One of the worst things that can happen to any family is the loss of heat during the middle of the winter. However, without proper maintenance for your boiler such breakdowns are not only possible, they are likely. Not only do emergency repairs on your boiler cost more money than annual maintenance, you’re frequently left without any heat for a day or more until the problem is fixed.
For quality annual maintenance and service call Polar Bear Air Conditioning. Our Washington, DC and Northern Virginia boiler experts have years of experience locating potential problems before they get out of control, and can keep your boiler in excellent shape, year after year. Even if you had your boiler installed by a different company, we can take over maintenance for your boiler.
Why Schedule Regular Boiler Maintenance?
A good proactive maintenance program focuses on ensuring your boiler works properly year after year. Even newer boilers with their numerous safety guards and high efficiency settings must be reviewed and maintained every year to avoid breakdowns or failures.
The goal of boiler maintenance is to catch potential issues before they become problems and make adjustments and replacements of key parts. Our service technicians do this by carefully measuring of things like pressure in the boiler, the current fuel consumption and the temperature in and around the machine. With regular maintenance, we can compare readings against historical data and make sure your boiler continues to work as expected year after year.
This maintenance should be done at least once every 12 months, preferably in the months leading up to the winter so you avoid breakdowns during the coldest months of the year. A good maintenance visit will check for clogged pipes, carbon monoxide leaks and proper lubrication of all parts. It’s a good idea to have a carbon monoxide detector not only in your living space, but near your boiler to check for potential gas or fume leaks as well.
Boiler pressure should be checked regularly. Each boiler has a gauge attached that shows the current pressure reading. In most homes, a small or low pressure boiler will average between 12–15 lbs. of pressure. It should be checked regularly to make sure the pressure doesn’t go too high. If boiler pressure does rise too high, you should immediately release the pressure through the release valve and call a service technician to visit and check your system for problems.
Start Boiler Maintenance Today
Even if you haven’t had boiler maintenance performed in some time, it’s never too late to get started. Not only can you schedule your boiler maintenance now and start to take control of your home heating system, you can perform simple tasks on your own, in between visits. Cleaning out the boiler room to avoid any dust build–up in the fan, and removing any debris or dust from the area around the pilot light are both important steps you can take. Additionally, make sure to descale your boiler if you have hard water in your pipes.
To get started with your routine boiler maintenance plan, call Polar Bear today. Our Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia boiler technicians provide a full range of maintenance services. Whether you’re currently worried about issues you’ve noticed or you’re simply ready to get back on track with routine annual boiler maintenance, call us today to avoid potential breakdowns and ensure steady, reliable heat year after year.