FB Integrated Solutions Inc. Blog : Archive for October, 2014

Do I Need to Schedule Boiler Maintenance?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

One of the reasons that boilers continue to stay popular as a method for home heating is that they can last for many years without needing major repair work, and their lifespans are longer than most other home heating systems. A well-cared for boiler can keep a whole generation of people in a home cozy.

However, well-cared for is something we must stress. Boilers need routine maintenance just like other heating systems and major appliances in a home. You should expect to schedule pre-season maintenance for your boiler during the fall every year, and you must rely on professionals to handle the work.

Reasons you need to schedule boiler maintenance this fall… and every fall

  • Avoid needless repairs: Boilers have few mechanical parts, but they will still need repairs on occasion, usually because of leaks or issues from an overheating tank. Regular maintenance will reduce these repair issues to a minimum, since one of the major jobs of maintenance is to locate places where wear on a boiler could lead to repair problems, and then fix them before they can become actual problems.
  • Ensure a long service life: A boiler that fails after only a few years is a large waste of money. You want your boiler to enjoy a long life so that you get your money’s worth from your investment in heating. But a boiler can only hope to reach its maximum service life with regular maintenance that removes the stress from it and slows down the decay from age.
  • Maintain energy efficiency: A boiler that starts to age rapidly will also become more expensive to run. Leaks, ineffective burners, bad circulator pumps, corrosion, sediment-filled tanks… all of these will make the boiler strain harder to provide you with warmth, and consequently lead to elevated bills. Don’t throw away the valuable energy-efficient performance of your boiler! Make sure it receives its annual maintenance visit.

FB Electrical Services offers boiler maintenance in Somerville, MA. Whatever services you need to keep your boiler working for you, you can trust to our talented team to provide it for you. We offer 24-hour emergency service for your convenience and peace of mind.

Call FB Electrical Services today to arrange for boiler maintenance in Somerville, MA and the surrounding areas. We can keep your boiler in great shape for years to come.

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Why You Should Rely on Specialists for Commercial Heating Services

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

If you own or manage a commercial property in Boston, you need a high performance but efficient heating system that can keep up with a heavy workload. That’s why it’s important to regularly schedule commercial heating services, such as maintenance every year to keep your unit in top shape, repairs whenever you notice problems, and new installation when it’s time for your older unit to go.

When you decide it’s time to schedule services for your building’s heating system, be sure to contact professionals with experience with larger HVAC equipment. Residential technicians simply don’t have the means to address every potential problem with a larger heating system, and there are many advantages to choosing professionals for the job.

Professional Tools and Knowledge

A professional technician will come prepared with the right equipment to do the job (unless they encounter an unforeseeable issue). If you need a new heating system, an experienced technician may have many of the components on hand and knows where to order any additional components. And commercial repairs and maintenance may require additional equipment over some residential systems.

Experience with Packaged Systems and Boilers

Commercial heating systems are not only different because of their size; they are also generally constructed in a different manner. Commercial boilers are large and complex and require careful installation and repairs to ensure they last for years to come. A packaged heating unit, another heating option, usually contains all of the elements of your business’s heating and cooling system. You need technicians familiar with the layout of this cabinet so that they can quickly locate parts and make any necessary repairs.

Familiarity with Complex Ductwork and Piping

Finally, the ductwork of a commercial property may be more complex than a residential system’s ducts. Your technician must be able to understand the layout of the ducts and any zone control installed in your forced-air heating system. If you own a commercial boiler, your technician must be able to inspect the length of piping that allows hot water to move through the building.

When you need commercial heating services in Boston, trust the commercial specialists at FB Electrical Services.

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The Benefits of Choosing Ductless Heating in Waltham

Friday, October 17th, 2014

There are a lot of older homes in Massachusetts, and choosing a heating system that can offer effective, efficient heating can sometimes be challenging. One option to consider is a ductless heating system in Waltham. Ductless systems use heat pump technology to heat, so that means that they also offer cooling, which can be of great benefit. As with any whole-home heating system installation, it’s important to hire trained professionals. FB Electrical Services has served multiple customers throughout the eastern Massachusetts area, and we can help you with all of your heating needs, so call us today!

How Do a Ductless Mini Splits Provide Heat?

A ductless system offer whole-home heating by using heat pump technology.  Heat pump technology allows the system to provide both heating and cooling by utilizing an important component: a reversing valve. This valve can change the way refrigerant flows, which is how the system can switch from heating to cooling and back again. The outdoor unit houses the condenser, compressor and heat pump mechanics, and indoor blowers deliver the warm air. The indoor blowers operate separately, and can be mounted against walls or hung from ceilings. The indoor blowers connect to the outdoor unit via a small conduit placed into an exterior wall. The conduit holds the condensate pipe, a power cord and the refrigerant line that runs between the indoor unit(s) and outdoor unit. Up to 4 indoor blowers can be connected to a single outdoor unit.

What Are the Benefits of a Ductless Heating System?

As stated above, a ductless system can offer you both heating and cooling. But here are some other benefits that are also important:

  • Customized comfort – because the indoor blowers work independently, they can offer zone control heating. This can maximize your comfort levels room to room.
  • Better energy efficiency – with a ductless system, you use only the amount of heating you need to use; this can help reduce your energy usage.
  • Easy installation – there’s no need to install ductwork with a ductless system. The technicians will install the outdoor unit, mount the indoor blowers and connect the blowers to the outdoor unit. The installation is very straightforward.

A ductless heating system in Waltham can help keep you warm during the winter and cool during the summer – all with one convenient system. Interested to find out what a ductless system can do for you?

Call FB Electrical Services today and schedule an appointment with one of our ductless heating installation specialists.

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How Do Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

For any home that depends on natural gas power for heating, cooking, or other tasks, a risk exists of exposure to carbon monoxide. Most modern gas appliances and pipes are built to high safety standards and should present little danger to a household. However, it is wise for any home with a gas line to set up carbon monoxide detectors as a precaution.

Our staff at FB Electrical Services wants to make sure you have the safest home environment possible. We offer services for carbon monoxide detector installation in Boston, MA that will put your mind at ease regarding your family’s safety. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

The operation of carbon monoxide detectors

You probably know a few of the basics of carbon monoxide: it is colorless and odorless and therefore extremely difficult to detect should it start to leak from a gas line or an appliance. Unfortunately, it is also highly toxic—even a small amount can make you feel sick with flu-like symptoms—as well as highly combustible. This presents a serious dilemma when it comes to protecting a household from it. A carbon monoxide detector handles warning people in a home when the CO level rises dangerously.

Internally, carbon monoxide detectors are less complicated than you might imagine. Inside the plastic casing of the detector, a sensor measures the concentration of CO in the air. There are a variety of different sensors that take care of this job:

  • A biometric sensor uses a gel that changes color when it absorbs carbon monoxide. A second sensor detects when this color change occurs and then triggers an alarm and flashing LED light.
  • A metal oxide sensor detects when CO contacts its circuitry, which lowers its electrical resistance. A microprocessor notes the change and sends the signal to set off the alarm.
  • Electrochemical sensors also detect electrical current shifts, but instead of a microprocessor, they use electrodes in a chemical solution. This sensor is the quickest to react, but are more often found in industrial use.

If your CO detector goes off, you should immediately open doors and windows to ventilate your home and then go outside. Call for emergency services to take care of the malfunctioning gas line or appliance. Don’t return until you are certain the danger has passed. Don’t take chances with installation, either: because you need to trust your home’s carbon monoxide detector, make sure that only qualified electricians install the unit.

We provide a broad range of electrical services for homes, including setting up security and safety systems to protect the well-being of those inside them. Speak to us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

To find an electrician who will take care of carbon monoxide detector installation in Boston, MA for your home, call the team of technicians at FB Electrical Services.

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3 Common Boiler Repairs

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Boiler operated heating systems vary quite a bit from forced air systems like furnaces. Though there are some common issues that the two systems share, this also created a number of problems that are unique to boiler systems. Let’s take a look at some of the common repairs that boilers require.

Short-Cycling

Short-cycling is a common problem characterized by your unit turning on and off constantly. The most common cause of this is an oversized unit. If your boiler is too large for the size of your house, it creates a whole host of issues for your heating system. When your oversized boiler turns on, the excessive heat output causes the system to think it’s overheating. This causes it to turn the boiler off for safety reasons. The thermostat then tells it to turn back on, because the house is still too cold, and the cycle continues indefinitely. Call your HVAC technician if your boiler is experiencing short-cycling.

“Kettling”

Kettling is a unique issue to boilers in which the boiler will be very noisy during operation. Banging, gurgling, whistling, and other noises while the heat is on is characteristic of kettling. This is caused by the flow of water becoming restricted. This traps too much water in the boiler, where it begins to steam. This causes expansion and an increase in pressure on the boiler, which causes the noise. The common source of this restricted water flow is lime deposits in the boiler. If your boiler is making loud noises during operation, call an HVAC technician.

Pilot Light Won’t Stay Lit

Everyone’s pilot light goes out on occasion. If you find that your pilot light is frequently going out, however, you may have a problem. This is usually caused by a bad thermocouple. The thermocouple is essentially a heat sensor that is designed to detect whether or not a pilot light is on. Normally, the thermocouple shuts off the flow of gas if the pilot light goes out. This is to prevent gas from flooding the area around your boiler. If the thermocouple is broken, however, it will shut the gas off even when the pilot light is on. This suffocates the pilot light. You’ll need an HVAC technician to diagnose and repair this issue.

If your boiler is acting up, call FB Electrical Services. We conduct heating repair throughout the Brighton area.

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Why You Should Use Professionals for Your Outdoor Lighting Design

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

There are few better or more cost-effective ways to make the outside of your home and the surrounding property more attractive than with a new outdoor lighting design. New lighting will give your house a bright and fresh look, and landscape and walkway lighting will make the recreation areas around the home inviting and safer.

However, you should entrust the work of creating and installing outdoor lighting in Cambridge, MA to professionals. You can only reap the full benefits of an extensive redesign with the assistance of electrical experts with a background in creating effective lighting schemes for homes. One of the best places to turn when you want a new outdoor lighting design is FB Electrical Services.

Professionals will deliver the new lighting design you want

Setting up outdoor lighting isn’t as simple as hanging a few strands of lights, as you would for temporary holiday decorating. It involves making numerous important decisions and then installing the lights, electrical lines, and control devices that will make the system efficient, effective, and most important of all, attractive.

Only professionals have the full range of skills, as well as the equipment, to deliver the level of work necessary to realize the lighting scheme that you want. Many lighting designs depend on motion sensor-technology (popular for homeowners who want lighting for increased security), and others are created specifically with energy savings in mind. All of these installations take training and technical knowledge that you will only find in electricians.

You also need to rely on professionals to get the look right. Poor outdoor lighting installations can look glaring and ugly; trained designers know the right types of lamps to use and the ideal placements to create a spread of illumination that is both bright and attractive. The lighting professionals will take your general ideas and turn them into something they can realize practically—and even improve upon.

If you are interested in working with excellent electricians and lighting designers for your outdoor lightning in Cambridge, MA, contact FB Electrical Services or come visit our showroom near Boston, where we can show you some of the possibilities for giving a new life to your property and the exterior of your home. We back all our new installations with a 1-year labor warranty.

Since 2008 FB Electrical Services has offered comprehensive electrical services in Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, and we can help you get the most from your new outdoor lighting.

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