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How Much Propane Does A Gas Fireplace Insert Use?

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propane fireplaces new york We’re at that time of winter here in the Southern Tier region when coming home and relaxing by a fire in the fireplace is the perfect way to wind down after a long day.

What isn’t so perfect is all the work that’s involved with a wood-burning fireplace, from schlepping in firewood to building the fire to cleaning up the ashes afterward.

That work is one of the reasons many folks like you are looking to add a propane gas fireplace insert to their homes! What’s great about propane gas fireplace inserts is that they go into your existing masonry fireplace.

Propane gas fireplace inserts are an ideal solution for older homes where the masonry fireplace can no longer be used for wood fires without extensive and expensive repairs that can easily run into the thousands of dollars if not more.

With a propane gas insert, you can choose a direct-vent fireplace, where the exhaust can be vented out from the side of the house rather than up the chimney, or a vent-free fireplace, where the chimney is closed.

Both offer advantages. For example, a direct-vent fireplace offers more realistic flames. A ventless fireplace offers superior space heating because all the heat stays in your home rather than any being lost to venting outdoors.

Rinker Oil and Propane installs propane gas fireplace inserts and can help you choose the right one for your home.

Propane fireplaces and propane usage

You may be wondering about how much propane your new propane gas fireplace insert will use, as that may affect your propane bills. You might be surprised that it uses less propane than you think!

A propane fireplace that packs a 50,000 BTU capacity packages will burn through one gallon of fuel every two hours when working. On average, this means that you consume 1 gallon of propane for every 100,000 British thermal units (BTUs) your model requires.

This makes propane fireplaces more cost-effective than wood-burning fireplaces. For starters, the average price of a cord of wood can be $300 or more. That does not include delivery costs, which can be $75 or more, and stacking costs, which can be $80 or more.

Then there’s the matter of efficiency, where propane has absolute supremacy over wood. Today’s propane fireplace inserts are incredibly efficient, with efficiencies of 80% or more, providing much more warmth than a wood fire. In comparison, an astonishing 90% of the heat produced by a wood-burning fireplace is lost, going up the chimney! Have you ever felt how cold a room gets when your wood fire starts to die down? That’s because all that warm air has been drawn away through the flue!

If you have a large space to heat, such as a large family room or an open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen, you can install a propane gas fireplace insert with multispeed blowers to ensure that the warmed air will reach all corners of your space.

Ready to get started on adding the comfort of a propane gas fireplace insert to your home? Contact Rinker Oil and Propane today to get started!

When Do I Call For Heating Repair?

Rinker Oil and Propane is here to help!

heating professional new york With the recent costs of the holidays, along with upcoming tuition payments and tax bills, you may be worried about spending money on anything else.

Don’t let that worry get in the way of contacting Rinker Oil and Propane for heating repair services. Often, the problem isn’t as bad as you feared and can be solved quickly. Leaving the problem unattended, meanwhile, allows the problem to get worse and potentially lead to your boiler or furnace breaking down and even larger bills.

A Rinker Oil and Propane service plan is designed to help protect you from big heating repair bills. First, you get annual heating maintenance each year that keeps your heating system running at peak efficiency and allows our service technicians to detect and fix problems before they get worse. And, when you do need a service call, many parts and labor costs are covered so your repair costs aren’t as high as without a service plan.

Let’s run down some things that may require a service call.

Strange noises

Banging or booming. Hearing a banging or booming sound while your furnace is operating may not be a problem. It happens sometimes because of ductwork expanding and contracting. However, A potential danger to your home and family exists if you only hear a boom or bang when your furnace cycles on. This noise is likely caused by a dirty furnace burner which, if not corrected, can damage the heat exchanger. A damaged heat exchanger could result in carbon monoxide leaking into your house. DO NOT try to clean the burner yourself. This is a job for professionals. 

Squealing. This could be a sign of a blower fan belt wearing out, or insufficient lubrication in other furnace parts. Either way, contact us for a service call. Ignoring it could end up with your furnace breaking down.

Rumbling or rattling. This noise could signal a potentially dangerous problem with your heating system and must be addressed. The noises may originate from a broken heat exchanger. A damaged heat exchanger can cause carbon monoxide to leak. Contact us right away for a service call.

Scraping. The blower fan is usually the source of this noise, and it happens when the fan has come loose from its mount. This also makes the furnace overheat and shut down prematurely, leaving your home much colder than you want it to be. Get in touch with us for a service call.

Odd smells

Electrical or burning smells. The smell of burning wire is usually an indication that something is overheating. If your furnace randomly turns off, it could be a sign that your heating equipment is protecting itself. If you notice a similar burning odor coming from your heating system, it could indicate that rubber or metal parts are wearing down and beginning to burn. In either case, shut off your heating system immediately and contact us for service.

Noxious exhaust odors or smoke. If you smell any of these odors, it might mean that your exhaust chimney is blocked. This can be a partial or complete blockage. If this is the case, deadly carbon monoxide could start to build up in your house. Shut off your heating system immediately and call us.

Rotten-egg smell. If you use propane or natural gas in your home and detect this odor, there is likely a gas leak. Follow propane safety best practices and evacuate the home immediately, then call 911 and Rinker Oil and Propane.

Inadequate heat

If your heating system isn’t providing adequate heat, first make sure the thermostat is set properly, then check vents and radiators to make sure heat isn’t being obstructed by furniture, draperies, or other items. If these aren’t the problem, contact us for a service call.

Heating system cycles on and off frequently

This could be caused by small, easy-to-fix problems such as a faulty thermostat or dirty air filter. Check each and replace if needed. Give us a call if your heating system is still frequently turning on and off.

Rinker Oil and Propane offers expert furnace and boiler installation, maintenance, and repairs. Contact us for all your heating system needs. And don’t forget to ask about our service plans!

What Types of Water Heaters Are There?

Rinker Oil and Propane will help you choose the right one for your home!

water heaters new york A storage tank water heater typically lasts 10 to 12 years. If yours is reaching that age or older, it is wise to begin thinking about replacement.

At Rinker Oil and Propane, we are your one-stop shop for all your water heater needs. Whether you need a new water heater installation, some maintenance work, or repairs, our team of experts is always here to help. With one of our affordable service plans, you can have peace of mind knowing that your water heater will be properly maintained, and you are protected with coverage for many parts and labor costs for repairs.

Let’s run through the three main types of water heaters on the market.

Storage tank water heaters

A tank water heater holds and heats a lot of water so it’s always ready whenever you need it. The pipe on top of the tank transports hot water to where it needs to go, like the dishwasher, shower, or washing machine.

One effective way to save on energy costs is by installing a new tank water heater, which is more efficient than older models. They’re also low-cost and easy to set up, making them appealing to many homeowners.

Tankless water heaters

A tank water heater stores all the hot water your home uses at a given time. It reheats the same amount of water throughout the day so that you always have access to hot water, which uses a lot of energy.
A tankless water heater heats water as you need it, rather than keeping an entire tank of heated water all day and night. This offers a hot-water supply that never runs out without any worry for how much is in the tank.

A tankless water heater has the potential to lower your water heating energy costs by 40%. This would save you a significant amount of money since water heating generally accounts for 20% of your total energy bill.

Tankless water heaters don’t just last longer – they can last more than twice as long as traditional tank water heaters. With a lifespan of 20 years or more, you’ll be glad you made the switch to a tankless model.

Indirect water heaters

These types of water heating systems use your home’s heating system to heat your water.

While indirect water heating systems are almost always energy efficient- especially in the winter- they need to be connected to your home’s current heating system, making installation more costly.

How do I know if I need a new water heater?

It’s always better to replace your old water heater before it fails and possibly causes damage in your home. This allows you to investigate which type of water heater would be best for your family and finances.

Your water heater is an important part of your home, and by regularly checking it, you can avoid future failures. If you see any of the issues below, give Rinker Oil and Propane a call so we can send someone over for a service call.

In the market for a new water heater? Contact the pros at Rinker Oil and Propane to get started!

What is a Heat Pump?

Learn more about this outstanding option for home heating and cooling!

heat pump heaters new york As people look to improve energy efficiency in their homes, they are increasingly turning to ductless heat pumps.

Rinker Oil and Propane offers ductless heat pump installation and service. With our affordable service plans, you get regular professional maintenance that keeps your heat pump running smoothly and efficiently while covering many parts and labor costs for heat pump repair work. Our team of skilled technicians will complete all work on your heat pump with precision and to the highest standards of safety.

The advantages of ductless heat pumps

No ductwork needed. Ductless systems are quickly becoming a popular alternative for homes that don’t have existing ductwork. Not only does installation avoid the added cost of putting in new ductwork, but it’s also easier. You don’t have to live with the stress and mess of adding ductwork. In fact, ductless heat pumps can be installed in less than one day!

Zoned heating and cooling. Ductless units let you regulate when and to what temperature various rooms in your house are heated or cooled, which will significantly improve your heating and cooling efficiency.

Better energy efficiency. Ductless cooling and heating systems are money-savers because they don’t lose air the way traditional HVAC systems do. With ductwork, heated or cooled air escapes, but with a ductless system, all the conditioned air goes right into your living spaces—so you’re not paying to heat or cool empty space.

Window A/C units are no longer needed. No more window air conditioners and their accompanying inefficiency, hassle, and security risks when you install ductless heat pumps! Other benefits include letting sunlight in since there are no large units blocking your windows. Also, no more easy access into your home for dust, dirt, pollen, and bugs.

How ductless heat pumps work

You don’t need separate heating and cooling systems when you have a ductless heat pump! With just the push of a button, you can change your heat pump from cooling to heating and vice-versa.

The outdoor compressor unit and indoor air handler, called the evaporator, are both parts of a heat pump. They connect through tubing that has power lines as well as communications and condensate drain lines running through it.

Cooling: The compressor does what its name implies and compresses the refrigerant vapor so that it can circulate to the condenser. Here, heat from within the refrigerant is transferred into surrounding air outside, and as a result, the refrigerant changes back into a liquid form. Afterwards, this liquid passes through an expansion valve where its pressure decreases significantly. From there, it enters another coil, known as the evaporator, where indoors air is blown over said coils containing low-pressure coolants which absorb heat readily from said air; thus cooling it in turn. This newly cooled indoor temperature-controlled environment leaves through supply registers located throughout your house accordingly.

Heating: Reversing the closed-loop heat pump system in winter enables houses to draw heat from outside air rather than trying to extract it from within.

The refrigerant works by first becoming a vapor under low pressure, which chills it significantly. Heat always flows from hotter objects to colder ones, so the refrigerant absorbs heat from its surroundings. The compressor then pressurizes the gas back into a hot liquid form once it has drawn all available heat out of its environment. This extremely hot refrigerant is then routed to your indoor coils via tubing, where your blower releases the built-up heat into your home.

Ready to learn more about how heat pumps can work in your Southern Tier home? Contact Rinker Oil and Propane today!

How Does A Boiler Work?

Rinker Oil and Propane can handle all your boiler needs!

boiler company new york Home heating systems can generally be classified as either forced air or hydronic.

A furnace is a forced-air heating system. A boiler is hydronic.

Rinker Oil and Propane provides expert boiler installation, maintenance, and repairs for both oil-fired and gas-fired boilers. Our affordable service plans give you peace of mind because each include an annual maintenance tune-up that helps your boiler run at its peak energy efficiency, saving you money on heating costs, and also covers many costs for parts and labor for boiler repairs.

If you have a boiler in your Southern Tier home, we’ve put together some important information about boilers and how they work.

How A Boiler Heats Your Home

Some people may think that boilers and water heaters are the same. While there are some water heaters that use a home’s heating system to heat water, the two types of equipment are quite different.

A boiler is a system that uses water to generate heat and circulates it around your home. It is a closed-loop system, so it does not need fresh water brought into it and the water inside a boiler does not need to be potable.

The components of a boiler include:

There is more to a boiler heating system than the boiler. There are the baseboards, the pipe system, the radiators, and the circulator pump. The boiler heats the water, and then releases the hot water or steam, depending on which type of system it is, through pipes connecting to radiators located in various rooms of your home. The hot water or steam passes through the radiator tubes’ thick metal walls to rapidly distribute heat evenly throughout the room. The water or steam that has been condensed back into water since cooling is directed through the boiler’s piping system back to the boiler to restart the whole process.

Common boiler problems

Regular professional maintenance by Rinker Oil and Propane allows our service technicians to detect problems with your boiler and fix them before they get worse. However, things can still go wrong during heating season. If you see any of these problems, contact us for a service call.

It’s going to be a cold winter here in the Southern Tier, so now is the time to make sure your home’s boiler is up for the challenge by getting it an annual maintenance tune-up. Contact Rinker Oil and Propane today to make your appointment and enroll in a heating system service plan!

How Does a Furnace Work?

Get the best furnace service with Rinker Oil and Propane!

furnace repair new york At Rinker Oil & Propane, your comfort is always our top priority. To make sure your Southern Tier home is always cozy, we offer furnace installation, maintenance, and repairs with our highly skilled team of professionals.

This winter, take the hassle out of constantly checking your furnace’s oil levels: our Automatic Delivery service will make sure you always have enough. You and your family can stay warm and comfortable all season long.

If you own a home with a furnace, but that’s about the extent of your knowledge on furnaces, this article will help get you caught up. We’ve provided answers to some frequently asked questions regarding furnaces.

How furnaces operate

Furnaces have a long history and are used to heat homes by creating and circulating warm air. Early models were powered by coal or wood, but now furnaces use heating oil, natural gas, propane, or electricity as fuel.

Your furnace turns on when the temperature in your home falls below the set temperature on the thermostat.

The burner is where your fuel is combusted. The heat exchanger is where the combusted fuel heats the air coming into the furnace through the vent. The blower fan distributes that air throughout your home using your ductwork.

How to take care of your furnace

To help your furnace run both efficiently and safely, there are two things you can do.

Annual maintenance tune-ups from Rinker Oil and Propane will make your furnace run better and last longer. Our skilled service technicians clean and tune every component of your furnace so it runs more efficiently, saving you money on energy costs. A tune-up also allows our technicians to spot any problems and fix them before they turn into bigger issues that require repairs.

A service plan from Rinker Oil and Propane not only includes a tune-up for your furnace but also covers many parts and labor costs associated with repairs, making it a wise investment.
One way to improve your furnace’s efficiency is by making sure the air filter is clean. When the air filter is clogged or dirty, it decreases the performance and efficiency of your furnace and can even damage the parts inside. Check your filter once a month and change as needed.

How long your furnace can last

A furnace’s average life expectancy is 10 to 15 years. But with regular professional maintenance, it can last even longer.

There comes a time when it’s more financially responsible to replace an old furnace than to repair it. With time, furnaces can become less efficient, particularly if they haven’t been maintained properly. By investing in a new furnace, you will gradually recoup the cost through savings on your energy bill. If furnace repairs would cost more than half of what buying a replacement would, then getting a new one is the wiser solution.

Now is the time to get your home’s furnace its annual maintenance tune-up so it’s ready to keep your home warm and comfy this winter. Contact Rinker Oil and Propane today to schedule your appointment. And don’t forget to sign up for one of our service plans!

What Is Propane?

Propane — An Affordable, U.S.- Made Fuel

propane supplier new york When you choose propane for your home or business, you’re getting fuel that offers a wide range of advantages. But do you know why propane is so efficient, and where it comes from? Read on to learn more about what propane is and how it can help make a difference for you.

What is propane and where does it come from?

Propane is energy-efficient and affordable

It’s pretty simple – propane gives a big bang for your buck on your energy bills. Since propane naturally burns hotter, it feels warmer, and the energy produced creates a larger impact. Your utility bills will cost less with such an efficient fuel working for you, especially when paired with propane appliances.

Modern propane-fired heating systems and appliances are incredibly efficient.

In short, propane appliances work more efficiently and use less fuel. Very little heat energy is lost in combustion. That means that you use less fuel, saving you money. In fact, propane-fired water heaters are significantly less expensive to run than electric models — 50% less expensive for tankless propane water heaters! Propane clothes dryers take 25% less time to dry laundry than electric. Less wasted energy means more savings for you.

Propane is safe

Because of strong regulations and practiced industry standards, propane has an outstanding safety record, and we’re proud to be a part of that, since safety is our top priority. In fact, propane is among the safest fuels for heating and beyond.

Propane is sustainable

Propane is one of the cleanest fuels around. Because it burns incredibly efficiently — reaching 90% efficiency in modern equipment — very few emissions escape into the atmosphere. Propane releases less carbon dioxide than any home fuel besides natural gas. It also contains virtually no particulate matter, a carcinogen. That’s why the U.S. Department of Energy’s 1992 National Energy Policy listed propane as an alternative fuel like biofuel and hydrogen power.

Propane is reliable

Rinker Oil & Propane has extensive background delivering propane to homes, farms and businesses throughout McKean, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Steuben Counties.

Trust Rinker Oil & Propane with your propane needs!

You can kick your home comfort up to the next level with propane. For reliable propane delivery and equipment installation and service in McKean, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Steuben Counties and nearby communities, contact Rinker Oil & Propane.

Bioheat: A Home Heating Smart Choice

Smart heating oil choices can help you save

what is bioheat new york These days, reducing our carbon footprint is something each of us needs to be thinking about and taking seriously. That’s why Rinker Oil & Propane is proud to contribute to reducing the carbon output of homes in New York and Pennsylvania by delivering an innovative product called Bioheat® fuel to our valued heating oil customers. Read on to learn more about what Rinker Oil and Propane can do for you!

Modern, organic heating oil? Yes.

Bioheat is not your grandparents’ heating oil – in fact, it has greater efficiency and lower emissions than traditional heating oil, so you can feel proud of the difference your choice in fuel is making. Due to its blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and organic biofuel, it is both better for the environment and more efficient – which ends up saving you money now and in the future. Grandma would be proud!

How Bioheat gets its superpowers

Bioheat isn’t harsh on your equipment or heating system, because it’s made from organic, natural ingredients. In fact, ULSHO contains 15 parts per million (ppm) or less of sulfur, which significantly benefits your system and the planet, helping both live longer! It’s blended with biofuel, a gallon-for-gallon replacement for petroleum-based fuel that’s produced using organic and recycled products like:

How Bioheat fuel holds up against traditional heating oil

There’s not much competition when you look at how Bioheat fuel stacks up against traditional heating oil. You’ll see that Bioheat can offer you:

Rinker Oil looks out for your heating oil quality

Our services – along with its quality and value — are always guaranteed. Other companies talk about good service. We make it happen, no matter what. We also have guaranteed fair prices – always. That’s why switching to Rinker Oil and Propane is a great move. Plus, we make it EASY to switch to Rinker Oil and Propane!

Want to receive clean-burning, super-efficient fuel at your Southwestern New York or Northwestern Pennsylvania home? Join the family of satisfied Rinker Oil & Propane customers today.

How To Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

Rinker Oil and Propane’s tune-ups help keep your furnace going strong!

heating maintenance pennsylvaniaOur service department gets bustling in the fall, so Rinker Oil and Propane urges customers to contact us now to book a furnace maintenance tune-up for their home before the temperatures drop.

Appointments for tune-ups are easier to schedule, and you won’t have a long wait time, if you make one soon.

Another way you can take care of your furnace is to enroll in one of Rinker Oil and Propane’s affordable service plans. First of all, every one of our service plans includes an annual maintenance check for your furnace so that it will run smoothly. But that’s only the beginning. You also get priority service, discounts on parts and labor for repairs, the option of adding your home’s water heater to the plan, and Loyalty Credits for consecutive years of enrollment!

Why do I need a tune-up of my furnace?

By entrusting Rinker Oil and Propane with your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up, you’re not only guaranteeing its ability to make it through another winter in the Southern Tier, but you’re also reaping other benefits!

Cut your heating costs. By ensuring your furnace is properly maintained, you help it to operate at peak efficiency, thereby saving money on propane or heating oil.

Keep your furnace going longer. If you want your furnace to run smoothly and last a long time, then it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance.

Keep the warranty valid. Your furnace’s warranty may be null and void if you don’t have it serviced by a professional once per year. This means that all future repair expenses would come out of your pocket.

Should I repair or replace my furnace?

If you’re unsure about whether to repair your old furnace or buy a new one, our team of experts can help. We’ll offer an objective assessment and help you make a decision based on your needs.

In certain cases, repairing your furnace may be the best solution. If it’s less than seven years old, repairs are generally easier and less expensive. If you want to stay in your house for another year or two, repair may be the best option. Finally, a brand-new furnace might not be within your budget.

There are times, however, when replacing your furnace is the correct decision.

Age and condition. If your furnace is roughly 10 years old or older and you don’t get it serviced regularly, an upgrade might be necessary.

Repair bills. It is usually more cost-effective to replace your furnace rather than repairing it if the costs of repairs would exceed half of the cost of a new one. In the long run, you’ll be more comfortable and save money on your energy bills.

Efficiency. Furnaces that are not maintained over time become less efficient. An old furnace’s efficiency may fall to 60% or lower. A new furnace, on the other hand, has efficiencies approaching 98%, meaning that your energy expenditures will be lower for years to come.

Make time today to get in touch with Rinker Oil and Propane to schedule your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up!

How To Read an Oil Tank Gauge

Automatic Delivery Takes the Worry Out of Heating Oil!

heating oil gauge new yorkIf you’re a Rinker Oil and Propane heating oil customer who has chosen Will-Call for your heating oil delivery, then checking your tank’s fuel level frequently is key. Doing this allows you to tell when it is time to order more heating oil before you run out.

The gauge is usually located on top of the tank. It’s a clear glass or plastic tube marked with numbers that look like the gas gauge in your car: F, ¾, ½, ¼. A red marker or float indicates how much fuel is left in your tank. If the float is at or near the bottom of the gauge, or not visible at all, your tank is empty or almost empty. Contact us right away to schedule an emergency delivery.
If outdoor temperatures average 32˚ Fahrenheit over a 24-hour period, a 2,500-square-foot house uses about seven gallons of heating oil. If you let your 275-gallon heating oil tank (the size of most residential oil tanks) get down to 25% full, you have enough heating oil for perhaps a week.

It might take a few days for us to get a delivery to your home. Thus, it is essential that you request a delivery before your tank gauge falls below ¼ full.

What happens if I run out of heating oil?

Your heating system will automatically shut off when you use up all your heating oil. Soon after, your house will become cold. If that goes on for too long, your pipes may freeze and burst.

If you have a heating oil run-out, it could also damage your furnace or boiler. The sludge at the bottom of your tank may be pulled into the filter and clog it, which will also damage the oil line. You may also have to pay for the oil line bleeding and filter replacement in addition to the emergency heating oil delivery fee.

Automatic Delivery makes having heating oil simple!

We use the most up-to-date technology and a tried-and-true approach of calculation to correctly predict when you will require more heating oil. Our computer algorithms will take into account your heating oil usage history, the current temperatures, and any weather patterns to calculate when your tank will be 30% full.

This enables us to see when your heating oil is running low, so we can plan your next delivery and ensure that you won’t run out. Your work is done! With this new system, you won’t have to go outside in the cold and snow or down to your basement to check your tank gauge. You also won’t need to contact us for a delivery request anymore or worry about forgetting to check your tank gauge.

We base Automatic Delivery partially on your past fuel consumption, so it’s important to tell us about anything that will change how much heating oil you use. Examples of this include:

Contact us to become a Rinker Oil and Propane Automatic Delivery customer for easy heating oil delivery!