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How to Prepare Your Home for a Boiler Installation

Getting a new heating system installed is fantastic, but the actual installation day? It can feel a little stressful, especially when you don’t know what you’re supposed to do as a homeowner to make sure it goes smoothly. That’s what this post is all about–helping you make sure it goes off without a hitch, at least by controlling what’s in your power to control.

So before the day of your boiler installation actually comes, follow this quick list to make sure your home is ready. If all goes well, you can get this done ahead of time and not have to worry when your technicians arrive.

Clear the Area Near Your Boiler

Installing any HVAC system, whether it’s a boiler or an air conditioner, requires a clean working area to get the job done. Because of that, you need to clear out the area where your boiler is about to be installed.

If you’re replacing an old boiler, the area should be pretty easy to identify and clean up. If this is the first time you’ve ever had a boiler installed, it pays to pay attention during the pre-installation appointment so you know where radiators are going, and you can clean up all those areas around your home as well.

Turn Off the Power to the Boiler

Assuming that you’re replacing an old boiler system, it’s time to shut down all power that goes to the boiler itself. This is done through a switch that’s directly at your boiler, but beyond that? You should also shut down power at the circuit breaker.

That switch is a resistor that’s preventing the flow of electricity from entering the rest of the boiler, but it’s not a direct shut-off. If that resistor fails for whatever reason, or the switch is flipped by mistake, it could be really bad. Because of that, you want to shut it down at the circuit breaker as well before anyone starts working on or around the boiler.

Shut Down the Water

You don’t have to shut water off at your main, but you should have a water line that goes into your boiler system. If that’s the case, turn the valve shut and bleed the radiator line so that it’s one less thing that needs to be done later on.

But if this is a brand new installation, you will have to shut down the water main to give plumbers time to attach new pipes and divert the water flow to the boiler system. This can be inconvenient, so you can wait until just before the installation appointment to take care of this step.

Your Home’s Ready for a New Boiler

Your new boiler is ready to be installed now that you’ve prepared your house as much as possible. Let’s get your boiler installed before the cold snap really hits, and ensure that you don’t have to compromise on your comfort any longer. It all starts with a phone call, so reach out to us today.

Contact Potter Heating Cooling & Plumbing today to schedule your boiler installation as soon as possible.

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