While experts who install boilers often offer maintenance plans, homeowners can also maintain the boilers on their own and consistently look for potential signs of trouble. Newer boilers often come with built-in diagnostic tools that can detect problems.
The most important step for monitoring a boiler system is to regularly look for cracks or other signs of strain. Since boilers have to handle regular temperature changes and can be affected by corrosive elements in water, their metal casing can be strained over time. Looking for changes can help homeowners detect problems while they can still be fixed.
Both hot water and steam boilers can experience problems if high levels of sediment build up. This sediment can corrode parts, clog pipes and lead to inefficient heating. By occasionally draining a bit of water at the bottom of the system, homeowners can determine if their system is compromised. Some sediment build-up is to be expected, but if the system is accruing more sediment than usual, calling in expert help can prevent bigger problems.
Regular inspections are generally recommended for HVAC systems, and boilers are no exception. While inspections are not free, many problems can be detected early and fixed at a relatively low cost. Experts can also determine if a system is operating inefficiently, and a bit of tweaking can sometimes save a significant amount of money when the system runs.