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Extend the life of your boiler with a few simple tips

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With winter breathing down our necks, the last thing you need is for your boiler to go out on one of the coldest days of the year.

Not only will your family have to put up with freezing temperatures but repairs can become costly. Taking care of your boiler can help you avoid these unnecessary frustrations and expenses.

Your Brooklyn heating experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning want you to stay toasty warm all winter long while providing you with some advice to keep your boiler running at its most efficient.

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Bleed the radiators regularly

Air can often get trapped in your home’s radiators which can cause them to not heat up in the way they are intended. Bleeding them regularly releases the air and keeps them in good working condition.

Add an inhibitor or magnetic filter

Adding a chemical called an inhibitor to your boiler system can prevent it from building up rust, limescale and debris. Because boilers use hot water piped through metal to heat your home, sludge can build up in the system and this can create corrosion. A magnetic filter can also help you prevent corrosion because it attracts the metallic debris in the system and filters them out. An inhibitor and magnetic filter system work best when used together.

Turn on the boiler in the summer

While this may sound counterintuitive, the fact is that turning on the heat periodically during the hotter months helps your boiler by keeping the parts moving and working properly. You don’t have to blast it but switching it on for short intervals in the summer means your boiler isn’t sitting dormant for months.

Flush the system

Power flushing the system also helps you get the sludge out. Even if you are using an inhibitor and/or a magnetic filter, you should power flush your system periodically just to make sure it remains sludge free.

Service your boiler annually

Service your boiler annually

The best way to ensure your boiler will work efficiently and consistently throughout the winter is to have it serviced regularly. Regular maintenance by a professional keeps the system clean and in repair, tips you off to any potential issues, and protects your warranty.

At Petri, we know boilers. If we can service, repair or even install a new system in your home, don’t hesitate to call us at (718) 748-1254. We’ll schedule a consultation and get your boiler functioning at its optimum level quickly.

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