Servicing Gas Heating Equipment
Now that the leaves have fallen and the nights are getting cooler, it is time to make sure your gas heating equipment is ready to get you through another New England winter.
Gas heating equipment is very common and when serviced properly, gas heating equipment is clean, efficient and quiet. Without proper maintenance, the system may not run efficiently or worse yet it could pump deadly carbon monoxide into your building. The system could also break down when the weather is extremely cold which could cause pipes to burst and thus significant damage to your building. In order to keep this equipment operating properly it is important to have the system thoroughly serviced at the beginning of each heating season.
Some systems are used year round and those systems should be checked twice a year to keep them operating at peak efficiency. Many times we see boiler rooms used as storage areas which can lead to safety concerns. It is very important to keep the area where the boiler is located clear from combustible materials and flammable vapors. The boiler area should also have a good air supply for combustion and ventilation so make sure you check the vents in the room to make sure they are clean and there is good air flow into the boiler room. Servicing Steps The steps required to properly service gas fired heating equipment include:
- Checking the thermostat for proper operation by turning the switch to heat and moving the lever above the room temperature. Verify that the heating system starts and the fan should run after a short delay. Turn the thermostat back down below room temperature and verify that the heating systems turns off. The fan will run for a short time and then shut off so that the excess heat can be utilized when the unit turns off
- turn the power off to the unit before beginning any preventative maintenance.
- for safety always turn off the gas supply to the unit
- check the flue vent to make sure the piping is connected properly and there are no obstructions
- check all electrical wiring for frayed insulation, proper connections and tighten as needed
- change air filter
- check blower belts for wear, tightness and change the belts at least annually
- check the motor and blower bearings and lubricate them as needed
- clean blower wheel, check for balance and clean the unit compartment so that no debris is picked up into the blower
- remove burner assembly
- clean burner logs and the pilot
- clean the heat exchanger and inspect it looking for any weak spots or cracks. It is very important to thoroughly inspect the heat exchanger because any cracks could expose you to carbon monoxide.
- turn the power and gas back on to check the combustion, adjust the flame as needed and verify all safeties are working properly. Summary
Proper maintenance of your gas heating equipment will provide you with the peace of mind that your system will be operational when the weather gets cold. The system will also operate efficiently and reduce your energy consumption thus saving you money. Summary Proper maintenance of your heating equipment will keep your system running efficiently and reduce your energy consumption thus saving you money.