Boiler Care doesn’t have to be rocket science, and although the law requires that boiler installation and repair should only be done by registered professionals, nothing actually stops you from helping keep your boiler in good, working condition.
Do you know that do-it-yourself Boiler Care keeps maintenance and repair costs low?[xyz-ihs snippet=”336×280″]If your boiler runs on fuel like gas or oil, the first thing that you should examine is the vent pipe. Depending on the efficiency level of your boiler, the vent pipe could either be made of metal or PVC. Units rated at 80% efficiency usually have metal vent pipes; such pipes are prone to blockage due to the accumulation of rust.
Units with PVC pipes are usually rated at 90% efficiency, but even such pipes are not immune to blockage as soot and other small particles can still accumulate on its inside surface. As part of your Boiler Care routine, you should flush out the insides of the vent pipes on a regular basis. You can use an ordinary vacuum cleaner to clean the vent pipes, just make sure that your boiler is turned off before you begin cleaning.
Your Boiler Care routine can also include the lubrication of the circulator pump, and the oiler ports of the motor. Also check if the thermostats are working properly. If your boiler is quite old, there’s a high chance that your thermostats are still mechanical. You might want to consider replacing them with digital ones as they are more accurate and are also inexpensive these days.
Next, if you have radiators with manual air vents, you should allow the boiler to heat up until air goes out of the vents. Using a small screwdriver, unscrew the opening of the vent and let the water flow out. When you are done, close the vent and set the thermostat to your desired temperature. Don’t forget to check for the proper operation of your carbon monoxide detector. For your safety, it is best if you test the detector for proper operation at least once a month.
If you have an electric boiler at home, you should only begin your Boiler Care routine after making sure that electricity has already been drained out of the unit. To do this, first shut off the boiler and then with the assistance of a simple voltmeter, check for electrical continuity. Only proceed if the voltmeter registers no electric charge.
Check for any loosened connection and look for any signs of damage in the wires. Discoloration of the wiring insulation may be a subtle sign of damage due to bad connection. If you don’t know anything about electronics, call an expert to verify your findings.[xyz-ihs snippet=”728×90″]