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A Very Bad Boiler

You know you have a very bad boiler when . . .

This sounds like a set-up line for a comedian. But in this case it’s an actual boiler that had been in someone’s home and was even used to provide heat as late as last year. And then it literally fell apart. In this situation, the customer was out of options. It was either new boiler time or bundle-up for the winter – and hope it’s a mild winter. If you live in Cleveland Heights or Shaker Heights you may even have one of these hidden disasters lurking in your basement.

Don’t always judge a book by its cover. Or maybe you should. Particularly if it’s something you’re going to depend on 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the heating season. And if the temperatures dip into the single digits you had better be living a charmed life or get ready to film your own version of “Life Below Zero” for TV.

This all leads to the greater question: how do I know when it’s time to replace my boiler? For the customer in Cleveland Heights or Shaker Heights (or even Lakewood) who have relied on a boiler pictured above, the answer is obvious. But not all boiler replacement candidates are as obvious. Which is why you should have your boiler or furnace undergo a yearly clean and check for proper safety and maintenance. The technician will be able to inform you if something is in a state of failure or has failed. Recommendations for repairs are offered. But making an extensive repair on old heating equipment needs to be carefully considered. The same consideration you would give putting a new car engine or transmission into a very old car.

Some days you can trust your own eyes. On other days you need to trust the eyes of Verne & Ellsworth Hann. If you live in Cleveland Heights or Shaker Heights there is only one phone number you should call: 216-932-9755.

Life is full of surprises. Don’t overlook the one hiding in your basement.

What People Are Saying

  • They were prompt, professional, answered all questions, worked hard, and cleaned up after themselves.  We are very pleased.

    - Kip E.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
    • Service exemplary.
    • You did what you said you would.
    • Comparison quotes were provided.
    • You provide follow up.
    • Thank you!
    - Joshua B.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
  • We have used Verne & Ellsworth Hann for 25 years for yearly tune ups and repairs. We would trust no one else. Three years ago they installed an air conditioning system in our old, large Shaker Heights home. They did a fantastic job. Other companies who install AC in these old homes will tell you that they can only put duct work to the 2nd floor. Verne & Ellsworth Hann was able to snake the air conditioning ducts down into almost all of our 1st floor rooms. Their workers were professional, neat and efficient and we love the new system. This past fall upon our annual boiler inspection, the technician found that we had a crack in our 20+ year old boiler. He was able to remove some heating units to nurse it along until we could schedule a new boiler installation. This was completed in December (including running new return lines and asbestos removal). Again, the work was all completed professionally, efficiently and neatly. I always recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann to my friends. I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation.

    - Nancy J.( Shaker Heights, Unico Air Conditioning/Boiler Installation 2017 )
  • Great job!  My house is nice and warm with no more worries about the ancient boiler.  Thank you for making the extra effort regarding the garage heater and sorting out the complicated multi component heating system.

    - Dr. Cynthia T.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
  • Wonderful job!  Professional, neat and timely.  I highly recommend the services of Verne & Ellsworth Hann.

    - Omega Baptist Church( E. Cleveland, Furnace Installation, November 2017 )