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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between a boiler and a furnace?

A boiler is part of a heating system that heats your home by using water. A hot water boiler system circulates water in the heat exchanger of your boiler, which is then pumped through pipes to heat a heat emitter (baseboard, radiators, infloor etc) before returning to the unit to start the cycle all over again. A furnace is part of a heating system that heats your home with hot air. A blower motor moves air through the furnace where it is heated and then distributes the hot air throughout a home’s duct system. The heat is then released from the duct system through the vents and registers in your home.

What is the right boiler for my home?

There can be several choices that will work for your home, however, we recommend working with a qualified contractor to select the best system for you and your home’s unique needs. For more information see our contact page to get in touch.

How often should I have my boiler serviced?

We, along with most manufacturers, recommend a yearly checkup of your boiler system. These inspections can help catch small fixes before they become expensive repairs, and also yearly maintenance keeps the health and longevity going for years to come extending the lifespan of your boiler.

How often should my boiler be replaced?

A typical boiler’s lifetime is expected to be 15-20 years. However, things vary, and your boiler may last longer if well maintained, less if it is ignored. Once repairs are needed more frequently, or if they become increasingly expensive, then a replacement boiler may save you money in the long run. An added benefit is that new boilers are almost guaranteed to be much more efficient than older systems.

How do I know if I have a boiler in my home?

A boiler heats your home by distributing hot water throughout your home to emitters. If your home heating system consists of pipes and radiators rather than vents, your home uses a boiler heating system.