Is your home or commercial property set up with boilers for radiant heating, steam radiators or baseboard-mounted hot water radiators? Your system should be inspected for any needed boiler repair at least once a year. At Rocketman Plumbing, our Albuquerque boiler repair technicians are well-trained and experienced in both boiler installation and boiler service. Not every plumbing company in Albuquerque is experienced in inspecting, repairing or installing boilers. Should you experience a failure of your boiler, especially if it’s on a cold winter’s night, call us at any time. Our phone lines are monitored 24/7. We will respond to your call within minutes and arrive at your site as soon as possible.

Boiler Installation

Are you converting your heating system to radiant heat or baseboard-mounted hot water radiators? Or is your current system reaching the end of its life? We will be happy to inspect your system and specify the exact installation that can provide trouble-free warmth to every corner of your home for many years to come. Not familiar with radiant heat? This system uses hot water run through channels under the flooring to warm rooms. Radiant heat is comfortable and even heat, and does not dry out skin and hair like a forced heat (conventional heater) system. Controls can be installed that permit the adjustment of temperatures in each room.

Boiler Service

Is the heat you receive from your boiler inadequate or uneven? Is there a leak that seems to be coming from your boiler? Our staff are knowledgeable and ready to help. We are familiar with the most common brands of boilers found in Albuquerque homes. For boiler repair, installation and maintenance in your home or business, contact Rocketman Plumbing now. We pride ourselves on our fast service, honesty, customer care and communication.

Boiler Repair Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long should my boiler last?

Both commercial and residential boilers, especially condensing boilers, have a lifespan of around 15 years. While cast iron boilers last longer, they’re much less energy efficient as they age. While a cast iron model may last up to 30 years or longer, it might make sense to invest in replacement—you’ll make up the upfront cost in the long term in the form of lower energy bills.

The best way to extend the lifespan of your boiler is by investing in annual service. The boiler engineers at Rocketman Plumbing will diagnose and treat any issues where repairs make sense. By detecting issues early and making sure everything is working as it should be, your boiler engineer can help you save money in the long term. In many cases, yearly inspections help you stay compliant with manufacturer warranties or insurance policy terms.

Whether you rely on a boiler to heat your home or business, consider upgrading this critical appliance before it breaks down. If your boiler is nearing the 15-year mark, don’t hesitate to reach out to the heating and cooling experts at Rocketman Plumbing. We’ll help you create a well-planned heating system for your property by upgrading you to an efficient, affordable boiler.

Noticing some strange noises coming from your boiler? While you shouldn’t panic over boiler noises, since bursting is very rare, you should be concerned. Here are some of the common noises and their associated symptoms that indicate there’s a problem with your boiler:

  1. Gurgling. A gurgling sound often results from trapped air inside the boiler. Boilers are supposed to be sealed against air to prevent corrosion, but it can easily enter through leaks in the piping. A professional boiler technician can determine the source and cause of air leaks. If air leaks aren’t the problem, the technician can drain air out of the system.
  2. Kettling. Kettling refers to banging and clunking sounds coming from the boiler tank, and the cause is often limescale inside the unit. When limescale develops in a boiler, it can create a layer between the heat exchanger and the water, causing the water to boil up and make these noises.
  3. Whistling. Often, whistling is related to kittling or trapped air inside the boiler. Sometimes, whistling also occurs due to blockages in pipes or spikes in water pressure due to overheating.

If your boiler emits any of the sounds described above, call in the expert boiler technicians at Rocketman Plumbing to diagnose and treat the issue right away.

If your residential or commercial boiler is struggling to provide hot water, the problem can be caused by a variety of issues. Before attempting to diagnose or treat the issue yourself, rely on the expert boiler technicians at Rocketman Plumbing—only a professional can repair a boiler the right way. Here are some of the common reasons why the water in your boiler isn’t hot:

  • Inadequate or failed electricity supply.
  • Faulty thermostat, or incorrect settings.
  • Poor water flow through the system, or no flow of water at all.
  • Problems with the pilot light.
  • Build-up preventing flow of water through the radiators.
  • Problems with the timer causing the boiler to go out of sync.

If you’re noticing water leaks around your boiler, the issue could be anything from a simple to a complex one. In either case, you should call the expert boiler technicians at Rocketman Plumbing to diagnose and treat the issue.

When a boiler leaks water, it’s usually a sign that a seal or valve has developed a fault. While this often requires a simple fix, there are some other common problems that can cause your boiler to leak water, including:

High Boiler Pressure

The gauge on the front of your boiler is critically important, telling you how much pressure is in your system. Both too little or too much pressure can cause problems, so it’s necessary to check the gauge regularly and add or remove water as the situation dictates.

Often, the cause of a leaky boiler is excessive pressure in the system. As the pressure relief valve does its job to release water and bring the boiler pressure to appropriate levels, it can cause the boiler to drip water. If your gauge reads higher than the 1.0-1.5 bar (often shown as a green zone on the gauge), bleed the radiators to bring the pressure back to normal.

Corrosion in Your System

If you have an older boiler system, corrosion can cause rust and debris to build up within your pipes and radiators. Water can pick up this debris as it flows around the system, returning it to the boiler and causing water leaks. Corrosion can quickly break the rubber seals around pipe joints, so water can leak through. It can affect individual components or the entire boiler itself. This unseen problem must be treated with the help of a professional boiler engineer, like those at Rocketman Plumbing.

Faults in the Heat Exchanger

The heat exchanger is a critical component in any boiler, and a leak can be a sign of its decay. Heat exchangers are prone to cracking over time, and they can be expensive components to replace. Fixing this problem involves taking off the boiler cover and looking inside, so you need to call a licensed contractor to fix this issue for you.

Even a small amount of leaking water coming from a boiler is a problem. If left untreated, other components, including electrical ones, can erode. Take action at the first sign of a leak to prevent further damage.

The exact cost to repair a boiler depends on several factors, including the age of the boiler, scope of repairs and required parts and materials. In general, homeowners can expect to pay between $200 to $600 for the average boiler repair, but this figure is much lower than the cost of replacement, which often runs in the thousands.

Commercial boiler repairs require a unique set of skills and knowledge. After all, a commercial boiler is often larger and more complex than the ones you’ll find in the average home. While business owners can expect to pay more than homeowners for boiler repairs, the expert technicians at Rocketman Plumbing keep costs low by providing speedy, skillful repairs that prolong the life of your system.

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