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Getting Your Boiler Ready for Winter

These Boiler Services Can Save Your Boiler This Winter

During the cold winter months, boiler heating systems work overtime to keep the house warm and comfortable. To keep the boiler in good working order, homeowners should keep up with all of the recommended yearly maintenance for their system. 

Because boilers operate at extremely high temperatures, most boiler repairs and maintenance should be left up to an HVAC professional for safety. Having regular maintenance and service repairs done on time will help to keep the boiler in good working order all year long. Preventative maintenance keeps small problems from turning into costly disasters.

Boiler Heating vs. Central Heating 

The two most common heating systems in St. Louis, MO are boiler heating systems and central air heating systems. There are pros and cons to both. 

Boiler Heating

  • Warms the house with hot water/steam
  • Runs on gasoline, electricity, oil, and more 
  • Requires annual maintenance 
  • Water may freeze inside during a power outage
  • Better for families with allergies 
  • Boiler heat is usually more comfortable than furnace heat 
  • Boiler installation can be more expensive than furnace installation

Central Heating

  • Warms the house with hot air
  • Runs on gasoline or electricity
  • Requires monthly and yearly maintenance 
  • Easy to install 
  • Ductwork can cause allergy problems 
  • Gas leaks are a hazard to watch out for 
  • Noisy ductwork

The right kind of heating system will depend on the needs of the individual home and family, but in general, boiler heating is the best. It provides a better quality of heating without the noisy ductwork and is more allergy-friendly. 

Most Common Boiler Repairs boiler

One of the most common issues with boilers is the build-up of mineral deposits over time. Drinking water is full of minerals like calcium which improves the taste of the water. When the water boils in the boiler, the minerals become separated and can sink to the bottom. Over time these minerals can add up to produce a loud rumbling noise inside the water tank. This noise is called “kettling.” A boiler repairman will need to turn off the boiler and empty it to clean out the sediments when this happens. 

When the boiler fails to heat, there could be many problems ranging from a broken thermostat to complete system failure. Leaking boiler tanks are a bad sign that the boiler needs to be replaced. Leaks are most often from corrosion that has taken place over the years. Making sure to keep the amount of mineral sediment in the water tank low will help prevent corrosion from wearing down the interior of the water tank. 

Tips for Winterizing a Boiler Heating Systemtips

The best way to keep the boiler in good working condition is to keep the mineral deposits low by using water softeners to reduce hard water. Regularly cleaning out the water tank is also recommended. Annual cleanings can help to keep the water tank from accumulating sediments or growing bacteria/mold. Most boiler systems only require service as little as once a year, and the best time to do it is right before it gets cold out. 

Keeping the area around the boiler clean and dry can go a long way in preventing rust corrosion and keeping particles from getting lodged in the system. The boiler works in conjecture with vent systems and plumbing in the home. Keeping all of these components in good working order will maintain a seamless heating system all winter. 

About Air Comfort Service, Inc. 

Air Comfort Service is a St. Louis, MO heating and air company serving its community for over 50 years. They are available 24/7 for emergency HVAC repair. Call today to schedule boiler services with their friendly staff!