Generator Season is Here – Are You Prepared?

Bloomfield Cooling Generac GeneratorWhether it’s a hurricane or tropical storm, blizzard or ice storm, major weather events wreak havoc due to flooding, downed trees and power lines. For homeowners with a reliable standby generator, power outages present less of a problem. That said, it’s critical that you perform regular generator maintenance and have your fall maintenance done on your HVAC system so the equipment works as expected during the coming months.

Last month, we reminded readers to run the generator’s self-test. There are also minor maintenance operations you should do, such as keeping the area around the unit free of debris and checking the oil level (when the unit is not running); keep it as close to full as possible (but don’t overfill it).

Beyond that, full preventive maintenance should be done yearly or twice a year, depending on the environmental conditions and how often the generator runs. This routine maintenance should be performed by a certified technician, to ensure everything is properly checked and corrected, and to maintain your unit’s warranty.

Preventive generator maintenance
Your HVAC/generator contractor will check the air system, engine starting system, and transfer switch operation and controls. It is crucial that the tech checks the starter (battery and charger) and transfer switch, since these two items help power the unit. Obviously, if they are not working, neither will the generator. In addition, the technician should replace, clean and/or visually inspect the:

  • Air filters
  • Oil & oil filter
  • Spark plugs & spark wires
  • Battery terminals & cables
  • Air intake & exhaust system
  • Fuel lines & hoses
  • Voltage input & electrical connections
  • Vibration & insulation conditions
  • Control board operation

Depending on the make and model of your standby generator, there may be other preventive maintenance actions required.

To make it easy for you to get your standby generator checked, Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric is running a special of just $225 for your generator maintenance. We are an authorized Generac dealer but service multiple makes of standby generators. If you have not yet installed a new generator, Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric also offers 12-month interest-free financing for those who qualify, on installations of new generators as well as HVAC systems.

Fall HVAC system maintenance
Before you know it, it will be time to turn on (and keep on) the heat. Is your central HVAC system ready for winter?

Homeowners are advised to perform some simple routine maintenance checks every month to help keep their HVAC system running properly. These include checking and changing out the air filters if they are dirty or clogged, keeping vents clean and free of dust, and making sure the outdoor compressors are free of debris (leaves, sticks, dirt, etc.)

The technician should go through a comprehensive checklist of your heating system to check filters and inspect electrical switches, belts, contacts, motors, safety switches, gas pressure, and refrigerant levels. At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, our certified technicians will take care of any components that need replacing, alert you to any potential issues, and make recommendations for remedial steps to take. Our team services forced hot air systems as well as steam boilers and hot water boilers. You can read more about our various maintenance plans and services for your heating and air conditioning systems here.

Don’t wait for the leaves to fall to get your HVAC system or standby generator checked out and properly maintained—when the storm hits or the temperatures drop, you’ll want to know with confidence that your equipment will run as expected. Contact Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric at (973) 237-0505 or info@bloomfieldcooling.com to set up your maintenance appointment.

Is Your HVAC Contractor Trustworthy? Here are Some Ways to Check

So, you’re ready to upgrade your heating and cooling system or perhaps you’re preparing to install your very first HVAC system in your home. Like many homeowners, you’ve called a few contractors in for estimates so you can compare pricing and packages. But have you checked beyond the price quote to make sure they are trustworthy?

As many New Jersey homeowners have discovered over the past couple of years, not all HVAC contractors are what they seem on the surface—much to the consumers’ dismay. Performing unnecessary work and driving up the cost of the job is one area to look out for. But how can consumers protect their homes and their wallets against unscrupulous contractors? Here are some tips for consumers anywhere and specifically for those in New Jersey, where we conduct business.

  1. Ask for references. Of course, any contractor will give you the best of the best from recent jobs but this will give you an opportunity to ask past customers pointed questions about the projects and garner different feedback. If the contractor balks when asked for references, or has no testimonials on the company website, walk away.
  2. Do an online search for the companies you’re interviewing. There are plenty of websites where consumers can submit reviews and others that are more industry-oriented that may have valuable information to consider.
  3. Check with the Better Business Bureau. Although not all companies are members, it only takes a minute and you might uncover unwelcome reviews and a history of complaints … or an A or A+ rating! Go to www.bbb.org for information and to find your local chapter.
  4. Contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. This agency regulates contractors and serves as an important watchdog for consumers. Make sure the companies you plan to do business with do not have complaints lodged against them. You can check online and save yourself a lot of heartache in the process.
  5. Call Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric. We take every project as seriously as if it were being installed in our own homes.
    • Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric has been voted “Best HVAC Contractor” three years in a row in Suburban Essex magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
    • Our company has also received the President’s Award from Carrier (we are a Carrier authorized factory dealer); winners of this industry honor are noted for leadership, management, customer satisfaction, expertise, business growth and operational excellence.
    • We carry an “A” rating from customers on Angie’s List and we’re now in our 11th year as an Angie’s List Super Service Award provider.

Need a quote on a new HVAC system? Want to find out more about our maintenance plans that keep your unit running at peak performance? Contact us at info@bloomfieldcooling.com or (973) 237-0505 to set up your free consultation with the HVAC contractor hundreds of NJ customers have trusted for decades.

What Does NATE-Certified Mean?


Did you know that our technicians are either NATE-certified or in progress of getting their certification? NATE, which stands for North American Technician Excellence, is the largest non-profit certification organization for the HVACR industry. At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, our professionals attend training classes regularly so that we can provide the best service possible. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our seasoned HVAC technicians: 973-237-0505

We Provide Electrician Services for New Jersey Homes

Our company does not just handle heaters and air conditioners. We also handle electrician services for those that need it. Whether it be a ceiling fan, electrical panel change out, ventilation systems or security camera installations, Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric is here to help. With our experienced electricians, we make sure that our clients have a professional and safe installation for all electrical needs. Call us today for a free estimate: 973-237-0505

Organized, Clean and Professional HVAC Contractors

No one wants to deal with a mess in their home, especially from HVAC contractors. At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, we take immense pride on being clean and organized. We remove all old equipment, materials and we wear special shoe coverings to protect your floor. You won’t even know we were there… except that your air conditioner unit will be keeping you and your family cool. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our team of clean and efficient HVAC professionals: 973-237-0505

Follow These Tips to Properly Maintain Your Generator


Making sure your generator is properly maintained is vitally important when power outages are unpredictable. Here are a few ways to properly maintain your generator:

  • Remove any debris around the unit
  • Check the indicator light
  • Listen for the generator’s weekly schedule test
  • Maintain proper oil levels

For more tips on how to properly maintain your generator, or to schedule a service call, click here: http://bloomfieldcooling.com/properly-maintain-standby-home-generator/

Need an electrician?

Bloomfield Cooling & Heating also provides experienced electrical services for New Jersey homes. Some of the services our electricians provide are electrical panel change outs, surge protection, ventilation systems, security cameras, electrical outlets and many more. If you are looking for an electrician, fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate: http://bloomfieldcooling.com/contact/

Be Prepared for the Next Storm

Making sure you are prepared for a storm is always a good idea. Having an efficient generator is on most people’s preparation lists. Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric has been certified by Generac Power Systems for installation and servicing for Generac and Honeywell generators. For your generator and electrical needs, call us for a free in-home survey at 973-237-0505.

Are You Protected from Surges?

lightning If you answered – Yes, because I have everything plugged into power strips you are making a potentially costly assumption.

Firstly, not all surge strips are made equal.  Many are not designed for real protection, they are really just fancied up extension cords.

Secondly, surges do not just enter your home through electrical wiring.  Surges will follow any conductible path into your home.  This means ANY & ALL wires are potential conduits including phone & cable lines. Continue reading