Boilers have a well-earned reputation for endurance, even among other home heating systems. They’re able to last years longer than furnaces or heat pumps on average. The reason for this is because boilers are actually less complex systems, and fewer moving parts means fewer ways for problems to develop. Despite this, boilers are not immune to issues; they still need maintenance every now and then to stay in top condition. If you’re not sure whether or not your furnace needs maintenance this year, have a look at the following points.
There are a couple of different issues that afflict boilers on a fairly regular basis, which are a big part of the reason that you should schedule maintenance on a regular basis as well. The first problem you need to know about is lime scale. Now, this isn’t an issue if you know you don’t have a hard water problem, or if you already have a water softener in your water line. If you do have an active hard water problem, however, you need to be aware that lime scale will form in your boiler. This can be especially problematic in your boiler’s heat exchanger, as it can lead to kettling and eventual breakdown.
You also need to know about leaks. All systems that deal with water on a regular basis are going to have to deal with leaks at some point. A leak in the wrong place can cause widespread malfunctions, and even a small leak can get progressively worse if left alone. For this reason, it’s a good idea to schedule boiler maintenance at least once a year. Better to be cautious and save some money on repair costs, than to have to pay for a more extensive repair later.
Switzerland Air offers boiler maintenance services throughout Lake Jackson, TX. Call today for an appointment.