The boiler is one of the key appliances that will keep a house warm during the winters. While boilers are fairly common, homeowners frequently lack a developed understanding about these systems, which can put them at a disadvantage when it comes to addressing boiler emergencies.
Inspect The Unit For Corrosion
Rust is a leading cause of problems for boiler systems. When rust is allowed to form on these devices, the rust will create weak points in the metal. Due to the sizeable pressures that a boiler may experience, these weak spots can be prone to rupturing or developing leaks. Over time, these issues can lead to serious problems for the house. These problems can stem from the performance of the boiler being compromised as well as water damage occurring to the area of the home where the boiler is located. By inspecting the exterior of the boiler every couple of months, you will be able to catch rust before it has the time to spread and worsen.
Monitor The Internal Pressure
Boilers work by using extremely hot water to warm the house. However, water will greatly expand in volume when it is heated, and this may lead to the interior pressure of the boiler approaching critical levels. It can be possible for the pressure of a boiler to get high enough to cause the unit to explode. In addition to causing sizable damages to the house, an exploding boiler can also put you at risk of suffering serious injuries. You can avoid needing to manually check the pressure in the boiler by installing a monitoring system. These systems will have a panel that displays the current interior pressure of the unit, and they will sound an alarm if the pressure starts to get too high.
Install A Carbon Monoxide Detector
Gas- and oil-burning boilers are commonly preferred by homeowners due to their cost effectiveness. While igniting natural gas or oil can produce enough heat to warm the water that is in the boiler, this reaction will also produce potentially harmful chemicals. In particular, carbon monoxide is a byproduct of burning these substances that can pose a significant health risk. Unfortunately, this gas does not have an odor or a taste, which will make it very hard to detect. By installing a carbon monoxide detector near the boiler, you will know as soon as carbon monoxide levels start to approach dangerous levels, which can help you to turn off the boiler as soon as possible so that exposure to this gas is limited until maintenance can be performed on the boiler.