After investing in a boiler, you’d like it to run as efficiently as possible and last you for many years to come. In order to maximize its life, you must ensure you’re taking the proper boiler maintenance measures and utilizing best upkeep practices. Here’s a breakdown of what you can do to keep your boiler in tip top shape – especially for when the harsh winter weather returns to Pennsylvania.
Keep a Log
There are quick preventative boiler maintenance tasks you can perform on a daily basis to extend the life of your boiler. One of the easiest things you can do is to measure and record your boiler’s operating statistics. Most companies maintain a boiler log every day that records the equipment’s condition and keeps staff members informed of any irregularities. Plus, it can indicate trends that may determine you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Your log should include:
- Water levels
- Gas pressure
- Duct gas temperature
- Operating temperature
- Amount of fuel consumed
- Feed water pump operations
Monthly Water Quality Tests
Poor water quality, leaks and insufficient water pressure can all lead to premature malfunctions and breakdowns of your boiler’s components. Therefore, it is vital to check the condition of your boiler’s water functionality at least once per month, as the failure to do so can lead to increased expenses due to the inefficient use of energy. Feel free to ask the professionals at Custom Aire for advice on the best way to do this.
Protection from the Weather
As the weather changes minute by minute and hour by hour, an essential aspect of boiler maintenance involves the conditions outside. In the event of extreme heat, ensure the location of your boiler is cool enough to prevent the machine from overheating. During the winter months, regularly check that the boiler’s controls are working properly and that there are no leaks or trapped water present, as that can lead to frozen parts.
Necessary Routine Maintenance
Aside from the things you can do on your own, routine boiler maintenance is required for the longevity of your boiler and safety of everyone who works with or around it. These areas can be addressed by the certified professionals at Custom Aire and include the following services:
- Replacement of worn-down parts, including gaskets, igniters, flame rods and more
- Water treatments for the prevention of scale buildup and improved efficiency
- Cleaning of the fireside, burner, mesh, condensate trap and more
- Extensive inspections, including the heat exchanger after 2,500 operational hours
- Test of the electrical connection to check for corrosion or broken components
- Combustion adjustment with a calibrated tool and draft reading measurements
Even if you take every possible measure to protect your boiler, issues may still arise, and it’s important to know how to identify them. Contact Custom Aire right away if you notice any leaking water, strange noises or smells and heating throughout your home or building that is insufficient or running at inconsistent times. Our team of NATE-certified heating technicians offers the expertise and experience needed to handle all of your boiler repair needs.
Choose Custom Aire
By taking these measures and choosing Custom Aire as your boiler maintenance provider, you’ll be able to keep your boiler in optimal condition and stay warm all winter long for years to come. If you have any further questions on proper boiler maintenance or are interested in a replacement, contact us today.