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Apr 14, 2017 10:03:02 AM by Whitney Hoffman - 0 comments

Doylestown Boiler Replacement

Doylestown in Bucks County, PA has many lovely colonial homes like this one. The Doylestown area is seeing a real resurgence, and are filled with families, just like our homeowners. These classic homes are often heated by oil heat and radiators, which can be an efficienct and cost effective way to heat any home. Our homeowners in the Woods of Sandy Ridge called ECI because they were having two problems- they had a leak in their current boiler, and they never seemed to have enough hot water.  We knew we had the perfect solution which would make this family comfortable for years to come!

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Mar 24, 2017 4:29:58 PM by Ron Musser - 0 comments

The many faces of ECI's one and only Paul Williamson

Paul Williamson does a lot of different things at ECI Comfort, but the one thing that he always does is care for people and go out of his way to help someone in need.

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Mar 23, 2017 10:01:48 AM by Whitney Hoffman - 0 comments

Feasterville Fitness Center Getting a New Pool Heater

We have a wide range of experience here at ECI, but every now and again, we get asked to do something new. In this case, a fitness center in Feasterville had a broken pool heater. When you have an indoor pool as part of your business, a broken heater means you are essentially out of business- without a heater, the water quickly becomes too cold, and you start to lose customers! We went out and took a look and it was clear that their old system needed to be replaced!

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Mar 20, 2017 1:24:38 PM by Whitney Hoffman - 0 comments

COOLING A UNIVERSITY CITY TWIN IN PHILADELPHIA WITH UNICO HIGH VELOCITY

University City in Philadelphia is home to Drexel, Univeristy of Pennsylvania, and University of the Sciences- with St. Joe's and La Salle just a short distance away. Many of the older homes in the area were used to house faculty and were built long before central air conditioning was even invented. Many of the homes, like this tudor twin, have third floors which never seem to be a warm as you'd like in the winter, or as cool as you'd like in the Summer, Our customers were tired of lugging heavy window air conditioners up to the third floor every year to try to get some comfort, and were looking for a solution that would keep their whole home cool. They were talking about the problem with their neighbors, who highly recommended us here at ECI, because of our experience, especially dealing with older homes throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.

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Feb 20, 2017 2:17:26 PM by Whitney Hoffman - 0 comments

Queen Village Air Conditioning Upgrade with Unico

Queen Village is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Bordering Society Hill, it has lots of rowhomes- many are historic, but some were built later, like this home, constructed in 1960. This section of Philadelphia is wonderful, but the homes are close together and many don't have air conditioning or ductwork, making them a challenge to keep comfortable, especially as our summers seem to be getting hotter and more humid. When our homeowners gave us a call, their Unico high velocity indoor air conditioning system wasn't working. When we invesitgated, we found that the blower motor was shot, and needed to be replaced. The homeowner decided that the system was over 20 years old, and it was time to replace the whole system rather than just one expensive part. This might sound straight forward enough, but replacing a system in a neighborhood like this one is trickeier than it looks- it involves cranes, taking down electrical wires and more!

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Feb 9, 2017 12:58:41 PM by Whitney Hoffman - 0 comments

Cooling an Old City, Philadelphia Row Home with Ductless Air Conditioning

Old City Philadelphia is famous for its Row Homes. And, older row homes are equally famous for being uncomfortable in our humid summers because so many row homes don't have a central heating and cooling system, leaving folks to rely on window units to try to stay comfortable in the heat. This row home, built in the 1920's in Old City has a gas-fired water boiler and cast iron radiators for heat, but no central air at all. This means relying on bulky window air conditioners that are a pain to install and take down seasonally, and actually block up your windows for a good part of the year as well! On top of that, window units are not very efficient and expensive to run, and our homeowner was looking for a better solution for his new home.

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Jan 26, 2017 3:48:57 PM by Whitney Hoffman - 0 comments

Abington Colonial Needs a New Boiler

Stone Homes in Abington look a lot like the Abington Arts Center, pictured above

Abington is full of stone colonial style homes. These older homes tend to rely on steam or hot water heat, requiring a boiler and radiators to distribute heat throughout the home. Our homeowners in Abington had a 25 year old Burham gas fired boiler with a standing pilot that had developed a bad gas valve. In order to replace the valve, it was going to cost $1,000, so the family needed to decide whether it was worth fixing the older boiler, or whether it was time to replace it with a more modern, and more efficient unit.

The homeowners had previous experience with us at ECI Comfort, having called us to install ductless air conditioning in their home. Based on their prior experience, they knew they could trust ECI and our technicians to do a great job and ensure the family with warmth and comfort throughout their home for years to come.

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Jan 17, 2017 3:55:27 PM by Whitney Hoffman - 0 comments

Media Home Needs Boiler Repair

This charming home needed to replace a leaking cast-iron boiler.

Like many older homes in our area, this Media home, built in 1912, uses a boiler and radiator heat to keep their home warm. This homeowner had a relatively new boiler- it was only eight years old- and it was leaking from one of the cast-iron sections, something you don't expect in a relatively new boiler!

The homeowners in this charming home in Media were relatively new owners. They were surprised to discover that their boiler, only eight years old, was already leaking. They called their home-heating oil supply company to come take a look at it, and they were recommending replacement. As you can see from the pictures below, while the outside of the boiler looked fine, the insides were a mess! The homeowners had previously worked with us here at ECI, when  we were able to save them from some undue costs on previous work, so they decided to ask for a second opinion beofre taking on the big job- and expense- associated with replacing a boiler. 

Our homeowners had gotten to know and trust ECI because of the excellent service we provided in the past, and they knew we would go the extra mile for them. We knew they needed to be comfortable as soon as possible, so getting them back in business was a priority.

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Jan 17, 2017 3:25:43 PM by Whitney Hoffman - 0 comments

Bensalem Ranch Needs a New Boiler

This ranch home needed to replace a leaking boiler.

Like many older homes in our area, this Bensalem ranch-style home used a boiler and radiator heat to keep their home warm in winter. Their old, Weil-Mclain cast iron boiler with tankless coils started leaking, and it was clear that it was time for a replacement. Having your boiler develop a leak just as it starts to get colder out is every homeowner's nightmare, and trying to do so on a budget is equally challenging!    

Our homeowner had gotten to know ECI because we provided their home heating oil service, so they knew they could trust us to give them good advice on replacing their boiler with an affordable solution and get the job done as soon as possible, to ensure the family would be warm all winter!

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Dec 21, 2016 11:16:30 AM by Whitney Hoffman - 0 comments

Gorgeous Gladwyne Home Upgrades their System

This wonderful Stone Home on the Main Line in Gladwyne needed serious help.

Like many older homes in our area,  this Gladwyne home is a real gem- but it hid a secret- a seriously antiquidated heating and hot water system!  The old oil-fueled boiler was massive, as was the hot water heater. Both were really inefficient, and it cost the homeowner a fortune every year in fuel bills to maintain comfort in this large, historic home.  Just take a look at the old boiler and equipment!

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