How Does a Boiler Work?

Posted: November 21, 2022

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boiler installation rhode island To the layperson, boilers and water heaters may appear to be quite alike since they both serve the purpose of heating water in your home.

Although boilers and water heaters may appear to be the same, they actually have different purposes. The team of professional technicians at Vaughn Oil are experts in oil-fired boiler installation, maintenance, and repairs so yours operates with maximum energy efficiency while keeping you comfortable in your Rhode Island home. Our boiler installations are guaranteed for one year.

At Vaughn Oil, our affordable service plans not only make it easy to keep up with your boiler maintenance, but they also come with coverage for many parts and labor costs, so you don’t have to worry about a costly boiler repair.

Here’s a primer on both boilers and water heaters so you have a better idea of how each work.

The Basics of Boilers

A boiler is a system that uses water to generate heat and circulate it around your home either as heated water or steam. Because the system is closed, no fresh water is required, and non-potable water can be used.

The components of a boiler include:

Both water and steam do an excellent job at transporting heat, giving a steadier and more evenly distributed heat than what you get with forced-air heating from furnaces. Additionally, the heat causes less drying of the skin, furniture, wood flooring and trim, and fabrics.

How does a water heater work?

There are two types of water heaters: those with a tank and tankless water heaters.

Tank water heaters use either oil, gas, or electricity to heat up water until it reaches the temperature you set. The heated water is then stored in a tank until you need it. Once the water falls below the set temperature, the reheating process begins again, ensuring that there is always hot water available when it’s needed.

The amount of hot water coming out of your shower or sink is a result of how much you rotate the handle on your faucet or the temperature setting in either your washing machine or dishwasher. By turning on your shower, for example, cold water enters and mixes with the heated water that’s already inside the pipes leading to its destination. The pressure determined by these pipes controls how this process happens.

A tankless water heater is an excellent way to reduce your energy bills. With this system, water is only heated when it’s required. You could save up to 40% on your annual water heating costs!

Now is the time to schedule your boiler’s annual tune-up so Vaughn Oil’s expert service technicians will keep your boiler running smoothly and efficiently! Contact us today to make an appointment and sign up for a service plan!