Whether it’s a snow day, deep freeze, or just ordinary winter conditions, it’s no secret that weather in Toronto and the GTA can change in a hurry. With that in mind, it’s best to keep your boiler running smooth and know which problems you might encounter. Take a look at a few common issues as well as boiler maintenance tips you can use for spotting and correcting simple issues yourself.
Boiler Maintenance Tips: Thermostat
With so many things just a button push away, it’s important to pay attention to things in your home and check for wear and tear. Boiler issues sometimes don’t actually have anything to do with the boiler itself. An old or broken thermostat can lead to cooler temperatures inside by not sending the right information to your home’s heating system. If your thermostat is old, you should consult with a professional about your options for a replacement to keep things toasty warm indoors.
Boiler Maintenance Tips: Radiator
If your thermostat is working fine, it might be time to take a closer look at your radiator. If your rad is cool to the touch, it may just need to let off a little steam. This process is actually known as bleeding your radiator. While it’s quite straightforward, it should be said that if you’re not the type to take on a job yourself, please consult a professional or someone with prior experience.
If you’re up for a small job though, you’ll need a radiator key and a cloth to catch any drops of water. Usually, bleeding your radiator is as easy as pairing the key to the right valve and applying a half counter-clockwise turn. This will release some pressure and allow the radiator to operate correctly to heat a given room. You can also check out different tutorials online for a visual demonstration.
Boiler Maintenance Tips: Condensate Pipe
Your boiler, like any machine, needs to dispose of its waste. In this case, that means expelling any run-off water through a condensate pipe. Where this creates an issue though is the portion of the pipe that is exposed to the outdoors. Water and cold temperatures may lead to a build-up of ice, which is something you can take care of yourself. Simple hacks include using warm water to thaw the frozen area.
If Boiler Maintenance Tips Aren’t Enough, Call Novel Care
For more than 35 years, our team has been able to help customers just like you in Toronto and the GTA. Just give us a call at 647-547-6078 to learn more about booking maintenance, repairs, or installations. We’d be more than happy to work with you, so you have the heating solution you need to stay warm all winter.