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9 Reasons Why it’s Not as Crazy as it Sounds!

hvac tune up vermontThe days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer. That means the chores most likely moving to the top of your spring to-do list are yard work, clearing the gutters, and cleaning the grill. Chances are, you’re not giving much thought to your boiler or furnace, other than those last few chilly nights when you might need to turn it up a little. That also means the last thing on your mind is your heating system tune-up.

It may sound crazy, but we’ve got some great reasons that you should schedule it in the spring or early summer months.

Why HVAC Maintenance in The Spring?

  1. Most importantly, the benefits of your tune-up won’t wear off over the summer. Once your tune-up is done, it’s ready for when you turn the heat on again in the fall.
  2. A well-maintained heating system runs more efficiently, burning less fuel to keep you comfortable. That translates into savings on your fuel bills—often as much as 10 percent.
  3. Your equipment will run when you need it most. It’s those stretches of single-digit days and polar vortexes that force your heating system to work extra hard to heat your home, not the more average winter temps. Routine maintenance catches heating system problems in their early stages, helping you avoid inconvenient equipment breakdowns and the potentially costly repairs that come with them. 
  4. Your equipment will last longer. Regular maintenance can add years to the life of your furnace or boiler! Neglected heating equipment will need to be replaced earlier than expected—a big expense that can be avoided with seasonal tune-ups.
  5. If you have a forced-air heating system, a well-maintained furnace will help keep air moving while also controlling household humidity—two significant contributors to healthy indoor air.
  6. Your system will be in prime shape and ready to go at the first unexpected cold snap in the fall.
  7. You’ll get your choice of appointments. In the fall, everyone is in a rush, and convenient appointment times fill up fast.
  8. If nothing else, it’s a jump start on your fall chores—which is kind of great when you think how busy that time of year can be.
  9. For most people, a good warranty is a key consideration with a major purchase like a heating system. Why jeopardize that coverage? Most heating equipment warranties require routine professional service as a precondition; skip your tune-up and your manufacturer could be voided, leaving you to pay out of pocket for the expense. 

Plan Ahead by Enrolling in a Heating Equipment Protection Plan!

Speaking of out-of-pocket expenses, consider one of our heating equipment service plans. So much more than a seasonal tune-up, our service plans can really help you save when you do need a repair. For just a few dollars a month, our Value plan for oil systems covers parts and labor for most repairs, and our Don’t Be Fuel-ish plan provides discounts on parts and labor for oil and gas systems.

What’s better? All our plans include priority emergency service. Because according to Murphy’s Law, if something can go wrong, it will—and usually at the worst time. These emergencies won’t wait until the weather clears or normal business hours resume, and neither will we.

Why wait? Contact Junction Fuels today to get your heating equipment tuned up and ready for fall season soon to come.

Get a Jump on Those Fall Chores

hvac tune up vermontSeptember is one of the busiest months of the year. Kids are headed back to school, summer vacations come to a close, and the pace of life picks up. Amidst the numerous other happenings, getting your heating system tune-up should be at the top of your to-do list. But there’s no reason to wait until fall to have us perform seasonal maintenance!

Get a Tune-Up Now, Not Later

The benefits of a tune-up won’t wear off until you start your system up again. And if you schedule your tune-up in the spring, you’ll get your better choice of appointment times and be ready to go by the time the fall arrives. And, for oil heating systems specifically, a tune-up in the spring means gunk doesn’t sit on parts all summer.

When you get your seasonal maintenance from the pros at Junction, your furnace or boiler will be cleaned, inspected, tested, and primed to run at peak efficiency for the fall and winter months. Our 7-point tune-up and inspection includes:

How Else Can a Heating System Tune-Up Help Me Save?

Tune-ups are more than clean filters and gaskets. Here’s how a spring tune-up can help you save money—and save energy:

Ask Us About Our Protection Plans!

Enjoy added protection and peace of mind when you sign up for one of our preferred customer premium protection plans. We offer two options—the Value Plan and the Don’t Be Fuel-ish Plan—so you can choose the one that’s right for your system and your budget. Either plan includes seasonal maintenance, as well as 24/7 emergency service at a discounted rate, plus valuable discounts on parts and repairs and credit toward a new heating system when you’re ready.

A service plan is a smart choice for older systems that are more prone to breakdowns as they age, and for newer systems to keep them running, well, like new!

Contact us today to get on the schedule for your spring tune up—and don’t forget to ask about our service plans, too.

We want to acknowledge the recent, alarming surge in energy prices. This is difficult for everyone and we want you to know we are here to help any way we can. If you need assistance or have any questions please contact us to discuss the best solution.

Enjoy an Easy, Accessible Way to Manage Your Fuel Bills!

online bill payment vermontHow do some people manage to make life look easy? Juggling work, kids’ activities, running a household—what’s their secret? We don’t promise to make it all go away, but we always want to make it easy as possible to do business with us. One way we can help is with our online customer accounts. With an online account, you’re not stuck behind your desktop computer or laptop. Our mobile-friendly website lets you do all these things on the fly with your smartphone or tablet. And it eliminates the hassle of keeping track of paper bills, too!

Need more convincing? Here’s how Junction Fuels’ convenient and secure online account portal can make your life easier:

Anytime Access: An online account lets you manage your account any time. Need to change the credit card you use to pay your bill? You can do it at 10 a.m. or 10 p.m. Want to check when you last had a propane delivery? No need to shuffle through a pile of papers or pick up the phone. With a few clicks, you have the information you need. With a few clicks, you have all the information you need to make a payment, schedule a delivery, or look up your past delivery invoices.

No More Paper: Billing and payment records are all online. No need to root through flyers and junk mail to find your bill. No need to keep a folder of invoices. Just sign in to your account, check your statement, and pay the bill right there with your debit card, credit card, or even an e-check!

One-Stop Service: Get it all done in one place. Use your account and our user-friendly website to sign up for automatic propane and heating oil deliveries and eliminate the need to watch your tank levels and schedule deliveries. You can make paying your bill even easier by enrolling in our Autopay program. Your monthly bill is automatically deducted from your credit card, so you never have to worry about remembering to pay or getting stuck with late fees if you forget.

What are you waiting for? Start managing your Junction Fuels account online today—it only takes 5 minutes! Click the link here to get started. Have questions? Contact us for more information and ask about more ways we can make your life easier.

These Simple Tips Help Keep Everyone Safe!

fuel delivery vermontWe always have one eye on the weather, because when winter storms or extreme cold are in the forecast, we need to be prepared! That means making early fuel deliveries and ensuring we have staff scheduled to handle no-heat emergencies, and ready to make deliveries as soon as the storm is past.

Junction Fuels’ delivery drivers are some of the best on the road. They’re out there in all kinds of weather, all year long, to ensure you stay comfortable. And while the state VTrans teams are superheroes for plowing and salting roads, there’s a few ways you can do your part too! By keeping your driveway clear, you can make deliveries safer for our drivers, both before and after big storms.

Here’s how you can help them, help you, by better ensuring their efficiency and safety:

Winter Storm Preparedness Tips

  1. When clearing your driveway after snow, keep in mind that our trucks need a 9- to 10-foot-wide path to maneuver safely—and we CANNOT deliver fuel if your driveway isn’t plowed. Marking the edges makes it easier to navigate, especially on steep driveways. Remember, just because you can get your car down your driveway doesn’t mean our 15-ton fuel truck can make it too.
  2. Be sure the path to your fill pipe is free of debris and branches and clear a path about a foot wide after a snowfall.
  3. After a storm, check for downed trees, branches, and power lines that may obstruct access to your equipment.
  4. Is your tank underground? Marking its location with a pole topped with a bright-colored flag or ribbon makes it visible over snowbanks and drifts.

Winter Safety for Your Home—and Your Family

Here’s one more tip for winter peace of mind: When you sign up for our convenient, FREE automatic delivery service, you never have to worry about running out of heating oil or propane. That’s because our proven method tracks your usage patterns alongside the real-time weather conditions to make sure you have the fuel you need, when you need it, no matter what Mother Nature throws our way.

Need more information? Need help clearing your driveway? Contact us today. We’ll be happy to help in any way that we can.

Junction Fuels Has Ways to Help Keep Costs Manageable

propane price increase vermontIt’s been in the news, and we’re all feeling it directly at the gas pump. Energy costs are up across the board. Unfortunately, that also includes propane, which has hit its highest prices since 2014. We know how painful these higher prices can be for our customers, especially going into the winter heating season, and it’s painful for us as well.

It’s important to remember that we don’t profit when prices are higher—we make less. Think about when food prices increase. It’s not the local grocery store profiting off those higher prices. If anyone’s profiting, it’s the big corporations and Wall Street investors.

So What’s Behind High Propane Prices?

Propane is manufactured from commodities that are bought and sold on the global market—mainly natural gas. As a result, propane prices can fluctuate unpredictably based on a variety of factors. Contributing to the current price increase is that during the early days of the pandemic, fuel prices plummeted because of decreased demand. The industry—and Wall Street—is still trying to recover. That’s why, rather than increase supply, there are some who want to keep prices high by keeping supplies tight. Read more about the factors that are driving today’s energy market in the article linked here.

On top of that, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted the supply chain for many industries in the U.S., including propane.

We’re Here to Help You Save

At Junction Fuels, we understand how these propane price increases can present challenges for you. While we can’t control the price of propane, our Monthly Budget Plan helps by spreading your costs into even, monthly payments. It eliminates those big bills that can come back-to-back during winter, when Central Vermont can sit in a deep freeze for extended periods, and everyone uses more fuel.

Upgrading to high-efficiency equipment can also significantly reduce your energy costs—as much as 40% with a new water heater!—and we can help you take advantage of valuable rebates and provide expert installations.

Help is also available from Vermont’s Seasonal Fuel Assistance Program. And if you are having trouble with your bills, let us know before you get behind: We’ll work with you in any way that we can.

Wherever you are in the Woodstock region—Bridgewater, Killington, Bethel, Hanover, or another nearby town—Junction Fuels is here for you with personal, courteous service you can depend on. Get in touch with us to learn more!

Don’t Let Unexpected Equipment Repairs Take a Bite Out of Your Winter Budget

hvac service vermontResidents here know how tough a Vermont winter can be. Those frigid temps, ice, and snow makes your heating system work extra hard for months on end. If your heating system conks out on a freezing night, the last thing you want to worry about is the cost of repairs. And if you need to replace a major part, it can get expensive with costs that add up quickly.

Did you know that on average, a furnace or boiler repair can cost between $300 and $400—and repairs to a water heater can run close to $600? That’s why it’s important to have a plan—a heating system service plan, that is!

[h3] Junction Fuels Has Got You Covered

Junction Fuels have created a service plan that’s designed to help you save money—even if you don’t need any immediate repair services! In fact, with our service plan, the goal is to prevent breakdowns entirely. Our plan includes an annual equipment cleaning and thorough boiler tune-up. Our expert technicians perform a multipoint check so they can identify worn parts and replace them before they cause bigger problems.

A tune-up not only protects your boiler or furnace, but it also protects your warranty, too. Most heating equipment warranties require annual service. So, without routine maintenance, you might find yourself shelling out money for repairs because your warranty is voided.

Regular maintenance also keeps your heating equipment running more efficiently, which helps lower your heating costs. And when temperatures plummet, it will be able to handle the extra work and keep your home and family comfortable, no matter what winter brings.

Finally, regular maintenance protects your investment by extending the lifespan of your heating system. A new heating system is a big expense, one you don’t want to make sooner than you must.

Our Available Plans

We offer two levels of service plans:

Value Plan ($289.99/yr)
Oil Equipment Only

Don’t Be Fuel-ish Plan ($239.99/yr)
Oil and Propane Equipment

Enjoy a Worry-Free Winter

Even with the best maintenance, sometimes your equipment can fail. But with a heating system service plan from Junction Fuels, you can rest easy knowing you’ll save on repairs and labor. Plus, every customer enrolled in our service plan also gets priority service. That means you don’t go to the back of the line when you call—even during the worst cold snaps!

If that sounds like a good plan for avoiding expensive repairs this winter, contact us for more information and to sign up today!

*All plans exclude Power Venters
*White Rodgers Zone Valves are excluded on all plans

Don’t Wait Until Fuel Prices Go Any Higher!

fuel delivery vermontIf you’re currently a “Will-Call” customer for your home heating fuel—meaning you call in every time you need a delivery—we urge you to fill your tank and weigh the prospect of enrolling in our FREE Automatic Delivery program this season.

Why’s this? Aside from the myriad conveniences offered by Automatic Delivery, U.S. home heating bills are expected to surge across the board this thanks to a volatile market which will almost certainly last well through the winter season, which is fast approaching. So, it’s a wise move to abandon “Will-Call”, replenish your tank and the lowest possible price, and investigate Automatic Delivery before prices climb further.

No matter if you use propane or heating oil in your home or business in Eastern Vermont, Junction Fuels will help you with all the above, every step of the way!

Looking for a New Supplier This Season? Choose Junction Fuels!

Junction Fuels is based and operated locally, with employees who have deep local roots here in the greater Woodstock communities. We’re committed to providing you the best possible service and treating customers just like our neighbors because that’s exactly who they are. We accomplish this with reliable delivery of heating oil and propane, no hidden fees, a variety of convenient payment options, and quality installation and equipment servicing. Don’t forget about our all-new heating system service plans, too!

Junction Fuels understands our hard-working neighbors and that your lives are busy enough. We get it. Why not eliminate a hassle, keep it simple, and choose our Automatic Delivery option for propane and heating oil? It truly couldn’t be easier on you. If you choose this popular method of delivery, you won’t have to remember to keep checking your propane tank gauge levels, call us to schedule a delivery, or fret over running low on—or out of—fuel. We take care of everything, from tracking your fuel usage while keeping a sharp eye on your usage history and the current weather conditions. This allows us to calculate when you will need fuel; then we schedule a delivery for you before you run low. How great is that? All Junction Fuels customers gain some peace of mind with our 24-hour emergency deliveries, as well.

Regardless of where you are in our Woodstock regional service area, Junction Fuels is here for you with caring, efficient service. Get in touch with us to learn more about our service offerings, set up your next delivery, hear the perks of our popular Automatic Delivery feature, and so much more!

Enjoy Warmth and Comfort with a New Fireplace or Hearth!

propane fireplace options vermontWhile the temperatures may still be quite warm outside here in Vermont, we all know that before too long, we’ll be coming home after a day out in the bitter cold—wanting to relax by a warm, comfortable fire.

But when you have a wood-burning fireplace or hearth, you have some work to do before that can happen. For starters, you must buy or chop firewood, bring it in the house, build the fire, and then wait for it to warm up the room. Then, the work continues when you’re done, because the fireplace needs to be cleaned—and the soot and ashes make that quite a dirty job.

Make this year the last year you worry about all that! Skip all the hassle and go straight to the relaxing-by-the-fire part with a propane fireplace or hearth from Junction Fuels! We’ll make sure you have warmth, comfort, and ambience with just the flip of a switch or the press of a button.

The Benefits of a Propane Fireplace

Today’s propane fireplaces and gas log sets offer realistic looks that closely resemble a traditional wood fire. But you’ll enjoy benefits a wood fire will never give:

Versatile Fireplace Options for Your Home

Junction Fuels is based right here in Woodstock. We understand local homes and what our neighbors want in theirs. That’s why folks keep turning to us to help them choose the right propane fireplace and hearth products for comfort, ease, and convenience.

Our equipment experts will walk you through selecting the best model for your home, whether it’s a vented propane fireplace, a vent-free propane fireplace, a freestanding propane fireplace or a propane fireplace insert. We’ll also help you choose the proper gas logs to suit your taste—and your budget. We offer a selection of styles from leading manufacturers, which means you’ll get a propane fireplace that not only does a great job of keeping your room warm, but one that looks great too!

Once you have chosen the right propane fireplace for your home, our Junction Fuels service technicians provide fireplace installation, service, and repairs. No need to find another 3rd party installation service!

After your new unit is installed, we’ll provide dependable, safe propane delivery, so you’ll be able to enjoy cozy comfort throughout the winter season. In fact, we deliver propane all over the greater Woodstock area, including Bridgewater, Killington, Hanover, Bethel and Plymouth!

Ready to enjoy the comfort and convenience of a propane fireplace? Get in touch with Junction Fuels today to find out more about our selection of propane fireplace products—and how we can make your home as cozy as can be all winter long.

water heater options vermontYou probably already get your favorite movies and TV shows on-demand—why not get your hot water that way, too?

A tankless propane water heater heats only the water you need—when you need it—for your shower, sink, dishwasher, or washing machine. By working this way, a tankless water heater delivers several benefits that a conventional water heater (one with a storage tank) simply can’t match, including:

Of course, tankless systems aren’t for everybody—which is why we also offer high-efficiency propane storage-type water heater options, too. To learn what kind of water heater is best for you, give us a call. We’ll be happy to walk you through the possibilities that perfectly fit your taste—and your budget.

Did you know that the average conventional water heater has a lifespan of about 10 to 12 years? Once it gets past that point, efficiency rates can drop dramatically—and the chances of a tank failure increase! So, if your water heater is into its second decade, it’s time to start considering replacement options. Contact the pros at Junction Fuels today for a FREE estimate on a water heater installation in Eastern Vermont!