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What Are Common Boiler Repair Needs?

Monday, January 6th, 2020

technician-repairs-boilerWalking into your home after a long day and being bathed in a comforting blanket of warmth can be quite pleasant. However, this affect isn’t the same if your boiler is struggling to do its job. If this is the case, you may come home to a house that is only a little warmer than the outdoors or, worse, is just as cold as it is outside the front door.

If your boiler heating system has a potential repair need, the sooner you get that necessary fix done the better things will be. After all, it is better to take care of a needed heating repair in Pearl River, NY, rather than ignore the issue in the hope it resolves itself only to end up needing to replace your system.

If you enjoy knowing what is going on within your system, we understand that! That is why we want you to be informed. So, let’s dive into a few potential problems your boiler could have that might require repair so you know when you should reach out to a professional technician for help.

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Your Choices for Boiler Outlets

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Boilers were the first modern centralized heating systems, making their debut in the late 1800s. Boilers are still very heating system choices for homeowners, both for their efficiency and their gentle heating. But another benefit of using a boiler system is the ability to choose from different kinds of outlets for the heating. You can even combine different outlets for maximum comfort. The heating experts from Design Air, Inc., have years of experience working with boiler systems, and can help you determine which heating outlets will best fit with your system and your home.

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3 Reasons to Consider Boiler Installation

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Boilers have been in use as home heating systems for a very long time. Though they are fairly popular compared to other heating systems, there are plenty of homeowners who are completely unaware of why they should ever consider installing boilers. In the interest of helping you explore all of your options for home heating, let’s take a look at 3 of the reasons that you should consider boiler installation.

Boilers Are Often Better Heaters

The most common type of heating system for boilers is called “radiant heating.” It involves the installation of a network of water pipes in the subfloor of each room. The boiler then heats water and distributes it through these pipes. As the pipes heat up from the water, they transmit their heat through the floor and into the room.

Water is a much better conductor of heat than air is, making boiler systems much better at transporting heat throughout the house. This method of heating also heats rooms much more evenly as opposed to warm air, which rises to the ceiling of a room and creates uncomfortable cold spots.

Boilers Are More Efficient

As previously mentioned, water is a better medium for actually transporting heat from one place to another. The other thing that needs to be considered, however, is the actual mode of transportation. Forced air systems can lose up to 30% of their heat on average to leaks in the ductwork, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That’s a significant loss of heat simply because of some improperly sealed ducts. Boiler systems, on the other hand, have far fewer leaks on average. This makes them able to deliver far more of their heat with very little lost or wasted.

Boilers Are Sturdy

Boilers are some of the most durable heating systems on the market. They last 5-10 years longer than other systems, on average, and can even be passed down through multiple generations if they are properly maintained. You won’t find that kind of staying power in any other system.

If you’d like to know more about boiler systems, call Design Air Inc. We provide professional boiler installation service throughout Pomona.

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What Special Advantages Do Boilers Offer Me for Heating?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Boiler-based heating systems have been around for a very long time. They’ve changed in some pretty incredible ways over the decades, but the general principles have remained the same. So, what can a boiler system offer you that other systems can’t? Read on to find out.

Radiant Heating

Practically all boiler systems involve some form of radiant heating. Radiant heating involves the installation of water pipes throughout the space you want heated. These pipes are often installed in the walls or subfloor of a room. Occasionally, these pipes will terminate in a terminal, like a cast-iron radiator or a baseboard heater. The boiler then heats water, and pumps it through these pipes throughout the house.

The principle at work for all radiant heating systems is more or less the same. As the hot water flows through the pipes, heat radiates from them and into the room. If there are terminal points being used, they will be the primary heat distributors. Otherwise, the pipes in the floors and walls will radiate heat into the room directly. This is essentially how all boiler-based systems work.

Advantages

There are a few really great advantages associated with boiler-based systems. The number one advantage is energy efficiency. Two factors contribute to the boiler being a much more efficient heater than other systems, especially forced air. The first is that water is a much better thermal conductor than air is. The second is that forced air systems tend to lose 20-30% of their heat on average to duct leaks. So, not only does radiant heating use a better heating medium, but it also uses a better delivery system. This means that it can deliver much more heat to the desired area.

Because radiant heating relies on transmitting thermal energy through solid objects, it manages to much more evenly heat the room than forced air systems. Warm air rises to the top of a room and descend as it cools, which creates cold spots. Radiant heating transmits heat from the floor upwards, keeping the room evenly heated for a greater period of time.

If you’re thinking about upgrading to a boiler system, call Design Air Inc to schedule an appointment. We install boilers throughout the Monsey, NY area.

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Does Rust on My Boiler Mean It Must Be Replaced?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Seeing any rust on your boiler isn’t a good thing, but it doesn’t necessarily dictate the need for replacement, either. Your boiler is made to be durable and has been built with safeguards to greatly reduce the development of rust. The biggest question to answer when it comes to rust on your boiler in Spring Valley is: where is the rust located? This is because some rusted components can be repaired and/or replaced, and others cannot. However, if you should see rust anywhere on your boiler, it is important to have a professional look at it as soon as possible to assess exactly what is happening. Design Air Inc, is here to help you with all of your heating repair needs, so if you see rust on your boiler in your Spring Valley home, call us today.

Problems That Can Be Caused by Rust

There are a couple of problems that can be caused by rust on your boiler:

  • Development of leaks – we’ve all seen rust turn metal into oxidized crumbs, and this can happen to your boiler once rust takes hold. Like mold or mildew, once rust starts, it doesn’t stop until the rusted area is repaired or replaced. Weakened areas in your boiler cabinet can lead to leaks, which can affect the operation of your heating system and may possibly be dangerous. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to call for a technician as soon as you detect any rust on your boiler.
  • Poor performance – rust can also develop on individual components, like the mounting plates. Many of these items can be replaced, but until they are, your heating system may perform poorly.

Do I Have to Replace My Boiler?

Now that you know how rust affects your boiler, here are some other items to consider before replacing:

  • Age of your system – the average lifespan of a well-maintained boiler is 15-20 years. If your boiler is that age or older, and has significant rust, you may want to consider replacement.
  • Number of repairs – have you had to make multiple repairs to your boiler, or are you facing multiple repairs? At some point, your money may be better spent on a replacement.
  • Energy efficiency – how energy efficient is your current boiler? Today’s boilers are very energy efficient, so it may be worth reviewing how much a new one can save you in monthly energy costs versus your rusty one.

Rust on your boiler in Spring Valley isn’t necessarily a death sentence for your boiler, but at the least, it does call for professional care. If you have detected rust on your boiler, call Design Air Inc, and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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The Temperature in Your Boiler and the Dangers of Overheating

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Something that often surprises homeowners about their boilers is that they don’t actually “boil.” The energy applied to the water in the tank raises it to high levels, but not to the point that it converts the water into steam. Boilers originally did use steam heat to provide warmth—it was how they earned their name—and people still expect to see boilers in movies explode with geysers of steam when bullets puncture them. Steam boilers still exist, but they are usually found only in industrial buildings and the occasional home that has special high heating requirements.

Your boiler shouldn’t get near to boiling temperature. We’ll take a look at actual boiler water temperature and why overheating will lead to repairs on your boiler in Pomona, NY. For more information about boiler maintenance and repairs, contact out specialists at Design Air Inc.

Temperature expectations for your boiler

The average setting for a gas-powered hot water boiler is 180°F. This provides the appropriate level needed for most cold weather temperatures. If you can raise the temperature manually, do not set it any higher than 210°F (which is often the limit), and try to remain down at 190°F if you need the extra heat. Once a boiler starts to go over 212°F, you can face serious problems.

Watch out for overheating

If you notice that your boiler’s temperature is going higher than the above settings, you have a major problem. If a boiler has reached 220°F, a sudden drop in pressure could cause the tank to burst.

Overheating also is the main cause of leaking. When the water temperature in the boiler becomes too high, it increases the water pressure throughout the system. This will cause breaks to begin occurring at valves and connectors. If your boiler has any issues with rust or corrosion that you haven’t remedied yet, the problem will become worse and could cause leaks to start along the tank itself.

There are different reasons for an increase in temperature in your boiler: excess sediment inside the tank, limescale developing along the tank interior from hard water, a broken fill-valve, or an aquastat malfunction. You need repair technicians to find out the cause and fix it before the problem grows worse.

Do not hesitate to call for repairs when your boiler begins to overheat. Design Air Inc has technicians standing by 24/7 to help repair your boiler in Pomona, NY should this occur. We also offer a 100% money-back guarantee. Call us today for service — don’t wait.

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Understanding Boiler Operation

Monday, January 27th, 2014

For a home heating option, boilers offer some enticing advantages: clean heat, low-cost installation and maintenance, few repair needs, and great longevity. The simple action of using heated water to provide warmth to a home is the secret of why boilers continue to be so popular with homeowners; sometimes the simplest way of getting heat is the best ways.

To help you understand why boilers have so many benefits, we’ll explain basic boiler operation. For more information, or to schedule installation for a boiler in Stony Point, NY, contact our heating specialists at Design Air Inc today.

The basics of how a boiler heats your home

Boilers can run from a variety of fuel sources, including oil and electricity, but for the sake of brevity we will only examine the most common and energy-efficient type, the natural gas-powered boiler.

Boilers provide heat using water. The water runs through a closed loop in a house, and the heating process begins in the main water tank. A burner unit below the tank contains a series of jets connected to the gas main. A pilot light or an electric igniter activates the jets when the thermostat calls for heat. The high temperature from the jets transfers through a cast-iron heat exchanger to the bottom of the tank. The heated water rises through the tank, where a pump moves it out and into a system of pipes. The pipes circulate this hot water to terminal points within the house: radiators or baseboard heaters. The heat radiates into the house, and the cooled water returns to the tank through a dip tube that deposits it at the bottom of the tank to begin the cycle. The exhaust from the gas jets exits safely through a flue.

Is a boiler right for you?

Although boilers have many advantages, they are not automatically the best choice for a home. Boilers usually do not heat your home as quickly as a gas furnace, for example, and so depending on size and insulation in your home, a boiler may not be optimal.

How can you find out if you should invest in a boiler in Stony Point, NY? Ask the experts: Design Air Inc has a team of boiler installation and repair specialists available to assist with your decisions for heating. Call us today.

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Common Repairs for a Boiler

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

If you have a boiler in Pearl River, NY, chances are high that you haven’t needed to call often for repairs. Boilers do not wear down as fast as other heating systems, such as furnaces and heat pumps, because they use fewer mechanical parts. With proper maintenance, boilers can  provide many years of reliable heating.

There are a few repairs that boilers can require, however, and we’re going to look at the most common ones in this post. Our technicians at Design Air Inc have many years of experience with these repairs, so when you have a heater that’s acting up, make us your first call.

Boiler repairs we often do

  • Repairing leaks: Leaks are the major problem that boilers can encounter, and there are a number of different reasons for them to start: high water pressure, corrosion, loose connections. Whatever the cause, they need to be patched, sealed, or the pipes replaced, and then the source tracked down to prevent further trouble.
  • Flushing the tank: The hot water tank of a boiler is the core of the system. Sometimes it can start to gather sediment along its bottom, which is brought in from underground breaks in the pipes. As this sediment builds up, it compresses the available space for water in the tank, and this can lead to high pressure and numerous problems. A professional flushing the water from the tank can remedy this.
  • Corrosion elimination: A boiler is designed to resist corrosion as long as possible, but malfunctions can cause it to start developing along the tank or connections. Corroded connections need to be replaced quickly, and if caught soon enough rust can be removed from the tank. A heavily rusted water tank will likely need a full replacement, so make sure you call for repairs the moment you notice corrosion on any part of your boiler.
  • Cleaning the burner: Gas-powered boilers are the most popular models. Similar to gas-powered furnaces, they can have problems with the burners where the gas jets ignite if they develop too much dirt and grime. Never attempt to repair anything connected to a gas line on your own; let a professional handle removing the burner and cleaning it.

To help fend off repairs and make your boiler as trouble-free as it should be, make sure you have it maintained annually with a visit from a technician. At Design Air Inc, we offer excellent repair and maintenance service for your boiler in Pearl River, NY. Call us whenever you need help getting the most from your boiler.

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Why You Should Replace Your Old Boiler Even if It’s Still Working

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Boilers are great heating systems: they can outlast almost any other system provided they receive annual maintenance and prompt repairs. But boilers do not improve over time: they aren’t like wine. There will come a point in a boiler’s lifespan where it should probably get replaced, even if it is still quietly doing its job sending hot water through a house. In this post, we’ll look at why you may want to replace an older boiler even if it is still functioning.

Look to Design Air Inc for service on your boiler in Suffern, NY. “We won’t leave your home until you are 100% satisfied!”

  • Reduced efficiency: Look over your heating bills from the last few years. Have they started to rise steadily? If so, then your boiler might be the reason: it is becoming too aged to do as efficient a job as it once did. You may still feel the same level of heat coming from your radiators or baseboards, but the boiler needs to drain more energy to provide that warmth. A new model is a more cost-efficient solution.
  • Take advantage of new technology: Boilers continue to improve with HVAC technological advances. If your boiler is over 20 years old, it is probably far less efficient, with a lower AFUE rating, than a contemporary model of the same size. You will see a huge jump in savings with a new model that incorporates modern advances.
  • Avoid a breakdown: Eventually, your old boiler will stop working, and having to schedule an emergency installation is inconvenient. If you’ve enjoyed a few more years from your boiler beyond the manufacturer’s suggested lifetime, then you’ve already gotten a great bargain out of it. Schedule installation now for a smooth transition.

Whatever your reasons for replacing your old boiler, make sure you have your new system in Suffern installed with the help of experts so that you end up with the right sized boiler working the way it should. When you purchase a boiler from Design Air Inc, we provide discounts on your maintenance plans so your new boiler will last as long­—if not longer—than your last one. Call us today: we offer free estimates for all new heating systems.

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