Boiler service is necessary as boilers are a crucial component of the modern home, and yet many of us fail to think about our boilers until they start acting up. Boilers should be serviced regularly; below are some of the reasons why.
The Importance of Regular Boiler Service
- You Save Money
In many cases, serious boiler problems can arise from issues that were once minor and easy to solve. Boiler service and inspection that is performed at least once per year can ensure that a small problem is caught before it has a chance to grow into something worse.
- Your Heating Costs Will Go Down
Annual boiler service and inspection can ensure that your boiler runs efficiently. Efficient boiler operation is one of the main factors in the cost of keeping your home warm.
- You Will be Protected From Carbon Monoxide
A boiler can produce and release carbon monoxide into your home if it was not correctly installed or if it has not been properly maintained and ventilated. Along with a host of health issues like nausea and breathlessness, carbon monoxide can kill. It can be difficult to differentiate between symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and those of the common cold. It is also invisible and odorless making it a silent killer. Annual boiler service can help to protect you and your family from carbon monoxide leaking into your indoor air.
Different Types of Boilers and How They are Serviced
If your gas boiler is not correctly burning its fuel, it can produce carbon monoxide. Signs that a gas boiler needs to be serviced include stains in the vicinity of the appliance, an irregular flame or a noisy boiler fan. If the pilot light goes out constantly, this can also indicate that you need boiler service as soon as possible. Gas boiler service will typically involve cleaning parts like the burner, the flue-ways and the controls. The technician will also check the integrity of the gas connections as well as the seals and joints.
- Oil Boilers
Your oil boiler will also need to be checked and serviced annually due to the fact that it too uses fossil fuels and can thus pose a carbon monoxide risk. Oil boiler service will typically involve checking the boiler heat exchanger and the oil nozzles along with the oil storage tanks and supply pipes. The technician will also clean or replace the air filter along with the oil filter and adjust the oil pump pressure if necessary.
- Solid Fuel Boilers
Like the other two types of boilers, annual boiler service is highly recommended. Solid fuel boiler service typically includes sweeping the flue and checking the flueways inside the boiler. These steps are especially important during periods when the appliance is being used heavily.
Like any other appliance in your home, your boiler should be serviced on a regular basis to ensure that it stays running at peak efficiency. Regular boiler service can give you peace of mind with the knowledge that you are extending the boiler’s lifespan while also saving money and lowering the chances of it failing when you need it most. Contact us for a consultation on how we can help you stay warm.