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The cooling season in New England isn’t as long as it is in other parts of the country, but our region still gets its fair share of hot days each summer. You don’t want to get caught without the means to get everyone in your household cool and comfortable on a scorcher of a day. So make sure you have an AC that’s up to the task of keeping you and your family cool no matter how high the temperature spikes.
If you’ve got an older AC system, this is a good time to consider replacing it in favor of a new and much more efficient air conditioning system that will not just keep you more comfortable but cost less to operate than your old one. You may also qualify for generous rebates from Mass Save, as well as Federal Tax Credits.
Scott Williams performs AC installation, AC system repair, and AC system maintenance. So you can trust us with all your air conditioning needs.
Now let’s take a look at some of the cooling options available to you.
An AC’s SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) number indicates how efficient it is. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the system is. That means the more cooling the system offers per unit of energy. The pros at Scott Williams can help you determine the SEER number that will meet your household’s needs and budget.
Which type of AC you choose will depend on your home. A ductless system can go in any home. However, central AC requires a home with ductwork.
If you already have a forced-air furnace in your home, we can add central air. We’ll mount a cooling coil on top of your furnace and install a condensing unit outside. And if it’s also time for you to upgrade your furnace, we can recommend energy-efficient units that incorporate AC.
If your home doesn’t have any ductwork, we can recommend simple ductless air conditioning options that offer quiet and efficient air conditioning for your home.
Whichever AC system is right for you, trust Scott Williams with the AC installation. We’re here for you every step of the way. We can perform a complete comfort analysis of your home and help you choose the right cooling system for your needs and budget. Then we’ll see that it’s expertly installed. You’ll save money in the long run because your new AC will be noticeably more efficient than your old one. And you can trust Scott Williams with the air conditioning system maintenance that will keep it operating as efficiently as possible for the lifetime of the system.
You trust Scott Williams to keep you warm all winter. You can also trust us to help you stay cool all summer. We serve Suffolk, Norfolk, and Plymouth County. Put us to work for you.
Contact Scott Williams today to learn more about your AC options and how we can keep you comfortable.
If you wait until you see water leaking out of your old water heater storage tank, you’ll have fewer options, terrible inconvenience, and it will be more costly to replace.
That’s why you should be aware of these signs that may indicate trouble is brewing inside your water heater.
Whether you want to replace your old water heater now or simply want to learn more for future reference, one of our water heater equipment experts will be happy to give you advice.
For example, if you have an electric water heater now, an oil-fired water heater will heat your water much faster and for less money. You should never run out of hot water when you rely on an oil-powered water heater. Here’s what we can install.
A direct-fired water heater is the kind of water heating unit that most people know well. It’s the most common type of water heater, with a dedicated burner inside to heat water that is stored in a tank. As you use the water in the storage tank, the supply of hot water is constantly replenished. This is a good choice if you heat your Massachusetts home with a warm-air furnace, instead of a hydronic system (boiler) that uses hot water or steam to heat your home.
Indirect-fired water heaters use the burner inside your oil boiler to heat your tap water. Anytime your boiler is heating your home, your indirect water heater works free. A typical design is a water tank with coiled pipes inside. These coiled pipes connect to your boiler. Hot water from the boiler passes through the coil, which heats up the water surrounding it. An indirect-fired water heater is one of the most efficient water heating options available, and Scott Williams offers professional installation of these units from top manufacturers.
Scott Williams is your best choice for hot water heater installation for oil-heated homes in Quincy, Braintree, Hingham, Cohasset, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Bridgewater, Brockton, Weymouth and surrounding towns. Contact us today for FREE estimate on a new oil-powered water heater.
Some home improvement projects don’t require a professional. It can be fun to build your own shed or swap out a light fixture. But it’s not a great idea — even for a seasoned handyperson — to attempt a do-it-yourself air conditioning installation.
At Scott Williams, we’ve handled countless A/C installation projects in South Boston. The one thing they have in common is that they’re unpredictable. Modern A/C equipment is increasingly complex. Even a relatively simple A/C replacement can present challenges involving space, ductwork and wiring.
If you don’t have the extensive training and experience our technicians do, you’ll risk many wasted hours at best, and injury at worst.
Here are some advantages of bringing in HVAC professionals to install your home’s cooling system.
Many factors affect what kind of A/C equipment is best for a home. These include the household’s size, age and ducts, as well as your budget. Our technicians have worked on many homes in this region and can quickly identify the right product. We also have long-term relationships with equipment suppliers, so we won’t face as many supply-chain-related delays.
Installing an air conditioning system can be both strenuous and dangerous. It involves cumbersome equipment that is heavy to carry. Depending on the project’s complexity, you may have to pour concrete or upgrade your electrical wiring, meaning hours of physical labor with a heightened risk for injury. Our team has the training and experience to handle this safely.
We guarantee that your new A/C system will be installed correctly the first time and will keep you comfortable as we get into the sweltering summer. Many people that try the DIY route for their cooling systems find they need to turn to us anyway because of maintenance and efficiency problems. Any money saved in installation ends up going to repairs.
How old is your current air conditioning system? If it uses outdated refrigerant like Freon, it will require special disposal. Similarly, uncovering old ductwork could reveal asbestos, which needs remediation. At Scott Williams, we can handle any surprise compliance or permitting issues. Believe us — we’ve done it many times before!
We are the most trusted A/C installation and service partner in Suffolk, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties. Whether you need a central A/C system or a mini-split system in a home without ductwork, we have you covered.
You might even qualify for rebates or low-interest financing through Mass Save. If so, we can help you save money on your installation. We also offer our Silver Platter air conditioning service plan, which will keep your A/C running at peak efficiency for years.
Spring is the ideal time to install new A/C equipment. Let Scott Williams help you beat the heat. Request a free estimate today.
Winters are rarely mild on the South Shore. You need a heating system you can count on no matter how cold it gets outside. Scott Williams is here to keep you comfortable and save you money. We’re a trusted heating oil provider. We also install and repair boilers, furnaces, and water heaters.
For now, we’re going to focus on furnaces and how to address some of the common problems you may encounter this winter. Can you fix it yourself? Should you call in the pros for furnace repair? Is it time to replace your furnace? Scott Williams is here for whatever you need to keep your heating system running optimally for you and your family. Keep reading to find out what to do if you encounter and of the following common furnace problems.
If your furnace isn’t running, there are a few things to try before you call for professional help:
A likely culprit when your furnace stops running is that you’ve run out of fuel. You can prevent that and make your life easier by signing up for automatic delivery. You won’t have to monitor your tank anymore. We’ll do that for you. You also won’t have to worry about a run-out or call for deliveries. For no additional fee, we’ll track your usage, keep an eye on the weather, and schedule your deliveries when you’ve got about ¼ of a tank left.
If your blower is running continuously, a bad limit switch is likely the culprit. Have a Scott Williams technician replace the limit switch to solve the problem.
If you furnace is turning on and off too quickly, a likely culprit is a filter that’s dirty or worn out. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced it, try that first. If replacing the filter doesn’t solve the problem, there may be a problem with the blower motor or belts. It’s time to call Scott Williams for service.
At Scott Williams, we repair, maintain, sell, and install furnaces. So whatever your furnace needs are, we can help. And you can help avoid equipment breakdowns with a yearly maintenance visit. That’s why Scott Williams includes a thorough tune-up in all of our service plans. Avoid unexpected problems and save on labor and material costs for a variety of furnace repairs when you sign up for our Silver Platter Heating Oil Service Plan.
Contact Scott Williams today to schedule a maintenance or repair visit or to request a free heating system evaluation.
Winter in the South Shore brings some new chores and considerations. There’s snow to shovel. The colder it gets, the more important it is to have a car battery that’s in good working condition. You and your family bundle up when you go outside. And you want to make sure you’re safe and warm when you’re inside. In the name of safety, let’s take some time to review some of the important things you can do this winter to make it safer and easier for the Scott Williams team to deliver your heating oil.
By using the following checklist, you’ll be helping our delivery team have a safer winter and serve you and your family better.
Scott Williams is a trusted heating oil provider serving Boston’s South Shore. Whether you’re in Suffolk, Norfolk, or Plymouth County, you can count on us to keep you comfortable.
Scott Williams offers our customers reliable heating oil deliveries, service plans, flexible payment options, and tank protection plans. Contact us today to become a customer or to learn more.
Most people take their water heater for granted, especially when it’s working well. But water heaters are important workhorses in a home and do a lot to keep you and your family comfortable.
The average household uses 65 gallons of water a day. And your water heater probably accounts for roughly 20% of your energy bill. That’s a significant percentage.
Given what an important role your water heater plays in contributing to the comfort and operation of your Massachusetts household, you want to make sure that you have the right one for your family’s needs and that it’s working well and efficiently. And if your water heater is 10 years old or older, now is the time to start researching your replacement options. Don’t wait for it to break down.
Scott Williams provides expert water heater installation, water heater repair, and water heater maintenance in Quincy, Braintree, and nearby Massachusetts towns. We also offer free estimates.
When it comes to water heaters, you have options—from the conventional to the cutting-edge. But no matter which type of water heater you choose, know that Scott Williams will install it properly.
Water heaters fall into a few general categories:
If you’re ready to upgrade to a new oil-powered water heater or want a free estimate on one, Scott Williams is here to help. We’re an expert installer of water heaters for oil-heated homes.
You can trust Scott Williams. We’re committed to our customers. Everything we do begins and ends with service. So if you live in Massachusetts’s Suffolk, Norfolk, or Plymouth County, you can trust us to help keep you and your household comfortable.
Contact Scott Williams to learn more or to request a free estimate on an oil-powered water heater.
Massachusetts residents know they have to take winter seriously and prepare for it. Part of those preparations includes making sure your heating system is in good working order. Receiving regular boiler maintenance is an important item on every homeowner’s to-do list. And you don’t want to wait until the coldest days of winter hit to get maintenance for your boiler. Do it now. By taking care of your boiler now, you’ll have peace of mind all winter and avoid a no-heat emergency. Plus it will be easier to schedule your maintenance visit now. The colder it gets the busier we get.
Enrolling in a service plan for your HVAC equipment is like investing in health insurance. It creates an opportunity to find small problems and address them before they become more serious and expensive to resolve. It also keeps your heating system running at maximum efficiency and covers you if something does go wrong.
Scott Williams offers a Silver Platter heating oil service plan. It’s the gold standard when it comes to protection for your heating system. Our service plan will prevent surprise problems (and most HVAC breakdowns are preventable). Our service plan will also extend the life of your equipment and keep it running as efficiently as possible. That means you’ll use as little fuel as possible and save money on your energy bills.
Since the majority of heating equipment breakdowns could have been prevented with regular yearly professional maintenance, Scott Williams makes an annual tune-up the foundation of our service plans.
What is boiler maintenance? What does it involve? Here’s what we do as part of our Silver Platter heating oil service plan, which includes a 12-point tune-up for your heating system:
As a Silver Platter customer, in addition to receiving annual boiler maintenance, you’re also eligible for 24-hour emergency service 365 days of the year should you ever need repairs. And labor and material costs are covered for a wide range of repairs under our Silver Platter plan.
You shouldn’t skip on the maintenance for your boiler. A heating system that doesn’t receive regular professional maintenance can lose up to 5% of its efficiency every year. If your heating system becomes less efficient, not only will it do less good of a job keeping your household comfortably warm all winter, but it will consume more fuel than it needs to and drive your energy costs up. Fuel costs tend to increase during the winter months, so an efficient heating system will save you a significant amount of money and an inefficient heating system will cause a noticeable increase in your fuel costs.
You can trust Scott Williams to keep you warm all winter. We provide the best service for heating systems in Quincy, Braintree, Hingham, Cohasset, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Bridgewater, Brockton, Weymouth, and surrounding towns in Norfolk and Plymouth Counties, Massachusetts.
Contact Scott Williams today to learn more about how we can keep you comfortable.
On October 5, OPEC announced it was slashing production by two million barrels a day. Within just three days, our suppliers increased the cost of heating oil by 70 cents per gallon. That’s right, 70 cents per gallon.
This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, gasoline, and propane to move higher too. Of course, this is not simply about supply and demand. We’ve learned that when prices move this far this fast, you can always see the impact of Wall Street firms that jump to take advantage of the momentum to make a quick buck. (Or should we say millions of bucks?) It frustrates the heck out of us.
Of course, things can turn around just as quickly. We saw prices spike in spring only to drop by over a dollar in summer. There are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.
I will try to keep you informed as events unfold. There are many things we can’t control, but we will always prioritize our existing customers over new ones. We will go the extra mile to keep you safe and warm. And we will be there when you need us.
Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues: the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory.
To give you a sense of how this affects your heating oil price, in early March, we received notice at night from our suppliers that their prices were going up 20 cents per gallon the next day. The next day, prices went up three more times—a total of 60 cents in just 24 hours. Prices continued to surge—a total of $1.25 in one week. Normally, they might change 5 cents in a week.
We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back usage. They have trouble paying their bills, and our receivables skyrocket. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers in just ten days. We must borrow much more from the bank. It is an awful mess for everyone.
One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies that can’t say the same. These customers are unable to get deliveries for 20 days out. You don’t have to worry about that with us.
If you are having trouble paying your bill, talk to us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been with us a while. We can also set you up on a monthly payment plan.
Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you, and let’s pray for the people of Ukraine.
Ken Williams, President
Scott Williams, Inc.
Living on Boston’s South Shore, you know how to prepare for winter. And now that summer is over and autumn is officially here, winter is just around the corner. The temperatures have begun to dip, and you may have already turned up the thermostat.
Heating season is starting. That means your furnace or boiler is going to start working harder and harder to keep you and your family comfortably warm. That also means your need for heating oil is going to increase. Thankfully, you’ve got a dependable heating oil provider. You can always count on Scott Williams for heating oil service, heating oil delivery, and great heating oil pricing.
As the seasons change and the weather gets colder and colder, you’ll have more and more of a need for heating oil. Perhaps it’s something you use without thinking too much about. But using heating oil for your home is something you can feel good about, and we want you to know the reasons why. So let’s take a look at what heating oil is and why it’s a good choice for your home.
Heating oil is made from crude oil that has gone through a refining process called distillation. Through the process of distillation, hydrocarbons are removed from the crude oil and become a substance that can be further purified and blended to make the heating oil that works in your home’s furnace or boiler.
However, Scott Williams doesn’t just deliver conventional heating oil. As part of our commitment to fuel efficiency and energy conservation, we deliver B10 Bioheat® fuel, a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and 10% biofuel that’s made from renewable sources. This is just one of the ways we strive to provide our customers with the best value possible.
There are a number of reasons you can feel good about using heating oil in your Massachusetts home. Here are some of the benefits heating oil offers:
For all of our customers living in Boston’s South Shore, Scott Williams is a heating oil provider you can trust. We’re committed to delivering for our customers and selling our heating oil at a fair price. Whether you live in Suffolk, Norfolk, or Plymouth County, you can trust us to deliver for you.
Contact us today to learn more about how Scott Williams is going green.
As someone who lives in New England, you need a heating system you can count on no matter how harsh the winter gets. And with Scott Williams, you get a company you can count on to maintain and repair your furnace. But there comes a time when it makes more sense to replace your furnace. When that day comes, Scott Williams is a provider of quality furnaces that offer improved efficiency and will lower your energy costs.
Not sure whether it’s time to repair or replace your furnace? Wondering if you can put of replacement for another year or more? Scott Williams offers free no-obligation heating system evaluations that will help you make an informed decision.
Here are some guidelines for determining if you should repair or replace your furnace this year.
It’s a good idea to repair your furnace if…
It’s a good idea to replace your furnace if…
If your furnace is on the older side and you’re planning to stay in your home for at least another five years, there are a lot of advantages to upgrading. Modern furnaces can be as much as 98.5% efficient. Upgrading to a more efficient furnace will save you money and decrease your emissions. So, especially if your furnace is older, you can save money in the long run (and do something positive for the environment) by replacing it with a new, high-efficiency furnace.
So, if you’re planning to stay in your home for the foreseeable future, ask yourself the following questions:
Still not sure if you should repair or replace your furnace this year? Don’t worry. You don’t need to make the decision on your own. Contact Scott Williams to request a free heating system evaluation, and one of our experts will help you make the best decision for your circumstances.
At Scott Williams, we repair, maintain, sell, and install furnaces. So whether you decide to repair or replace yours, we can help. And everything we do begins and ends with service.
If you live in Suffolk, Norfolk, or Plymouth County, you can count on us. Click here to see our service area.
Contact us today to schedule a maintenance or repair visit or to request a free heating system evaluation for your Massachusetts home.