Mild winters are one of the best things about living in California. But if your home heating system isn’t up to the task of keeping your home warm, you’re not only missing out on much-deserved comfort. You’re probably spending more than you should on home heating.
Boiler maintenance and repairs in Sacramento ensure your heating system functions its best for many years to come!
Boiler Trouble Signs
We suggest annual boiler maintenance, either at the end of the season or before the cold weather sets in (we’ll discuss this further in a bit). But if you notice any of these trouble signs, don’t wait. Call us right away for a checkup and the necessary repairs.
It’s Too Cold
If it seems like your boiler is struggling to heat your home, it’s not all in your head. If a boiler isn’t sized right, it doesn’t warm right. And an older model loses efficiency over time. Furthermore, other problems—poor water flow, a pump that’s not working properly, a thermostat that’s broken—can lead to a cold home.
It’s Too Hot
What about the times when your home feels too warm? A faulty thermostat, or one that’s set incorrectly, might be the culprit. On the other hand, if we fix or replace a boiler that’s been broken or inefficient for some time, having a home that’s the proper temperature can be a bit of a shock. Turn the thermostat down!
This is a common problem since homes don’t always heat evenly. Windows that let the sun in can keep south-facing rooms a bit warmer, and if your thermostat is in one of them, it may not register that the rest of your home feels like an icebox. Conversely, rooms with poor insulation can also be cooler than the rest of your home. A zone system can help in this regard, and so can checking insulation (especially around windows and doors). Don’t forget to use your ceiling fans in the winter, too, since they’ll help your home warm more evenly.
My Boiler Won’t Stop Running
If your boiler seems to run constantly or goes through short cycling (going back and forth between being on and off, but rapidly), there may be a problem with your limit switch, your thermostat, or elsewhere in the system. This should not be ignored, even if your home seems warm enough; that short cycling puts significant strain on your system and can cause more severe problems.
My Boiler Doesn’t Heat
What if your boiler isn’t working at all? Before you call us, check your thermostat settings, then make sure the emergency shutoff hasn’t been turned off. Also check your breaker box and the gas supply, followed by the pilot light. Can’t pinpoint the problem? Call us right away!
Boiler Maintenance Near Sacramento
Because boilers heat and circulate water, they can be prone to mineral deposits the same as your plumbing and your water heater. And because it uses a gas-fired burner or an electrical element to heat that water, plus motors and pumps to circulate it throughout your home, your boiler is a complex system where things can break down—especially if they’re neglected.
Nobody wants a water leak, structural damage, a carbon monoxide leak, or a broken boiler. So keep in touch over the life of your boiler for maintenance. It won’t just save you money; it could very well save your home and your life.
How Long Does a Boiler Last?
Boilers have a fifteen-year service life on average. If you’ve been diligent about maintaining your system, you can go much longer than that with no major repairs, and your house will still be warm in the winter. That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea, however, since that boiler has to work harder and won’t be as efficient as a newer model, so you’re paying more to heat your home.
Should I Repair or Replace My Boiler?
The age of your system matters. But size does, too, so if you have added, or will soon be adding, to your home, add a new boiler installation to your budget. And pay attention to repair bills. A one-off repair is easy to absorb, but when the repairs start coming more frequently, you’ll quickly reach a point where replacing your boiler makes more financial sense.
Boiler Repair Cost in Sacramento
What does boiler repair cost? The only fair answer is, “It varies.” Parts and labor costs for a thermostat replacement or the cleaning of the burner will be less expensive than work that’s more involved. Any work at Ace Plumbing does come with a written estimate so you can make an informed decision.
Why Call Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning?
Whether you need boiler repair, a new boiler installation, or you’re considering alternatives like a heat pump installation, call Ace Plumbing. Our technicians’ experience makes the difference when you need a fast repair or timely maintenance at a fair price.
Emergency Boiler Repairs in Sacramento
We realize that problems usually come at the most inopportune times. That’s why we offer 24/7 emergency boiler repairs to homeowners in the Sacramento area. Service you can trust is a click or call away. Call Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning today!