Keeping your boiler in optimum shape takes effort. Years of winter heating takes a toll on your boiler system as well as the piping and accessories. Here are some ways you can maximize your boiler’s performance and keep its efficiency up.
Check for leaks
If you make this a regular part of your routine, you’ll recognize issues as soon as they happen. You don’t want to discover a boiler leak only after your basement floods.
Air in a hot water system reduces the heat you get and forces your boiler to work harder, consuming more fuel. At the beginning of every heating season, walk through your home and open the air bleed valve on each radiator to let the air out. Don’t forget to use a bucket to catch the water that comes out once the air escapes.
Check and clear flue vent openings
Flue vents are vital for removing by-products of combustion. Blockages can cause gases like carbon monoxide to enter your home, putting your family at risk. A clear vent also ensures that your boiler is working at maximum efficiency.
Clear the space around your boiler
Boilers need air for the combustion process. If there isn’t enough air, incomplete combustion will occur, creating increased levels of carbon monoxide. Keep your boiler room clear, paying close attention to the area around the boiler itself. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for clearances and if you’re still not sure, get a professional opinion.
Check the color of your boiler’s flame
Your boiler’s flame should be blue. If it’s yellow or smoky, your burner system is malfunctioning and needs immediate attention. Delaying this repair can result in a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Check the water level in your boiler
If water levels drop too low, your boiler can become damaged. This can cause a fire, putting you and your family at risk. Because of this safety issue, getting water levels up is a critical maintenance item.
Have the boiler flushed or descaled
Scale buildup compromises heating performance. Keep your boiler working at maximum efficiency by keeping it clean. Follow the boiler manufacturer’s instructions to flush your boiler annually or call in a professional to have it thoroughly cleaned.
Check the boiler pressure
The boiler pressure gauge should give a reading that is within the manufacturer’s range. If it drops too low, your boiler may not run. If it is too high, your distribution system can become damaged. If you are unsure how to modify your boiler temperature, call in a professional.
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