• Some home maintenance tips for NOVA boilers

        There are many different types of heating systems for residential real estate in Northern Virginia, and all of them require maintenance. Here are some tips from Sally Perkins at www.thinktankhome.com about how to maintain your boiler:

        Prevention Is the Best Cure: Simple Boiler Maintenance Tips
        Whether you’re a homeowner or landlord, making sure that your boiler and heating system is up to scratch before fall is a great idea, and particularly so if your house is up for sale. Prevention is the best cure, so the saying goes, and with boilers this is no exception. With prospective buyers conducting surveys on your home, including the heating system, you’ll want to make sure it’s in
        top condition so there are no nasty surprises for you, or them.

        How to get started
        Checking your boiler over isn’t rocket science and most homeowners should be capable of performing some basic maintenance on their systems to keep things in good condition and avoiding a costly call out – the last thing you need when you’re in the middle of selling your property. Gather together your tools and owner’s manual, making sure you know exactly what type of boiler you
        have and how to perform a basic check; gas and electric boilers can be quite different.

        Safety first
        ● Always make sure to turn off electrical power and/or gas supply when you’re working on the boiler.
        ● Shut off the hot and cold water valves to avoid flooding your room.
        ● Use caution – and protective clothing – as the water inside the boiler system can be very hot. If possible, turn the system off a while before you plan on working with it so that the water has time to cool down.

        Where to focus your attention
        ● Remove and clean the filter on the cold water inlet, and if you have a hot water inlet, do the same for that pipe too.
        ● Clean dust from the heat exchanger, fan and motor. A can of compressed air is best for this; never use a wet cloth or cleaning products near the burner.
        ● Check that the vent system has no blockages or damage.
        ● Lubricate the motor if necessary – some boilers have a permanently lubricated motor so check your owner’s manual.
        ● Check that the pilot flame is stable and a clean blue color.
        ● Test the pressure release valve to make sure that it is in working order.

        It’s worth keeping in mind a few quick maintenance tasks to perform through the year which should help reduce the amount of work needed on a service – for example, installing a sediment filter on the incoming pipe can help to reduce debris and particles from clogging your boiler, and regular flushing of the system helps to reduce limescale build up. If you hit any problems, call out a trained professional – you don’t want to risk doing more damage or hurting yourself.