Boilers tend to be installed in the basement, where they are hidden away and easily forgotten about—that is until there is a problem. However, it is important that you maintain routine maintenance on your residential boiler to ensure that it continues to operate efficiently for many years. Here are a few dos and don'ts to help avoid potentially dangerous situations and expensive repairs.
Do Regularly Inspect the Boiler
Make sure that you are performing an inspection of your boiler for leaks and other visual issues at least once or twice annually. Keep an eye out for any dripping water in the overflow pipe, and if you notice any moisture, get in touch with a professional immediately since it could be an indication that the pressure release valve has been damaged.
In addition, you should check the water level. If the water level has fallen below the recommendation of the manufacturer, the appliance needs to be serviced by a professional so the leak can be identified and repaired.
Lastly, the flues and air vents need to be cleaned of any debris that has built up, as this will help the appliance function more efficiently. When airflow is unobstructed, the boiler won't need to work overtime and you won't see an unnecessary increase in your energy bills each month.
Don't Ignore an Orange or Yellow Flame
Always keep a close eye on the boiler flame and ensure that it is blue rather than orange or yellow. If the flame is orange or yellow, this is an indication that there is an internal problem somewhere and you need to contact a professional immediately to diagnose the issue. Don't attempt these types of repairs on your own, as it can be very dangerous. Often the problem is that not enough oxygen or too much gas is being utilized while burning.
Do Flush the System Annually
Your boiler needs to be flushed twice per year to remove any mineral buildup, also known as scale. To do this flushing, the system should be turned off and a decent-sized bucket should be placed underneath the spigot in order to catch the water. Make sure that you remove anything near the appliance so that it doesn't get wet and place old towels and rags down around the bucket to soap up any moisture and spray. As soon as the water begins to run clear, the spigot should be turned off and the boiler should be turned back on.
For more boiler maintenance information, get in touch with a boiler service like Steele Brothers Heating Inc in your area.