Preparing Your Boiler For Use In The Winter
A boiler can be one of the more efficient solutions for providing heat to your house during the winter months. In order for the boiler to be able to work at peak efficiency, regular maintenance will be needed. Ideally, this work should be done prior to the start of each winter so that you can have confidence that the boiler will be able to provide optimal performance through the cold months.
Cleaning The Burner
The burner for the boiler is one of the most important components of the system as it will turn the fuel into heat. However, the burner can become extremely dirty. During the winter months, it could accumulate a layer of residue from the fuel that did not fully burn. In the spring and summer months, dust can start to accumulate on this sticky surface. As a result, the burner could lose much of its efficiency. Thoroughly cleaning the burner is a simple option for restoring its performance so that it can provide efficient and reliable warmth for the home.
Testing The Pressure Sensors
Managing the pressure in the boiler can be essential for ensuring the safety of those in the house. If the pressure in a boiler gets too high, it could lead to a sudden and potentially explosive failure that could cause widespread damage to the building. Luckily, modern boilers will have a pressure sensor in them that can turn off the system and act to reduce this pressure when it gets too high. During the process of servicing and preparing the boiler for the winter months, these sensors should be thoroughly tested to make sure that they are in working condition. In the event that this sensor is faulty, it should be replaced prior to using the boiler, which can be an important reason for scheduling this type of service work before cold weather arrives in your area.
Check The Flue For The Boiler's Exhaust
Your boiler will need an option for being able to vent the fumes that are generated by the combustion of the heating oil or natural gas. To this end, your boiler system will have a flue that can safely transfer these fumes to the outside. Unfortunately, individuals could go for years without cleaning the flue, which can lead to residue forming in it that could hamper the flow of air and fumes through it. By cleaning and inspecting the flue during the fall months, you can avoid situations where hazardous fumes may start to accumulate when the boiler is running.
To learn more about additional boiler maintenance, contact a professional HVAC contractor in your area.