A boiler in a Bergen County homeIf 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 repairs can still become necessary at any time. Be on the lookout for any signs of trouble, and if you find them call our boiler experts!

#1: DESCALING A TANK

Scale is one of the boiler’s biggest natural enemies. It’s 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. This is called “kettling.” 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

Finding water on the ground or surfaces around your boiler can be nerve wracking. More often than not, though, it is a relatively minor problem. That said, 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 simply needs to be reset! However, it could be that you need to replace that single circulating pump, and we can handle that for you.

#4: FAILING IGNITION SYSTEMS

The ignition system lights the burners that heat up the tank and allow the boiler to do its job. When they break down, the boiler simply won’t work. Modern systems use electrical ignition, but older systems still use pilot lights, and both can be subjected to mechanical failure in the right circumstances.

If your boiler system’s pilot light is going out it there are a few possible problems. The thermocouple could be broken, and is easily replaced. Sometimes the issue is as simple as dirt buildup on the pilot, and all that is needed is a bit of cleaning. Whatever is causing your pilot to go out, a professional technician such as those at BZ Dependable should be able to diagnose and resolve the problem completely.

#5 OVERHEATING

Going hand in hand with leaking is the problem of overheating, which often happens when your boiler hasn’t been serviced in a while and sediment has built up in the tank. It lowers the amount of water the boiler can hold, which leads to overheating, higher pressure, and leaks. You can prevent this problem by scheduling regular maintenance sessions to clear out the sediment.

Get expert heater repair in Bergen County. Contact the friendly team at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

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!

HOW DOES OIL-TO-GAS CONVERSION WORK?

  • The energy contractor inspects your system and delivers an estimate of the costs involved, including any additional tasks such as relining your chimney and replacing your thermostats.
  • The contractor handles all the appropriate permits and licenses to perform the operation. Only licensed technicians with the proper paperwork should conduct an oil-to-gas conversion
  • A line is run from the civic gas system into your home, connecting to your heating system, and a new meter is installed to read it.
  • The technician will empty your oil tank and safely remove it, then seal off any connected pipes or valves.
  • The chimney will be relined if necessary. Natural gas releases more moisture than oil does, which requires the lining to be refitted in order to keep your chimney safe.
  • The technician will run your new system and check to ensure that everything is working as it should.

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!

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