The best way to keep your home’s boiler system in top working condition is to regularly complete a boiler service. As summer comes to an end and the weather begins to cool down, you will eventually need to rely on your heating system to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. This is a good time to give your boiler system a once over to avoid any surprises when you really need your system working properly.
Below we will introduce you to a few steps you can take to help maintain your boiler system and help prolong your system’s life span and avoid expensive and inconvenient system failures.
1. Check the Vent and Chimney
Over time your system’s chimney may begin to deteriorate due to standard wear and tear, this will lead to reduced efficiency over time. Visually examine both the vent and chimney for possible signs of deterioration like holes and broken connections. Pay close attention to where the vent connects to your boiler unit as it is common for this connection to loosen. If you notice any disconnections, retighten the connections again. Checking these components is the first step to a successful boiler service.
2. Examine the Heat Exchanger
The heat exchanger is prone to leaks, and in most cases where water is found around your boiler, it originated from the heat exchanger. Inspect the heat exchanger carefully, look for small pools of water around or under the heat exchanger. If you find water around the component, replace the exchanger as soon as possible, as the leak will worsen over time and can cause significant water damage.
3. Oil the Circulating Pump
The circulating pump moves the water around the system. But, if the pump breaks down, the boiler system will lose its efficiency, and lead to heat loss. Unfortunately, your home will no longer be adequately heated. During your boiler service, lubricate the circulating pump to ensure its ease of operation. This will also increase the pump’s durability, as the lubricant will reduce friction leading to less sticking and grinding during operation.
4. Flush Out Your Boiler
After some time, debris and rust may have built up in your boiler system. The rust and debris will eventually reduce the efficiency of your boiler and clog up the system. Flushing out the system will remove rust and debris from. Open the valves on the radiators and converters to let air into the system. Use buckets to collect the water as it comes out.
5. Hire a Professional
Your boiler system is an important mechanism when it comes to keeping your home feeling comfortable. It is also an expensive component that can last a long time if well maintained. If you are not familiar with the components of your boiler system, or you just want to leave your service to a professional. Hiring an expert for your boiler service will ensure that your system is well maintained, and functioning properly for a long time.
The importance of routine maintenance of your boiler system cannot be overemphasized. Just a few steps will ensure your system is working efficiently and reduce the need for costly repairs.