I don’t know about you but I’m big into movie references and I have one for you when it comes to radiant heat and boilers: The movie is The Invisible Man. What Climate Control Company has found is many Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO homeowners ignore boiler maintenance. Without noisy fans and blowers, the boiler and radiant heating system are just like the invisible man.
Water treatment is key part of boiler maintenance
Many Western Slope homes have hard water with a high mineral content. The result is mineral deposits inside the boiler, often causing damaging corrosion and reduced efficiency. This can affect water temperature and shorten the lifespan of the system.
What’s the answer?
Climate Control is a big believer in the Fernox line of water treatment products. When we perform boiler maintenance, the technician will first use the Fernox cleaner to flush out the system and remove as much debris and scaling as possible. The 2nd step is treating the water with a Fernox protectant to prevent future problems. I like to think of it this way: It’s like taking an antacid BEFORE you eat a big holiday dinner.
Water treatment is just one part of boiler maintenance
While boilers have fewer moving parts than a forced air furnace, it’s still important to have maintenance by a trained technician at least once a year. This will include:
- Clean the boiler to remove dirt & grime
- Inspect the heating element/sections for any damage
- Assure proper water temperature
- Make sure temperature controls are working correctly
- The aforementioned water treatment if needed
- Oil the pump to allow smooth operation
- Test the pressure relief valve
Don’t let your boiler become invisible
The old saying the squeaky wheel gets the oil certainly has some truth behind it, but it’s not the right way to approach boiler maintenance. Just because you can’t hear your radiant heating system working doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Call Climate Control Company now to schedule your boiler maintenance to make sure your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home stays comfortable this winter. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great heating and cooling information like this.