If your boiler is going to constantly provide you with hot water throughout the chilly winter, you will have to maintain it in tiptop condition. Many users of boilers know very little about their maintenance, which is a major contributor of premature failure of these appliances. If you're the kind of a boiler owner who believes in calling in a professional technician once the device develops problems, it is high time that you changed your mind if you really want your boiler to serve you for a long time. Following the below maintenance tips will ensure the longevity and efficiency of the heating device.
1. Keep the controls and heating systems clean.
If you allow the soot to build up in the sensitive tubes of the boilers, the soot spills out and accesses the delicate parts of the boiler. For your boiler to operate efficiently and supply hot water consistently, maintaining its valves clean will not be an option. Ensure the room where you keep the boiler is clean, and wipe down its burner parts to prepare it for the cold season.
2. Check the color of the flame from the burner.
The flame color that the burner releases can indicate air and oil mixture problems. If the burner releases black or dark orange smoke, it means that there is very little air and too much oil in the boiler. Very pale flame indicates there is little oil and excess air in the boiler. Performing a combustion test helps in determining whether the burner is using fuel efficiently and if the fuel oil gauge is accurate enough.
3. Carry out annual maintenance tasks.
This helps you to know if your boiler requires refractory replacements and repairs or not. You should inspect if the vertical and horizontal seams of your boiler are leaking. Moreover, you should check for any leakage in the stay bolts, mud legs, and goose-necks.
4. Make final heating checks.
High stack temperatures indicate burner failure, potential ignition, poor efficiency, and soot build-up. Clean and flush out the mud legs and inspect the return lines of your boilers regularly. Inspect the condition of the air vents on the radiators, risers and mains in your office, room or apartment.
Don't wait until your boiler has failed completely to repair or replace it. Follow these maintenance tips to keep the device in perfect condition. Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. However, if you are experiencing more complicated problems with your boiler, call in a heating expert, like those at Anytime Plumbing Services, to have a look at it.