Three Tips For Maintaining Your Oil Burning Boiler

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Using an oil burning boiler can be a very effective way of providing heat for a large building. However, these devices will require regular care to ensure that they continue to function at peak efficiency. Sadly, it can be fairly common for individuals to make mistakes in maintaining these systems, which can drastically lower efficiency and shorten the life of these systems. If you have recently purchased an oil burning boiler, you may benefit from using the following few maintenance tips.

Check The Burner For Signs Of Soot And Residue Accumulations

One of the more important tasks that you will need to do is to keep the burner clean. Over time, small amounts of soot and un-burnt oil may start to gather on the burner. This problem can lower the efficiency of the system by disrupting the flow of fuel and air.

To minimize this issue, you will want to visually check the boiler's burner to ensure that it is free of this problem. If these accumulations are discovered, you should thoroughly wipe down the burner with a dry cloth. Make sure to turn off the boiler and allow the burner to completely cool to avoid suffering potentially serious burns.

Monitor The Exterior For Corrosion

In addition to keeping the burner clean, you will also want to make sure that you are checking the unit for signs of corrosion. It is common for boilers to be kept in basements, and this can expose them to damp conditions. If you notice that rust is forming on the exterior of the unit, you will want to gently remove it with a piece of sandpaper. After the rust is gone, you should apply a sealant to the metal to help prevent the rust from returning.

For those that are frequently finding rust on the exterior of their boilers, it may be necessary to install a dehumidifier in the room with the boiler. This may seem excessive, but it can be the best option for protecting the boiler's exterior from rusting.

Keep Any Air Vents Clear

Boilers use powerful pumps to distribute the heated water to radiators throughout the building. Unfortunately, these pumps can overheat if the air vents get clogged. Overheating can cause components in these motors to warp and crack, which may require the entire pumping unit to be replaced. It is possible for large amounts of dirt and dust to accumulate on these vents, and if they are not removed, they can lead to this problem. By inspecting the vents each month, you will be able to remove any debris before the pump starts to suffer damage. Contact a company like Boiler Services, Inc. for more information.  


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