What Is Boiler Maintenance?

What Is Boiler Maintenance?

Annual Maintenance Prevents Problems

boiler tune-up maine Maintenance for your heating oil boiler is done through a professional tune-up. This allows your Maine heating oil service technician to fix minor issues before they become big problems. Regular tune-ups can also help you conserve heating oil over the winter.

Spring and summer are ideal times to get this important maintenance service done. Your Maine heating oil company’s service schedule fills up rapidly in the fall. That’s when the cooler weather makes everyone start paying attention again to their heating system. Fall storms and early cold snaps cause further complications because sometimes your heating oil service provider has to cancel scheduled tune-up appointments so that they can respond to no-heat emergencies.

5 Benefits of Annual Boiler Maintenance

Getting yearly tune-ups on your heating oil system is the most important thing you can do to ensure your equipment runs as efficiently as possible. This is among the benefits of getting annual service done.

  1. Improved heating system efficiency, which can lower your annual heating expenses by 5% or more.
  2. A longer life span for your boiler
  3. Better for the planet: equipment that runs at top efficiency will emit fewer emissions.
  4. A tune-up allows your technician to spot minor issues before they become big problems, such as worn parts or a burner that needs to be adjusted. Problems tend to pop up during the worst times—such as when your boiler conks out during single-digit temperatures.
  5. Staying in compliance with your warranty: manufacturers generally require you to get regular HVAC service for newer systems. If you skip a tune-up and your equipment breaks down, you could end up paying the total cost of repair.

Boiler Maintenance Tasks You Can Do Yourself

If you have an older steam boiler, check the water gauge periodically. Low water levels are a leading cause of boiler shutdowns. Steam boilers should also be flushed when the water in the gauge looks rusty. If you have a modern hot water boiler, the boiler’s automatic filling system should keep the proper water level.

When to Replace Your Heating Oil Boiler

Like any piece of equipment, your heating oil boiler will eventually have to be replaced one day. If you think it’s time to replace your old boiler, please contact your Maine heating oil company. This may be a better choice than annual boiler maintenance.

Here are signs that will help you decide if a replacement system is the best decision.

  1. How old is it? If your boiler’s age is creeping up on 20 years old, you’ll save money on your annual heating costs in the long run by replacing it with a new, more efficient system.
  2. Do you see any corrosion? Just like your water heater, if you see outward signs of rust on your boiler, its time is running out. A professional inspection may also reveal damage to piping or other boiler components.
  3. Is it keeping you warm enough? A properly working heating oil boiler should keep you comfortable even on the coldest nights, but a boiler’s operating performance diminishes with the passage of time.
  4. Your heating costs continue to increase. Your boiler’s efficiency slowly degrades the older it gets. Lower efficiency means higher heating costs. Add in a higher number of repairs for an old system and this is another strong sign that you would do well to let go of your old heating oil boiler and upgrade to a new one.
  5. Diminished hot water production. If you depend on your boiler to heat your domestic hot water and you’re not getting as much hot water as before, this could be a sign of a leaking or corroded coil on the boiler – a precursor to boiler failure.

The latest heating oil boilers are small, smart, and super-efficient and can save you 20% or more on your annual heating costs. There are many different equipment options to fit your budget and your local heating oil service company has experience in all types and models of heating oil equipment.

If you’re ready for a new heating oil boiler replacement, reach out to your local Maine heating oil company. They’ll be happy to tell you about current state rebates and other incentives that can save you money on your new heating oil system.