Pennsylvania Electric: Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Home’s Boiler

by jsgs45 on May 7, 2010

Your boiler is one of the hardest working appliances in your home, as hot water is used by everyone on a daily basis. Hence, it contributes a lot to your Pennsylvania electric bill.

Because it’s out of sight, no one gives much thought to it until it breaks down. To prevent that from happening and to keep your boiling operating as energy efficiently as possible, following are some simple things even a novice can do.

Boiler Maintenance Tips for Novices


Cleanliness: Check the room where your boiler is for cleanliness. Why is this important? Dust and debris can easily clog your boiler’s fan, which can cause it to overheat. Keeping your boiler room clean helps to prevent this.


Check the Boiler Pressure: All boilers have a pressure gauge. For a smallish boiler, the pressure should be in the 12-15 lb range. The pressure gauge will alert you if the pressure is too high or too low.

Make sure your pressure gauge is working because if your boiler’s pressure is too high, the release valve will automatically turn to reduce it. If the pressure does not go down, contact a professional immediately.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detector: This should be installed close to the boiler so that any carbon monoxide leaks can be detected. This is something every homeowner should do. They are relatively inexpensive and can literally save your family’s life.

Are You Working as Hard as Your Boiler to Get Energy Savings?

Just as appliances have their energy-saving features, so do the plans offered by your Pennsylvania electricity provider. Unlike an appliance though, you can’t get these savings by just turning an on/off switch.

You have to proactively shop for them. For example, did you know that if you have a prepaid electric service plan you are undoubtedly paying more than you need to every month? This is because these plans routinely charge 15, 20 or 30% or more than conventional electric service plans.

Call your Pennsylvania electricity provider and ask about low-deposit and no-deposit options like LIHEAP and budget billing. You can start reaping energy savings almost immediately.


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