Before temperatures start to plummet into winter, it’s important to focus on the one home appliance that will get you through the season. Since a healthy boiler is the beating heart of the central heating system of many homes, it’s critical to keep up with regular maintenance, especially since neglecting this can result in drafty living spaces, burst pipes, moisture and mold.
In this post, HVAC maintenance specialists have compiled a list of seven basic steps you can take to protect your boiler and remain one step ahead of the cold.
Check the boiler pressure on a regular basis. Keep an eye on the pressure reading, looking for changes that could result in it falling into dangerously high or low areas. If your boiler pressure starts to creep to the high or low end of the gauge, you should investigate and quickly remedy the issue.
Watch for potential leaks. Leaks indicate a problem with your unit or the pipes that connect to it. Fortunately, these leaks usually start small, giving you plenty of time to locate and respond to them before they become more serious. The issue may be easily addressed if you identify the leak quickly.
Keep an eye out for problems with the condensate pipe. Condensate pipes can freeze in the winter, causing a variety of issues. Clogged pipes cause boilers to shut down if they freeze. It’s important to make sure the pipe is protected before the winter season begins. Remember not to modify the pipe itself. Since it’s so vital to your heating system, only a trained professional should handle it.
Maintain the cleanliness of your boiler. While many boiler maintenance tasks are best left to the professionals, some can be done by the average homeowner, such as cleaning. Keep the area around your boiler as clean as possible to avoid damage and protect your indoor air quality. Regularly dust the unit off, but leave the internal cleaning to the pros.
Bleed the radiators. Remember to regularly bleed radiators to keep your home warm. It’s best to plan this before you turn on your boiler for the winter. It’s important to note that while not bleeding your radiators may not necessarily affect your boiler, it will affect how warm your home feels once the heating is turned on.
Check your thermostat twice. Check your heating system’s thermostat settings. If it isn’t working, you have a problem that requires immediate attention. A broken thermostat in the middle of winter can result in an overheated, inefficient home – or a very cold one – so get it fixed well before the cold weather arrives.
Turn on the heat before you need it. If you wait to turn on your heating until it’s already cold outside, you’ll likely uncover problems with your boiler, which means it won’t be ready to use when you need it most. Turn on your boiler now and turn up the heat for a few minutes to make sure everything is working properly.
When it comes to plumbing and duct cleaning services, Bill Reynolds Heating & Air Conditioning always gets the job done. You can reach us at (440) 298-4698 or by filling out our convenient online form.