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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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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Quality Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

Although we can service and install every brand, not every brand is worth installing.  Some brands we try to steer clear of.  These brands produce poor quality products and back it up with even worse quality warranties.  Our company guarantee our labor for up to one year on everything we do whether its a faucet install, or a new air conditioning system.  We have learned our lessons with products that just don’t hold up and we take it to heart when something does not live up to its expected standards.  We will always offer advice based on our long learned experience.  Our advise is based on product longevity, serviceability and availability of parts.  After all customer satisfaction and our reputation is of most importance to us.

My water bill is too high

Question:  My water bill is much higher than usual.  why?

Answer:  Chances are there may be a leak.  If there is no evident signs of leaks (i.e. wet floors/ceilings)  there may be a leak either underground (i.e. heating pipe).    But before jumping to conclusions please check for leaky faucets, showers, toilets and outside spiggets.  When leaking, these fixtures leak constantly, which may accumulate into substantial amounts.