How Does a Boiler Work?
Understanding how boilers work can provide you with insight if you are dealing with problems in your home’s heating system. It’s also helpful to have some understanding of this equipment if you are considering buying a home that has this type of heating solution. A boiler heats water and circulates either steam or hot water through pipes in the home. Water or steam may circulate through radiant heat pipes in the flooring or along walls. It may also be moved into radiators in various rooms. Hot water or steam exchanges heat in a cold room when a boiler-based system is in place. The water in these systems continues through its cycle to be heated once again in the boiler.
Your gas or oil boiler relies on the availability of the proper fuel. As the fuel is burned, there is a heat exchange area that causes water in the pipes to heat. Emissions from the burned fuel must be vented out of the home to maintain a safe environment. Meanwhile, water pumps move the heated material through the piping system to each area of the home.
Should you experience a heating problem with your boiler, you can take a few diagnostic steps to be sure that there isn’t a simple solution. These steps include:
- Verify that your thermostat is set properly for heating
- Check for an interruption in your power supply – a tripped switch or a local outage will prevent your unit from operating
- Make sure that your fuel valve is in the open position
If you are in doubt about any of these checkpoints, you can contact an HVAC contractor for more information. If these checks don’t indicate problems, you will need to work with your contractor to have more thorough troubleshooting performed. An issue with cold spots in your home may be attributable to a buildup of minerals or sludge in your pipes, and you may require flushing services to clear these materials so that water can flow freely through your system again. If the temperature is consistently low throughout the house, there may be a problem with your heat exchanger or other components inside your boiler. A buildup of material on the heat exchanger may be responsible. You can describe the problems you are experiencing by phone, enabling your technician to have an idea of the problem in advance. However, a hands-on diagnosis is probably necessary.
Make Maintenance a Priority
As you wonder how a boiler works, you should keep in mind that annual maintenance can keep it working optimally. Your system’s components can become dirty during the normal course of operation, leading to conditions that will limit its efficiency. Annual cleaning ensures that you will begin your heating season with the ability to enjoy excellent heating and energy efficiency. Your technician will also inspect important safety features of your unit to be sure that you aren’t dealing with fuel leaks, hot water leaks or the potential for an explosion.
Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning has annual maintenance plans to address both your heating and cooling equipment through meticulous inspections and adjustments at affordable rates. There are valuable benefits included with these agreements, enabling you to save on labor or replacement services if your equipment later malfunctions or fails.
Whether you are considering the need to replace your existing unit or whether you are interested in installing radiant heating solutions in a new home, you can contact our Middleburg, FL team at Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning to arrange an estimate. We can provide you with the latest energy-efficient systems available. We can also assist you with your repair or maintenance needs.