Boiler repair, maintenance,replacement services

3 Reasons to Get A Boiler Tune Up Before Spring Starts

It might be cold outside, but spring isn’t all that far away! When warmer temperatures do arrive, you’ll be relying on your boiler less to help heat your home. But spring is an important time of year for your boiler. That’s because it’s the perfect time for boiler tune up and maintenance. The right maintenance in the spring means you’ll have fewer problems with your boiler in the fall.

Why Spring is the Right Time for a Boiler Tune Up

Your Boiler Works Hard in the Winter

Boilers work hard in cold weather, and that can create a lot of wear and tear within the heating system. A trained boiler technician can look for signs of wear and tear and correct them. This might mean replacing some parts or cleaning some of the elements of the boiler. The benefit is that these parts are now ready to work perfectly in the fall.

Soot Build-Up Is Worse in the Spring

Soot will build up over the winter months inside your boiler. When warmer temperatures arrive, condensation in the boiler mixes with the soot and can start to erode areas of the boiler. The issue gets much worse if it’s left to sit during the hot summer months. When you go to turn your boiler on in the fall, you may find that soot and condensation affected the heat exchanger. This is an important part of your boiler that helps prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

A Preventative Boiler Tune Up Saves You Money

If you wait until fall to tune up your boiler, you could create more issues within the system. Allowing problems to sit over the summer months mean there could be more damage done to the system. Small unaddressed issues in the spring become big, expensive problems in the fall. Timely maintenance will help keep those repair bills low.

Tips for Scheduling Your Boiler Maintenance

  • Sooner is better. As soon as temperatures begin to warm up, call and schedule a boiler tune-up. It’s a great way to prepare your system for dormancy in the summer months. Additionally, if you do need repairs on your boiler, you’ll have plenty of time to get them done before you need it to be in working order again for next winter.
  • Avoid the rush. A lot of people will wait until fall to perform boiler maintenance. During these peak-demand times, you may end up waiting for a technician to show up. That’s not fun when temperatures inside your home are starting to match the ones outside. Plus, when you schedule your maintenance outside of peak-demand days, you’ll have more flexibility in the appointment time.
  • Work with an experienced tech. Boiler repair technicians are going to be familiar with common boiler issues. They’ll know what to look for and how to fix it quickly. This not only gives you peace of mind on your maintenance but also gives you someone knowledgeable to call if something does go wrong later on.

What Happens During a Boiler Tune Up

A trained technician will visit your home and…

  • Assess the condition of your boiler
  • Clean out any dirt, grime, or soot in the system
  • Check electrical and oil connections
  • Check for leaks in your ductwork
  • Ensure the heat exchanger is working correctly
  • Inspect for water leaks

If the technician finds any issues with your system, they’ll discuss it with you before they start any repair work.

Now is the perfect time to schedule your boiler maintenance! Get in touch with the SWAN team in Metro Denver to schedule your maintenance appointment today.

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Plumbing Tips to Protect Your Home and Wallet!

Most homeowners realize the importance of home maintenance to protect their investment. But when we think of routine tasks around the home, the plumbing system might not be top of mind. Here are some plumbing tips to keep your drains and pipes well maintained and working properly.

Plumbing Tips to Protect Your Home

Bathroom Plumbing Tips

  • You can fairly easily check for hidden slow leaks in your toilets. All you have to do is apply a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. You will see color appear in the bowl in about half an hour if the toilet is leaking.
  • To prevent sticking, turn the water supply valves underneath your toilets and sinks.
  • Manually check if your toilets are flushing properly. If you find that the handle must be held down in order to flush the entire bowl or you need to jiggle the handle to stop running water, you probably need to replace old, defective parts in the tank. Consider a low flow toilet or HET.
  • Clean any mineral build up apparent in your shower heads. Unscrew the head and soak it in a plastic bag filled with vinegar. You can also apply the bag of vinegar to the shower head directly without unscrewing it, using a rubber band. Let the shower head soak overnight and then gently brush out any built up sediment.
  • Check faucets and drains for leaks. Some repair can be done by yourself, but you may need a professional plumber for others.  In the long run these plumbing tips will save you money as you lower the cost of your water bill.

Tips for Appliances

  • Slowly drain a few gallons from your water heater in order to clear sediment build up. This plumbing tip will help increasing the life of your conventional water heater and increasing energy efficiency.
  • Check the washing machine, dishwasher and ice maker supply hoses for leaks or bulges. Any hose over 10 years old or showing a defect should be replaced. Stainless steel hoses are much more dependable, if you’re in need of a replacement.

Outdoor Plumbing

  • Make sure your gutters and downspouts are open, cleaned out and free of sediment build up.
  • Check for bird nests in unwanted areas in or near pipes and gutters.
  • Check outdoor faucets and pipes for any cracks or leaks.

Miscellaneous

  • If your home has a sump pump you can make sure it is working correctly by pouring some water into the pit of the sump. It should turn on fairly soon and pump out the water, then turnoff without a hitch.
  • If you have ever had a problem with sewer back-up consider having a plumber install a back-flow valve. This will help prevent any subsequent sewage backups.
  • Run some water into drains that aren’t used very often in order to prevent nasty smells.

While many of these plumbing tips can be done by yourself, some homeowners might need or prefer to have the expertise of a plumber for routine maintenance tasks.

Ensure efficiency, safety and save the cost of plumbing malfunctions with your own checklist or an annual appointment with a pro.