Category: Maintenance

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!

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!

Fernox Glycol & Boiler Water Conditioners

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Today, Hellgate Plumbing wants you to know that we provide a Fernox glycol and boiler water conditioner service! Glycol is an excellent anti-freezing agent! The boiler water conditioner will help increase the boiler pump efficiency, and in turn, it will help prevent corrosion.

We can use these items on any brand of boiler, including Navien, Burnham, Weil McLein, and more!

Call us today if you want us to perform this service on your boiler!

 

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Maintaining Your Weil McLain Ultra Boiler

Happy Friday everyone! We hope you have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

At Hellgate Plumbing, we think it is extremely important for our customers to get their furnaces, boilers, and tankless water heaters serviced on a yearly basis. This will help prolong the life of the unit, and could save you from any future problems.

This week, we cleaned a Weil McLain Ultra boiler! These particular boilers require a maintenance kit for your annual cleanings.

Call us today if you have a Weil McLain Ultra boiler that needs to be cleaned, or any other boiler, furnace, and tankless water heater!

Flushing a Tank-Styled Water Heater

Even though a tank-styled water heater doesn’t need a mandatory cleaning every year (like a tankless water heater or boiler), there are still ways you can help keep a tank-styled water heater maintained. This cleaning guide can be used on tank-styled water heater brands such as AO Smith, Bradford White, and Rheem!

Sediment buildup in a tank-styled water heater can reduce your water heater’s energy efficiency and clog your water lines. To help alleviate these problems, and to help increase the life of the water heater, flush the tank every time you check the pressure relief valve.

Step 1
Turn off the electricity to the water heater, or turn off the gas to extinguish the pilot light.

Step 2
Connect a garden hose to the tank’s drain valve. Locate the draining end of the hose in an area that won’t be adversely affected by the scalding hot water. Gradually open the drain valve, and run for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Step 3
Close the tank drain valve, and disconnect the hose from the valve. Open each hot water spigot until all air is removed from the system.

Step 4
Close each hot water spigot as water begins to flow from it. After all the spigots are closed, turn on the electricity to the water heater, or re-light the pilot light and reset the gas valve to the previous temperature setting.

Steps to a Healthy HVAC System

At Hellgate Plumbing, we want our customers to take any steps necessary to keep their HVAC system running properly during the cold months. Here is a list of things you can do to help increase your HVAC life expectancy:

1. Purchase a better filter: There are new, high efficiency filters that have the capability of grabbing the smallest particles, including bacteria.

2. Replace the filter frequently (every few months): If the filter looks dark or clogged, you should change it. It is possible it needs to be changed more frequently if you have pets (monthly). Checking the filter every month would be an easy task to ensure a longer life span for your HVAC system.

3. Carbon monoxide detectors: Having these in your home is an extra step you should take to keep your family safe. If you get one of these detectors, make sure you change the batteries once every year.

4. Heat pump maintenance: In order to keep your heat pump well maintained, make sure there is at least 2 feet of clearance around the pump. Additionally, remove any debris (leaves, twigs, etc.) found on or around the heat pump, and make sure the unit is level on the ground.

5. HVAC system strains: To avoid unnecessary strain on your HVAC system, please do not close more than 20% of your home’s registers.