Don’t Head Into the Season Without Getting the A-OK on Your Boiler
Winter is just around the corner, and that means it’s more important than ever to get your boiler all ready for winter. It makes sense that people often put off their heater maintenance during the warmer months – nobody is thinking about getting their boiler tuned up when they’re having fun in the sun. But waiting until the coldest weather hits can be a recipe for trouble, especially if you haven’t had your boiler looked at in a while.
Fortunately, no matter how long it’s been since your boiler has seen some TLC, we’ve got you covered at Rose Oil. Read on to learn more about what a boiler maintenance check involves, and why it’s a good idea – the sooner, the better.
Why Do You Need a Boiler Maintenance Check?
A boiler checkup may sound pretty simple. But in truth, a reputable maintenance check on your heating system, whether you have a boiler or furnace, should be thorough. After all, you want to be sure any problems, even minor ones, are discovered and addressed before the issue is exacerbated, causing hefty damage, either to your physical heating system, or financially!
What Does a Boiler Maintenance Check Involve?
Boilers work differently than a lot of heaters, and their maintenance needs are specific. Issues with boilers tend to occur in two main categories: neglected routine maintenance and defective low water cutoffs. To ensure safe operation and extend the life of your boiler, an inspection and tune-up should focus on the following factors:
The Low Water Cut Off (LWCO) and Auxiliary Low Water Cut Off (ALWCO) must be disassembled and examined. Any debris, buildup, broken refractory chunks, soot, scale, sludge or corrosion will need to be removed.
Your boiler equipment, including the water cutoffs and refractory, should be cleaned thoroughly at least annually, both inside and outside. This prevents future buildup and corrosion – and related repair costs. Don’t forget to clean the boiler room, too!
The water cutoffs will also need to be analyzed for any possible switch defects in the electrical system, and defects should be corrected by an experienced technician.
Check the water levels and the load on your boiler to make sure they are in line with manufacturer guidelines.
Your energy professional will also check your burners and gas regulator to make sure the settings and pressure are correct.
Your boiler should be tested for any possible leakage, including cracks, gaps, or seeping from the pipes or tubing joints.
Take a look at the air currents and ducts surrounding your boiler. Could they be impacting your airflow and thus the boiler’s functionality?
The safety valves should be inspected, tested and, depending on their condition, either replaced or recertified. Testing the safety valves should always involve a bubble fuel test of the fuel train to look for leaks. Again, this is conducted by a trained professional.
Steer Clear of DIY Boiler Maintenance.
You may be tempted to tinker with your boiler or try your own maintenance, but it just isn’t worth it. Firstly, you could unwittingly void your warranty or service plan by doing so, since all but the most routine boiler maintenance tasks should only be conducted by experienced professionals. Secondly, you could harm your boiler, your property or yourself. Tinkering can lead to fires, heater damage, and costly repairs.
Rose Oil Has You – And Your Boiler – Covered.
Rose Oil is on hand and ready to tackle whatever issue you are having with your boiler – whether you are due for an upgrade, just need a tune-up, repairs, or even refueling. Rose Oil provides service through many counties within North Carolina– Vance, Granville, Franklin, Warren, Wake, Durham, Wilson, and South Side Virginia counties.