If you own a vintage home, there’s a good chance you’re still heating your house with an old fashioned boiler system. While you might think your system may be outdated and in need of replacement, boilers—when properly maintained—can last up to 50 years or longer. They’re typically more energy-efficient than furnaces and produce a tremendous amount of heat, which is perfect for our frigid Wisconsin winters. Rather than replacing your older heating system, take the necessary steps to make sure it stands the test of time. How can you do that? It all boils down to taking proper care of your boiler on a regular basis. Below, the experts at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating explain what you can do to maintain your boiler properly.


Daily & Monthly Preventive Maintenance

To bolster the longevity of your boiler system, it’s important to take proper care of it on a daily basis. What does that mean for you? Here’s a basic boiler maintenance checklist:


●        Examine the vent termination for ice, snow, or other debris. Clear if necessary.

●        Record temperature and pressure readings regularly. Make sure they stay within the designated range.

●        Maintain the area around your boiler—keep it free from obstructive materials or objects.

●        Examine the area around your boiler for leaking water.

●        Listen for unusual noises or vibrations from the apparatus.


Beyond daily maintenance, there are also a few things you should examine each and every month. Check all piping for signs of deterioration, blockages, or leaks and examine all valves for signs of leaks. As well, examine the entire drain system for signs of blockage.


As long as you keep up on boiler maintenance, you’ll enjoy a long-lasting heating system and a cozy home throughout the winter. Many homeowners actually prefer boiler systems due to the tremendous amount of heat they produce and their energy-efficient nature.


Professional Maintenance

Once a year, you should contact a professional boiler maintenance service to inspect your system and locate any potential issues. The months leading up to winter are an ideal time to make the call. Prior to the cold season, you’ll want to make certain your system is in proper working order so you won’t meet with any surprises in sub-freezing weather.


If you’ve completed your daily maintenance checklist diligently, the information you’ve collected will be useful to a professional boiler maintenance technician. Staying on top of daily observations can help you relay any unusual occurrences to your technician so they can make the appropriate repairs.


Contact Steve’s Plumbing & Heating for Your Boiler Needs

If your boiler is due for its yearly professional maintenance, it’s time to contact Steve’s Plumbing & Heating. We’re industry experts in boiler maintenance and repair and will make sure your system remains in top form throughout the winter. Whether you need just an inspection, or you’ve noticed something unusual and need a repair, we’ll take care of you promptly. With over 200 years of combined experience among our technicians, you can rest assured we’ll tackle any issue you can throw at us. To learn more about our boiler maintenance and repair services, or to schedule your service appointment, contact our team. If you’re ready to get started, feel free to request a free estimate.