When it comes to your boiler system for your home or business you want a company that stands behind their work. TLC has qualified residential & commercial boiler experts to provide you with expert, reliable service.
What is a boiler?
Many people assume that a hot water heater and a boiler are one in the same? They both heat water, right? Yes, they both heat water but they are a very different and used in different ways. Residential boilers are used to heat a home, most commonly for radiant heat systems. A boiler doesn’t just heat water, it boils it.
Types of boilers
There are three main types of boiler systems typically used in homes throughout Albuquerque & Santa Fe. TLC’s boiler experts are qualified to repair and replace all makes and models of residential boilers:
This is a basic standard boiler. They operate without condensing the fuel gases inside a pressure vessel. Non-condensing boilers cost less than condensing boilers but have a limited heating capacity and usually have an energy rating of around 80% AFUE.
A condensing hot water boiler heats homes and conserves energy, that in other types of boilers, would escape out the chimney. When the boiler burns gas to produce water vapor, the vapor condenses into a liquid again, releasing latent heat, which boosts efficiency ratings as high as 98%.
Hot Water/Boiler Combination Unit
A high-efficiency combination unit that provides domestic hot water and heating for your home through your radiant floor heating system. These systems must have the power (BTUs) to adequately provide hot water for the home and enough BTUs for the radiant heat system.
Combination Boiler & Heating System
What is a combination boiler system?
High-efficiency condensing “combi”, or combination boilers, are very popular in homes today because they can save space and money. A combi boiler is a compact and efficient unit that provides all the heat and hot water a small home needs while saving on operating and installation costs. Combis work like both central heating boilers and hot water cylinders. There are now compact units that can be hung from your kitchen wall.
Unlike conventional systems, combi boilers do not store domestic hot water. They heat water from the cold water directly even as you use them. With the new combi boilers, you do not have a hot water cylinder, loft tank, or pipework. Combis are like standard unvented boilers but they have a second heating circuit, which is what gives you instant hot water when you need it. If fed directly from the main water supply to the heat exchanger, the combi boiler can have an unlimited hot water supply as long as the boiler is firing. Combi units manage to extract a larger amount of heat from the flue gases that escape from the flue system, which increases the combi’s efficiency.
New Mexico Expert Boiler Service & Repair
TLC is your local expert when it comes to maintaining and repairing your boiler for your radiant heat system. With 24-hour boiler service, you can count on TLC to be here for you, with service in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe & surrounding areas.
Boiler Maintenance Service – Albuquerque & Santa Fe
TLC offers expert boiler maintenance for your heating system to keep your heating system running smoothly all winter long. We recommend getting a professional HVAC technician to perform annual maintenance on your boiler prior to the heating season to prevent unexpected problems. TLC’s annual boiler maintenance service includes the following:
Winter Boiler & Radiant Heat System Start Up
Getting your boiler ready for winter is vital to ensure your comfort when the temperature drops. We always recommend having an HVAC professional familiar with boiler systems to inspect your boiler prior to each winter. Steps for startup are as follows below:
- Prior to turning on the boiler ensure the pressure gauge on it has 10 to 12 PSI.
- Make sure the gas is on and the pilot is lit.
- Check the expansion tank and make sure it is not full of water. If you tap on it and it doesn’t sound like an empty tin can, then it is mostly bad and will need to be replaced prior to starting up the boiler. Make sure a professional replaces the expansion tank and completes the startup process.
- Plug the boiler in and turn up the thermostat, the boiler should start firing. If it doesn’t call a professional.
- If the boiler makes any odd noise or you can hear water running through it, unplug the boiler and call a professional.
- Make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors. If they are hard wired test them or replace the batteries. Every home should have more than one. If you have a professional startup your system they will have a highly sensitive CO2 detector that are calibrated each year.
TLC Annual Boiler/Radiant Heat Maintenance
TLC’s offers annual heating maintenance for residential boiler and heating systems in your New Mexico home. Our experienced technicians will get your system ready for winter. Your comfort and safety are very important to us and a thorough inspection will help avoid unexpected repairs and ensure your home is warm and comfortable. As part of our inspection we will perform the following maintenance:
- Boiler Startup
- Ignition System
- Vent Damper
- Pump Operation
- Pressure Regulator
- Zone Valve Test & Inspection
- Check Expansion Tank
- Air Removal Device
- Temp Rise
- Carbon Monoxide Test
Residential & Commercial Boiler Installation Experts
TLC is your choice for boiler installations for upgrades and replacements for your home or your business. When it’s time to replace your boiler system choose the experts you can trust. With service throughout Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, TLC’s here for you when you need us most.
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