To keep your boiler running as smoothly as possible, it’s important to clean it at least once a year. You should also do a quick check-in every month to be sure everything is running smoothly. In order to ensure that your house is safe and heated properly, you’ll need to get all of the built-up dirt and grime out of the boiler. When left to sit, a boiler can build up large amounts of dust and other particles that interfere with it doing its job.
Easy Steps to Cleaning Your Boiler
It might be a good idea to get a professional to clean your boiler for the first time, so they can show you the workings of your specific model. However, if you don’t want to pay a professional and would like to do it yourself, most boilers follow a few, easy steps.
1) First, make sure that the boiler is completely shut off. This is VERY IMPORTANT to ensure your SAFETY.
2) Take off the front panel of the boiler. Then take off the panel and vent stack as well.
3) Find a cleaning brush and gently clear the fins of dust.
4) Soak a rag in warm water and wipe down the burner tubes, getting rid of all grime.
5) Vacuum the boiler floor and the floor around your boiler, making sure to get the dust that’s tucked into edges.
6) Clean the metal around the boiler.
7) Get rid of any dust, dirt, or grime that still remains.
8) Put all of your boiler parts back.
9) Turn the power back on to make sure that everything’s replaced correctly and your boiler is running smoothly.
Again, it’s recommended that a professional clean your boiler for the first time. Some boilers are built slightly differently than others. With so many models of boilers on the market spanning several decades, it’s a good idea to bring in somebody who already knows the equipment inside and out. They can show you how different parts of the boiler work and ensure that you have the most thorough and safe cleaning as possible. It is also possible to safely clean your boiler without a professional. Just make sure you use common sense and follow the safety procedures explained in this article.