All About Heating Boilers - Don’t Wait To Make A No Heat Call This Winter!
Heating boilers are not quite as popular as traditional furnace (ie. gas furnaces), but that’s not to say that they aren’t a perfectly efficient source of heating for your home. In fact, depending on your home’s space and needs, it might actually be the best, most efficient heating solution on the market!
If you don’t have a heating boiler, we’ve dedicated an entire blog post to exploring the different boilers available, as well as how to know which one would fit your heating needs best.
But if you already have a boiler installed in your home, we don’t need to tell you about their many benefits - including comfort, energy savings, durability and even heat distribution.
What we do have to talk about is how to ensure that your home’s heating boiler is going to stay in tip-top condition all winter long! Because the last thing you want to experience is a chilly morning with no heat and no foreseeable solution to the problem.
Do you know how to watch for warning signs of a heating boiler that needs repairing? Unless you’re in the HVAC industry yourself, your HVAC equipment is probably quite foreign to you.
That’s why we’re gonna give you the low-down right here! Everything you need to know about maintaining heating boilers this winter and ensuring that you never have to worry about making that oh-so-dreaded no heat call!
The best part? Besides helping to keep your home warm and safe, these preventative maintenance tips will also help lower your energy bills!
Preventative Maintenance For Heating Boilers
One of the key ways to ensure your home stays toasty warm this winter is by monitoring the operation and condition of your boiler. It’s as easy as a visual inspection!
During your visual investigation, look for these warning signs:
- Clicking or Rumbling Noises
- Error Messages
- Irregular Pressure Readings
- Irregular Temperature Readings
If you are seeing (or hearing) any of these tell-tale signs, schedule your maintenance appointment with Campeau Heating today! Our technicians are qualified to service your heating system - including boilers, furnaces, gas furnaces, heat pumps, electric furnace equipment and more!
Why Is Preventative Maintenance Important For Boilers?
Like all machinery and equipment, it’s up to the owner to ensure that everything stays in good working condition. And that holds true for HVAC equipment too!
Homeowners are responsible for ensuring that their heating system is given the proper maintenance in order to function at its best. If the equipment is not taken care of properly, it can become unreliable, inefficient and costly.
So, what exactly does “proper maintenance” mean for a boiler?
For starters, it means scheduling a preventative maintenance service tune-up and safety inspection once a year. During this appointment, your trained HVAC technicians from Campeau Heating will ensure that your boiler is functioning properly, that the system is calibrated correctly and that all of the external and internal parts are cleaned accordingly.
A heating boiler actually experiences a different type of wear than gas furnaces or even an electric furnace would suffer from. Why? Because a boiler actually uses water in order to produce heat. The negative effects of water on your boiler system can include corrosion and rust. Which is why we recommend regular, yearly maintenance. Our technicians can actually help prevent this corrosion and elongate the life of your boiler equipment.
When should you be scheduling this annual boiler inspection?
We recommend making the appointment for early to mid fall - before temperatures drop. Or at least before the snow hits!
What can you expect during a professional heating boiler maintenance service?
- Thorough visual inspection and cleaning of both internal and external boiler components.
- Inspection, cleaning and testing of the heat exchanger system.
- Thermostat analysis and recalibration (if necessary).
- Water pH testing and resetting (if necessary).
- Thorough inspection and cleaning of pilot light, sensors, burners, ignitors (as needed).
- Complete inspection and securing of all boiler connections.
- Inspection and cleaning of all inlets, vents, pipes and valves.
- Cleaning and flushing of boiler tank and condensate system (if needed).
- Investigation and testing of all controls, sensors, settings and safety systems.
It’s important to note here that your qualified HVAC technician is using the proper training and equipment to analyze, clean and test your boiler system. This is not something that we recommend homeowners do on their own, as it could be dangerous. Instead, schedule your preventative boiler maintenance appointment with our professionally trained heating technicians!
4 Reasons To Invest In Annual Preventative Maintenance For Boilers
- Cut your energy bills and start saving money on expensive repairs.
- Protect and enhance your home comfort.
- Ensure that your home is a safe environment.
- Extend the life of your boiler equipment.
Warning Signs For Aging, Breaking or Broken Heating Boilers
Although boilers are known for being low maintenance heating machines, that is not to say that they do not require extra special attention. In order to enjoy the long life of a healthy boiler system, there are a few common warning signs and repair needs that you need to stay in-tune with.
1. Is your boiler leaking?
We don’t have to restate the fact that heating boilers use water in order to produce heat. But, we should put the reminder out there that anything that uses water should be monitored for leaks - including your boiler!
Although a small leak might not amount to much, water damage can cause serious repairs and even a boiler outage (there goes your heat).
This is why we always encourage our boiler owners to watch for leaks within their tank, pump and pressure relief valve.
- A leak in your tank is serious, requiring a full replacement in most cases.
- A leak in your pump can cause interior corrosion.
- A leak in your pressure relief valve leak can usually be fixed, simply by replacing the valve mechanism.
is your boiler kettling?
When mineral deposits start to build up within your boiler unit, the impact on the interior pressure causes a strange sound called “kettling”.
What does kettling sound like?
Unless you hired a percussionist, this is not a welcoming sound. In fact, it could be causing water damage, or worse, an eventual internal explosion.
3. Is your boiler having pilot issues?
The pilot system of your boiler is an ignition device that essentially starts the heating process.
If you begin to hear a repetitive ticking or clicking sound within your boiler, this device may be failing to ignite. Making it impossible to produce heat for your home!
4. Is your boiler failing to provide heat?
If your boiler is malfunctioning - essentially not able to provide heat - the problem could be slightly more difficult to diagnose. And possibly quite a lot more difficult to fix. But, as always, the trick is to take notice of the problem as quickly as possible.
Possible Causes For a Boiler Outage:
- Fuel Line Blockage
- Ignition Issue
- Broken Heat Pump
- Tripped Fuse
- Low Pressure
- Internal Corrosion
- Valve Failure
Fall Preventive HVAC Maintenance For Heating Boilers in Sudbury, Ontario
Now that temperatures have already begun to drop in Ontario, ensuring that your home’s heating system is ready to go has now become vital.
Protect your home’s warmth, comfort and safety this winter with professional boiler maintenance by Campeau Heating! Our trained HVAC technicians are here to fix all of your heating needs and ensure that your home stays warm and cozy.
We install, repair and maintain all heating solutions - including gas furnaces, boilers, oil furnaces, geothermal heating systems, unit heaters, fireplaces, heat pumps, electric furnace equipment and more!
Contact Campeau Heating Today or Schedule Your Fall Boiler Maintenance HERE!