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Everything You Need To Know About Replacing Your Boiler This Winter

What You Need To Know About Replacing A Boiler

All home heating systems get their heat from either a furnace or a residential boiler. If you have an older boiler, chances are it is not as efficient as a furnace. Knowing if your boiler should be replaced or what type of condition it’s in is not common knowledge to homeowners. We’ve put together everything you need to know about your boiler below so that you can make sure you’re prepared for cold weather this winter.

How Do You Know What Condition Your Boiler Is In?

There are a few signs you can look for to know what type of condition your residential boiler is in.

No Heat: if you’re not feeling any heat, but your thermostat seems to be working ok, check to see if the pilot light on your boiler is on. That is all you are checking! Once you see it on, make sure to call a professional to continue digging into the issue. This is no work for amateurs!

Leakage: Leaking or dripping around your boiler can be a simple or complex problem to fix. Again, you want to call a professional to take a look as there could be an issue with the pressure or an internal issue with one of the parts that may need to be replaced.

Low Pressure: If your system continually shuts off or you’re not feeling a lot of heat, it could be a low-pressure issue. Take a look at the pressure gauge. Anything below 1 means that you have a low-pressure issue.

Unusual Noise: If your system starts to make loud noises, there could be a couple of things happening here. The first is just that some air could have gotten caught in there and the problem will fix itself. The other issue could be “kettling” which is a buildup on the heat exchanger that causes the water to overheat and restricts flow. This can cause these kettle-like noises that alert you to this problem. 

Once you know what condition your boiler is in, you will know if it needs to be replaced. If you do decide to replace your boiler, make sure you consider the following:

Things To Consider When Choosing A Boiler Replacement:

Boilers are common in the Northeast. They produce steam or hot water that gets distributed throughout the home. You can choose between a condensing or non-condensing boiler. Condensing boilers are extremely energy efficient because they can provide a great deal of heat while operating at a lower temperature. Non-condensing boilers operate at a much higher temperature – so much so that the heat often gets vented outside.

Another consideration to take into account is whether to get a sealed-combustion or non-sealed combustion unit. You always want to go for the sealed combustion unit! Sealed combustion units would be our choice because it brings outside air into the burner and then sends exhaust air outside!  

If you are in the market for a new home heating system this winter, we’ve got you covered!  As the #1 Nationwide Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year, you can rely on Clay’s Climate Control. Our professional, nationally certified technicians are here to answer the call!  Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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How Snow Can Affect Your Heater This Winter

How Snow Can Affect Your Heater This Winter

If you live in the Northeast, you may be aware that snow can affect your heater. It’s common during snowstorms for heaters to need repair due to loss of heat. This is something that we’re pretty sure you would like to avoid if possible. No one likes to be without heat during a snowstorm!

Snow removal is key during and after a storm. Snow can cause the following issues for your heater if not removed:

Blocks the air intake: If the air intake is blocked, it can cause the unit to shut down.
Blocks the exhaust: Just as much as HVAC units need to be able to take in air to function, they also need to expel air as well. Snow and ice can cause the exhaust to be blocked, thus causing the unit to shut down.
Corrosion can occur: Snow that melts or heavy rain can cause problems for gas furnaces or boilers because they have materials that can be damaged due to water.
Damaged fans/fins: Most fans/fins are made from aluminum, which can easily be damaged by the weight of snow or ice. A loud noise when your heater is on can indicate that this damage took place.

Winter HVAC Tips:

Based on the information that we shared above, it’s important to keep the unit clear of snow. Immediately after a snowstorm, part of your snow removal plan for your home should include clearing your HVAC unit. Make sure that all snow is removed and if there is ice, we suggest pouring hot water over it to melt the ice.

Here are some basic tips to keep your heating system working this winter:

Place System Above Ground: When your heating system is being installed, make sure that it is placed 6-10 inches above the surface so that it is above the highest likely amount of snow that will fall. The height will help ensure that it doesn’t get surrounded by snow that will block the air intake and exhaust features. It should also be placed about 18 inches away from the home so that it can get proper airflow and avoid any drifts that can occur from snow accumulation.

Remove Debris: Regularly check your gutters to make sure that unwanted debris is not falling on to the unit. If there is debris on the unit, make sure you clear it so that the unit can function properly.

Change Filter Regularly: In order for the system to function as it should, air needs to be able to flow with ease. Dirty filters can restrict this flow, thus making your system work harder and sometimes can cause it to malfunction altogether.

We hope these winter HVAC tips were helpful to you as you prepare for the weather conditions that may be in our near future! If you have any additional questions or need assistance with your heating system from one of our certified technicians, give us a call at 609-916-1106.

Have you heard about our 3C Club Maintenance Plan? This plan was created to offer our superior services at a discount to our most loyal customers. We offer easy online booking and a convenient customer experience.