Boilers and furnaces are the most common home heating systems. These terms are often used interchangeably but do not mean the same thing. A furnace heats the air and distributes it to rooms via ductwork and vents, while a boiler produces hot water or steam that’s distributed to radiator units, baseboard radiators, or radiant flooring systems. Since a boiler is an HVAC component, a heating contractor can service it, but make sure the technician is experienced with your type of equipment.
What Does a Boiler Technician Do?
A boiler does not use forced air to provide heat and does not have an air filter that must be changed regularly. It has different maintenance and service requirements than a furnace. Therefore, a local boiler technician should handle the following tasks:
- Emergency Repairs: Boilers are reliable but can develop problems and break down during the winter. Low water pressure can mean a boiler is overheating. A unit can have issues such as a burnt-out heating element or broken circulator pump. Leaks, corrosion, tank sediment, and noise can also be problematic. A technician knows how to replace corroded, worn-out, or faulty parts unique to a boiler. They can also address issues with the pilot system.
- Replace or Upgrade Your Boiler: A well-maintained boiler can last around 15 years. Like many large appliances, it can become less reliable and efficient over time. Running an old boiler can increase energy costs, but replacing the unit or performing an upgrade can save you in the long run. Your local boiler service contractor can discuss the latest high-efficiency options if it’s time to replace your boiler.
- Keep Your Warranty Valid: Most manufacturer warranties require service by a certified boiler contractor. If you neglect to service the unit, try to fix it yourself, or have an unlicensed person repair it, you might void the warranty. Working with a qualified boiler service provider ensures you’ll maintain warranty coverage. Therefore, knowing who to call can help you avoid paying out-of-pocket for repairs.
When Should I Schedule Boiler Service?
Your heater should be serviced once a year to make sure it’s functioning properly. When you schedule maintenance is important. We recommend having your boiler serviced after the end of the heating season when wear and tear can be addressed promptly. The spring or early summer is a good time for service because heating contractors are less busy and your boiler will be in optimal condition the following winter.
Annual service prevents major repairs and expensive breakdowns and improves energy efficiency. Boiler service is not a DIY task. An experienced heating contractor is needed to open the unit, clean the heat exchanger, and test the boiler’s safety devices. They will inspect the pipes, venting system, and other components as well.
Condensing boilers require a check of the condensate disposal system. Since the condensate is slightly acidic, a technician will clean and refill the condensate neutralizer and check the condensate trap. These extra service steps help protect your plumbing system and avoid emergency service calls.
Request an Appointment with a Heating Contractor
Whether you have a boiler, furnace, or heat pump, Grasshopper Heating & Cooling can provide the service you need. Our technicians are trained to provide high-quality installation, repair, and maintenance in Clifton Park, NY, and surrounding communities. We’re also available 24/7 for emergency service. To request help from a licensed heating contractor, call 518-240-9889 today.