If you love using hot water, thank your boiler. Your boiler does just what its name implies — it boils water. This hot water sits in a tank so when you want to take a shower or wash your dishes in warm or hot water, it’s readily available. But your boiler doesn’t just warm your water, it also warms your home. Once your boiler heats up enough water, it pumps that hot water to your home’s radiator and starts to spread that heat through your air vents.

Now that you know how important your boiler is, you know that if you want to maintain the modern convenience of a warm home in winter and hot water year-round, you’ll need to take care of your system. If you’re interested in maintaining your boiler yourself, consider the following suggestions.

Maintaining your boiler

  1. Examine the vent connection pipe and chimney

    If you just moved into your home, or if it’s been a while since you made any inspections, make sure to check the vent connection pipe and the chimney. Both of these parts become less sturdy as they age. Check for holes, cracks and missing material. These areas should be sealed, so if they’re not, you may need to contact Waterbury Heating & Cooling. One of our experienced technicians can head over, investigate the wear and seal it all up for you.

  2. Check for pipe leaks

    Your boiler holds water, meaning there’s always a slight chance something can go wrong that leads to a leak, burst pipe or even overflow. Your heat exchanger helps transfer heat from the boiler to the radiator and is known to sometimes leak water.
    Whenever you’re in your garage or walk by the closet that houses your boiler, take a quick peek to ensure there aren’t any wet spots beneath or around the unit. If you do find any leaks, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling right away.

  3. Keep boiler clean

    Like with all other major appliances, you should keep your boiler free of dirt, dust and debris. The boiler can last a long time if you properly maintain it, but how can you tell if anything is wrong when it’s covered in dirt? Once you start cleaning, don’t stop at the boiler. If you notice other components are dirty, such as the heat exchanger, make sure to clean them off, too.

  4. Check pressure and temperature

    Take a moment once or twice a month to double check the pressure and temperature readings on your boiler. Depending on your boiler, the pressure should be between 12 and 15 PSI, but to ensure yours is within its normal limits, consult the manual or call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Your temperature reading should fall between 120 and 160 degrees. If your pressure or temperature are too high, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. We’ll send one of our friendly techs out to get your system back within normal ranges.

While there are still other methods of maintaining your boiler, it involves taking things apart, re-lubricating components and other, more invasive, techniques. For the more difficult maintenance steps, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling.

Even if you’re handy and have been maintaining your system for a while now, it’s still a good idea to call Waterbury Heating & Cooling at least once every year to schedule a maintenance check. During these checks, our experienced techs will make sure everything is working at maximum efficiency.

But routine maintenance shouldn’t be the only time you give us a call. Watch for the following symptoms to see if Waterbury Heating & Cooling can help fix a problem before it becomes a larger, more expensive, issue.

When to call Waterbury Heating & Cooling

  1. Check for pipe leaks

    When there is a leak, you’ll sometimes notice a dripping sound, but more often than not, you’ll see a visible puddle forming around the boiler. Leaks are common in older, rustier, units. But leaks can also occur due to older seals, parts that need to be replaced, pipe corrosion, or if the pressure is too high. Since there can be a number of causes, it’s best to contact Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Our technicians will inspect your boiler and its components to determine the root cause of the leak.

  2. Boiler pressure too high or too low

    As previously stated, when your pressure valve is set too high, it can lead to leaks. But what else can happen? High pressure can lead to the boiler overworking itself to create more heated water, which can result in it not working at all anymore. Modern boilers are pretty safe, so even if the pressure is too high, you don’t have to worry about them exploding. That’s not to say it’s impossible, though, so don’t neglect your boiler for too long.
    If the boiler pressure is too low, your home heater can stop working, which can be a big deal in the middle of a cold winter night. The boiler becomes significantly less efficient when the pressure is too low, so while you don’t need to worry about it creating a serious issue, it can drive your energy bill up. This is because your heater will struggle to warm your home.
    If you check the pressure gauge and it’s too high or too low, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Our friendly technicians are happy to help get your system back up and working as quickly and safely as possible. Trust our experienced techs to get the job done right the first time.

  3. Strange boiler sounds

    When you walk by your boiler, there should be minimal noise. If you hear loud banging, any gurgling or even whistling sounds, there can be a number of reasons — none of them good. There can be a buildup of limescale, too much air in the system, faulty parts or low water pressure. Regardless of the cause, the best choice is to call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. The technician we send out will diagnose the issue and fix up your boiler so it returns to maximum efficiency with minimum sound.

  4. Water and heating won’t stay hot or warm

    Malfunctions, such as the inability to provide a steady stream of warm or hot water, means something is wrong with your boiler. It could be an internal component or maybe the thermometer needs to be replaced. But how can you know for certain what the source of the problem is? The only surefire way is to call a technician from Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Only a certified tech can take a look at your boiler and accurately diagnose, then fix the issue.

  5. Pilot light keeps turning off

    Older furnaces and boilers have a pilot light, which remains lit and is powered by a steady stream of gas. If the light goes out, the gas will continue to leak out and build up in the area. Obviously, this is very dangerous for people and pets to inhale or accidentally ignite. When you walk by your boiler, take a second to just double check that the pilot light is still lit. The flame should be blue, indicating it is burning hot enough to burn all the gas so the gas doesn’t leak into the surrounding area.
    If you notice the pilot light keeps going out, it could mean a number of things. It could be a problem with the gas, a faulty thermocouple or other broken or damaged component. When you can’t relight the pilot light, or it lights then goes out again, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Our technicians will inspect your unit and get it back up to code as quickly and responsibly as possible so you, your family and your home are all safe.

At Waterbury Heating & Cooling, we believe you and your family deserve to be comfortable all year long. So, if you live in or around Sioux Falls, South Dakota and your heating system is giving you trouble, give us a call. When your furnace needs to be serviced or replaced, schedule an appointment with one of our professional, friendly and knowledgeable technicians. We offer several products, including furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, boilers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, thermostats and more. Call Waterbury Heating & Cooling today at (605) 338-2692 or visit our website at today for all your HVAC needs.