As winter weather draws near, having a boiler that’s in good working order should be a high priority for most homes. Unfortunately, many people fail to think much about their boilers until they break down on a cold night.

When that happens, a service call will cost hundreds of dollars and lead to much inconvenience until the boiler is fixed.

However, there are ways this scenario can be avoided. Taking some time while the weather is still warm to prepare your boiler for winter can make a tremendous difference, as well as provide peace of mind.

To make sure your boiler works correctly, here are ways to prepare it for winter.

Guard Against Blockages

One of the most common problems for boilers, blockages can be potentially dangerous if not taken care of prior to operating the boiler. Along with making sure the flue is in good working order, Dundalk homeowners should have their boiler inspected by an HVAC technician to make sure all outlets are open and ready for use.

Otherwise, there is the possibility that a blocked outlet inside the boiler could lead to a pressure buildup of gases or a fire.

Carbon Monoxide Issues

One of the biggest worries of Dundalk homeowners involves carbon monoxide poisoning. Because this lethal gas is colorless, tasteless, and odorless, it can cause havoc when not detected in time.

To guard against this, it’s recommended that the boiler be checked over for any cracks or other damage that could allow carbon monoxide gas to leak out and spread throughout the house. If any damage is found, it’s imperative that it be fixed as soon as possible.

In fact, if significant damage is found that could lead to carbon monoxide leakage, many technicians are required by law to shut down the boiler until the necessary repairs are made.

As an added precaution, technicians often install carbon monoxide monitors on or near boilers as a way to catch any potential leaks.

Clean the Boiler

Along with everything else, having a boiler that is clean inside and out can also help its performance. Boilers that are allowed to let dust and dirt accumulate on the inside and outside often are far less efficient and have more breakdowns.

By having a technician clean the boiler, they can rid it of dirt and dust that may have accumulated in areas that may eventually lead to a breakdown of key components.

Do you need services on your boiler in your Dundalk, MD home? Call Reliability Home at (443) 399-8663 today and get a professional on the job today.