With the weather getting colder, there is maintenance that needs to be done to keep your home warm and cozy. If you have a boiler and radiant heating system, there is some extra plumbing and heating maintenance that needs to be done. Here are some tips to help you maintain your boiler and radiant heating system during the extreme cold weather:
1. Bleed Radiators and Heating Pipes to Get Air Pockets Out
Over the months that you are not using your heating, air pockets form inside the radiators and pipes of your heating systems. The radiators have bleeder valves on them for this reason. Before the cold weather arrives, you will want to bleed all the air out of the system to ensure water flows freely and your home is heating efficiently.
2. Check Fuel Supply to Make Sure Your Boiler Works When You Need It
Before cold weather arrives, one of the most important things to do is make sure you have fuel supply. Depending on the type of boiler you have, you may need to have gas or heating oil delivered before the extreme cold weather. Make sure that you have done maintenance to fuel storage, such as cleaning, inspecting and changing filters. In addition, if you have natural gas service rather than a storage tank, check the lines to make sure everything is working correctly before your boiler starts working harder to keep your home warm.
3. Clean Boiler Burner Mechanisms and Change Any Filters
Boilers have a burner mechanism that provides heat to the water inside. This mechanism will get dirty over years of use and needs to be cleaned. Before the extreme cold weather hits, it is a good idea to check the burner and clean it to ensure your boiler is working efficiently when you need it most. In addition, if your boiler has any type of filters for fuel or air filters for forced-air type heating, change them before extreme cold weather.
4. Check Thermostat Programming and The Temperature of Water in The Boiler
Since many boilers are also used for hot water in the home, you want to make sure that the temperature settings are safe. Doing this will also prevent problems with pipes quickly freezing if the boiler stops. In addition, you want to make sure that you have the heating thermostat set for lower temperatures to maximize efficiency and reduce strain on your heating system.
These are some tips to help maintain your boiler and radiant heating during extremely cold weather. If you need help with maintenance and repairs to keep your home warm, contact a boiler repair service like Rickett Industrial Environmental Systems.