Hart & Iliff is hiring!

Experienced or Entry Level Heating / Cooling (HVAC) Technician

Are you dependable and conscientious? Do you like fixing things and do you enjoy a challenge? Do you take pride in a job well done? Are you a quick learner? Can you read and understand an instruction manual? Are you enthusiastic and well-liked by most everyone you meet? Can you work independently, yet be part of a team? Do you see the glass as half full rather than half empty? Can you handle difficult people as easily as water runs off the back of a duck? Do you have a good driving record and are you drug free?

Prominent Sussex County Company has a fantastic opportunity to join our team as a Heating & Cooling (HVAC) Technician / Professional Driver. You’ll want to apply for this position if you have experience and are looking to work for a great company or if you don’t have experience and are anxious to learn a trade which offers worldwide opportunity. For additional information call our 24 hour job hotline 877-714-3320. Hart & Iliff Fuel and Energy Systems, 4 Hampton Street, Newton, NJ 07860

In Bitter Cold Weather, Never Use a Fireplace or Woodstove


At the end of January we experienced some extreme cold weather in Northwest New Jersey. The average temperature on those days was as follows:

January 30, 2019 - 13 degrees

January 31, 2019 - 5 degrees

February 1, 2019 - 12 degrees

With relatively windy conditions, the wind chill on all three days was well below zero. Every time we experience extreme cold weather like this, a number of our customers end up with frozen heating pipes and loops. Frequently, this results from the use using a fireplace, wood stove or other form of supplemental heat. At first, this seems counter intuitive, but if you think about it makes perfect sense.

The way a hydronic (hot water based) heating system works is by heating water (which occurs in your boiler) and then circulating that hot water around the house through heating pipes and baseboard which is generally on the outside walls of the building. Even though the outside walls are insulated, on a bitter cold day, it doesn't take much for the water in your heating pipes to get below 32 degrees and freeze. The main thing that keeps this from happening is the fact that the water is constantly being heated and circulated. Generally water that is moving will not freeze. That's why lakes freeze but rivers don't.

Now think about what happens, on a bitter cold day, if you fire up the wood stove or fireplace. The heat generated by this supplemental heat source will be sensed by your thermostat and cause your unit to run less often or not at all. As the water sits in the baseboard heating pipes on an outside wall, without being heated or circulated, it is very likely that it can get down to 32 degrees and freeze. Once that occurs lots of bad things can happen including the following:

1. You will have no heat in that zone since the frozen pipe will prevent the hot water from circulating.

2. It can easily break your heating pipes since when water freezes, it expands approximately 9% at a pressure of up to 30,000 pounds per square inch. In order to repair the broken pipe, the zone may have to be drained and refilled which can get very expensive.

3. Eventually, the weather will get warmer and the frozen pipe will thaw out. If there is a broken pipe that was not repaired, the water feeder in your heating system will continue to feed more and more water. Particularly if you are not aware of the situation, this water can cause major damage in your home.

We've seen this unfortunate scenario play out many many times over the years. In bitter cold weather (particularly with a baseboard heating system) you would be wise to avoid using a fireplace, wood stove or any other form of supplemental heat.

Another Quality Installation - 4 Farm Valley Lane Blairstown, NJ 07825

Buderus oil fired boiler with an indirect water heater

John Golpe Completes Course in Installation and Service of Gas Heating Equipment

John Golpe, of Wharton, NJ, successfully completed a course in installation and service of gas heating equipment held by Gas Appliance Service Training & Consulting (GASTC) at their training facility in Warren, Rhode Island. This extensive, full-time, one-week program focused on concepts and practical applications and provided thorough instruction required for installing, servicing and trouble-shooting natural gas and propane heating systems. The topics covered included Fundamentals of Gas Combustion, Circuitry and Troubleshooting, Hydronic Controls, Electronic Ignition Systems, and Advanced Electric Ignition Systems. The course was taught by Tim McElwain, the President of GASTC, who has over 45 years of experience training technicians in the fundamentals of gas heating.

Mr. Golpe is employed by Hart & Iliff Fuel and Energy Systems as a Heating and Air Conditioning Technician.

Six Good Reasons to Stay With Oil Heat

Elizabethtown Gas has been actively encouraging members in Lake Mohawk to commit to converting to natural gas. Here are six good reasons to stick with oil heat:

1. While Natural Gas is currently cheaper than Heating Oil, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports should quickly cause this price difference to disappear.

Heating oil and natural gas are fungible commodities. Over a 75-year time horizon, the price of heating your home with oil or natural gas has been pretty much in parity with an occasional small tilt in one direction or another. In 2006, as a result of the advent of fracking and horizontal drilling, the long term equilibrium between the prices of the two fuels changed. These new technologies resulted in huge increases in the domestic production of both fuels. Natural gas production increased from 19.4 trillion cubic feet in 2006 to 28.8 trillion cubic feet in 2017 and crude oil production increased from 5.1 million barrels a day in 2006 to 9.4 million barrels a day in 2017. These massive increases in US production caused the prices of both fuels to decline. However, the price of natural gas declined more and has stayed down longer. Why? The simple answer is that it's easy to place the extra oil on a tanker and ship it to other parts of the world where the price is higher. Until recently, this phenomenon was not possible for natural gas which was essentially "shut in" in the domestic market. A new technology known as liquefied natural gas (LNG) converts the natural gas into a liquid so that it can be shipped to other parts of the world where prices are higher. The first two domestic LNG plants commenced operation in February 2016 (Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass Facility) and March 2018 (Dominion's Cove Point Facility). An additional 5 plants are under construction and 4 more are approved and waiting to begin construction. From 2016 to 2017, US LNG exports quadrupled from .5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) to 1.94 Bcf/d. By 2019, US LNG Exports are expected to quintuple to 10 Bcf/d. Over the course of a year that’s enough natural gas to heat 36.5 million homes. This steep increase in LNG exports will eventually eliminate the overhang of natural gas causing US prices to rise, restoring the historical price equilibrium between the two fuels.