As the weather starts to turn crisp and cooler, Long Island homeowners perform annual activities like fall clean-ups, getting out winter clothing, prepping their gardens for next year, etc., but having their boilers cleaned is equally important. Hopefully, annual HVAC maintenance is already part of your routine.
Not sure if you have a boiler? Or are you unsure what a boiler is? A lot of people refer to all heating systems as “a furnace”. In reality, if your HVAC system heats air and distributes it throughout your home, it’s a furnace, whereas boilers heat water for either a steam or hot water heating system. So if your home has baseboard heat or radiators, you have a boiler.
Do Hot Water Boilers Need to Be Cleaned?
Yes, and not only do hot water boilers need to be cleaned – they should be cleaned every year. As with any other system, regular cleaning can prolong the functional life of the system.
Generally, boilers are cleaned in the off-season, meaning March through fall. That said, our expert HVAC professionals at Tragar can clean your boiler any time of the year so if it needs to be done in the middle of winter, give us a call.
How Often Should a Boiler Be Cleaned?
Your boiler should be cleaned once a year, every year. Ideally, it should be cleaned at the end of winter, so it’s clean and ready for whenever the cold weather starts again. Though, cleaning can be done any time of the year if necessary. It’s good to get in the habit of doing it the same month every year, so you don’t forget.
How Do You Clean a Boiler?
WikiHow has a tutorial on how to clean a boiler. However, for best results, a boiler should be inspected before cleaning and receive any routine maintenance required. That is best done by a professional, and it’s generally smarter to have your boiler professionally cleaned as well.
What Happens If You Don’t Clean a Boiler?
Not cleaning your boiler can lead to a breakdown and shorten the life expectancy of your HVAC system. Even if something severe doesn’t happen, neglecting cleaning can cause the boiler to be less efficient and even cause heat distribution inconsistencies.
How Often Should You Service a Boiler?
Whether fueled by natural gas or home heating oil, a boiler or a furnace should receive routine maintenance once a year. Annual service can detect and prevent potential problems in advance, and it can ensure the system runs efficiently. Annual maintenance is also a requirement for most furnace and boiler warranties as well, so it helps protect your investment.