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Avoid the Pitfalls of DIY Boiler Service

Boilers are more common in our area than in many others. They’re powerful during a cold winter, efficient, and some of the most long-lasting and durable systems on the market. For residential boiler owners, this is going to make them a prime target for service when something goes wrong.

However, trying to fix a boiler issue isn’t as simple as it might seem. An online tutorial or DIY video might make fixing a boiler look easy, but every home is different and every job has its unique problems that need to be addressed. Only a licensed professional has the experience and expertise to fix a boiler and address problems that might be unconventional or uncommon.

This blog post is going to focus on a few reasons why professional boiler service is going to be leagues above DIY boiler service in Larchmont, NY.

Leaks Are a Huge Pain

When boilers are fixed or worked on by an unlicensed technician or an amateur, the chances of a leak occurring increase dramatically. Leaks might seem like simple things to fix: just water coming from the pipes or the boiler system itself. But things can be more complicated than that.

A leak can not only cause mold growth and inhibit the comfort of a home, but they can sometimes be hard to detect without equipment or proper training. Tiny pressure leaks can form from a boiler that wasn’t sealed properly after it was fixed, which after a few months could result in wasted water, fuel, and poor comfort in a home.

Pressure, Heat, Fuel, and Other Considerations

Boilers are complex systems. They might seem like just hot water tanks that radiate heat throughout a home, but there’s a lot of consideration inside the mechanics and components of this system. Things that might make someone consider fixing their own boiler are pressure, heat, and fuel.

  • A boiler needs to be correctly pressurized, otherwise the water could leak or cause a rupture in the pipes. This requires some precise calculation and can be too much for even an experienced DIY enthusiast.
  • Depending on the size and style of boiler, heat needs to be regulated and monitored. How hot the water should be depends on a lot of different factors, and a licensed technician will know how to address these concerns.
  • The fuel type can be illegal to work on. A gas line that runs into a gas-powered boiler, for instance, should only be worked on by a licensed technician. Any DIY work on a gas line is illegal and can result in expensive fines and even jail time.

Maximize Comfort, Efficiency, Savings, and Time

Not only are there plenty of reasons that can make DIY boiler service not worth it, but there are plenty of reasons that make professional service so cost-effective.

For instance, customers can reliably feel more comfortable when their boiler is fixed by a professional. Professionals also take into consideration things like energy or fuel efficiency, savings with promotions and tax benefits, and even the time it takes to perform the fix.

Contact Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators for comprehensive boiler service today.

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