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The Homeowner’s Guide to Essential Boiler Maintenance Tips

Your boiler plays a crucial role in maintaining a comfortable living environment, making it essential to prioritize its care through regular maintenance. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the fundamental boiler maintenance tips that every homeowner should know to ensure optimal performance and longevity. At the heart of our discussion lies the importance of proactive care, as neglecting your boiler’s well-being can lead to costly repairs and decreased efficiency. Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a first-time buyer, understanding the basics of boiler maintenance can save you both time and money in the long run.

One key aspect of responsible boiler ownership is sourcing reliable equipment and replacement parts. For those in the New Jersey area, Crosstown Plumbing stands as a beacon of quality and expertise in residential and commercial boilers. Whether you’re in the market for a new boiler installation or urgently need repair parts to address an unforeseen issue, our team has you covered.

Home Boiler System Tips   

What would we do on cold days without our house boiler system? If your boiler switches itself off or the pilot light goes out, it is time to ask a qualified HVAC professional to perform an annual boiler maintenance service. As to the question of your AFUE or annual fuel utilization efficiency. The average efficiency of older boiler systems is 65 – 75%, while new gas-fired boilers have an AFUE of 90% or higher. 

Tips On How to Conduct a Basic Boiler Inspection at Home  

Safety is always the first consideration when you conduct a basic boiler inspection at home. Ensure the area where your boiler system is installed has proper lighting and adequate ventilation. Keep a written record of the boiler pressure as it affects the system’s efficiency. Look in the unit’s manual for the appropriate levels as systems differ. Listen for banging or whistling noises and see if any fluids leak from the pipes. 

Annual Boiler Service Checklist   

During an annual inspection, HVAC professionals will inspect every part of your boiler for age and damage and ensure the emission levels are safe. They will also investigate areas that might cause issues in future. Every homeowner should know what must be included in an annual service. Crosstown made it easy by compiling a seventeen-point boiler service checklist. We share what work is carried out during a professional boiler maintenance visit and what you can do when outdoor temperatures are moderate.  

DIY Boiler Maintenance Tips   

You can perform DIY boiler servicing if you have sufficient experience. If you prefer to leave the service to professionals, clean the boiler’s exterior several times a year, just like you would other home appliances. Do this only after it has cooled down, and never try to clean any of the boiler’s interior parts. Switch it on once a month in the summer, at a minimal temperature, to check for any issues. 

Tips for Improving Boiler Efficiency   

Energy prices keep increasing, and we are all looking for ways to save. When a boiler is not well-insulated, heat escapes and its efficiency is reduced. Routinely check that the insulation around your boiler is intact and there are no holes or weak spots. We know you have been waiting to find out how to lag your boiler’s pipes. Pipes are at risk of freezing and potentially bursting in the winter, affecting your boiler’s performance. Purchase lagging material and wrap it around the pipes to protect them. The effort and cost are well worth it.    

Are you a “do-it-yourself” homeowner? Crosstown experts can help you with tools, pipes, replacement parts, and replacement boilers if you realize your system needs work after reading our boiler maintenance tips. Contact our team at Crosstown Plumbing today or visit us at: https://www.crosstownplumbing.com/

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