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Faqs About Having A New Boiler Installed

Boiler heaters are known for their long lifespan and durability. However, they do not last forever. Eventually, you will need to have your boiler replaced. Since this is something most people only do once or twice in their lifetime, it's only natural that you'd have a few questions about boiler installation.

Do all heating companies install boilers?

No. Since forced-air heating is so much more common than boiler heating, some HVAC companies only work with forced-air furnaces. That being said, boilers are not incredibly rare, and there should be several companies that install them in most areas. You may just have to call around to a few heating installation companies before you find someone who works with boilers.

Do you have to go with the same type of boiler you currently have?

Unless you want to replace all of your radiators, too, this is usually your best bet. Steam boilers use a different style of radiator than hot water boilers. So, if you have a hot water boiler, you'll want to replace it with another hot water boiler. If you have a steam boiler, you'll want to replace it with another steam boiler.

Can you install an air conditioner with your boiler?

In general, the answer is "no." Boiler heating systems can only heat a home. It's not like a forced-air system where you can have a furnace to generate heat and an AC unit to generate cold air. If you want to air-condition a home with a boiler unit, your HVAC contractor can tell you about AC systems made specifically for this purpose. Most consist of wall-mounted units placed throughout the home, along with a single, outdoor compressor. However, the system will be entirely separate from your boiler heating system.

Can the boiler heat your hot water, too?

If you currently have a separate boiler and hot water heater, then your HVAC contractor may recommend replacing both appliances with a single boiler. There are modern boiler systems that can both heat your home and provide hot water. It's easier to maintain just this one appliance. Plus, a single boiler with hot water heating functionality tends to cost less than a boiler plus a hot water heater.

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of what having a boiler installed involves. For more information, talk to your HVAC contractor to learn more. They can recommend the right boiler for your needs.