! It’s rare these days that one feels he can trust any business, but all of you at 1st Choice have shown us a trustworthy, honest business ethic, which is a shining star in this day and age. We hope to have a long relationship with your company, and are thankful we’ve found someone we can trust to care for our heat pumps.
Thanks again! Hehe – I actually look forward to the next cleaning and checkup for the system!
Have a great day!”
– Christine A.
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“I just wanted to say a very big big big THANK YOU to Gabe of 1st Choice, to 1st Choice itself and, most of all, to Nick, who did the work diligently and put my AC back in order!! He did a great job in beastly heat, in a very good mood – and I must say you folks have a fine young man in your employ.
So, I thank you all again and, especially, Nick!”
– Lynn D.
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“Chris and team are great! They have helped Eileen and I through a couple of emergencies and they have put us on a thorough maintenance routine as well. They are prompt, thorough, neat and very reasonably priced. We appreciate them very much and highly recommend them.”
– Bill K.
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“I had an excellent experience with 1st Choice when I found myself in need of emergency services for my AC. The tech arrived at my house within an hour, had us back up and running that day, and the price was very fair. We haven’t had an issue since. They are now our 1st Choice for all of our heating/cooling needs!”
– Janis R.
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“1st Choice is definitely our FIRST CHOICE for keeping our heat and AC going. Always on time, courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful, Chris is the best mechanic on the planet. The customer service goes above and beyond what other companies offer. We have done everything with 1st Choice from a phone call to troubleshooting an issue (which usually ends up being our error) to having Chris come and service our units. He taught us the importance of regular maintenance, and because of 1st Choice we stay comfortable all year. We have tried other companies, but that will not be a necessity in the future. 1st Choice will always be our FIRST CHOICE!!!”
– Christine D.
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