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What You Can Expect During Boiler Maintenance

Your boiler keeps you warm through the harshest winters, but it only does that because you maintain it properly. But do you know what happens during boiler maintenance in Arlington?

It’s important for you to know so you can keep your home HVAC in check. Today, we’ll run you through what to expect from boiler maintenance.

A Basic List of Boiler Maintenance Actions

  • Inspection: It all starts with inspecting your boiler to know what’s wrong or needs attention in the first place. An inspection includes checking the flue system, all venting, and the combustion intake, among other things.
  • Cleaning: Your boiler accumulates dirt, soot, and just gunk that can impair performance (or operability). By cleaning your boiler, it helps with efficiency, prevent problems from springing up, and add to the longevity of your boiler.
  • Calibration: Your technician will tst various parts of your boiler and make sure they’re calibrated properly to give the best results and be as efficient as possible. This includes the combustion, pressure, and temperature.
  • Lubrication: Most of the working parts in your boiler are made of metal. When metal clashes with other metal, it creates friction and actually leads to damage. There’s lubrication between all the metal components in your boiler that help it operate. Your technician will re-lubricate working parts during maintenance.
  • Safety: Boilers come with potential hazards–let’s not pretend they don’t. Maintenance also serves as a point of inspection to identify hazards and mitigate them to the best of your technician’s ability. Boilers have safety features that need to be checked on occasionally to make sure they’re functioning properly.
  • Enhancements: Your technician may suggest a way to enhance the output of your boiler through direct and indirect methods. This could be something as simple as installing a smart thermostat, or suggesting physical upgrades for the boiler system itself.
  • Documentation: A boiler without a maintenance record is dangerous. You have no way of knowing what current problems you could be facing since there’s no record of repairs or maintenance visits. Your technician will document the entire ordeal and give you a copy for your records–make sure you keep that.

How Often Do You Need Boiler Maintenance?

On average, once per year should cut it. However, boilers last for an average of 15 years or so, and it’s not a bad idea to schedule twice-yearly maintenance when it gets towards the end of its life.

This helps address safety concerns that may arise, and should help extend the life of your boiler for as long as possible so you replace fewer boilers over your lifetime.

Now You Know

When your technician comes through to conduct boiler maintenance, this is what they’re doing. You can see how imperative it is to have all these checks and balances on your boiler, so if you aren’t already set up with a solid boiler maintenance schedule, there’s no time like the present to get started.

Contact us today to schedule your boiler maintenance as soon as possible.

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