Boiler Maintenance Tips
If a boiler heats your home, it's critical to perform regular boiler maintenance in order to prevent small issues from growing into major and costly breakdowns. Not only is it the economical choice, but it's also the safe choice, especially considering many boilers are gas-powered. While a professional should perform most preventive boiler maintenance, TotalProtect service technicians share a few steps that you can take to help keep your boiler problem-free.
Run your heating regularly
Turn on your heating at least once a month, even during the summer, to keep it running efficiently.
Check for leaks and cracks
Carefully examine your boiler's vent pipes and chimney for any holes or cracks that might have appeared over time, and make sure that all components that should be sealed are intact. If you do find a leak, call a professional. If you have a gas-powered boiler, it's essential to get a carbon monoxide detector to alert you immediately of any leaks that may be deadly.
Clean debris and rust
Clean your boiler surface and pipes to prevent dirt, corrosion or other debris from accumulating and hampering the efficiency of your boiler. If you're not completely comfortable cleaning the inside of your boiler, call a professional and watch him do it the first time.
Get an annual inspection
No matter how diligent you are with the steps above, nothing replaces a professional checkup for boiler maintenance. It's not only the proactive thing to do — it's the safest, too.
TotalProtect keeps you prepared
While boilers are generally dependable appliances, the flip side is that when they do break down, repairs and replacements can be extremely costly. A TotalProtect Home Warranty helps protect your budget if that happens. It helps cover most of your major home appliances and systems, including your boiler, refrigerator, water heater, A/C system and more.
The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.