Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Boiler’

Signs of Boiler Issues

Monday, January 21st, 2019

dog-blanketIf there were a way to make your home heating system 100% reliable, we’d be the first ones to tell you about it. Sure, it wouldn’t be good for our business, but it’d be great for customers! As things stand currently, however, we don’t have to worry about losing all of our heating repair calls. We install heaters the right way, and our Residential Loyalty Program is designed to guarantee that your heater functions as reliably as possible. That being said, even the best heaters are still going to run into trouble from time to time.

Boilers are among the most reliable of all heaters, which is a major reason why they’re still so popular despite being a relatively older technology. They have fewer moving parts than the forced air heating options out there, which means that there are fewer items to break down, but repairs will still be necessary eventually. When you need boiler repairs in West Hartford, you need to give a member of our team a call right away.

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Oil vs. Natural Gas: Which Has the Upper Hand?

Monday, January 7th, 2019

question-markIf you are investing in a brand new heating system, or if you’re planning on upgrading your system once this winter season has passed, then one of the first questions that you’ll be asking yourself is which type of fuel source you should use to heat your home. If you already have an oil-burning heater in place, such as an oil burner, then the logical step may seem to be replacing an old model with a newer oil-fired boiler.

We’re here to tell you that you may want to reconsider.

Boilers are great heating systems, but any heater that uses oil in order to generate heat is one that you may want to consider upgrading. One of the services that we have to offer is an oil-to-gas conversion. To put it simply, oil has a few drawbacks that natural gas can resolve. Is natural gas right for you? Are you ready to make the conversion? Read on, and contact us to speak with qualified heating professionals in Bristol, CT.

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Why Replace My Boiler?

Monday, December 24th, 2018

radiant-in-floor-heatingMy boiler isn’t broken down or leaking all over the place, so no need to replace it just yet.  Right? Right?

Well, not exactly.

Sure, a major issue like a big rupture or a boiler that won’t cycle on at all is obviously potential grounds for replacement. That does not mean, however, that you need to wait for such a catastrophic event to take place before scheduling your boiler replacement in Bristol, CT. In fact, we strongly advise you against waiting for such a situation to develop before you schedule your replacement.

Getting out ahead of such problems is going to benefit you in a number of ways. So too is leaving your boiler replacement to the qualified professionals on our team. When you work with us, you can count on the job being done right. A boiler replacement is a major undertaking, and you cannot afford to take chances when hiring the team taking on the challenge. 

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Why Choose a Boiler for My Home?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

We are firmly entrenched in the winter weather already, so you hopefully have a good heater in place. If you are thinking forward to a heating replacement when spring rolls around, or if a sudden breakdown has left you in need of a prompt heating replacement, be sure to consider the use of a boiler in your home. Boilers have quite a few benefits to offer homeowners.

Just remember that the key to getting the most from any heating system, boilers included, is to schedule service with trained professionals. That way, you can know for sure that your boiler is of the right size for your home and that it is installed properly every step of the way. Work with us, and take advantage of these boiler benefits.

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What’s the Difference Between a Boiler and a Furnace?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

It’s shocking to think of, but the harsh grip of winter will soon embrace us once again. With that in mind, now is the time to get serious about your home heating system. Sure, it may still be fairly comfortable, if not quite as warm, out there. However, we all know how quickly this can turn. If you are in need of a new heating installation or a heater replacement in West Hartford, CT, now is the time to give us a call. Of course, you cannot have a heater installed in your home if you do not yet know which kind of heater you’d prefer. We get a lot of questions here at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, including what the difference is between a boiler and a furnace. Read on, and remember to contact us when you are ready to schedule your heating services. 

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A Guide to Terminal Units for Boilers

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A radiant heating system, also known as a hydronic heating system, delivers some of the best in comfort for home heating, according to customers. This type of unit consists of two main parts: a boiler and some type of endpoint or delivery system. The boiler is a hot water tank, heating and storing hot water so that it can circulate through the home. As it turns out, water is a better conductor of heat than air, which is why the heat from a boiler is often described as feeling more comfortable than that from a forced-air heating system like a furnace.

After it heats up at the boiler, water circulates into your home. How it moves into a room is dependent on the type of terminal unit you have installed, such as a radiator, fan convector unit, or in-floor heating. We’ll go over each of these units in this brief list. Ask your technician which type of unit works best for the boiler in your home.

  • Radiator: A radiator is a heat exchanger which hot water flows through and then transfers to the surfaces in the room. Although it is called a “radiator” radiation isn’t necessarily used for heat exchange. Rather, these types of units rely heavily on convection. Radiators are available in many different designs. While column radiators are often present in older homes with boilers, baseboard radiators are more popular today.
  • Fan Convector: These units work just like radiators, but with the addition of a fan to speed up heat transfer. Although this involves an extra mechanical component for operation, fan convectors can still save energy over conventional radiators because a room heats up quickly and because the temperature of the water may be lowered.
  • In-floor Piping: By far, the most comfortable type of heating for home use probably comes from in-floor radiant heating systems. This involves installing a complex set of pipes underneath the floorboards, so installation for an existing property will be an extensive task. Nonetheless, nothing beats the feeling of waking up in the morning to step onto a warm floor and feeling that heat transfer to your body.

Call the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about the types of terminal units available for your boiler. We provide professional boiler services in Bristol and the surrounding Southington area.

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Why Do Boilers Tend to Last Longer Than Other Heating Systems?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Boilers have a reputation for being among the most sturdy and long-lived heating systems on the market. They have this reputation for good reason. The average boiler can last beyond 30 years, compared to the 10-20 years that most heating systems live. So what exactly causes this extreme longevity in boilers? Read on to find out.

Simplicity

The rule of thumb with mechanical systems is that the more complex a system is, the more likely it is to break down. This can be noted in many areas, but it holds true for heating as well. Furnaces and heat pumps have a lot of moving parts, each of which makes it possible for the whole system to do its job properly. Some of these parts, like a furnace’s air handler motor, are places under an immense amount of strain during standard operation. These parts are designed to handle the stress, which is why they can last 10-20 years. However, the increased strain will eventually cause all of those complex moving parts to break down.

Boilers, by contrast, actually have astonishingly few moving parts. The only real moving part in a boiler system is the circulator pump, responsible for actually moving the hot water through the system. Even that pump is placed under considerably less stress than a furnace air handler, allowing it to last much longer. This lack of complexity is what is primarily responsible for a boiler’s longevity.

Resistance to Wear

The other factor that helps to make a boiler last so long is the system’s remarkable resistance to wear and tear. This is partially linked to the first point, as more complex systems accumulate more wear and tear than simple systems are. Mostly, though, the only thing that a boiler has to worry about is mineral deposit buildups from hard water exposure. The boiler itself is constructed to be especially resistant to rust, which is the biggest danger in a system that handles water.

If you’re interested in having a boiler installed, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment with us today. We professionally install boilers throughout the Farmington area.

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Is a Boiler Better Than a Furnace?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The choice of heating systems for new a house often comes down to a battle between a boiler and a furnace. Both systems have advantages, as well as some disadvantages. The difficulty in making the choice is due to how differently the two systems operate, and that the choice will also dictate the layout of plumbing and/or ductwork in the house.

So is there such a thing as a ­­better choice in this scenario? Since boilers have been making a comeback in popularity in homes, the answer might seem to be that a boiler is a superior option. But there is more to consider here, and we’ll look into the pros and cons of both systems to help guide you.

However, you shouldn’t make the selection of a new heating system on your own. You will require the help of professionals to locate the ideal heater, size it, and then have it installed. Call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today if you are looking for professional installation of a boiler or furnace in Newington, CT.

Why Choose a Boiler?

Boilers have gained in popularity because they provide comfortable and cozy heating without the drawbacks of ductwork. Ducts tend to gather contamination inside them, which is then blown out into the air of a home, lowering the air quality. The vents of ducts also tend to send the warm air right straight to the ceiling of a room, and it takes longer for the heat to spread evenly; boilers do not experience this trouble, instead radiating heat evenly from a baseboard heater or radiator into a space. Boilers also have long lifespans, require a smaller number of repairs than furnaces, and operate quietly.

Why Choose a Furnace?

When it comes to the amount of heat produced, gas furnaces are king. No other residential heating system generates the amount of BTUs that a gas furnace does, and this is especially important for homes with low levels of insulation. Furnaces also come in a large variety of sizes and can use different types of fuel, which makes them flexible. Unlike boilers, furnaces are not in danger of freezing during the winter (the water pipes of a boiler can freeze solid if not insulated correctly) nor of creating damage from leaking water.

Often, the choice to go with a boiler or a furnace will come down to the heating requirements of your house. To find out what type of heating system will deliver both the necessary warmth and energy efficiency, call on the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. We will perform a heat load calculation to determine the best way to keep your house warm all winter. Whether you end up with a furnace or a boiler in Newington, CT, you can trust that you will receive the right system when you rely on us to install it.

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Common Misunderstandings about Boilers

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Boilers have a number of common misunderstandings circulating about them. Most of these are due to the fact that boilers operate so differently from furnaces, which are more familiar to homeowners. Below we’ll examine some of the common myths and misconceptions commonly applied to boilers.

Myth: Old Boilers that Start “Kettling” May Explode

Kettling is what happens when too much water becomes trapped in the boiler, usually from mineral deposits blocking the lines out. This can lead to banging and gurgling sounds coming from the boiler when it is running. This usually happens with old boilers, as it takes time for the mineral deposits to build up in the chamber. While boilers do occasionally explode, this is an extremely rare occurrence that usually is the result of other factors. If your boiler is kettling, call a professional to fix it. You don’t need to live in fear of an exploding boiler, however.

Myth: Gas Burning Boilers are More Energy Efficient than other Kinds

Not really. The energy efficiency of most heating systems depends less on the fuel they burn and more on the internal operation of the actual unit. There are efficient wood and oil boilers, as well as extremely inefficient gas boilers. Now, you will have to store things like oil, wood, and propane to fuel your boiler. Natural gas can simply be piped in by the city. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that natural gas is always the best option, however.

Myth: Boilers are More Difficult to Install than Furnaces

Not true at all. Boilers require a different system to be installed, but are in no way more difficult to install than furnaces. This is especially true if you are installing a boiler system in a new house. Retrofitting will, of course, be more expensive than installing a unit for which the house is already equipped. This is true of all systems, however, and not just of boilers.

If you want to know more about boilers, or are thinking of having one installed, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment. We install boilers all over the Burlington, CT area.

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Is a Boiler a Sensible Option in Burlington, CT for Winter Heating?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Most homes in the U.S. rely on either a furnace or a boiler for their home heating needs. While a furnace heats the air in your home and sends it through the ductwork, a boiler heats up water in order to send it through pipes that lead throughout the house or to a radiator. If you need new heating installation, you may wonder which system is right for your home. While furnaces are perhaps more common for installation today, boilers remain a popular choice, and for very good reason.

Fewer Repair Needs

Both furnaces and boilers are meant to last for many years. But furnaces distribute heat via a forced-air system, and ductwork is prone to repair needs. Since a boiler does not use ducts, you won’t have to worry about common repair needs associated with duct leaks or poor installation. Furnaces may also need repairs more frequently if the furnace filter is dirty. Limited airflow means that the blower fan will have to work harder, which could cause it to overheat.

Better Indoor Air Quality

As the furnace sucks in the air from your home to heat it, the fan may also suck in dirt and pollutants that could trigger respiratory problems in some people. While you can manage the indoor air quality by changing the filter and scheduling duct cleaning, you won’t have to worry about this with radiant heating systems. Less maintenance is an added bonus; most heating experts recommend you change the furnace filter once a month while a boiler may only need annual maintenance.

High Efficiency

A lot of heat escapes through the ductwork in your home, which may take away some efficiency from a furnace if it is not properly maintained, while a boiler doesn’t have this problem. Furthermore, there are many efficient boilers available on the market today. Ask your heating installation technician about the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of your unit and whether a more efficient option is available.

If you want to know more about installing a new boiler in Burlington, CT, call the heating experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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