At Abner Boiler & Heating Company, our passion is providing quality HVAC maintenance and repair services at affordable prices. One of the best pieces of advice we give our clients is to perform routine boiler maintenance between service calls. By performing these eight simple steps (see previous blog post for steps one through four), you will extend the life of your unit and increase the time between professional service calls.

8 Simple Steps to Extend the Life of Your Boiler

5. Check the Expansion Tank

Periodically check the water level inside the expansion tank. For most models, the expansion tank should be about half full. If the water level in your tank is too high, use the drain valve to reduce the amount of water in the tank. If the water level rises in the tank over the next several days, it is time to give us a call. The tank may have an air leak or need to be recharged.

6. Check the Water Softener

If your boiler uses a water softening system, it is important to check the salt and water levels in the brine tank on a regular basis. Simply open the tank, break up large chunks of salt, and replenish the salt and water levels as needed. And, if your brine tank gets dirty, a good cleaning goes a long way.

7. Check/Install Carbon Monoxide Detector

One of the dangers of a malfunctioning boiler is the potential emission of carbon monoxide gas. As such, homeowners should install carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home. Check your carbon monoxide detectors frequently, and change replaceable batteries every six months.

8. Burner, Coil, Draft Hood, and Chimney Cleaning

Even the most meticulous cleaning regimen won’t prevent the gradual buildup of soot and sediment in the burners, coils, draft hood, and chimney. The owner’s manual for your boiler may provide instructions for how to clean these elements on your own. However, it is beneficial to occasionally hire an HVAC contractor and/or chimney sweep to achieve a more thorough cleaning. 

Call in the Professionals

By performing these eight simple steps, homeowners can significantly increase the longevity of their boiler’s lifetime. Even still, there comes a time when every homeowner must call in the professionals for a tune-up or repair. At Abner Boiler, we service all makes and models of boilers throughout Dane County. For a free quote, contact us today at (608) 274-3077.