The harsh Colorado winter is already here, and while a Denver furnace replacement looms for some, many of us are scrambling to cold-proof our homes. But if you’ve already taken the time to maintain one of the most essential components of your heating system, your boiler, you might be well ahead of the game.
If not, here are some ways you can catch up and keep your showers staying hot.
Boilers are tricky and dangerous to care for. The safest way to ensure your boiler lasts is to have it checked yearly by a professional heating service. In Denver, CO, Summit Heating & A/C have expertly trained heating technicians that will assess, as well as tune up your boiler to make sure it runs optimally, keeping you warm, safe, and saving you money in the long run.
A regular dusting of the outside of your boiler (do NOT clean the inside, as it isn’t safe unless you’re a professional heating technician) with a soft cloth will help keep your boiler clog-free and healthy.
A Summer Test Run
This might seem strange, but during the summer months, it’s important to turn your heat on, occasionally, for 10-15 minutes so the boiler won’t seize up. It wouldn’t be fun come winter in Denver, CO to have to call a heating service to come out and attend to your neglected boiler.
Vent & Chimney Check
It’s important to keep a watchful eye on your boiler’s vent and chimney for any sign of holes, rust, decay, or damage. You should do this a couple times a year and use a flashlight to make sure the chimney/vent connection is still fully intact.
Bleeding Your Radiators
For your boiler to be at its healthiest, your radiators need to be healthy, also. To accomplish this, open the valve on your radiator to let out all the trapped air that’s slowing or even stopping the heating process.
Clutter around your boiler can stop it from working properly. Make sure there is plenty of clear space, or if confined to a cupboard or closet, no clothes or bags inside. Ask your Denver heating service technician to check if your boiler is properly ventilated.
Checking for a Pressure Drop
When your boiler’s pressure drops so does its’ performance. If you notice, on its’ pressure gauge, that it’s lowering below 1 Bar, you should top the pressure. To do this, you can either follow the instructions on your boiler’s manual, or call a Denver heating service and they’ll do it for you.