It’s that time of year again. Time to start kicking your home’s heating systems into high gear as the cooler temperatures settle in. But when it comes to boilers, homeowners often have questions. As a result, we’ve put together a list of some common questions we receive here at Uptown:
How long should a boiler last? A new boiler should last between 30 and 50 years, but the older they are the less efficient they operate and the less reliable they become. Typically, homeowners replace their boilers proactively before it becomes a “no heat emergency.”
How often should a boiler be maintained? A heating tech should come out once per year to perform maintenance. This will ensure that it’s safe and it will help maximize efficiency.
What can a homeowner do to perform maintenance? To make sure your system is operating efficiently, homeowners can bleed out all the radiators in the house, maintain pressure in the boiler (12-15 pounds) and keep the area around the boiler clear and clean.
How big are new boilers? The newer the boiler, the smaller the footprint it occupies. If it was installed 50-100 years ago you will gain a lot more space with a newer piece of equipment.
Can we move a boiler to a new location? Yes, we can move a boiler for you. A standard efficiency boiler can typically be moved about 3-5 feet in any direction while a high efficiency boiler mounted to the wall can be moved just about anywhere in the basement.
Need your boiler inspected before it’s too late? Contact the heating professionals at Uptown today to schedule an appointment. We’ve been serving the Twin Cities for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!