Posts Tagged ‘Boiler’

Arrange for a Mild-Weather Tune-Up for Your Heating System

Monday, February 20th, 2017

furnace-technician-maintenance-checkThe weather is starting to turn away from the winter and look toward the spring here in western North Carolina. We’re enjoying temperature in the 60s and sometimes even the low 70s. During this stretch of mild weather, it’s easy to forget about the needs of your heating system. But if you haven’t arranged for a tune-up for your home’s heater in Brevard, NC during the last year, you still need to have it done!

Right now we’re running a special to tune-up your heat pump, gas or LP furnace or boiler. The tune-up includes a free combustion and carbon monoxide analysis. There’s also a repair-free guarantee: if you need a single repair this summer, we’ll refund every single penny of the tune-up! This offer expires April 15, so call us today for details. (more…)

Choosing a Different Type of Heating System for a Replacement

Monday, October 31st, 2016

We’ve recently looked into the question of when you should replace your home heating system, first looking into gas furnaces (the most common type of heater found in homes) and then boilers. In both cases, we focused on replacing a heater with another of the same type: a new gas furnace to replace an old gas furnace, for example.

But this won’t always be the case. When you plan on a new heating installation, you may consider going with a new type of heater altogether. You should always consult with professionals about this, since not every heating system is ideal for all homes. Below we’ve listed some possibilities for changing over to a new kind of home heater. This will help get you started thinking about your options. Call us to assist when you’re ready to make a choice. (more…)

Is It Time to Replace Your Boiler?

Monday, October 17th, 2016

A few weeks ago, we addressed the question of how to know when an old furnace needs to be replaced. If you read that and thought, “Well, I’m sure this is good advice, but I have a boiler, not a furnace,” than this is the post for you. Boilers have a different set of considerations when it comes to replacing them than furnaces, and we’ve put together a guide to help you make the choice about getting a new boiler. (more…)

3 Important Boiler Components

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Boilers remain a very popular home heating choice for people across the country. They’re sturdy, energy efficient, and provide excellent heat output. Despite their popularity, however, most people are still unaware of how boilers actually work. The more you know about your home heating system, the better equipped you’ll be to take care of it. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 3 of a boiler’s most important components.

The Heat Exchanger

In a furnace, the heat exchanger is a tube that allows heat to pass through it and into the air, while simultaneously venting toxic combustion gases out of the house. In a boiler system, things are a bit different. A boiler’s heat exchanger is a pipe that runs through the main chamber and into the circulator pump. The boiler’s burner assembly is positioned under the heat exchanger, heating the water as it flows through the pipe. The heat exchanger is one of the most important parts of the entire boiler system.

The Circulator Pump

The circulator pump fills the same role in a boiler system that an air handler does in a furnace. Once the boiler finishes heating the water that will warm the house, it needs a way to distribute it throughout the system. The circulator pump is responsible for pumping water through the pipe networks installed in each room of the house. Without a working circulator pump, the boiler is incapable of actually heating the house.

The Vent

Most boilers are natural gas burning systems, meaning they produce combustion gases just like gas furnaces. While furnaces use heat exchangers to prevent the toxic combustion gases from mixing with the home’s air, however, boilers don’t use air to distribute heat. This makes venting combustion gases much simpler. Instead of a heat exchanger, boilers have a vent extending from their main chamber directly to the exhaust flue. During operation, the combustion gases simply rise through the chamber, into the vent, through the exhaust flue, and out of the house.

If you’d like to know more about how a boiler works, call Comfort Central, Inc. We provide quality boiler installation and replacement services throughout the Arden area.

Furnace vs. Boiler: Which Is Better?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

There are many choices for homeowners when it comes to heating systems, but two of the most common are furnaces and boilers. Each has been around for a long time, making them common for installation and replacement, and parts are widely available for repair. But which system is best for you? Part of the answer to this question will depend on your needs, but understanding how each system works and the benefits each offers can help you choose. Working with a professional during this process can go a long way toward ensuring that installing a new furnace or boiler in Brevard that is a great fit for you and your home. If you are considering a new furnace or boiler installation, call Comfort Central, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our heating experts.

Furnaces

Furnaces have two ways of working: via combustible fuel or electricity. The most common combustion fuel used is natural gas, but oil and propane are also used. Electric furnaces work by electrically charging two tightly-wound coils that heat to a red-hot state, and the warm air generated is distributed via the blower fan. No matter the fuel type, furnaces need ductwork to distribute the heat they generate, so this should always be a consideration when comparing furnaces to other types of heating systems. Both combustion and electric furnaces are highly energy efficient (electric furnaces are slightly more energy efficient), and the average lifespans are as follows:

  • Combustion furnaces – 15-20 years
  • Electric furnaces – 20-30 years

Boilers

Boilers were the first centralized heating systems in homes. They are durable and energy efficient, particularly condensing boilers. Boilers are part of a hydronic system, meaning they heat water to heat your home via hot water or steam. Piping is used to deliver the steam or hot water, and heating outlets can be radiators, baseboard heating or radiant floor heating systems. Boiler systems can be easily zoned, can use gas, oil or solid fuels for combustion and have an average lifespan of 15-20 years.

Which Is Better?

Determining which system is better for your home requires looking at your needs and the requirements of each system. For instance, if your home doesn’t currently have ductwork, a furnace may not be a viable option, as installing ductwork can be costly. On the other hand, if you want to utilize existing ductwork for both cooling and heating, a boiler may not be your best option. Each system also offers a different kind of feeling to the heat it provides: furnaces use forced air, which heats quickly, but can be dry and, to some, uncomfortable. The heat of a boiler is radiant, so it is gradual, even and less dry. These are some of the reasons why working with a trained professional can go a long way toward ensuring you choose the right heating system for your home.

Choosing a furnace or boiler in Brevard can be challenging, so call Comfort Central, Inc. today and get some help from our experts.

What are the Benefits of a Boiler in Arden, NC

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

As forced air systems have become more popular, radiant systems using boilers have fallen out of fashion. However, this does not mean that boilers are any less effective in heating your home. A boiler system actually possesses a number of advantages over forced air systems. Let’s take a look at the qualities of a boiler system, so that you can make an informed decision regarding the best system for your home.

Water vs. Air

Boilers and furnaces serve the same purpose: to distribute heat throughout the house. The difference is in how they accomplish this purpose. The furnace heats air and circulates it throughout the house using a system of ducts and vents. Meanwhile, the boiler heats water and then distributes it through pipes in the walls and floor. Copper pipe baseboard heaters and radiators are also used to accomplish the same effect.

Forced air systems have their advantages, but they also have a number of distinct disadvantages. Because of the way they circulate air into a room, the warm air will quickly rise to the ceiling and fall as it cools. This creates an uncomfortable striation, where a person’s upper body might be warm while the rest remains cold. Forced air systems can also circulate allergens and bacteria throughout the house through the ducts.

Boiler systems avoid both of these issues through their delivery systems. The heat from the water then radiates through the surface of the walls, floor, baseboards, or radiators to warm the surrounding area. Because the heat is transmitted through solid objects instead of the air, it won’t immediately rise to the ceiling where it becomes useless. Since it doesn’t circulate air, it also avoids the problem of spreading allergens and bacteria.

Boiler heating systems are a great choice if you want a more efficient heating system that improves your indoor air quality. It is important that you make room in the budget for an upgrade, as the new system will have to be installed in each room. For those who want a new system that will warm their home all winter long, though, it is will work the investment.

If you are thinking about installing a boiler system, call Comfort Central, Inc. Our professional technicians to answer all of your question about all of our available heating services in Arden, NC.

3 Reason to Consider a Boiler in Waynesville, NC

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Furnaces are the most common type of heating found in homes, although increasingly homeowners have turned toward heat pumps with their dual function of heating and cooling. But there’s another option: the hot water boiler. If you haven’t considered an installation of a boiler in Waynesville, NC for your new heating system, we think you should put it on your list and consider its advantages. It may turn out that a boiler will bring you the comfort and savings you want.

At Comfort Central, Inc., we take pride in the services we deliver to customers when it comes to installing, repairing, and maintaining heating systems. Our technicians can help you make the choice about whether you should have a boiler installed. Whatever system you end up choosing, you can trust our technicians to give you the best installation possible.

Why a boiler? Here are 3 good reasons:

  1. Efficiency: Boilers tend to have superior heating efficiency than furnaces. The reason for this is that they do not need to use ductwork, but instead send heated water through pipes to terminal points (either cast iron radiators or baseboard heaters). They lose much less heat this way, unlike furnaces which have plenty of space along their ductwork where heat can leak away, making them less efficient.
  2. Cleaner air: Boilers use radiant heat to send warmth into your home (plus convection currents from baseboard heaters) that does not require the use of ducts. Since ducts start to gather dust, no matter how often they receive cleaning, forced-air systems can blow dusty and dirty air into your home and continue to circulate it, dropping your indoor air quality. With a boiler, you get clean air, which is especially helpful if you have pets or people with allergies in your home.
  3. Durability: Boilers last longer than most other heating systems. They have few moving parts to wear down, and that means you won’t have to schedule as many repairs for them. With regular maintenance, your boiler should last a generation, providing great savings.

Make certain a boiler is the best choice

Despite these great advantages, a boiler isn’t always the optimal choice for heating. It depends on your home and your budget plans. You should consult with HVAC professionals to determine the best course to take, and then have them perform the installation.

Comfort Central, Inc. has the training and equipment to give you a great installation of a boiler in Waynesville, NC… if it’s the right system for you. Our technicians will make sure that it is—and they can install the right system if it isn’t.

How Rust Appears in a Boiler

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Rust is a product of corrosion, the reaction of metal and water in the presence of oxygen. Rust should always be a concern to homeowners when it appears on appliances, and it usually calls for professional repairs.

Considering that boilers are primarily metal devices that circulate hot water, people are often surprised that they don’t rust more often. Boiler manufacturers design them to resist corrosion, principally through limiting the presence of oxygen within the system. Nonetheless, rust can occur on a boiler, and when it does, you’ll need trained professionals to find out why and fix the problem.

We’ll offer a short explanation for how rust can develop across your boiler. If you need help with this problem, call Comfort Central, Inc. and we will send our NATE-certified technicians to tend to your boiler in Hendersonville, NC.

Rust and your boiler

  • Stress cracking: Because boilers are constantly heating up and cooling down, there is a small amount of metal expansion that occurs along the tank. This can eventually cause cracks to develop that will allow oxygen inside. Dissolved oxygen in water is a prime promoter of rust. Along with removing the rust, repair technicians must fix the cracking.
  • Poor pH control: A high acid level inside a boiler will cause rust to develop. The main source of this problem is contamination in the boiler feedwater—the water that enters the tank. Although the water in your boiler runs in a closed system, outside compounds can enter through breaks in underground pipes. If new water introduced into your boiler after repairs isn’t properly treated, it can also have high pH levels.
  • Deposits: Boilers often pick up sediment in the water running through them, which falls to the bottom of the tank during heating. This sediment can allow in chemicals such as ammonia and sulfurous gases that promote corrosion. Regular tank flushing is necessary to prevent sediment build-up.

Avoid boiler rust with regular maintenance

The best way to keep a boiler from developing rust is to have a yearly check-up from an HVAC technician. Each year, the technician will check on the boiler’s operation and clean components that need it. Flushing out the tank will often help prevent the development of the conditions that will promote rust. Not only will maintenance help you avoid rust, it will make the boiler more efficient and catch other potential repairs.

Contact Comfort Central, Inc. today to ask about our maintenance program and how it can help your boiler in Hendersonville, NC.

The Benefits of Scheduling Regular Maintenance for Your Boiler

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The durability of boilers is one that most home appliances should envy. Boilers can last many years without encountering serious difficulties or losing their effectiveness at bringing even, cozy heating to an entire house. Because boilers have few mechanical parts, they do not wear down as fast as other home heating systems.

However, boilers still need regular maintenance: it’s key to making sure that they live up to their reputation for longevity. If you have a boiler in Brevard, NC taking care of your winter needs, you need to make sure that you take care of its needs as well with regular preventive maintenance.

Comfort Central, Inc. helps people care for their boilers with regular maintenance so they will get the following benefits:

  • Long lifespan: At its most basic, maintenance serves to reduce the stress a heating system undergoes during regular operation. A boiler can begin to develop corrosion and loose connections if it does not receive routine maintenance; these sorts of problems can lead to the boiler failing many years before its manufacturer’s expected lifetime.
  • Reduced future repairs: This is where the “preventive” part of “preventive maintenance” comes into play. A technician who gives a boiler a check-up during a maintenance visit will know where to look to catch potential problems needs before they lead to a breakdown. To reduce future repairs we check the efficiency of the system and venting efficiency of the boiler with a combustion analyzer. More often than not buildings that have hot water or steam heat are close to or older than 100 years old.  Often the chimneys will degrade from the inside out. If the vent becomes restricted, the boiler will not burn efficiently and can become a health hazard because the boiler can become plugged with soot and rust. By performing yearly maintenance, we can prevent many problems.
  • Superior efficiency: If a boiler doesn’t receive regular tune-ups to keep all its parts functioning at peak level, the boiler may start to use energy inefficiently, leading to poorer performance and higher energy bills. Keeping the burner area clean, stopping leaks, fixing broken heating elements, and replacing corroded parts will make sure that your boiler is doing its best job all the time.

How often should I get maintenance?

Maintenance on boilers is usually a simple affair, more so than for furnaces or heat pumps; it will take no time at all for most systems. We recommend you have a maintenance check for your boiler in Brevard, NC at least once a year. It’s easy to schedule regular maintenance with Comfort Central, Inc., and you will also receive discounts on regular service prices. Get started today with keeping your boiler working for many tomorrows.