Posts Tagged ‘Maintenance’

The Benefits of Scheduling Regular Maintenance for Your Boiler

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The durability of boilers is one that most home appliances should envy. Boilers can last many years without encountering serious difficulties or losing their effectiveness at bringing even, cozy heating to an entire house. Because boilers have few mechanical parts, they do not wear down as fast as other home heating systems.

However, boilers still need regular maintenance: it’s key to making sure that they live up to their reputation for longevity. If you have a boiler in Brevard, NC taking care of your winter needs, you need to make sure that you take care of its needs as well with regular preventive maintenance.

Comfort Central, Inc. helps people care for their boilers with regular maintenance so they will get the following benefits:

  • Long lifespan: At its most basic, maintenance serves to reduce the stress a heating system undergoes during regular operation. A boiler can begin to develop corrosion and loose connections if it does not receive routine maintenance; these sorts of problems can lead to the boiler failing many years before its manufacturer’s expected lifetime.
  • Reduced future repairs: This is where the “preventive” part of “preventive maintenance” comes into play. A technician who gives a boiler a check-up during a maintenance visit will know where to look to catch potential problems needs before they lead to a breakdown. To reduce future repairs we check the efficiency of the system and venting efficiency of the boiler with a combustion analyzer. More often than not buildings that have hot water or steam heat are close to or older than 100 years old.  Often the chimneys will degrade from the inside out. If the vent becomes restricted, the boiler will not burn efficiently and can become a health hazard because the boiler can become plugged with soot and rust. By performing yearly maintenance, we can prevent many problems.
  • Superior efficiency: If a boiler doesn’t receive regular tune-ups to keep all its parts functioning at peak level, the boiler may start to use energy inefficiently, leading to poorer performance and higher energy bills. Keeping the burner area clean, stopping leaks, fixing broken heating elements, and replacing corroded parts will make sure that your boiler is doing its best job all the time.

How often should I get maintenance?

Maintenance on boilers is usually a simple affair, more so than for furnaces or heat pumps; it will take no time at all for most systems. We recommend you have a maintenance check for your boiler in Brevard, NC at least once a year. It’s easy to schedule regular maintenance with Comfort Central, Inc., and you will also receive discounts on regular service prices. Get started today with keeping your boiler working for many tomorrows.

For Health And Wealth, A Tune Up Is A Worthwhile Investment

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

( North Carolina, Pisgah Forest), March 20, 2013–Air, whether indoor or outdoor, contains pollutants such as dust, dirt, pollen, grease, mold, bacteria or moisture.  As the air moves through your cooling equipment the pollutants adhere to surfaces, greatly impacting your comfort system.  A priority of your Spring To Do List, should be cleaning or replacing your air filters.    However, it is also strongly recommended that you consider having your cooling system professionally tuned up.

According to a study conducted by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E,) a dirty outside unit can increase your monthly electric bill as much as 30%. The unit’s cooling performance is also decreased because it limits the coils ability to transfer heat.  This causes your compressor to work harder, and that generates heat.  On the hottest days, the PG&E study revealed you can lose up to 30% of your cooling capacity as well—leaving you feeling clammy and uncomfortable.

This extra work that the compressor is doing can actually create conditions that reduce the life expectancy of your unit.  Running hot continually affects internal lubrication, leading to acid formation that will eventually compromise the compressor.  And that is a very expensive repair that can be avoided with a little maintenance.

Another significant benefit of maintenance on your cooling system is ensuring your indoor coil and fan are clean and refrigerant levels are optimal.  All three can restrict air flow, causing similar concerns as stated with dirty condenser coils.  Since your indoor coil is a perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria, there’s a health impact too.

Studies by both a Vermont Utility and the California Energy Commission stated that incorrect or improper refrigerant levels were found in 66-75% of systems surveyed.  Refrigerant levels should not be adjusted unless the indoor/outdoor coils and the fan are clean.

Your savings from proper maintenance through lower utility costs, peak equipment efficiency, enhanced reliability, longer system life and improved indoor air quality will exceed the cost of a professional tune up in as little as two months according to a US Department of Energy Study.

When you do your part for yourself, society benefits too.  Summer air conditioning accounts for 60% of peak electricity load.  Power from peak generation typically costs a multiple of base load generation.  When more people keep their cooling equipment in good condition, peak power needs are slashed.  This benefits the environment as well as our wallets.

Comfort Central, Inc. provides Heating, Cooling, Indoor Environmental and Energy Services as well as installations and maintenance for the Western North Carolina Region.  To find out more, or to receive cited sources, please visit www.comfort-central.com.

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