Boiler Maintenance: 5 Steps You Can Take At Home

One of the best forms of heat out there comes from boiler heat.  However, a boiler intimidates many homeowners.  However, there are several steps you can and should take if you own a boiler:

  1. Did you have your boiler checked this year?  A home boiler should be checked once a year to make sure that all of the components are working correctly.  This inspection will make sure that your boiler is intact, installed properly, and that that your pipes are not clogged.  Your technician will also test for carbon monoxide leaks.
  2. Have you checked the pressure recently?  Your boiler has a pressure gauge (most likely, it is on the side), and the pressure should be around 12 lbs. to 15 lbs. Pressure  If the pressure is over that limit, there should be a release valve that you can turn or twist to relieve the pressure.  Depending on how your boiler responds determines whether or not you will need a professional technician to come to your home.  If the pressure is below 12 psi, you will need to add water to the system to increase the pressure.
  3. Is the room that the boiler is in clean?  You don’t want dust getting into pilot light area.  This can cause it to go out or worse, start a fire.
  4. Do you have hard water?  If so, you are going to want to descale the boiler at least once a year.
  5. Is the area around your boiler cluttered?  Don’t leave combustable items like paint cans around your boiler.

Having a boiler is great.  However, there are a few things you need to think about to keep your boiler working in tip top shape.

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