Effective Boiler Maintenance Strategies
Regular Maintenance Ensures Everything Works Safely And Efficiently
A boiler is a heating unit that can be used to heat your home using either water or steam. It will use natural gas, propane, oil, or even electric as a heat source. A properly maintained boiler can give you many years of comfort.
Effective Boiler Maintenance
If your heating system uses a gas, oil or electric boiler, you’ll need to keep the unit properly maintained to ensure that it continues to work efficiently. What’s involved in effective boiler maintenance? How can you protect your system from the common problems that lead to failure? How do you know when to call a professional for help?
Achieving Boiler Efficiency
One of the best ways to improve the efficiency of your boiler is to consider upgrading your current model to one that offers energy efficiency. This may be a good idea if your existing boiler is 10 years old or more. Often, the savings of using an upgraded boiler may help a homeowner recoup some of the installation costs. When you buy a new model, check to make sure the boiler meets the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standards. This certification ensures that the boiler has been thoroughly inspected before purchase.
If you keep your current steam or hot water boiler, you’ll need to keep an eye on the gauges to make sure that the amount of pressure in your unit doesn’t exceed the design of the system.
With proper maintenance, a gas boiler can last for up to 15 years. Part of the necessary boiler maintenance includes yearly maintenance. To do this, the burners should be cleaned, pressures checked, flame sensors tested, igniter tested and measured, fill pressures, air removed, pumps checked and all safeties tested just as a minimum.
You may also need to calibrate the gauges occasionally to make sure that they are properly measuring the internal pressure. Lubricating the parts of your boiler may also be required to help the unit to continue operating smoothly.
The Most Common Failure Causes
Over time, your boiler can experience corrosion, which may lead to malfunctions such as lock outs and faulty temperature readings. A buildup of pressure may also cause your water heating system to fail. Another common cause of boiler failure is leaking water, which can damage the seals. Typically, you can resolve this problem by simply replacing the seals and the boiler pump.
Cracks in your boiler indicate a failure. While these cracks typically occur as part of normal wear and tear, they can expand to split causing further damage from water.
Depending on the age of your system, it may be less expensive to buy a new boiler than to repair your existing one.
How to Prevent Failure
If you notice water standing around the base, this is typically a sign that your boiler is experiencing problems that may interfere with normal function. At the first sign of trouble, examine the unit thoroughly and then call in a professional if you need additional help.
When to Contact a Professional
If you purchase a home that has an older boiler, it may be a good idea to contact a professional for a thorough inspection. This is especially true if the previous homeowner has not maintained the boiler regularly. You may also need to call a professional for help if you’re unable to keep up with the regular maintenance schedule.
Contact Horizon Services
While all HVAC equipment should be checked by a professional once a year, and an HVAC professional should always be called in to deal with major issues or repairs, you can extend the life of your HVAC system by taking just a few minutes each month to perform a few simple inspection and cleaning duties.
And, if you are ready to install or replace a heater or air conditioner our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Specialists know heating and air conditioning systems inside and out. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your heating and cooling requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.