At Abner Boiler & Heating Company, we receive a lot of questions about boiler maintenance. While most boiler maintenance and cleaning should be left to the professionals, there are some things homeowners can do to keep their boilers in proper working order. By performing eight simple steps (four described below, and four in our next blog), you will extend the life of your unit and increase the time between professional service calls.
1. Boiler Test Run
At the beginning of fall, fire up your boiler to make sure it is working properly. Turn on the boiler for 20-30 minutes to see if it is producing heat and an even output in all vents/radiators. Make sure that the boiler is not leaking or making any unusual noises. If you notice any signs of trouble, contact us right away so we can make sure your boiler is ready before cold weather sets in.
2. Check Temperature/Pressure Readings
Your boiler will have a pressure gauge on it that should stay between 12 and 15 PSI. Furthermore, the boiler will have a series of gauges that set the room thermostat, boiler water temperature, circulating pump temperature, and/or temperature safety limits. Check your boiler’s manual for proper readings and how to troubleshoot problems.
3. Replace the Oil Filter
If you own an oil-fired boiler, it is important to change the oil filter each year. To do so, turn off the boiler and the oil supply shut-off valve. Remove the housing cover and replace the oil filter with a new one. Your owner’s manual can help you locate the housing cover and filter if you are having trouble.
4. Lubricate Circulating Pump
Again, your user’s manual will be your best friend in deciding if your circulating pump could benefit from a few drops of oil. Some boilers require the addition of a few drops of pump lubricant each year to help the system’s water circulation. If you notice squeaking coming from your pump, it’s probably time to add some lubricant; just remember, a little goes a long way!
Call in the Professionals
With a manual in hand, homeowners can perform these simple maintenance steps to keep their boilers in proper working order. If, however, your prefer to call in the professionals for a tune-up or boiler repair, Abner Boiler is happy provide service throughout Dane County. We can service any boiler, regardless of make or model, and we promise to meet or beat any of our competitors’ prices. For a free quote, contact us today at (608) 274-3077.