Chilly winter weather will soon be upon the greater Cincinnati area, which means you’ll be counting on your home’s heating system to keep you comfortable. If you have a boiler, it’s a good idea to schedule routine maintenance to make sure everything’s in working order before starting it back up. This will not only help ensure your system’s ready to go when you need it, but it will also keep the equipment safe and more energy efficient. Learn what steps you should take when starting up a boiler after summer.
Before you need to use your home’s boiler, you should have it inspected by a professional. During a maintenance appointment, the following is typically performed:
- The boiler will be drained and flushed. Any soot and scale will be cleaned up from the firesides, and the boiler will be examined for corrosion and damage.
- The fuel burning equipment will be cleaned and adjusted.
- All controls and fuel safety shutoff valves will be looked at to ensure they’re working safely and properly.
- The mechanical components will be lubricated.
- The low water cutoff and water feeding devices will disassembled, cleaned, reconditioned and reassembled.
Once the boiler has received a proper tune-up, the following steps should also be performed right before you need to use it to ensure a safe start-up:
- Make sure there’s no dirt or debris on the combustion and air openings and louvers.
- Double check that the boiler has the right amount of water.
- Be sure all stack dampers are open.
- Look at the boiler furnace to see if there’s any obstructions.
- Inspect the furnace and fuel passes for the accumulation of fuel.
- Ensure the manual fuel valves are open.
Once the above steps are complete, you can close the operating switch and continue with the normal start-up procedure. You should carefully watch it turn on to make sure it follows the normal start-up sequence.
For more tips on starting up a boiler after summer, please feel free to contact us at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling & Plumbing anytime.
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