ENGLEWOOD HEATING FAQ: HOW DO STEAM BOILERS WORK?
September 29, 2014
Boilers are common central heating systems in homes. They are part of a hydronic system, which is a heating system that uses water to transfer heat. Boilers can use either hot water or steam to heat a home, and today we’re going to review how a steam boiler works. If you have a steam boiler in Englewood that needs repair, maintenance or replacing, call the people you can trust: BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Key Components of a Boiler
There are four main components in a boiler system:
- Burner – this is where the fuel for your system mixes with oxygen
- Combustion chamber – where the fuel ignites
- Heat exchanger – this component transfers the heat to the water
- Controls – the various controls regulate things like the ignition, burner, air supply, temperature of the water, pressure of the steam and the boiler’s pressure.
How Does a Steam Boiler Work?
Steam boilers create steam by heating water and distributing the steam through the pipes in your home. There are two types of steam boilers:
In a firetube boiler, a series of metal tubes reside in the water tank of the boiler. When it comes time to heat the water, these tubes are filled with hot gas from a fuel source (usually gas or oil) and heat the water until steam is produced. The steam collects in another chamber, called a dome, and once the steam reaches the right capacity, it is released into the piping system for distribution.
A watertube boiler flip-flops the heating process: instead of using the tubes for combustion gases, the tubes are filled with water and are heated by surrounding combustion. As with a firetube boiler, the steam is separated from the water vessel and released into the piping system when ready.
Both systems can operate as closed systems, so when the steam changes states back to water, the water returns to the boiler for re-use.
Boilers provide comfortable heat, operate quietly and are energy efficient.
If you are interested in seeing what a steam boiler in Englewood can do for you, contact BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., and schedule an appointment.
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September 22, 2014
There are certain signs your heating system will give you when a problem has developed, and one type of sign is how the system sounds. There are normal operational noises your heating system will make, and then there are the abnormal sounds the system will make when something goes wrong. It can be tempting to ignore strange sounds if your system continues to operate, but ignoring a sound doesn’t make it go away, nor does it fix the problem. If you hear unfamiliar sounds coming from your system, it’s time to call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., for heating repair in Hillsdale.
What Strange Noises Can Indicate
Here are some examples of what certain sounds emanating from your heating system can indicate:
- Buzzing, popping, cracking – these types of noises can indicate an electrical issue. Electrical problems should always be handled by an expert.
- Screaming/screeching noise – loose or worn fan belts can make a screaming/screeching sound. Replacing the belt should alleviate this problem.
- Booming – the ignition process should happen instantaneously. However, a burner that is dirty will not ignite quickly, as it should. When this happens, a small amount of gas will build in the time it takes the burner to light, and when it does light, the combustion of excess gas causes a booming sound. This is a potentially dangerous situation and a technician should be called as soon as possible.
- Thumping – certain components in your heating system, like the blower, have ball bearings at each end of the blower shaft. If these bearings become too dry or move out of alignment, they may make a low-level thumping sound as your system operates.
Strange noises are one of the ways your heating system communicates that a problem has developed. Ignoring this sign can lead to problems with other components, larger and more costly repairs, and even possible breakdown. Attending to heating repair in Hillsdale as soon as possible is the best choice for you and your heating system.
If you hear unfamiliar sounds coming from your heating system, call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today and schedule a repair appointment with one of our experts.
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September 15, 2014
For the average homeowner, trying to clean a drain comes down to two basic tools: the standard sink plunger, and the bottle of liquid drain cleaner. Plungers can work well at handling simple drain clogs, and you should always have one somewhere in your house as the first resort when encountering a slow drain or complete clog. Liquid drain cleaner, on the other hand, is something that no plumber would recommend. These bottles of caustic chemicals will not only cause damage to your drains, but they leave behind toxic fumes and add poison to landfills. If a plunger won’t take care of the problem, call for professional plumbers.
The Bergenfield, NJ drain cleaning specialists at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. use a variety of tools to provide thorough unclogging and drain cleansing. Here are a few of the tools that we and other professional plumbers bring to drain cleaning jobs:
Motorized drain snakes
Drain snakes (a.k.a. drain augers) are basic plumbing tools that are among the most effective ways to clear out drains. A drain snake consists of coiled, flexible wires that can work down through a drainpipe until they contact the blockage. A motor then turns the coils and drives them down into the clog, similar to the action of a corkscrew. The plumber can then draw the clog out or break it up with the end of the drain snake.
The most thorough method of cleaning drains is to use high-pressure hot water blasted from a hydro-jetter. The strong water blasts will not only break through clogs, but also remove all kinds of debris from the interior walls of the pipe, completely cleansing the drainpipe of obstructions and helping to keep them from returning. Because of the potential danger from high-pressure water jets, only trained professionals wearing special safety equipment should handle hydro-jetters.
Video camera inspection equipment
Knowledge is often the best tool against dirty and clogged drains, and video camera inspections are an excellent way for plumbers to gain that knowledge. These cameras mounted on the end of long fiber-optic cables can snake all the way down through drain pipes and send images back to monitors to show plumbers the exact location and nature of clogs. Video inspections cut down the amount of time and labor that goes into cleaning drains. They are also invaluable when it comes to many other plumbing repairs.
All of this equipment is too expensive and complicated for consumers to use. Instead, rely on trained and licensed plumbers when you need drain cleaning in Bergenfield, NJ.
Make your first call to the team at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., where we provide a variety of plumbing services throughout Bergen County and the surrounding areas.
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September 8, 2014
If you’ve ever noticed white or yellow-green mineral deposits around the faucets of your home, you may have a plumbing problem known as “hard water.” Hard water refers to a high concentration of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, which may enter your pipes through the municipal water supply. While this is rarely harmful to your health, this problem may eventually lead to the need for premature pipe replacement.
Hard water can cause several problems for homes. Besides unsightly buildups around the faucets and in sinks, these minerals prevent soap from lathering completely, which means it’s difficult to wash and clean properly and you may notice residue on your dishes or in your washing machine. Furthermore, your water may have a strange taste to it. But while these inconveniences may only be a minor annoyance, the biggest problem occurs within your pipes.
Think of the flaky white mineral deposits built up around your faucets, and imagine that this problem is occurring within your pipes. As layer upon layer of minerals develop along the insides, water cannot flow through the pipes as easily, leading to reduced water pressure. As your water supply is kept pressurized, the change in pressure within your plumbing system may cause water to leak through the pipes, leading to the need for pipe replacement in one or more areas of your plumbing system.
The best way to prevent hard water from damaging your pipes is with water softenerinstallation. A water softener is a device that is attached to your water line. As hard water flows through the tank, the minerals are replaced with sodium ions. If you want better tasting water that won’t damage your pipes, call a professional for water softener installation.
If you let plumbing issues go on for too long, the problem will only worsen. When you have problems with your plumbing, or if you would like to speak to a professional about pipe replacement in Tenafly, get in touch with BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Our technicians have the experience and equipment needed to locate problems in your pipes and provide quality pipe replacement that will last for decades. Give us a call today!
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September 1, 2014
You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.
Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?
In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.
However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.
It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.
Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.
For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.
But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.
Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!
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