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When Should You Replace A Boiler or Water Heater?

What is a boiler?

A boiler is a large appliance that is used to heat water or produce steam for a variety of purposes, such as heating buildings, generating electricity, or providing hot water for domestic use. Boilers are typically fueled by natural gas, oil, or electricity, and they work by heating water or steam inside a closed system of pipes or tubes.

There are many types of boilers and water heaters, including:

Conventional boiler: This type of boiler uses either oil or gas as fuel and is typically used for heating.
Combi boiler: A combination boiler, also known as a combi boiler, provides both heating and hot water in one unit.
Tankless water heater: Also known as on-demand water heater, this type of water heater heats water only when it is needed and does not have a storage tank.
Tank-style water heater: This type of water heater stores hot water in a tank, making it available when needed.
Solar water heater: This type of water heater uses energy from the sun to heat the water.
Heat pump water heater: This type of water heater uses electricity to move heat from the air or ground to heat water.

It's important to note that not all of these types of boilers/water heaters are suitable for every home and it's best to consult a professional to determine the best option for your home.

Boilers are an important part of many residential and commercial buildings, providing a reliable source of heat and hot water. Maintenance is very important. Have yours serviced by a professional regularly to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently.

How often do you need to replace your boiler or water heater?

There are several signs that it may be time to replace your source of heating. One of the most obvious is the age of the unit. Most boilers or water heaters have a lifespan of around 12 to 15 years, after which they may become less efficient and require more frequent repairs. If your device is older than this, it may be time to consider replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

Benefits of Regular Maintenance

Cost Effective and Energy Efficient
A well cared-for heating system will provide you with all of the comfort you ever need while doing it effectively, and more importantly, more efficiently! This means your system has to work less hard to get the results you want, directly contributing to lower energy costs overall.

Less Headache
One of the greatest perks of routine care is that our professionals will be able to spot and rectify small-scale issues early. This can help prevent the boiler from breaking down completely and saving you the headache of not having access to heating and hot water in the midst of winter until it is repaired. In the event that you do need a repair service, the issue may not be something very complex thanks to your regular maintenance, which in turn means lower repair costs as well.

A Longer Lifespan
Your heating systems can last up to twenty years in some cases when being well-cared for regularly by a professional. Without it, you could be looking at five or ten years of service before your boiler or water heater goes kaput.

Signs You Might Need To Replace Your Heating System

Frequently Need of Repairs
If you find yourself constantly having to call a technician to fix your boiler, it may be more
cost-effective in the long run to replace it instead of continuing to pay for repairs.

Cold Spots In Your Home
A well-functioning boiler should never leave cold spots in your home. If that’s the case, it could point to one of many issues. But don’t worry, our FixlersPro can provide the repairs you need.

Your Heating Costs Are Going Up
Has your energy bill rocketed up with no real change in your usage? If so, chances are that your boiler needs a repair service, or even a replacement. If your heating system is not functioning as efficiently as it used to, it may be costing you more money in bills then it is worth. Replacing an old, inefficient boiler with a newer, more efficient model might be a better option in the long run.

Strange Noises or Unusual Smells
While minor issues may be fixable, if your boiler or water heater is making strange noises or emitting unusual smells, it could be a sign of a more serious issue that requires immediate attention. In these cases, it may be necessary to install a replacement rather than attempting to repair it. Never attempt to do it yourself! Always find a
professional to help.

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If you are unsure whether it is time for a replacement, it is a good idea to consult with a professional heating and cooling technician who can assess the condition of your boiler and provide guidance on whether it is time to replace it. As always, Fixlers are here to help! If you need a professional to help with any home improvements, simply fill out the "Request a Service" form at and we will find your local FixlersPro. Alternatively, you can call us on 888-683-8483 or visit our FAQ page for more information.

Feb 01, 2023

Common Plumbing Problems | Post-Holiday Edition

As the Christmas season comes to a close and the festivities come to an end, it's time to bid farewell to another year of holiday cheer. The decorations are being put back in storage, the tree might stay till mid-January (but who knows), and the house is returning to its normal state. It's a bittersweet moment indeed.

But as we turn our attention to the new year ahead, you might also notice a few plumbing problems in the kitchen or the bathroom…

From clogged toilets and slow drains to frozen pipes and leaky faucets, there are plenty of issues that homeowners may encounter in the post-Christmas period. It is important to address them as soon as possible to prevent further damage. And while you may be able to fix minor issues on your own, it's always best to consult a professional if you are unsure or the problem is more severe.

Here are some common post-Christmas plumbing problems that homeowners may encounter:

Clogged toilets

One of the most common “post-festivities” problem is clogged toilets. With all the extra guests and increased usage, toilets can easily become clogged. This is mainly caused by flushing too much toilet paper or other items that should not be flushed down the toilet.

Slow or clogged drains

The increased amount of cooking, cleaning, and showering during the holiday season can lead to slow or clogged drains. Grease, oil, and food particles can build up in the pipes and cause blockages. Pouring grease down the sink is an absolute no. Grease can solidify in the pipes and lead to blockages. Instead, wait for the grease and fat to solidify, chuck it in a bag and then trash it. Remember to wipe any grease off of pots, pans, and dishes with a paper towel as well before washing them.

Frozen pipes

Cold weather can also cause pipes to freeze and potentially burst, leading to costly water damage. To prevent this, it's important to keep the heat on in your home even if you are going to be away for weeks. Insulate any exposed pipes to help prevent them from freezing in cold weather.

Leaky faucets

Leaky faucets can also be a problem, especially if they are subjected to increased usage during the holiday season. A dripping faucet can not only be annoying, but it can also lead to water waste and higher water bills.

Garbage disposal issues

Issues with the garbage disposal can also arise. Overloading the garbage disposal or putting the wrong items down the drain can lead to problems. Avoid putting fibrous foods, bones, and grease down the disposal to prevent issues.

Happy 2023!

Whether you're planning to set new goals, make resolutions, or simply embrace the unknown, there's no better time to start fresh and make the most of every moment. At Fixlers, we are taking a moment to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for.

We are raising a glass to all our staff, FixlersPros, our customers, as well as our family and friends. Here's to making the most of every moment and cherishing the time spent with those we hold dear. Happy New Year!

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If you are seeking an affordable plumbing service - whether you need a water heater installation, drain cleaning, or to replace your bathroom sink - contact us at! Tell us what you need help with, or what needs fixing. We will find the best local plumber in your area to complete the job.

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Jan 01, 2023

Things You Should Know About Buying, Hanging and Storing Holiday Lights This Year

Happy December!

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived and so you went and grabbed your holiday lights and décor with anticipation. You took strings and strings of lights out and started to spend the next 20 hours untangling them. Midway through, or at the end of it, you realise that some part of the wire has broken off, or half the bulbs are not working anymore.

The sad truth is, looking at holiday lights is grand. But knowing how to hang them – and store them after - is a headache.

Well, our DIY Pros at Fixlers have pulled out some of the best tips for buying, hanging, and storing holiday lights with minimal stress and strain, so you can focus on enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and some delicious baked treats instead.

How to Buy Holiday Lights

Safety: This is important. If you are planning to decorate the outside, make sure the package clearly state that the lights can be used externally. Also, plugging too many light sets into one outlet can overload the circuit. A 15-amp outlet can handle 1,440 watts, and a 20-amp outlet can handle 1,920 watts. Again, the wattage should be stated clearly on the packaging box or tag.

Light Bulbs: We hight recommend LED lighting as it’s going to save you tons of money. While the incandescent lighting offers a warm, vintage glow, LED lights are much more durable and energy-efficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, they consume up to 80% less energy and can last 25 times longer than incandescent.

Color temperature: For exterior decor, 2,700K to 3,000K lighting will appear soft and inviting. For indoor use, choose between 2,300K and 2,700K lights to achieve a gentle glow and a warm candlelight effect. Most brands will include the color temperature, measured in kelvins (K), on the package. Lights that are above 3,000K will likely give off an unflattering glare that are too bright to look at.

Buy some extras: Buy at least two more boxes than you think you need. If a strand breaks or you decide to extend your decoration into other areas, you'll have backup. Lights typically sell out quickly during this time of the year so you may not be able to get more on a second trip to the store.

Quality: Invest in quality strands that last multiple seasons. This will save you headache, make decorating easier, reduce waste and be more environmentally friendly.

How to Safely Hang Holiday Lights

As a general rule, you can connect around 20 strands of LED lights or 6 strands of incandescent lights before you risk overloading the circuit (but always check the instructions on the package). Incandescent strands are notorious for shorting out completely when even one bulb is defective.

If you are decorating the exterior of your home, find at least one helper and do it together. If you have a particularly large or high roof, hire a pro to hang your holiday lights for you. Set up lights on a dry day to avoid slips and accidents.

If you're installing lights around a series of windows, use LED bulbs and mask them between the windows with electrical tape. This will give it more of a subtle look, as if candle lights are glowing around your window frames. Don't try this with incandescent bulbs, as they may melt the electrical tape.

Use zip ties to secure cords along railings or banisters. And connect your lights to a timer to save your energy if you want to come on in the late afternoon or evening.

Need one more reason to ditch incandescent bulbs? Well, they can get very hot and may pose a fire risk to your tree. LED lights, on the other hand, are cool to the touch, so they're a safer option for your branches

How to Store Holiday Lights

This can take a while but it’s totally worth it if you don’t want another headache next year as well as making your items last longer (therefore saving you more money). When the festivities are over, wrap cords around a string reel or a sturdy piece of cardboard. Then put them in one or multiple storage bags or boxes. Let lights dry out completely of they have been hanging outdoors before packing them away.

Got one or two strands that are unfortunately broken? Many retailers have recycling events for dropping off old or broken lights. The for instance has a recycling program that accepts both LED and incandescent string lights.

Dec 02, 2022