With a functioning boiler, it’s easy staying warm in Michigan’s winter months. But when your boiler acts up, a few blankets and a pair of slippers might not be enough to ward off the cold. With over 68 years of experience maintaining hydronic heating systems, Hartford & Ratliff Co., Inc. has established itself as a trusted HVAC company in the Farmington area. In that time, we’ve developed a true understanding of boiler systems and how to properly maintain, replace, and repair them.
It can help to think of boilers as a unique type of water heater. While conventional heating systems disperse heat using air, boilers use hot water and pipes. While this heated liquid flows through your home, it distributes heat through your radiators and other linked devices. Now cooled, the water returns to the boiler’s tank to be reheated and start the cycle over. You may also hear this subset of HVAC systems referred to as water-based or hydronic. In most homes, natural gas is used to power the boiler’s heating elements. A simple step-by-step list of boiler operations is below:
Your hydronic heating system represents a substantial investment and is a key part of comfortable living. Hiring a reputable HVAC expert to repair, install, or maintain it is the best thing you can do to protect your money and your home. But there are a lot of boiler experts in Farmington Hills and the surrounding areas. Which one do you choose? How can you tell which is worth the investment? Here are five things you should look for in a boiler contractor:
Though boilers break down less often than conventional heating systems, they still need service on occasion. Electrical components come loose. Pilot lights flicker out. Save our number the next time you need to fix a problem with your heating system. You’ll soon learn why so many people in Farmington trust us with their boiler repairs.Get Heat Back
One of the best ways to keep a house warm while also enjoying cleaner air and superior energy savings is with a boiler. When you move into a new home or are constructing one, consider having a boiler installed with a separate air conditioner instead of a forced–air system. Talk to our professionals to learn about the advantages of a boiler heating system.Be More Efficient
You must take regular care of a boiler system in order to enjoy the advantage of its long lifespan. Otherwise, you’re just sentencing it to an early grave. Our HVAC maintenance professionals will come to your house each fall to inspect, clean, and tune–up your boiler. To make this process automatic all you have to do is sign up for one of our maintenance plans.Keep It Running
Hartford & Ratliff Co., Inc. sets ourselves apart from other HVAC companies in Serving the 5 county area. When it comes to providing boiler service, we’re dedicated to providing top-notch service and putting your needs above all else. We’re so confident you’ll want to use us again, that we back everything we do with a satisfaction guarantee. So, if there is ever a problem with how we handled your boiler installation or repair, just reach out to us at (248) 471-3110. We’ll make things right.
The next time you're in need of hydronic system service, you need a team you can trust. Fortunately, if you call Farmington home, we're just a phone call away. Hartford & Ratliff Co., Inc. aims to provide an excellent experience at every job. Reach out to us today at (248) 471-3110 to schedule service.
We recommend having your boiler serviced on a yearly basis. This will ensure it operates at maximum efficiency through the cold times and into milder weather. By getting it regularly serviced, you can help yourself to avoid future boiler repairs. You can learn more about the benefits of HVAC maintenance in Farmington and Farmington Hills by reaching out to us by phone or through our website.
Though not possible in the past, newer “combi” boilers allow you to use the water in your boiler for bathing and cooking as well. This eliminates the need for a separate water heater, saving you space and boosting home efficiency.
If your boiler is leaking, don’t panic. You can limit the damage by taking the following steps:
This depends on numerous factors. Very old boilers are typically very loud. While those made in the last 15 to 20 years, tend to be quieter than even the newest ones. This is because internal components in new systems, used to enhance efficiency, produce low levels of noise during use. Even if this additional sound is annoying, your new system’s lower operation cost will more than make up for it.
While radiators can be used to cool homes, boilers cannot provide the cold water necessary to do so. Using a water chiller to produce a cooling effect can lead to humidity, corrosion, and condensation issues. For people with boilers looking for a way to beat Farmington’s summer heat, ductless AC is often the best option.
Our radiant heating experts service all brands of residential boilers including Lennox, Bosch, Buderus, Peerless, Westinghouse, and Triangle Tube.