When you’re considering looking for a new heating system, maintenance can be a big deal. If a certain type of heating system is going to require more attention, it might deter some homeowners from getting it. Most people just want to turn on their heater and have it work—they don’t want to spend a lot of time fussing over it. Furnaces and boilers are two of the most popular heating systems in the country. People use them because they provide consistent, efficient and comfortable heating for their home. But which one requires less maintenance? At Awesome Air, we have years of experience offering all kinds of boiler and furnace services in Hillsborough, NJ including installation, repair and maintenance. We thought it would be helpful if we put together a quick list of some of the more common furnace and boiler maintenance tasks.
The Importance of Heating Maintenance
All heating systems should have regular maintenance. At Awesome Air, we recommend that our customers get annual or bi-annual heating maintenance for their furnace or boiler depending on how old their unit is. Generally, older systems need more maintenance than new ones.
The benefits of regular maintenance including greater efficiency, the potential reduction of needed repairs and extended equipment life. During regular maintenance visits, your heating technician will be able to detect small problems and repair them before they turn into larger, more costly issues.
Common Furnace Maintenance Tasks
The maintenance projects that need to be regularly performed on a furnace are obviously very different from a boiler’s. One of the main components that needs regular attention is the air filter. A clogged air filter is without question to main cause of furnace problems. It can cause low air flow, low heat, no heat, cracked heat exchanger, overheating and more. Other furnace maintenance tasks including checking the burner and pilot, checking the air ducts around the furnace and checking the heat exchanger.
Common Boiler Maintenance Tasks
Because boilers circulate heated water throughout your house, their maintenance tasks are slightly more complex and involved. However, gas-fired boilers will still have the same type of burner, pilot light and thermocouple inspections that gas-fired furnaces have. But the heating technician will also need to check the valves, gaskets and pumps as well to make sure that they aren’t rusted, corroded or clogged with sediment or mineral deposits. They will also check the safety valve and test the electronic controls to make sure that they are operating correctly.
While the maintenance tasks for furnaces and boilers are different, they are equally as important. If you need any kind of furnace maintenance or boiler maintenance in Hillsborough, NJ, call Awesome Air.