Springtime is the right time for your boiler maintenance.There is no better time to inspect and maintain a boiler than the spring. This is because in the pre-summer months, a boiler's primary function shifts from heating a building to supplying hot water, making it much less problematic to shut the equipment down for a few hours for a maintenance check, cleaning or repairs. Many boilers are also used to power a building's air conditioning air conditioning, mechanical process for controlling the humidity, temperature, cleanliness, and circulation of air in buildings and rooms. Indoor air is conditioned and regulated to maintain the temperature-humidity ratio that is most comfortable and healthful. in the summer, making the spring lull in activity the perfect time for maintenance. By taking advantage of this opportunity, owners can extend the life of their boiler as well as improve its operation and save on fuel bills.
Cleaning the soot inside a boiler is a good springtime habit for a boiler owner to get into. This is so because during the winter, the level of soot and debris inside a boiler rises dramatically because of the high usage. This soot acts as an insulator insulator
Substance that blocks or retards the flow of electric current or heat. An insulator is a poor conductor because it has a high resistance to such flow. Electrical insulators are commonly used to hold conductors in place, separating them from one another and from , preventing the proper transfer of heat, which in turn causes a boiler to work harder and burn more fuel to compensate. Soot can also cause damage to boiler tubes, in addition to serious buildup problems that can translate into higher fuel bills in the short-term and debilitating de·bil·i·tat·ing
Causing a loss of strength or energy.
Weakening, or reducing the strength of.
Mentioned in: Stress Reduction mechanical problems further down the road.
In addition to a good spring cleaning Spring cleaning is the period in spring time set aside for cleaning a house, normally applied in colder climates, where the house is difficult to clean during winter. , an owner should develop a checklist for spring boiler maintenance which includes:
* Performing an efficiency test to ensure the equipment is running at a minimum of 80 percent efficiency. This involves checking carbon dioxide carbon dioxide, chemical compound, CO2, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is about one and one-half times as dense as air under ordinary conditions of temperature and pressure. , smoke and stack temperature readings to make sure they're at acceptable levels.
* Checking all gaskets for cracking, leaking or discoloration dis·col·or·a·tion
a. The act of discoloring.
b. The condition of being discolored.
2. A discolored spot, smudge, or area; a stain.
Noun 1. . Damaged gaskets can result in dangerous gases being released into the boiler room boiler room n. a telephone bank operation in which fast-talking telemarketers or campaigners attempt to sell stock, services, goods, or candidates and act as if they are calling from an established company or brokerage. and other parts of a building.
* Having any leakage of air into the fire box repaired immediately. If the boiler is natural draft, excess air could cool down the heating surface (Steam Boilers) the aggregate surface exposed to fire or to the heated products of combustion, esp. of all the plates or sheets that are exposed to water on their opposite surfaces; - called also fire surface ltname>.
See also: Heating , keeping fuel from combusting properly.
The burner should also be part of the maintenance checklist, which should include:
* Checking the burner to make sure the fuel is getting the proper amount of air for complete combustion. This is done by looking at the color and shape of the flame. If it is lazy, dark or smoky, it means the burner is not getting enough air. If there is too much air, the flame will be bright yellow or orange with sparkles at the end. Too much air will cause the flame to become too cool, while too little air will cause carbon monoxide carbon monoxide, chemical compound, CO, a colorless, odorless, tasteless, extremely poisonous gas that is less dense than air under ordinary conditions. It is very slightly soluble in water and burns in air with a characteristic blue flame, producing carbon dioxide; and soot to be produced and fuel to go unburned.
* Checking the flame to determine the correct ratio of oil to air. If dark smoke is being produced it may mean that the mixture contains too much oil. Without the proper balance of air and oil the burner will experience operating problems, as well as use more fuel than is necessary.
* Checking all draft controllers, oil heaters, pre-heaters and compressors. An improperly functioning draft controller can cause poor combustion, while oil heaters need to be flushed or they will clog. The compressor needs oil to stay at its proper level, otherwise it will burn out. And the air filter in the compressor needs to be cleaned regularly to maintain proper combustion.
* Closely monitoring the heat timer settings to ensure they meet the requirements of the law. Overheating Overheating
An economy that is growing very quickly, with the risk of high inflation. a building will not only waste fuel but will create uncomfortable temperatures for residents.
* Making sure the automatic low-water cut-off cut-off Anesthesiology The point at which elongation of the carbon chain of the 1-alkanol family of anesthetics results in a precipitous drop in the anesthetic potential of these agents–eg, at > 12 carbons in length, there is little anesthetic activity, device is in working order. If not, boiler meltdown meltdown
Occurrence in which a huge amount of thermal energy and radiation is released as a result of an uncontrolled chain reaction in a nuclear power reactor. The chain reaction that occurs in the reactor's core must be carefully regulated by control rods, which absorb is a risk because it is the low-water cutoff that shuts down the burner if there is insufficient water in the boiler for safe operation.
It is also important for owners to keep an updated log to track boiler inspections, cleaning and repairs. This log should also include rising stack temperatures, which are a good indicator of burner failure or soot build-up. As well, it's a good idea to put a water meter on the make-up water line to ensure the system is not losing water. If it is, the result can be increased fuel costs and corrosion of the water side of the boiler.
It pays to maintain and be aware of a boiler's operation and condition. Doing so is not a complicated process and most of the above checks can be done by an owner or in conjunction with a service professional. However, it is important that only qualified service professionals with an "R" stamp make welded repairs to a boiler, lest a service company's inexperience result in more problems than they set out to fix.