Top Long Island Boiler Maintenance Tips
Most Long Island homes run on heat produced by boilers. Boilers are large cylindrical water tanks typically located in basements.
How Do Boilers Work?
Boilers operate by heating water for household hot water usage or to produce steam heat. In essence, boilers serve two key functions from one major system:
- To warm living spaces via the creation of hot steam that spreads heat throughout the atmosphere.
- To provide hot water.
Boiler Maintenance Tips
Boilers, like any other household fixture used on a regular basis, will after some time, need to be replaced. However, proper and frequent maintenance may prolong the longevity of your boiler ensuring lower monthly utility bills and fewer plumbing repair-related headaches. Here are a few things you can do to maintain the life of your boiler.
1. Get an Annual Boiler Inspection
Of course we suggest having your boiler checked before the winter frost settles. Now is the perfect time!
2. Check Boiler Pressure
The boiler pressure, just like water temperature, should not fluctuate or drastically move. Make sure the pressure maintains.
3. Keep the Area Clear
It’s easy to pile up clutter in the basement. It’s a great place for storage. However, it’s always best to keep the area surrounding your boiler free from debris to avoid fire hazards and to more easily notice abnormal leaks.
When is it Time for a New Boiler?
Warm water is never good enough. Homeowners and their families deserve hot water exactly when they want it. If your household water isn’t hot, or if the temperature unexpectedly fluctuates, there is most likely something wrong with your boiler. Also watch out for gas or oil odors—this could be a sign of a very serious problem that immediately warrants the attention of a professional.
Be proactive. Contact the experts at Rebmann Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning for a full and thorough inspection of your boiler before the cold weather arrives.