In this case it’s steam going up the chimney. And that’s the same as money going up the chimney. It’s the hidden cost of not having your boiler inspected during an annual clean and check. In this case, as evidenced by the photo above, a crack in the cast iron heat exchanger was neglected for an extended period of time. Eventually, the small crack developed into a larger hole.
This situation became problematic on multiple fronts. With the boiler being compromised in terms of the amount of heat it could produce and the owner continually raised the temperature set point on the thermostat. The house still felt cold. That’s because a significant amount of steam was escaping through this now rather large hole and going up the chimney. A lot of money was being spent on the monthly gas bill to generate steam that went up through the chimney instead of throughout the radiators in the house.
This also put added stress on a old steam boiler to produce more heat than it was capable of achieving. It’s like asking an old car to do 80 mph on an expressway. At some point it’s going to break down. And boilers don’t break down in July or August. Boilers break down when you need them the most in Northeast Ohio; December, January and February.
Additionally, if left unchecked, there will invariably be damage to the chimney itself. Rebuilding a chimney can cost upwards of five figures.
The lesson to be learned is to have your equipment checked on an annual basis to make sure it won’t let you down at a critical time of the year. No matter where you live in Northeast Ohio; Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike or Beachwood, when your heating system goes down, everything in your world stops, everything gets put on hold. The last thing you need is to have your house freeze up during the next Polar Vortex.
To schedule an annual heating check-up, call Verne & Ellsworth Hann at 216-932-9755. And have this same phone number handy if an emergency arises.
Verne & Ellsworth Hann is the foremost steam and hot water boiler installer in Northeast Ohio.
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- George O.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
Your company did an excellent job! We really appreciated how quickly your crew worked in order to get our heat back on as soon as possible. Everyone seemed very knowledgeable, professional and excellent in their work!
- Marianne P.( Aurora, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
Thank you thank you! For your amazing response and difficult repair – I really appreciate it!
- Brian B.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
Bill carefully examined the old boiler and piping, checked all the radiators and came up with a replacement proposal. He explained two issues with the old boiler that other contractors did not notice or did not care to explain. The first was what’s causing the rust in the boiler and how he was going to minimize the issue in the new system. The second was how he would re-pipe the kitchen loop so the kitchen wouldn’t be so cold. Bill addressed each and every question I had. Although we received four bids that were comparable, we chose Bill Hann’s company because he was knowledgeable, thoughtful and detailed. The work was completed in two days by a great installer team. They were on time, professional and courteous. The new boiler and piping work nicely without any issues and we now have a comfortable kitchen to dine in. I’d highly recommend them.
- Allen P.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
I strongly recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann without reservation. Choosing the right boiler was important and proper installation was critical. I was impressed with all aspects of the Verne & Ellsworth Hann organization. Most importantly, Bill Hann earned my trust. The installation team was excellent. They were experienced. They arrived precisely on time every day. They explained every step of the process. They worked as a team. They treated my home with extreme care, as if it was their own. The installation is a thing of beauty. Every time I go into my basement I smile. I now have a reliable, efficient system. I don’t usually take the time to write recommendations, but in this case I am doing so because it is so well deserved.
- John R.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
Boiler has performed like a champ! Install is neat and clean. Instructions for next 3 months have been followed. New stat works well!