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Time Is Up – For 100 Year-Old Pipes

A majority of the homes built on the Eastside of Cleveland, in particular Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights, were piped with commonly used galvanized steel pipe. At the time it was a good solution for both plumbing and heating. It was manufactured in the United States, probably from the steel mills of Cleveland or Pittsburgh. It was installed by highly proficient pipe fitters working side-by-side with the carpenters of the day in order to produce a reliable piping system that would last 100 years.

Well, it’s been 100 years and the time is up for a lot of this piping. A lot of it has been replaced over the years, but there’s a lot of it still hidden in the walls out there. And that’s a problem

As evidenced by the photo above it can become a major annoyance in heating. You may move into a house that has radiators and are unfamiliar with hot water or steam powered boilers. They can seem downright mysterious to new homeowners.

When you encounter a radiator that is always cold, it’s common to think it’s a problem radiator, or a problem radiator valve. Perhaps you felt confident the new boiler you bought would solve all of your problems. Except that problematic cold radiator is still cold. Now what?

If you’re dealing with one of the premiere boiler installers in Northeast Ohio, Verne & Ellsworth Hann, we know a thing or two about heating systems. We understand it can be as much about how the house is piped, what it is piped with, and what are the most likely causes for problematic cold radiators.

Some heating companies say they install boilers. But, in reality, they only install furnaces and will install a boiler (reluctantly and poorly) if forced to. At Verne & Ellsworth Hann, we install boilers every week of the year. We are the largest residential boiler installer in Northeast Ohio. We know a thing or two about cold radiators. Just ask us. 216-932-9755.

What People Are Saying

  • Excellent and prompt service.  The workmen were professional and helpful in their explanation of care and service of the equipment.

    - Charles S.( Cleveland Heights, AC Installation July 2017 )
  • I want you to know how pleased I was with the entire experience.  From the initial meeting with Chris through the installation of my new A/C unit.

    - Sondra S.( Shaker Heights, Air Conditioning Installation July 2017 )
  • Installers were spot on time at 8 am, took care not to track dirt into house, and were both courteous and friendly.  Excellent quality work to boot!

    - John S.( Cleveland, Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )
  • I have had several projects from Verne & Ellsworth, across boiler replacements, heating system installation, and air conditioning system set up and install.  Each of these times, Bill Hann takes a ton of his time to talk to my wife and I to learn about the issues we’re having, explain the root causes of those issues, and suggest fixes that we know will prevent the issues from coming back – not just paper over the issue temporarily.  Lastly, he always delivers on time – onsite when he says he will be, fishing when he says he will – and always makes sure every aspect of the job is completed, from material removal and set up, to equipment install, to clean up after the project.  A++ and highly recommended!

    - Mike C.( Shaker Heights, Heating and Cooling, June 2017 )
  • The unit is working very well.  The installers were very professional, showed me how everything worked, and cleaned the basement beautifully.  I would never have even known they were there.  Thank you again.

    - Michelle T.( Wickliffe, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )