1. Get Expert Recommendations on Which How Water Boiler to Buy

  2. Don’t Even Think about Installing a Hot Water Boiler Yourself

  3. You Need the Manual for the Hot Water Boiler

  4. Perform All Necessary Maintenance Tasks

  5. Think About Energy Efficiency to Cut Down on Expenses

Get Expert Recommendations on Which How Water Boiler to Buy

A new hot water boiler is a major expense, so you need to make sure you don’t waste your money. You should consult a few heating engineers, get tips from other people who own hot water boilers, and read reviews on various brands.

If you’re going to decide on your own, you’ll need to determine which fuel type your boiler will use and the kind of boiler you want if you’re going with a gas heating system. Then you’ll need to check the boiler efficiency and get the best boiler heating controls.

Don’t Even Think about Installing a Hot Water Boiler Yourself

While there are many things around the house you can DIY, installing a hot water boiler isn’t one of them. You’ll need professionals to do it right, and you have to start with getting a qualified heating engineer.

Choosing installers for your hot water boiler requires getting quotes from different installation companies. Make sure you get the total cost, and if possible the cost should be itemized.

Some installers may insist on putting in their own replacement boilers, but if your heart is set on a particular model, then you have to make it clear to them from the start that you want your own selection to be installed. Some installers may want their own brand because they earn money from that brand, while others may have legitimate reasons and point out why your selection is not suitable.

You Need the Manual for the Hot Water Boiler

The manual is a crucial document, because you’ll need to consult it if you have a hot water boiler emergency. It has all the maintenance recommendations and direction for proper usage. You should keep it in a drawer where you put all your important documents so you don’t lose it.

If you have lost your manual, get a new one. Get the model number of your boiler so you can be sure to get the right manual. Then look up your model number online and download the new manual. This feature is available from most boiler manufactures. Once you’ve downloaded it, back up the file and print it so you have a copy that’s easy to consult. Maybe you can even get a copy of the manual that’s geared for your mobile device.

If you can’t download the manual, contact the manufacturer. You can find the manufacturer website and send them an email.

Perform All Necessary Maintenance Tasks

Your manual should contain all the necessary maintenance requirements. You should follow all the instructions religiously. These will include setting the temperature and adding insulation, both of which will need to be done only once. Other maintenance tasks such as checking the anode rod and flushing the tank should be done every year.

Proper maintenance reduces your water-heating expenses, increases efficiency, and boosts longevity.

Think About Energy Efficiency to Cut Down on Expenses

For most homes in colder areas, water heating is the biggest energy expense next inly to heating and cooling. Usually, water heating accounts for about 15% of a household’s total energy expenses. But there are several ways you can cut down on these costs.

For example, you can turn down the thermostat of the tank. Most hot water boilers are preset at 140 degrees farenheit, but experts recommend setting it to just 120 degrees farenheit. That not only lowers your energy bill by 5 to 10 percent, but it also reduces the risk of scalding.

You may also want to cut down your consumption of hot water. This cuts your energy bill and your water bill too. You can easily do this by putting in faucet aerators and low flow shower heads. Do these things, and a family of four can save up to 14,000 gallons of water a year.

Then you may want to adjust your draining technique. Manufacturers often ask that you drain your tank completely once or twice a year. But energy experts recommend that you drain less water but more frequently, such as draining a quart every 3 months. By draining this way, you get rid of built up sediment that reduces the efficiency of your hot water boiler.

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