Prepare the Boiler for Chilly Weather This Year!

Stay Warm with Properly Functioning Boilers!

Temperatures are dropping precipitously. As a result, many homeowners will hope that their homes can keep them warm through the cold winters. One critical component of ensuring a heated house is to be sure that the boiler is functioning properly.

Boilers play a critical role in distributing heat throughout the home, so now is a great time for homeowners to invest in a professional boiler service to ensure that the boiler is in tip-top shape. Not everyone, however, is totally familiar with their boilers. Continue reading for a thorough overview of boilers and how homeowners can deal with them!

Boiler Heating Has Many Benefits

Let’s begin with the basics about boilers: how do they actually work? The most simple explanation is that a boiler acts to heat cooler water. It does so through a fuel source that lies inside the boiler, which transfers heat into the water. Boilers can also function to generate steam, which may also be used to heat the home.

Boilers, of course, are just one way to heat the home. There are other ways to do so, including furnaces and heat pumps. Furnaces burn actual fuel to achieve a heating effect. Heat pumps are a bit more complex and transfer thermal energy using refrigeration cycling. There are nuances to these as well, depending on whether they are gas-driven, electric, etc. The point is that boilers are not the only method of heating the home, but they are certainly a great option!

Signs of Boiler Problemsboiler

Homeowners should be on the lookout for signs of potential boiler problems so that they can hire a boiler repair service to replace their boiler if needed. Some common signs include:
  • Abnormal sounds
  • Communication issues with the thermostat
  • Flickering pilot light
  • Leaking
  • No heat or hot water
  • Pressure issues

If homeowners notice any of these issues, they should call for professional help right away. Experts will run diagnostics to determine the issue, as they will have years of experience dealing with faulty boilers. Depending on the severity of the problems, homeowners may need a new boiler installation.

Take Steps to Optimize Boiler Efficiencyletters

At the end of the day, the best thing homeowners can do to prepare their boilers to function properly through the winter is to be persistent with their boiler maintenance to optimize boiler efficiency. Scheduling regular professional maintenance checks is a must, for one.

In addition to this, homeowners can take other preventative measures such as:

  • “Bleeding” the radiators annually
  • Checking the boiler flame (should be blue) and ventilation
  • Checking the boiler pressure
  • Examining surrounding pipes for leaks
  • Monitoring the radiators to ensure balance and avoid issues

Doing even just a few of these things on a regular basis can make a huge difference in extending the longevity of the boiler systems!

About PAC Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning

PAC Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning of Staten Island, NY, is a local, disabled veteran-owned company that has been in business since 1979. Their team of experts believes that customers should “expect highly personal attention from start to finish” and aims to maximize the customer experience through quality workmanship, fast turnarounds, and flexible options to meet their clients’ budgets. Call them for boiler help today!

New Year, NEW HVAC System!

Treat Yourself To a Brand New HVAC System This New Year’s!

Most folks spend their New Year’s in the same home for decades. A home is a place of comfort and memories, and it deserves a resolution for this new year: resolve to give it a new HVAC system. A home’s HVAC system is responsible for heating and cooling the home, providing the comfortable environment we expect of our house. 

But everyone knows that HVAC installations can be pricey. It’s essential to many homeowners that the investment comes when most needed. So, how does one know when to invest in a new HVAC system? Keep reading to learn how to determine when the HVAC system needs to be replaced and other tips about installing new HVAC systems this year.

5 Signs the HVAC Needs Replacing

  • Age: It is critical to know and keep in mind the home’s HVAC system’s age. Systems that are older than 10+ years run on outdated technology and are nearing the end of their life. It’s expected to need a replacement once a decade has passed.
  • Frequent Repairs: If the air conditioner, ducts, or furnace are constantly needing repairs, it’s time to consider replacing the unit. While a replacement part or repair may be needed every other year, once annual repairs or even monthly calls to the HVAC tech have begun, the unit is nearing the end of its life. 
  • Constant Cycling: If the furnace is continuously kicking on, but the house doesn’t get any warmer, or if the A/C keeps running, but the house stays hot, the HVAC system is struggling. Frequent cycling of the system indicates the units have lost efficiency and will need to be replaced soon.
  • Loud Noises: Frequent banging, screeching, or squealing coming from the HVAC system indicates loose parts, damages, or expansion of the unit’s ductwork. These noises often signal the need for repairs that will eventually cause the need for replacement. 
  • Higher Energy Bills: Usually, the first sign homeowners may notice, increased energy bills point to HVAC system problems. As HVAC systems age or become damaged, they lose their efficiency, and energy bills will start to increase. 

Is the Unit the Right Size? 

Whenever there’s a question of sizing the heater or air conditioner of a home, it’s important to reach out to a qualified HVAC technician. A too-small unit will be unable to warm or cool the house properly, and a too-large unit will expend excess energy and increase the cost of energy bills. 

Heaters and air conditioners measure their capacity in BTU or British Thermal Units. To calculate the amount of BTUs needed to warm or cool an entire home, the home’s square footage needs to be factored in alongside the age of the home, the insulation of the home, and the outside environment. Homes in hotter ecosystems will need higher BTU air conditioning units, while homes of the same size in a colder environment might need less, etc. 

The best way to identify if the HVAC system is sized appropriately is to call a professional over. HVAC technicians will be able to verify if the ductwork reaches the entire house, or if the A/C or heater is the right size, and if any changes need to be made in the system.

The Importance of Maintaining the New System

Protecting the investment of a new HVAC system should seem a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget to take care of the unseen ductwork and HVAC units. Regular maintenance is essential to maintaining the units as a whole.

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Regular maintenance increases the lifespan of a unit, as repairs and cleanings are made before excessive damage can occur from any issues that have sprung up. Regular maintenance also keeps the system running at its most efficient, saving homeowners money on their energy bills and keeping the home as comfortable as possible through every season. 

Choosing to install a new HVAC system in the home isn’t just an investment into the property; it’s also an investment in comfort for the new year!

About PAC Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning

The team at PAC Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning knows how frustrating and inconvenient HVAC or plumbing issues can be. They’ve provided quick and reliable HVAC services in Staten Island for over forty years. Their highly-trained technicians work hard to solve any problem they come across and specialize in caring for a home like their own.