Winter is coming, is your boiler ready?
Homeowners rely on their heating equipment during the winter months and most systems don’t require much maintenance. Boilers are a very safe and reliable means of heating, but homeowners should do a few things to help ensure a trouble free heating season.
1. Make sure the boiler room is clean and clear. Just like people, boilers like to have room to breathe. Making sure no items are stored around or crowding the boiler will ensure easy access should it be needed. About five feet of clearance is a good amount of room. Items tend to accumulate in basements and it’s a great idea to keep the area around the boiler clean and clear before starting the boiler in the heating season.
2. Inspect your radiators, baseboard heaters, and other heat transfer devices. Many of the devices used with boilers depend on the free and unencumbered air flow.
3. Vacuum base board elements to remove the dirt, dust, and debris, from on or around the heaters. This will keep your equipment operating more efficiently.
4. The next thing you will need to do is turn the boiler on and make sure it is working properly. The best way to do is to run the boiler for a short period of time to check for any issues. Once the unit is up and running carefully inspect the boiler and piping. You will want to look for any leaks and cracks in the piping itself. Boiler systems often utilize pumps and valves to circulate the water.
5. Check the pumps and valves. You will want to make sure that they are functioning properly. You will want to listen for any strange noises or feel for vibrations. If you do notice any abnormalities or find any issues, shut down the boiler immediately and call a qualified boiler technician for service.
It is recommended to have your boiler serviced at least once a year. This is not something that must happen only in the fall. A good thought is to have the boiler serviced in mid-summer. This way when the cold season comes, you can be prepared. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t remember the last time you had the boiler serviced, it’s probably time to call for boiler service. Should you have any questions regarding your boiler, feel free to contact CIS.