Omnia Mechanical Group

571 Timpson Place Bronx, NY 10455

Phone: 212-534-2500

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How to Determine if Your Boiler Needs a Repair or Replacement

New York City property owners and managers know that their heat and hot water boilers are the heart of their buildings’ proper functioning. Whether you’re talking about a large residential or commercial property, a faulty boiler can cause huge disruptions for tenants and headaches for you. Therefore it’s imperative to stay on top of boiler repair at all times.

With autumn just around the corner, now is the time to evaluate your boiler to see if it needs repair or replacement. Do not wait until September or later to do this assessment! Waiting too long puts you into cooler weather in New York, which is when tenants demand working heat and when professional boiler repair services may not be able to accommodate you as fast as you’d like.

Here are some signs indicating that your boiler needs attention, so you can call in the pros before cold weather is upon us. Pro tip: many of these signs are also applicable for single-family home boilers, just on a smaller scale. August is the perfect time for you to check the health of your boiler too.

No Heat or Hot Water

The most obvious sign

If your property is not receiving adequate heat or hot water, this is usually a clear sign that something is wrong with the boiler. We’re talking about uniform poor performance here. If only some units have poor heat or diminished hot water supply, that may be due to inadequate pressure, your plumbing delivery system, or radiators that need repair or replacement.

Boiler Firing at Wrong Intervals

Too hot or too cold

Your boiler may be turning on and off at the wrong intervals. At one end of this spectrum is a boiler that comes on too infrequently, usually resulting in sparse heat that’s not enough for your tenants’ comfort.

A boiler that fires too frequently may cause overheating in units. A clear sign of this is tenants opening their windows or walking around in shorts during the winter months. Their hot water may be too hot, resulting in scalds or burns, a situation that must be avoided.

Sometimes this is a relatively easy fix if the thermostat needs adjustment or repair. Tepid tap water may also point to poor insulation in your boiler and delivery system. However, if your thermostat is set properly and your boiler and pipes are well insulated, it’s time to call a boiler specialist to see what’s going on.

Excessively High Utility Bills

Wasted money

When your boiler fires too frequently, whether because of a thermostat issue or a problem with the boiler itself, you’ll see the results in overly high utility bills. If you notice a sudden rise in your gas costs that can’t be explained by the price of gas, or if your bills are much higher than other properties of the same size, the first place to look is your boiler.

Carbon Monoxide Buildup

A dangerous warning

The accumulation of carbon monoxide, a natural byproduct of combustion, can be dangerous, particularly for people who work in your boiler room. Carbon monoxide can easily replace oxygen in the body when it is breathed in, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning or even death.

There are four key ways to tell if carbon monoxide is building up around your boiler:

  • The boiler flame burns yellow instead of blue.
  • Soot or black powder collects around the boiler, often near where it comes in contact with the flame.
  • Your carbon monoxide detector triggers repeatedly, alerting you to hazardous levels of carbon monoxide in the air.
  • Workers in the boiler room or nearby exhibit signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as unusual sleepiness or extreme fatigue that gets better when they leave that location.

If you observe any of these warning signs, call a boiler professional immediately. Always use a carbon monoxide detector, and evacuate the boiler room if its alarm sounds. Call 911 for any workers exhibiting signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Leaking Water

Multiple causes

Your boiler room should be dry, with no water leaking from the boiler or its constituent parts. If you notice leaks, large or small, it’s a sign you’ve got a problem that needs attention.

Boilers are not especially complicated, but there are lots of places from where water can leak, especially where two parts fit together. The drum of the boiler itself could also be leaking where corrosion has caused small breaches in the metal.

Over time, these leaks can widen. Additionally, a sudden change in pressure could force a rupture, sending hundreds of gallons of hot water spewing into the boiler room. Obviously, this is a scenario to be avoided, as it could result in burns and damaged property. Always tend to any leaks immediately before they become a threat to your building and personnel.

Age

Boiler life expectancy

Boilers typically have a long life expectancy of about 20 years or more. However, if yours is nearing the end of its lifespan, it may be time for a replacement. Have you been doing more repairs to your boiler lately or feeling like it’s just holding on?

While a new boiler can be costly, it can be far more expensive to wait until you have an emergency to purchase a new one. When you plan for a boiler replacement in advance, you can shop for the best model and price and select the least disruptive time to do the work. You can arrange for financing, if necessary. And you won’t be paying extra for emergency service calls or the only stock that’s available during the busy season.

Calray Boilers, New York City’s go-to experts, are here to help you with both routine maintenance and boiler repair or replacement. Don’t wait until September to heed the warning signs above or tend to other problems with your boiler system. Call Calray today at 212-722-5506 or use our easy online scheduling form to send us a message and book an appointment.


Our Privacy Policy

Omnia Mechanical Group(the “Company”) strives to ensure the highest standards for property listings and customer information privacy. Please review the following statement to learn about our company practices and policies. Please be aware that our Privacy Policy is subject to change at any time.

1. Purpose.

This Privacy Policy (“the Policy”) provides information on how the Company uses your personal information. By agreeing to the Policy, you agree to our collection and use of your personal information as described in the Policy. This Privacy Policy is effective for all new users of Sanitaryplumbing.com.

2. Personal Information.

You can browse some areas of Antler.nyc (“the Website”) without being a registered user. However, certain activities do require registration. (You consent to the transfer and storage of your information by registering with Antler.nyc). We may collect and store the following personal information:

  • Name, email, address, telephone number, and (depending on the service used), move-in dates;
  • Transactional information (such as lease terms, lease parties);
  • Computer sign-on data, statistics on page views, and traffic to and from the Website; and
  • Other information, including IP address and other web log information.

3. Use of Information.

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe and user-friendly experience. For example, the Company may use your personal information to:

  • Improve our services and the Website’s content and layout;
  • Provide the services and necessary customer support you request;
  • Resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems;
  • Track and record customer satisfaction with our services;
  • Protect the Company against error and fraud;
  • Inform you of special promotions and announcements;
  • Enforce our agreements, terms, conditions, and policies; and
  • As otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

We may occasionally ask you to complete optional surveys. These surveys are used to improve and customize your experience with Sanitaryplumbing.com.

The Company always provides you the ability to opt-out of further communication such as promotions and surveys; see the Opt-Out section below.

The Company does not share any of your personal information with outside organizations, companies, individuals, etc. The only exception to this standard is if such a disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to any and all legal processes.

4. Links to Other Sites.

The Website may have links to other websites that may collect personally identifiable information about you. The Company is not responsible for the privacy practices of the content of those linked websites.

5. Safety & Security Precautions.

The Website has strict security measures in place to protect you and your information from fraud. Once your information is provided to Antler Pump & Motor Corporation, we strive to ensure the confidentiality of your identity and information.

6. Opt-Out.

The Company provides you with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving promotional and other non-essential, marketing-related communications from Antler Pump & Motor Corporation. If you would like to opt-out of these select communications, please see any of the Company’s email communications and follow the directions indicated.

7. Account Protection.

Your password ensures the security of your account. When choosing a password, the Company suggests using various characters. It is highly recommended that you do not disclose your Sanitaryplumbing.com password to anyone. (If you do disclose your password or your personal information with others, you are responsible for all actions taken in the name of your account.) If the security of your password is compromised for any reason, please contact the Company immediately.

8. Accuracy of Information

The Company does not guarantee the accuracy of information for any and all of its properties on the Website, and is not responsible for any errors or misrepresentations (made by Renters, the Client, or otherwise).

9. Cookies

The Company may place a small cookie on your computer’s hard drive. This allows us to personalize your use on the Website. In order to maximize the functionality and usability of the Website, you must set your browser’s preferences to allow both permanent and temporary cookies.

10. Changing Your Personal Information.

Should your personal information change, please immediately update your information on the Website. This will ensure the accuracy of our records. The Company does retain personal information from closed accounts in order to comply with law and collect and disburse any fees owed.

11. Third Parties

This Privacy Policy addresses only the use of information we collect from you. Since Antler.nyc does not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties. It is advisable that you consult with the management of third parties before you disclose your personal information to others.

12. General

We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on the Website. All amended terms are immediately effective after they are initially posted on the Website.

13. Privacy Policy Questions & Concerns

Questions and/or concerns regarding the Policy should be emailed to the following email address: info@omniagroup.nyc.