Proper residential boiler maintenance ensures longevity and, more importantly, safety. If your hydronic boiler is not properly maintained it can cease to work properly and, subsequently, if repairs are not made, the situation could be devastating.

Boiler maintenance is not only crucial but also dangerous to ignore. It’s not just a matter of repairing a boiler. Proper annual maintenance increases system life, efficiency, and safety.

The team at Ambrose Mechanical Services are experts in residential boiler maintenance and repair. We maintain a flawless record when it comes to evaluating home boiler systems. Ambrose will not make the mistake that other boiler repair and maintenance companies make, and we will properly assess the issues with your home boiler system.

The Most Common Problems with Home Boiler Systems:

  • Water pressure problems cause a lack of heat or loss of water circulation
  • Improperly piped systems causing chronic air lock problems
  • The improperly sized system pumps cause a lack of heat in certain areas
  • Improper combustion causes low efficiency, nuisance shutdowns, and carbon monoxide dangers

Upgrading a commercial boiler system can cut your heating costs by as much as 50%

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What is hydronic? Learn more.


A: A boiler heats water which is pumped through radiators to heat your home. A furnace heats air which is circulated through your hose with a fan.

A: Hydronic boilers use pumps to circulate hot water. A hydronic boiler will have one or several pumps. A steam boiler is not full of water and so it has a glass tube referred to as a gauge glass to see the water level in the boiler.

A: Manufacturers recommend an annual visit to inspect items important to insure safe operation.

A: If you do not have proper maintenance, 3 of the most dangerous outcomes would be the possibility of:

  1. the boiler heating with insufficient water in the boiler which can cause the boiler to leak.
  2. a pressure relief valve that does not open when needed can cause the boiler to explode.
  3. plugged flue gas passages can cause spillage of carbon monoxide, which is poisonous.

A: Boilers usually last 15 to 20 years depending on the manufacturer and the maintenance schedule. Some manufacturers boilers are built for a 30 year lifetime with proper maintenance.

A: A Boiler’s actual efficiency depends on the system it is heating. If you install a high efficiency boiler on a baseboard fin tube radiator system that is designed to work with 180ᵒF water, the boiler efficiency will only be marginally better than a standard efficiency boiler. Typically when water temperatures exceed 140ᵒF, the boiler flue gas is no longer able to condense and release the extra latent heat to the water. The heat, therefore, that would be able to be used if the water temperature were low enough, is wasted. Your new high efficiency boiler may have a name tag rating of 95% AFUE but will be running at closer to 86% which is only a few percent higher than a standard boiler rated at 84% AFUE.