6 Benefits of Getting Boiler Maintenance

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6 Benefits of Getting Boiler Maintenance

  • Heating

With winter only a month away, we’ve been helping homeowners prepare for the cold. Over the past month or so, we’ve shut down AC units and fixed up furnaces. However, even boiler owners can benefit from our services! Like furnaces, boilers gather a lot of dust over the summer and can become unreliable. Getting boiler maintenance from our heating specialists is the best way to ensure you’ll stay comfortable this winter.

Here are six reasons to call us to get boiler maintenance before the Massachusetts storms hit:


Extend your boiler’s lifespan

Buying a boiler can cost a lot, so you’ll want it to last as long as possible. Getting your boiler maintenance from Papalia Home Services can let you get the most out of your boiler. On average, a well-kept boiler can last about ten to fifteen years.


Avoid carbon monoxide and explosions

Boilers produce heat, but they release carbon monoxide as a byproduct. That’s why boilers have exhaust pipes that safely vent the deadly and odorless gas outside. However, worn-down boilers can release carbon monoxide into your home, most often through a damaged exhaust pipe. Also, poorly-kept boilers are known to explode, so caring for yours is important!


Maintain your warranty’s validity

Like many warranties, boiler warranties have certain warranty stipulations owners have to follow. A common one for boilers is to give them periodic maintenance from a professional. Maintaining your warranty’s validity can help you save money if you need to pay for unexpected boiler repairs.


Decrease energy costs

Right behind HVAC systems, boilers have the second-highest annual energy usage in your home. Cutting back on that heavy usage by making your boiler more efficient can save you plenty of money. A well-maintained boiler can save you 10% on your energy bills.


Comply with local safety laws

Neglected boilers are dangerous, so you’ll often see local laws about caring for them. They’ll often require boiler owners like yourself to have a professional fix up your boiler every once in a while. It’s bad enough having a boiler in bad condition, but getting fines for it will only make things worse.


Better energy efficiency and reliability

Any appliance, boilers included, will wear down over time. Fortunately, regular maintenance can help keep your boiler in the best condition possible. Healthier boilers use less energy and avoid breaking down, both of which can cost you money.


Why call Papalia to ensure my heating works this winter?

Papalia Home Services has been serving homeowners and business owners in the Boston Metro West area for more than 26 years. We’ve worked hard to build a reputation for excellence, and we continue to work hard to maintain that reputation every day. That’s why we invest in ongoing education for our people and the best parts the industry provides. As a result, we provide superior customer service from the moment you contact us until the moment we wave to you as we drive away. Call us today to learn more about our boiler services!

By Brian Renadette

5 Benefits From Getting a Furnace Tune-Up

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5 Benefits From Getting a Furnace Tune-Up

  • Heating

Fall has officially started and your AC has been shut down for the season, but now it’s time to think about staying warm. A furnace is one way to stay warm this winter. However, if you already own one, you’ve likely kept it inactive for around six months. Those months of inactivity will wear down any heating system. To make sure it’s still in working order, we suggest calling someone to tune-up your furnace. Doing so can ensure your family’s safety and comfort for the upcoming winter.

Here are five ways that getting a furnace tune-up can help you this winter:


Have a long-lasting furnace

Like the other systems in your house, keeping your furnace well-maintained can extend its life. Poorly-maintained furnaces, on the other hand, have a shorter lifespan, break down more often, and cost more to run due to inefficiency.


Stay safe from dangerous leaks

Damaged or poorly-maintained gas furnaces can be dangerous, as they’ll leak gasses that could pose a threat to your family or home. Carbon monoxide is deadly to people and many animals, and the other gasses the furnace could leak are highly flammable.


Costs less than full repairs

Maintenance costs money, but a maintenance job will cost less than a full repair job. During our furnace tune-up jobs, we can fix any small problems that could become something worse down the road. By doing this, we’ll keep you from having to pay more money and deal with the inconvenience of a broken furnace.


Know your furnace’s condition

When we tune-up your furnace, you’ll be able to get a good understanding of its health. This will help you decide if you’re willing to use your furnace for the winter. If you don’t, you can always buy a new one. If you’ve got your tune-up earlier, you can also get more time for deciding on which model you want.


Improve energy efficiency

The Department of Energy says that about half of the average homeowner’s energy bills come from using the furnace. However, this percentage can be reduced through proper care. Worn-down parts and other problems can reduce your furnace’s efficiency, but you can keep it working its best through regular tune-ups. A well-maintained furnace uses about 30% less energy than normal.



What makes Papalia my best option for furnace maintenance?

It’s critical to understand that furnace repair isn’t something you should do yourself, or even leave to your regular handyman. Furnaces are complex appliances, and repairing them requires a good deal of knowledge and experience. That’s why you should choose a fully licensed, highly experienced company with a proven track record of satisfied customers.

Papalia Home Services has been serving homeowners and business owners in the Boston Metro West area for more than 26 years. We’ve worked hard to build a reputation for excellence, and we continue to work hard to maintain that reputation every day. That’s why we invest in ongoing education for our people and the best parts the industry provides. As a result, we provide superior customer service from the moment you contact us until the moment we wave to you as we drive away. Call us today to schedule your tune-up!

By Brian Renadette

5 Advantages of a Mini-Split System in Massachusetts

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5 Advantages of a Mini-Split System in Massachusetts

  • Cooling
  • Heating

A mini-split (or ductless) air conditioner is one that’s made up of multiple indoor units connected by conduits to an outdoor unit. As the name suggests, these don’t require ductwork, pre-existing or otherwise, to run. This can make them very useful for certain homeowners. Maybe you’re looking for an easy way to cool your home without installing ductwork? Read on to learn about how a mini-split system in Massachusetts might be right for you.

Here are 5 advantages of switching to a mini-split system in Massachusetts:


Small and easy to install

One of the more obvious advantages of a mini-split system is that it takes up less space than other systems. They don’t require ductwork, which can be nice in older buildings, and only require some small pipes and a three-inch hole in a wall to install. They’re so easy to install and non-invasive, installation could take a single day depending on the number of units installed.



Each outdoor unit can have up to four indoor units which can have individual temperature goals. This lets you have different zones to more thoroughly control your home’s temperature.


Energy efficient

Because they don’t make use of ducts, mini-split systems are more energy efficient. Ductwork losses in central forced air systems account for more than 30% of space conditioning’s energy usage. They can lose even more if the ducts are somewhere unconditioned, like an attic. You’ll save money overall by improving your home’s temperature efficiency.



Ductwork can cause a variety of noises from debris or leaks, like whistling and banging. With a mini-split system, a professional will remove the ducts or seal the air registers. This’ll make your temperature systems much quieter. In addition, the indoor units are quieter than other units due to their lower fan speeds.


Increased air quality

With traditional temperature systems, the ducts have to get cleaning on a regular basis. Failure to do so can result in a buildup of dust, allergens, and other nasty stuff. Even if you give them a complete cleaning, you can still leave some stuff behind. With a multi-split system, you won’t have to worry about what’s in your ducts and your home’s air will be fresher as a result.


Why have Papalia install my new cooling system?


Papalia Home Services is a licensed distributor of Mitsubishi ductless mini-split systems. With over 25 years of service under our belts, we’re highly knowledgeable about all aspects of home service. Our fully-trained technicians are more than happy to help you with your installation and maintenance for your new system. Call Papalia today to get your FREE in-home consultation for a mini-split system!

By Brian Renadette

6 Common Heating Repairs You May Need Before Winter is Over

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6 Common Heating Repairs You May Need Before Winter is Over

  • Heating

There’s a good chance your furnace is overworking itself to keep you warm this winter, which means it may need a few repairs before spring is here. The last thing you want is a busted furnace while it’s still below freezing outside in Acton. Without the proper maintenance and occasional repair however, your furnace can wear down. It losing its efficiency which costs you higher utility bills, and eventually breaking down altogether. The winter season puts enough strain on your furnace, and damages left untreated can not only result in costly repairs but a dangerous fire hazard. Luckily most furnace problems can be solved with these six common heating repairs.


How to Ensure Your Furnace Works Year-Round

Your furnace is a complicated appliance with several components and a ventilation system. Dirt, debris, and a lack of ventilation are common causes for furnace problems but are easily avoided with the right cleaning and care. Some issues are trickier to detect without professional help, but all furnace issues should be repaired as soon as possible.

Try the following repairs to keep your furnace running right:

Change the air filter.

One of the most common heating repairs is a dirty filter. How often you should change the air filter will depend on the size of your home, how much you use the furnace, and if you have pets. Your furnace needs proper ventilation in order to function properly, and a dirty, clogged air filter can cause it to overwork itself to heat your home. Changing the air filter at least once a year can help increase your furnace’s lifespan and efficiency.

Fix the pilot light.

A faulty pilot light not only makes it difficult for your furnace to heat your home but, it can also cause a fire hazard. If you suspect your furnace’s pilot light is damaged, call Papalia Home Services immediately. Gas-fueled furnaces, for example, should always have a blue pilot light, meaning that the flame is receiving enough oxygen. A yellow light indicates that the amount of oxygen used to combust fuel is restricted and it’s producing carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is deadly. If you see a yellow flame, call for service as soon as possible. 

Replace the thermostat.

Sometimes the issue has nothing to do with your furnace at all. A thermostat that’s either faulty or installed in the wrong location could cause your furnace to work more than necessary. If your furnace seems to be cycling more than usual or you feel a fluctuation in temperature, the issue may be the thermostat. If you need to replace your thermostat, now may be a good time to upgrade it to a smart thermostat, which can allow you to monitor your energy usage and even schedule different heating settings.

Check the switches and breakers.

As odd as it sounds, sometimes all your furnace needs is to be turned on. There should be a standard wall switch on or around your furnace somewhere. It’s also a good idea to check the fuse for it on the circuit breaker. The front panel covering the furnace’s blower motor should also be securely fastened, as there is a push-in switch underneath that needs to be fully pressed in order for it to operate.

Clear the air ducts.

Your furnace works by circulating heat throughout your home, but over time the air ducts can collect a lot of dust and debris. Dirty air ducts not only wear down your furnace but circulate dirty air throughout your home. If you suspect your air ducts are dirty, it’s best to have a professional clean them to avoid damages. A professional air duct cleaning can also alert you of any air leaks that need to be sealed.

Clean out vents.

Besides keeping your air ducts clear of debris, you’ll also want to check your furnace vents. Any vents that lead to the outside of your home can be prone to clogs, usually from plant debris, pests, or ice. Installing a screen mesh can help keep most debris from clogging the vent, but it should be cleaned frequently. If your home has a heat pump, make sure to keep all grass clippings and leaves away from the fins of the outdoor compressor unit.


Be Consistent with Your Furnace

Nobody wants to deal with a busted furnace, especially during the winter season. That’s why your furnace needs routine maintenance no matter what season. Keeping up with your furnace, however, requires the occasional common heating repairs. If you think your furnace is damaged, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible. A damaged furnace is not only costly but also dangerous. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Call Papalia Home Services today for any of your common heating repairs or heating installation needs. 

By Dan Burrows