The harsh weather of winter is the time when our boilers would come under so much pressure. Broken boilers and busted pipes are usually reported in many homes during the winter season. During winter season, boiler repairs especially come in very expensive. Because buying a new boiler is an expensive option, most people is not considering it. And so to avoid the expensive costs of boiler repairs, there are some maintenance tips that you can follow of which a household is usually concern of.
During the cold season, questions are to be asked as to the things and conditions that could happen to the boiler. You may have the new type of boiler which is the condensing boiler, but note that many can still go wrong even with this type that is said to be 20% more efficient than the regular type of boiler. This is because during the cold winter season, there is still a high possibility of it getting freeze up. As the temperature outside reaches below freezing point, watch out for an error message of your boiler or it may not function since pipes are now frozen.
You may ask then what to do so that the boiler will not freeze. This is actually your number one priority, stopping the boiler from freezing, because of the high costs involved in its repairs. There are some important information to solve this concern as offered by HHIC or Heating and Hot Water Industry Council. One way is to continuously set the heating timer or thermostat in your room. In this way, the pipes will be prevented from freezing. And to avoid high energy consumption as a concern, set the heating timer on low.
If your pipes have frozen on your condensing boiler, you may wonder on how to thaw them. To do this, there are two ways that you can do, one is to put a bottle with warm water on the frozen pipe, and second is to pour some hot water on the frozen pipe. The thermostat can then be reset after doing the two methods, just be careful though when you are performing the task.
However, if the pipes continue to freeze, you may wonder on what else to do. If the problem still continuous, you can move the pipe to an internal place. You can also replace the present pipe to one that has a wider diameter as another alternative. Insulating the pipe with a good insulation material is one further way to do. Just a reminder, that doing these things would preferably be done by an expert.
It is thus important that you know how to keep your boiler maintained properly. Boilers would often break down during winter, and so it is important that you protect the equipment.