DO YOU NEED HEATING REPLACEMENT RIGHT AWAY?
February 6, 2017
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.
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January 10, 2017
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.
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December 18, 2014
This is honestly a pretty difficult question to answer, mainly because it almost entirely depends on the state of your home’s heating infrastructure when the installation begins. If you had a boiler as your previous heating system, then it’s safe to say that most of the required parts are already in place. If you didn’t have a boiler before installing the new one, then it could take up to several days to get everything acquired and installed. Let’s take a look at some of the parts that may increase installation time if you don’t have them.
*BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. no longer offers radiant heating services. Check out our other heating services to find the perfect fit for your heating needs.
If you’re installing a boiler, then you are likely going to be using a radiant heating system for your home. Radiant heating systems rely on water pipes to distribute heat throughout the house. These pipes are usually installed in either the subfloor or the walls of each room. As you might imagine, this requires quite a bit of work unless you’re building a brand new house or remodeling an old one. The walls or floor will need to be torn up to allow the new water pipes to be installed. This can add as much as a week or two to the installation of your boiler system, depending on how many rooms you want heated.
Again, this may not be a problem if your new system uses the same fuel source as your old one. If not, though, modifications will have to be made. This is especially true with natural gas lines, which need to be connected from outside the house. Usually, installing an entirely new line should be done in less than a day. That depends on your circumstances, though.
Proper venting is vitally important for both the boiler’s safety and yours. Most heating systemsrequire venting, so you probably already have the proper flue or chimney. If you used something like a heat pump before, though, you may need to have a flue installed for your new boiler.
If you’d like to know more about how long your individual boiler installation may take, call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. We provide heating installation throughout Teaneck.
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December 3, 2012
If you’re thinking about replacing the heating system in your home in Teaneck, it might be time to think about changing the fuel source for your home. The debate about which fuel source is better has been raging for quite some time and it will probably keep right on raging. Often, the debate is between oil, natural gas and electricity. At BZ Dependable, we’ve been offering high quality heating services throughout the Teaneck area for many years. We normally talk with each customer about their unique situation before we make a recommendation about which fuel is right for them. But we thought it would be nice if we put together the pros and cons of switching to natural gas.
Natural Gas: The Pros
- Cheaper – While this depends heavily on where you live, natural gas tends to cheaper to buy.
- More efficient – New gas-fired boilers tend to run more efficiently than their electric counter parts. They use less fuel to produce the same amount of heat.
- Cleaner – When compared to other fossil fuels like propane or oil, natural gas is by far the cleanest burning.
- Multi-purpose – When you run a natural gas line into your home you can use it for many different appliances like your water heater or range.
- Domestic – 84% of the natural gas consumed in America is created here.
Natural Gas: The Cons
- Combustible – Obviously, a gas-fired heating system is going to burn fuel. This means that is has to light it on fire. This is a greater danger to your home than an electric system—not only from fire but from carbon monoxide.
- Exhaust flue – Additionally, because it burns fuel, your new natural gas system will need to have an exhaust flue installed in your home.
If you have any questions about making the switch to natural gas, give the experts at BZ Dependable a call today. Our experts have years of experience helping our customers throughout the Teaneck make the switch to natural gas. Give us a call today!
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November 26, 2012
At BZ Dependable, we’ve installed countless boiler systems in the Teaneck area. One question that we often get is what are steam boilers and how do they differ from hot water boilers? We thought that it would be helpful if we dedicated an entire blog post to steam boiler systems and what the special considerations are for their installations.
Steam Boilers vs. Hot Water Boilers
There can be a lot of confusion between steam boilers and hot water boilers because their names are so similar. Here is some disambiguation:
- Steam boilers – Steam boilers actually turn water into steam and use it to heat your home.
- Hot water boilers – Heat water to between 140° F and 170° F and use a pump to circulate it through your home to provide heat.
Steam Boiler Considerations
Because of their unique construction, steam boilers require some additional thoughts before installing one.
- Cost – The difference in cost between steam boilers and hot water boilers is negligible. The only difference in cost will be with the fuel used to heat the water.
- Efficiency – Some claim that hot water boilers are more efficient because they don’t rely on pressure to move the water. Hot water boilers use pumps to move the water which can potentially make them more productive. However, there are steam boilers available that offer a very high degree of efficiency. Consulting with a heating contractor is a great way to get the most information available.
- Extra parts – With a hot water boiler, there are many extra parts that are required to operate the system. As we mentioned above, pumps are required for hot water boilers while they aren’t with steam boilers. Additionally, there are valves, an expansion tank and other parts that are needed for a hot water boiler. Steam boilers don’t require such parts and can sometimes present a more attractive purchase.
- Heating requirements – The temperature that each system operates at varies greatly. Obviously, steam boilers must heat the water to its boiling point which means that it requires more energy to heat the water. This must be taken into account as well.
If you have any questions about steam boilers, their installation or their operation, give the experts at BZ Dependable a call today. We have years of experience offering comprehensive heating services in the Teaneck area. We can help you choose the right heating system for your home, install it for you and make sure that it runs well. Call us today!
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October 8, 2012
Depending upon your situation, converting your oil boiler to a gas boiler in your Bergen County home can make sense. One of the first things to consider is if you can even get natural gas in your area. You’ll need to find a gas supplier in your area and then actually get the gas into your home. If you don’t currently have a natural gas line, you will have to dig one and connect it to the main in the street. Sometimes new piping is required in your home to handle the gas.
From there, you’ll need to either convert your current oil boiler or, if it can’t be converted, replace it entirely. If you have a water heater that burns fuel oil then you’ll need to convert that to natural gas as well.
The good news is that many gas companies and the federal government offer incentives to switch to gas. Some companies will haul away your old oil or propane tanks for free, while others will actually give you a new furnace or boiler. The government may offer a tax credit for switching to natural gas as well depending upon which unit you get.
The benefits for you can be numerous. Natural gas can burn more efficiently than oil and much of it is produced in the United States. This means that the price of gas can be more stable than the price of oil and that you may be able to heat your home more efficiently.
The variables in this process are many and depending upon how they interact with you in your particular area can make the difference in whether switching to natural gas is a good choice for you.
Contact BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today to learn more about the conversion process and to see if this might be a heating option for your Bergen Countyhome.
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October 1, 2012
When the time comes to invest in a new heating system for your Teaneck home, you might also think about switching fuel sources for that system from oil to natural gas. While natural gas isn’t available in all areas, it’s often worth making the switch if you do have the option. And since you’re going to be going through a new system installation anyway, the additional modifications needed to set up your home to receive natural gas rather than oil will only add minimally to the overall cost. Even if you are not getting a new heating system, we offer complete oil boiler to gas boiler conversion services to help you make the switch.
If you have oil, you need to have it delivered on a regular basis. Depending on how much oil you use each heating season and how large of a storage tank you have, these deliveries can happen up to several times a year. In addition to the cost of oil, then, you are also paying for the delivery service, and you need to plan ahead to a certain extent to make sure you have all of the oil you need when the cold weather hits.
On the other hand, natural gas is delivered continuously through a pipeline, eliminating the need for delivery and any associated costs.
Another factor to consider is that gas boilers, furnaces, water heaters and other appliances are usually cheaper than their oil-powered counterparts – sometimes as much as half the price. Of course, the cost of all of these items goes up as their energy efficiency ratings go up.
Lower Operating Costs
The main reason that many people switch from oil to natural gas whenever it is available is that natural gas is so much cheaper in terms of ongoing energy costs. And as oil prices are only expected to increase for the foreseeable future, it’s hard to imagine that relationship changing any time soon.
So for affordable, convenient heating, natural gas really is your best option for a variety of reasons. If you are interested in a new heating system or in oil boiler to gas boiler conversion in Teaneck, give BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call!
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