Boiler Repair, Maintenance, and Replacement Options for the Greater Indianapolis Area
Furnaces work by heating air to distribute heat through ductwork. Unlike furnaces, boilers heat water which provides steam or hot water for heating. The boiler also provides the hot water for the home. Some boilers create steam that moves through pipes and disperses heat through baseboard radiators. Boilers can also be used to heat air via a coil. Boilers can run on different kinds of energy sources such as electricity, natural gas fired, oil and even wood burning. The most common fuel for boilers in Indianapolis is natural gas or heating oil.
Like furnaces, boilers eventually wear out, their energy efficiency declines, and they experience more repair needs. Replacing an older hot water or steam boiler with a new gas or oil boiler product offers a drastic improvement in the efficiency of operation as well as indoor comfort for the family. New boilers deliver reliable heat at higher AFUE efficiency ratings, with certain boiler product models meeting ENERGY STAR standards, to help homeowners rein in heating costs.
To learn more about the boiler heating options available from Williams Comfort Air or to schedule an appointment for boiler maintenance or repair, please contact us today.
Indianapolis Boiler Heating Services
There are many different types of heating boilers in use throughout Indianapolis and the surrounding communities, including:
- Hot water boilers
- Steam boilers
- Oil fired boilers
- Gas fired natural gas boilers
- Combi boilers
- Cast iron boilers
Boilers can get a real workout keeping your home warm in the cold Indiana winters. Keeping your boiler working reliably is an absolute must for safety and comfort, not to mention the energy efficiency of the system and the expenses related to fuel type. Williams Comfort Air is the best choice for professional boiler maintenance, boiler repairs, and boiler installation or replacement work. We’re known as the boiler experts in Indianapolis, ensuring our clients are comfortable and warm all winter long. If you’re needing work on your boiler, just give us a call.
Maintenance for Boiler Heating Systems
Your boiler heating system should be checked at least once a year by a licensed professional to make sure the boiler is operating safely and efficiently. With regular maintenance, homeowners often benefit from extended service life, improved energy efficiency, and fewer system breakdowns.
An experienced technician performs the following checks and adjustments during an annual maintenance inspection:
- Clean the boiler and burner
- Check for proper operation
- Electrical connections are clean and in good condition
- Correct gas pressure and flow
- Burner adjustment using a combustion analyzer
- A flue gas analysis to ensure the boiler burns the correct mixture of gas and air
- Seals are intact
- Electrodes are in a good condition
- Safety devices are checked
- Condensate trap and pipe is not blocked
- Water and gas pipework
Ensure your heating boiler receives the care it needs to remain energy efficient and in safe working order – Williams Comfort Air’s True Comfort Membership plan covers annual boiler maintenance and provides valuable discounts useful when repairs or replacements are performed.
Repair for Residential Heating Boilers in Indianapolis
Unlike furnaces, boiler repairs aren’t usually mechanical in nature. When troubles arise, our Comfort Consultants need to assess your specific situation before diagnosing the boiler problem. A Comfort Consultant will run tests and ask you questions to figure out the best course of action. Here are some common issues you may experience with a boiler that require repairs:
- Banging or clanging when the boiler is in use
- A weak pilot flame
- Inability to maintain a steady flow of water
- Unexpectedly high gas bills
While we’re there, we also perform a safety inspection. Once completed, our technician reviews all findings and discusses repair opportunities that could improve your boiler’s performance and energy efficiency. Typical repairs include:
- Welding repairs of cracks or leaks
- Boiler tube repair or replacement
- Boiler feedwater pumps, condensate pumps
- Refractory repairs
- Repairing external piping
- Custom sheet metal ductwork
If it’s time to replace your boiler, we are happy to recommend a new unit and get it installed quickly. Our Comfort Consultants have years of experience diagnosing problems with boilers and can get your unit back up and running in no time.
Replacement Boiler Units
As your boiler ages, it has to work harder to heat your home. The older your boiler is, the less efficient it is. Since an older boiler has to work harder, it is at a higher risk for malfunctioning. Efficiency has also declined, increasing the cost to heat the home.
Typically, a boiler heating unit lasts 15 to 30 years. If your steam boiler or cast iron boiler has been in service 20 to 30 years or more, it’s time to consider boiler replacement. To keep your boiler running at its best during that time, we recommend that you have it serviced annually. Yearly maintenance helps the unit maintain efficiency and lower the risk of costly repairs.
Common problems that may mean it’s time to replace your boiler:
- You see yellow flames
- Your boiler needs frequent repairs
- Your energy bills have continually climbed
- You have frequent leaks
- If you notice a lot of corrosion / rust
If you think you may need to replace your boiler, ask one of our Comfort Consultants what your options are. You may only need service or maintenance performed on your boiler. Our experts are able to provide you with all of the options available to you so that you can make an informed decision.
Modern boilers are far more energy efficient than aging systems that have been in service for decades and greatly neglected over the years. ENERGY STAR boilers offer high efficiency operation to help homeowners conserve fuel type and lower operation costs, for oil fired and gas fired natural gas boiler systems. Represented by AFUE percentage (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), high efficiency boilers offer fuel efficiency in the mid-nineties, depending on the model and ENERGY STAR rating. Improved fuel efficiency and lower cost of use is a compelling reason to upgrade aging water boilers that heat the home with hot water as well as steam heating units.
Boiler Replacement for Older Homes in Indianapolis
Historical homes are plentiful in certain areas of Indianapolis and the surrounding Central Indiana communities. Hot water or steam boiler heating systems are commonly in place in such homes, but the aged boiler has lost so much efficiency, it has become quite expensive to heat the home.
Upgrading to a new, energy efficient hot water or steam boiler, including ENERGY STAR models, provides reliable heating without outrageous expense. In many cases, existing radiators and piping is in good condition and remains in service – a new boiler is simply retrofit to work with the home’s existing boiler heating infrastructure.
Choosing Boiler Heating for Your Indianapolis Home
There are some pros and cons to heating your home with a boiler. Boilers are a larger up-front investment than furnaces. However, boilers use less energy, which can save you money on energy costs. Boilers are slower to react when the thermostat is changed, but they heat the home more consistently overall. Boilers are also quieter than furnaces. A large drawback to boilers is their complicated installation and serious hazards if a leak occurs.
If you need to replace the aging cast iron or steam boilers in your Indianapolis area home, seek the assistance of Williams Comfort Air’s NATE-certified heating specialists. Our team takes the time to introduce you to all available heating equipment options including hot water boilers, steam boilers, and combi boiler systems. Our pros help you find a boiler heating product with a suitable fuel type for your residence, whether it be oil fired or gas fired. Once you have selected a new boiler, rest assured that installation is completed by our skilled professionals following all best practices and manufacturer guidance to ensure the unit’s proper operation and energy efficiency in your home.
To request an estimate for boiler replacement in your Indianapolis area home, please contact us today.
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