What is the Difference Between a Furnace and a Boiler?

Furnace vs. Boiler

The most important thing to know about boilers is that they are just a type of furnace. Rather than forced air, however, boilers utilize water to heat your home.

The main difference between a furnace and a boiler is a simple one—a furnace heats air to warm your home; a boiler heats water. While a furnace distributes warm air throughout your house using vents, a boiler uses hot water or steam distributed through pipes into radiators or baseboard heaters.

Boiler heat tends to be a smoother, more even heat, due to the increased humidity it infuses into the air. Forced air systems can cause dryness from the combustion that occurs to heat the air. In fact, furnaces can even cause cold pockets in your home from air blowing around in a room—rather than warming the entire home environment, furnaces push warm out of vents. The breeze caused by this forced air can even cause a home to feel cooler.

Another distinguishing factor between these two kinds of home heating are the technicians who can repair them. Typically a boiler is repaired or replaced by a licensed plumber because, by trade, plumbers can fix anything that touches water or natural gas, whereas a furnace is usually maintained, repaired, and replaced by an HVAC technician or installer.

This winter, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing has received more boiler repair calls than ever before! Wondering if you should give us a call? Here are some signs that your boiler may need the attention of a technician:

  •             Leaking and dripping
  •             Broken, blown, or faded pilot light
  •             Banging, gurgling, or whistling noises
  •             No radiator heat
  •             Pressure gauge too high
  •             Loose bolts
  •             No heat or hot water
  •             Inaccurate thermostat

If you’re experiencing any of these things, or your home heating just doesn’t feel quite right, schedule a maintenance appointment and get it addressed! Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is available 24/7 for home heating emergencies, both large and small.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Twin Cities is the best in the business. Our plumbers have the necessary experience to guarantee your satisfaction with every plumbing repair job. The Punctual Plumbers strive to provide the highest level of competence, unsurpassed honesty, integrity, and consideration with every service call. For more information on Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Twin Cities, visit our website at http://www.benjaminfranklinplumbingmn.com/.

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