How to Maintain Your Oil Boiler

What You'll Need
Rags or soft cloths
Cotton swabs
Petroleum solvent
Lime cleaning solutio
Rubber gloves
Eye goggles
Old clothing

The primary purpose of an oil boiler is to boil water at extremely high temperatures to produce steam that warms up the water pipes of homes. All oil boilers, irrespective of their size or location, operate on exactly the same principles. There are 3 basic components of each boiler: a burner, water tanks and boiler tubes. You must inspect these parts on a regular basis to ensure optimal functioning of the boiler. Follow the steps below to maintain your oil boiler.  

Step 1 – Visual Inspection of Oil Boiler

To begin, visually inspect your boiler. Make sure you carry out this activity at least twice a year. Inspect the surfaces of the machine for signs of blisters and corrosion. Moreover, also check the tubes, pipes and water tanks for any obvious defects.

Step 2 – Check Burner of Boiler

Now, take the time to perform a more thorough analysis of the boiler. Inspect each part of the oil boiler individually, starting with the burner. The first step is to turn off the oil supply. Use a rag to clean the valves of the burner, which should help rid of the dirt and debris accumulated on it.

On a cotton swab, dole out a small portion of the petroleum solvent, and use it to thoroughly clean the valves. This shall ensure all clogged valves open up and the boiler shall burn smoothly. Moreover, check the pipe connections between the burner and the oil burner and ensure they are tightly connected.

Step 3 – Check the Water Tank

Now, once the burner has been fully inspected. Move onto the second component of the boiler which is the water tank. As the name implies, it contains all the water and is placed on top of the burner. Check for any sorts of leaks in the tank, as this shall greatly reduce the efficiency of the boilers.

Next, use a cotton swab and pour out a small quantity of the lime cleaner on it. Clean up the water tank using that cotton swab. This will remove most of the lime build-up in the tank.

Step 4 – Check the Boiler Tubes

Coming towards the last component of the boiler now; the boiler tubes. If necessary, use a wrench to take the tubes off from the boiler. For the pipes to work efficiently, it is necessary that they be free of all calcium and lime build-up. Clean up the tubes using a toothbrush. Moreover, also check for signs of rust and corrosion as the tubes are normally made of steel. If rust is present, apply a layer of water-sealant to the pipes to ensure the pipes do not rust further. The above stated steps should be more than enough to maintain your oil boiler, and must be carried out at least twice a year.