How to Effectively Maintain a Boiler System

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How to Effectively Maintain a Boiler System

Sometimes it feels like HVAC contractors can be their own worst enemy. For years we have preached about the inherent advantages of radiant heating systems compared to the more common forced air systems. The advantages are real:

  • Fewer moving parts to fail
  • No blower & fan noise
  • No Dust and dirt blowing around the house
  • No leaky ductwork to rob heating efficiency

Maintenance misconceptions

Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning is afraid we’re so good at explaining the advantages, too many people believe radiant systems, including the boiler, don’t require maintenance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Without common sense maintenance by the owner and professional maintenance by Builder’s, it’s likely you will need a boiler replacement sooner than you should.

Vent & chimney

The homeowner should examine these routinely looking for any holes or broken connections. But even less obvious damage can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide leaks. It’s why a trained technician should be called in once a year for a thorough inspection and a test for the presence of CO gas.

Heat exchanger

This is the component that most often leads to boiler leaks in your Denver, Colorado home. Carefully look around the heat exchanger for any small spots of water. Leaks generally mean a boiler replacement but it’s important to act promptly before the leak gets worse and causes water damage.

Evidence of water leaks

When boiler components fail it can lead to water leaks in your Denver, Colorado home. It may start with small spots of water on the floor near the boiler, but it’s important to act promptly before the leak gets worse and causes water damage. There’s no use in sugar-coating this, water leaks generally mean it’s time for a boiler replacement.

Flush the boiler

Rust and debris build up inside just about every boiler. As time passes it cuts efficiency and costs more money to operate. The boiler should be flushed as part of annual maintenance by an HVAC technician. 

Lubricate the pump

A circulating pump is what moves the water through the radiant heating system. If the pump fails or loses efficiency, the heating system won’t work properly. The pump should be lubricated at least once a year.

Depend on the experts

We don’t have to tell you boiler replacement is expensive. With help from the experts at Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning, the radiant heating system in your Denver, Colorado home will last longer.

Furnace mandate

As we enter the heating season, we also wanted to spend a few moments talking about a new mandate regarding forced air furnaces. As of July 2019, those furnaces are required to use a new energy-efficient motor to power the fan. It will use less energy during the life of the furnace. It could be another reason to replace the old furnace you have now. If you have any questions about the new mandate just give us a call. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.