Basic Tips for Maintaining Your Boiler Before the Weather Turns Cold
Summer has come to an end, fall is here and winter is quickly approaching. Your boiler plays an important role in keeping you and your family warm and cozy as the temperature outside drops, so maintaining your boiler should be a top priority. During the summer, you didn’t have a need for your boiler, but boiler preventive maintenance insures that it will be in peak condition when you fire it up again. Maintaining your boiler and making sure it’s running properly not only keeps you and your family safe, but it also helps reduce your heating bills.
Keep your boiler in shape for winter
Here are a few things you can do to keep your boiler in good shape for the long winter. If you feel that you can not perform these tasks yourself, call in a professional HVAC technician to make sure the job is done right.
- Drain the boiler
- Install and replace gaskets, handholes and any manhole covers
- Have your fuel burning equipment professionally cleaned and adjusted
- Check all pipes for leaks
- Lubricate all moving parts of the boiler
Since you haven’t used your boiler, you should have it inspected by a professional HVAC technician before you use it for the first time. Winter is the busy season for HVAC technicians so have your boiler checked in September or October, before it gets too cold. Here are several checks the technician will perform.
- Check the manual fuel valves
- Check for proper ventilation
- Open the stack dampers
- Check the flue for fuel
- Check the boiler water level
Once the technician has made sure your boiler is in working order he will start it up and you and your family will have a properly working boiler that should perform well all winter long.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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