Radiator Repairs in Chicago’s North Shore
Your radiator needs to be capable of effectively heating your home, especially with the freezing cold winters in Illinois. If your radiator can’t sufficiently heat your home, turn to American Vintage Home for expert radiator repair solutions. Our licensed and insured technicians will quickly assess your system’s condition and determine the problem’s cause. Whatever the issue, our team will properly solve it using high-quality components, industry-approved techniques, and the technical expertise that makes us the region’s older home experts!
Signs Your Radiator Needs Repair
There are plenty of subtle signs that your radiators require repair. Because radiator problems are likely to worsen when left unresolved, it’s always best to schedule service before you suffer a complete loss of heating capacity. If you notice any of the following signs, call our team to schedule repairs:
- Insufficient or uneven heating
- Radiators are cool to the touch
- Leaks or puddles around the unit
- Rusting on the unit
- Rattling or other loud sounds
- Unresponsive to thermostat controls
- Recurring need to bleed radiators
Radiator Repair vs. Replacement
When deciding between radiator repairs and replacements, the first factor to consider is whether your radiator is electric or steam and whether it’s a baseboard, single-panel, double-panel, free-standing, or column radiator. Each of these has different life spans, maintenance needs, and repair costs. Generally, if any required repair exceeds more than 50% of the replacement cost, then replacement is usually the best option. Also, if the radiator requires increasingly frequent repairs, is delivering diminished performance year after year, or if there is significant corrosion or recurrent problems that previous repairs have not resolved, you will want to replace the unit rather than repair it.
If the boiler is the problem, you won’t need to replace the radiators, but you will need to consider replacing the boiler. The average life span for most boilers is around 15 years. Noxious or burning odors, frequent breakdowns, and gradually climbing energy usage are clear signs the unit is wearing out. Other signs include short-cycling, taking longer to heat the home, leaks, and corrosion. All of these can indicate that the boiler is no longer capable of providing the safe, energy-efficient performance you require.
Why Choose American Vintage Home?
At American Vintage Home, we’re known as the “Older Home Experts” for a reason. We have extensive experience providing heating services to the vintage homes throughout the Chicago area, and our licensed and insured technicians understand the operation and repair needs of older hydronic heating systems. We also offer free, no-obligation estimates on installations, 24/7 emergency service, and attractive maintenance plans. When you need reliable results and effective solutions for your comfort, you can always depend on our team to exceed your expectations!