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Boiler Cleaning Saturday, April 04, 2020 2:54 PM

How Important is Boiler Cleaning? Soot can be robbing money from your checkbook. A boiler’s efficiency will drop by about 2.5% if only 3/100 of an inch of soot is deposited uniformly on boiler tubes.

If you heat your home with oil, you may be able to save over $400 per year in energy costs by having your heating system tuned and cleaned.

Regular maintenance and servicing will keep your furnace or boiler operating at peak efficiency.

The First Step: Annual Servicing and Cleaning The first step towards a more efficient heating system is to have your furnace or boiler inspected by a qualified service technician.

All oil fired heating systems should be cleaned, tuned, and tested at least once a year. The tuneup should include brushing and vacuuming the heat exchanger to remove any soot buildup. In addition, the tuneup should include checking all components for wear and replacing items as required.

The oil filter should be replaced as a matter of course, and in most cases efficiency will be improved by installing a new oil spray nozzle in the burner unit and adjusting the system for clean operation and maximum efficiency.

The service technician will test the operating performance of your combustion system, and should leave you a record of the final readings and the "combustion efficiency" level.

He should also adjust the controls on the boiler or furnace to provide optimum water and air temperature settings for both efficiency and comfort.

At this time you may wish to discuss which efficiency upgrade options are recommended for your system, how much energy they can save, and how much you can expect to pay for their installation.

In addition to servicing your furnace or boiler, the technician should check the condition of your chimney and flue connector pipe.

Parts of the venting system may have deteriorated over time and without proper maintenance could cause problems. It is important that the vent also be examined with regard to its size if a new high-efficiency furnace or boiler will be installed.

Most older units are oversized. It often happens that when they are replaced, the vent and flue are much too big in diameter for the new furnace or boiler. In masonry chimneys, the system should be fixed by installing a chimney liner of the recommended size and any voids should be backfilled with high-temperature insulation.

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