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Boiler Systems: 5 Tips Homeowners Miss

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 @ 04:22 PM

Boiler system tipsHot water boiler systems can be an efficient choice of heating equipment for homeowners in northeast Ohio, with our long, often harsh winter weather conditions. If your home has a boiler, you need to know a few safety tips that will ensure safe operation, because of the nature of how they operate.

Boiler systems work by heating water to a high temperature, under pressure, and then this water is usually pumped to radiators throughout the house to heat the individual rooms. Because of the combustion process and the pressurization, untended boiler systems can be potentially dangerous just like any heating system that is ignored.

To ensure safety, use the tips below as guidelines for your system:

  • Make sure that the water quality in the boiler is appropriate.  Poor quality can lead to corrosion and premature failure.

  • Do take care that the system is tight and there no visible leaks anywhere in the system. Have your system serviced regularly so that an expert can assess the system for potential or existing leaks.

  • Do ensure that the system’s safety controls are inspected regularly. The safety controls are critical to preventing problems: the safety limit should be properly set, the pressure controls should be assessed, and the limit switch should be evaluated annually.

  • Do be sure to use an expert HVAC technician trained to inspect and maintain boilers.  Not all heating contractors are thoroughly trained or experienced with boiler systems- make sure that yours is.

  • Do use a boiler system that is approved by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Boiler systems are a safe, efficient way to heat your home, when you follow these five operating tips. If you’d like help with maintaining your boiler, contact the experts as P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We have proudly served northeast Ohio since 1936.

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Topics: boiler, preventive maintenance, boiler maintenance

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