Castle Oil offers winter fuel efficiency tips.
The following maintenance tips apply to commercial boilers with air/oil atomizing burners only and should be performed by qualified technicians:
* Inspect the boiler room for oil or water leaks; Examine the oil level in the air compressor or gear housing and fill if necessary with the correct lubricating oil.
* Observe sight glass on the pre-heater to make sure there is no oil present.
* Look through the observation port of the combustion chamber to see if there is any carbon build-up or smoke.
* Check all burner linkages to ensure there has been no change from their original marked position. If there are any changes, the linkages need to be tightened.
* Verify the water level in the boiler. Excessive loss may mean leaking boiler tubes or a leaking steam or return line.
* Check the oil strainers daily and clean when necessary.
* Review the domestic hot-water temperature.
* If using #6 oil, check the fuel-oil temperature gauges.
* Monitor consumption by checking the oil gauge daily to ensure proper inventory.
* For rotary burners check the atomizing cup and air nozzle daily. If damaged, replace the cup or nozzle.
In addition, once a week qualified building personnel should be encouraged to:
* Open the blow-down valve of the low water cut-off while the burner is running. The burner should shut down when the water level drops in the glass, showing that the low-water cutoff is operating properly. This also removes rust and dirt from the float chamber.
* Check the weather control settings.
* Inspect and clean air filters.
* Examine the boiler sight-glass and clean as necessary.
* Visually inspect operating controls.
* Make sure the cover on the boiler doors is kept closed.
* Flush the below water line pre-heater.
* Observe the operation of draft controls.
* Monitor the burner operation.
* Review the accuracy of the oil tank gauge by comparing it to a stick reading.
"At a time when energy costs are climbing, there are simple, cost-effective ways for tenants to control their energy use," said Louis Romano. In an effort to help building owners reduce heating costs, Castle offers the following suggestions for occupants.
* Set thermostats to a lower temperature when no one is in the space.
* Consider installing programmable thermostats.
* Check the ducts for air leaks and patch them with duct tape.
* Put a coyer on window air conditioners to keep heat from escaping.
* Keep drapes and blinds shut at night to reduce heat loss.
* Use weather stripping around windows and doors.
* Operate ventilating fans as little as possible. Kitchen and bath fans can quickly remove the warm air from the unit.
* Apply caulk around windows and doors to seal up cracks.
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|Publication:||Real Estate Weekly|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Dec 27, 2000|
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