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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.

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  • Dear Chris,

    All the men for the furnace and the electricity were terrific.  Knowing your company for 50 years we would not have expected anything else.

    - Robert J.( South Euclid, Furnace Installation, February 2019 )
  • Very pleased with the furnace that was installed.  The process, from beginning estimate to the final walk through of installation and thermostat, was efficient and professional.  The workers did a great job.

    - Carolyn P.( Cleveland, Furnace Installation, January 2019 )
  • The crew was very professional and knowledgeable.  The entire boiler install was perfect!  I couldn’t be happier with the seamless process.  Bill Hann managed the entire install, even to the smallest detail.  In addition, the new copper return piping solved my first floor heating issues.

    - Jan R.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2019 )
  • The technicians were friendly and prompt and provided helpful advice.

    - Matthew K.( Cleveland Heights, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, February 2019 )
  • I was very pleased with the entire process…the initial evaluation of my needs, installation, clean-up.  All very professional.

    - Robert L.( University Heights, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, January 2019 )