3 Reasons To Get A Boiler Tune-Up

Posted on: 9 February 2015


Any type of furnace needs maintenance work periodically, including boilers. A boiler may operate differently than a forced-air furnace; however, boilers still need tune-ups. Getting a boiler tune-up can be beneficial in many ways, and here are three reasons you should consider scheduling one for your system.

It Will Extend Its Life

A boiler tune-up is a service designed to clean a boiler system, but it is also used as a way to ensure all parts are working properly. During a tune-up, a technician will check a number of different parts, including:

  • Burners
  • Belts and blowers
  • Safety controls
  • Thermostat performance and operation
  • Venting
  • Thermocouple
  • Pressure

You can wait until your boiler has a problem before you call a boiler service company, but doing so often results in a more expensive bill. Not only will you pay for a service call, parts, and labor, but you may also have to pay for an emergency call fee. Instead, you could get a boiler tune-up each year. This will detect problems before they happen and might help you save money.

In addition, it could extend the life of the boiler. If all parts are replaced as needed and the system is kept clean and in good condition, the boiler is likely to last longer than one that is not maintained.

It Will Operate More Efficiently

Boilers can be very efficient systems, but they can also lose efficiency over the years. Dirt and debris can get trapped inside the system, causing it to work harder than it needs to. In addition, the gas valve may become clogged and sensors may begin to wear out. All of these issues can lead to overuse and inefficiency of the furnace and the gas supplying the system.

Another common cause of inefficiency occurs when air gets trapped in the line. The only way to fix this is to remove the air from the pipes. When air gets trapped, it can prevent rooms from getting warm and can cause the boiler to run more than it should.

It Will Be Safer

During a tune-up, the technician will check and replace all necessary parts and may even be able to offer newer parts that may help with the safety of the system. Here are two parts that you may be able to get for your boiler that could help it operate more safely:

  • Electronic ignition – Older boilers almost always have standing pilot lights, which stay lit at all times. When a boiler turns on, it is the pilot light that causes it to run and produce heat. Replacing a standing pilot light with an electronic ignition can help you save money and is often considered safer. It eliminates the need for a flame to burn constantly, and it only turns on when needed.
  • Time-delay relay – The other part you may be able to get is a time-delay relay. This is a part that is designed to help boilers produce more heat without running more. With this relay switch, hot water will circulate through the pipes in your walls without the boiler kicking on. This is safer because it doesn't require the use of gas to heat your home, and it will save you money because it creates heat without using energy. You could save up to 10% with a time-delay relay.

Any updates you can make to your boiler are great to consider. They may help your system run safer and more efficient.

If you would like to learn more about boiler tune-ups, or if you would like to schedule one, contact a company like Cool Air Mechanical, Inc.