The fall is still a few months away, but soon it will be upon us. Meaning, it would be time to fire up those laid-up boilers once again. With months of neglect, your boiler may have had some issues or would need a fresh coat to work its fullest.
Before you fire up your boiler, consider the following steps to ensure that you don’t end up with a broken boiler in the middle of freezing winters.
Go Through The Operating Manual Carefully
Every manufacturer supplies operating manuals with their equipment. Unfortunately, not many homeowners go through the manual. As a result, maintenance cycles become more frequent, or you may say that breakdowns become more common. Nonetheless, the operating manual usually contains instructions for safe storage and reuse after weeks or months of inactivity.
Before you fire up your boiler, make sure that you go through the manual and understand it thoroughly. That being said, here are some additional tips that you can follow.
During Lay-Up Maintenance
The idle summer period is one of the best times to finish necessary maintenance. As the experts from romeosfuel.com explain, your maintenance check-list should include:
- Draining and flushing boiler, removing soot, and scaling firesides.
- Examining the builder for any damage and corrosion signs.
- Replacing gaskets, replacing covers for handhole and manhole, and refilling the boiler.
- Ensuring a suitable boiler water treatment program. It should help reduce the scale buildup and chances for corrosion.
- Cleaning fuel-burning equipment, cleaning and adjusting controls, interlocks, and gages.
- Checking all fuel safety shutoff valves for any leakage.
- Lubricating mechanical parts such as fans and pumps.
- Checking delivery pipes for any leakage or missing insulation.
Before putting away your boiler for the season, these checks should ensure that when you fire it up after months of inactivity, it doesn’t bother you. Speaking of…
Start-Up Maintenance Checks
In addition to the maintenance steps that you take before laying up your boiler, you should also follow some checks before firing it up for the first time.
- Check for any debris deposits in vents, combustion air openings, and louvers.
- Check the water level in the boiler.
- Make sure that stack dampers are open.
- Examine the boiler furnace for any debris or foreign material.
- Turn on the fuel valves; double-check manual valves.
Both, before laying up and firing up, maintenance checks are crucial for long-lasting your boiler. Ignoring any of the checks can quickly call for maintenance people and that too more frequently.
In addition to these pre-storage and post-summer maintenance checks, you should also keep a check on the age of your boiler. Typically, a boiler, if maintained properly, can last up to 20 years. However, even a simple negligent mistake can reduce its lifespan by years.
So make sure that you clean it regularly; lookout for any signs of rusting or breakdown. And, also ensure that you give your boilers a fresh coat of paint every season.
With these proactive yet straightforward checks, you can rest assured that your boilers would keep on functioning optimally for years to come.