Understanding your home’s heating system is important, so you know if you want or need a boiler repair vs. a boiler replacement. It will help you troubleshoot issues before they even happen. In contrast to a traditional HVAC system that forces heated (or cooled) air into the home through ventilation systems, or directly into a room with a ductless system, a boiler system is designed to heat a fueling system (water, coal, wood, oil, etc.) and send the heated water throughout the structure through a radiator system. Though advancements in technology have made boiler systems more economical and efficient, the same basic principles apply.
What are some signs that my boiler system may not be working properly?
There are a number of signs that can tell you if your boiler system may need repairs or a replacement. These signs can include (but are not limited to):
- Absence of adequate heat after turning up the thermostat
- An increase in energy bills, especially during peak heating months
- The pilot light on your gas boiler has turned from blue to yellow
- The boiler is cycling sporadically
- Unusual and loud noises are noticed in the boiler system
If you notice any of these signs in your boiler system, it could mean that something needs to be addressed and our team has the skills and knowledge to help you out with a boiler repair or replacement.
What are the different types of boiler heating systems?
There are a number of different types of boiler heating systems and disbursement combinations. Miller’s Services can service them all.
Types of Boilers
- Gas-Fired Boilers – fueled by either natural gas or propane, highly efficient, may be limited by availability to natural gas or propane.
- Oil-Fired Boilers – fueled by heating oil that is stored in tanks outside your home or building, heating oil is typically available throughout the US but is subject to heating oil costs.
- Electric Boilers – fueled by electricity, highly efficient, but also subject to possible high electricity costs.
Types of Heat Disbursement
- Steam Radiators – one of the oldest forms of heat delivery, using an upright steam radiator that sits along the outside walls of a home or building.
- Hot Water Radiators – more common in newer homes, these radiators run along a home or building’s baseboards.
- Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating – a boiler heats the water which then runs under the floor through tubing acting like a large radiator.
If you are experiencing issues with your boiler system, are interested in switching to a boiler system, or want a boiler repair, the HVAC team at Miller’s Services is prepared to help you navigate repairs and replacements.