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The Importance of Boiler Maintenance

Your gas boiler works to keep your entire house warm when the weather outside is anything but. Like most things in life, it’s easy to take your boiler for granted. However, failing to remain on top of boiler maintenance can land you in quite a troublesome spot. When your gas boiler fails, the least worrisome problem you’ll have is sleeping in a cold house. Replacing a boiler can be incredibly expensive, which, depending on your money situation, might mean some time will pass until you have heat again. Sadly, many homeowners disregard regular maintenance due to cost, or believe it involves unnecessary work. So, we’re here to remind you of the importance of boiler maintenance, and provide some details as to why maintenance is so essential.

When scheduling an appointment for boiler maintenance, don’t feel as though your money is going towards something menial. The small amount you pay now can save you a lot of money down the line, so it’s more appropriate to view boiler maintenance as securing peace of mind. Some of the work performed on your boiler when a technician arrives at your home includes:

  • Removal of accumulated soot that has built up on the exchanger surfaces over time
  • Testing for proper combustion. Checking this is essential because carbon monoxide can sometimes be produced during combustion.
  • Inspection of component wear. Component wear can affect the fuel-to-air combustion ratio, which can make the entire system less efficient
  • Cleaning of venting and inspection of chimney liner to make sure exhaust fumes are able to leave the house.
  • Ensuring the heating system doesn’t become over pressurized. If this occurs there can be water leaks and potential property damage.
  • Testing of all built in or added on safety limits.

All of these maintenance checks are key to keeping your boiler running at optimal health. When the technician arrives at your home for the maintenance check, ask them what they will be doing that day. This way, you know what you’re paying for and you know exactly what work is being performed. If you’re a particularly handy type of person, you’ll likely have an urge to conduct boiler maintenance yourself. However, many of the tests run during a maintenance session require extensive experience and technical expertise, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

If you cannot remember the last time your boiler was seen by a technician, please do yourself a favor and get an appointment set up. For all of your home heating needs, look no further than Master Tech. Call us at (508) 388-6007 to book an appointment, or fill out our online contact form!

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