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Boiler Tune-Up: Get the Facts!

Why should you get a boiler tune-up? Why not wait and see what kind of winter we’re going to have? Why not dare we say…procrastinate?

Well, what happens when you’re facing down a problem and you choose to procrastinate? Does it get better on its own or does it get worse?

When maple syrup-smelling coolant drips from your car — does the leak plug itself?


If you have a shooting pain when you try to bite down into anything harder than applesauce — does the cavity fill itself?


Can you skip a boiler tune-up and hope to run your heat all winter long?  Does the boiler survive—especially as it gets older?

We don’t need to tell you what happens when you procrastinate. You already know.

With the coolant leaking out, your engine overheats, stranding you, hood-up, on the side of the road.


Your tooth abscesses. The pain is blinding and instead of a getting a filling, you need a root canal.


Your boiler dies on the first cold day of winter. You and your family suffer without heat for hours — or days — until you get an emergency boiler repair or total replacement.

A boiler tune-up prevents a cold, miserable day.

A boiler inspection is inexpensive and convenient. The bottom line is you have no excuse not to do it.

Let’s dig into what a boiler tune-up entails—and why you’re going to want to get one before winter hits hard.

Boiler Basics

Boilers create heat by boiling water —hence the name— which is piped to the different rooms of your home. Ambient heat from the boiling water radiates through the radiator system — again, hence the name.

Radiators go with boilers. All boilers need an annual boiler tune-up.

The Difference Between Boilers and Furnaces

Since they do the same job of providing heating, homeowners sometimes mistake boilers and furnaces as synonyms, for the same machine.

However, the difference comes from the medium that provides the heat, boilers use water and furnaces use air. Furnaces heat air, using electricity or fossil fuels, and push that hot air through the ventilation system.

Boiler Failure

Approximately, 40% of all boilers that will fail during an entire winter fail during the day the first day below freezing.

Both gas and oil boilers require a boiler tune-up.

Why is that?

Because your boiler collected dust all spring and summer. One or more crucial components might have failed or is dangerously close to failing. The first time you turn it on, it has to work extremely hard with no warm up.

Essentially, you’re telling your boiler to roll right out of bed and run a sprint—with no balanced breakfast and no stretching. A boiler tune-up prepares your boiler for the winter.

Boiler Tune-up Overview

You understand that your mechanic replaces your leaky water pump to keep the crucial, neon-green coolant in your engine, doing its job.

You know that to fix your cavity your dentist drills a hole in your tooth decay and inserts a metal filling.

So, what exactly does a Benjamin Franklin Plumber do during a boiler inspection to help it survive the winter?

Boiler tune-up is a complicated process you need to trust to a professional.

Good question, let’s break it down. Here are a just a few of the crucial duties a Benjamin Franklin plumber will perform during a boiler tune-up.

  1. Check for damaged pipes or ducts. Even if the damage is minor, it can cause a failure.
  2. Clean burners to remove dirt and dust. This ensures the boiling flame starts strong and stays strong.
  3. Check the pilot light.  Without a pilot light, your boiler won’t heat water.
  4. Inspect the circulation pump—If the pump fails, you’ll be able to heat the water just fine, but that water won’t heat your house.
  5. Drain sediment from boiler. If not drained, sediment can destroy the boiler like hard water does to a water heater or other appliances.
  6. Check pressure valves.  As you can imagine, the boiling water remains in a pressurized state when in the boiler.  If these valves fail during the operation, the pressure will destroy boiler.
  7. Inspect the chemical feed system. The chemical feed system is a countermeasure that protects against corrosion.

Boiler Tune-up Wrap-up

You know one of the last things you want to happen this winter is to spend days— or even hours— without heat. You now know why the first day of winter puts so many boilers on ice and that a boiler tune-up prevents that. Finally, you know exactly what you’re getting for your money when you get a boiler inspection.

So the connection between a coolant leak, a raging toothache, and neglecting a boiler inspection is pretty obvious. Essentially, if you wait to act, you WILL regret it later.

One big difference though: getting a cavity filled is a miserable experience, just like losing your car for a few days is a real pain. However, scheduling a boiler tune-up with the friendly experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is a breeze.

Our plumbers arrive on time, respect your space while doing a stellar job, and leave you with a bill that’s three or four times cheaper than car repairs or dental work.

Contact us for a boiler tune-up and for all of your plumbing needs.

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