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When to Replace Your Boiler

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Boilers have a reputation for lasting quite a bit longer than standard heating systems. This is mainly because they have fewer moving parts, which makes it less likely for issues to occur because of mechanical strain. However, they’re not perfect. Sooner or later, the system will wear down to the point that you need to install a new one. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can tell when it’s time to replace your boiler.

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How the Expansion Tank Helps Protect Your Boiler

Friday, January 30th, 2015

All heating systems have to have a balance of pressure in order to work properly. In forced air systems, the air flow has to be balanced throughout the ductwork in order for the right volume of air to reach your living spaces; in a boiler, or hydronic, system, the water pressure has to be maintained in order for the system to work properly. Pressure imbalances can cause low heating, no heat or even a shutdown of the system. One way your boiler is able to balance its pressure is with the help of a component called the expansion tank.

What It Is

The expansion tank is a relatively small metal tank attached to your boiler system. It’s usually about head-high and is about 30% smaller than a gas grill fuel tank. The inside of the expansion tank is divided into two sections by a rubber diaphragm: the half attached to the boiler via a pipe is the water side and the other side is the air side. When the boilers starts a new cycle, a great deal of water pressure develops as a result of heating the water; the expansion tank helps balance this excess pressure by allowing water to enter the water side of the tank as it heats. Once the cycle is finished, most of the water forced into the expansion tank due to the heating process returns to the boiler for the next cycle.

How Does This Help?

Without the expansion tank, the water pressure in your boiler would not stay balanced, causing the pressure to go too high. Home boilers should not have an inner pressure higher than 15psi, and ensuring this is a large part of what the expansion tank does. Should the pressure increase to 30psi or higher, or the temperature of the water become hotter than 250 degrees, an additional safety mechanism called the expansion valve will open on an emergency basis and allow the excess water pressure to release.

Should problems develop with the expansion valve on your boiler, it will require an expert to first drain the tank and then re-fill the tank with the appropriate amount of air to regain system balance. If you are having pressure issues with your boiler, call the experts at Switzerland Air today. We provide expert boiler repair and maintenance services in the Freeport area.

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3 Boiler Repair Needs to Watch For

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Boilers warm up a home using radiant heat, transferring warm water to a radiator or to a set of pipes located underneath the floorboards. Many people prefer boilers to furnaces for whole-home heating, as furnaces use convection heat and may not provide the same level of evenly distributed, efficient heating as a boiler does. Furthermore, boilers have a reputation for durability, and they often do not need too many repairs over time.

However, few heating systems go without repair at least once before they need replacement. Repairs should be made as soon as you notice a problem, to prevent concerns such as energy loss, water leaks in your home, no heating, or a premature breakdown. To make sure your system lives out its days in top condition, look out for the following repair needs and call a technician at the first sign of trouble.

  • No Heat: When you feel no heat at all in your home, it’s definitely time to call a technician. But even if you only feel limited heating, or heat in only some areas of the home, it could indicate major damage to the unit. You may have a broken pump, the part responsible for moving hot water to your home. Another cause for insufficient heat is a problem with the thermostat that senses the level of heat in the tank.
  • Water Leaks: If water leaks from your boiler, it may damage the foundation of your home or cause mold and mildew to develop. Trained technicians know how to address leaks at any component of your boiler, whether you have loose bolts or need a replacement part, like a new pressure relief valve. In some cases, water leaks indicate serious corrosion or damage that may indicate your boiler is simply too old to go on.
  • Unusual Noises: Your boiler may make noises for any number of reasons. Sediment can build up in the bottom of the tank, causing a banging or rattling noise. Or pump failure could lead to a strange grinding noise.

When you notice anything unusual from your home heating system, it’s a good indication that you need heating repair as soon as possible. Call Switzerland Air when you’re in need of quality boiler repair service in Freeport, TX.

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How to Spot Boiler Leaks

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Here in Clute TX, boiler technology remains a common staple for heating your home, ranking alongside forced-air furnaces as the most popular form of home heating. Boilers are reliable and efficient forms of technology, but they still develop problems from time to time. Leaks, in particular, are serious problems which every boiler own needs to deal with sooner or later. A good boiler repair service can help you hunt down the leaks and then fix them with all deliberate speed. Before you call them in, however, you need to detect the problem. Here’s a short list on how to spot boiler leaks.

The easiest and most reliable means of detecting a boiler leak is to notice a puddle of water somewhere along the system. Because boiler systems involve a large number of pipes, the leak could appear anywhere along its length. Look for problem areas near fittings and connectors, where a leak is likely to spring up.

Unfortunately, not all boiler leaks announce themselves so obviously. A small leak combined with the heat of the water could mean that it escapes in the form of steam, which won’t leave a puddle. In those cases, check the pressure gauge on your boiler. If water levels are lowered, the pressure will start to drop, meaning that water is escaping from somewhere.

Finally, a leak also means a loss of efficiency for your boiler, which you can feel with added costs to your monthly bill. If your utilities are going up despite the fact that you’re not using your boiler more often than normal, it may be a sign that it has sprung a leak.

Regardless of the cause of the leak, you need a trained professional to hunt it down and repair it properly. If left untreated, a leak will gradually get worse and could cause significant damage to your boiler system. In Clute TX, boiler repairs are the purveyance of Switzerland Air. We’re dedicated to doing the job swiftly and professionally, and we know how to spot boiler leaks before they can cause you and further problems. Whether you’re in need of boiler repair or other related heating repair service in Clute, TX, know that Switzerland Air services your local area. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment!

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How Does a Boiler System Operate?

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

The word “radiation” has mostly scary connotations to us today, but radiation is one of the basic ways that heat travels. It’s also the basis for the way that boilers operate. If you’ve ever experienced warmth from a radiator, then you know was radiant heat is: the warmth that reaches you from an object that has been heated up. It’s also how our own sun heats us.

It’s a simple principle for heating, and not much about it has changed since boilers became standard ways of heating a home. But boilers have remained popular even with the many advances in home comfort technology. Their own technology has advanced as well, but boilers also have the advantage of longevity and few repair needs. For many homes, they are the ideal way of winter heating.

In this post, we’ll provide a basic overview of how a boiler operates. When you need to install a boiler in Angleton, TX, or if you need repairs on the one you already have, contact Switzerland Air. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our work.

Boiling down the basics on boilers

Boilers circulate hot water to objects inside a home where they raise the temperature to create radiant heat (as well as convection currents, if the object is a baseboard heater). This is called hydronic power.

The process starts in a water tank, where the boiler uses energy to raise the temperature of the water. Most boilers today use either electricity or natural gas (there are also some oil boilers). In a gas boiler, a pilot light or electric ignition turns on gas jets that transfer heat to the water in the tank. In electric boilers, the ignition turns on heating elements inside the tank itself. When the water reaches a high enough temperature—which, despite the name, is rarely boiling—it exits at the top of the boiler through a pump. To keep the pressure inside the tank from rising too high, an expansion tank installed above the main tank relieves the pressure level.

The hot water is pumped through pipes to the different radiators and baseboard heaters in the home. Once the water has cooled down, it returns to the water tank, entering near the bottom so that it will rise when it is heated again.

Boiler installation and repair

An important thing to notice about boiler operation is how few mechanical parts are involved. There are no fans or motors, compressors or belts used anywhere. This is the reason that boilers need fewer repairs than furnaces and heat pumps: there aren’t many components that will wear down over time.

But if a boiler does have a malfunction, like leaking, you can trust to professionals like those at Switzerland Air to fix the trouble for you fast. We can also advise you if you are thinking about having an installation of a boiler in Angleton, TX. Call us today.

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Boiler Noises to Listen For This Winter

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Boilers are a great heating system that many homeowners value for their longevity, efficiency and also their comfort. But like any other heating system, your boiler will eventually start to develop a number of common problems. If you need repair for your boiler in Freeport, TX just call us here at Switzerland Air. We can fix any kind of issues and we wanted to let our customers know about some of the sounds that they need to listen to which might mean that their boiler is having problems.

Switzerland Air can help you with all of your heating service needs in Freeport, TX!

Common Boiler Repair in Freeport, TX

All the use that your boiler gets throughout the winter can cause it to break down. One of the most common ways that homeowners discover boiler problems is because of strange noises. Here are some of the more common ones that we get called to inspect and repair.

  • Grinding and rattling – Your boiler uses a pump to circulate the warm water through your house. This water pump can break down after a lot of use and make a rattling noise or grinding noise. It likely is the pump’s motor that has malfunctioned and is making a noise.
  • Rumbling – Rumbling is another common noise that your boiler can produce. This is often caused by sediment or minerals building up on the bottom of the boiler tank which causes something called kettling. However, if you have a gas-fired boiler that rumbles when it shuts down, it could be caused by uncombusted fuel burning in the combustion chamber.
  • Hammering –Another common problem that is often associated with a broken boiler is the infamous water hammer. This sounds like loud banging coming from your boiler when water starts or stops flowing through the system. This issue can be very annoying and it can also damage your boiler as well.

When you need any kind of repair for your boiler in Freeport, TX just call Switzerland Air.

Our expert technicians can handle any job that you have for us. Call us today!

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