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Help Your Boiler Finish Winter Strong With These Tips

Gas-fired boiler.We’re getting to the end of winter now, but we have a few weeks of cold weather left before getting into air conditioning season. If you’re relying on a boiler to keep your home warm through the rest of the winter, you should make sure that it finishes out the season in the best possible shape. Follow the tips below to keep your boiler in good condition.

Schedule Maintenance

It’s late in the season to be having preventive maintenance. That being said, it’s much better to have it done later than not at all! As with most heating systems, boiler problems are known to develop pretty subtly over time. You’re unlikely to notice that your boiler is malfunctioning in some way unless it’s been doing so for a while, which means that it’s likely already been damaged. You should aim to find and resolve problems before they have the chance to develop that far. That’s best done with preventive maintenance.

A preventive maintenance appointment gives your boiler technician the opportunity to closely examine your system for problems, and resolve them before they develop too far. This will improve the energy efficiency of your boiler, and lower the odds of it developing serious issues in the future. Ideally, this maintenance should be conducted during the fall season to ensure that the boiler is in top shape for the winter. If you haven’t had it done yet, though, you can still have it done now to make sure that the system is functioning properly.

Call for Repairs If You Need to

Preventive maintenance is great for the health of your boiler. However, it is not perfect. Even with regular maintenance, you still need to keep an eye out for signs that your boiler is having some sort of issue. You may not be able to catch a problem before it does any damage. If you know what to look for, though, you can at least limit the damage. Some possible signs of problems with your boiler include:

  • Leaks: Leaking is pretty much never a good sign. Depending on where the leak is in the system, it can be a minor inconvenience or a catastrophic problem. Make sure that you call for repairs if you notice any leaks in your boiler.
  • Kettling: If your boiler is making a deep rumbling sound while it’s operating, then it’s kettling. Kettling is what happens when water becomes trapped in the heat exchanger for too long, causing it to evaporate into steam. This puts a lot of pressure on the heat exchanger that it wasn’t designed to handle, causing it to rumble. If you don’t have this issue repaired in time, the heat exchanger could rupture under the strain. It’s a good idea to have a technician check this issue out as soon as you can.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. offers comprehensive boiler repair services in Bergen County, NJ. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We’ll make sure that your boiler finishes out the season in good health.

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