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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 17:02

The Importance of Annual Boiler Maintenance

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Whether you have a gas or oil boiler, it's important that it be kept clean and properly tuned to ensure that it runs safely and efficiently all winter long. Annual boiler maintenance will pay for itself in prolonged heating system lifespan and reduced service calls.

A Maitz Boiler Tune-Up is designed to find the small problems that could lead unsafe carbon monoxide levels, and mechanical breakdowns.

Clean the Combustion Chamber

The combustion chamber is where fuel mixes with air and is ignited, generating heat. The byproducts of combustion are soot, water vapor and carbon dioxide. If soot is allowed to buildup it can cause the chamber walls to corrode. The chamber should be inspected for holes or corrosion.

Inspect the Flue Pipe

Holes in the flue pipe can leak carbon monoxide. Small holes can be patched with foil tape, while corroded flues should be replaced.

Replace the Oil Filter

A clean oil filter is essential for keeping oil-burner nozzle free of contaminants. A dirty nozzle can result in combustion problems that can shut down the system.

Adjust the Burner and Test Efficiency

A combustion analyzer is used to calculate furnace efficiency by measuring gasses in the exhaust flue. The burner's air gates are adjusted as needed for the proper fuel to air mixture. The oil nozzle, which atomizes the fuel just before it ignites, is inspected and replaced if needed.

Don't wait until the cold weather arrives, call Maitz Home Service to schedule your boiler tune-up today.

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