Tips from the owner at Fox Plumbing and Heating on Inspecting boilers in the summertime
When the weather is warmer in the Seattle area, people usually don't think to conduct an inspection on their boiler, particularly if it didn't give them any problems during the colder months. But summer is an ideal time to get boilers inspected and repaired.
Boilers should receive an annual checkup and maintenance as a preventative measure, to catch any problems that may be developing. It's best to get the maintenance done in the summer, as it will give you time to make any repairs before the weather starts getting colder. You don't want to get stuck with a malfunctioning boiler when you need it most; plus, once the problem is worse, you'll have to pay more to take care of it.
What are some of the problems that a boiler inspection and maintenance can resolve?
A buildup of soot and other deposits. Soot can accumulate inside the boiler, causing it to be significantly more inefficient; this means your heating bills will be higher. Soot also contains sulfur; as a result, the soot generates sulfuric acid, which damages various boiler components. Reputable and experienced professionals will perform a thorough cleaning of your boiler, ridding it of soot buildup and any other damaging deposits, such as lime scale.
Leaks. Whether they're gas leaks or water leaks, they need to be addressed ASAP by fixing or replacing the relevant components. Leaks aren't always easy to catch and require an expert eye to detect them. If it's a small water leak, for example, the water may evaporate before you can pin down the source of the leak. Leaks can also arise from different underlying reasons, including problems with the pump or relief valve.
Thermostat failures. If your thermostat is inaccurate, your boiler will go on or off at inappropriate times. Checking for thermostat inaccuracies is also a job best done by professionals, as there are different kinds of failures; it may be that the thermostat itself isn't necessarily giving an inaccurate temperature reading, but that another component in the boiler is really the culprit.
Your boiler needs to be inspected and cleaned at least once a year to ensure that it's in top shape. Catching any problems in the summer will give you more time to resolve them before the weather gets colder; for instance, maybe your boiler is very outdated, and you'd benefit from an update that would be more efficient and save you money in the long run. Contact us to have a look at your boiler and conduct any necessary repairs with reliability and expertise.
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