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. It is a fact that boiler repairs become expensive especially in the winter season. 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.
In preparation for the cold weather, you may wonder on the possible things and conditions to happen with the boiler. You may be using a new type of boiler which is the condensing boiler, but note that many can still go wrong even this type of boiler is 20% more efficient than a regular boiler. A high possibility of freezing up however is still likely to happen to the unite because of the very cold weather. Take note that if your boiler displays an error message or is not functioning, this means pipes are frozen because of the below freezing temperature outside.
And so you may ask what to do in order to avoid the boiler from freezing. Avoiding your boiler from freezing is actually your number one priority because it would cost you a lot of money to repair it. There are some important information to solve this concern as offered by HHIC or Heating and Hot Water Industry Council. Your first guide is to set your room thermostat or heating timer continuously. The pipes will then be kept from freezing in this way. Setting the heating timer on low will avoid high energy consumption concern on your part.
Your next question would be, once the pipes of your condensing boiler are frozen, is how to thaw them. In order to do this, there are two things you can do, of which one is putting a bottle with hot water on the pipe, and the other is by pouring some warm water on the pipe. Afterwards, reset the thermostat when the two options are done, just be reminded to be careful in doing the task.
But you may wonder what else you can do if you see the pipes are still frozen. If the problem still continuous, you can move the pipe to an internal place. Another way is by replacing the pipe to one that has wider diameter. Another way is to insulate the pipe with an insulation material which is good. It is advisable that an expert will do these tasks.
It is advisable therefore that you know how to properly maintain your boiler. Protecting your boiler should be a priority especially during the cold season since that is the time most boilers would break down.