A boiler is designed to last about 15 years, providing it receives proper maintenance. The short-term costs of regular boiler maintenance can have significant long-term gains. Get the most value and performance from your heating system by following these five tips to extend the lifespan of your boiler.
1. Have your boiler serviced annually
One of the most simple and effective ways to optimize the lifespan of your boiler is to have it serviced by a professional HVAC technician once a year. He or she can thoroughly inspect your heating system from top to bottom. They can test the gas rate to ensure your boiler is firing to manufacturer specifications. They can test the system’s working pressure and conduct combustion analysis with a gas analyser. They’ll conduct safety checks to ensure everything’s performing optimally. Maintaining an annual boiler maintenance schedule provides peace of mind and a boiler that performs at peak efficiency.
2. Don’t postpone boiler repair
If your HVAC technician does identify a boiler repair issue, make sure it is taken care of promptly. A bad belt, a clogged condensate line or a faulty gas meter can damage other parts of your heating system, leading to more expensive repairs. Procrastination only makes bad problems worse that will cost you more in the end.
3. Install a magnetic filter to remove sludge
Over the years, boiler pipes will clog with iron compounds as water passes through your central heating system. A magnetic filter uses powerful magnets to remove this metallic gunk from your boiler so it runs cleaner and lasts longer. Cleaning out pipes with a magnetic filter will also lower utility bills because your boiler won’t have to work as hard.
Have a HVAC technician outfit your boiler with a magnetic system filter. This will remove the metallic sludge from your pipes. It will need to be cleaned out occasionally, which can be done by a HVAC professional during your annual maintenance visit.
4. Install a programmable thermostat
The lifespan of your heating system is determined by how hard it has to work. If you are heating your house at full capacity while you are away, or at night when everyone’s asleep, you’re wasting energy and overworking your system. A programmable thermostat makes it easy to pre-adjust your heating system to heat at optimal times.
A HVAC technician can install a programmable thermostat to save money and optimize the lifespan of your boiler.
5. Flush your boiler
You can also remove debris from your boiler by having a professional HVAC technician power flush your system. This involves sending high-pressure water through the system to thoroughly clean it. This should be done every five years.
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If you need someone to inspect, repair or flush your boiler, HVAC 911 can connect you to a professional HVAC technician. He or she can also install a programmable thermostat as well as a magnetic filter. HVAC 911 is a network of licensed HVAC professionals who can service your boiler.