When is the best time to replace my boiler?

Recently Family Plumbing and Heating replaced a boiler for a home in South Regina. We were originally called on site for a no heat but after diagnosis, the conclusion was that replacement parts were going to be hard to source (if they were still even made) and the client’s money would be better spent on a new system. (The existing system was almost old enough to collect a pension!)

 

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Working tirelessly, we were able to bring this 1960’s system up to 2018 standards over the course of three days. Luckily we have been experiencing a fairly warm winter and Family Plumbing and Heating also provides portable heaters for our clients’ if they need to be without heat overnight. Now in the previous example when there is no other choice, replacements need to go in ASAP. But if possible, the best time to replace a boiler is in warm whether while it’s still operational.

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But why would I replace it when it still works? You’re going to have to hear me out on this one. Boiler replacements are not as straight forward as other heating systems. 9 times out of 10 furnace replacements are easily done in a day, while updating boilers systems can sometimes feel like you are starting from scratch. With all the work involved, the last thing you want as a technician is to feel rushed during an extensive install. And for the financial investment a homeowner is going to make would they want the technician to rush either? Doubtful.

This is why, if possible, homeowners should try and look ahead and plan for replacement before total failure and plan for a summer installation when turning the heat off is not a concern. Allow the technicians as much time as needed to ensure your installation receives the quality workmanship it deserves.

For any homeowners interested in the expected remaining life expectancy of their current heating system, Family Plumbing and Heating offers full system maintenances and free estimates on replacement systems.

The Ace of Spades and King of Hearts

Across all the content Family Plumbing and Heating releases we continually mention that we are both the most accessible and transparent plumbing and HVAC contractor in and around Regina. These two expectations are what Tyler and I are working to use, among others, as pillars to help lift this company up further and further. But other than buzzwords to use for advertising, what do we mean by accessibility and transparency?

On the surface, accessibility is the easiest to describe. Phone, email, text, social media, etc. We put ourselves out there as much as we can to directly interact with our customers. We like to make sure anytime a homeowner has a question or concern that we are available to help guide them in the best direction for repairs. Our social media is also filled with volumes of our previous work and a look into our lives. Family Plumbing and Heating isn’t a hat we put on in the morning and take off at supper. (Reminder: order Family Plumbing and Heating hats!) The goals and values we set for our company are very much the same we carry in our personal lives. Being there for friends and families is important and its always better to make a relationship than make a dollar.

 

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Transparency has always been important to us at Family Plumbing and Heating. Tyler and I feel so strongly in our abilities and the service we can provide that we are more than willing to face any scrutiny that might come our way. When a customer allows us into their home they know exactly what to expect. There is never a mystery about what technician is showing up. Too many times I pulled my hair out when I saw techs being dispatched to calls they had no business attending. Its understandable that not every tech might know the solution as soon as they see the problem. But an issue with larger companies is they send out technicians that can’t even recognize the problem in the first place. We also do not hide ourselves behind a logo to validate our worth. We use our logo as a backdrop and stand proudly in front, ready to repair every leaking pipe and broken furnace that comes our way.  At every turn we try and lay our cards on the table, you might as well call us the Ace of Spades and King of Hearts.

Family Plumbing and Heating is always working hard to deliver the best service and build the strongest customer relationships. We are without a doubt the most convenient plumbing and HVAC company to reach in Regina. And if your not already following us (why wouldn’t you be?) finish reading and immediately head over to our Facebook and Instagram and follow along.

Furnace Efficiency Explained…..I hope

Hello Regina, now I know that everyone who reads this blog is a bona-fide intellectual and wold never ever need anything dumbed down for them. But lets just say for the sake of argument there’s that one lost soul whose stumbled upon this website and isn’t as up to date on all the plumbing and heating happenings like you or I are. Today’s post is going to be about efficiency and what it means when a plumber talks about it.

Efficiency, generally speaking, means accomplishing a task using the least amount of wasted energy. In my examples energy will be represented as natural gas or propane, and our task will be heating a home. Furnace efficiency ratings are commonly expressed as AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). This rating will express what percentage of energy is used for actually heating the home vs. how much will be wasted. For example if a furnace had a AFUE rating of 80%, your furnace is using 80% of the energy to raise the indoor temperature while the remaining 20% is lost as exhaust. Financially that means for every $1 you spend on your heating, 20 cents is essentially wasted.

This is also taking into account your furnace is working to it’s best performance. There are plenty of furnaces in Regina that have been hidden away by their owners and denied proper maintenance. Blower motors packed with dirt, hair and who knows what else cannot operate properly and will cause you to run your furnace longer, which in turn costs you $$$. An 80% efficient furnace from 2000 will likely be closer to 70% or lower depending on how much it has been cared for. And for all you holdouts out there who vehemently argue that your 30+ year old furnace is just as good as any new one, your likely anywhere in the range 50%-60%.But money is not the sole reason a homeowner should be thinking about efficiency. The older the furnace, the more carbon being produced and released into the atmosphere.

Anyone in the market for purchasing a new furnace will be looking at what is considered high efficient. This means anything 90% or higher. What achieves that high rating is the inclusion of the secondary heat exchanger. Basically the secondary heat exchanger recaptures and extracts heat that would normally be lost in the exhaust of a mid or low efficient furnace.

To sum it all up, the higher the efficiency rating the more money stays in your pocket. I hope this little blog helped. Later this week I’m hoping to have some time to explain single stage, two stage, and modulating furnaces.

See ya soon!