The Time to Maintain or Repair Your Boiler is Not When The Hot Water Stops, it is Before.
Sometimes it is quite difficult to keep track of the necessary maintenance tasks to perform on your Austin, TX home. From electrical repairs to duct cleanings and from lawn care to overall home cleanliness, sometimes very important systems go by the wayside. One of these systems, that we professionals see get left behind, is the boiler. The reason is that people who enter a new home with an existing boiler, or people who have a new boiler installed often tend to consider them to be “fire and forget” appliances. When you don’t really know too much about how they perform their tasks it is easy to assume they need little to no regular maintenance, but once you realize the complexity of the job they are meant to perform, then it should be easy to see why they require the same maintenance as the rest of your home.
First off, boilers, unlike water heaters, are meant to provide latent heat to a home via the circulation of heated water which emerges from a heating fixture that can be powered by gas or electricity. They are often used to operate radiant heating systems in a home so because they effectively maintain a constant level of heated and circulated water. In most systems, the following components are essential to the smooth and continued operation of the boiler: The thermostat, the gas valve, the pressure gauge, the water feed valve, the pressure-reducing valve, the air vent, the expansion tank, the flow control valve, the pressure relief valve, the circulator, and the drain valve. These components allow water to remain at high enough temperatures for adequate heating without allowing any stagnation of scalding hot water – which can damage piping and fixtures. If any of these components malfunction, the boiler might continue operating without it and begin to deteriorate as more problems spring up from the original damage.
How is any honest, inexperienced homeowner going to know when there is a small problem like a sensor malfunction in their boiler? The answer is that you cannot expect to catch every problem when it comes up with enough time to react before serious damages are caused. You need the help of a local certified plumber to perform scheduled maintenance and inspections on your unit. Monthly to every-other-month checkups are always recommended for systems like boilers which are expected to run at appropriate levels of efficiency all year long. Some homeowners are put off by having such regularly scheduled maintenance so, understandably, some prefer to risk having the minimum annual checkup from a local Austin, TX plumbing expert. However often you prefer to have your system looked at by an experienced professional is your choice, but it is important to prioritize keeping your unit running smooth and healthy. You do not want to end up paying for an expensive repair when all that was really needed was quick and easy regular maintenance.
Local Austin, TX boiler experts, S & D Plumbing enjoy solving homeowners’ problems with residential boiler units. Sometimes even commercial units need a professional’s discerning eye. Heating is essential to keeping a Texas home habitable. Don’t risk waiting until problems make themselves unmistakably known by manifesting into broken units. Contact us today for any boiler repair and maintenance concerns.