Boilers used in residential buildings are often used to heat water. Without special care, a boiler can become an accident waiting to happen.
It's important to keep up with the care and feeding of your boiler to make sure that your family and your home remain safe. Taking these steps also will help keep energy costs at bay and make sure you don't suffer from a hot water emergency at the worst possible time.
Care & Feeding of a Boiler
If you don't have the right skills when it comes to caring for a boiler, it's best to have an expert maintain your boiler. Playing with a boiler may result in injury if you aren't sure what all the parts do.
There are many parts on your boiler that will need to be checked on a regular basis, these may include:
- Safety valves
- Water levels
- Gauge cocks
- Water gauges
- Heating surfaces
These parts will need to be checked and cleaned. Parts need to be replaced as they age or they'll become a safety hazard.
When it comes to feeding your boiler, feed pumps should be checked, along with the water level. If the water level is low, water will need to be warmed before being mixed with the current water in the boiler. It's never a good idea to add cold water directly into your boiler. The boiler walls should be checked to make sure they are clean and in good condition; and once the boiler has been fed, the water level should be double checked to make sure it's correct.
As you can see, caring for and feeding a boiler takes skill, and it's always best to have an experienced boiler professional install, maintain and replace boilers in your home.
If you're in need of boiler maintenance, repairs, or installation, contact the team of experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We offer a full range of boiler services in the Greater Cleveland area.