Now that winter is just about here, it's time to get your boiler ready for the colder temperatures. The last thing you want to deal with this winter is a broken boiler. This is particularly true if you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures. To make sure your boiler is able to keep you warm all winter, here are four steps you should take to keep it functioning properly.
Take Care of the Preventative Maintenance
The best way to prevent winter breakdowns is to make sure your boiler is working properly to begin with. Before the freeze settles in, schedule a maintenance appointment with your repair technician. They'll be able to identify and repair any potential problems before the issues become a winter heating emergency.
Give It Some Insulation
While you're busy insulating your water heater for the winter, be sure to add an insulation blanket to your boiler too—particularly the hot-water cylinder. Those freezing temperatures can affect the hot-water cylinder, and that can lead to problems with your boiler. You can protect your boiler by insulating the hot-water cylinder each winter.
Keep It Turned On
You might be tempted to save energy by turning the boiler off when it's not in use. Unfortunately, that can actually damage your boiler. If you're not going to be using the boiler—such as if you go away for the holidays—simply turn your home's thermostat down to a lower setting. This will ensure that the boiler is functional while you're gone. It should be noted that turning your boiler off while you're gone could cause the water inside the pipes to freeze. If that happens, the pipes could burst, and that would lead to water damage inside your home as well as a damaged boiler.
Fluctuate the Boiler Thermostat
Your boiler is operated by two separate thermostats—the one inside your home and the one that's installed directly on your boiler. The thermostat inside your home controls the interior temperature. The thermostat on the boiler controls the operating temperature of your boiler.
To keep your boiler functioning properly, be sure to fluctuate the boiler thermostat whenever the outside temperatures change dramatically. For instance, when the temperatures outside fall, raise the temperature setting on your boiler thermostat. When the temperatures rise, lower the setting on your boiler thermostat. This will ensure that your boiler doesn't have to overwork to keep your home warm.
Those cold, winter temperatures will soon be here. Use the tips provided here to make sure that your boiler is ready for the temperature change. If you experience problems with your boiler this winter, be sure to contact a company such as Rickett Industrial Environmental Systems at the first sign of trouble.