Boiler maintenance, like any other appliance, is a mandatory procedure that must be attended to at regular intervals. Without proper maintenance, the system can malfunction and then you have no boiler.
With these following tips, you can ensure a nice proper heating system this winter when the cold air rolls in.
Improvements in Efficiency
If a boiler unit is properly maintained, the effects can be rewarding. Over the course of time, these units can accumulate dust, dirt and other hazards to reduce the efficiency of the system itself. These determents can cause increased energy and utility bills for you. A thorough and well-performed cleansing of the system can eliminate the excessive grime and dirt, ensuring that all components are working properly.
While change in boiler efficiency can be most beneficial, safety is another parameter to consider. Gas leaks can potentially occur on your unit creating a hazard for your home. While these occurrences are rare, it is still wise to consider paying attention to them.
There are other signs of danger with these systems, including the following.
- The smell of spent gas or fumes
- Visible signs of scorching or black spillage marks
- The pilot light fades frequently or is burning a yellow flame
- Reoccurring headaches or nausea when in the boiler room
If any of these indicators appear, call a professional technician immediately.
If your boiler is serviced on a regular basis, its lifespan can be increased exponentially. When properly serviced, the boiler itself could last for years.
Boiler Maintenance Tips
While also considering regular service, use these following tips in order to maintain your boiler.
- Frequent Testing: During the seasons when the boiler is not in use, check it every 2-3 months by running it for about 10-15 minutes.
- Call a Professional: When considering maintenance, it would be fortuitous to call a professional company. These trained technicians are well versed on the inner workings of the boiler and can solve your problem.
- Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm: Carbon monoxide is a bi-product of burning oil. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless and is highly dangerous. It would be wise to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home today.
Heating System Tune-Ups
A professional tune-up for your heating system includes multiple steps and actions that are best left to a trained technician. A trained technician performs tune-ups regularly, understands and practices safety protocols and has the knowledge and ability to recognize problems before they cause a system failure and you need a repair. These are some of the tasks that a professional should complete:
- Cleaning the unit of dirt and other grime that impedes performance
- Re-calibrating the system’s specifications, as necessary and in accordance with the manufacturer
- Check the thermostat settings to ensure they are both energy-efficient and comfortable for your home
- Checking all electrical components including motors and controls for safety
- Checking all vents, drafts, and flues for leaks. Leaks can potentially lead to a decreased system performance
- Inspecting oil connections, as well as pressure and burner combustion
- Perform safety inspection of the heat exchanger
- Test for airflow. Restricted air flow affects efficiency and can lead to increased energy costs
Call Riley Plumbing and Heating today for more information on boiler maintenance!