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Trust AFC with your heating oil tank replacement

oil tank replacement augusta, me With the gorgeous spring weather we’ve been having here in Central Maine, it’s understandable that you don’t want to be thinking about your home’s heating oil tank.

However, this is the ideal time to think about it, especially if the tank needs to be replaced. AFC is here to help! We sell, install, and service heating oil tanks from Roth and Granby, two of the industry leaders when it comes to quality and innovation.

Like with our HVAC and comfort equipment services, your heating oil tank installation will be backed up by the AFC Comfort Guarantee.

Today’s heating oil tanks are dramatically different than those of just a decade or so ago. New features include double-walled tanks with outer walls designed to hold 110% of the interior tank’s capacity for added security against leaks, built-in leak monitors, specialty paints and polyurethane coatings to prevent corrosion on the tank’s exterior, durable polyethylene and fiberglass interior tanks, and no-weld exteriors.

We’ve put together some common questions about heating oil tanks and their replacement to help you learn more.

What are the signs that you need to replace your heating oil tank?

Don’t wait for your tank to fail before replacing it! Heating oil tank failure can be quite expensive and a big hassle.

We strongly recommend that you check your heating oil tank regularly.

All of these are signs that your heating oil tank is corroding. If you observe any of these issues on your heating oil tank, get in touch with AFC right away to get started on replacing it.

Does homeowner’s insurance cover heating oil tank failure?

Unfortunately, most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover the costs of cleaning up and remediation after a heating oil tank fails.

Earlier this year, a couple near Boston faced the possibility of losing their home after a tank leak in their basement resulted in remediation costs as high as $200,000.

Our TANKShield heating oil tank insurance helps to protect you from those potential costs. If your tank fails, TANKShield will pay for the entire cost of getting a new tank, including the removal and disposal of your old tank.

What type of oil tank should you get?

There are several reasons why we advise our customers to choose aboveground heating oil tanks. One of the reasons is that leaks are easier to detect in an aboveground tank than in an underground one.

Also, if you have an underground tank, the cleanup and remediation costs will likely be much higher than an aboveground tank or a tank in your basement.

If you have an underground oil tank and plan to sell your home in the future, it can make it more challenging to find buyers. This is because buyers find the prospect of an underground heating oil tank risky in terms of potential costs.

Why is spring a good time to replace your oil tank?

With winter gone, it’s tempting to forget how fast the cold weather will return later this year. You do not want your old heating oil tank to cause any trouble with your heating system during the winter months. Since technicians are less busy during springtime, you can benefit from more flexible scheduling.

You may also save money! The good news for spring shoppers is that like most off-season equipment, heating oil tanks may be at their peak affordability just as the need for home heat is decreasing for the season.

Ready for a new heating oil tank? Contact AFC today to learn more!

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Get the right plumbers for your commercial project at AFC

commercial plumber Clinton, me Plumbing is plumbing, right? Wrong.

Commercial plumbing can be quite different and more complex than residential plumbing, and commercial plumbing projects require plumbers with knowledge and experience in commercial plumbing systems.

You get that with AFC’s commercial plumbing services. Our team of more than 10 master and journeyman plumbers on staff, are all trained, skilled, experienced, and licensed.

How is commercial plumbing different from residential plumbing?

Commercial plumbing tends to be larger and more complex than residential plumbing. Let’s go over how that is in multiple ways.

Plumbing system usage – In commercial spaces, plumbing is used more frequently than in residential spaces due to a larger number of clients and employees using the system. Residential setups only need to accommodate the needs of one family, and therefore require fewer pipes and outlets.

Complexity – Commercial buildings might have multiple floors, lots of sinks, and multiple toilets and urinals. The size of the building may vary from a single story to 10 stories or more. There is also commercial equipment such as water heaters, washing machines, and dishwashers that need to be connected to the plumbing system.

The plumbing systems in commercial facilities are more complex and susceptible to damage than residential plumbing systems, which tend to be simpler and smaller. Although residential plumbing systems are smaller, they are less likely to experience damage. Damage to a commercial plumbing system can cause serious problems, particularly if the building has multiple floors used for work.

This means that commercial plumbers need to understand a more complex building structure.

Size and durability of plumbing system – To ensure durability and prevent breakdowns due to frequent use, it is recommended to utilize large, high-grade fixtures for commercial plumbing. Conversely, smaller pipes and lower-grade fixtures may suffice for household plumbing, which is not utilized as often.

Equipment – While there are common tools for both residential and commercial plumbers such as wrenches and snakes, commercial plumbers need to be familiar with and use other items such as generators, commercial wet/dry vacuum cleaners, and large drain cleaners like our AFC Jetter, a high-pressure drain-cleaning system.

Water heating – Commercial buildings require commercial heaters with large storage tanks, or tankless on-demand water heaters, and higher gas input levels to accommodate the larger number of people who need more hot water in comparison to residential homes. The tanks for commercial use can hold up to 250 gallons, while residential heater tanks tend to hold 50 gallons or less and generally do not exceed 100 gallons.

Maintenance – Preventative maintenance is crucial for commercial plumbing to prevent major issues. This is especially true for hospitals, health care facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living centers where plumbing must run constantly and cannot afford to fail. It is essential that the system is maintained to handle round-the-clock usage.

Codes and regulations – Commercial building codes are not the same as residential building codes. Because commercial buildings are used so much not only by businesses but by the public, codes are enforced stringently.

Then there’s the matter of health codes. To prevent health code violations, restaurants, foodservice businesses, health care facilities and hospitals are required to meet specific requirements for their water supply and drainage systems according to health codes.

Put AFC’s knowledge and experience in commercial plumbing to work for your Central Maine business. Contact us today to get started.

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AFC helps you make the right choice for your home

ac installation Winslow, me With Memorial Day weekend coming soon, summer isn’t that far behind. That has many people here in Central Maine planning how they are going to keep their homes cool when it gets hot and muggy outside.

The performance of window air conditioning units makes them a less-than-satisfactory option. They don’t do well in larger spaces. Their energy efficiency is sub-par. They can be very noisy. They create a security risk, especially on the ground floor as they create an easier point of entry for burglars. Installing and removing them are a hassle and can be dangerous above the first floor. They block light while letting in bugs, pollen, dust, and dirt from the outside.

AFC offers you the ideal chance to enhance your home’s air conditioning. Our licensed, highly skilled service technicians can install both central air conditioning and ductless mini-split systems and provide outstanding maintenance and repair services. You can trust our work as it comes with the AFC Comfort Guarantee. Our affordable Comfort Plans help keep your air conditioning or mini-split in peak condition.

Are you trying to decide which option is best for your home? Let’s evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each one so that you can make an informed choice.

Central air pros and cons

If your home already has ductwork in place, installing central air conditioning is the most cost-effective cooling solution.

Improve the quality of your indoor air by using a ducted cooling system. It filters out particles and allows you to add air cleaners, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers to enhance its performance, providing maximum comfort in any environment.

When it comes to cooling large residences and spaces, central air conditioning is much more effective than mini-splits.

Ductless mini-split systems have less appealing aesthetics compared to central AC. The indoor components of a split system are more visible, and the vents are more noticeable, while the outdoor unit is harder to hide.

It is important to maintain your ductwork to keep your air conditioning system working properly. To achieve maximum comfort and efficiency, it is suggested that you clean your ductwork every two to three years. Damaged ducts can also lead to decreased A/C performance and higher energy bills.

Compared to ductless mini-splits, your energy costs will likely be higher if your HVAC system is not zoned.

Ductless mini-split pros and cons

Ductless mini-splits are a convenient option for cooling your home without the need for expensive ductwork. They are especially useful for homeowners with boilers who want to add cooling to their home without spending thousands on installing ductwork.

If you want personalized temperature control and increased energy efficiency, ductless mini-splits are the ideal option for zoned cooling. With customized temperature settings, you can maintain your desired comfort level at all times.

Mini-split air conditioning units are permanently installed and do not need to be installed or removed annually, unlike window units.

Compared to a ducted HVAC system, ductless mini-splits may not be as effective in providing air filtration and shielding your indoor atmosphere from dust, allergens, odors, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Ductless mini-splits cnsist of an indoor and outdoor unit. They are connected by a line that houses both the condensate drain and electrical connections. Unfortunately, this line runs along the exterior of your home, which, combined with the outdoor unit, may not look very attractive.

Although ductless mini-splits are highly energy efficient, they can be more expensive to install compared to central air conditioning systems if you already have ductwork in place.

AFC gives you comfort you can count on all summer long with central air conditioning and ductless mini-split installation and service. Get a FREE estimate today!

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Trust AFC with keeping your commercial space cool and comfortable

ac for business augusta, me With summer’s warmer weather coming soon, now is the time to think about your business’ cooling needs.

AFC is here for you with expert commercial air conditioning services. Our team of service technicians is skilled, experienced, licensed, and insured.

What are my commercial air conditioning options?

Commercial buildings come in a wide range of sizes and are used in a variety of applications. Thus, commercial air conditioning is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and there are several kinds of commercial AC available.

Central air conditioning – Thanks to the ductwork system, your commercial central AC can effortlessly distribute air across various areas of a space. The supply air and return air ducts work together to ensure conditioned air is dispersed throughout circulating warmer air back to the AC unit.

Not only does this type of commercial air conditioner unit cool the air, it takes out a significant portion of humidity and creates an more comfortable atmosphere.

Smaller commercial settings like small restaurants and shops are ideal for central AC.

Ductless mini-splits – A ductless mini-split is composed of one exterior unit linked to a single indoor component, which can be mounted on the wall, via refrigerant tubing and electrical wiring.

Also known as heat pumps, these are ideal for small spaces or multiple small spaces as they can create zoned cooling. If you don’t have existing ductwork in your commercial space, installing ductless mini-splits is an ideal, cost-effective solution.

Multi-split systems – Multi-split systems work in a comparable way to single split units, but with the advantage of connecting multiple indoor components to one exterior unit. This approach is commonly used by restaurants, businesses, and offices since they take up less outdoor space while creating a more attractive appearance.

VRF/VRV – For commercial businesses of medium and considerable proportions, such as hotels, retail stores, or offices – the perfect HVAC solution is often a VRF (variable refrigerant flow) or VRV (variable refrigerant volume) system. Though these two are essentially one and the same; they simply bear different names depending on their respective brands. Heat pumps and heat recovery systems are both used in these systems. For open floor plans, heat pump systems can rapidly and productively cool the space making it ideal for large areas. On the other hand, if you have many separate rooms then a heat recovery system is an excellent choice as they can deliver cooling or heating to multiple locations simultaneously.

PTACs/VTACs – These are commonly used in hotels and apartment buildings.

Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTACs) are an ideal solution for hotel room cooling and heating, as they don’t require any costly ductwork to install. These PTACs provide guests with a level of control over their environment.

Vertical Terminal Air Conditioners (VTACs) are efficient and space-saving wall air conditioning systems made to cool a variety of rooms. They operate by extracting air from the base and releasing it through the upper duct, thus cooling any area they’re installed in.

Chillers – Chillers are a common type of air conditioning system and come in two forms: air-cooled or water-cooled. Air-cooled chillers can reduce heat without introducing extra moisture, whereas for the water-cooled variety, liquid is circulated through pipes quickly to eliminate the heat from your space efficiently.

If you need quality commercial air conditioning installation and service, contact AFC today for a consultation.

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AFC can make your home’s water supply better

hard water Clinton, me Here in Central Maine, hard water is common as many homes use wells for their water supply.

If you are facing problems caused by hard water, AFC is here to help!

We sell, install, and service a comprehensive selection of Water-Right water treatment solutions including water conditioning, whole home filtration solutions, point-of-use filtering needs and ultraviolet/cartridge filters. We’ll evaluate your water and make sure you get what you need to make your water better.

Our team of licensed, insured, and experienced service technicians and plumbers will expertly install and service your hard water treatment equipment. As with all our equipment work, our water treatment services are backed up by the AFC Comfort Guarantee.

With us, you get top-quality equipment that will make the quality of life in your home exponentially better.

What is hard water?

Hard water, which contains a high concentration of minerals such as calcium and magnesium carbonates, bicarbonates, and sulfates, is formed when groundwater passes through beds of limestone or chalk.

What are the problems caused by hard water?

Hard water can pose a great deal of problems. Not only does it create an excessive amount of buildup in pipes and plumbing fixtures, but the long-term effects include scale build-up inside pipes that restricts flow.

As hard water navigates through confined areas such as shower heads and dishwasher arms, its propensity to cause blockages increases exponentially, ultimately inhibiting the performance of your plumbing fixtures or appliances. The greater the number of jets that become either partially or completely blocked, the less water passes through them, impeding cleaning performance and putting strain on the device.

When hard water accumulates in boilers, it limits the heat transfer to water and reduces heating efficiency. Overheating of boiler components then ensues due to the pressurized system, which can cause your entire boiler unit to break down.

Having hard water can increase your energy costs as it reduces the efficiency of boilers, water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines.

Keeping your bathrooms and kitchen clean is more challenging with hard water, as it causes scale buildup on your fixtures, a filmy coating on glassware, white spots on silverware, and soap scum residue in your tub, shower, and tiles.

Hard water also poses problems for bathing and laundry. If you have hard water, it can be difficult to create suds with your soap products, leading many people to believe that more cleaning product is needed. However, using extra cleaning products does not only cost more money every month but can also harm the functionality of your appliances in the long run.

With small amounts of animal fat present in some soaps and fabric softeners, over time this substance can build up inside appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and sink drains. This accumulation can lead to an unpleasant odor exemplified by the common smell in a front-loader washing machine.

In laundry, hard water can fad color on fabrics, prevent detergents from removing stains, and potentially create enough wear on fabrics to create holes and tears.

Hard water can wreak havoc on your skin, particularly if you are light-skinned or suffer from acne, eczema, or sensitivity. Bathing and washing with this type of water will clog pores and cause intense itching as well as irritation.

Get rid of hard water problems in your home with water treatment solutions from AFC! Contact us today for your FREE estimate.

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Important propane safety tips from AFC

smell of propane clinton, me Propane has an impeccable safety record, due in part to stringent government regulations and the high standards of businesses such as AFC.

If you have propane in your Central Maine residence, it is essential to understand the propane safety protocols for its use and how to ensure that your family remains safe should a leak occur. It’s vital to recognize what odor propane gives off so that you can take appropriate measures if needed.

The smell of propane

Propane, by itself, has no odor. So that it can be detected if there is a leak in the system, an odorant like ethyl mercaptan is blended into propane during production.

This unmistakable scent is akin to that of rotten eggs or skunk spray. Its strong aroma is an effective warning sign and should not be overlooked!

Protect your home from propane leaks

To protect against propane leaks, it is essential to have all of your propane-powered appliances regularly serviced by a professional.

Licensed, trained, and experienced AFC service technicians are available to conduct a thorough inspection during the tune-up. Should any potential issues be identified that could lead to propane leaks, these technicians can rectify them swiftly.

To ensure the safety of your home, consider investing in propane leak detectors. These need to be positioned near any fuel-operated appliances such as water heaters, cooktops and fireplaces. Additionally, remember that these should be no higher than bed pillows or lower since gas is heavier than air.

Contrary to popular belief, carbon monoxide detectors and propane leak detectors are not one and the same. Carbon monoxide alarms do not detect propane gas leaks, nor can a propane detector sense dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. To protect yourself and your family, it is essential that you have both types of devices in your home.

I smell propane gas. What do I do?

We’re going to start with what not to do if you smell propane gas.

First, don’t panic. Once you have familiarized yourself with our propane leak safety instructions below, you will know the steps to take if a leak occurs.

Second, don’t take time to try and figure out where the propane gas smell is coming from. That’s a job for the professionals.

Here are the steps you need to take if you smell propane gas in your home.

  1. Get everyone, including pets, out of the house immediately.
  2. Before you leave, make sure to put out any open flames such as candles or cigarettes as they are sources for ignition.
  3. Don’t operate light switches, telephones, vape pens or anything else that could create a spark before you’ve made it away from the house safely.
  4. Shut off the propane supply valve on your tank if you can access it safely. It’s essential that all adults in your home are aware of this procedure, so be sure to reach out if anyone needs a lesson.
  5. Call 911 and AFC as soon as you are a safe distance away from the source of the leak.
  6. Keep a safe distance in order for first responders and service technicians to locate the source of the leak and repair it. Wait to receive clearance from them prior to returning.

Do you have questions about propane safety? Get in touch with AFC and we’ll be happy to help.

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Breath easier with indoor air quality equipment from AFC!

cleaner home air Clinton, me More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. And we are getting into the time of year where they can be at their worst.

As trees, shrubs, plants, and grasses revive in the spring, they also spread pollen through the air. People suffering from allergies know all too well the symptoms that come with it. These include sneezing, sniffles, itchiness in eyes and ears, sore throats and even coughing and shortness of breath.

Warmer, rainier spring conditions are the ideal environment for biological pollutants such as mold and mildew to thrive, leading them to become more common allergens during this season.

All of these allergens can make their way into your home, meaning being indoors provides no escape from their effects.

AFC can help you be more comfortable in your home with our indoor air quality equipment installation and service!

Doesn’t my HVAC filter take care of allergens?

Your HVAC filter does trap some particulate matter, but not all. And, if it is not changed frequently, becomes less effective at protecting your home from allergens and mold.

How can indoor air quality equipment help my allergies?

Our indoor air quality equipment takes air cleaning and purification to the next level and creates a comfortable environment for you and your loved ones.

Make your home a healthier environment for you and your family with the iWave-M air ionization system. This powerful, yet compact device eliminates pollutants like viruses, dust particles, pet dander, VOCs and more from the air in no time! Not only does it reduce allergen levels but also odors resulting from smoking, cooking or pets living in the house.

The iWave-R generator is engineered specifically for residential duct systems and works to clear the air of contaminants, germs, and smells with its self-cleaning needlepoint bipolar ionization technology. Using both positive and negative ions, this revolutionary device promises a healthier home environment.

As we mentioned, humid air can lead to the development of mold and mildew inside your home. Too much humidity in your home can cause mold, mildew odors and exacerbate allergies. Dry air can damage prized possessions such as wood flooring, art pieces or electronics. Additionally, insufficient moisture levels may make you more susceptible to colds.

Our Aprilair humidifiers and dehumidifiers help to keep the humidity in your home in a safe, comfortable range.

Spring indoor air quality tips

Do a spring cleaning. Now is a great time to do a deep cleaning to remove dust and pollen. Hate dusting baseboards? Using a dryer sheet to dust them not only gets them clean but helps to repel dust!

Keep your HVAC filter clean. Check your HVAC filter once a month and change as needed. This is especially important if you have pets.

Clean your ductwork. You should have your ductwork cleaned ever three years or so. This helps keep pollen, dust, and mold from circulating around your home.

Ventilate when possible. It’s understandable to want to let fresh air in your home after winter. Check the pollen reports before doing so in order to keep pollen from getting in.

Stop the sneezing! Contact AFC today for a FREE estimate to add indoor air quality equipment to your Central Maine home.

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AFC’s air conditioning services help you feel comfortable at home!

central air Winslow, me As Spring has sprung, the time where we’ll be needing to turn on the air conditioning in our home is getting closer.

If you’re still using inefficient, noisy window units, now is a great time to upgrade to central air conditioning! AFC offers expert installation of top-quality, energy efficient central air conditioners from some of the best brands in the business including York and Honeywell.

All of our central air conditioning installation and service are backed up by our AFC Comfort Guarantee. Our affordable Comfort Plans help keep your new central AC operating in tip-top shape while helping shield you from large repair bills thanks to coverage of many parts and labor costs.

AFC can also help with financing as we are an approved contractor with the National Energy Improvement Fund (NEIF).

Do you already have central AC in your home, now is the time to contact us to schedule its annual maintenance tune-up. Our licensed and experienced service technicians will make sure your air conditioner is functioning optimally, drastically reducing your energy costs. In addition, a tune-up allows them the opportunity to detect and repair any issues which could potentially cause your AC to break down.

Central air conditioning definition

Central air conditioners make your home comfortable in warm weather by circulating cooled air through the system of supply and return ducts. The air is cooled by refrigerant in the evaporator coil of the central AC system.

The cooled air is delivered from the AC via supply ducts and registers. As the air grows warmer, it returns to its source with the help of return ducts and registers that bring it back to your central air conditioner, where the cooling process starts again.

Is it time to replace my central AC?

Upgrading your home’s central air conditioning may be a good idea. The average life expectancy of a central air conditioning system is 15 years. A new AC offers an array of benefits, including being compatible with today’s smart thermostats and smart home technology.

Here are some reasons that you should look into replacing your central AC system.

Your central air conditioning isn’t performing well. How did your AC do last summer? Was it able to keep your home cool with ease? Did it break down? Is its energy usage increasing and driving up your energy costs? If these issues are a problem for you, it’s time to start planning its replacement.

Your cooling needs have changed. By increasing your living space with a home addition or finishing off an existing area such as an attic or enclosed porch, you could be straining your central air
conditioning system past its cooling load limit. If you have done these or are planning on adding to your living space in the future, now is the time to upgrade to a new air conditioning system to meet the new demand for cooling.

Your AC uses R-22 Freon refrigerant. R-22 Freon production and importation were banned in the United States at the end of 2020. If your air conditioning system uses R-22 Freon, this can have a big impact on your cooling costs. Due to the laws of supply and demand, prices for R-22 Freon have skyrocketed. As supplies continue to dwindle, R-22 Freon prices will only going higher. A new AC will end this costly problem.

Are you ready to add central air conditioning to your home or upgrade from your current AC? Get a FREE estimate from AFC!

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AFC has the electricians you can count on

electricians augusta, me Whether you are installing some new lighting, updating wiring, or doing a major renovation in your home, you need an electrician you can trust to do the job properly and to the highest standards for safety.

That’s where AFC comes in! Our team of electricians are all licensed, experienced, and insured. All of our electrical work is backed up by the AFC Comfort Guarantee.

As you consider an electrician for your project, here are some important things to know and ask about.

What kind of electricians are there?

There are two classifications for electricians.

Master electricians have successfully passed a standardized test and possess at least two years of experience as an electrician. These experts understand the National Electrical Code inside out, plus any modifications made by your state. As such, they can competently plan, design, install, and maintain electrical systems for your project.

Journeyman electricians have not yet qualified for a master’s license; however, they are licensed by the state. Journeymen electricians are to work with a master electrician in some states. Laws mandate that a journeyman electrician cannot design electrical systems. They can install wiring and equipment.

Should I get an estimate?

Absolutely. Any electrician (or other tradesperson) who won’t offer an estimate is raising a big red flag.

Our electricians will go over the scope of your project and what needs to be done, and provide you with a FREE, no-obligation estimate.

Do electricians specialize?

Some electricians do based on the needs of the clients in their market, or their own interests. If you have specific requests for your project, such as electrical work for home technology or electric vehicle charging station installation, ask about their knowledge and experience in that area.

Should I ask about insurance?

Definitely. As a good rule of thumb, electricians should have general liability, professional liability, and workers’ compensation insurance. For electrical work for a home renovation, for example, it is recommended electricians should have a minimum of $500,000 in their general liability insurance coverage.

Should I get references?

Any electrician who is afraid of having their references checked is not an electrician you should trust. Qualified electricians will gladly have references on hand for you to call. When contacting the reference, ask them about the project, the scope of the work, how the electrician handled problems that arose, and how the work has held up.

Should we talk about money?

Money is an important topic to discuss. Your electrician will need to know what you can afford for the project and can help you to manage your costs. For example, they may be able to direct you to a local lighting supply company that has a better selection than the big box stores. While you may not save money, you may save time and hassle as the electrician can handle picking up the fixture and make sure that everything that is needed to do the installation is on hand.

You can trust the licensed, skilled electricians for your home’s electrical service needs! Contact us to learn more.

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Learn more about efficient, versatile propane!

propane appliances maine There isn’t a spot in your home, indoors or outside, that cannot be enhanced with propane appliances.

Propane’s versatility, energy efficiency, and reliability are unmatched by any other energy source. With expert propane appliance installation and service, along with dependable propane delivery from AFC, you can enjoy the benefits of propane in your Central Maine home!

Your propane appliances will be installed by our licensed, skilled service technicians and all of our propane appliance work is backed up by the AFC Comfort Guarantee.

Here are some of the ways propane can make your home better.

Furnaces and boilers

You can’t beat propane for fast, even, efficient home heating. Today’s high-efficiency propane furnaces and boilers boast efficiencies of up to 98%, which means that for every dollar you spend on propane, almost all of it contributes towards heating your home, with only two cents lost in combustion. You’ll cut your energy costs from the moment your new propane heating system is turned on!

Water heaters

Heating water is the second-largest energy expense in a home, behind only home heating and cooling, and it typically takes up 20% of annual energy bills.

Propane water heaters offer unparalleled comfort while drastically reducing your energy costs. With a 40-gallon propane storage tank, you can get the same amount of hot water in an hour as what is provided by a 50-gallon electric model!

Are you looking for additional comfort and convenience, but with significantly lower energy bills? A propane tankless water heater provides endless hot water on-demand while saving you money in the process! This revolutionary appliance can reduce your water heating costs dramatically.


From summer storms to winter nor’easters, power outages can make life at home anything but easy. At best, they are a major inconvenience; however, at worst they can be quite hazardous.

A propane whole-house backup generator allows you to power your HVAC system, refrigerator, electronics, essential home medical equipment like CPAPs, and more so you and your loved ones stay safe and comfortable.

Ranges, cooktops, and ovens

If you’re looking for a gas source to power your cooking, propane is the best solution because it’s a secure, reliable energy source you can use regardless of whether your neighborhood is served by a gas utility.

Propane cooking provides many advantages, particularly the precise and instantaneous temperature control that helps you cook your food to perfection. In comparison, electric ranges can be considerably slower in terms of heating up and cooling down. Moreover, since propane ovens generate heat with more moisture than their electric counterparts do, roasts and turkeys are far less likely to dry out!

Outdoor living

Propane is an invaluable asset both within and outside your home. For instance, propane grills are easy to light up in minutes instead of the tedious half-hour it takes for a charcoal fire to ignite. Furthermore, they provide precise temperature control allowing you to cook various foods perfectly!
Let propane elevate your outdoor living with its range of amenities, including pool and patio heaters, deck and patio heaters, firepits, insect traps, outdoor lighting systems, even an elegant fireplace. Propane helps you make the most out of every moment in your backyard.

Space heaters

Not only is propane fantastic for whole-house heating, but it can also be utilized to make any unheated or underheated spaces functional throughout the year. Whether you need to heat up workshops, sunporches, garages, or sheds, propane space heaters offer superior efficiency and comfort compared with electric heaters.

Clothes dryers

Doing laundry can often be a boring, tedious task that we all want to get done as soon as possible.
Speed up your laundry routine with a propane clothes dryer! Not only does these get your laundry 25% faster than a comparable electric one, but its moister heat also creates fewer wrinkles and prevents wear. Put simply: you’ll have fresh clothes in no time AND less ironing to do when it’s all said and done.

Become an AFC customer for dependable propane delivery so you can enjoy the comfort and convenience of propane appliances for your Central Maine home!

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