How to Avoid Boiler Maintenance Problems
Choosing the right product for your boiler can be important in preventing costly service calls. You should also be aware of common problems that can arise and what you can do to avoid them.
Problems with boiler maintenance common to all
Having trouble with your boiler is an inconvenience and an expensive one. For professional assistance, you may need to call a technician. But there are common issues that can be fixed on your own.
These problems can be caused by issues with water chemistry. Scale buildup can lead to reduced heating efficiency. This is because the scale can prevent free water flow.
Limescale is a hard calcium carbonate deposit that builds up over time, especially when using hard water. It can cause the kettle to boil, and make strange boiler sounds.
Another problem is that your thermostat may not be working properly. Your boiler may not turn on because of this. The thermostat may need to be replaced. Your thermostat regulates the temperature in your house. If you have a bad thermostat, it can raise your utility bills.
A diverter valve, also known as a “splitter,” is a device that allows hot water to go to the faucets and showers, while keeping cold water away. If it is stuck, it can cause cold water to pass through. You should repair or replace this part if you have a leak.
A rumbling noise is a warning sign that your heat exchanger has a build-up of limescale. This problem is very common in boilers.
Avoid costly service calls
Using a professional HVAC servicing company can help prevent costly service calls. Failing boilers can cause gas or water leaking into your house. A professional team can diagnose the problem before it becomes too serious. They will also help you select a new boiler, which can be more cost-effective.
An annual maintenance plan is an option if you do not have an HVAC contract. Proper maintenance can prevent problems from occurring with the boiler, heating or cooling system.
A service contract that covers the maintenance and repairs of equipment will be covered for an annual fee. It may also include labor and parts. However, some warranties exclude the labor portion of the repair.
The price of an inspection depends on several factors. The two most important are the brand and the size of your unit. The cost of a new, energy-efficient boiler will be higher, but it will be more durable and have a shorter service downtime. You can find rebates to help offset the higher price.
Whether you have a gas-fueled or electric boiler, a good preventative maintenance plan can help you avoid common problems. An experienced technician can handle complicated repairs, and reduce future disruptions.