The winter months have descended upon Denver, and the chilly air permeates the atmosphere. When venturing out for a brisk run, or returning home from a quick stint at the grocery store, it is almost relieving to enter the warm, welcoming embrace of an optimally heated home.
However, what occurs once you enter your household and still feel chilled? Or when you still require numerous layers of clothing and blankets to feel warm? These could be clear indicators that your boiler unit is not functioning properly, and requires a quick inspection. If you do not happen to be the handy type, and are not well-versed with the intricacies of your building’s HVAC system, call upon the unwavering support and services of Summit Heating & AC to let the professionals whip your system right back into shape, and allow your days and nights within your home to sail by comfortably.
However, a key component of owning a building with a properly installed and running HVAC system involves maintenance. Although innumerable professional companies offer these very same services, it is always wise to opt for more flexible, cost-cutting options when handling a boiler unit. After all, if all your unit requires is a brisk, short clean, then you may be very capable of doing so yourself.
Furthermore, without routine and diligent maintenance, your HVAC system may need to be replaced sooner than needed, cutting its lifespan unnecessarily short. Hence, in order to ensure the comfort, health, and overall benefit for you and your household, adhere to the following checklist when handling your boiler unit’s maintenance.
- More than thrice a week, check for leaks around the machine. If a leak is present, connect the pipes back to the unit as best as you can, and contact professional services – or the gas company – immediately. Check the tightness of any valves and pipes regularly.
- Keep a steady check on the boiler’s gauge, and compare the readings to the optimal values listed in the unit’s manual. Keep an eye out for any indications or signals the boiler may be giving off to signal an issue, as listed in the very same user’s manual.
- Remove any trash or obstructive material from around the boiler unit, and ensure the area is well-ventilated and aired. Additionally, examine the drainage pipe or system to ensure that it is not choked or backed up.
- At least twice a month, inspect the flue-gas vent piping and combustion air piping to ensure they are in optimal working order.
- Keep a careful watch over the flame level and appearance of the boiler. If you suspect something to seem off or out of the ordinary, have your unit tested by professionals.
- Examine the outer shell of the unit to be free from corrosion, rusting, or cracks. Internally, ensure all valves and gauges are properly calibrated, and electrodes and pipes clean and free from rusting.
- Make it a habit to carry out the following tests and maintenance procedures annually: inspecting water pH levels; examining the flush performance; cleaning the condensate system; reviewing and calibrating gauges and valves; cleaning out the boiler exchange system; thoroughly testing operating, control, and safety settings.