If you have a boiler in your new home, here are three easy ways that you can take care of your boiler and ensure that it functions and works properly.
#1 Keep It Clean
Often times, boilers are located inside of closets or in basements. Both of these locations are prime areas for storing items that you don't need or use that often out of sight. However, you really should not surround your boiler with clutter and other items. You should keep all sides of your boiler free from clutter so that your boiler has enough ventilation space around it function properly. You also want to keep the clutter down to a minimum near your boiler so that if you every have an issue with your boiler, you can get to it easily and don't have to move a bunch of stuff out of the way.
Additionally, it is a good idea to wipe down your boiler from time to time to remove the dust. This will help prevent the dust from getting into your boiler and damaging its function.
#2 Keep It Insulated
Second, if your boiler is stored in an area of your home that is not particular warm, you should insulate your boiler. You can purchase an insulation blanket to wrap around your boiler from your local home improvement store. Wrap the blanket around your boiler, leaving cut out so that you can access all handles, knobs and read any important valves or gauges. You can secure the insulated blanket in place with electrical tape.
If you do not feel comfortable insulating your boiler, a boiler or gas repair individual should be able to insulate it for you.
#3 Keep It Pumping
You should not allow your boiler to sit unused for months at a time. If you fail to use your boiler for months on it, it can seize up and lose pressure. It is a good idea to turn your boiler on for a half hour or so at least once a month during the months that you are not using your boiler. This will prevent your boiler from seizing and will ensure that your boiler is ready to go when you need it.
Finally, at least once a year, have a professional from a place like Rickett Industrial Environmental Systems come out and inspect your boiler. This is a great way to ensure that regular maintenance is performed and that larger issues are stopped in their tracks