While forced-air furnaces may be considered "the norm" when it comes to residential heating systems, they're far from the only option available. In some homes, boiler heating systems actually utilize water instead of electricity or gas to distribute heat throughout a home. Specifically, boilers work by pumping hot water through radiators or radiant flooring systems to keep a home comfortable.
If you have a home with a boiler furnace (or are thinking about installing this type of heating system in your home), there are some important maintenance tips you should know.
Keep the Area Clear
Ventilation is important when it comes to the safe and efficient operation of your boiler. However, boiler systems are often installed in confined spaces, such as utility rooms and cupboards. With this in mind, you'll want to make sure you're keeping unnecessary clutter away from your boiler heating system.
Schedule a Tune-Up
Just as you would schedule an annual inspection and tune-up on a forced-air furnace, the same should apply to your boiler heating system. Stick with an HVAC company or plumber that has specific experience in working with boiler systems. Your annual service should include not just a detailed inspection, but cleaning out of the boiler itself. You might also consider an annual service known as a power flush, which is essentially a deep clean of the system itself.
Bleed Radiators Regularly
One important maintenance step you can take without calling an HVAC professional or plumber is that of bleeding your radiators regularly. This is as easy as turning the valve on the side of your radiator to release pent up air and pressure inside. This can help ensure that your radiators are operating at their full capacity, which can reduce wear and tear on your system as a whole.
Take Care of the Circulating Pump
Your boiler's circulating pump plays an important role in moving heated water throughout your home; if this pump stops working, you won't have heat. One of the easiest things you can do to maintain your boiler's circulating pump is to lubricate it at least once a year. This can help keep it from sticking and will keep it running smoothly.
With proper care and maintenance, a boiler heating system can easily last for 15-20 years before needing to be replaced. And by following these simple maintenance tasks, you can keep your boiler running smoothly and efficiently for years to come.
For more information about heating systems, contact a company like High Tech Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.Share
29 April 2020
After my sister moved into my house with me, she started complaining about the temperature. I had never really thought about it before, or maybe I was just used to it, but my house was pretty cold. She told me that she didn't think the furnace was working properly, so I started checking things out on my own. Sure enough, my furnace seemed to be having some serious problems. I started looking for a replacement, and I was able to find a great furnace for much less than what I initially thought I would need to spend. I wanted to make this blog for anyone out there who might need to shop for a new HVAC system. Check out these great articles for information you might need.