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10 Tips to Help Maintain Your Boiler System in the Winter

Keep your home both warm, and comfortable

Keep your home warm

As winter tightens its grip on southwestern Connecticut, your boiler is working really hard to keep your home warm day in, and day out.

This is not the time you want to deal with a breakdown. Your home will be left without heat, which can create problems like frozen and burst pipes. And you’ll be shelling out for a repair bill.

However, there are plenty of things you can do to help keep your boiler going strong this winter.

  1. Read the owner’s manual. Knowing how your boiler operates is essential if you’re going to keep it in good running order. Dive into the handbook and make sure you know the available functions of your system and how to troubleshoot any signs of trouble before they get any worse.
  2. Look for cold spots on your radiators. If you find cold spots, it’s likely that there is trapped air in the system. That means you’ll probably have to bleed the radiators to get the air out. Check your owner’s manual again so you know how to do it.
  3. Insulate the condensate pipe. Do you have a condensing boiler? If so, it needs to discharge wastewater from the combustion process for safe operation. The wastewater, a vapor, is sent through a plastic condensate pipe to a drain. The condensate pipe usually runs through unheated spaces like basements and crawl spaces. That means the water vapor can freeze in the pipe, causing your boiler to shut down. Insulating the condensate pipe helps prevent that freezing from occurring.
  4. Know how to thaw the condensate pipe. Oopsie. You didn’t follow Step 4 and insulate your condensate pipe. Now it’s frozen. You may be able to thaw it yourself, if you can safely access that condensate pipe. Thaw it with a hot water bottle or a microwaveable heat pack. You can also pour warm or hot water onto the pipe near the end where it’s frozen. But DON’T use boiling water. It can cause the plastic pipe to melt.
  5. Keep an eye on the pressure gauge. A drop in pressure in your boiler could cause it to break down. Leaks are the most common culprit when pressure drops, but it may be something else. This problem is not a DIY project. You need to contact Rural Fuels for so our professional service technicians can fix it.
  6. Practice boiler safety. Make sure the area around your boiler is clear and not obstructed. Should our techs need to make a visit, this helps them keep all essential parts easily accessible.
  7. Keep your boiler maintained. Annual maintenance by a trained and experienced professional like the ones at Rural Fuels is essential to keeping your boiler running at peak efficiency and preventing breakdowns.
  8. Keep our contact info handy. Make sure you have Rural Fuels’ contact information on your smartphone, as well as in a handy location at your home so anyone there can get in touch with us if you have a no-heat emergency. If you haven’t already, make sure to download our smartphone app as well for direct, easy access to us, and your account info 24/7!
  9. Think about replacing your boiler. While Rural Fuels’ outstanding maintenance service will keep your old boiler working properly, you may face a time where repairs are too costly. We can help you invest in a new boiler that will provide maximum energy efficiency for your home for years to come.

To find out more about how Rural Fuels can help keep your home warm this winter, give us a shout! We’d be happy to help.