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How Often Should You Service Your Boiler or Furnace?

Written on: July 1, 2024

AFC takes good care of your Central Maine home’s heating system

boiler Augusta, ME Ensuring the proper function of your home’s boiler or furnace is paramount for maintaining a safe, energy-efficient, and comfortable living environment.

An annual safety inspection for your propane-fired heating system not only helps you avoid unexpected breakdowns but also promotes the longevity and efficiency of your heating system. Fortunately, the team of licensed, skilled, and experienced team of service technicians at AFC are here to help with our expert furnace and boiler services.

Also, our affordable Comfort Plans all include an annual safety inspection for your propane heating system along with coverage of many parts and labor costs associated with repairs.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into how often you should service your boiler or furnace and why it’s essential to keep up with regular inspections and maintenance.

What kind of heating system do you have?

Knowing this is the first step in determining the frequency of service.

Propane boilers/furnaces: Ideally, these should be serviced with a safety inspection annually. Propane systems, although efficient, can develop issues such as gas leaks or inefficient burning that require professional attention.

Oil boilers/furnaces: These systems also benefit from annual servicing. Oil systems can accumulate soot and other residues that affect performance and safety.
Electric boilers/furnaces: While these systems are generally low maintenance, an annual check-up is still recommended to ensure all electrical components are in optimal condition.

Signs your heating system needs service

In-between service, there are certain signs that indicate that your boiler or furnace needs immediate attention.

  • Unusual noises (e.g., banging, clanking, or whistling)
  • Inconsistent heating or no heat at all
  • Unexplained increase in energy bills
  • Visible soot or debris around the unit
  • Frequent cycling on and off

The benefits of boiler or furnace service

Regular inspection or service of your boiler or furnace comes with a myriad of benefits:

Increased energy efficiency and decreased energy costs: A well-maintained system runs more efficiently, consuming less energy and reducing your monthly utility bills. Regular servicing ensures that all components are clean and operating at their best, which can significantly lower your carbon footprint.

Safety: Regular servicing helps prevent dangerous situations such as carbon monoxide leaks, which can be life-threatening. A certified technician will check for any potential hazards and ensure that your system is operating safely.

Prolonging your heating system’s life expectancy: Just like any other appliance, your boiler or furnace will last longer if it’s well taken care of. Regular maintenance minimizes the risk of breakdowns and costly repairs, thus extending the life of your system.

How you can take care of your furnace or boiler

While professional service and safety inspections are essential, there are several simple tasks that homeowners can do to keep their heating system in good shape between professional visits.

Regularly check and replace air filters: Dirty filters reduce efficiency and air quality.

Inspect the thermostat: Ensure it’s working correctly and maintain appropriate settings. You can also invest in a smart thermostat, which allows you to monitor and control your thermostat from your smartphone.

Clear the area around the unit: Ensure there’s no clutter or debris that could interfere with the system’s operation.

Don’t wait until it’s too late—contact AFC to schedule your boiler or furnace safety inspection or service today!