Every year, people across Brooklyn struggle with their boilers. Little problems, like strange noises or inconsistent heating, often go ignored. If problems are small enough, it’s easy to think that they can be put off until next winter, but this can be a bad idea.
Some of the most common problems can be the easiest to fix, if they’re diagnosed early enough, but others can be serious and require immediate intervention. If you experienced any of these boiler struggles last winter, having your heating system checked out now can save you from a chilly surprise later.
Little Signs, Big Trouble
Mechanical thermostats can drift out of calibration over time or may be knocked off balance. Electronic thermostats are easy to install incorrectly, and crossed wires can lead to erratic boiler behavior.
If your boiler isn’t producing heat at all, or if the water temperature in other parts of your home seems wrong, it could be a broken coil. This is easy to fix, but shouldn’t be attempted by homeowners, due to the chance of further, more expensive damage.
Loud banging noises or inconsistent heat could be the result of mineral buildup in your pipes or a boiler that can’t ignite properly. One of these can damage your heating system. The other could damage your home. And both could mean a boiler that goes out in the worst parts of the Brooklyn winter.
If you notice water pooling around your boiler, or hear a loud hissing noise when it’s on, that’s a good sign that it has a leak. Not only can this mean varying temperatures from room to room, it also means things can get worse fast. Water can eat away at the pressure vessel until it erupts out, damaging anything nearby and flooding your basement.
Find a Fix
No matter what problems your boiler had last year, if you haven’t had them repaired, it’s unlikely they’ve improved since then. They might have even gotten worse. The experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating can conduct a home inspection to determine the cause of your problems, and recommend solutions that can help you avoid the worst this winter. Call at (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri Plumbing & Heating online to schedule one today.
Get an Energy-Efficient Model Now to Save Big This Winter
Are you ready to shake off the winter blues and focus on warm-weather fun? So are we, but if you struggled with high heating bills this year, give the upcoming winter some thought. When warmer temperatures arrive, there is less demand for heating services. It’s a great time to schedule service on the boiler in your Brooklyn home or get an estimate for upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model.
Your local boiler experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating can tune up, repair or replace any type of boiler system, and we can make recommendations about whether it’s better to keep fixing an older unit or replace it altogether. We want to make sure your system is working at its best the first time you turn it on.
Is it Time to Replace?
As much as you would like them to last forever, your home’s systems eventually wear out, including your boiler. Eventually it will become more expensive to run and repair your boiler than it would be to just replace it. Generally, boilers have a lifespan of about 15 years. If yours is getting close to that age and experiencing problems, it’s probably time to replace it.
In addition, older boilers have significantly lower energy efficiency than newer models. Older boilers operate anywhere from 56 to 70 percent efficiency, while newer models get close to 99 percent. Upgrading could cut your energy bills almost in half, meaning you could get your money back in just a few years.
Switch to Natural Gas
Depending on where you live, you might also benefit from switching from heating oil to natural gas for your Brooklyn boiler. Natural gas burns more efficiently than heating oil, meaning even more savings on your heating bills. And since natural gas runs continuously via underground pipes, you will never run low or have to order more.
Find out More
If you want to avoid a repeat of last winter’s high heating bills, now is the time to get an estimate on a replacement boiler. Our Petri Plumbing & Heating service experts know the ins and outs of Brooklyn homes, and they can recommend the best system to meet your needs and save you a bundle, along with rebate programs to lower the cost of your replacement. Contact Petri Plumbing & Heating today to schedule an appointment.
Boilers keep many homes and businesses warm, but like any appliance, they don’t last forever. Nobody wants to drop the money to buy a new one if they don’t have to, but the Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing can help our Brooklyn neighbors know when it’s time to say goodbye.
Is your boiler more than 15 years old? Inevitably, its useful lifespan is running out. Routine maintenance can help, but staying with older models can mean burning money. They just can’t keep up with new models when it comes to energy efficiency.
Yes, replacing your boiler means dropping a chunk of money, but how much are you spending each year to keep it running? All those service calls add up. Old boilers are a net drain on your finances; however, a new boiler can end up paying for itself. Since older home boilers only run at 50 to 60 percent efficiency, a new boiler can mean substantial energy savings. That means you can make up the cost of installing a new boiler within a few years.
It doesn’t bode well if water is leaking from your boiler. You’ll need to call a licensed expert to talk a look at it and determine whether it can be repaired. Don’t delay. A leaking boiler can end up flooding your home, leading to expensive water damage.
Schedule an inspection
Ready to take the next step? Schedule a boiler inspection by our expert technicians. They can advise you on whether it’s time to replace your older home boiler with a newer model. We can make the repairs needed to prolong the life of your boiler, but we’ll also advise you when it’s time to get a new one. Contact Petri today for the best boiler repair services in Brooklyn or call us at (718) 748-1254.
Petri Plumbing & Heating recommends New York homeowners schedule early fall boiler maintenance to avoid untimely winter breakdowns and failures
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – September 17, 2018 – Petri Plumbing and Heating, Inc., a family owned business serving New York since 1906, recommends scheduling an annual boiler tune-up now to eliminate the chances of equipment failures and safety concerns that can arise during unexpectedly cold fall days.
“Making sure your boiler system is ready for winter, and fall for that matter, should be an annual commitment,” said Michael Petri, owner of Petri Plumbing & Heating. “A simple annual tune-up can save tremendous amounts on your energy bill, eliminate unexpected repairs and, most importantly, prevent safety hazards.”
The Petri Plumbing and Heating team recommends an early tune-up for the following reasons:
- Increase efficiency and save money – During an annual boiler tune-up, filters will be changed, the unit will be cleaned and mechanical parts will be lubricated resulting in better operating efficiency. The less work it takes for the unit to reach desired temperatures during heating season, the less impact it will have on the monthly energy bill.
- Prevents untimely failures and breakdowns – More than 40% of boilers that fail during fall and winter will do so on the first day below freezing. By identifying and correcting any issues that may have developed or worsened since last winter, untimely failures can be avoided. Early attention to such hidden problems can eliminate costly repairs.
- Helps maintain good indoor air quality – As dust, pet dander and other small debris cycle through the system, the filters work to remove as much of it as possible. When filters are changed and the system is cleaned during a tune-up, it prevents these small particles from continuing to cycle throughout the household and invading living spaces.
- Identifies and corrects potential safety concerns – A faulty system or clogged flue can result in improper ventilation and the dangerous presence of carbon monoxide. During a tune-up, technicians will inspect and correct any issues that could lead to carbon monoxide leaks, fires and any other safety hazards that can arise due to negligence.
- May be required to maintain manufacturer’s warranty – Many manufacturers’ warranties actually require proof of annual maintenance before paying repair reimbursements. Reading all of the fine print and acting accordingly can save hundreds in repair fees or even thousands if a full replacement unit is necessary.
For more information about boiler tune-ups, please visit www.petriplumbing.com or call 718-748-1254.
About Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc. is a family owned and operated business serving Brooklyn and the New York City area. Founded in 1906, the company offers a 100 percent guarantee on all services, upfront pricing, and friendly and knowledgeable service experts for all kinds of home and business plumbing and heating needs. Services offered include water and gas pipe leak repair and installation, fixture installations, inspections, boiler repair, water heater installation, complete bathroom, kitchen, laundry and utility room remodeling and more. Petri is also licensed and certified by Green Plumbers USA, the first in New York City to receive this designation. For more information, please visit www.petriplumbing.com or call 718-748-1254.
With Brooklyn finally enjoying warm weather, it’s understandable that our neighbors might not want to think about their heating systems until fall is coming to a close. Now that the demand for heating system repairs has quieted down, though, it’s a good time to see to the needs of your aging boiler.
If you spent the winter miserable from a failing boiler or if high heating bills had you sweating, it’s time to talk to the Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing about whether it is time to replace your old boiler.
Boilers don’t last forever. If yours is more than 15 years old, it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. We’re happy to help keep it running as long as possible through routine maintenance and repairs, but all you’ll do is burn money the longer you limp along with an outdated model. Older home boilers can only run at 50 to 60 percent efficiency of the newest models, so that means you’re just wasting half of the money you spend on heating.
Cost of Replacing Vs. Repair
Looking at the one-time cost of replacing your boiler might convince you to try to get a few more years of service out of it, but reduced utility bills will more than make up for the cost within a few years. If you want to learn more, schedule a boiler inspection by our expert technicians. They give you recommendations on getting the most out of your current boiler or whether it makes financial sense to replace it with a newer model.
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Petri Plumbing is certified to replace or repair many brands of boilers such as:
- B. Smith
- New Yorker
- Weil McLain
If you suffered through heating bills last winter or noticed any problems with your boiler’s performance, the team at Petri Plumbing can help. We’ll advise you on your options for repairing or replacing your boiler. If you need assistance, contact us at (718) 748-1254 today to learn more.
Petri Plumbing & Heating of Brooklyn warns homeowners of three audible alerts that signal potential need for boiler repairs
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Dec. 5, 2017 – Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc., an experienced family-owned home service provider operating since 1906, is helping Brooklyn residents discover the cause of weird and potentially problematic noises their boilers can make.
“We’ve been working with boilers all over Brooklyn for decades and you’d be surprised at what kind of noises can come out of them,” said Michael Petri, owner of Petri Plumbing & Heating. “Some are harmless, but if your boiler unit is making banging, grinding, or whining noises, it could signal aging in the unit, inefficiencies in its operation, or pending costly repairs if left alone.”
According to Petri, these three noises could mean the following for a boiler:
- Banging – A banging or clunking sound emanating from the boiler can be indicative of one of many issues, and resolution should be sought immediately. One issue that can cause this sort of noise is the occurrence of “kettling.” Kettling is the overabundance of minerals falling out of solution and adhering to the heat exchanger. As minerals like limestone build up on the exchanger’s surfaces, steam can be created due the reduced water flow and resulting pockets of localized boiling. Another issue that banging can indicate is the delay of ignition when the boiler begins a heating cycle. Excess fuel could possibly be igniting in the unit, and this can lead to highly dangerous situations if left alone.
- Whining – When a higher-pitched, whining noise is heard, it could mean that a small hole in the boiler has developed and the unit is experiencing a “tea kettle” effect. If the unit is an oil boiler, whining can mean that a fuel line may be restricted. This sound may also be related to a more mechanical breakdown, such as failing bearings in the fan motor.
- Grinding – If the boiler is making a grinding sound, there is a good chance that the ball bearings found in the motor are not properly lubricated. Dry ball bearings will begin to succumb to friction and grind as they wear. This is an immediate sign to place a service call. Only a professionally trained technician should be trusted to disassemble and repair or replace parts in the boiler motor.
For Brooklyn area residents that are noticing strange or alarming sounds coming from their boiler, Petri recommends calling their preferred HVAC technician.
“We want our Brooklyn neighbors to not only have a warm home, but to be safe as well,” Petri said. “I’ve heard and seen enough of these issues result in dead boilers or potentially dangerous situations when left lingering—and it never fails I always have a few customers that regret not calling a professional sooner when they realize the damage that’s been caused.”
Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc. has an A+ rating from the BBB and has been providing fast, reliable and quality service to the Brooklyn area since 1906.
About Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc. is a family owned and operated business serving Brooklyn and the New York City area. Founded in 1906, the company offers a 100 percent guarantee on all services, upfront pricing, and friendly and knowledgeable Service Experts for all kinds of home and business plumbing and heating needs. Services offered include water and gas pipe leak repair and installation, fixture installations, inspections, boiler repair, water heater installation, complete bathroom, kitchen, laundry & utility room remodeling and more. Petri is also licensed and certified by Green Plumbers USA, the first in New York City to receive this designation. For more information, please visit www.petriplumbing.com or call 718-748-1254.
If you spent last year’s holiday season shivering from the cold or sweating from high energy bills, a new energy-efficient boiler might be the perfect Christmas gift for your household. The Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing can advise you on whether it is time to replace your old boiler.
If your boiler is more than 15 years old, its useful lifespan is coming to a close. Although routine maintenance can forestall the inevitable, older models just can’t compete with the energy efficiency of new models. You won’t be burning money with a new system.
Even though the cost of replacing your boiler might seem like an awful big chunk of change, it will cost less than constant service calls to keep it running. A new boiler will also pay for itself over the long-term with reduced utility bills. Older home boilers only run at 50 to 60 percent efficiency, so installing a new boiler means you can make up the cost within a few years.
If water is leaking from your boiler, there is definitely something wrong. An inspection can determine whether it is repairable. Don’t delay, though. If a leaking boiler leads to flooding, it can severely damage your home.
Schedule an inspection
Ready to take the next step? Schedule a boiler inspection by our expert technicians. They can advise you on whether it’s time to replace your older home boiler with a newer model.
Petri Plumbing is certified to repair or replace many brands of boilers such as:
- B. Smith
- New Yorker
- Weil McLain
If you noticed any problems with your boiler last winter, the team at Petri Plumbing can advise you on your options for repairing or replacing your boiler. If you need assistance, contact us at (718) 748-1254 today to learn more about your options.
Veissman Certified Dealer in Brooklyn
Petri Plumbing & Heating Inc. has become a certified Veissman install and repair company. Viessmann is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of efficient, reliable and affordable heating products. Viessman’s innovative solutions are simple to install, service and use. Viessmann offers a comprehensive range of German-engineered products gas-fired hot water boiler heating systems and more for applications in residential, multi-family, commercial, light industrial, schools, universities, hospitals, municipalities and government buildings.
For almost 100 years, Viessmann has refused to settle for anything less than excellence. Our heating products are made from highest grade materials, designed with the latest technology, easy to install, simple to service and are built to last.
When it’s time to make a decision on a new heating system for your home, don’t settle for anything less than the best. Choose Viessmann. Please call us today to find out more about the Veissman line of products and find out if they are right for your home!
Fall is here in Brooklyn and winter is on its way. Before things start cooling down dramatically, it might be time to have your home boiler checked out by a certified technician. Your friends at Petri Plumbing can help you get the most use out of your existing boiler or advise you on replacement options.
There are some signs that your boiler might be failing. If you’ve noticed that it is leaking or dripping water, it’s a sure sign something is going on. It could be a broken part or the pressure could be set too high. Whatever the case, it’s time to bring in a professional plumber to evaluate the condition of the boiler and advise you on what to do next.
Other warning signs:
- Does your home have hot and cold spots?
- Is your gas consumption unusually high?
- Is there water on the floor around your boiler?
- Having trouble keeping your boiler on?
- Have you experienced warm temperatures in one room of your home while an adjacent room is significantly colder?
If you notice these problems, your home boiler may be in need of replacement. Repairs can help solve some of these issues, but the longer you wait, the more you’ll end up spending in service calls. Replacing an older boiler with an energy-efficient model will pay for itself in reduced utility bills within a few seasons.
Petri Plumbing is certified to repair or replace Viessmann, Baxi, Noritz, Navien, Bosch, and other tankless boilers. Petri Plumbing is also certified to repair or replace your standard atmospheric boilers such as Burnham, Weil McLain, New Yorker, Slant/Fin, and H.B. Smith.
If you’ve been noticing problems with your boiler, the team at Petri Plumbing can advise you on replacing your existing boiler system with a new model to save money. If you need assistance, contact us at (718) 489-2921 today to learn more about your options.
It’s summer in Brooklyn. Enjoy the heat while you can. A brutal NYC winter awaits in a matter of months. When it comes, are you looking to keep your home warm for less money? Your friends at Petri Plumbing can advise you on the latest tankless boiler technology to help.
Home boiler systems work by heating water that is pumped throughout the house. A tankless boiler can be up to 98 percent energy efficient. This can mean quite a drop in monthly utility bills if you’re replacing an older or heavily used boiler, which can have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating of just 50 percent.
A new tankless boiler from Petri Plumbing will heat your Brooklyn home more efficiently and comfortably while saving you money each month. Almost double the energy efficiency means that your boiler is no longer wasting half of the energy you’d pay for each month to run older models.
Tankless boilers take up far less space than traditional models. They can cut fuel consumption by up to 53 percent compared to conventional systems. You can pay for the cost of the new boiler in just two years from the money you’ll save on natural gas.
After the installation, you’ll want to have the boiler regularly maintained to protect your investment and to get the longest life and most performance out of the system. Petri Plumbing, your neighborhood expert on tankless boilers, is happy to help out with these services.
We’re certified to repair or replace Viessmann, Baxi, Noritz, Navien, Bosch, and other brands. We are also certified to repair or replace standard atmospheric boilers such as Burnham, Weil McLain, New Yorker, Slant/Fin, and H.B. Smith.
Summer is good time to learn about the advantages of a tankless boiler from the experts at Petri Plumbing. If you are ready to learn more, contact us anytime at (718) 717-1089.