T.F. O’Brien Can Bring You Comfort & Joy – Even in an Emergency!

This is the time of year for festivities, food, family… and freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, the colder it gets outside, the more we need to use our heating system. And the harder our heating systems work, the greater chance for a breakdown. Luckily, you don’t have to let a broken down furnace or boiler be the grinch that steals your holiday cheer. Just rely on the folks at T.F. O’Brien to help you get the repair services you need.

We know there’s no good time for a heating system breakdown. But when your house is full of nieces, nephews and your great-aunt Bethany, a furnace or boiler failure is even worse. You don’t want to spend the holiday huddled in your living room in your winter outerwear – and you don’t have to. We offer exceptional repair service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even on holidays.

T.F. O’Brien offers emergency services on most makes and models of heating systems.

Our technicians are highly skilled in furnace and boiler repair. They have the qualifications to repair most makes and models of equipment. As a result, your heating system concern will be remedied correctly. You and your family will be sipping your eggnog in comfort in no time flat! And while it may not seem very shiny or glamorous, you can always give a gift that keeps on giving – a seasonal maintenance contract from T.F. O’Brien.

When you have a seasonal maintenance contract with us, an emergency repair situation is far less likely. That’s because our technicians will thoroughly inspect and maintain your equipment before winter starts. They’ll make sure any problems are addressed right away. That way, small concerns are taken care of before they become large – and potentially expensive – repairs. Not to mention, if you do experience a furnace or boiler breakdown, you’ll receive priority service. That saves you from having too much of a wait in a chilly house with a bevy of cold, complaining relatives – and isn’t that well worth it?

Trust T.F. O’Brien with your emergency heating repair needs.

Don’t be left out in the cold this holiday season – count on us to help you stay warm no matter how frightful the weather outside may get. When you need heating repair in Long Island, T.F. O’Brien is ready to assist you. T.F. O’Brien proudly serves all of Long Island, including Nassau CountySuffolk County, and Brooklyn. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800.

Need Heating Services for Your Nassau County Home? We Can Help.

Even though nobody wants to think about it, cooler weather is coming. Once it hits, you’ll be relying on your the heating system in your Nassau County home. And, if you have an older system, you may need repairs or other services. That’s why you need a heating contractor who’s reliable and can offer all the services you might need. When you put your trust in T.F. O’Brien, we can help you stay warm and toasty all winter long.

At T.F. O’Brien, we’re a full-service contractor providing heating services all throughout Nassau County. We have credentials you can trust, and provide a complete range of heating services for your home. We want to make staying comfortable easy for you, whether you have a furnace, a boiler, a heat pump or ductless. As a result, we offer installation, maintenance and repair services for all types of heating systems.

Here’s how T.F. O’Brien helps you get the heating services you need for your Nassau County home:

Heating System Maintenance: One way you can ensure that, once the long, cold winter months arrive, your family will be safe and warm is by choosing heating system maintenance. At T.F. O’Brien, we know that heating system maintenance is vital to the life of your equipment, which is why we offer comprehensive heating system maintenance plans for our customers. Keeping your heating system properly maintained is a priority for us because it helps your system operate at peak performance, while helping you save on utility bills.

Heating System Repair: It’s Murphy’s Law – if it’s going to break down, your heating system likely will do so on the coldest night of the year. You need a heating contractor can help in a hurry – which is why you should count on T. F. O’Brien. Our technicians are highly trained and use the most advanced diagnostic equipment, instruments and tools available so they can evaluate your heating system repair needs quickly and thoroughly, which will help you save time and money – and get back to being warm and comfortable!

New Heating System Installation: Do you need a new heating system installation for your home this winter? Then you should call the experts at T.F. O’Brien. We make it our priority to always look out for your best interests and provide high quality new heating system installations to ensure the comfort and safety you expect. We offer systems that will keep your home at the perfect comfort level, all while helping you save on your home’s energy consumption – as well as on your heating bills. And, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

And, we offer a wide range of heating products, so no matter what you need, we can help.

Don’t let another cold winter leave you feeling the chill – count on us to help you stay warm no matter how frightful the weather outside may get. When you need a heating contractor, T.F. O’Brien is ready to assist you. T.F. O’Brien proudly provides heating services to all of Nassau County. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800.

Unless Frosty Works for You, You Need Commercial Heating

You know your employees and customers complain when the air conditioning system isn’t keeping your business cool enough in the summer. They’ll also be unhappy when winter’s chill hits and the heating system isn’t up to snuff. Chances are, you don’t have snow people on your payroll. So, you’ll need to make sure your commercial space is adequately heated once the snow starts flying. What are some factors you need to take into account when heating your building?

Your top priority should be effective and efficient HVAC design for your building. You might be thinking, “Wait! I thought the top priority was customer and employee comfort!” Well, a properly designed HVAC system will allow for the right commercial heating in your space – and that will lend itself to that comfort everyone desires. According to the National Institute of Building Sciences, HVAC systems account for 39 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings in the United States. They offer that the use of high-performance HVAC equipment can provide both energy efficiency and cost effectiveness, and when coupled with whole building design considerations, improved comfort and indoor air quality will naturally follow.

It sounds like commercial heating is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.

Of course, commercial heating and building design can get complex. And if you’re not in the HVAC business, the chances are pretty good you’re going to rely on an expert to help you. At T.F. O’Brien, we never want you to have to worry about heating or cooling your building. We are highly trained HVAC professionals with the credentials you can count on for your commercial heating needs. Our technicians don’t just come into your business and install a boiler; we have engineers on staff that take your whole building into account before recommending the appropriate commercial heating installation for your space. We offer complete commercial heating services for both boilers and furnaces, including installation and repair.

And, once winter disappears we won’t – we also offer the best commercial cooling products and services as well. We’re pleased to offer a full range of commercial services including:

With the right commercial heating, your employees won’t have to wear parkas in the office – and will be much more productive than they would be shivering around the coffee maker all day. And the more productive your employees, the better it is for your bottom line.

For the best commercial heating services for your business or organization, count on T.F. O’Brien to meet your needs. We’re pleased to service all of Long Island, including Nassau County, Suffolk County and Brooklyn. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 or fill out our convenient contact form, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Hiring the Right Heating Service Contractor for Your Nassau County Home

When you need heating services, you want to know that the contractor you’re inviting into your home is qualified to perform the HVAC services you need, whether it’s maintenance, repair or installation. In an article on the Angie’s List website, author Paul F. P. Pogue discusses what you should look for in an HVAC contractor, and the homework you really should do before hiring someone for the heating service needs of your Nassau County home.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Licensure: When you hire a heating service contractor for your Nassau County home, you’ll want to make sure they hold the appropriate licenses. You’re taking your heating system into your own hands if you choose to hire a contractor without the proper licensure. It can mean that your contractor doesn’t have the right education and experience for the job, and there’s a good chance their company isn’t properly bonded or insured.
  • Insurance: It should go without saying – anybody who does any work in your home should be insured. Why? Without the right insurance, you as a homeowner can be held liable in the case of accidental damage or injury. So before you hire someone to perform heating service in your Nassau County home, make sure they’re properly insured.
  • Quality Brands: Does the contractor install brands with a proven track record? If you’ve never heard of what they’re selling, or can’t easily find information on the brand on the Internet, then maybe they don’t. Just like you should be cautious about who is providing heating service in your Nassau County home, you should also be aware of what equipment manufacturers are considered to be the cream of the crop.
  • Testimonials: What do other customers have to say about the contractor you’re considering? Check places like Angie’s List for unbiased customer testimonials. Ask your neighbors and friends if they’ve had experience working with them. Check out the contractor’s website and see if they offer customer reviews anywhere on their website. Word-of-mouth is often a great way to connect with a contractor who will have your best interests at heart.
  • Maintenance Contracts: A great contractor knows that there’s much more to HVAC than installation of new systems. They care about their customers and want to help them keep their equipment running and in good shape for as long as possible. Check to see if the contractor you’re considering offers maintenance contracts along with their other heating services for your Nassau County home. Maintenance contracts provide you with the annual attention your system needs to run its best now and for years to come.

How can T.F. O’Brien help?

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place for all of the above. At T.F. O’Brien, we take great pride in providing the residents of Nassau County with the heating service they need in order to stay comfortable all winter long. We’re fully licensed and insured, and we only install brands that we’d use in our own homes. Our customers will tell you, we strive to provide expert service, whether you need heating repair, maintenance or a new installation. And, we offer maintenance contracts so you can rest assured that your equipment will last and will perform effectively and efficiently. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 to find out how we can help.

Boiler on the Fritz? Five Things You Can Do Until Help Arrives.

Chilly winter weather can mean your boiler is working overtime, and sometimes that can also spell trouble. An overworked boiler is more prone to breakdown. If your boiler goes on the fritz this winter, you’ll unfortunately have to deal with no heat until help arrives. Nobody likes to think about a boiler breakdown, but if it happens in your home, there are ways you can prepare yourself.

Here are five ways you can be prepared for a boiler breakdown – and what to do while you wait for T.F. O’Brien to arrive to help with repairs.

Take measures to prevent the breakdown before it happens. Sometimes a boiler breakdown isn’t avoidable, but sometimes… it is. Making sure your heated areas are well insulated, and windows and doors are weatherproofed can help. Other measures, like area rugs on floors and heavier draperies can also help retain heat so that your system doesn’t have to work overtime.

Have an action plan in place in the event of equipment failure. Make sure you have another heat source available, such as an electric space heater or kerosene-fueled heater. If this isn’t possible, consider in advance where you and your family might stay while waiting for repairs if necessary.

Get winter wear and other cozy items together. It’s good to have an emergency bin filled with hats, mittens, hoodies, sweaters, scarves, fleece throws, blankets and any other comfy item you might need should you experience a breakdown. If the breakdown happens during the night, staying in your bed with extra blankets and even cuddling with other family members and pets can help you stay warm!

Take your pipes into account, too. Drain water from any pipes in your home that could freeze, or open taps enough to keep a steady drip of warm water running through the line.

Call for help. When you need help, and you need it fast, you can rely on T.F. O’Brien to be there as soon as possible. Call us when you have an emergency, 24/7, even on holidays or weekends.

T.F. O’Brien can help with repairs… and help you avoid a boiler breakdown altogether.

You can often avoid suffering through a boiler breakdown when you choose annual maintenance for your boiler, too. Annual maintenance agreements are an easy and affordable way to keep your system running in tip-top shape, and to ensure that if there ever is an emergency, you’ll receive priority treatment at a lower price. Call us today to learn more about our repair services and our annual maintenance plans, too.

Don’t Be Spooked by Your HVAC System! 

October is here, and that means it’s time for ghosts and goblins… and cooler weather. We love what October brings – the leaves, the pumpkins, the candy corn… but we also know it ushers in those chillier temperatures, too. Is your home comfort system ready for the winter months to come? You won’t have to be spooked by your heating system this year as long as you get the annual maintenance you need. Haven’t had your heating system tuned up yet? Give us a call soon!

Planned maintenance can really help you protect the investment you made in your HVAC system – we offer maintenance for AC, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps – any equipment we install, we’ll be happy to help you maintain. In addition to maintenance, we’re pleased to provide complete services for all HVAC systems. For instance, if you have a boiler, we can help you with maintenance, repair and installation. Since October is the month for sweet treats, we’re excited to include a recipe for one of our favorite fall indulgences – homemade caramel corn. Read all about it here

Happy Halloween from all of us at T.F. O’Brien – enjoy!


August Monthly Message from Kerry

Welcome to the August Message from Kerry. We hope you’re having a great summer so far – who can believe this is the last full month before we start to get into the swing of fall? So enjoy these last few lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer – the kids will be back to school and we’ll be back to our daily routines before you know it! Even though summer is still with us, now is the perfect time to call to schedule your fall annual maintenance. It might seem early but calling now helps to guarantee you’ll get the service you need well before those chilly evenings hit!

While we’re on the subject, we can’t stress enough the importance of fall preventive maintenance. Our service technicians will get your system in prime shape for cooler weather, keeping you and your family comfortable and safe.

With August flying by and September approaching, you might want to think about a generator for your home. A standby generator can be an important addition to your home – especially with fall hurricane season on its way.

Is the basement in your home prone to flooding? Then you might want to consider a wall-hung boiler. Because they’re up off the ground, they’re a good choice for homes where basement flooding is a problem.

We hope you have a great August – enjoy and thanks for reading!


Count on T.F. O’Brien for the Innovative Boiler Services You Need

If it’s just about time to replace the boiler in your Nassau County, NY home, then you should call T.F. O’Brien. We offer boiler services throughout the area so that our customers never have to be without the boiler heat they need. What’s more, we work hard to stay on the cutting edge of boiler technology, so that we’re able to provide you with boiler services that are both effective and innovative. One of the products we proudly install is the wall-hung boiler – an energy efficient, flood resistant boiler unit that proves good things come in small packages. ENERGY STAR designates the wall-hung boilers we install in your home as among the most efficient on the market today.  But you may be wondering what, exactly, a wall hung boiler is. Here are five ways these boilers are different, innovative and perfect for your home.

  • Wall hung boilers are super efficient. Many of the models we provide offer you a huge 95 percent efficiency level. That means that only five percent of the heat produced by these boilers is lost, whereas the rest is used to heat your home. Considering that boilers more than 10 years old can be up to 30 percent less efficient than today’s boilers, the energy you save by installing a new wall hung boiler will be significant.
  • Wall hung boilers can weather the storm. Or more appropriately, a flood in the aftermath of a storm. That’s because wall hung boilers are mounted directly on the wall instead of on the floor, which also helps you save on valuable floor space in your Nassau County, NY home. Home flooding often spells disaster when it comes to your boiler – mounting it on the wall can help keep it clear should flooding occur.
  • Wall hung boilers are space savers. As we mentioned above, installing a wall hung boiler means you get to save valuable floor space. But that’s not the only reason – most wall hung units are packaged, which means that all of the features, such as sensors, microcomputer and condensing unit, that are outside on a traditional system are completely built in. Their compact size means they can be installed in spaces where traditional boilers might not fit.
  • Wall hung boilers are quiet. You won’t hear a lot of noise from your new wall hung boiler. These units are manufactured to operate in a much more quiet manner than their older counterparts. Plus, if your current boiler is noisy, sounds like rumblings, vibrations and banging could mean there are some problems. Any time you suspect you may need boiler service in your Nassau County, NY home, call us – we want you to stay safe!
  • Wall hung boilers are a “greener” way to heat your home. We’ve mentioned that wall hung boilers are super efficient, which already helps them be the more environmentally sound choice for home heating. But they also can cut fuel consumption and gas emissions in comparison to conventional heating systems.

If your boiler is old, you live in an area prone to flooding, or you just want better energy efficiency, it might be time to consider a wall hung boiler for your home. When you need innovative boiler services and solutions for your Nassau County, NY home, you can count on T.F. O’Brien to help. When you call us, we’ll show you your options and provide you with the best in quality products and installation. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Basement Flooding a Concern? Choose a Wall-Hung Boiler

If your basement is prone to flooding, you’ve probably already had to deal with the heartache of losing belongings, dealing with mold and mildew concerns, and replacing ruined equipment. At T.F. O’Brien, we understand what it’s like to contend with a flooded basement, and we saw too many of our customers lose their home comfort equipment when the devastating hurricanes hit us. That’s why we’re always looking for new ways to help you stay comfortable – and save money. We stay focused on new comfort solutions so that we can offer our customers the latest innovations in home comfort. That’s why we’re happy to provide wall-hung boiler systems.

How can a wall-hung boiler system be the optimal choice for your home? Well, one of the main benefits is right in the name – the fact that the boiler hangs on the wall. Wall-hung boilers bring the boiler up off the floor, which provides a safety net from such occurrences as basement floor moisture and flooding. But, you might not think wall-hung boilers are as efficient and effective as traditional boiler systems. For its smaller, more compact size, most wall-hung units are more than 90 percent efficient, and they provide a generous output for a standard home’s heating and hot water supply. Additionally, they offer quiet operation and can cut fuel consumption and gas emissions in comparison to conventional heating systems.

Aside from the obvious benefit of bringing the boiler up off the floor, wall-hung boilers can save you on space, because most of these systems are packaged. That means that all of the components, such as sensors, microcomputers and condensing units, that might be on the outside in a traditional system are completely built-in. Their compact size means they can be installed in areas in your basement where larger boilers might not fit. When you choose to work with T.F.  O’Brien for your wall-hung boiler system, you can count on service after the sale, because we also provide boiler maintenance and repair services:

Wall-Hung Boiler Maintenance: If you want to make sure your boiler is operating at its best, then you’ll want to consider boiler maintenance. We’ll be happy to fully explain the details of our maintenance programs to you, which are designed to help your wall-hung boiler achieve peak performance, helping you save on future energy bills and repair costs.

Wall-Hung Boiler Repair: Boiler breakdowns never happen at a convenient time, but if it happens to you, our highly trained technicians can help. They’ll provide a comprehensive evaluation of your boiler, and show you the best boiler repair solution to make your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. Your boiler repair will be taken care of quickly.

What’s more, when you choose to install a wall-hung boiler, you’ll enjoy greater energy efficiency in your home as well. The wall-hung boilers we install provide you with high-efficiency for unparalleled savings. They’re made to increase the percentage of heat that stays in your home and contributes to your comfort. This concept is known as the boiler’s annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE. The higher the AFUE, the better efficiency the boiler offers. At T.F. O’Brien, we offer you wall-hung boilers that are ENERGY STAR® rated and have up to a 95.5 percent AFUE rating. These boilers are economical, reliable and compact, offering you the best in performance and efficiency.

Wall-hung boilers are built to provide better home comfort along with better energy efficiency compared to that old boiler you probably have in your home. A more efficient boiler system means that you and your family can be more comfortable, and you pay less on your utility bills. When you call T.F. O’Brien, one of our highly trained home comfort specialists will answer any questions you might have about a wall-hung boiler installation, and they’ll show you the benefits of how installing one now will start saving you money this winter, and for years to come. And, there are often incentives from your utility company attached to installing high-efficiency equipment – we’ll help you find out if there are any savings available to you!

When you need a wall-hung boiler for your home, you can trust the experts at T.F. O’Brien to provide you with the perfect unit for your home and lifestyle. With a wall-hung boiler installation, you’ll be able to enjoy worry-free heating, because you’ll know your equipment will be safe in the event of basement flooding. And, you’ll enjoy high-efficiency comfort – giving you peace of mind and helping you save on those utility bills. To learn more about how we can install the wall-hung boiler you need, just give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be more than happy to help you with your home comfort needs.

Ominous Boiler Sounds? Read on, and Learn How to Deal

Ominous boiler sounds, such as rumbling and banging, may be signs of normal aging, or perhaps a repair is all that’s needed. However, if your boiler is on its last leg, and you’ve decided that the time is right to take advantage of system replacement rebates, seasonal specials and expiring tax credits, keep reading to learn how to do it right. Continue reading “Ominous Boiler Sounds? Read on, and Learn How to Deal”