If you just purchased your first home with a boiler in it, you need to know how to take care of this expensive piece of equipment. Boilers are intricate pieces of equipment, which is why you should have a licensed plumber do a boiler inspection at least once a year. Here is a quick rundown of the type of service and maintenance you should expect your plumber to perform when they inspect your boiler.
Inspect The Controls
The first thing that should be inspected is the controls on your boilers. All of the controls should be easy to move. If it is difficult to move any of the control, they may need to be cleaned and sprayed with a lubricant.
Additionally, your boiler inspector will need to make sure that the reading on the controls make sense. If the reading is way off, something may be wrong with that system, or the controller may just need to be replaced.
Check For Leaks
Next, your boiler inspector should check out your boiler and see if it is leaking water. This should be pretty obvious and easy to spot; if there is a puddle on the floor around your boiler, you probably have a leak.
However, a thorough inspection will be able to detect small leaks that have not grown so large that they are obvious. Your inspector should carefully look at all the seams and seals in order to detect any small leaks.
Watch Out For Corrosion
After inspecting for leaks, your boiler inspector should inspect for corrosion. Since your boiler has to heat up water and use it to heat up your home, it is common for boilers to develop corrosion. If any rusted areas are spotted, they should be cleaned up and treated by your inspector to stop the spread of rust.
Clean All Parts
Once the three tasks above are completed, your inspector should clean your boiler. They should clean all external parts and all removable parts. You should leave cleaning your boiler to an expert; they know exactly what to move and how to clean each part of your boiler.
Test The Gas Pressure
Finally, the inspector should test the gas pressure in your boiler and make sure that it meets manufacture recommendations. In order to operate efficiently and for an extended period of time, the right pressure has to be maintained. If the gas pressure is off, your inspector should correct the pressure and follow up in a week or so to make sure that your boiler is maintaining the right level of pressure.
As a new owner of a home with a boiler, you should hire an inspector to come and look at it every year. During this yearly inspection, the inspector should check all controls and readings, and clean your entire boiler. Call a plumber and schedule an annual inspection.