Ways to Prepare Your Boiler for This Winter
Boilers are less common these days than they used to be, but they still are used in large buildings and in some older homes. If you have a boiler system, you need to get it prepared for the winter heating season. Here are three important ways to do that.
Bleed the Radiators
Boilers work by heating up water to produce steam, which then provides heat to the home or building.
To do that, the water has to travel through a series of radiators. For the radiators to work at top efficiency, they need to be free of air.
You get rid of air in the radiators by bleeding them — essentially opening a valve to let any air out.
A good way to tell if your radiators need to be bled is that they will feel warm at the bottom and cooler at the top, although this may not occur if you are turning on your Overland Park home boiler for the first time in several months.
Top Off the Oil Tank
If you have an older boiler system that runs on heating oil, it’s a good idea to make sure the tank is full before winter starts. Prices for heating oil can swing wildly, and it’s likely to be cheaper at the start of the season.
If you decide three-fourths of a tank is enough to get you through the winter and then find out come February that you’re out of heating oil, it’s likely to be very expensive at that point to fill your Overland Park boiler tank.
Ensure Your Condensate Pipe is Clear and Well Insulated
If you have a condensate boiler, you will have a condensate pipe that carries the water generated out of the system. This pipe may empty in a flood drain inside or, more likely, it empties outside.
You want to inspect this pipe and make sure it is clean and free of debris. If it empties outside, you also want to make sure that it has adequate insulation against the cold. If you get a blocked or frozen condensate pipe, it can cause your boiler to work inefficiently and eventually break down.
Do you need services on your boiler in your Overland, KS home? Call Priced Right Heating & Cooling at (913) 713-5911 today and get a professional on the job today.