How to Extend the Life of Your Boiler System

Boiler systems, while operating on principles developed long ago, are one of the most popular ways to heat homes and businesses. Boiler systems work by heating up hot water, usually through the use of gas power. This hot water then evaporates, turns to steam, or remains in liquid form, depending on the boiler system you have. Finally, water travels to radiators and provides heat to rooms throughout your home. While boiler systems are simple in operation and concept, they’re prone to wear and tear. Therefore, to get the most out of your boiler system, it’s important to take care of and maintain it. We’ll discuss how to do just that. 

If you need a new boiler system for your El Paso home or business, Wisco Supply, Inc. can help. Contact us online or call (915) 544-8294 today to learn more!

7 Ways to Extend Your Boiler Systems’ Life

Bleed the Radiators 

Bleeding your radiators regularly is one of the best ways to increase your boilers’ lifespan. Bleeding removes air from the boiler lines so that only water is flowing inside them. It’s important to remove air from the lines because air will keep your water from heating up. As a result, your boiler will have to work harder to do its job, which adds unnecessary wear and tear to the system. 

Add a Magnetic Filter 

Magnetic filters on boiler systems work similarly to air filters on a furnace. The magnetic filter’s job is to trap and block debris and particles as they flow through the boiler system and water. Because most of the debris in a boiler system consists of rust and other metallic elements, a magnetic filter is highly effective. 

Use Your Boiler Year-Round 

Most people think they should only use their boiler during winter when it’s cold outside. However, boiler systems are much more effective when you start them once per month for 15 to 20 minutes. Doing this will help your boiler work out any kinks and keep the parts moving smoothly. It’s similar to the idea of starting a vehicle in storage every week to ensure everything works properly. 

Flush the System 

While you can add filters and inhibitors to your boiler system, you should always perform a power flush every couple of years. Power flushes are when you completely drain and purge the system using high-pressure water and vinegar when necessary. This will clear your system of debris, sludge, and any other buildup that’s present. 

Insulate Your Pipes

Depending on where your boiler system’s pipes are located, insulating them might be a good idea. This is especially true if they’re located in an unfinished basement, partially outside, or in other areas prone to cold temperatures. By insulating your boiler and condensation pipes, you’re making so that the system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat water. 

Add an Inhibitor

An inhibitor is a liquid solution that you can add to boiler systems to remove corrosion, rust, and other debris. When you add an inhibitor with a magnetic filter and an occasional power flush, you’re sure to add years of life to your boiler system. Contact us to learn more about which inhibitor you need for your system. 

Annual or Bi-Annual Service 

While there are plenty of things you can do on your own, the best thing you can do to extend the life of your boiler system is to invest in annual or bi-annual servicing. A professional service technician can check and repair things you can’t do without the proper training. 

Who to Contact for the Best Boiler Systems in El Paso 

If you want the best boiler systems for your El Paso home or business, contact us online or call (915) 544-8294. We carry all the top brands and boiler systems on the market and are ready and willing to provide maintenance tips when you purchase.