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Tips for Ensuring Your Boiler will Work all Winter Long

Keep warm all winter with these tips!

Image courtesy of Adem Djemil/Flickr.
Image courtesy of Adem Djemil/Flickr.

This winter, don’t get stuck without central heat or hot water. Your boiler is important all year, but when it is cold outside it is especially important.  To make sure yours will keep you warm all winter, and to avoid expensive repairs, keep these tips in mind.

Schedule an Annual Boiler Inspection

Schedule an inspection with a plumber who specializes in boiler repair on Long Island once a year. This inspection will help you make sure your boiler is working properly and make repairs before damage gets out of control and too costly.

Check the Water Level and Pilot Light

Your boiler needs to maintain a certain water level for it to work properly. If it doesn’t, it could be dangerous and could even sustain so much damage that it will need to be replaced. Every few weeks, check the water level as directed by the manual that came with your model. This is also a good time to check to make sure the pilot light is on.

Inspect for Cracks and Leaks

Visually inspect your boiler every so often to make sure there aren’t any cracks or leaks. Check to make sure the floor around the boiler is dry and if you notice any problems, contact a plumber right away. In some cases your boiler can be repaired, but in other cases it will need to be replaced.

Keep Vents Clear and Clean

Do not store things near your boiler and make sure vents are never blocked. Vents that are blocked, dirty or dusty prohibit your boiler from working the way it should. When needed, you can use a damp rag to wipe vents clean.

Check the Pressure Monthly

If the water pressure for your boiler isn’t correct, it won’t work properly. Once a month, read the gauge on the outside of the boiler to make sure it is at the correct pressure, as directed in the owner’s manual. If the pressure is too high or too low, contact a plumber who can assess and fix the problem.

These tips and guidelines can help you make sure your boiler works properly and provides warm central air and water, even when it is below freezing outside. For more tips on maintaining your boiler, visit the Pat Dolan Plumbing website. We specialize in boiler repair on Long Island, so contact us for inspections and repairs.

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