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Boiler Maintenance and Repair 101

Boiler Maintenance and Repair 101

Boilers are a closed vessel in which water is heated. The heated or vaporized fluid exits the boiler for use in various heating applications, such as water heating, central heating, boiler-based power generation, sanitation, and cooking. Boilers are essential in every building because we use heat every day. Whether it’s winter and your house requires heat to warm up your surroundings, or you enjoy cooking and need heat to prepare your meals, we all use heat to some degree in our day-to-day activities. 

Today’s boilers are better than ever because they’re sleeker-looking, produce more heat, and help reduce your energy bills. According to the Department of Energy, modern-day boilers are 98.5% efficient, which means new boilers waste less fuel than boilers from a decade ago. An efficient boiler uses less energy, which lowers your monthly energy bill and reduces your impact on the environment. Even though boilers do so much for us, most homeowners are stumped when it comes to basic boiler maintenance and repairs. Some homeowners don’t know they have to inspect their boiler each month. 

If you’re one of these clueless homeowners, don’t worry, it’s not too late for you to catch up on your boiler’s maintenance. These simple steps to tune-up your boiler adds years of service to your unit, and increases the interval between professional boiler inspections. Continue reading to learn more about keeping your boiler in top shape.

1. Perform a Test Run

The first step to conducting boiler maintenance is to switch your system to determine if it’s in proper working order. Run your boiler for 20-30 minutes and make sure your boiler is doing the following:

  • Producing heat
  • The boiler has an even heat output to the vents and radiator
  • The boiler isn’t leaking
  • Boiler pipes aren’t making unusual noises
  • Wait for your boiler to cool down before you proceed with the rest of the maintenance steps. 

2. Check Your Boiler’s Pressure Readings

Most boilers come with a pressure gauge that usually stays between 12-15 psi. The boiler’s pressure is controlled by the expansion tank and the pressure relief valve. Additionally, boiler systems typically have a set of temperature gauges that monitor a room’s thermostat, boiler water temperature, temperature safety limits, and a circulating pump’s temperature. Check your boiler’s manual to learn all about your boiler’s control settings and troubleshooting signs. 

3. Replace Your Oil Filter

Oil-fired units require annual oil filter replacement. Use the boiler’s oil shut-off valve to turn off your boiler’s oil supply. Look for the oil filter and remove the filter’s housing cover. Replace the old filter and install a new one. Read your boiler’s manual to make this maintenance task safer and easier. 

4. Lubricate Your Circulating Pump

Some boilers perform better after a few drops of pump lubricant, which helps your system’s water circulation and prevents other boiler failures. 

5. Inspect Your Expansion Tank

Check your expansion tank’s water level. A healthy expansion tank should be about half-way full. If your expansion tank is more than half-way full, you’ll need to use a drain valve to return the tank to its natural water level. However, if your expansion tank is overflowing, your tank might have an air leak or needs to be recharged. There’s nothing you can do to fix a troubled expansion tank, and you’ll need to call a professional.

6. Examine Your Water Softener

Unless you live in a city where the water is already soft, you’ll have to soften your boiler’s water now and then. Open your boiler’s brine tank and examine your water’s salt levels. Manually break up any large chunks of salt and rebalance your boiler’s salt and water levels. Clean out your brine tank if it’s dirty. 

7. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

A potentially deadly consequence of a malfunctioning boiler system is the emission and build-up of carbon monoxide gas. Make sure you have multiple carbon monoxide systems installed in your home. Perform routine safety checks on all of your detectors and change their batteries each year. 

8. Common Boiler Problems and Repairs

Familiarize yourself with the top three most common boiler problems:

Kettling

Kettling occurs when your boiler produces loud, unpleasant noises that come from the boiler’s heating unit. The only solution is to replace your boiler entirely, which will cost a lot of money. Alternately, you can call a technician to flush out the system for you. 

Leaking

Boiler leaks indicate your boiler is having significant problems, and they’re usually a sign your boiler is corroding. Replace your pressure relief valve and boiler’s pump. 

Lack of Heat

Perhaps the most challenging boiler problem to handle is when the boiler stops producing heat. While the problem might have to do with your boiler’s ignition, there are many potential problems to consider. Some of the issues range from having a broken thermostat to dealing with a fractured pump. Don’t attempt to pinpoint the problem on your own. You’re better off calling a technician instead. 

Providing your boiler with monthly maintenance can keep a host of problems at bay. However, boiler problems sometimes arise without any rhyme or reason, and your only hope is to work with an experienced technician. 

Roberts Mechanical is your go-to expert on all things boiler related. Whether you’re in the market for a replacement boiler, need a boiler repair, or need to schedule routine boiler maintenance, Roberts Mechanical is here to help you. We boast over 30 years of experience, and each of our technicians has completed the training required for NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification. Contact Roberts Mechanical today, and one of our technicians will assist you with your boiler needs.

   
How To Fix A Leaking Boiler

How To Fix A Leaking Boiler

A leaking boiler isn’t something you want to experience, and you shouldn’t take it lightly. Leaking boilers are troublesome and result in adverse consequences. An untreated leak usually leads to rusting components, which eventually leads to malfunctioning electrical components within your boiler. As soon as you detect boiler leakage, you must pinpoint and fix the problem quickly to prevent more severe damage. 

Boiler leaks are most common during the winter, and this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Not only is your boiler working overtime in the cold months, but when the temperature drops below zero, standing water in the pipes and inside the boiler can freeze into ice. Moreover, the condensate pipe, which removes the remaining steam and condensation from your boiler, can freeze shut; this prevents your boiler from functioning properly. 

Worst of all, your boiler can go faulty for a multitude of reasons, which could be difficult to detect on your own. Here is a guide to help you identify boiler leakage. Continue reading to find out how you can fix your boiler

Understanding How a Boiler Works

Boilers are water-containing vessels that transfer heat from a fuel source (usually oil, gas, or coal) into steam. The steam is then piped to a point where it can be used to run production equipment, provide heat, to sterilize, to steam clean, among other tasks. There are two main types of boilers: firetube boilers and water-tube boilers. 

Firetube boilers, also known as shell boilers, can produce up to 25,000 pounds of steam per hour. 80 percent of boilers at home are of this configuration. You may have also heard of a packaged boiler, which is a subtype of the firetube boiler. Packaged boilers are shipped complete with fuel-burning equipment, mechanical draft equipment, and automatic controls that are designed to function automatically. It’s especially important to prevent any scale formation when it comes to packaged boilers. 

Watertube boilers are rectangular and contain two or more drums. Separation of steam and water occurs at the top of the drum, whereas the bottom drum serves as a collecting point for sludge. These systems aren’t as standard as firetube boilers, but they are essential when over 100,000 pounds of steam per hour is needed.

Determining Why Your Boiler Is Leaking

Identifying boiler leakage is stressful, but the following reasons might explain why your boiler is malfunctioning. Is your boiler’s pressure too high? If you notice that your system is leaking from the boiler pressure valve, then you ought to check if the pressure is too high. Boiler pressure relief valves are supposed to leak water as a safety protection feature to prevent ruining your other appliances. To check if your valve is suffering from too much pressure, look at the gauge needle on your boiler. The gauge needle should be pointing toward the green section and should be set to around one bar. If the gauge needle is pointing toward the red section, it’s an indication of valve overpressure. A way to solve this problem is to bleed out your boiler to help reduce pressure. 

Another common culprit of water leakage is pipe corrosion. Corrosion is the reversion of metal to its ore form. For example, iron reverts to iron oxide as a result of corrosion. The process of corrosion is a complex electrochemical reaction that can occur in many forms. Boiler leaks can be attributed to corroded pipes in the water tank, which are bound to break down over time. If your pipes only started corroding recently, then a technician can replace your pipes with ease. Unfortunately, if the corrosion is widespread, then you’ll need to replace your entire boiler. 

Fixing Your Leaking Boiler

There are only a handful of steps you can take to try fixing your boiler, and if all else fails, you’ll have to call a professional. Before you consult a technician, try the following:

  • Shut off your water supply.  Do this by turning off the internal stop tap; this keeps the puddle of water from growing.
  • Turn off the heating: If your house depends on central heating, it’s best to switch off the system as well.
  • Drain your system: Since this is a boiler, you can expect some water left inside. To drain the remaining liquid, turn on your tap. Additionally, you may also want to flush all the toilets in your house to speed up the process. Once you notice that no more water is coming out, you’re good to go. 
  • Mop up the water: If the puddle surrounding your boiler has collected too much water, you have to mop it up fast. Don’t let your boiler’s water sit on your floor for days, as this makes your floor slippery and can pose a safety hazard to your children. Sitting water also leads to mold growth, so mop up the water as soon as possible. 

Call Us Today

Although there are some steps you can take to repair a leaking boiler temporarily, the solutions listed above should only be used as a starting point while you get a hold of a professional. Roberts Mechanical is your local go-to expert on all things boiler related. Whether you’re in the market for a new boiler, need a boiler repair, or you need to schedule routine boiler maintenance, our experienced technicians are here to help you. 

Roberts Mechanical is based in Orem, Utah, and we’ve been serving Utah County with professional and courteous service for more than 31 years. We are licensed in Utah for heating, air-conditioning, and boiler installation. Roberts Mechanical is a proud Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, which means that our technicians have passed the training required by NATE certification (North American Technician Excellence). It all boils down to having the best experts on your side. Contact Roberts Mechanical today for all your HVAC needs. 

5 Signs You Need Boiler Service

5 Signs You Need Boiler Service

You need boiler service when your heat isn’t working, but your boiler might be showing signs it needs repair long before that happens. For homeowners, the key is to spot the signs so you can schedule boiler service before your heater breaks down.

Below are the top five indications it’s time to call Roberts Mechanical for boiler service.

1. The Boiler Keeps Turning Off

Has your boiler been switching on when needed, but then immediately turning off? When your boiler won’t stay on, the problem could be one of several causes, from low water pressure to damaged valves. It’s best to find the source of the issue immediately.

2. Water Is Leaking Out

Water leaking from any major home system, including the boiler, is a serious issue. Whether it’s a tiny drip or a big leak, water means an internal failure. Our team can take the system apart and identify which component needs repair or replacement.

3. You Hear Strange Noises

As boilers age, it’s not uncommon to hear noises, but if the sounds get louder all of a sudden, there could be a problem. A hissing could mean the system is overheating. A loud clanging could indicate a buildup of scaling inside the tank.

Weird sounds don’t always mean repairs are needed, but they indicate it’s time for routine maintenance and a general checkup.

4. You Wait Too Long for Hot Water

When it takes what seems like forever for the water to turn hot, don’t hesitate — give us a call. This could be a sign that a boiler is aging or it could mean there is a problem with the internal heating elements. Either way, it takes a professional to diagnose the issue.

5. You Smell Something Unusual

Any time you smell strange odors near your boiler, it’s time for maintenance. A fuel leak could lead to carbon monoxide released in your home. This could be lethal, so it’s vital to get a professional to look at the system right away.

Life Expectancy

Boilers typically last about 15 years, but if you don’t get regular maintenance and service, yours could break down a lot faster.

Is it time for repair or replacement? We can help make this determination and find the most cost-effective solution.

Whenever there is a boiler problem that needs attention, trust Roberts Mechanical for first-class boiler service and repair. We work to extend the life of your home systems and ensure they’re operating at maximum efficiency. Call today to schedule your service appointment.

furnace short cycling

Furnace Short-Cycling: Do You Have This Problem?   

Furnace short-cycling is when your furnace turns on and off frequently without any apparent reason. While the sound itself might be irritating, it’s the misfiring that is the real concern. Even if the furnace is heating your house, there is clearly something wrong if it turns on and off more than eight times per hour.

If you have this problem, try some our tips below to see if you can correct it.

Check the Air Filter

One reason for furnace short-cycling is an overloaded, dirty air filter. When the air filter is clogged, it doesn’t allow the heated air to pass over the exchanger. This can lead to overheating, and the furnace likely shuts down to prevent this from happening.

Check the filter and replace it if it’s severely clogged. If it’s a washable filter, rinse it, dry it and put it back. If the problem remains, there might be another reason for the furnace short-cycling.

Check the Thermostat

Next, check your home’s thermostat. If your thermostat runs on batteries, furnace short-cycling could be a sign that the battery is running low. It could be misjudging the temperature indoors or simply telling your furnace to shut off prematurely, incorrectly. Once you replace the batteries, let the system run for another few hours and see if the problem corrects itself.

Another factor to consider is where your thermostat is located. If you have a space heater right next to the thermostat, it could be affecting its reading. Turn it off and see if the problem disappears.

Check Your Insulation

Finally, consider the insulation in your home. Are your windows letting in cold drafts? Could they benefit from re-caulking? Are any doors left open? Make sure your home is adequately trapping the hot air the furnace produces.

Serious Problems Require the Help of a Pro

If none of these quick fixes helps eliminate furnace short-cycling, there could be a more serious cause — an overheating issue, corroded flame sensors, something lodged in the system. Or the furnace might be the wrong size for your home.

You won’t know for sure until you have a professional take a look. HVAC issues shouldn’t be put off — a well-functioning furnace is vital to your comfort and your safety. Call Roberts Mechanical now for furnace short-cycling service. We offer responsive, affordable repairs when you need them.

leaking boiler

How to Respond When You Have a Leaking Boiler

A leaking boiler is bad news, and it takes a professional to fix. A heating system repair isn’t something you should take on yourself.

Leaks Lead to Inefficiency

Leaks inside and outside the boiler affect its performance. The system will use more fuel to achieve the same outcome when it’s leaking. Pressure will fluctuate dramatically, and it could overheat. You may only notice you have a leak when you see your heating bill spike.

Check the Pressure Valve

A likely cause of the leak is the internal pressure of the boiler. Typically, boilers maintain a steady water pressure, but over the years, buildup of minerals and scale inside the tank can boost internal pressure. Take a look at the pressure valve reading.

Corrosion Is a Possibility

Rust and corrosion are common causes of a leaking boiler. Sometimes the corrosion eats away at the internal seal or it affects a specific valve — maybe the pump. This may require you to replace the tank, but you won’t know until you have a certified technician check it out.

Any Other Symptoms?

One of the most obvious signs you have a boiler problem is when it stops working. If no water is leaking from the tank, the cause could be a clogged filter or a problem with the air supply. Maybe you suspect it’s on the verge of breaking down because it’s making strange noises — that’s still an indication you should call us immediately.

While leaking water is serious, leaking fuel is even worse. If you smell fuel and see fluid coming from the tank, it’s important to call us right away. This is a fire risk.

Does your boiler have a carbon monoxide alarm located nearby? Make sure you have a CO detector in the house case of a leak. If it goes off, get your family out of the house right away.

Call Our Team

At Roberts Mechanical, we put your safety first. This means making sure you’re not at risk of heat loss or fire. Whether you need annual maintenance or repair or replacement for a leaking boiler, you can count on us for dependable, fast service.

furnace blowing cold

Furnace Is Blowing Cold Air — What Should You Do?

If your furnace is blowing cold air, try a few easy fixes yourself before calling a technician. You might save some money!

Check the Thermostat

What setting is your thermostat on?

If the thermostat is set to “ON,” this means the system’s blower is going to stay on 24/7, even if the air isn’t heating. Switch the setting to “AUTO,” then make sure your thermostat is set higher than the indoor temperature. This should make your furnace kick in.

Some homes have battery-operated thermostats. Even if the thermostat hasn’t run out of power, sometimes faltering batteries can send misreads to the furnace unit. Try replacing the batteries to see if this makes a difference.

Change the Air Filters

Your furnace is blowing cold air now, but an hour ago it was blowing hot! What happened?

A common problem is an overheated furnace. If your furnace’s air filters are dirty, they could block proper airflow and the furnace will have to work overtime to heat the home.

Try changing the filters and turning the unit off and on again to see if it fixes the problem.

Check the Pilot Light

If your gas furnace is blowing cold air, your pilot light could be out. If you feel comfortable doing so, simply try to re-light it.

If the pilot won’t light, try cleaning it and ensuring that the gas is turned on. Maybe it lights, but goes out again right away. If so, that means you’ll need a new thermocouple, and that’s an issue Roberts Mechanical can fix quickly.

What Else?

If none of these troubleshooting tips helped, it’s time to call in the pros. You can’t go without heat, especially in a Utah winter!

Your On-Call HVAC Specialists

Can’t figure out why your furnace is blowing cold air? That’s what we’re here for. We help Utah homeowners solve these types of problems, and we’re prepared to take on your furnace troubleshooting challenge as well.

Give us a call, and our team will quickly determine the cause of the cold air and find a solution. Roberts Mechanical is ready to help.

Boiler

Add a Boiler to Your Wish List

After decades of furnaces being the most popular heating choice in America, boilers are making a comeback — big time.

Unlike a furnace, which blows/forces air into a room through a duct, a boiler heats water which radiates the heat via pipes. Both furnaces and boilers need electricity, so you want to get the most efficient product possible when building, remodeling or upgrading a home.

Overall, you’ll find a lot more high-efficiency furnaces than boilers. Boilers also generally cost more upfront. However, Americans today are realizing the many benefits of boilers, which were the norm several decades ago. And with more high-efficiency boilers coming on the market, it might be time for the furnace to take a back seat.

Benefits of Boilers

Radiant heat systems keep heat closer to the floor, and discourage it from escaping to the ceiling. Unlike forced air, radiant heat doesn’t blow dust and allergens around (plus, you won’t need to worry about keeping furniture or curtains clear of vents). In the long run, boilers offer a long-term return on investment versus the furnace’s instant upfront savings.

Boilers are also more environmentally friendly, creating less emissions. Choose a boiler, and you get energy that’s transferred more efficiently, which saves you money and energy, month after month.

Like any appliance with an Energy Star rating, you might also be able to get a tax credit when buying an energy-efficient boiler. Check with your CPA.

Boiling Over with Perks

You don’t need a chimney when you have a boiler, and any boiler-produced waste is disposed of via vents in your home or building. You can choose to locate these vents on the roof or side of the home.

Old-fashioned boilers had pilot lights that you’d need to re-light manually it if they went out. Such a maneuver has been fodder for plenty of horror films, but don’t fear! New, energy-efficient boilers use an electronic system that’s auto-regulated.

When new boilers aren’t being used, like in the summer months, the system turns off the ignition to save even more energy.

Today’s boilers feature the latest technology and are also smaller — many are mounted on walls. You’ll get to reclaim more basement or closet space.

Boiler sensor technology is impressive, and some boast 99 percent efficiency in third-party tests. Homeowners who plan to stay in their houses for an long time, struggle with home allergens or have simply fallen in love with radiant heat are clamoring for Santa to deliver a boiler this season. However, any time of year is a great time for this energy-efficient upgrade. Contact Roberts Mechanical for all your boiler and heating needs, from installation to maintenance.

Furnace Bill

When Furnace Bills Are Through the Roof!

The cost of buying your furnace is just part of the equation; where you live can play a huge role in how much it costs to heat your home.

Forbes recently conducted a study of major metro areas around the country and their predicted temperatures to determine expected costs of heating in these locations. Ten years’ worth of National Weather Service data was used to create a table of “heating degree days” when furnaces or boilers were likely to be used.

It’s more expensive to heat a home to a comfortable 65 degrees when it’s 10 degrees outside compared to 50 whether you use a furnace or a boiler. Every degree you need to add requires more BTUs — an integral part of the equation. Your home’s efficiency also dictates quite a bit.

Warning: Furnace Bill Shock Ahead

By far, the most expensive U.S. city in which to heat a home is Boston. The average cost is $1,635 per year, and just over 47 percent of residents use gas fuel. However, a lot of homes use oil (35.6 percent), which is the most expensive fuel in the U.S. The long, chilly winters, high oil usage, and historical homes that traditionally don’t have great insulation make Beantown the most expensive city in which to have a furnace.

At No. 2 is Buffalo, New York, where the average heating bill is $1,618 per year. You may be surprised to find out that fewer than 3 percent of homes use oil; a whopping 88 percent use natural gas!

However, even though gas is a more efficient fuel, it’s no match for the blustery New York winters. Still, the price of local natural gas around New York state is higher than the U.S. average, so this also contributes to the cost.

Save More & Stay Warm

Minneapolis takes the bronze, with average heating bills hovering at $1,475 per year. Just 1.2 percent of homes use oil, while 82.8 percent use natural gas. In an interesting twist, technically Minneapolis uses more fuel to heat homes than any other city in the country. However, with local natural gas being more affordable, homeowners save enough for the city to rank third.

Fourth place goes to Washington, D.C., where the average bill is $1,461 per year. Nearly 6 percent of homes depend on oil here, and 54.2 percent use natural gas. But D.C. is another historic city where the insulation might not be that impressive. D.C. has heating degree days half as often as Minneapolis, but with a shocking 36.3 percent of residents using electricity to heat their homes (expensive!), that makes the two cities almost even.

Fortunately, there are many ways to save. Improve your insulation, bundle up in the winter, close off doors to rooms that aren’t being used, and make sure your heating source is maintained, be it boiler or furnace. In Utah (which doesn’t make the list!), depend on Roberts Mechanical to keep you warm and flush with green during the winter.

Boiler Settings

Ideal Boiler Settings

Finding the ideal boiler settings for your heating system can keep you comfortable without breaking the bank.

A lot of homeowners aren’t just worried about their electricity bills, but about their carbon footprints as well. Adjusting your thermostat settings is one of the best ways you can minimize bills and energy consumption.

In the summer, set your central air conditioner to 78 degrees when at home. If you’re out of the house, raise it to 85 degrees. According to Consumer Reports (2016), for the majority of people, 78 degrees is cool enough to keep from being uncomfortable. Experts say that for every degree below 78 in the summer, you’re raising your bill by 7 percent.

Boiler Settings and Winter Weather

According to Energy.gov, the ideal thermostat setting in the winter is 68 degrees in the daytime if you’re home. If you can, lower that by 7 to 10 degrees at least eight hours per day (i.e. when you’re at work). Doing this can lower your bill by up to 10% for the entire year.

Some families lower their boiler settings during the winter while they sleep, too. It’s more comfortable sleeping in a cooler climate, and it’s the perfect excuse to pull out those winter blankets.

However, a cooler sleeping temperature can make it uncomfortable in the morning. Nobody wants to slip out from under those toasty blankets into a freezing bathroom. The best solution is a programmable thermostat that starts heating up your home 30 minutes before your alarm goes off.

You won’t have to remember to manually change the temperature throughout the day, and you can program state-of-the-art thermostats for each day of the week.

Think about your daily schedule when programming your boiler settings. Do you like to “sleep cool” in the winter? What hours is the house empty? In other words, when can your boiler catch a break in the winter? Do you want your home particularly toasty in the first hour after waking up?

Get Good Advice

Keep the thermostat away from heating/cooling registers, set a hold button for vacations and keep energy saving a priority. If you need help or recommendations, talk to the pros.

Contact Roberts Mechanical today for help with boiler settings, and to get on the fast track to lowering your energy bills.

Startling Boiler & Furnace Facts

Startling Boiler & Furnace Facts from the NFPA

Is your boiler or furnace safe?

That’s what the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) wants every American homeowner to know before it’s too late. A well-maintained furnace or boiler has slim to no odds of causing a heartbreaking home fire, but the key word here is well-maintained.

If you can’t remember the last time your boiler or furnace was serviced, if it’s old or if you’ve noticed anything unusual about it, you’re at a higher risk of a furnace-caused home fire.

According to the NFPA, heating equipment — including boilers and furnaces — causes over 53,000 home fires per year, 400 civilian deaths, over 1,500 injuries and almost $900 million in property damages.

The good news is that, overall, fires and deaths are on the decline, although injuries remain the same. This is largely due to more consumer education and better practices when using heating systems. Plus, more Americans are enjoying central heat rather than relying on stand-alone heating sources (like portable heaters), which is a much safer strategy.

Boiler and Furnace Home Safety

Home fires peak in the dead of winter and in summer. As we move into cooler weather, such dangers are largely due to heaters, overworked HVAC systems, candles and holiday lights. The majority of heating source fires are caused by space heaters, which result in 70 percent of injuries and 80 percent of deaths. Still, that leaves a wide margin for ill-functioning furnaces and boilers to cause a tragedy.

Each year, over 7,000 home fires are caused by furnaces. These systems cause 30 civilian deaths, 50 injuries, and almost $90 million in damages. Central heating is involved in 14 percent of these disasters.

The breakdown by fuel type shows some uniformity, with 38 percent electric, 31 percent gas fueled, and 30 percent liquid fueled (the remaining 2 percent are solid-fueled, which is a rare fuel source in the United States).

Taking Precautions

Unclassified mechanical error is the most common cause of central heating fires. However, automatic control failure, failure to clean and “heat source too close to combustibles” also top the list.

As you can see, oftentimes these fires are preventable. Having your furnace or boiler serviced at least once per year, ideally before you begin using it heavily again (right now is prime time!), is the No. 1 way to make sure your HVAC system is working well.

Some signs only an HVAC technician will notice, so it’s best to have a pro in your corner. Plus, these service calls can extend the life of your furnace.

Other causes of a fire, including failure to clean your heat source or keeping it too close to dangerous items, are largely within the homeowner’s control. Covering vents with rugs, furniture or curtains is common, but not a good idea. Furnace filters should be swapped out regularly, as often as once per month in the winter.

To keep safe and warm this autumn, call Roberts Mechanical today for a service and inspection for your furnace or boiler.