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Boilers

What is a Boiler?

Most people immediately think of furnaces when opting to heat their homes. However, boilers provide a highly effective heat option, have a long life, can reach high heating efficiencies, and some types require little or no pumping energy. Boilers are an important part of a central heating system. They’re a continuous closed loop of pipes carrying heated water (or steam) throughout your home. As the water runs through the pipes, running through radiators, the hot water cools on its path as it gives off its heat, heating your rooms, then returns back to the boiler to be reheated again. The boiler keeps firing, to continuously reheat the returned cool water, and then sends it on its way again throughout your home.

How Does a Boiler Work?

The boiler is controlled/turned on with an electric switch, which when turned on, opens a valve where the gas enters a combustion chamber. There is a continuous stream of natural gas via a pipe attached to the home’s gas main, usually from the street, that feeds a fire inside this chamber. Its electric ignition system is what lights these small jets of gas. The gas jets fire onto a heat exchanger connected to the water pipe carrying the cold water. The heat exchanger takes the gas-generated heat and heats the water, typically to around 140ºF (60ºC). The now-hot water is pushed throughout the home. An electric pump inside or very near the boiler keeps the water flowing through the loop of pipes and radiators.

Is a Boiler Right for My Home?

Typically, boilers are categorized into different types based on their fuel type, working pressure and temperature, size and capacity, draft method, and whether or not they condense the water vapor in the combustion gases. Sometimes boilers are described by some by their key components, such as heat exchanger materials or tube design.

The two main types of boilers are Firetube and Watertube boilers. In the former, the Firetube boiler, combustion hot gases flow through a system of tubes surrounded by water. In the latter, the Watertube boiler, water flows in the inside of the tubes, and the combustion hot gases flow around the outside of the tubes.

Contact 1st Choice to speak with a knowledgeable technician on the best type of boiler for your home in Wall, NJ.

Boiler Maintenance

As mentioned above, boilers have some wonderful advantages (long life, highly effective, high heat efficiency), but they do need to be maintained on a regular basis to keep these advantages. If neglected, boilers’ repairs can be costly and fuel bills can add up quickly. If you currently have a boiler and it's been awhile since you’ve had maintenance performed on it, or if you’re thinking of installing a boiler, call 1st Choice. Our technicians would be happy to help you and answer any questions you may have.

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Boiler Repair in Howell, NJ 07726

“1st Choice was recommended to me by a friend so I called the Howell office and Gabe was able to get me an appt the same day for a problem with my boiler. Bill came to my house and determined I needed a new part. He was very nice and professional and gave me an overall assessment of my very old system but said it was worth replacing this part. Unfortunately, the part needed to be ordered and another guy would need to come the next day to install it.
The next day, a guy that came to my house, I think his name was Mike, was not very professional and I could tell from the minute he walked in the door I was going to have a problem. And I did. He was brand new with 1st Choice. He did install the new part I needed, but I had no heat. I called Gabe back and told her the situation and I said I do not want the same guy back in my house, so she said "definitely not" and would send Chris, her husband/owner.
Well, Chris came back to my house the same day and was very professional, like Bill. I explained the story regarding Mike and said I wasn't particularly happy. He looked at my system and, after quite a long time of examining it, he determined Mike did install the part correctly but there was another issue that Chris believed may have been intentionally caused by Mike. Chris told me that before he arrived to my house, he had already fired Mike, which didn't surprise me in the least. Chris was brutally honest with me and told me what Mike had possibly done. I was floored with what he said but I was more appreciative that he told me the truth as opposed to trying to hide it. Because of his honesty, I was not angry at all and simply grateful for telling me what happened and he was able fix/correct the problem.
I guess sometimes you never truly know the people you hire and this guy (Mike) was a bad dude. He had a bad attitude when he arrived to my house, complained about the company to me and I can now see why he has jumped around from company to company. Hindsight: I should have told him to leave the minute he walked in.
I am thrilled, however, to find a heating/AC company which is owned by a guy like Chris who takes his job very seriously and knows, understands and appreciates how hard it is to get a new customer and, more importantly, keep a new customer. That new customer is me and I would call 1st Choice with any system issue.
Maybe the best part was Gabe, who answers all the phone calls. She is calm and is genuinely concerned with any problem you have and if you need someone the same day, does her best to get someone there. Thank you 1st Choice.”

– Andrew F.

Boiler Replacement in Other, NJ 08755

“Having just moved to the area, and buying an older home, I was not familiar with any contractors here. In the middle of the winter, I woke up with no heat, and a severe case of bronchitis. After calling several contractors, 1st Choice was the only one who not only responded, but came out within a few hours. Gabe was wonderful on the phone. Chris was very professional and explained everything to me in detail. We needed a new boiler, and since I now had no heat or hot water, Gabe assisted me in getting my paperwork with NJNG expedited. She treated me like family. The technicians, Bill and Dan were superb. They were very professional, helpful, knowledgeable, and so kind even though it was a long day for them in cold weather. They made sure they answered all of my questions, and they even offered me extra portable heaters so I would stay warm while they installed the boiler. Despite being a long day for them, they did not leave until they made sure the system was working properly. 1st Choice Heating and AC – sophisticated technology with old-fashioned professionalism – you will always be 1st Choice with me!”

– Lisa N.

Boiler Maintenance in Ocean County, NJ 08757

“Hello! Chris just left after a boiler tune-up. Punctual, neat, tidy, knowledgeable, courteous, efficient.. And…he didn't mind me watching him. He even said he likes explaining what he's doing to his customers. Many maintenance packages to fit every budget. The pricing is reasonable and the work is exceptional. Can hardly wait for spring to have my AC tuned!”

– joanne s.


Trained, motivated and superior service in New Jersey. We are proud to be the 1st Choice for Jersey Shore homeowners. We provide fast and reliable service to Howell, Freehold, Wall, Manasquan, Spring Lake, Point Pleasant, Avon-by-the-Sea, Sea Girt, Brick and all the surrounding communities. If you are not sure if you are in our neighborhood call us at 732-256-9149, or request service online.