Written by Brad Crawford
While the Dallas-Fort Worth area doesn’t have winters as harsh as points farther north, it’s still susceptible to frigid temperatures and bone-chilling winds. One effective method of staying warm during a North Texas winter is a boiler system. However, just like with any sort of HVAC equipment, boiler maintenance is important for smooth and efficient operation.
When undertaking boiler maintenance, a qualified professional will check several things:
- The chimney and vent connection pipe. A chimney serves to carry the byproducts of combustion out of the building. The vent connection pipe carries exhaust gases from the boiler to the chimney. These should be inspected for leaks, to avoid having hazardous gases such as carbon monoxide escaping into your home and endangering your family.
- The integrity of the boiler’s heat exchanger should be verified. Heat exchangers can allow combustion gases to mix with household air when they have a leak. A leak also allows water to escape the heat exchanger.
- The controls on the boiler should be adjusted. Adjusting the controls on the boiler will assure comfort and efficiency. This is accomplished by adjusting the air and water temperatures.
- Safety devices. Blow-off valves, pressure gauges, low cutoff systems and other safety devices should be tested. Some of these safety devices depend on the type of boiler that you have. All safety devices should be checked to ensure proper operation.
- The boiler should be cleaned. Soot, scale and other buildup can cause a fire hazard and obstruct critical safety systems.
These and other boiler-related steps should always be performed by a qualified professional. For more information about boiler maintenance or other home-comfort or energy-saving issues, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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