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Family Danz Offers Top-Notch Furnace Repair in Albany

Winter weather is on its way. Are you worried that the furnace in your Albany home might not be up to snuff? Nobody wants to deal with furnace repair once it gets cold and snowy. Not to mention, a total breakdown can be costly. So if you’ve noticed any issues at all with your furnace, you should give Family Danz a call.

Many times, people will put off getting their furnace looked at. They might worry they’ll feel silly if there’s nothing wrong with it. Or, they may think there’s only a minimal problem and calling a technician out to look at it will be a waste of time and money. Sometimes, they may not know for sure what’s going on and are not sure how to express their concerns to their contractor.

First and foremost, Family Danz cares about your safety.

At Family Danz, you can rest assured that we take your call seriously. We’d much rather you be safe than sorry. As a result, we offer 24/7 emergency furnace repair in Albany, including weekends and holidays. Our skilled technicians have been trained to offer repair for both gas and oil furnaces, on most makes and models. Still not sure you should call for furnace repair?

Here are a few indicators shared on the Angie’s List website:

Noisy Operation: Of course your furnace isn’t completely quiet when it operates. But if you notice it’s been getting louder or making unusual noises, it’s time to have it checked out.

Pumping Up the Heat: If you keep turning up the thermostat, but aren’t feeling any more comfortable, there could be a problem requiring furnace repairs for your Albany home. A faulty thermostat, ductwork or a problem with the furnace itself could all be the culprit. Your tech can tell you what’s wrong.

On/Off/On/Off: If your furnace is cycling faster than Lance Armstrong, that’s not a good sign. It could have a rapid cycling condition. You’ll want to have it looked at, as it could be a problem with the wiring or the ignitor.

Escalating Energy Bills: If your energy bills are on the rise, but there haven’t been any rate hikes or increased usage, then that means your furnace isn’t operating as efficiently as it should. Getting furnace maintenance can help, but if you’ve been getting regular maintenance and there have been other furnace problems, you may need furnace repairs in your Albany home.

For your convenience, Family Danz services all makes and models of furnaces, and we pride ourselves on providing prompt service, especially to those most in need without heat.Our technicians are factory-certified and will thoroughly evaluate the furnace repair needs of your Albany home, and find the best solution to help make your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. They’ll arrive at your home on time are able to address any questions or concerns that you may have.

Don’t hesitate to call us for the furnace repair needs of your Albany home.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling is ready to assist you with your furnace concerns. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685.

Boilers in Albany Love Family Danz!

If the boiler in your Albany home could call us for service, it would. That’s because at Family Danz, we give boilers the TLC they deserve. We appreciate that they work hard for your home day and night, which is why we take the time to service them properly. What’s more, at Family Danz we offer full-service boiler contracting. No matter what your boiler needs, we’re able to help.

Boiler maintenance keeps your boiler running effectively and efficiently.

You should know, a well-maintained boiler is usually a happy boiler. That’s why Family Danz maintains boilers all over the Albany area. When you get your boiler the annual maintenance it needs, you can count on better energy efficiency and longer life. We provide comprehensive maintenance that includes a thorough analysis of your system, testing and cleaning. That will help to ensure your boiler runs great all winter long, and that any small repairs are made before they become larger, more expensive ones.

Unfortunately, sometimes boilers need repair services.

We know you don’t want to think about the boiler in your Albany home breaking down. It never seems to happen at a convenient time – and usually when outdoor temperatures are at their coldest! But, if you need boiler repairs, Family Danz is able to help. Plus, we can repair virtually any make or model of boiler. So even if you didn’t install it with us, we can still fix it for you.

And, we’re happy to install boilers in Albany homes, too.

The Dept. of Energy says that if your boiler is more than 10 years old, you might want to consider a replacement. That’s because modern boilers have been built for maximum efficiency. You’ll know if it’s time for a replacement if your energy bills are on the rise, if your boiler is making unusual noises, or if your boiler is simply worn out. Family Danz helps people in Albany get boilers that are energy efficient, effective and sized properly for their homes.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling strives to provide Albany residents with the best boiler systems available. Our top priority is to save you money and energy, and to always install quality products.  That being said, we don’t try to get you to spend money on a new boiler system unless there’s a good reason, and we’re always available in an emergency.

Since your boiler can’t call us, you’ll have to.

You should know that when it comes to the boiler needs of your Albany home, Family Danz is always just a phone call away. We’re more than happy to provide the boiler products and services you need to stay warm all winter long. We are always ready to assist you. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685 and we’ll be happy to take care of the special boiler in your life. 

At Family Danz, We Care About Furnaces in Schenectady!

People living in Schenectady know winters can get pretty harsh. That’s why it’s so important to have a furnace that’s running perfectly. Not only is a properly-running furnace important for your comfort, it’s also necessary for your safety. And that’s where Family Danz comes in. We are full-service heating contractors, and that means we can help with just about any furnace concern you may have.

We keep furnaces in Schenectady running great by offering maintenance and repair services, as well as premium-grade fuel oil. And, if you need a new furnace, we can help you there, too. We offer our customers the best new furnaces on the market. They’re made to be efficient, durable and reliable. As a result, you and your family will enjoy greater comfort all winter long and for years to come, as well as lower utility bills.

Learn more about the furnace services Family Danz offers to Schenectady residents.

For your convenience, we offer maintenance, repair and installation for both gas and oil furnaces. And, we can help both residential and commercial consumers with their furnace needs. Count on us for:

Furnace Maintenance: When you choose us to help you get the furnace maintenance you need for your Schenectady home, we’ll do much more than provide annual preventive maintenance. You’ll also get priority scheduling in case of emergency, a 15% discount on parts and labor, 24-hour emergency service, and no overtime rates.

Furnace Repair: Nobody wants to think about the furnace in their Schenectady home breaking down on the coldest night of the year. But, if it happens to you, it’s good to know you can count on Family Danz to help get your furnace back up and running safely. And, we can repair virtually any make or model of furnace available.

Furnace Installation: Has the time has come for a new furnace in your Schenectady home? Then trust the pros at Family Danz to help you get the expert installation and quality system you deserve. We provide exceptional furnaces that are engineered to keep your home as comfortable as possible, all while offering energy efficiency.

Commercial Furnace Services: Businesses and organizations in Schenectady rely on Family Danz to provide the best in commercial furnace services. We offer competitive bids with our personal guarantee that your commercial furnace service will be done professionally, within your budget, and with adherence to timelines and design.

Oil Delivery Service: Residences and businesses in Schenectady keep their furnaces running with fuel oil from Family Danz. Our goal is to bring you the best home heating oil products on the market.  When you choose us for fuel oil, you’ll get premium grade fuels at the lowest possible price – guaranteed.

Family Danz is ready to help with the furnace needs of your Schenectady home.

We strive to offer our customers the best in furnace maintenance, repair and installation. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional service that exceeds your expectations. If you need a furnace contractor in Schenectady, Family Danz is ready to assist you. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685 and we will be happy to help.

Family Danz Recipe Corner: These Tasty Treats Will Be the Apple of Your Eye

Fall is here, and so are all the delicious tastes of the season. Pumpkin spice abounds, and apples are literally everywhere. Whether you like to pick them yourself, or enjoy the great fall sales on them at the supermarket, there is no better time of the year than right now to enjoy fresh, ripe apples. Of course, they’re tasty just to grab and snack on, but there are so many different ways to enjoy them. Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, baked into a pie, or, one of our favorite ways – covered in yummy caramel! We’re sharing a fun recipe for caramel apples with you from Allrecipes – they’re super easy to make, but one thing’s for sure – they won’t last long!

Caramel Apples

Ingredients

  • 6 apples, washed to remove any traces of wax and refrigerated
  • 1 14-oz. package of individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Sprinkles, chopped nuts, mini candies or anything you’d like to garnish apples (optional)
  • 6 wooden craft sticks

Directions

  • Remove stems from apples and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet (you can use cooking spray as well).
  • Place caramels and milk in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for two minutes, stirring at one minute. Allow to cool briefly.
  • Roll each apple in the caramel sauce until coated well. Place on buttered baking sheet to set.
  • While apples are tacky to the touch, if desired decorate with nuts, sprinkles or candies.

Sticky situations are good when it comes to enjoying caramel apples, but not so good when it comes to your home’s heating system. If your heating system isn’t running the way you’d like, you can count on Family Danz to help. We can repair virtually any make or model of furnace or boiler, so just give us a call at the first sign of trouble and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Furnace Concerns? Now May Be the Time to Replace.

Dealing with furnace issues can be frustrating. This can be especially true if you’ve been suffering from costly breakdowns and outrageous energy bills. If you find you’re spending much more than you’d like to on repair costs and utilities, then it may be time to consider a replacement. This is especially true if your heating system is 10 years old or more – the older your system, the less efficient it is and the more likely breakdowns are on the horizon, if they haven’t happened already.

Family Danz can help you keep warm this winter for less.

If you’ve been considering replacing your furnace, there honestly is no better time. That’s because at Family Danz, we’re offering our Bryant Bonus Special*, which will help you get a new heating system for much less. Right now, you can save $2,720 on a new system. Here’s how:

  • $1,120 Utility Rebate
  • $600 System Rebate
  • $400 Family Danz Dealer Discount
  • Free Humidifier ($600 Value)
  • $2,720 TOTAL SAVINGS

If you’d like to take advantage of this special offer, simply contact Family Danz for more details at (518) 427-8685. But hurry – this offer ends on 11/30/17, so act now to make sure you don’t miss out on our best special of the season!

*Total savings shown are available on qualifying Bryant systems. Restrictions apply.

Get Your Fall Maintenance Scheduled Before Winter

We’ve had unseasonably warm temperatures so far this fall, so your furnace is probably the last thing on your mind right now. But, getting your heating system maintained is an important step toward ensuring that it runs well this winter. Unfortunately, many people think that preventive maintenance is just another way heating contractors try to make money, and that it isn’t really necessary. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, ENERGY STAR strongly recommends it.

Their website states, “Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups.” At Family Danz, we offer fall preventive maintenance because we actually like saving you money. We know in our experience that the heating systems that most often fail on those cold winter nights are the ones that haven’t received proper maintenance.

Lack of maintenance can cause both large and small problems with your system.

At the very least, systems that go unchecked are often inefficient because of clogged, dirty filters and moving parts that haven’t been lubricated. These things make your system work harder and can make your energy bills more costly. At the most, unmaintained systems fail to the point they are beyond repair, and have to be replaced at a cost that most homeowners have not prepared for. So if you want to ensure that your heating system is reliable, safe and operating smoothly. And, a Family Danz heating system maintenance plan offers more than just an annual tune-up. You’ll also receive:

  • Priority Scheduling for Emergency Services
  • 15 Percent Discount on Parts and Labor
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • No Overtime Rates

To get the preventive maintenance you need, simply call us at (518) 427-8685. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Family Danz Can Help You Heat Your Home

It goes without saying that once winter makes its arrival, your furnace will be running again. If you have an oil furnace, you may decide to shop around for the best prices. Fuel oil can be expensive, and definitely is a significant part of your heating budget each winter. NYSERDA estimated as of Sept. 19, home heating oil prices in the Capital District averaged approximately $2.50 a gallon. Of course, those gallons add up when you’re heating your home over the long winter.

At Family Danz, we always strive to bring you the lowest possible price on heating oil.

We are pleased to offer our premium fuels to local residences and businesses. It’s always a priority that we offer competitive pricing to you, so you’re able to maximize your heating budget. We want you to get the best fuel prices available, which is why we offer our customers an oil delivery price guarantee. While we’re sure our fuel is priced the best – we put the cost per gallon at the top of our website each day – we will be happy to meet any price you find that’s lower.

And, for your convenience, Family Danz offers budget plans to our home heating oil customers. Our oil budget plan gives you the peace of mind of regular, affordable monthly payments and no-hassle delivery. You’ll have the benefit of a fixed price on your fuel, so you’ll know what you’ll be spending each month. Additionally, you’ll have the added advantage of oil delivery, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of fuel.

Don’t be left out in the cold this winter. Choose a trustworthy, reliable fuel oil delivery company in your area to help you with your home heating oil needs. Give Family Danz Heating & Cooling a call today at (518) 427-8685 to find out more about how we can help you stay warm all winter long – without breaking the bank!

Family Danz Recipe Corner: Apple Crisp with Oat Topping

September is a great time for apples in New York State. Many people enjoy going apple picking with their family, and you can count on fresh, crisp apples at your grocery store. As the weather starts to cool down a bit, firing up the oven and baking a sweet, spicy dessert can certainly lift the senses, especially when it tastes just as delicious as it smells! This apple crisp recipe not only tastes great, but it’s easy to make, too. So you won’t have to save it for a special occasion – it’s the perfect anytime after-dinner dessert this fall! Just a few simple ingredients, and you’re ready to enjoy one of autumn’s favorite flavors.

Apple Crisp with Oat Topping

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 6 apples – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Toss apples with granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon in medium bowl to coat; pour into 9-inch square baking dish.
  • Mix brown sugar, oats, flour and 1 tsp. cinnamon in separate bowl. Use pastry cutter or two forks to mash cold butter into the oats mixture until coarse crumbs form. Spread over apples to edges of baking dish, and pat to evenly distribute.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and bubbling, about 40 minutes.

For an extra treat, you can serve this dish warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce! Another great way to warm up is to make sure your furnace is running properly. Before the cold weather hits, call Family Danz to help with your fall preventive maintenance needs. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685, and we’ll be more than happy to help you with your furnace needs – and help you finish off that apple crisp!

Prepare Your Home for Fall with this Easy Maintenance Checklist

Summer is quickly nearing the end, and cooler fall days are on their way. You’re probably aware that there’s a lot on your to-do list, both inside and outside of your home, as you prepare for the autumn weather ahead. We’re sharing this checklist to help you as you prepare for the cooler weather to come.

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Check your heating system

It’s that time of year again – the time for you to call your heating contractor to schedule your heating system maintenance. This will help ensure your system is operating properly, and providing you with maximum efficiency and comfort.

Call in your local chimney sweep

If you have a wood stove or fireplace, you should have it inspected by a professional every year. That way, you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing it will be ready to fire up on those chilly nights ahead.

Change direction

On your ceiling fan, that is. Make sure your blades are moving clockwise to force warm air down into your living space. This will allow you to turn your thermostat down a couple of degrees, which in turn will help you save on heating costs.

Inspect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Replace batteries and test alarms to make sure your smoke and CO detectors are working as they should be. In this case, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure – properly operating detectors can save your life.

Check your seals

Are your windows and doors drafty? Now is the time to look for cracked windows and leaky seals, and get them repaired with caulk and weather-stripping.

Make sure your AC is ready for winter

Yes, it’s important to take care of your AC unit in the fall, too. Clean around it, removing any leaves or debris that have accumulated around it. Cover the unit loosely to protect it from the icy, snowy weather ahead.

At Family Danz, fall is a busy time for us, too, as we help customers with their annual preventive maintenance, and install new heating equipment for those who want to get ahead of Old Man Winter. When you’re ready to get the fall heating services you need, we’re ready to help. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you with any furnace need you may have.

Is it Time to Start Thinking About Replacing Your Furnace?

Nobody likes to think about replacing the furnace in their home. Furnaces are expensive, and too many times the need to purchase one seems to come at an inconvenient time. The worst-case scenario is experiencing a furnace breakdown that cannot be repaired, causing you to have to make an emergency purchase. But with some careful research and planning, having a new furnace installed in your home can be a bit more painless, and could even save you money in the long run.

Even if your current furnace is running well, it’s never too late to start planning for the future. Starting a designated savings account for future home comfort purchases can help you be better prepared when the time comes. The earlier you can start to save, the better. And, taking measures to preserve the life of your system from the first year of installation will help, too. That’s as easy as signing up for annual preventive maintenance. Of course, you probably wonder how you can even guess when you may need a new furnace. There are a few factors you can take into consideration that will help you know just about when you’ll need to have a new furnace installed in your home.

Age of Current System

If your current furnace is new, congratulations! You probably won’t have to replace it for at least a decade. And, if you want it to last even longer, make sure you get yearly preventive maintenance and change your filters regularly during months of operation. But, if your furnace is nearing 10 to 15 years of age, you probably want to start thinking about replacement, even if it’s running well right now.

Energy Bills

How are those monthly utility bills looking? Are they about the same as always (with current gas, oil and electricity prices factored in)? Or are you looking at bills that are through the roof? If your system isn’t running great, chances are it’s sapping your home energy supply. And, it’s a simple fact that older equipment is just not as efficient as its modern counterpart. According to ENERGY STAR, a 15-year old system is about 15 percent less efficient than a new system would be.

Need for Repairs

If you’re spending a lot in repairs for your furnace, you may be better off in the long run to consider replacement. Repairs can start to add up, and if you need to replace parts like the heat exchanger, motor or fan, costs will likely be higher. And, if your furnace is older or has not been properly maintained per manufacturer’s specifications, it may be out of warranty – so your out-of-pocket costs will be much more.

At Family Danz, we understand that replacing your furnace is a costly decision. That’s why we work hard to get you the best possible prices on high-quality, durable and efficient heating equipment. Not to mention, we offer the services you need to keep your furnace running well, year after year. And right now, we have special offers available to help you get into a system for much less. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685, and we’ll be more than happy to help you with your furnace needs.