Regular boiler maintenance is key to extending the life of your boiler and keeping it running efficiently. Boiler repair and boiler installation can be expensive, so it's best to reduce the need for costly repairs by keeping your boiler is good condition with routine maintenance. The good news is, boiler maintenance is relatively easy and it will save you money in the long run.
Release Blocked Air
It's very common for blocked air to reduce the efficiency of your boiler. The process of removing trapped air from the radiators is known as bleeding. You'll want to bleed the radiators at the start of the winter season. Consult the manufacturer's manual for your boiler. Typically all you need to do is turn the key in the bleed valve counterclockwise. This should release the air thats gotten trapped over the summer months. You'll know it's working if you hear a hissing sound. That's the sound of the trapped air releasing. Make sure you turn off the heat before bleeding the radiators.
It's also common for dust to reduce the efficiency of your boiler. Therefore, it's necessary to check your boiler routinely for any accumulated dust. When you spot dust building up, turn the heat off and clear the dust to keep the system running smoothly. Make sure to especially clean dust from the fan, as it accumulates more dust than other parts of the boiler.
Lubricate the Circulator Pump
Check your boiler's manual to familiarize yourself with its parts. Components such as the circulator pump need to remain lubricated in order to work efficiently. Because lube dries out over time, you'll need to lubricate your boiler components routinely so that they stay well oiled. Some boilers have an automatic lubrication system, in which case you won't have to do anything. However, if yours doesn't have an auto-lube feature, you'll want to check the oil level and lubricate the circulator pump when the oil level gets low.
Turn on During Summer Months
Many people aren't aware of this, but you should actually turn the heat on very briefly during the warm months as boilers can have issues if not used regularly. You don't need to heat up your entire home in the middle of the summer, but turning on the heat for about 10 minutes a couple of times during the summer months is enough to keep your boiler in shape. That way your boiler is less likely to seize up when use it once winter start.