Boilers have been around for centuries, beginning in the late 1700s with the kettle-type boiler. This early boiler style was hand-fed and used lumps of coal as fuel. It became common in the 1870s for homes to have a boiler installed for heat.
As a rudimentary source of heat, this type of heating system slowly evolved to become the boiler system used in houses today. Water is heated up in the boiler tank, then pushed out to radiators and convectors to warm up the home. Boilers are still a popular choice for home heating systems today.
What’s the Difference Between a Boiler and a Furnace?
The big difference between a boiler and a furnace is that a boiler system uses water to heat up the home, and a furnace uses air. A boiler will heat up the water within the boiler tank, then transfer the hot water throughout the home or business to radiators and convectors. The radiator heats up, and radiant heat warms up the space.
With a furnace, the system heats up air using a fuel source such as natural gas, electricity, or oil. Once the air is hot, it is blown from the furnace through the ductwork and into the home or business. A home that is already using a boiler system is set up with radiators and plumbing to transport hot water from the boiler to various radiators throughout the home.
A heating system that uses a furnace has ductwork to bring hot air throughout the home, heating up the home with the use of registers and vents where hot air comes out of. A boiler system is a cleaner way to heat your home, but it can be cost-prohibitive to change from a furnace system to a boiler system to keep your house warm.
Boiler Services Offered By Schebler
At Schebler, we are a full-service boiler repair, replacement, and installation company. We are ready to take care of your boiler system, and recommend a replacement when your system is no longer efficient and too expensive to repair.
There are a number of reasons your boiler may need to be repaired. Some common problems with your boiler can include a thermostat that isn’t accurate, leaking coming from your tank, or your pilot light keeps turning off. A heating, cooling and indoor air quality technician will come to your home to assess what is going on with your boiler, and make recommendations based on what is discovered.
Boiler Replacement and Installation
At some point in the life of your boiler, it will need to be replaced with a new boiler installation. You can expect your boiler to last about 20 years, sometimes more. We provide complete installation and replacement services for your boiler when it is no longer worth repairing your system.
Your boiler should be inspected by a professional before the heating season. The technician will go through a checklist, ensuring that your boiler is efficient and ready for the work ahead of heating your home. Your system should be cleaned and prepared for the upcoming heating season.
Common Signs Your Boiler May Need to Be Replaced
When water is leaking from your boiler, this generally means the tank is corroding. Once you have a tank that is falling apart because of corrosion, you will need to have your boiler replaced. Sometimes a small leak can be repaired, but the tank will eventually need to be replaced.
Rising Energy Bills
Take a look at the cost of heating your home year after year. While the cost of fuel rises over time, quickly rising energy bills are an indication that your boiler system is no longer efficient. When your energy costs go up fast, this means you need more fuel to keep your home comfortable.
Bad odors coming from your boiler system usually mean that you have problems with the motor, or electrical problems that are making the system get too hot. It might smell like burning plastic, and can indicate that it is time to replace your boiler.
When you hear strange noises coming from your boiler, any number of problems can be the issue. You will need to have a heating and air conditioning technician come check out your boiler if you hear weird noises, this could be a broken valve or limescale buildup on the heat exchanger.
Lack of Hot Water
No hot water in your boiler means there is some type of systemic failure. You might have run out of fuel, which isn’t a problem with your actual boiler. The cause of no water will have to be identified to determine if the boiler needs to be repaired or replaced.
Contact Schebler for Boiler Repair or Replacement Services
If you need boiler repair or replacement services, it’s time to contact Schebler and talk to a member of our team. We are ready to take care of your boiler and keep your home warm this season.