Simple Reasons That Cause Your Furnace to Break Down

It may not always be the coldest day of the year when your furnace breaks down but we’re here to tell you it’s sure going to feel like it is! There are some pretty simple reasons why you may be to blame for your furnace breaking down when you most need it and we’ll tell you how to remedy those.

Simple Reason #1: Oops! We didn’t change the filter…again.

Simple Reason #1: Oops! We didn’t change the filter…again.

The typical furnace filter should be checked every 1-3 months. When it looks like a dirty filter, it should be replaced immediately. When a clogged filter is restricting the air it can take in, it puts unnecessary strain on internal components, cutting years off the lifespan of the entire furnace. Eventually, a dirty filter will suffocate your furnace, forcing it to work harder and harder until it just dies.


Simple Reason #2: Blocked air vents

Closing air vents increases energy bills and eventually causes the furnace to shut down. Closing vents increases the pressure inside your home’s air ducts and the extra pressure puts strain on your furnace’s blower, which can cause it (and eventually other furnace components) to shut down. Prior to it shutting down you’ll experience other problems such as increased duct leakage, decreased comfort and a higher energy use resulting in spending far more than you need to in order to heat your house.

Simple Reason #3: Not getting annual maintenance done


Simple Reason #3: Not getting annual maintenance done

When you have your furnace maintained every year by Stan and his Plumb Perfect team, we clean and lubricate all components on your furnace. This reduces friction during operation that could cause damage. We’ll also pinpoint and correct small issues that could eventually lead to costly repairs or a furnace breakdown.
Regular furnace maintenance can help you save on your monthly heating bills. For example, during every maintenance visit, we will inspect and replace your furnace filter if needed, which can reduce your HVAC system’s energy consumption by up to 15%. Furnace maintenance will keep your furnace running smoothly and it will cut down your monthly energy bills. According to, annual maintenance prevents costly furnace breakdowns and repairs.


Give Stan and his Plumb Perfect team a call today at 802-233-5564 or reach us through the Contact page on our website.

Most Common Preventable Furnace Issues

When you live in the north you know the importance of a working furnace during the winter months. Stan and his Plumb Perfect team service hundreds of furnaces every year and below are some of the most common issues that we deal with, many of which are preventable.

Room temperature doesn’t match the thermostat setting

Problem: Room temperature doesn’t match the thermostat setting

Solution: This could mean one of two things — that the thermostat is not calibrated or that it is installed near an overly hot or cold area of the home. Either causes the thermostat to give an inaccurate reading.

We can check your thermostat’s calibration to see if it is accurate. If you need to replace or move the thermostat, we can take care of that as well.

Problem: Room temperature seems to fluctuate

Solution: If the temperature in the room fluctuates more than 3 degrees the heat anticipator on your thermostat may need to be adjusted or replaced. Call Stan the Plumber and we can check the heat anticipator and replace if necessary. If you have a digital thermometer, try replacing your thermostat’s batteries.

Furnace is blowing only cold air

Problem: Furnace is blowing only cold air

Solution: If your thermostat is set to ON rather than AUTO your furnace will blow even when the furnace isn’t heating the air. Try turning the thermostat to AUTO.

It could also be that your furnace is overheating. If the furnace overheats the limit switch prevents the burners from igniting and the blowers continue to run cool air off the furnace. Furnaces overheat usually due to dirty or clogged filters.

The furnace pilot light may be out. If your furnace has an electronic ignition system, there could be damage to the spark electrode, control module or other component. Call Stan the Plumber before trying to troubleshoot further.

Airflow from the furnace is weak

Problem: Airflow from the furnace is weak

Solution: The air filter may need to be replaced. It could also be a duct leak that would limit the amount of air reaching your rooms. Change the furnace filters. If the problem persists, call Stan the Plumber.
Problem: Rattling, rumbling, squeaking noises from the furnace

Solution: When a furnace is making these types of mechanical noises or running non-stop, especially with no heat, let the specialists like Stan and his Plumb Perfect team come in. If you’re not trained in furnace repairs and you try to fix it yourself, you could void the warranty or cause additional problems.

It’s always a good idea to have a yearly furnace inspection done. Stan and his team check for all the issues above and more. They perform general furnace maintenance that can prevent these problems and other equally serious ones such as carbon monoxide leaks.

Call Stan today at 802-233-5564 and schedule an appointment to make sure your furnace is running as well as it can be.

Free Energy Audits, Rebates & Special Financing on New Replacement Boilers

With another month ending, thoughts are quickly turning to the upcoming heating season. It won’t be long before the foliage changes and temperatures drop low enough to require heat to take the chill off the inside of your home.

Free Energy Audit

The time is now to start thinking about your cast iron gas boiler. Is it over 20 years old with a chimney vented? If so, it’s less than 80% efficient. You could be eligible for a free energy audit from Vermont Gas. Their award-winning efficiency experts are ready to help you save money and reduce energy needs.

Rebates & Special Financing

Vermont Gas is offering rebates and special financing on new replacement boilers right now. Eligible equipment may qualify for our rebates of up to $1100.
Take a look at the NTI Vmax and the Bosch Greenstar if you want dependable systems that are guaranteed to never let you down.

NTI Vmax Boiler
NTI Vmax


Hydronic Heating Systems

At Plumb Perfect we install hydronic heating systems in the greater Champlain Valley area of Vermont. Whether you need the traditional reliability of an American-made cast iron oil or gas boiler or the latest high efficiency boiler system, we have the experience and support necessary to help you make profitable choices.
Being compact these systems do not require the space required by traditional heating systems. Their modern styling and extremely quiet operation allows them to be installed in many applications that would simply not be possible with a traditional boiler.

Bosch Green Star
Bosch Greenstar


Variety of Cast Iron Boilers Available

Cast Iron Boilers are known for their rugged reliability, operating efficiencies and longevity. The products we install range from small residential boilers to large cast iron models.

Fair & Honest Pricing

At Plumb Perfect our pricing on boiler install, repair, service or replacement is competitive. Our estimates are always firm with no hidden surprises. You can rely on Stan the Plumber and Plumb Perfect to advise you properly and to do excellent work promptly.

Why Chemicals Are Harmful to Your Drains and Plumbing

Companies that make the chemicals they promise will clear your drains want you to believe it’s harmless and should be the go-to remedy for clogged and slow drains. They don’t mention how caustic their product is and the damage it can do to your plumbing. Sometimes what appears to be a simple clog can turn into something much larger. At Plumb Perfect we have over a decade of experience in unclogging and cleaning sewer and drain lines. We use state of the art equipment.
Why Chemicals Are Harmful to Your Drains and Plumbing
Don’t hesitate when you have a problem. The best way to remove a clog safely and effectively is to call for a professional plumber like Stan and his Plumb Perfect team. Professional plumbers have the training, the tools and the expertise to clean and/or unclog your drains.

How Those Chemical Cleaners Work

Chemical drain cleaners are very caustic. The chemicals in the cleaner will actually generate heat. This type of cleaner dissolves whatever is blocking or slowing your drain; in a way. They chemically burn or oxidize the materials causing the clog. But chemicals don’t know the difference between the clogs, the pipes and the toilet or sink bowl.
Plastic plumbing like PVC pipes can melt and metal can corrode from chemical drain cleaners. The damage these chemicals do is vast and ongoing. They stay in your plumbing for weeks or, in some cases, even months. Chemical drain cleaners are either thick liquids or gels that are designed to cling to your pipes in order to clean them, giving them the ability to stay put and continue dissolving not just your clogs but also your pipes.
Why Chemicals Are Harmful to Your Drains and Plumbing

Chemical Drain Cleaners and Toilets

Be sure to read the fine print. Chemical drain cleaners can be so detrimental to your toilet that there are usually warnings on the bottles not to use them on a toilet clog. Because the chemical cleaner is made to cling it will cling to your toilet’s bowl and eat away at the porcelain and the plumbing. Porcelain is fragile and the caustic nature of the drain cleaner can cause cracking; additionally, the chemicals will also eat away at your toilet’s plumbing.

The bottom line

Don’t use chemical drain cleaners to fix slow drains, clogged drains or backed up toilets. Try a plunger if you are a do it yourself homeowner. If that doesn’t remedy the situation call Stan and his Plumb Perfect team to schedule a thorough drain cleaning for your home.

Is Your Basement Wet From Spring Groundwater?

Spring in Vermont is a beautiful time of the year but too many people discover a wet basement once the seasons change. If your home has a wet basement every spring from melt-off and rising groundwater, you should consider having a sump pump installed. A sump pump is designed to remove water build-up from basements and crawlspaces and Stan and his Plumb Perfect team are experienced with installations.
Is Your Basement Wet From Spring Groundwater?

Do you need a sump pump?

Any amount of water in your basement can lead to significant mold and mildew development along with foundation issues. Water that can seep into your foundation soaks the foundation materials and breaks them down over time. This will weaken the foundation of your home. The best way to remove this water and prevent further flooding is by the installation of a sump pump.

Advantages of a sump pump

Prevent flood damage: Sump pumps will prevent problems that the gradual build-up of water in a basement can cause, but they really show their usefulness when dealing with large-scale flooding. When heavy rains trigger a flood of water into your basement, you can quickly have 15 inches of flood water covering the floor and damaging almost everything inside. With a working sump pump, this disaster can easily be averted.
Reduce threat of mold and mildew: Continual dampness inside a basement will cause mold and mildew. These are health problems and cause long term damage to your home. A sump pump keeping a basement dry will keep mold and mildew from getting out of hand.
Reduce the risk of fire: Flooding is one of the causes of electrical fires in a home. Water will short-circuit appliances such as laundry machines, water heaters, and heating systems that reside in the basement. A sump pump will keep water triggering household fires.
Is Your Basement Wet From Spring Groundwater?

Sump pump installation

You will need to contact a professional plumber such as Stan the Plumber to install a sump pump, since the unit must hook up correctly to a drainage system. There is also more than one type of sump pump, so trust him to pick the right one for your pumping needs.
Stan the Plumber and his Plumb Perfect team can take care of choosing and installing the correct sump pump for your home. We are the professionals for all kinds of plumbing installations and service in and Burlington, Vermont and the surrounding towns. Make Stan your first call for sump pump installation.

Get Your Air Conditioner Checked Now

With spring well underway the weather will be heating up before you know it. Don’t wait until it’s steamy out to make sure your air conditioner is in good working order. You will be relying on your air conditioning system throughout the summer and don’t want it to unnecessarily break down on you. If you haven’t had your system checked out by a professional Vermont plumbing and heating expert like Stan and his Plumb Perfect team then call us now to make an appointment at 802-233-5564.
Get Your AC Unit Checked Now

Why Fix What Ain’t Broke?

Many of the problems that air conditioning systems can develop don’t have any recognizable symptoms. Once are signs it’s usually a good indicator that you left it go too long without regular maintenance and upkeep. If you want to keep your air conditioner in good operating condition, don’t wait that long. Waiting until you notice something is wrong usually means there is likely more damage than you can see. As with most mechanical items, the best way to prevent problems is by regularly scheduled preventive maintenance by a professional.

Preventive Maintenance is Just Smart

Preventive maintenance involves closely inspecting the various parts of the air conditioning system. This kind of close inspection highlights any problem with the air conditioner, and gives us the opportunity to repair them before they get any worse. If you are careful to schedule preventive maintenance for your air conditioner at least once a year with Stan the Plumber, you can save quite a bit of money on repair costs over time.
Get Your AC Unit Checked Now

Planning Ahead

Make sure you have your air conditioning system checked every spring, so that it’s in top condition for the added stress of summer.
Stan the Plumber and his Plumb Perfect team offers comprehensive air conditioner maintenance services in Burlington, Vermont and the surrounding areas of Chittenden County.
If you need air conditioning services, contact Stan today to schedule an appointment by calling 802-233-5564.

Are You Considering a Heat Pump?

Heat pumps have been popular in the southern states for a long time but not until recently has their popularity began to spread into the northern states. For those who aren’t familiar with heat pumps, it is an air conditioner that also works in reverse to heat your home during the colder months. When paired up with a gas furnace, it’s a fabulous, cost-effective way to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Stan and his Plumb Perfect team have plenty of experience in heat pump installation.
Are You Considering a Heat Pump?

How do heat pumps work?

Heat pumps move heat from one area to another, basically. In the summer, it works as an air conditioner and pumps (ie. moves) the indoor heat to the outdoors. In the winter, it does the opposite by pushing outside air in, warming it, and pumping it into the home.

The benefits of a heat pump

The energy efficiency of heat pumps is what makes them more and more appealing to people. They can cut your electricity use by 50%! While they do require electricity to function, they produce up to three times more energy than they use. Systems like furnaces can only produce as much energy as they consume. Heat pumps are different because heat isn’t being created, just moved.
Are You Considering a Heat Pump?

Can it handle a Vermont winter?

Heat pumps alone can keep your home warm at a savings down to 30 degrees. When the temperature drops below that a backup heat system is required. This is why it is best paired with a gas furnace. This is called a dual fuel system or hybrid heating system. The furnace is used as supplemental heat only when the heat pump can no longer heat the house sufficiently on its own. You get the energy efficiency of a heat pump for most of the winter but can still meet your heating needs in the coldest parts of a Vermont winter.
If you’d like more information on heating pumps give Stan the Plumber a call at 802-233-5564. Stan will be happy to talk with you about all of your heating options.

Water Heaters: Tank vs. Tankless

Both the traditional tank type water heaters and tankless water heaters are efficient and effective at providing hot water for your family regardless of whether they’re electric or gas. If you’re looking for a Vermont plumber to troubleshoot water heater issues or recommend and install a new water heater, call Stan the Plumber with Plumb Perfect today.

At Plumb Perfect we carry high efficiency traditional tank and tankless water heaters from leading manufacturers. Following is some information to help you in the decision making process when purchasing a new water heater system.

Water Heaters: Tank vs. Tankless

Tank Water Heater Benefits

A traditional tank water heater has a number of benefits over a tankless model. They are more affordable during initial installation because your home likely already has a tank water heater. The connections are in place and all you we have to do is remove the old water heater and install the new tank.

Tank type water heaters can be fueled by natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and electricity. This type of water heater makes and store hot water 24 hours per day in its storage tank, typically ranging from 20 to 120 gallons.

Sometimes the lowest-priced tank water heater may turn out to be the most expensive to operate and maintain over its lifetime. Therefore, consider water heaters that offer higher levels of tank insulation.

At Plumb Perfect we carry a wide assortment of gas and electric tank water heaters. They are the lowest installed cost choice for replacing an existing tank system.

Water Heaters: Tank vs. Tankless

Tankless Water Heater Benefits

While tankless water heaters may cost a bit more to install initially, they are far more efficient in the long term. They take up a fraction of the space consumed by a tank heater and can be mounted inside or outside on the wall.

Tankless water heaters are compact heating units that provide hot water as it is needed, and do no store hot water like traditional tank-type water heaters. When a hot water tap is turned on, water enters the tankless water heater. A sensor detects the water flow and activates an electric or gas heating device, which quickly raises the water temperature to a preset level. When water flow stops, the heating element shuts off.

Thermostatically-controlled tankless water heaters adjust their output water temperature according to flow rate and inlet water temperature. This can reduce your energy bills from hot water by as much as 40%.

Because tankless heaters do not store water, they are less subject to corrosion than tank-type heaters. As a result, their expected equipment life is possibly longer — more than 20 years — compared with 10-15 years for traditional water heaters.

How to Choose Which is Right for You

When the time comes to select a water heater, make sure you take all factors into consideration. Ask yourself what your budget is, how much hot water you need to have access to on any given day and what you are willing to pay on a monthly basis for hot water. Both options offer a number of benefits, but if your budget up front is much tighter than your long term budget, you will find that one works better for you than the other.

Whatever your decision, Stan the Plumber and his Plumb Perfect team are available to install a tank or tankless water heater in your home. Call us at 802-233-5564 to discuss your water heater needs and to learn more about our full range of water heating services including installation, maintenance and repairs.

What To Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Like with most emergencies, those involving your plumbing or heating systems don’t always occur between the hours of 9 and 5. While you can call Stan the Plumber at any hour for your plumbing emergency in Chittenden County there are some things you can and should do immediately. By taking immediate action as soon as you realize there’s a problem you can reduce damage to your home to a large degree. This is a big reason why it’s so important that adults in your household are familiar with the plumbing and heating systems in the house in the event they need to shut them off.

What To Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Know Your Home

Whether it’s a frozen pipe, a leaking water heater or a pinhole in a pipe that’s caused a cascading waterfall in your foyer, as the homeowner it’s in your best interest to know how to control the flow of water in your home to mitigate the damage if you can. Also, pass that information along to anyone you may have house sitting for you in the event you’re out of town.

When a plumbing emergency occurs, there are some steps you should take to limit the damage as much as possible. Read on for more information about what you can do during a plumbing emergency.


Turn Off the Water

When there is a plumbing emergency involving free flowing water of any kind the most important thing to do is to turn off the water at its source. Every home has a main water shut-off valve and you should know where that is so you can turn it off. This turns off the water to the entire house. Water damage can be a nightmare so the sooner you get the flowing water stopped the less damage there will be. If you are unable to find a way to turn off the water to the whole house then turn off the water to the individual rooms. Kitchens and bathrooms have their own shut off valves under the sink. This will help to prevent a lot of increased damage.

What To Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Call Stan the Plumber

Once you have the water turned off pick up your phone and call Stan at 802–233-5564 letting him know it’s an emergency. Give Stan your name, address and a description of the problem. We will never leave you stranded when you are having a plumbing emergency. We are ready to resolve your emergency so you don’t have to worry about the problem creating more damage and costing even more.

Clear the Area

The next step is to clear the area around where the problem originates. Remove all furniture and other vulnerable objects from the area, to protect them from water damage. Once the water has stopped flowing you should mop up any standing water on the floor and other surfaces. This will protect your home and make it easier for us to reach the problem.

Stan the Plumber and his Plumb Perfect team know how inconvenient plumbing issues can be, especially during the holidays. That’s why we’re happy to provide emergency plumbing services to homeowners around Chittenden County, Vermont. Don’t wait until an emergency to write our number down — 802–233-5564.

If you have a plumbing emergency do not hesitate to call Plumb Perfect. We respond to all plumbing emergencies, no matter how small or extensive!


Preventing Holiday Plumbing Emergencies

As October winds down homeowners have long ago turned off air conditioners and started up their furnaces to take the morning chill off the house. If you’ve discovered your heating system is already acting up, is sluggish or won’t start at all, it’s not too late to replace it. Call Stan the Plumber and we can make sure all of your heating and plumbing systems are in tiptop shape for the upcoming holiday season. Maintenance and seasonal tune-ups of all your systems will ensure they work efficiently throughout these long New England winters.

Preventing Holiday Plumbing Emergencies

Running Interference on System Failures

Dropping temperatures tend to turn our thoughts to the upcoming holiday season. There are lots of entertaining and family dinners that will be taking place during the next few months and the last thing you need is to have a plumbing or heating system failure in your home. If you’re planning on traveling over the holidays take precautions so your pipes don’t freeze while you’re away. Leave cabinet doors open and keep the furnace turned up to at least 65 degrees. It’s always a good idea to have someone check on your home while you’re away. For complete peace of mind, hire a house sitter and make sure they know where the water supply turnoff valve is located.

Don’t Ignore the Early Warning Signs

Consider if you’ve had warning signs that maybe you keep putting off. Have you noticed water accumulating under appliances in the basement? Is your kitchen sink draining at a snail’s pace? Do you suspect a toilet is leaking or have seen your faucet dripping? Deal with these things now, before the holidays arrive, and you can entertain with a peaceful mind. Give Stan and the Plumb Perfect team a call and we’ll schedule a time to come in and take care of these pesky issues for you.

Stressing the System

Having company staying in your home over the holidays puts added strain on your plumbing systems in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. Get your drains running freely long before your guests arrive and they’ll appreciate it immensely. Nobody wants to take a shower standing in 3” of water. If you’re having trouble with a sluggish toilet be sure to keep a plunger in the bathroom that is easily accessible. Then call us and we’ll get to the bottom of the problem for you.

We can fix that dripping faucet

Basic Maintenance for the Homeowner

~ Use a sink strainer in the kitchen sink if you don’t have a garbage disposal. This will prevent food waste from going down the sink drain and blocking it.
~ Keep your drains running smoothly by squirting Dawn dishwasher liquid down your drain with hot water at least once a month to cut the grease.
~ Run the cold water for 30 seconds after using the garbage disposal to push food waste further down the drain.
~ With company coming you won’t want to run out of hot water. Adjust the temperature on your water heater a bit and it will go further.

Call For Emergency Plumbing Services

Stan the Plumber provides a full range of comprehensive plumbing services around Chittenden County in Vermont. Whether you need service, installation or repair, we’re equipped to get all systems in your home up and running in a short amount of time. Give Stan a call at 802-233-5564 and he’ll schedule a time to meet with you.