Oil-fired boilers use electrodes to ignite a mist of heating oil pumped through a nozzle to produce hot air, which is then distributed throughout your home via blowers and ductwork. If there’s any accumulation of dust or other debris, the efficiency of your boiler may be reduced.
In some cases, it may even make your boiler hazardous to operate. Due to the importance of your boiler, cleaning should only be performed by a licensed professional. Below are the steps a professional takes when maintaining oil-fired boilers:
- The oil feed valve on the outside of your boiler must be turned off.
- The front access panel must be removed to allow access to the oil burner.
- Your burner will be sprayed with a lube compound before being scrubbed. The lube should sit for a while to ensure that it loosens up dust and residue.
- Then, your burner will be scrubbed with a brush to remove residue.
- Afterwards, your boiler will have to be vacuumed out. Your heating professional will use a special vacuum designed for cleaning soot.
- Next, your access panel will be replaced and the oil feed valve turned back on.
- Along with these steps, your heating professional may also replace your oil pump filter, oil line filter and burner nozzle.
In order to ensure the clean burning of your oil-fired boiler, you should ensure that they’re kept as clean as possible. Contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractor, Inc. to schedule an appointment. Our certified technicians provide heating services to Monmouth County and the nearby areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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