Servicing Your Boiler

by / Wednesday, 01 February 2017 / Published in News
boiler maintenance

Regular boiler maintenance is essential to keeping your system running both efficiently and safe. To help avoid any potential of gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning, maintenance on your boiler should ONLY be performed by a professional.

Regular maintenance is often much less expensive than waiting until the system fails. Servicing your boiler is recommended once a year, and we inspect and repair any issues we find before they become a much larger, expensive problem. A regularly scheduled service agreement can take the guesswork out of when you  last had your boiler checked by our team of professionals.

 

Below are just some of the things we look for during a scheduled service call:

  • Inspect and test your boiler and controls
  • Test functionality of all working components
  • Inspect and clean all pipes and components for corrosion or leaks
  • Check gas pressure to ensure it’s set correctly
  • Test and inspect flue to ensure no unsafe emissions are being released form your boiler
  • Replace any worn or non-functioning parts

There are some things you can do prior to calling for service to help pinpoint the issue you’re having, and may help resolve it quicker.
If you are unsure of any of these steps, always feel free to call our 24 hour service for prompt service and repairs that will keep your family safe and warm!

Thermostat Set Correctly

If your home has several heat zones, you’ll want to go to the main thermostat and check to ensure it’s set above the actual room temperature. If it’s not digital, you want to be sure that it’s level – and you may consider upgrading it to a digital thermometer for a more accurate reading.

Circulator Pump not Working Properly

Check the circulator pump at the boiler to confirm that it is running properly and circulating the heated water throughout the house. You can do this by placing your hand on it to see if it is warm as expected. If the pump is cool to the touch, it is an indication that it’s not running. Check to confirm that the breaker that supplies the power is on.

A Loss of Pressure

If you find your hot water is losing pressure, but the temperature is normal, there are a few possible causes. However it’s fairly easy to diagnose, as most boilers have a built-in pressure gauge. One of the most common causes is air in the system. Air in the system is fairly common with older manual air eliminators, and should be upgraded.
Another possible cause is a leak somewhere in the system that drops the pressure over time. Even if you don’t see any signs of standing water, you could have a small leak that should be inspected for and repaired by a qualified professional.

Pilot Light Doesn’t Come on

If you have an older system with a standing pilot light, check to make sure it’s lit. Most newer systems don’t use a constant pilot light, so if the damper is open and the inducer fan is running, the pilot should automatically light – if it doesn’t, there are a number of possible causes, and it should be inspected and repaired by one of our trained professionals.

Contact us today to service your boiler or furnace

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