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Gold Star strives to get better every day and with every job we do. We want to include our Long Island neighbors in this journey of excellence by providing you with insightful blog posts. These blogs offer plumbing, HVAC and many other home tips.

We inform our customers and website visitors about the latest trends in the plumbing, heating and cooling industries. We believe educating customers with our plumbing, HVAC and home tips is a win-win for everyone. These home tips can assist you to understand and then ask specific questions when our technicians explain a diagnosis of your plumbing or HVAC issue.

Types of Water Filtration Systems

It’s no secret that your household uses a large amount of water daily. Whether taking a shower, washing the dishes, or preparing food in the kitchen, you hope to use…... Read Article

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Sewer Line?

A broken or damaged sewer line can put a sudden stop to your typical daily routine. If you and your family are suffering on a regular basis due to water…... Read Article

4 Reasons Your Furnace Keeps Turning Off and On

If your furnace keeps turning on and off, you may feel frustrated trying to understand what’s causing the problem. When a furnace turns on then off after a few minutes,…... Read Article

How to Unclog a Toilet

Plumbing problems can come in all different shapes and sizes. Sometimes — and perhaps worst of all — they can happen when you least expect them to. One of the…... Read Article

How to Clean Air Conditioner Coils

If you have a central AC unit inside your home, you’re probably aware it contains two crucial components: an indoor and outdoor unit. The indoor unit, known as the “air…... Read Article

How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal

We use our kitchen sinks for everything. Whether rushing to cook breakfast in the morning or prepping dinner, it can be easy to forget that our garbage disposals aren’t designed…... Read Article

What Causes an Air Conditioner to Freeze Up?

Our air conditioners can experience several problems throughout the course of their lifespan. However, one of the most concerning — and unexpected — is when an outdoor AC unit develops…... Read Article

The Ideal Temperature to Set Your Air Conditioner in the Summer

When the hot summer months arrive, many of us blast our air conditioning systems and leave it that way all season long. After all, it’s easy to overlook our cooling…... Read Article

How Often Should You Schedule Professional Drain Cleaning?

As a homeowner, you probably don’t pay much attention to your kitchen and bathroom sinks. As a result, you might not put much thought into the food particles and foreign…... Read Article

Do Air Conditioners Help With Air Quality?

Living in a home with poor air quality will do nothing but bring you misery, and no one wants to live in a house filled with pet dander and dust…... Read Article

Are Water Filtration Systems Worth It?

Water is obviously one of the essential components of everyday life. Unfiltered water sometimes contains contaminants that put us at risk for sickness and disease, meaning it’s important for our…... Read Article

What Consumes More Energy: AC or Heating?

We adjust our heating and cooling needs throughout the year according to the weather outdoors. When it’s cold outside, we instinctively turn up the thermostat to enjoy the warm air.…... Read Article

How to Get Rid of Drain Flies

Have you noticed small, fuzzy insects crowding around your sink drains and showers? While these little bugs might look like moths, they’re actually called drain flies. As their name suggests,…... Read Article

5 Common Problems Caused By Hard Water Buildup and Solutions

Hard water is a widespread issue that many homeowners face, even if they aren’t entirely aware of it. Generally speaking, “hard” water contains a higher amount of minerals, such as…... Read Article

5 Best Ways to Reduce Water Usage in Your Home

If you’re on a quest to lower water usage at home, you’ve probably noticed how much water you actually waste. Some of the best ways to reduce water usage in…... Read Article

5 Warning Signs of a Poorly Vented Plumbing System

You constantly depend on your home’s plumbing system, and proper ventilation is key to everything running smoothly. The correct ventilation ensures that waste and water can flow through the pipes…... Read Article

How to DIY Fix a Running Toilet

If your toilet is constantly running, it’s difficult not to think about the water—and money—you’re wasting. Fortunately, you can learn how to fix a running toilet without needing a licensed…... Read Article

Residential Plumbing 101: How Your Plumbing System Works

From toilets to sinks and drains, you’re familiar with the individual components of your plumbing system. However, you might feel intimidated when figuring out how your plumbing system works. It’s…... Read Article

Do Water Heaters Need to Be Flushed? Why?

When you arrive home after a tiring day, you don’t care where your hot water comes from—just that you have hot water for showers, cleaning dishes, and prepping meals. It’s…... Read Article

5 Homemade Drain Cleaners That Are Safe for Your Plumbing System

Slow drains are a nuisance for any homeowner. But if the only issue you’re experiencing is a slow drain, you may not be inclined to call a professional plumber yet—even…... Read Article

Step-by-Step Guide to Replacing Your Furnace Air Filter

With your busy daily schedule, you most likely hardly stop to think about your heating and cooling systems. If your furnace and AC are working, why should you have to…... Read Article

The Complete Guide to Water Heater Leaks

Water leaks can happen at any time, and no matter what, they are always inconvenient — not to mention dangerous!  The truth is that there are several potential causes of…... Read Article

Gas vs. Oil: What’s the Best Furnace or Boiler for Your Home?

It’s no secret that in Hicksville, NY, homeowners experience beautiful weather during the spring and summer months. However, you can also say the opposite for winter. When the frigid temperatures…... Read Article

6 Common Causes of Low Water Pressure, and How to Fix It

There’s no denying that low water pressure is an inconvenience. From taking showers to running a load of laundry, you rely on your home’s water supply—and as a result, low…... Read Article

Gas vs. Oil: What’s the Best Furnace or Boiler for Your Home?

It’s no secret that in Hicksville, NY, homeowners experience beautiful weather during the spring and summer months. However, you can also say the opposite for winter. When the frigid temperatures…... Read Article

The Complete Guide to Water Heater Leaks

Water leaks can happen at any time, and no matter what, they are always inconvenient — not to mention dangerous!  The truth is that there are several potential causes of…... Read Article

Our New Online Home is Ready for Takeoff … Blast Off With Us for Stellar Service!

Gold Star Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is thrilled to welcome you to our new online home. We are extremely excited about our overall new look as we strive to provide…... Read Article

How to Properly Maintain Your Water Heater

Your water heater is one of the most used appliances in your home. It’s often taken for granted – until it stops working. There’s nothing more inconvenient that hopping in…... Read Article

How to Shut Down Your AC for the Winter

October is here, and we’ve already had some of those cold, crisp fall days. It’ll be winter before you know it, and it’s time to start preparing for the cold!…... Read Article

7 Drain Cleaning Tips For This Fall

Drain cleaning is an essential part of maintaining a plumbing system. If not, you may find yourself in the midst of a crisis, with clogs coming from all corners! A…... Read Article

Prepare Your HVAC System for Fall

While this summer has certainly been a little different than past years, one thing remains certain; fall will be here before you know it! Unless this is going to be…... Read Article

Why Preseason Heating Tune Ups could Save Your Winter

Heating tune ups should happen every fall when you consider the seasonal change and with the change comes different weather extremes. The snow and frigid temperatures that come with winter…... Read Article

Common Drain Problems You May Experience

Are You Experiencing Drain Problems? Drain problems can quickly worsen. So, if you’re experiencing problems with yours, it’s best to call the experts at Gold Star Service as they can…... Read Article

Furnace Repair or Replacement—What’s the Difference?

Repair or Replacement—What’s the Difference? If you’re not sure which one you need, this information may help: Your Furnace is Older than 10 Years: The average lifespan of a furnace…... Read Article

5 Important Considerations For a New Water Heater

It’s the holiday season, and that means people all across America are thinking about their shopping. One item that might be on your shopping list is a new water heater…... Read Article

4 Benefits of Ordering a Sewer Camera Inspection

Many sewer problems tend to hide deep within the sewer lines. This can make it hard for us to do our job because we can’t easily identify the problem. That’s…... Read Article

6 Reasons to Order Boiler Maintenance in Hicksville

At Gold Star Service, we’ve recently helped AC owners shut down their ACs and protect them from the winter. We’ve also helped furnace owners learn why getting a furnace tune-up…... Read Article

6 Signs You Should Get Plumbing Repair in Hicksville

Like any system in your home, your plumbing can get worn down over time. When you see serious signs of wear and tear, it’s important to call us as soon…... Read Article

5 Benefits of a Furnace Tune-Up in Hicksville

So you’ve gotten your air conditioner correctly shut down for the winter. Now you have to consider how your furnace will perform. You’ve been keeping it inactive for about six…... Read Article

5 Reasons to Get a Water Heater Replacement

Like any of your appliances, your water heater won’t work for you forever. One day, you’ll have to find a replacement for your water heater. However, the big question is…... Read Article

6 Signs You Need a Toilet Replacement in Hicksville

Proper maintenance can keep appliances and fixtures like your plumbing running for a long time. However, nothing lasts forever, and you’ll one day need a replacement. It’s not always easy…... Read Article

5 Signs Your Pipes Need Drain Cleaning in Hicksville

Drains, like any part of a home, can fall into disrepair and need some attention. All sorts of gross debris can get into the drains and eventually cause a blockage…... Read Article

5 Benefits of a New Tankless Water Heater in Hicksville

Are you currently in the market for a new water heater? In addition to gas and electric tank water heaters, Gold Star Service, a home service company based in Hicksville,…... Read Article

9 Signs You Need a Sewer Repair in Hicksville

Functional plumbing is an important part of every household, but there’s more to it than the pipes and drains in the house. All of the plumbing in your house disposes…... Read Article

6 Benefits of an AC Tune-Up in Hicksville

As spring turns to summer, Hicksville homeowners will be swapping out their heaters for air conditioning. But is it ready to tackle the summer heat? The people at Gold Star…... Read Article

6 Benefits of Hydro Jetting Your Pipes

If you have some kind of plumbing in your home, it’s inevitable that it’ll eventually have a clog in it. There are a variety of methods that can be used…... Read Article

6 Benefits of AC Maintenance in Hicksville

As spring turns to summer, Hicksville homeowners will be swapping out their heaters for air conditioning. But is it ready to tackle the summer heat? The people at Gold Star…... Read Article

Why Should I Buy Central AC in New York?

Summer may be a good while away, but it’s still a good idea to think about your needs for the summer. Here in New England, we’ve had record-breaking heat in…... Read Article

4 Benefits of Owning a Sump Pump

A sump pump is a kind of pump that removes water build-up in basements and other crawlspaces by depositing it into a building’s waste water system. They are useful for…... Read Article

HVAC Maintenance Tips for Your Long Island Home

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems are an important part of many residential buildings, including your home. Because it performs a wide variety of tasks to keep your home…... Read Article

6 Benefits of Switching From Oil Heat to Natural Gas Heat

If you’re living in an older home in the Long Island area, there’s a good chance your home uses oil in order to heat itself. If you live in one…... Read Article

5 Signs You Need Drain Cleaning

Your drain system is the heart of your home’s sanitation system. It allows you to shower, clean dishes, eliminate waste, and get fresh drinking water right from the tap. But what…... Read Article

Check Out a Recent Boiler Replacement Done by Gold Star Service in Hempstead!

If you’re a responsible homeowner, you make sure to keep all of your appliances in good repair. And of course, when you first purchase an appliance like a boiler, it…... Read Article

Three Signs It’s Heating Season – and What That Means for You

Are leaves crunching under foot? Does your favorite coffee shop smell like someone forgot to take last year’s pumpkin out of the truck? Have you noticed tweens in the neighborhood…... Read Article

Ways that Hydro Jetting Benefits Your Plumbing

Clogs and blockages are a common plumbing problem for most homeowners. Sometimes they come and go, but if left untreated, its possible that they cause severe damage to your drain…... Read Article

Benefits of Solar-Powered Attic Fans

During the summer months, it’s quite common for your attic to reach unbearably hot temperatures. Heat rises, and when it gets forced out of the lower levels in your home,…... Read Article

What’s Wrong With Drinking Water From the Tap?

  Access to clean drinking water is a luxury that we often take for granted. While some tap water is completely safe for drinking, some can contain contaminants that can…... Read Article

Is Your Air Quality Safe?

dirty air vent Throughout each year, we spend a considerable amount of time indoors. During the fall and winter months, we hang in to keep warm. When temperatures rise in…... Read Article

Central Air: The Best Way to Stay Cool All Summer Long

Energy efficiency starts with your equipment. In order to keep cool and comfortable all summer long, your central AC needs to be working safely and proficiently. Lack of maintenance or…... Read Article

Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for Spring

Spring is finally here! If you plan on doing some spring cleaning around the house, don’t forget to check up on your pipes. Your plumbing system is one of the…... Read Article

Spring AC Maintenance Checklist

outside residential air conditioning unit by a building Spring is finally here! Soon the sun will be shining, flowers will bloom, and the weather will get warmer. When you start…... Read Article

Five Signs That You Need Your Drains Cleaned

Spring is just around the corner! While you’re cleaning out your closets and getting rid of clutter for spring cleaning, it’s important that you don’t forget about your drains. Our…... Read Article

Using Your Senses to Keep Tabs on Your Furnace

Temperatures are dropping, and you’re probably using your furnace more than ever to keep your home comfortable, safe and warm. If your furnace were to suddenly stop working, it could…... Read Article

Four Health Risks of an Old Furnace

Your family’s health and wellness should be at the top of your priority list. When a home service provider is working on your furnace, it’s their top priority as well.…... Read Article

10 Warning Signs That Your Furnace May Be Failing

Whether you’ve owned your home for years or you just moved in recently, you should always keep tabs on your various appliances. No matter what part of the country you…... Read Article

Gold Star Service Is World-Class Service

Some of the most expensive items in the home to replace or repair are the plumbing and heating/cooling systems. Homeowners can spend tens of thousands of dollars replacing these systems…... Read Article

Six Signs That Your Home Needs Sewer Repair

Maybe your home is your hobby and you look forward to performing maintenance and doing upgrades on your days off. Maybe it’s an investment in your future and you don’t…... Read Article

Signs That You Need to Make a Heating Repair Call

Fall is here and with it are falling leaves and dropping temperatures, which means you’re probably already using your furnace. The change in season, however, can put a lot of…... Read Article

Winter Heating: 10 Efficient Ways to Save Money

It’s time to start thinking about winter heating! Depending on where you live, winter can be particularly rough. The northeast is known for its brutal winters; freezing temperatures inevitably bring…... Read Article

How To: Evaluate Common Drain System Problems

A home or building drain system is a complicated thing. There are many spots where accumulations of things like hair, soap, grease, even small rodents have the potential to get…... Read Article

How a Sewer Line Problem Can Cost You Thousands

Home maintenance can be an expensive chore- maybe you need to re-shingle the roof, install new insulation, or tear out and replace some flooring. It’s easy to get lost in…... Read Article

How a Camera Inspection Could Save Your Home

Identifying the problem, especially when it’s one hiding inside your walls, can be a frustrating challenge. Home repairs are costly, and no one wants to wait until the damage is…... Read Article

Ready to Ditch Your Window Unit? What to Look for in a Whole-Home AC Unit

Hip-hip Hooray! It’s a big day! You have finally decided to get rid of the dreaded window unit to upgrade to an air conditioning unit that will properly and thoroughly…... Read Article

Common Instances That Require Air Conditioning Repair

Having a broken air conditioner can be a nightmare, especially if it’s in the middle of an extremely hot season. And if you don’t know how to correctly identify what…... Read Article

Gold Star & Make It Count Foundation Team Up for Veterans

Even though you might know us as a plumbing and heating company that services homes, we also strive to make a difference for our veterans. Earlier this year, a military…... Read Article

Why HVAC Maintenance is Important for Your Home

It’s spring cleaning season folks, which means you’ll likely need to check your HVAC systems. Many homeowners believe spring cleaning means getting rid of old clothes or just old stuff…... Read Article

Plumbing Fixtures That Will Save You Money

When we make our homes more energy efficient, our utility bills will be more affordable. Surprisingly enough, our plumbing fixtures can be the reason for why your utility bill is…... Read Article

Recruiting Plumbers in Today’s Workforce

Experience, experience, experience. That is what it is all about nowadays for your typical trade worker. However, as the job market increases, how come we haven’t seen more hiring of…... Read Article

Plumbing Tips for the Spring Season

With spring fast approaching we enter the phase of some spring cleaning for our plumbing systems. The warmer weather helps make it a grand opportunity to clean out some of…... Read Article

5 Ways Furnace Maintenance Improves Indoor Air Quality

Furnace maintenance should be your first priority this season if you want to stay comfortable through the season. The outdoor temperatures are currently at their lowest, and you can’t afford…... Read Article

7 Tips for Warming Up Your Home before Heating Service

Heating service should be considered the highest priority this winter if your heating system experiences a breakdown. If you have ever experienced a heating system breakdown in the midst of…... Read Article

7 Common Furnace Tune-Up Mistakes

A furnace tune-up will ensure your heating system continues to work during this season’s roughest weather. The winter already sees its fair share of troubles like snowy morning commutes, bitterly…... Read Article

5 Furnace Parts to Know Before Heating Repair

Heating repair should your first concern at this time of year if you expect to stay warm and comfortable in your home. According the U.S. Department of Energy, between 2007…... Read Article

How to Choose the Right Furnace Service

A furnace service is absolutely essential at this time of year. The weather is really starting to cool down, and some of the coldest temperatures of the year are on…... Read Article

Questions To Ask Your Heating Contractor

A heating contractor will be able to keep your warm this fall with high-quality installation, repair, and replacement. However, all too often, homeowners will wind up with a dishonest contractor…... Read Article

3 Signs You Need to Call for Faucet Repair in Garden City, NY

Well-maintained plumbing is a critical aspect of ensuring your home is in good condition, and that’s important to keep in mind when it’s time for faucet repair in Garden City,…... Read Article

5 Maintenance Tips for Bathroom Plumbing in Garden City, NY

Problems with your bathroom plumbing in Garden City, NY should be avoided at all costs. Toilet overflows, clogged drains, low water pressure—it all can be incredibly inconvenient and prevent you…... Read Article

Look Out for These Warning Signs You Need Sewer Cleaning in East Meadow, NY!

As a responsible homeowner, one of the things you need to be aware of is when it’s time for sewer cleaning in your East Meadow, NY home. In this blog…... Read Article

Common Signs You Need Leak Repair in Wantagh, NY

Nothing disrupts the enjoyment and functionality of your home like leaks and clogs. Keep reading to find out everything you need to get fast, reliable leak repair in Wantagh, NY.…... Read Article

Why It’s a Good Idea to Replace Residential Boilers in Garden City, NY Right Now

As we stated previously, anything involving residential boilers in Garden City, NY may be the furthest from your mind. Temperatures are soaring beyond belief, and you’re most likely cooling up…... Read Article

3 Reasons to Consider Boiler Installation in Bethpage, NY Right Now

It’s hot. It’s humid. Your air conditioning is turned up full blast. Make no mistake, we are firmly in the midst of summer. It’s all about keeping cool and trying…... Read Article

Common Warning Signs You Need Boiler Replacement in East Meadow, NY

Your oil or natural gas boiler is one of the most important features of your property, and you can’t afford for it to break down. Like everything else, however, it…... Read Article

Ask Our Local Plumbers in Garden City, NY: When Should You Call for Faucet Repair?

So you just noticed you have a leaky faucet in your home—what should you do? Do you get faucet repair from our local plumbers in Garden City, NY or do…... Read Article

4 Easy Solutions for Clogged Drains in Bethpage, NY

So you have a clogged drain. It happens to us all, and will happen again, and fixing this may not require the help of a professional. DIY solutions may not…... Read Article

How Can You Maintain Residential Plumbing in Wantagh, NY This Summer?

Summertime is on the horizon. You may have the swimming pool open and air conditioning on full blast, but you also need to make sure your residential plumbing in Wantagh,…... Read Article

Why Hydro Jetting is the Most Effective Type of Drain Cleaning in East Meadow, NY

So you have a clogged drain. It happens to all homeowners, regardless of how carefully you maintain your sewage. What you’re going to do about it, however, is the question. When…... Read Article

Look Out for These Warning Signs for Sewer Repair in Bethpage, NY!

Sewer repair in Bethpage, NY is the one thing can save your entire plumbing system from disaster. The only issue? It can be incredibly difficult for some homeowners to identify…... Read Article

3 Reasons to Consider Sewer Installation in Wantagh, NY

The idea of outright replacing something as vital as your sewer system may send a chill up your spine — and that’s totally understandable. After all, the costs associated with…... Read Article

Don’t Wait! Get Sewer Replacement in East Meadow, NY Now!

You spend most days of the year not thinking about your sewer system, but when problems arise, they’re impossible to ignore. You may be able to solve some sewer issues…... Read Article

3 Signs You Need Drain Cleaning in Garden City, NY

Drain cleaning in Garden City, NY is an important step in ensuring you enjoy this spring to the fullest. After all, Garden City, NY is a beautiful place to be…... Read Article

Upgrading Your Bellmore Plumbing Could Be the Best Dollars You Ever Spent

If you have a Bellmore home that’s older than about fifteen years, your Bellmore plumbing fixtures are probably just starting to get worn down, perhaps even with quite a bit…... Read Article

Tips To Keep Your Garden City Plumbing Clear

One of the most aggravating and frustrating things to have to deal with as a Garden City homeowner is having your plumbing get backed or stopped up. Your bathroom and…... Read Article

Frozen Pipes In Hicksville, NY Can Mean No Fresh Water Supply

In some cases, we’re not always prepared for emergency situations where our fresh water supply is cut off from us. We’re so used to having water available with the switch…... Read Article

Clogged Drains In Hicksville, NY A Problem? Gold Star Service Will Save You!

We often take our modern-day plumbing for granted, but it wasn’t that long ago that folks had to make their way to the outhouse to answer nature’s call. We are…... Read Article

How To Tell If You Have A Clogged Sewer In Wantagh, NY

Once a sewer line gets clogged, the water has no place to go. And that means it will back up into your household plumbing at one or multiple sources. When…... Read Article

How To Prevent Water Pipe Damage In Seaford and Merrick

The damage to a home caused by a broken water pipe can be devastating. And depending on the pipe’s location, the end result can include structural damage, loss of valuables,…... Read Article