To better maintain your home over the course of the heating season, homeowners should add cleaning the boiler to their list of to-do items before temperatures heat up again in the springtime. We recommend regular self-maintenance of certain accessible home HVAC system components in order to save our customers money and keep their systems running stronger and longer between regular maintenance appointments with the JM Heating & Cooling team. A boiler’s performance depends upon maintenance and how clean it is throughout the seasons. We’ll break down how to check your boiler, clean it, and diagnose failures.
All it takes to tell if your boiler needs cleaning is a quick visual inspection by the homeowner. Do this once per month, preferably when checking on your furnace unit’s air filter and other accessible vent covers. If you see any corrosion or buildup in the unit’s tubes or inconsistencies in the gas temperature, your boiler may need maintenance or even a service call. A basic rule of thumb for boiler units is that its internal temperature will rise if there is too much air inside, which is a symptom of underperformance.
If a homeowner does not regularly inspect or clean their boiler, certain problems are bound to pop up over time, including fuel failures. Unstable flames in boilers can lead to explosions, which could pose a serious danger to your unit, your home, and everyone inside. If you notice a flame is inconsistent or faulty, do not run your furnace until the problem is fixed. A common fix to prevent this is scheduled maintenance with a local HVAC professional, like our team at JM Heating & Cooling.
If your boiler is in obvious or desperate need of a cleaning, invest in a chemical clean service. Note that this service will require you to turn off your boiler for about a day, making it impossible to run your furnace. However, the inconvenience will be worth it, since chemical cleaning services often put an end to fuel failures and help boilers last a few extra years compared to never being cleaned.
Contact our experts at JM Heating & Cooling if you believe your boiler has a problem or requires maintenance. We’re happy to speak with you about home maintenance and answer any questions you may have about your HVAC system.