A boiler is an efficient way to heat a home and supply hot water too, but this type of heating equipment needs to be faithfully maintained to keep it operating safely. If your home has a hot water heating system, make sure you follow these tips to ensure boiler safety:
Schedule Annual Professional Maintenance
Yearly professional maintenance is a necessity to keep your boiler working safely and reliably. This kind of home heating differs from gas furnaces and heat pumps, so it’s vital to have maintenance performed by an HVAC pro with experience installing and servicing boilers. Skilled preventive maintenance will include many safety-wise tasks, such as:
- Checking for proper pressure, temperature and flow.
- Verifying the water level and the functionality of the low-water fuel cut-off.
- Testing the pressure relief valve and checking the pressure tank.
- Checking the pump, zone valves, and damper operation.
- Examining the heat exchanger for corrosion and cracks.
- Inspecting and cleaning the fuel burner.
- Cleaning the pilot orifice and assembly, and checking the flame sensor.
- Checking all seals and for any leaks.
- Lubricating the pump and fan motors.
- Inspecting the exhaust vent/flue.
- Checking all wiring and electrical connections.
- Testing safety features like the high limit control.
Stay Watchful for Developing Issues
In between maintenance visits, it’s wise to monitor your heating system for developing problems and call for expert help if you’re concerned about its safe operation. Issues to be vigilant about include water leaks near the boiler or its components, odd or alarming new noises from the equipment, and a rotten-egg odor that can indicate a gas leak.
Install and Maintain Carbon Monoxide Detectors
A boiler system that burns fuel to heat water can produce lethal carbon monoxide (CO) if it’s not working properly. For your family’s safety, it crucial to have carbon monoxide detectors installed by every bedroom and on each level of your home. Test your detectors monthly, and replace the batteries semi-annually so these safety devices can alert you to dangerous levels of CO gas.
For more advice about boiler safety in your Monmouth County home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).