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3 Heater Problems That Occur from Lack of Maintenance

boiler-maintenanceTechnically, winter is right at its end. We should be seeing warmer temperatures creeping up. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to stop using your heating system just yet. Likewise, that means you’re going to need to eke out just a bit more effort from your heating system. Now is a good time to check it over and ensure there aren’t any issues with a maintenance check.

Depending on which kind of heater you have, here are the most common issues that can occur when your system isn’t serviced frequently:

Boiler Kettling

Your boiler is essentially a large kettle, in that it holds water and heats that water. But that’s about where the similarities should end. If your boiler is making rumbling noises similar to a boiling kettle, then you might have an excess of limescale in your boiler. Too many deposits in the boiler can restrict airflow, overheating the water and creating this strange noise.

Kettling can easily be solved by having the system flushed out. In fact, boilers and hot water heaters should be flushed at least once a year to prevent issues with scale and sediment. Depending on the presence of hard water in your home, it may have to be more than once a year.

Forced-Air System Filters

This is one of those “so simple you’ll kick yourself” problems. If you don’t already know what we’re referring to, then you definitely need to hear this:

Your forced-air heater—such as a heat pump or furnace—uses an air filter to prevent dust and other contaminants from getting into the sensitive components of the system. When that air filter becomes full of dirt, however, it will begin restricting air flow. That can cause a heap of trouble.

There are many times where a horrible HVAC issue—such as short-cycling or flame rollout—ends up being easily solved just by replacing the filter. How often you need to replace your filter depends on its brand and your home, but you should check it every 3 months or sooner to be sure. Changing the filter could save you from having to make a heating repair call in Colorado Springs.

Dirt Buildup in Furnaces

Speaking of dirty air filters… Part of regular maintenance for furnaces is to have their components inspected and cleaned. A lot happens just in the startup process alone, requiring the cooperation of several parts. If those parts are dirty, it can prevent the system from starting or running properly. For example:

  • Dirty burners prevent the flames from burning as hot as they should. Not only does this reduce the amount of time it takes to heat the air, but it can contribute to more carbon monoxide.
  • A dirty ignition—regardless of whether you’re using a pilot light or an electric igniter—will directly affect the furnace’s ability to ignite. This can be problematic if delayed ignition allows too much gas to build up in the furnace cabinet.
  • Safety devices can also get too dirty, and it’s as bad as it sounds. Dirt on these devices can, for example, can cause your system to overheat and create a danger, or it might just cause it to turn off sporadically.

Contact Happy Heating & Cooling to schedule a maintenance check. If You’re Not Happy, I’m Not Happy.

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