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How to Get Your Boiler Ready for Heating Season

radiant-heatingIt’s time to get your heating system ready for the next few months, since you’re likely going to be using it quite a bit to keep your home comfortable for the winter. If you’re using a boiler to heat your home, then there are a few tips you should follow in order to make sure that it’s properly prepared. If you don’t follow these tips, you run the risk of having your boiler malfunction on you in the middle of the coldest day of the year. Not a good situation to be in. Have a look at what you can do to get your boiler ready for heating season.

Schedule Preventive Maintenance Soon

The vast majority of problems that are likely to afflict your boiler are not going to give off any warning signs when they first occur. Instead, they’re going to develop slowly over time, causing more and more damage to the system, until you finally notice a symptom that something is wrong. That’s not the best thing to allow to happen, if you want to keep your boiler functioning properly. So you need to catch problems before they progress that far. The best way to do that is with regular preventive maintenance.

Preventive maintenance involves a close inspection of the entire boiler system so any problem areas can be dealt with before they develop far enough to start causing serious damage. Heating systems that receive regular maintenance have been shown to operate with up to 40% more energy efficiency than systems that don’t. They’re also up to 90% less likely to develop issues in the future. If you want to garner those benefits, though, you need to make sure that you schedule maintenance consistently.

Ideally, you should be scheduling preventive maintenance for your boiler at least once every fall. This is so the system can be restored to top condition before the winter starts. Even if you have it done a bit later in the season, however, you’ll still get some benefits. Better late than never, after all.

Call for Repairs if You Suspect a Problem

Even though preventive maintenance is quite helpful for keeping your boiler in good condition throughout the years, it’s not perfect. There is still a very good chance that you will have to deal with some kind of problem with your boiler between maintenance appointments over the years. When that happens, it’s important that you be able to identify when you need to call for repair services. There are a few different symptoms that to watch out for that indicate a boiler problem.

Weird sounds like that of a kettle boiling over should never be ignored, as they tend to indicate a problem with the system. You should also keep an eye out for falling output, or inexplicably rising monthly heating bills. Ultimately, though, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you have any reason to think your system needs repairs, call a professional just to be sure.

Switzerland Air provides comprehensive boiler maintenance and repair services in Lake Jackson, TX. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.  

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