Boilers

We Keep Residential and Commercial Boilers Working Efficiently

boiler repairA boiler is a critical part of any home or business it can power both central heating and hot water. It is important to prevent various problems with a boiler to avoid uncomfortable periods in daily routines. It is easy to keep your home or businesses boiler running smoothly during the winter months by completing a few various tasks.

What is a Boiler?

Steam is passed through pipes to heat air that flows through baseboard radiators, floor systems, or can warm air through coils. They work at a higher temperature than water boilers and are much less efficient. A boiler should be regularly inspected to ensure that it is working at optimum efficiency, regardless of which type it is. Our technicians will analyze each part of the boiler, ensuring it is working as it should. They will also make any repairs that may be needed, to help prevent any future costly repairs.

boiler installationThe Difference Between a Residential and Commercial Boiler

The difference between a Residential and Commercial Boiler is the amount of BTU (British Thermal Units) of water that they can hold. If the boiler holds less than three hundred thousand (300,000) BTUs then it is treated as a private home boiler. It is treated as a business if the boiler holds more than 300,000 BTUs. Our expert technicians are highly-trained to work on both residential and commercial boilers.

Understanding the Energy Efficiency Rating of Boilers

To get the best efficiency out of your boiler, you need to understand its efficiency rating first. This is measured by the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), for units under 300,000 BTUH input. New boilers are required to display their AFUE so consumers can compare them and find the best model for their homes. AFUE is the total annual fossil fuel energy consumption consumed by a boiler.

For example, an all-electric boiler has an AFUE rating between 95-100% because it has no flue-loss through a chimney. However, some parts of the world have a high electricity cost making all-electric boilers uneconomical.

What is the Minimum AFUE Requirement for Each Type of Boiler?

Each boiler type requires a minimum AFUE which varies based on its fuel and heating medium. The Federal Trade Commission as of September 1, 2012 has stated that all boilers fabricated must have these ratings:

  • Gas-fired hot water boiler – 82%
  • Gas-fired steam boiler – 80%
  • Oil -fired hot water boiler – 84%
  • Oil- fired steam boiler – 82%
  • All- Electric boilers- 95-100 %

Which Type of Fuel Source is More Economical to Use?

It is hard to say what type of fuel today is more economical to use than another. Since fuel sources are very dangerous nowadays, which can make it difficult to suggest one over another. There are many factors that come into play in making a decision for a fuel source these are:

  • Availability
  • Price
  • Servicing

Our technicians will give you an advice to help determine which one would be the best for you, but ultimately it is your decision.

Boilers Can Stop Working for a Number of Reasons

boiler installationBoilers are efficient however they can have their problems like any other mechanical product. If you’re a bit colder than normal, then there are a few reasons that something could be causing this problem.

  • Thermostat- set to a point that is below a comfortable temperature; these settings can accidentally get changed without realizing it.
  • Electrical Problems– Your boiler may not have a pilot light in which it would have an electrical ignition, Safety blower, circulation pumps all requiring electricity to work. Verify your circuit breakers also have not flipped as well.
  • Gas Supply- If both these are working it could be that you need a sufficient gas flow. Make sure it is in the open position, as it could have been turned off for the summer.
  • Faulty components- The last and final problems is a faulty component which can be fixed by a professional

Ensure that your system is checked by a professional annually this will help to take care of any possible issues that your boiler may have.

What To Do If You Have a Heating Problem

If you’re not getting any heat at all? You may have a problem with your boiler. What should you do, there are a few things you can check yourself before ultimately calling a professional.

  • Ensure the power to the boiler is turned on
  • Ensure that the thermostat is set to heat and temperature is turned up
  • Check your manual’s troubleshooting guide, if you don’t have it, you can look it up online from the specific manufacturer and download it.
  • Lastly if you are unable to correct the problem, contact us.

Do Boilers Require Maintenance and How Often?

Yes, boilers both residential and commercial require annual maintenance to work efficiently. However, each make and model requires a different periodic maintenance schedule. We suggest that boilers are checked annually right before cold weather sets in, but it is wise to always follow the manufacturer’s suggestion for periodic maintenance. To find out exactly what the manufacturer suggests, refer to the manual of your boiler. If you do not have your manual you can look it up online from the specific manufacturer and download it.

To Ensure Your Boiler Keeps Running Efficiently

To keep your home or business boiler running as efficiently as it possibly can make sure that it has a regular annual maintenance. Regular maintenance inspections by a professional technician can help to ensure that your boiler runs at optimum performance. Our professional technicians will ensure that each boiler is inspected for issues and repaired if needed. These repairs will help to reduce the risk of gas leaks, and other problems that can occur. Regular inspections will also help reduce your fuel bill, giving you a significant lower energy cost over time.

Our professional plumbers are fully qualified and highly trained to handle your boilers to ensure they run efficiently, and we can do it at a reasonable price.