If you have a boiler in your home—a tank that uses hot water to heat the home rather than heated air—it may seem nearly invincible. Our customers love their home boilers, especially new high-efficiency systems. Radiant heating sends warmth throughout the home, rather than warming the air. Since water retains heat better than air, the difference in comfort levels is often astounding.

Boilers are long-lasting, durable systems. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make them invincible. Keep your boiler maintained and you may reduce the chances of needing repair, but these 3 repairs can still become necessary at any time. Be on the lookout for any signs of trouble!

#1: DESCALING A TANK

Scale is one of the boiler’s biggest natural enemies. Its common for water in our area to have extra minerals in it, like calcium. This may sound like a good thing, at least for your health, but it can do serious damage to pipes and boiler tanks.

Eventually, mineral buildup can do major damage to your tank as it builds up near the burners and wears away the lining. You might hear a loud banging or rattling from the tank in time, which means the issue has gotten serious and the system is struggling to maintain heat and pressure levels.

Your technician may suggest one of several repair options. Flushing the tank might be an option, but treating the boiler feedwater is the only way to eliminate the problems in the pipes that run from the boiler. Chemicals may be added to the tank to dissolve minerals and lower buildup in the system. You might also consider a water softener to protect the plumbing throughout your entire home.

#2: SEALING/REPAIRING A LEAK

In a boiler system, some leaks are more serious than others. We’ll start with the bad news: if the leak is coming from the tank itself (rather than any valves connected to it), you probably have to replace the whole system. It has started to corrode through, and once this begins, there’s no stopping it.

However, many leaks can be sealed or parts replaced to repair the issue. If the temperature and pressure valve is leaking, for example, we may only need to adjust the pressure in the tank or replace the valve. If it’s happening at a pump, we may have to replace that whole pump (but at least your system remains intact).

#3: REPAIRING/REPLACING CIRCULATING PUMPS

Finally, if the boiler won’t heat up the home properly—if, for example, some parts of the home seem cold while others are quite warm—it may have to do with the pumps that move water around. A pump motor could slow or break down completely.

Sometimes, only a small electrical component needs replacement. In fact, there have been times we’ve found that the circuit breaker simple needs to be reset! However, it could be that you need to replace that single circulating pump, and we can handle that for you.

Get expert heater repair in Englewood, NJContact the friendly team at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

Have you ever had to make a sudden repair to your heating system in the middle of winter? If not, that’s great! But it doesn’t mean you won’t have to deal with it at some point in the future. And if you have experienced a sudden system breakdown in the past, then you know it’s something you want to avoid at all costs.

Today, we want to give you our number one piece of advice for avoiding a sudden heating repair. In addition, we’ll help you understand how to best maintain your heater in order to avoid problems for longer.

SCHEDULE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

This is our number one piece of advice for anyone hoping to avoid a sudden heating system breakdown. Your heater may be spared from repairs for the rest of the season when you schedule heating maintenance early on (preferably in the fall).

What’s routine maintenance? Think about the service you schedule for your car on a regular basis. Changing the oil and rotating the tires helps to prevent your car from breaking down in the middle of the road. A heating system tune-up works in a similar way.

Technicians make adjustments to your system, like cleaning burners and adjusting pressure settings. They check for any potential problems that exist within your heater, so you can get these taken care of before temperatures drop too much. All of this helps a furnace or boiler to run more smoothly, with a much smaller chance of a sudden system breakdown.

CHANGE YOUR FILTER

Professional maintenance only happens once a year, but technicians recommend you change your air filter every 1-3 months. Neglecting to change the filter can result in big trouble for your heater. That means it’s not worth waiting until a technician checks your heating system before completing this maintenance task.

What makes it so important? An air filter is meant to block a lot of debris and particulate in the air, while still allowing air to pass through. When a filter is dirty, no air gets through to the system. That means that you don’t get the level of airflow you need for comfort. In addition, your heating system has to work extra hard to keep you warm, which means the furnace blower fan can become overworked or worse, the system can overheat. Don’t put yours at risk!

TAKE IT EASY

Have you ever returned home on a cold evening after a long day of work and headed straight for the thermostat? You deserve some relaxation and a great climate to achieve that in, so you press the arrows on the thermostat as high as they will go. We’re here to tell you that this is so bad for your heater!

When you turn the temperature up higher than you need, it doesn’t actually make the heater work faster. It only forces it to run for longer, heat the home more than you need, and use up energy. Worst of all, your heating system may work so hard that its lifespan is slowly reduced as the parts wear down far more than they should.

Take it easy on your thermostat! Program efficient but comfortable temperatures ahead of time with your programmable thermostat so that you’re always comfortable when you arrive home on a cold evening. Consider using a Wi-Fi thermostat to help your heater run even more efficiently, and monitor it while you are away from home.

For heating repair in Bergen County, the only team you need is BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. Call today for exceptional customer service!

Did you know that in other parts of the country, the idea of using oil to heat a home is not common whatsoever? In some areas, it’s nearly unheard of, with people on the West Coast wondering: “Why wouldn’t you just use natural gas?” Of course, we know that some home heating systems just weren’t set up that way. Usually, however, there are ways to make that switch.

If you had the option to switch your heating system from oil to gas, wouldn’t you rather do so? Are you still on the fence? Today, we highlight some of the many benefits of switching to natural gas heating. Wouldn’t you rather make things easier on yourself?

THINK OF THE CONVENIENCE!

This has got to be the number one reason people make the switch. Can you imagine how convenient it would be to be able to skip the delivery and get natural gas coming directly into your furnace or boiler? There are so many steps you’ll be able to skip now, from having to check whether you are low on heating oil to wondering whether to tip the delivery team.

You’ll never have to worry whether a storm or another issue could prevent the fuel from getting to your home. Because the pipes are underground, natural gas is typically quite safe! (That is especially true when you have your heating system maintained once a year, as you should do no matter what fuel your system uses.)

NOW THINK OF THE SAVINGS

What’s even better than the time you’ll get back? Saving money. Heating oil tends to cost more—a lot more—than natural gas. So why doesn’t everyone use natural gas? Well, there’s the cost of the upgrade to factor in, which admittedly is an investment. But over the years, you will notice the savings and be so glad you made that leap.

NATURAL GAS IS VERSATILE

Natural gas is also versatile, meaning you can use it to power many of the appliances in your home for a low cost. It’s a fuel source for heating your swimming pool, drying the dishes, heating the water, and much more. It’s certainly less expensive than using electricity, which tends to be the more costly of the two options from the utility company. Oil-to-gas conversion can save you money on more than just your heating bills; you can also save and make things more convenient year-round.

YOUR SYSTEM MAY REQUIRE LESS MAINTENANCE

Finally, gas heating systems may require less maintenance and fewer repairs than those that run on heating oils. Part of this is because you’re cutting out the maintenance that comes with ensuring you have heating oil at the house and that supplies are sufficient to get you through winter. But also, your home’s natural gas supply leaves less of a mess. There are no oils or ashes left behind, as often happens with heating oil. After your oil-to-gas conversion, all you need is annual heating maintenance and you’re good to go!

BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. can provide oil-to-gas conversion for your heating in Fort Lee, NJ. Contact our team today!

Heating repairs can be a tricky thing sometimes, and when a problem arises late in the winter, homeowners can be tempted to wait until spring — when the weather is warmer and they can afford to keep their heater turned off for a few days — to get repairs. Not every problem results in a shutdown of the heater, leading some homeowners to think they can sit on it until they no longer have daily need of their heating system. In many instances, however, waiting to schedule heating repair can be a huge mistake.

HEATING PROBLEMS ONLY GET WORSE

Obviously, if the heater shuts down entirely, you wouldn’t hesitate to get it repaired. Nor would you wait if the heater still runs, but the issue is severely hampering its effectiveness (if, say, the generated heat was much milder than expected.) But smaller problems can often be ignored during the hustle and bustles of daily life. Strange noises, unexpectedly high bills and other warning signs may not seem like much, with the pressures of job and family to deal with and the countless tasks that make up daily life to be performed. Big problems with your heater demand immediate attention, but the little ones can often be ignored, or so it would seem.

The trouble is that little problems have a way of turning into big ones very quickly if they aren’t addressed. That nagging issue could be the sign of a more serious breakdown to come, and the longer you sit on such a problem, the greater the chances of it morphing into something more more serious. Damage can easily spread if the heater continues to be used, and even if it doesn’t, the added stress and strain usually translates to higher bills and a reduced lifespan for your system.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A PROBLEM

If you spot a problem — any problem — with your heating system, the first thing to do is perform a couple of basic troubleshooting steps. Check the thermostat to see if anyone has changed the settings, and adjust them to see if that corrects the issue. If the system shut down, check the breaker box to see if power hasn’t been cut off due to an electrical surge. If it has, reset the switch and see if the issue repeats.

If those steps fail to resolve the problem, then turn the system off (even if it isn’t functioning) and call in a repair service. Little problems deserve no less consideration than big ones, and a proper service will be able to move quickly and correct the issue before things get too cold.  It’s the only option to avoid further damage. While you wait, take steps to keep you and your family warm if needed: wear sweaters and warm clothes in the house, make use of portable space heaters if you can, keep doors closed to retain heat, and try to limit activities to a single room or two until help arrives.

For quality heating service in Bogota, NJ, call on BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

Winters in Bergenfield, NJ are far too intense to not have a reliable heater in your home. If your system is on its last legs, you might be eyeing a replacement. Ideally, the operation can wait until the spring, when you won’t need your heater and can plan a replacement session accordingly.

In some cases, that might not be possible, however, and with months to go until the weather warms up, you may need to replace your failing heating system before the spring. But how can you tell when and what steps should you take if you do need a new heater right away? We’ve got a few guidelines to help you make those big decisions.

WHEN IT CAN’T WAIT

The decision to replace a heater in the middle of winter instead of waiting for spring boils down to two factors: its functionality and its cost. Older heaters tend to be inefficient heaters, and your monthly budget may be groaning under the high bills it’s costing to run the thing. If you are ready to invest in a new heating system, you may want to do so right away. It will save you money on those bills of the remainder of the winter. If you can hang on until spring, however, this might be a better time to plan for the replacement instead of rushing into it.

Functionality is the other issue. Obviously, if the heating system suffers a breakdown, you’ve got a decision to make. Factor in the cost of any repairs you make with the longevity of your heater. If you think it can go another year or two and the repairs aren’t expensive, then you might go ahead and make them to keep your system up and running. On the other hand, if the repairs are more expensive than you’re prepared to pay and/or you intend to replace the heater before next winter regardless, the breakdown may be a chance to simply replace it now and be done with it.

DON’T SKIP THE DETAILS

Replacing a heater in the middle of winter isn’t ideal and you’ll need to move quickly in some circumstances to keep your home from turning into an icebox. But you shouldn’t skip the key steps involved in making your heater an effective and fully functional system. It’s going to need to run for years, after all, and the need for swift action shouldn’t force you to skip the steps you need to take.

  • The technician should perform an energy audit on your home to determine the power level of heater you need.
  • You should look at the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating to determine the heater’s efficiency. The higher the rating, the better use it makes of your fuel. After the power levels have been determined, this is the most important component of your heater.
  • Schedule the installation during a period when the weather is going to be cooperative: a clear day without a lot of wind, if possible. That will ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Cal the pros at BZ Dependable, Inc. for quality heating replacement services.

Heating systems come in all shapes and sizes, and what works for one home may not be right for another. But regardless of the kind of home you have, you need a reliable heating system to function every day during our cold Teaneck, NJ winters.

A boiler system is worth consideration no matter what kind of home you have, and if you need a sudden replacement in the middle of winter – or you’re starting to plan for spring and want to get your options straight – then it might prove to be an excellent fit for you. Here are 3 benefits that you should readily consider.

  1. They’re efficient. Forced-air furnaces push hot air through the home to warm it, which is inexpensive but ends up wasting a lot of energy. Leaks in the ductwork can leech heated air out of the system, and warm air has a way of becoming cool air very quickly. Boilers used water or steam to provide heat, and can convey those warm temperatures much more readily.
  1. They last a long time. Boilers are extremely durable systems, which use comparatively few moving parts. While they suffer breakdowns from time to time and require maintenance to stay in good shape, they can last a long time, giving you good value for your dollar.
  1. Health and comfort. Because boilers use radiant heating, they don’t need to blow dust or germs through the air. Furthermore, radiant heating tends to last longer, since warm water or steam cools down more slowly than air, meaning that your house will stay cozy and comfortable for longer periods of time.

If a boiler system sounds like a good fit for you, call the pros at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today. We’ll go over your options with you and schedule a timely installation service, either now or in the spring!

If you’re in the market for a new heater, chances are you need to act fast. Winters are cold enough here in Bogota, NJ that you need a reliable heating system to function every day, and if your existing system can’t limp along until spring, you need to move on getting it replaced immediately. The more you know about what to look for in a new heater, the better.

In particular, you want to pay attention to the AFUE rating, which stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. It measures the overall efficiency of the system, and can help you choose the heater that will give you the most for your dollar.

A SIMPLE PERCENTAGE

The AFUE rating is measured in a simple percentage, measuring the amount of power consumed by the heater is output in actual heating power. For example, a heater with an 80% AFUE rating generates 80% of its consumed energy in heating power, with the other 20% being lost to waste and inefficiency. Obviously, the higher the AFUE rating, the better, though that’s not always the whole story.

BALANCED AGAINST POWER LEVELS

The AFUE rating measures efficiency, but efficiency only matters when the power output matches the needs of your home. It you have an underpowered heater, it doesn’t matter much if it’s more efficient than a more powerful heater: it will run so much more often that you’ll end up paying more in monthly bills anyway. Once you and your technician have sized your home properly and determine the correct power level your heater requires, you can then evaluate the AFUE ratings within the list of appropriate heaters.

Decisions like these always benefit from the word of a trained technician. Call the team at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today to set up a consultation. We’ll find the right heater to you and install it with confidence and pride!

Winters in Bogota, NJ are as cold as they come, and you’ve likely already seen a spike in your heating bills as you keep your home warm on cold days. That trend is going to continue as fall moves towards the winter, and to a certain extent, higher heating bills are an unavoidable consequence of where we live. But just because you have to pay more on heating during the winter doesn’t mean you aren’t paying more than is necessary. Improving the efficiency of your heating system is an ideal way to cut down on those high winter bills. Here are a few tips on the best ways to do that.

MAINTENANCE

Few things can improve the performance of your heater more than a timely maintenance session, which addresses all those little issues too small to merit a repair call on their own. By tightening loose bolts, cleaning dirty components, and conducting other little “tune-up” steps, it makes your system do its job much more effectively: reducing monthly costs and the chances of a breakdown in equal measures. When applied on a yearly basis over time, it can even extend the lifetime of your heater.

OIL-TO-GAS CONVERSION

If you’re using an old oil-fed boiler system, you’re wasting a lot of energy on an outdated and inefficient fuel system. Converting the boiler to use natural gas is an excellent way to not only save a lot of money on monthly costs, but to be more environmentally friendly as well. Tax rebates and other benefits can make the process much  more affordable, and getting an oil-to-gas conversion today can allow you to enjoy the savings all winter long.

For these and other operations designed to improve your heater’s efficiency, call the pros at BZ Dependable today. We can also handle heating repair and replacement jobs!

Most homes in Englewood, NJ and surrounding cities use forced-air furnaces for their heat. The air is warmed in the furnace itself, and then distributed through your home via the same system of ducts that carries cool air from your AC in the summer. It’s a simple and effective system, but like any other piece of technology, it can run into trouble from time to time.

Luckily, most of the signs are easy to spot, and while only trained technicians can properly diagnose a problem, you can certainly tell that something is amiss when the heat levels coming out of the air in your vents are not as high as you expect. That means your furnace will need to work harder to do its job, raising your monthly bills and the risk of larger breakdowns in equal measures. The causes can be numerous, which is one of the reasons you need a professional to fix it. But it can include any one of the following:

  • Clogged Burners. Dust, dirt and grit can gum up the heads of the burners, especially over a long summer when the furnace sits unused. For obvious reasons, that means less heat is available when you turn your furnace on.
  • Duct Breaches. A breach in your ducts somewhere will either pull heated air out of the ducts or pull cold unconditioned air in.
  • Clogged Gas Lines. A clog in the gas line causes the same kind of trouble that a clogged burner does: lowering the fuel and reducing the heat in equal measures.
  • Overheating. In the event of a clogged filter or similar obstruction, hot air will back up into the furnace. Depending on the system, it may shut off one or more burners to prevent other components from overheating. In these cases, the lower heat levels are often accompanied by a reduced amount of air flow.

Call BZ Dependable to perform heating repairs today!

Teaneck, NJ is an old community, which means that we have a number of old-fashioned heating systems in our homes. Older heaters often rely on oil for fuel, which was the staple for many years, but it now being slowly phased out in favor of more efficient and cleaner-burning fuels. The good news is that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to get rid of your existing heater, especially if it’s still running strong. An oil-to-gas conversion will refit it to burn natural gas and provide a number of terrific benefits in the bargain.

WHY DO IT?

Oil is a reliable fuel source, but it’s supremely inefficient. That means it costs much more for an oil-fired heater to run than a heater relying on other kinds of fuel. Considering how cold our winters get and how much heat you require to keep your home comfortable, that can add up to quite a bit. Indeed, when factored in over time, the savings could completely cover the cost of the conversion.

Furthermore, oil is not a clean-burning fuel, and as time goes on, older furnaces tend to exacerbate the issue. Natural gas burns very cleanly, which means you’ll be helping the environment by making an oil-to-gas conversion as well as putting money back in your pocket.

HOW IT WORKS

A trained technician must perform the conversion, which typically takes place in stages. The technician examines your system and provides an estimate of conversion costs, which usually involves running in gas piping to fuel the system as well as making key changes in the system’s components to let it run on gas. Once the gas service is turned on, you can begin using your converted heater immediately.

Now is the time to make such changes, before the weather gets too cold. Call the professionals at BZ Dependable to learn more!

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