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How to Prepare Your Boiler for the Coldest Winter Months

Posted on April 13th 2018

Prepare Your Boiler for the Coldest Winter Months

Your calendar might make it look like spring is right around the corner, but you know from experience that you still have several more months of cold weather ahead of you.

The last thing you want to deal with is a faulty boiler.

However, if you don’t take preventative action now when it comes to learning how to prepare your boiler for the coldest winter months, you’ll likely be looking at freezing temperatures — and expensive repairs.

In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to get your home or commercial property’s boiler in shape for the coldest months of winter.

Then, we’ll tell you where you can connect with reliable service professionals to take care of any potential issues before they spiral out of control.

Identify Potential Problems

One of the most important ways to prepare your boiler for the coldest winter months? Start by knowing what to look for when it comes to potential problems.

For example, do a quick visual inspection to look for any cracks. To ensure that your boiler isn’t leaking, also check around the base for small puddles or droplets.

Additionally, if your boiler is making a strange (and seriously annoying) clanging sound, we suggest getting in touch with a service professional. Usually, this is a sign of a buildup of excessive soot.

There may also be a problem with hard water, which can lead to a buildup of particles in your boiler. Over time, this can cause major — and often expensive — problems if left untreated.

If you’re trying to remove a buildup of dirt and other nasty stuff in your boiler and the water it contains, you’ll likely need to have a professional come in and treat it. These non-toxic treatments will help to lower the levels of oxidation in your boiler, eliminating most of the above-mentioned issues.

Finally, keep in mind that sometimes, your boiler may just be at the end of its lifetime.

Most experts recommend upgrading to a new boiler about once every 25 years — however, that’s only if the boiler has been both properly installed and regularly serviced.

For best results, we suggest having a professional take a look at your boiler annually.

Turn on the Boiler

One of the easiest ways to learn how to prepare your boiler for the coldest winter months?

Just turn it on.

It might sound simple, but you’d likely be surprised by just how many people overlook this crucial step.

So, why does it matter?

Because your boiler is at risk for getting “stuck” and failing to function properly if you don’t let it run for about ten to fifteen minutes every other day (yes, even in the warmer months.)

Additionally, not turning on your boiler on frequently can lead to a loss in the pressure of the parts inside of it. This means that your boiler will need to work harder to pump out heat — driving your energy bills sky-high.

Even more importantly, a malfunctioning boiler can put you and your family at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Always make sure that you have a working carbon monoxide detector near your boiler.

While you’re turning your boiler on?

Also be sure to have a look at the level of water in the boiler, and ensure that the gauge measuring pressure is functioning properly.

Other Quick Tips

In addition to the above actions, there are a few quick tips for actions you need to take when learning how to prepare your boiler for the coldest winter months.

First of all, call in a professional to help you to properly insulate your pipes. This will prevent your boiler from shutting down on its own because of a frozen pipe.

Also, take a look at the physical location of your boiler. Is it stored in a place that offers it excellent ventilation? If not, consider hiring a professional to move it to a better location in your home or office.

Finally, take a quick look at the actual flame that’s working to heat up your boiler.

What colour is that actual flame? If it’s not blue, then you’re likely in almost immediate danger — so call a professional as soon as possible. Especially if you notice that your boiler’s flame has turned into a darker yellow colour, you could be dealing with a serious issue.

Make sure that you “bleed” the actual radiator as well. To do this, turn off your heat and turn the valve until you begin to hear a small hiss. Let that trapped air out until you begin to see water run from the valve.

How to Prepare Your Boiler for the Coldest Winter Months? Have It Serviced

As you’ve likely already guessed, one of the best ways to prepare your boiler for the coldest winter months is to have it both serviced and inspected by a professional.

This can save you some serious cash, and more importantly, can help to keep your family safe. Believe it or not, there have been incidents of improperly maintained boilers with fatal consequences.

You don’t want your family or those in your commercial property to be among them.

That’s where our team of expert service professionals at Diamond Gas & Heating can help. We’re experienced with water softening options, gas boilers, central heating systems, and much more. Whether your appliance or system needs installation or maintenance, rely on us to get the job done.

We also offer a wide range of payment plans, so that your current financial situation will never prevent you from properly maintaining your boiler.

Reach out to us today to get a quote and to learn more about how we can help keep your boiler running for years to come.