Maintaining a Hot Water Boiler

A hot water boiler is the appliance that provides hot water to your entire house. Although nowadays a hot water boiler seems commonplace, life without it would be immensely uncomfortable. Just imagine the following scene: It is early in the morning in the middle of the winter. You slip out of the cozy embrace of your bed and go into the bathroom to prepare for work. You go into the shower and turn it on. Out comes not the relaxingly warm flush you are so accustomed to, but a corpse-cold sprout that hits you out of your drowsiness and makes you dash for the towel. Unpleasant, isn’t it? Well, that is what living without a properly operating boiler would be like. And as you don't want to experience such dread firsthand, read on for a few tips on how to maintain your hot water boiler.

Get to Know the Boiler Parts

Your hot water boiler can be your friend or enemy. Whichever it is, get to know it.

Read magazine articles or visit websites to familiarize yourself with your boiler's parts, functions and the manner of operation. Then if you stumble upon a problem with the hot water boiler, you will be better equipped to deal with it.

Keep the Heating Surfaces Clean

Keep the heating surfaces of the boiler clean. Dust and wipe them regularly to ensure the maximum efficiency of the device. Also remove any debris from the boiler. Do not place combustible materials near it.

Regularly clean the boiler room to prevent any dust from entering and clogging the fan mechanism of the hot water boiler.

Pay Attention to the Boiler Gauge

Keep an eye on the boiler gauge, which measures pressure, temperature and water level. If the pressure reads more than 30 lbs., there is a serious problem with the boiler, and you should call for professional help. A properly working hot water gauge should not use more than 12 to 15 lbs. of pressure.

Perform Thorough Maintenance

Every summer perform a thorough maintenance of the hot water boiler. In this way you will help it recover from the strenuous work it has performed during the winter months. Flush all the liquid out of the boiler before you clean it and remove any buildup from its interior. If you find excess lime from hard water, descale the boiler. See if any of its parts need replacement. If they do, call a specialist to do the job for you. Check if the gaskets need to be changed. If all of the boiler components are in order, you can refill it and use it again.

Schedule a Professional Inspection

Have a professional examine the boiler every 24 months. Remember, if not properly maintained, your boiler will not only stop functioning properly but may also become dangerous for you and your family. That’s why it is a good idea to let a professional inspect your hot water boiler. Moreover a professional will be able to catch any small repairs that need to be made and thus spare you greater expenses in the long run.