How Does a Boiler Work?


If you live in Maine, you likely get your heat from a boiler. Despite how common these appliances are, many homeowners may not have much of an understanding of how they work.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Boiler

Like any appliance, boilers have pros and cons that affect their desirability in your home. While they may be more expensive in general compared to other heating and cooling systems, they can also be more energy-efficient and save you money in the long run. However, boilers also have a specific and necessary form of maintenance to keep them running smoothly.

How Boilers Work

Before we get into any of that, let’s run a quick refresher on how a boiler works:

  1. Just like how it sounds, your boiler boils water inside of the tank until it turns into steam.
  2. Once it has turned to steam, the heat is pulled from the steam and used to heat water for bathing and cooking and everyday heating needs.
  3. Water is then returned to the tank to be reused and reheated at another time.

Because the water is reused in the heating cycle, your boiler is more energy-efficient than other forms of heating that may require massive amounts of energy and could cycle too frequently due to problems.

Boilers may generally be used to heat larger areas, such as pools and hot tubs or entire complexes. Because they can be used for such large spaces, they may have more complex controls than other heating systems found in residential buildings.

The Importance of Boiler Maintenance

Bi-annual maintenance can seem like a luxury for your home systems, but in reality, one tune-up can result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in savings. Boilers need regular maintenance and cleaning to ensure the system is running smoothly and won’t break down in the middle of winter.

Your boiler is an important part of your home comfort. Whether you need repairs, maintenance, or need help with any other aspect of boiler ownership, the trained heating experts at Pine State Services can help you out! (207) 747-1210

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