Author: Michelle

Updating Boiler Elements

Hellgate Plumbing wants to share some pictures from a customer project involving Erie zone valves, a Tekmar zone control, and a Taco ECM smart pump. Even with an older boiler system, we still have the ability to modernize these boiler elements. Updating these elements can help the system perform better, and it can help decrease operating energy levels.

Call us today if you need any of these elements replaced for your boiler system!

Signs of a Water Heater Needing Repair or Replacement

Hellgate Plumbing installs several water heaters every month. There are several occasions where our technicians are called out to repair a water heater, but end up replacing the unit altogether because they find other issues with the system.

Hellgate Plumbing has general tips and signs about your water heater needing repair or replacement:

• The water heater is over 10 years old
• The water heater is leaking
• Hot water runs out at a faster rate compared to previous years
• Water is discolored or has weird odor
• The water heater makes loud popping noises during the heating stage
• Water is luke warm instead of hot
• Hot water pressure is decreasing, very low
• Frequent fluctuations in water temperature (changing from luke warm, to very hot, to cold)
• Corrosion occurring near the bottom of the water heater

If you think your water heater is experiencing any of these issues listed above, call Hellgate Plumbing to help repair or replace your water heater today!

Costing Tips for New Boiler System

Our Hellgate Plumbing & Heating team highly emphasizes the importance of quality for any boiler we install. We want our customers to fully understand what a new boiler system will cost, and we want to be transparent in breaking down the cost and what goes into installing a new boiler.

Based on what our technicians see at residences that have incorrect/unorganized boiler set-ups installed by other heating companies, we want to make sure customers are asking the right questions when receiving a boiler installation bid.

Here is an example of a boiler system at a residential home. Based on these pictures, our technicians notice the following items:

  • Old wiring
  • Original, outdated pumps
  • Outdated zone valves
  • No zone control

With these items in mind, here are some helpful tips on what to ask your plumber when they give you the cost to install a new boiler:

1. Does the cost include all new wiring? Is the wiring installed in a correct and organized fashion?
=Having outdated wiring could affect the efficiency of the boiler unit, and messy wiring can create larger diagnostic costs

2. Does the cost include a new ECM pump?
=Using an old pump for a new boiler system can affect the boiler’s efficiency levels

3. Does the cost include a new Tekmar or Taco zone control with new zone valves?
=Using an old zone control with old zone valves can create uncomfortable and uneven heat comfort levels throughout the home. It can also affect the boiler’s efficiency

4. Does the cost include an outdoor sensor?
=An outdoor sensor allows the boiler to adjust the boiler temperature based on the fluctuating temperatures outside the home. Without an outdoor sensor, the boiler can run hotter than it needs to be, creating low efficiency levels and a high heating bill

5.  Does the cost include a boiler protection device?
=A boiler protection device, called a Caleffi Dirt Mag, is the equivalent of an oil filter for a car. Without this filter, it could decrease the life of the boiler and its efficiency ratings

6. Does the cost include boiler water treatment?
=Boiler water treatment can include Fernox, which protects the internal boiler parts, zone valves, and pumps from corrosion and lime scale formation. It also helps reduce boiler noise and maintenance costs, and can save you money on your energy bill

 

Here is a picture of one of our boiler installation jobs. Hellgate Plumbing includes all of these items when installing a new boiler system.
We want new boiler systems to be appropriately modernized and upgraded to ensure the best efficiency and better comfort levels for your home.

Call Hellgate Plumbing today to get a quote on a new boiler system!

Combination Boilers

Hellgate Plumbing installs and repairs all types of combination boilers, including Navien, Lochinvar, Burnham, and Baxi!

At Hellgate Plumbing & Heating, we care about giving our customers the latest, most efficient products for their homes. One of the latest products we offer are combination boiler units! These units provide continuous hot water when multiple people are taking showers and washing dishes at the same time!

We have a list of facts for 3 different combination boilers: Navien, Burnham, and Lochinvar!

 

K2 Burnham Combination Boilers:

Hellgate Plumbing installs Burnham boilers!

-Burnham combination boilers can provide roughly 15-20% savings in your energy bill

-Burnham combination boilers have a special feature called “Outdoor Reset.” This feature has a sensor that is placed outside the home, which helps determine the correct output the boiler needs to heat the home. This feature comes in handy during fall and spring, when temperatures can fluctuate more frequently

-Burnham combination boilers can run on either gas or propane, and are American made

 

Navien NCB-E Combination Boilers:

Hellgate Plumbing installs Navien Combi-Boilers!

-Navien combination boilers takes up 80% less space than a traditional floor standing boiler and water heater

-Navien combination boilers are the first high efficiency condensing combination boilers that have the ability to supply both heat and hot water for bigger homes

-Navien combination boilers can be cascaded to a Navien tankless water heater to provide for extraordinarily high hot water demands

-Navien combination boilers have an application called Navi-Link, which you can download to your phone and can control your boiler system from anywhere in
the world

-Navien combination boilers have a special feature called “Outdoor Reset.” This feature has a sensor that is placed outside the home, which helps determine the
correct output the boiler needs to heat the home. This feature comes in handy during fall and spring, when temperatures can fluctuate more frequently

 

Lochinvar Noble Combination Boilers:

-Lochinvar Noble combination boilers can provide fast, reliable hot water supply and efficient space heating

-Lochinvar Noble combination boilers eliminate the “cold water sandwich” effect, which doesn’t allow for any pockets of cold water to run through your hot water

-Lochinvar Noble combination boilers have innovative fire-tube heat exchangers, which can produce a higher heat transfer

-Lochinvar Noble combination boilers have a special feature called “Outdoor Reset.” This feature has a sensor that is placed outside the home, which helps determine the
correct output the boiler needs to heat the home. This feature comes in handy during fall and spring, when temperatures can fluctuate more frequently

All of these combination units have different strengths and features, but ultimately you will not be disappointed with any of these units! Your home is guaranteed to have lower heating costs while being provided with continuous hot water and heat!

Call Hellgate Plumbing today to get a quote on a Navien, Lochinvar, or Burnham combination boiler!

Navien Boiler & Water Heater Combination Unit

At Hellgate Plumbing, we like to provide our customers with the latest products! Just this week, we installed a brand new Navien boiler and water heater combination unit, providing your home with instant hot water, even if multiple people are needing hot water at the same time! These Navien combination units take up 80% less space than an average floor standing water heater and boiler system! Navien combination boilers are also the first high efficiency boiler to supply both heat and hot water to your home! These units also have the capability of linking with a Navien tankless water heater to supply larger amounts of hot water, and with add-ons like Navi-Link, you can control your boiler unit from anywhere in the world!

Call Hellgate Plumbing today to get a quote on installing a Navien boiler and water heater combination unit in your home!

Dianorm Radiator

Happy Wednesday!

At Hellgate Plumbing, we install all kinds of heating systems, from York furnaces to Dianorm radiators! This week, our team installed a Dianorm double wall radiator for an older home.

Hellgate Plumbing installs Dianorm radiators!

Call Hellgate Plumbing today to learn more about Dianorm radiators and what we can do to get one installed in your home today!

Bathroom Remodel

Happy Friday everyone!

At Hellgate Plumbing, we can help you with your home remodel projects! Just recently, we remodeled a master bathroom in an older, vintage home. The fixtures are a Moen Weymouth collection, and the results are amazing!

Call us today if you want us to remodel your bathroom!

 

Sound Differences Between York 13-seer and 17-seer Air Conditioning Units

Temperatures are continuing to rise throughout the week, and Hellgate Plumbing wants to make sure you are staying cool by having a new high efficiency York AC unit in your home!
 
We have installed 13-seer and 17-seer York AC units over the summer. 13-seers are less expensive compared to 17-seers, but the noise difference between the 2 units is incredible. We highly recommend installing 17-seer units that are more efficient and much quieter, making it peaceful for you and your neighbors!
 
We have videos of each unit. The first video is a 17-seer unit, and the second video is a 13-seer unit. Listen to each video to hear the difference between the 2!!

Chimney Venting Kit

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Hellgate Plumbing wanted to share one of our most recent projects. We installed a chimney liner kit for one of our customers who has a Navien combi-boiler unit. This chimney liner kit is a great option when you have an existing chimney that is not lined. It’s good to have a flue for your boiler system, and this can be a way to do it.

Call us to learn more about chimney liner kits and to have one installed in your home today!

Cleaning Furnace Filters

Happy Friday everyone, and more importantly, Happy HVAC day!!

We wanted to share this picture of a furnace filter we discovered at a residential home. As you can see, this filter hasn’t been changed out in a very long time. With this much dirt and dust piled up in the filter, it could easily affect the efficiency and life of your furnace, along with affecting the air quality. We strongly recommend residential owners to replace their filters once every few months, or even once a month if you have several animals and lots of activity. Replacing a filter can be a easy thing to miss, but it can be a simple game changer for your furnace’s life down the road.

If you have any questions about maintaining your HVAC system, check out our blog about HVAC health or call us today!