Boilers need tune-ups too. At the same price as a furnace or AC tune-up, a boiler tune-up keeps the heating system safe, reliable, and efficient.
Pictured are 2 separate boiler tune-up before-and-afters, looking at the inside of a modulating condensing boiler. The black and green scaly gunk was preventing heat from transferring to the water, thereby making the boiler far less efficient than the advertised 95% AFUE. The boiler depicted in the 2 lower photos was severely neglected and needed further work. We fixed it all up, but we forgot to snap a pic afterward.
Furnace tune-ups cost less than $200 but why get one? One reason is they save money by preventing premature failure of components. Pictured below are a few recent examples. The repair costs alone were hundreds of dollars for each of these failures, they were all from separate homes.
$599 for some homes and $699 for some bigger homes.
The best duct cleaning service available because:
An oversimplified range is $3,000 to $4,900. Here are a few prices from January...
80% AFUE, 100k BTU = $2,374
95% AFUE, ECM blower, 60k BTU = $3,051
95% AFUE, ECM blower, 60k BTU = $3,101
95% AFUE, ECM blower, 60k BTU = $3,384
96% AFUE, 2-stage, ECM blower, 60k BTU = $3,369
96% AFUE, 2-stage, ECM blower, 60k BTU = $3,527
96% AFUE, 2-stage, ECM blower, 60k BTU = $3,531
96% AFUE, 2-stage, ECM blower, 60k BTU = $3,652
98% AFUE, 100-stage, ECM blower, 60k BTU = $4,285
98% AFUE, 100-stage, ECM blower, 60k BTU = $4,631
These prices may reflect rebates, rewards, or other incentives that the purchaser received.
Our favorite equipment to install is a boiler, the comfort and efficiency hot water heat can deliver is unmatched. Sadly, 99% (per Joey) of the residential boilers we see other companies install are improperly configured! Pictured below is an install that went awry. Luckily, the customer was able to boot the other company and then allowed us to install a top-of-the-line system.
Before a boiler install we always consider:
We service all makes and models of residential boilers and most commercial ones too.
We removed a bunch of dust and yucky stuff from a customer's heating and cooling air ducts today and scored some bonus items too. The customer even let us keep our "treasures!" We can't promise we will find toys, timber, newspapers from the 80s, an iPhone 7, or a stash of cash in your duct work during the course of a duct clean. But if we do you'll be the first to know.
A customer wrote…
“Hi Joey -
Just thought I would share some good news with you.
At the end of the summer last year I got a new AC unit. It seems to be making a noticeable reduction in my electricity use. My WeEnergies bill says the average temp in August 2015 was 69, in August 2016 it’s 74.” The energy bill had dropped over 8%, this was good news!
I’m impressed the total bill went down despite:
- much warmer summer
- nearly 1% increase in electricity rates
- the energy bill doesn't isolate the AC, so the effective savings on just the AC would be even higher!
The customer continued…
“I never expected I could see such an obvious difference ... a nice surprise! Continuing to appreciate your good service.”
Aw-shucks, ‘twas nothing. Thanks for the kind words.
A heat pump is an air conditioner that can cool when it is hot outside and heat when it is cold outside.
A heat pump is a fancy air conditioner that can help heat a home in the fall and spring, thereby reducing fossil fuel usage. The time to consider a heat pump is when a new air conditioning system is needed or if no central air ducts are in place. If the home has no ducts a mini-split heat pump may be the perfect solution.
Mini-split heat pumps are able to offer cooling and heating without ductwork because the super quiet fan coils are mounted directly in the living space. These ultra-efficient units are able to cool and heat areas that were previously difficult or impossible to keep comfortable.
Depends, of course, but all told an oversimplified range is $3,100 to $4,900. Here are some recent prices paid in the real world :
3 ton, 15 SEER = $4,016.00
1.5 ton, 13 SEER = $2,964.00
2.5 ton, 13 SEER = $2,968.00
4 ton, 13 SEER = $4,195.00
2 ton, 15 SEER = $3,576.00
3 ton, 13 SEER = $3,338.00
2.5 ton, 16 SEER = $4,074.00
4 ton, 15 SEER = $3,869.00
3 ton, 16 SEER = $4,410.00
These prices do not reflect rebates, rewards, or other incentives that the purchaser may have received.
Start by checking the batteries, if applicable. Then, verify the HVAC system has power and equipment panels are in place. After that it is time for a professional. Adventurous folk may choose to place their trust in YouTube strangers; that's cool and it works sometimes. Changing a thermostat is a manageable task for most handypersons if safety protocols are followed, such as turning off the power first.
A thermostat (stat) is a like a light switch, only it turns heating and cooling equipment off/on instead of a light. In most cases, turning a stat up higher won’t make heat come out any faster or hotter. When the stat wants heat or air conditioning it will display something similar to “heat on” or “system on.” At this point the furnace or AC should be operating. If not, we may verify that the stat is operating properly by isolating it from the control wires.
We turn off power to the system, disconnect the stat wires, install a jumper between individual wires, and then reapply power to test most stats. Generally, the functions of the terminals are as follows:
R = 24 volts
W = heat
G = fan
Y = cooling
C = common (24 volts)
Additionally, to name a few, there maybe be:
W1 and/or W2 = 1st/2nd stage heat
Y1 and/or Y2 = 1st/2nd cooling
When we connect:
R - W terminal/wires we expect the heating system to run.
R - G terminal/wires we expect the fan to run.
R - Y terminal/wires we expect the outdoor AC to run.
If jumping the terminals/wires causes the equipment to function as expected the stat is likely bad. Conversely, if the equipment does not function as expected the stat is likely good and the problem is elsewhere.
We are cautious because all modern stats require electricity. Electricity is dangerous. Even small amounts can destroy equipment components and pose a threat to life.
There are many types of stats; a hierarchy might look like this:
Mechanical - This includes the old round ones. Some old stats contain mercury so please don’t toss them in the trash. We'll gladly submit them to a recycler for you.
Digital - The most popular stat. Illuminated displays, most have batteries, and they can be programmable or non-programmable.
Wireless - Used when running wires from the stat location to the equipment is too difficult.
Wi-Fi - Smart phone users rejoice! Super simple apps make checking in on your home a breeze.
Wi-Fi + Motion detecting or geofencing - Automatic adjustments to save energy when no one is home.
Wi-Fi + Communicating - Installed with a new furnace and AC so the stat and equipment can all talk about the weather and what to do about it.
Yes! Some of the things we currently do include: