Boiler maintenance is a must if the prospect of a broken boiler during the cold winter months scares the hell out of you. While you can’t possibly reduce the probability of it breaking down to zero, regular maintenance can definitely prevent repairs that may have been caused by highly mitigatable damages. Aside from averting repairs, maintenance can also significantly improve the efficiency of the boiler, and help extend its service life.
Boiler Maintenance – easy tips on maintaining your boiler without hiring a serviceman[xyz-ihs snippet=”336×280″]Luckily, boiler maintenance is not rocket science so you really don’t need to hire an “expert” serviceman to do the task. Here are some tips to help you do the maintenance on your own:
Free air vents and flues for blockage.
Dirt and other particles will naturally accumulate in the air vents and the flues. If not regularly cleaned out, these deposits will start blocking the flow of hot air.
Monitor the water level.
Boilers will overheat when operated without water. This will result to boiler damage, or worst, to accidents that may endanger your household. To avoid such situations, include the checking of the water cylinder for possible leaks and other defects. As part of your regular boiler maintenance, always check the water level in the boiler every other week or so.
Check for gas or fuel leakages.
Regularly check if the boiler valves need to be adjusted as normal wear and tear can cause these valves and some fittings to loosen. Gas or fuel leakage can pose serious threat to the household if left unchecked.
Lubricate regularly and properly.
As with most mechanical systems, you also need to regularly lubricate your boiler. Routine lubrication is vital for the smooth operation of your boiler’s pumps and fan, and will also help mitigate sudden damage caused by too much friction and stress in its bearings and frequently moving parts.
Flush your boiler’s water cylinder.
While it is important for you to keep your boiler’s water level up during operation, it is also a good idea to drain all the water every now and then. Flushing the water out will help you get rid of all the dirt, lime and grit that may have accumulated on the bottom and the sides of the water cylinder. It is also best if you put in new gaskets before you refill the water cylinder.
While the tasks above may be enough to keep your boiler up and running the whole year, it is still best to hire a registered engineer to do a routine annual boiler maintenance. A professional should be able to certify that your boiler is safe and efficient to operate. At the same time, the professional can also help identify and deal with potential issues that you might have missed.[xyz-ihs snippet=”728×90″]