Boiler

Providing Boiler Repair and Replacement Services in Joliet Since 2007

With a functioning boiler, it’s easy staying warm in Illinois’s winter months. But when your boiler acts up, a few blankets and a pair of slippers might not be enough to ward off the cold. With over 16 years of experience maintaining hydronic heating systems, Gene May Heating & Cooling has established itself as a trusted HVAC company in the Joliet area. In that time, we’ve developed a true understanding of boiler systems and how to properly maintain, replace, and repair them.

Reach out to us at (815) 828-5817 to learn more about boiler service in Minooka and Aurora.

How Do Boilers Work?

It can help to think of boilers as a unique type of water heater. While conventional heating systems disperse heat using air, boilers use hot water and pipes. While this heated liquid flows through your home, it distributes heat through your radiators and other linked devices. Now cooled, the water returns to the boiler’s tank to be reheated and start the cycle over. You may also hear this subset of HVAC systems referred to as water-based or hydronic. In most homes, natural gas is used to power the boiler’s heating elements. A simple step-by-step list of boiler operations is below:

  1. The home’s thermostat tells your boiler it's time to turn on
  2. Your boiler's heating element heats water in its tank
  3. After the water reaches a specified temperature or turns into steam, the next stage begins
  4. The boiler pushes the steam or water through your radiators or baseboard radiant elements
  5. The water returns to the boiler to be reheated
  6. The thermostat detects when your home reaches the desired temperature and shuts off the boiler

What to Look for in a Boiler Contractor

Your hydronic heating system represents a substantial investment and is a key part of comfortable living. Hiring a reputable HVAC expert to repair, install, or maintain it is the best thing you can do to protect your money and your home. But there are a lot of boiler experts in Aurora and the surrounding areas. Which one do you choose? How can you tell which is worth the investment? Here are five things you should look for in a boiler contractor:

  1. Current Insurance and Licensing: Illinois has its own requirements for HVAC contractors, and you need to hire someone who meets them. The easiest sign someone is authorized to work on your boiler in Joliet is a current license number. Check their website to see if it's provided. If not, call and ask for the number. If they can’t provide it, go elsewhere.
  2. Comprehensive Insurance: What happens if your contractor injures himself or herself while in your home? If they damage your property by puncturing your boiler's tank or causing a leak, what steps will they take to correct it? Verify they carry insurance and also have bonded technicians.
  3. Glowing Reviews: Check out their online review profiles. What do former customers say about them? Has anyone you know in Joliet worked with them before? If so, ask if they'd recommend them. Also, look to see how they respond to any negative reviews, since occasional issues or misunderstandings happen with even the best contractors. If not handled professionally, you'd likely be better off going elsewhere.
  4. Experience and Expertise: When it comes to boiler service in Joliet, expertise and experience should be at the top of your list of wants and needs. Ask how many years of experience they require their HVAC technicians to have. Make sure that the company has a proven history of providing customers with expert boiler repair and installation.
  5. Warranties and Guarantees: Sometimes things go wrong with new hydronic systems. Or a repair doesn’t hold. In these circumstances, you want to ensure you have a company who's got your back. When analyzing your choices, inquire about the guarantees and warranties they hold. At minimum, your satisfaction should be acknowledged.
  6. Special Offers and Rebates: Different companies offer different deals. Visit their website and take a look at their special offers page. Also, ask if they help submit you for any rebates in Illinois for efficiency when you install a new boiler. Rest easy in knowing that at Gene May Heating & Cooling, we are always happy to help.

Our Full Selection of Boiler Services

Boiler Repair

Though boilers break down less often than conventional heating systems, they still need service on occasion. Electrical components come loose. Pilot lights flicker out. Save our number the next time you need to fix a problem with your heating system. You’ll soon learn why so many people in Joliet trust us with their boiler repairs.

Get Heat Back

Boiler Installation

One of the best ways to keep a house warm while also enjoying cleaner air and superior energy savings is with a boiler. When you move into a new home or are constructing one, consider having a boiler installed with a separate air conditioner instead of a forced–air system. Talk to our professionals to learn about the advantages of a boiler heating system.

Be More Efficient

Boiler Maintenance

You must take regular care of a boiler system in order to enjoy the advantage of its long lifespan. Otherwise, you’re just sentencing it to an early grave. Our HVAC maintenance professionals will come to your house each fall to inspect, clean, and tune–up your boiler. To make this process automatic all you have to do is sign up for one of our maintenance plans.

Keep It Running

Call Gene May Heating & Cooling for Professional Boiler Service in Aurora and Joliet

Gene May Heating & Cooling sets ourselves apart from other HVAC companies in Minooka area. When it comes to providing boiler service, we’re dedicated to providing top-notch service and putting your needs above all else. We’re so confident you’ll want to use us again, that we back everything we do with a satisfaction guarantee. So, if there is ever a problem with how we handled your boiler installation or repair, just reach out to us at (815) 828-5817. We’ll make things right.

The next time you're in need of hydronic system service, you need a team you can trust. Fortunately, if you call Joliet home, we're just a phone call away. Gene May Heating & Cooling aims to provide an excellent experience at every job. Reach out to us today at (815) 828-5817 to schedule service.

Boiler FAQs

How Often Does My Boiler Need Service?

We recommend having your boiler serviced on a yearly basis. This will ensure it operates at maximum efficiency through the cold times and into milder weather. By getting it regularly serviced, you can help yourself to avoid future boiler repairs. You can learn more about the benefits of HVAC maintenance in Joliet and Aurora by reaching out to us by phone or through our website.

Though not possible in the past, newer “combi” boilers allow you to use the water in your boiler for bathing and cooking as well. This eliminates the need for a separate water heater, saving you space and boosting home efficiency.

If your boiler is leaking, don’t panic. You can limit the damage by taking the following steps:

  1. Turn off the boiler’s power and shut the main water valve to prevent further damage
  2. Mop or lay down towels to soak up the water
  3. Try to find the source of the leak. Typically, it comes from the boiler tank, discharge tube, or drain valve
  4. Call Gene May to schedule a boiler technician for repair

This depends on numerous factors. Very old boilers are typically very loud. While those made in the last 15 to 20 years, tend to be quieter than even the newest ones. This is because internal components in new systems, used to enhance efficiency, produce low levels of noise during use. Even if this additional sound is annoying, your new system’s lower operation cost will more than make up for it.

While radiators can be used to cool homes, boilers cannot provide the cold water necessary to do so. Using a water chiller to produce a cooling effect can lead to humidity, corrosion, and condensation issues. For people with boilers looking for a way to beat Joliet’s summer heat, ductless AC is often the best option.

Our radiant heating experts service all brands of residential boilers including Lennox, Bosch, Buderus, Peerless, Westinghouse, and Triangle Tube.



Boilers We Stock and Sell

Dunkirk Boilers

Dunkirk Boilers

Since 1928, Dunkirk has delivered innovative, efficient and dependable home heating products to professionals, building owners and homeowners. We take pride in our products. We listen to the people in the field who do the tough work, and we design around their feedback and suggestions. This is the best way to deliver heating equipment that lasts and reduces home heating costs.

Triangle Tube Boilers

Excellence. Ingenuity. Efficiency. Three distinct qualities that have made Triangle Tube an industry leader. For over 60 years, we’ve provided innovative ideas to the North American heating and hot water industry; for residential, commercial and industrial applications. We proudly offer a complete line of stainless steel hot water heating products. Each of our carefully designed, peak performing products reflects an abiding concern for sustainability and low ownership cost.

Triangle Tube Boilers
Uponor Snowmelt Systems

Radiant Heat & Snow Melt

The Uponor snow and ice melting system provides a simple, weather responsive, economic and fully automatic solution for snow melt.

Commercial: Store and office entrances, exterior truck docking bays, and walkways.

Hospital: Emergency entrances, walkways, steps, wheelchair ramps, parking lots, and ambulance bays.

Municipal: Streets, sidewalks, steps, parking garage entrance/exit ramps and upper decks, airport runways, parking lots, and wheelchair ramps.

Residential: Driveways, sidewalks, steps, pool decks and wheelchair ramps.

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