Keep Your Boiler Working or Get A New One Installed with Worcester Plumber Service
No one wants to be without heat when the weather gets cold. And when your old radiator or your baseboard vents stop cranking out that warmth, it’s time to call in the experts for repairs or a new installation.
Trust Worcester Plumber Service to keep your boiler in good repair or install a new one, whether you’re building a new home or just renovating.
Give us a call at 508-434-4005 or contact us through the form on the right for professional help and service.
What You Need to Know About Boilers
Boilers work a bit different than furnaces, which rely on forcing warm air through ductwork in your home. Instead, they turn water into steam that pumps into the rooms of your home. Radiators are common in older homes, but newer ones rely on baseboard vents.
Some systems don’t turn the water to steam; they just heat the water to high temperatures and circulate it through tubing in your floors (in other words, a radiant heating system).
Whichever form of boiler you have, fuel sources vary and may include:
To Repair or Replace Your Boiler?
If your boiler has broken down, our expert technicians can repair it. They can even make upgrades to it to improve efficiency. However, you may want to consider whether the cost of repairs or upgrades is worth it. In some cases, it may be better to simply install a new one.
Consider whether you were planning to upgrade in the next few years. Also consider the average cost of your heating bills. Older boilers tend to be much more inefficient. Upgrading may cost more upfront, but you can drastically reduce your energy bills by installing a new high-efficiency boiler.
Choosing a New Boiler
As with any major investment in your home, there’s a lot of information to consider. If you are choosing between a forced-air furnace and a boiler, here’s what you need to know:
If you opt for a boiler or a radiant heating system, you need to look at the type and size of boiler you want. Gas-powered systems tend to be more affordable than electric or even gas, but the choice is yours.
Your old boiler’s capacity may not be the best match for your home. In some cases, the original units were oversized, which hurts your energy efficiency. Boiler capacities are measured in BTUs. You can use online tools such as this one (http://www.supplyhouse.com/pex/control/BTUCalculator?intcmp=calc%3bbtu-rc) to calculate the ideal BTU range for your home, based on an array of factors
Efficiency is the next major factor. The AFUE, or average fuel utilization efficiency indicates how much heat a system retains throughout the distribution process. An AFUE of 90 percent means that only 10 percent of the heat is lost. The more efficient the system, the greater your energy bill savings.
Ventilation is a major concern for your boiler, and it depends on the design of your home. Chimney-vented boilers send their exhaust through a chimney in your home. However, over time the chimney may have deteriorated and need relining or repairs.
Two other options are direct-vent and power-vent boilers. Both types use fans to push exhaust through a vent. However, a direct-vent system pulls air from the outside, while a power-vent one pulls it from the inside. As a result, power-vent systems can only be installed in open areas (such as a basement), not in a closet or other closed off space.
Exceptional Service and Expert Knowledge
Worcester Plumber Service is the go-to choice for residents of Worcester County and the surrounding counties in Central Massachusetts. No job is too large or too small. Whether it’s an emergency or a planned renovation, we’re always available. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can trust that your boiler installation and repairs are in good hands. Our technicians are fully licensed and insured, and have experience working with an assortment of leading brands.
We also offer free estimates with upfront pricing policies, so you can see the full breakdown of expenses. Plus, our flexible financing options make emergency repairs and renovations alike more affordable.
Call Worcester Plumber Service at 508-434-4005 or contact us through the form on this page.