6 Reasons Why Boiler Maintenance is Critical
You survived the summer and the kids are back in school! It’s the time of year we start to rake leaves and get our homes ready for winter. Here are six reasons why it is important to include boiler maintenance in your list of winter prep to do’s.
Ensure Efficiency– Some of your boiler’s parts can wear out faster than others, and our Alaskan winters usually force boilers to work hard. So it’s important to make sure all the moving pieces are working at peak efficiency.
Save Costs– When your boiler is efficient, it doesn’t have to work as hard to produce the same amount of heat. Efficiency saves you money. One study reports you can reduce your fuel costs by up to 10% just by having your boiler running at optimal levels. Additionally, investing in regular maintenance reduces the risk of expensive repair or replacement costs down the road.
Decrease Risk of Failure– While there are no guarantees in life, having a professional check your unit once a year means they can catch any parts that are starting to get worn out and replace them. Professionals will also clean the oil burner and strip down and clean the heat exchanger. A professional is going to know when things are a concern and when they are good for another year. Having an HVAC professional inspect your machine gives you peace of mind knowing that you and your family will be warm through the winter.
Extend the Life of Unit– Buying a new boiler can be a significant investment, and you want it to last as long as possible. Regular maintenance by a professional extends the life of your heating unit, enabling you to get more money out of your boiler purchase.
Maintain the Manufacturer’s Warranty– Double check your warranty paperwork. Not having your machine inspected and serviced regularly by a professional may or may not void the warranty.
Keeps Family Safe– Boilers are designed to release carbon monoxide in the exhaust as part of normal operations. The carbon monoxide should be vented through an exhaust pipe to the outside of your house. Licenced professionals check for leaks in the exhaust pipe to make sure all of that carbon monoxide is exiting your home, and your family is not exposed.
As the days shorten and we look forward to the Alaska State Fair and crisp fall weather, don’t forget to add boiler maintenance to your list of winter prep to do’s. Or better yet, contact a local HVAC professional and get on their yearly maintenance plans. Then you can relax and enjoy a cosy, warm home this winter.