Prevent an Unanticipated Breakdown: Install a New Boiler
You should not wait until you boiler breaks down before replacing it. If you wait until a breakdown occurs, it probably will be at a time when you really need to use the heat. If you want to make an upgrade, it is better to pre-plan the installation and avoid having the maintenance performed on a glacially cold winter’s day.
Inspecting a Boiler System
To review your current boiler system, you should schedule an inspection annually. When boiler inspections are made, the technician will check for signs of overheating, corrosion, or deterioration. He or she will also check for leaks from the outside pipes or the boiler itself.
Performing an Inspection
During the inspection, the technician will do the following:
- Check the functioning of the shut off valves.
- Check for any water leaks.
- Check the safety devices, controls, and indicators, including the pressure gauge, safety valves, or low water cutoff devices.
- Check the feed system for the fuel and the burner, especially if liquid fuels are used. The feed system and burners are normally checked and cleaned. If the parts are not cleaned, heat transfer and combustion problems can occur.
- Clean or replace fuel filters.
- Clean the boiler transfer surfaces to get rid of a buildup of residue. In the case of a boiler operated by oil, the residue is soot. Soot, when accumulated, reduces the heat transfer efficiency between combustion steam or gas, which generates hot water.
Technicians who check Hampshire boilers consider such factors as boiler age, energy expenditures, leakage, and indoor comfort when making service recommendations.