Cut your losses

Sometime it is better to replace than to repair a boiler. Older systems can have a cascade of issues that spans over months or several seasons that can cost almost as the cost of whole system. Sometimes seeing the forest for the trees and cutting your losses before the suck you in a money black hole is the right decision. This replacement was the case. Older boiler was condemned due to combustion issues and a blocked heat exchager.

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When you cant use the chimney

Sometimes a chimney is not usable.

In this situation we needed to install a new boiler and the chimney repair costs were too expensive. There is a solution for that situation.

It’s called forced draft boiler. It can be vented to side of house (with certain code restrictions). Crown was the biggest bang for the buck.

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Trane quality installation

We were hired for a new instalation on an office expansion project and customer wanred quality. Everyone agreed that Trane is synonymous with American quality. Project completed

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Another one bites the dust

Before and after pictures of boiler replacement. Althougg the old one was working at time replacement, it was showing signs on being highly unreliable. Customer decided it was time to replace.

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Triangle tube boiler install

Truth abough high efficiency tankless boilers

There are many good things to say about high efficiency/ tankless hot water heating boilers.  You’ve heard many good things like the savings and the energy efficiency.  These things are smart.  Some units even come with an outdoor sensor that will adjust their output according to the temperature outside.  So if it’s 20 out it will  urn at 100%, but if it’s 60’s out it may modulate down to 30%.  Smart!  Modulation is another great feature.  Ability to cycle down or up percentage of burning power.  Like adjusting a burner on a range top.  Standard counterparts only have 2 speeds and they are 100% or off.

Majority of high efficiency boilers are condensing. Which means that they are able to utilize/absorb more heat from combustion than their standard counterparts.  Flue/combustion gasses leaving these boilers are much less hot than that of standard counterparts (650°F vs 80°F).  Since these gasses transfer/lose/utilize so much heat @ combustion, condensation occurs.

Now lets delve into potential weaknesses.  First and most obvious, these systems are much more complex than their standard counterparts and have a lot more parts functioning.  Statistically speaking the more parts the more chances there are for malfunction of one of these parts.  What should also be considered is our water.  We have very hard water.  It mineralizes everything, especially boiler insides.  This buildup sometimes hinders the function of all of these sensors and malfunction may occur.  Manufacturers recommend a chemical wash every year.  This process removes all mineral buildup and cleans the insides of the boiler, however this is a time consuming task that is also significantly more expensive than a standard boiler maintenance.   On a side note a water softener significantly reduces this buildup accumulation.  Condensation can be an issue if exhaust is not properly installed.  Shall other general malfunction to occur not all techs are able to diagnose the issue.  Parts are typically very brand and model specific, which leads parts (un)availability.

High efficiency boilers are the pinnacle of HVAC technology.  However, for a homeowner it is a costly investment, which also requires annual upkeep.

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Triangle Prestige High efficiency boiler

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Heating Maintenance Part I, Boilers

In this post Id like to address the importance of heating pre-season maintenance.  More specifically the water heating boilers.  You depend on your heating system all fall, winter, and part of spring to perform without a hitch year in and year out and to do so things must be looked over and serviced if and when necessary.  That’s why a professional checkup is essential to keep things running smoothly for years to come

All boilers use a closed loop system, which means that the water that is used for heating is completely separate from the water you utilize in the rest of your home.  Our local wter is very hard and that water is cooked/heated hundreds if not thousands of times throughout each season so you can imagine what that water may look like.  When this water is heated it goes through a chemical change, where oxidation, miniralization, mud, crud and everything in between happens.  That water should be removed and and whole system should be washed through.  That is especially important when a tankless high efficiency system is installed.  The new high end tankless systems have tiny tanks that have a bunch of sensors that get overminiralised fairly fast and must be chemically washed/purged to avoid serious problems that may result in system failure. This is just one aspect of annual maintenance. We will cover other aspects of maintenance in following posts.  Keep tuned and thanks for reading.

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Annual heating maintenance

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New T-shirts

clean cut techs

Affordable A-Jay Plumbing guys looking sharp in new shirts

New shirts for our technicians.  Looks great!  We always strive to have our techs presentable and clean cut as we do with our service.

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