The snow arrived before Santa this year in Toronto and the GTA, which left a lot of people bundling up to keep warm. You should definitely take a scarf with you this winter when traveling outside, but your home should always be nice and toasty. A big part of keeping it that way is with professional boiler maintenance.
In some cases though, you might find yourself scrambling to diagnose your boiler as you get ready to use it this winter. Take a look below to learn a bit more about the more common boiler issues you could be faced with and the importance of boiler maintenance.
What’s Wrong With My Thermostat?
Living in today’s world, so many things are only a touch away. Want to watch something on TV? Turn it on or go online. Want to heat up last night’s leftovers? The microwave can take care of that. Even cars are button activated! The key thing about buttons is that you expect them to work when you push them. Your thermostat should work, especially this winter.
When it doesn’t work though, the answer may be simpler than you’d expect. Sometimes, you can chalk it up to wear and tear if the home is old enough or hasn’t been replaced very recently. Remember, things are rarely built to last forever, so you’ll want to consider a boiler maintenance expert who serves Toronto and the GTA. The right professional can provide answers and work with you to find the solution that works for your situation.
My Radiator Isn’t Warm Enough!
You’ve checked the thermostat and you’re still chilly. It might be time to take a closer look at your radiator. Please note that we never recommend you attempt any sort of maintenance you aren’t totally comfortable with. While some of you reading this might be a do-it-yourselfer, we would never expect you to perform any serious boiler maintenance. The last thing you’d want to do is make an issue worse or void any warranties that may be in place. With that said, your cool radiator may be experiencing a pressure buildup, which can be relieved. A process referred to as bleeding might be able to help you here.
Bleeding your radiator is actually quite straightforward. You’ll need a radiator key as well as some type of cloth to wipe any drops of water. Please check out any online tutorials or videos on this procedure and judge for yourself if this is in your comfort zone. All it takes is for the key to meet the valve and apply a half counter-clockwise turn. This should relieve some of the pressure build up within the radiator. Pressure sometimes can take up space in a radiator and prevent hot water from going all the way through.
It should be noted that this isn’t a guaranteed fix. While this type of maintenance is simple, a bigger issue might require the professional assessment of a boiler maintenance expert.
Is That Ice?
In case you weren’t aware, your condensate pipe is susceptible to freezing. This pipe acts as a drainage system for any run-off acidic water. Since it leads outside, when the air gets cold enough, any water could cause an ice build-up.
Not to worry though, a quick look online will show you tutorials and do-it-yourself videos on how to thaw this pipe with warm water. As always, feel free to call a professional in boiler maintenance and repair if you’d rather skip the trouble altogether.
Boiler Maintenance Professionals
If you live Toronto and the GTA, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the volume of “experts” available. You’ll want to do your homework before hiring one though. Don’t be afraid to put in a bit of time to find the right person for the job.
If you’re reading this, you’re already familiar that Phoenix Heating & Cooling is one of many options, but we are different. Our 30 years of experience has allowed us to serve Toronto and the GTA efficiently all year-long. We specialize in HVAC, which includes boiler maintenance, repairs, and installation. Feel free to test our customer service, contact us at 647-243-3570. We’d be happy to help you find the answers you’re looking for. Or you could always spend hours researching the countless names of “experts” available. No pressure, but for the name that will keep you warm all winter, consider Phoenix Heating & Cooling.