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Plumbers 911 Have 24/7 HVAC-R Experts Available to Work On Your BoilersAny home or business facility in Syracuse needs a boiler, this is a fact as boilers power both the hot water and the central heating system. As an essential part of any facility or home, the boiler has to be in tip top condition all the time, no room for any type of technical issue to prevent uncomfortable periods in the routine of everyone. Not having a boiler could disrupt daily activities and potentially lead to loss of money.
What is a boiler?Boilers are fuel-burning apparatus used for heating water or a tank for generating steam under pressure in a steam engine. It could also be a household device that provides hot-water supply or serving a central heating system. Steam is passed through pipes in order to heat the air that will flow through floor systems, baseboard radiators, or it warms air through coils. Compared to water boilers, they are much less efficient and work at a higher temperature. Frequent inspection of a boiler is a must to ensure that the units are working at optimum efficiency no matter the type. Plumbers 911 HVAC-R technicians are all capable of analyzing each part of a boiler to ensure that it is working the way it should be. You will not only get inspection but also repairs required so as not to interrupt its efficiency and to avoid costly repairs in the future.
How does a residential boiler differ from a commercial one?Both serve the same purpose and their only difference is the amount of BTU or British Thermal Unit. The BTU is the amount of water they can hold and given this, it is obvious that a commercial boiler is far way bigger than a home boiler. Any boiler unit holding less than three hundred thousand (300,000) BTUs is considered a private home boiler. If it is holding more than this amount, then it is considered a private home boiler. Plumbers 911 service technicians are not just knowledgeable in home boiler units and commercial boilers but they are also highly-trained to install, inspect, and repair this most important plumbing appliance.
How to Understand the Energy Efficiency Rating of BoilersA boiler has an efficiency rating which needs to be understood to get better efficiency. Efficiency ratings are measured by AFUE or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency for units under 300,000 BTUH input. Nowadays, manufacturers and distributors of new boilers are required to display the AFUE to give consumers the chance to compare units and help them find the best ones for their home or office. To give you a better understand on AFUE, it is the total annual fossil fuel energy consumption by a boiler. Here is one example: Since an all-electric boiler has a no flue-loss through a chimney, it has an AFUE rating between 95-100%.
Did you know that each type of boiler has a minimum AFUE requirement? The AFUE requirement varies based on the heating medium and its fuel. In September 2012, the Federal Trade Commission, has stated that all boilers must have these ratings:]]>
- All- Electric boilers- 95-100 %
- Gas-fired steam boiler – 80%
- Gas-fired hot water boiler – 82%
- Oil- fired steam boiler – 82%
- Oil -fired hot water boiler – 84%
Why do boilers stop working?Just like any plumbing appliance installed in a home, boilers may stop working at some point. This could be frequent if the unit is not well-maintained. Boilers are efficient but they could also face problems, this is why frequent checks are a must to avoid the unit from going useful to useless during the time you need it the most — yes, during winter! Not everyone is aware of this hence the broken boilers episodes. If you feel that the temperature in your home or office is a bit colder than normal, there must be a problem. Here are some of the reasons why your unit is not working as usual.
- Electrical problems – Check the pilot light of your unit if it is working. Having a non-working pilot light could affect your safety blower, electrical ignition, and circulation pumps, because all of these depend on electricity to work. Also verify if the circuit breakers have not flipped.
- Thermostat – Sometimes this gets changed without you realizing it. Check if it is set to a point below a comfortable temperature.
- Faulty components – Only a professional service tech can address this issue. Never try to fix the unit yourself especially if you have very little to zero knowledge on boilers.
- Gas supply – If your unit is working on gas, then the gas flow could be insufficient. Check if it is in an open position as it could have been turned off at some point.