Tips on Maintaining Your Boiler
Most Long Island homes run on heat produced by boilers. Boilers are large cylindrical water tanks most frequently located in basements.
How do Boilers Work?
Boilers operate by heating water for household hot water usage or by producing 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 eventually 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.
- Get an Annual Boiler Inspection: Of course we suggest having your boiler checked before the winter frost settles, but sometimes people don’t get around to it. Since winter has already reared it’s ugly head, now is a great time to ensure that your boiler is running smoothly to keep you and your family warm all season long.
- Check Boiler Pressure: The boiler pressure, just like water temperature, should not fluctuate or drastically move. Make sure the pressure maintains at all times.
- 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. Your and your family deserve hot water exactly when you want it. If your household water isn’t hot, or if the temperature unexpectedly fluctuates, most likely there is 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 before the problem gets worse and could cause harm to your family or home.
Be proactive. Contact the experts at Rebmann Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning for a full and thorough inspection of your boiler.