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At Superior Mechanical Services we understand the importance of professional, reliable boiler installation and repair service – it’s key to keeping your business, home or commercial property warm and comfortable. Oftentimes, we don’t realize just how important a boiler is until it breaks down and there’s no heat or hot water!

How Does a Boiler Work?

A boiler is responsible for generating heat to living or office space by heating water or steam that circulates throughout the space. When the system becomes clogged with residue or a part fails or is damaged, the boiler may malfunction – resulting in a loss of heat throughout AND potential safety hazards. That’s why it’s so important to have a qualified professional handle all aspects of your boiler maintenance, repair and installation.

We can’t stress the importance of regular boiler maintenance enough. Our well-trained, experienced technicians can help you avoid chaotic emergency breakdowns, keep the boiler running at peak efficiency and also extend the overall life of the equipment.

How Does a Boiler Heating System Work?

Understanding how a boiler system operates can be helpful in operating and maintaining efficient heat in a building or home. Typically, a boiler heats water or produces steam, which is then distributed through a system of piping and heating elements. The process can be broken down into two parts:

  •  1. Combustion Process

Combustion – the actual heat-producing phase — takes place inside the boiler itself, and is typically fueled by natural gas or fuel oil. For efficient combustion, the boiler must maintain a consistent temperature and pressure, which is regulated by the flow of combustion air and fuel.

  • 2. Distribution Process

    Once the boiler has heated the water or steam to the desired temperature, a pump (or series of pumps) is used to circulate the hot water or steam through a piping system and out to the heating elements, which may include radiators, baseboard heaters or radiant floor systems.

The distribution process is controlled by valves which control the flow of the hot water or steam. The amount of heat delivered to each area, or zone, is controlled by opening or closing these valves.

What Are The Top 3 Problems Of Commercial Boilers?

Though relatively trouble-free, boilers, like all machines, will eventually experience problems in time. Below are three common problems and how to fix them:

  • Loss of pressure

Pressure loss can be caused by several factors, including a leak in the system or an issue with the boiler itself. If you notice that your boiler is losing pressure, don’t delay in checking for leaks and have them repaired as soon as possible.

  • Scale or residue build-up

Depending on the water quality in your area, minerals often build up within the boiler and distribution system, leading to a loss of efficiency and even damage the boiler itself. Regular maintenance by a trained, experience HVAC technician should include descaling when necessary to remove this build-up.

  • Failure of heating or control components.

Like any machine, over time, mechanical and electrical components may fail and need to be replaced.

If you are having heating problems, consult a licensed, qualified HVAC contractor to diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action. A reputable contractor can help prevent future or unexpected problems by performing regular maintenance on your boiler.

Repair or Replace Your Boiler?

Whether it’s for your business, home or investment property, a boiler is a significant investment so keep the following in mind:

  • First, be sure you’re working with a licensed, qualified HVAC professional with boiler experience. There are many types and models of boilers and systems, so finding an experienced HVAC contractor who knows what they’re doing is KEY. Superior Mechanical Services, Inc. has been in the business since 1948, and we’ve worked on a LOT of boilers and heating systems!
  • Second, depending on the age and condition of your boiler, you may need to decide whether to repair or replace the equipment. The experienced team at Superior Mechanical can help by providing detailed pricing for the repairs and also replacement costs. We can walk you through the expected equipment life costs so you can make an informed choice based on what’s best for your unique situation and budget.
  • Finally, get multiple quotes from highly-reviewed companies like Superior Mechanical Services before making a decision. Ask trusted business associates, family members, or friends for contractor recommendations. Contact the Contractor’s State Licensing Board or the Better Business Bureau for more info on contractors. Resist high-pressure sales tactics and find a licensed, insured, reliable team you’re comfortable with before signing a contract.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Boilers

The average lifespan of a commercial boiler is 15-30 years in Northern California. However, proper maintenance and care can extend a boiler’s useful life for many more years. Boilers are built to be durable and withstand heavy use, but like any machine, they will eventually need to be replaced.

What Are the Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Boiler?

There are several signs that indicate it might be time to replace your boiler, including:

  • Decreased Efficiency: If your energy bills have been rising even though you haven’t changed your usage, or the system is just not producing the heat it once did, it could signal that your boiler is reaching the end of its useful life.
  • Increased Breakdowns: Frequent breakdowns are not only inconvenient and costly, but they may be a sign that the equipment is in need of replacement.
  • Strange Noises: Boilers are generally quiet and shouldn’t make any noise other than a gentle whooshing sound during normal operation. Strange noises may indicate a problem – and definitely reason to call your trusted HVAC contractor for a diagnosis.

Leaks: If your boiler is leaking water, do not delay in seeking professional HVAC assistance. A leaky boiler can cause extensive damage to your property and should be addressed as soon as possible.

If you’re not sure if your boiler is functioning properly or if it’s time for replacement, always consult with a licensed, professional HVAC contractor like Superior Mechanical Services. Our qualified technicians can inspect your boiler and give you an accurate assessment of its condition.

Proper REGULAR maintenance is the key to extending the life of your boiler. Have your boiler serviced regularly by one of the qualified technicians at Superior Mechanical Services. Regular maintenance will keep your boiler running efficiently and can identify potential problems before they become serious. And be sure to address any repairs or concerns as soon as they arise.


When it comes to boiler repair and installation, don’t take chances. Contact Superior Mechanical Services – we want to be your trusted HVAC team!

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