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When your boiler stops working and repairs just aren’t possible, it might be time for boiler replacement. At Horizon Services, we proudly offer comprehensive boiler services, including replacement, to homeowners throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.
We strive to provide our customers with peace of mind by offering some of the best warranties available, including up to 12 years on both parts and labor, as well as honest, upfront pricing in writing for every service we provide. We even offer 24/7 emergency service and next-day installation to ensure that your home remains comfortable all-year-round!
Boiler Repair vs. Replacement: Which Option is Right for You?
Like any air conditioning or heating system, boilers are subject to regular wear and tear that comes with continued use. Often, simple matters like restricted airflow or a malfunctioning thermostat can be easily repaired. However, other, larger problems like leaking gas or a boiler that completely fails often require complete replacement.
You may want to consider replacing your boiler for any of the following reasons:
- The boiler is 10 to 15-years-old or older
- The cost of repairs is greater than a new boiler
- More efficient boilers will save you on energy costs
- Your boiler requires frequent repairs
- Your existing boiler does not adequately heat your home
- Repairs on your boiler are not possible
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s existing boiler for any reason, our team of highly-trained technicians can get the job done quickly and efficiently. We can help you understand your various replacement options and help you select the right boiler for your home’s size, your comfort requirements, and your budget.
4 Ordinary Boiler Problems
When it’s time for a boiler repair, you’ll start to notice signs. Let’s take a look at four common signs that indicate it’s time to repair your boiler.
- Pilot Light & Ignition Issues
Boilers can last for a long time, anywhere from 15 to 20 years. If you have an older boiler that’s nearing age, your pilot light may need constant relighting and have ignition malfunctions.
If you’re hearing a faint gurgling or rattling sound coming from your boiler as your water gets heated, this indicates that it may be time for a boiler repair. Strange kettling noises are usually a result of mineral deposits, from hard water, altering pressure levels. This can lead to boiler leakage.
If you notice that your boiler tank has a leak, you will be required to hire a licensed technician to perform a boiler installation or replacement. On the other hand, a leak that is caused by a failing pressure relief valve or a buildup of condensation is able to be fixed. To receive help with a leak, schedule an appointment with our team.
- High Utility Bills
As your boiler system ages, it will start to decline in performance, leading to an increase in your monthly heating bill. If you start to notice unexpected high heating bills, your boiler system may need replacement, repair, or maintenance services.
How a Boiler Works
The boiler becomes an important part of your household throughout the winter season. So, it only benefits you more to know how your system operates. Let’s take a look at how a boiler works to heat your home.
Type of Fuel That Boilers Utilize
In order for your boiler system to operate, it must run on a fuel source. This fuel source is generally controlled by a gas valve.
A burner—the nozzle that manages the amount of air mixed with the fuel to optimize the combustion efficiency—will burn the fuel. This will generate hot gases that are then moved through a heat exchanger. From there, the heat exchanger will push heat from the gases to the water in the tank.
From that point, the water will either steam or remain as hot water depending on the type of boiler you operate. Whatever the case may be, once the water is heated, the combustion gases will then discharge out of the house through a venting system or chimney.
How a Boiler Distributes Heat
As combustion gases are vented to the outdoors, your hot water or steam will move through a piping system to supply heat throughout your home. The hot water or steam will then make its way back to the boiler where the cycle will repeat again.
How a Boiler Utilizes Steam
If you have a boiler that utilizes hot steam to heat your home, here’s how:
Considering that steam is lighter than air, steam will typically ascend to the highest point of your system—the radiator. From there, the radiator will operate as a heat exchanger. The hot steam will give off its heat to the air around it and will reduce back to the water. The water will then return back through the piping system to the boiler. This is where the water will be heated until it transforms into steam and rises to the top again.
Boiler Hydronic Heating
If you have a boiler that uses hot water instead of steam to heat your home, it’s important to be familiar with the operational process. As your water is heated to a selected temperature right below its boiling point, the hot water will then be moved to hydronic radiators throughout your home.
Since hot water rises steadily, this heating process will need a pump to move the water from the boiler to the radiators. After water gives heat to the air, the water will return through the pump to the boiler to start the heating cycle again. We offer fast and trustworthy boiler installation and replacement services in areas such as New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
How a Boiler Maintains Efficiency
Ensuring that your boiler system only produces the amount of heating you need can increase the efficiency of your boiler unit.
When it comes to boiler systems, some boilers will only have one stage, meaning that the system is either on or off—no in between. If you have a boiler that’s controlled by a thermostat and has multiple firing stages, this means that the boiler system can operate at partial power, saving you more money and energy.
While one stage boilers may be a cheaper solution upfront, we recommend getting a modulating boiler system for your home for higher efficiency and sustainability in the long run. Modulating boilers can help you better adjust the output of your boiler to meet the needs of your home.
What an Outdoor Reset Control Is
One way to maximize the efficiency of your boiler system is through the use of an outdoor reset control.
An outdoor reset control is specifically designed to extend the lifespan of your boiler system and save energy. This system control can work on a variety of different boiler units, whether staging or modulating boilers.
For increased efficiency, an outdoor reset control will adjust the boiler system’s firing rate based on the current and desired indoor temperature.
When purchasing a new boiler system, a condensing boiler is an excellent solution. Some condenser boilers will even come equipped with an outdoor reset control for maximum efficiency. As a boiler system burns fuel, the combustion will release gases such as water vapor.
Typically, a traditional boiler moves the gases and vapor through the heat exchanger where it will be vented. Condensing boilers, however, will capture the vapor before it gets away, and condense it back into the water. It will then use this substance to aid the heating process, saving you up to 20% in energy cost yearly. We offer replacement and installation options for condensing boilers. Give our team a call or schedule an appointment to receive assistance.
Offering Complete Customer Satisfaction Since 1989
At Horizon Services, we strive to provide superior heating services for all our customers. Whether you need a boiler replacement, repair, or installation, our friendly and professional technicians are well-equipped to get the job done in areas such as Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
We rely on cutting-edge heating technology, advanced techniques, and top-of-the-line tools to perform unmatched boiler replacement services for local homeowners. In fact, we’re so confident that you’ll be happy with the quality of our work, we offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee!
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.