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Valve Maintenance 101

You’ve been basking in your new home heating system for a few weeks now. You finally have a steady flow of nice, toasty air at all hours of the day. And then, one afternoon, the air stops blowing. 

Oh no. Not some kind of heater valve issue? How could this happen?

Issues with your home’s valve system can (and probably will) happen more often than you think. To stave off any heated (or cold) future hassles down the road, you’ll need to keep your heating system in tip-top shape.

Luckily, we’re here to help. Keep reading to discover the ins and outs of valve maintenance.

Importance of Valve Maintenance

Valve maintenance is one of the most important aspects of keeping your home’s plumbing functioning properly. Valves regulate the flow of water through your home’s pipes, which can become worn out or damaged over time. If you don’t properly maintain your valves, you could end up with a leaky pipe or even a flood.

Steps To Proper Maintenance

Over time, valves can become clogged with carbon deposits and other debris. This can cause the valve to stick in the open or closed position or may prevent it from seating properly. This can lead to engine damage and decreased performance.

To avoid these problems, it is important to follow a few simple steps for proper valve maintenance. First, the engine must be turned off and allowed to cool completely. Next, the valve covers must be removed to access the valves.

The valves should then be cleaned with a soft brush and soapy water. You can also use a special valve cleaner. Seats and lifters should be checked for wear and replaced if necessary.

Finally, the valve covers should be reinstalled, and the engine should start. These steps should be repeated regularly to keep your engine running properly.

Common Problems and Their Solutions

If a valve leaks, it is often because the seals are worn out and need to be replaced. If a valve is sticking, it is often because the valve stem is corroded. The solution is to clean the valve stem with a wire brush.

If the valve is not working correctly, it is essential to identify the problem before attempting to fix it. Many times, simply cleaning valves or replacing the seals will solve the problem. However, if the problem is not easily identifiable, it is best to consult a professional.

When To Schedule a Maintenance Check

Regular valve maintenance is key to keeping your valves in good working order. Depending on the types of valves you have, you may need to schedule a maintenance check every few months to every few years. If you’re unsure how often to check your valves, consult your manufacturer’s guidelines.

The Ropes in Valve Maintenance

Valve maintenance is vital to extend the life of your valves and keep them functioning properly. Be sure to regularly clean and inspect your valves and grease or replace parts as needed. With proper care, your valves will last for years to come. 

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