Although the summer may have felt painfully short, it has been at least 5 months since you have even thought about running the boiler. So, your boiler has been sitting around collecting dust and now is the time to whip it back into shape for the winter ahead. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning is currently scheduling furnace and boiler tune ups all across the Chicagoland area. A full 20 plus point inspection performed by a Four Seasons technician will get the unit working its best for the long winter ahead. Sometimes, though, we find that some homeowners are having problems with their boilers that need to be resolved before the season begins.
Air in Your Boiler
One such problem is air within the boiler lines that is blocking the unit from providing efficient heat to certain areas within the home. There is a solution to this problem and all we need to do is bleed the system. When you turn on the boiler for the first time, any air that is in the lines of the unit will rise to the top of the radiators. This will prevent heat from getting to that radiator and will leave that room, or rooms, without effective heating. The air can be simply removed from the system, but if you have never bled the radiators before, it would be best to allow your Four Seasons tech to perform the first purge. While he is doing so, he can walk you through the steps needed to repeat this process in the future.
Do It Yourself Boiler Bleeding
Some do it yourselfers like to dive in and learn how to bleed the boiler on their own. For these courageous few, we would like to offer a few steps that they should keep in mind. First, you will need to locate the bleed valve on your radiator or baseboard. Once located, you will find that you need a valve key to open it. If you don’t already have one, basically any hardware store should have one that you can purchase. Before you open the valve, make sure you have a cloth in hand to catch any water that may come out of the valve after you have purged the air. Shut the boiler down, open the valve and wait. Air will begin to sputter out of the radiator, and once all of the air is gone, water will begin to flow unimpeded. When this happens, quickly close the valve and you are done.
Rely on Four Seasons
Repeat the process with each of your radiators, and then try running the boiler. If all of the air is out of the system, the radiators that were not working previously should begin to heat up. If the still do not get warm, try bleeding the system again, and if after that you are still having problems, call Four Seasons. Our expert boiler technicians will help you find the true source of your problem and will get the unit going for the winter.