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  BOILER MAINTENANCE TIPS  
     
 

Why it pays to maintain your boiler While modern boiler installations tend to be highly sophisticated with many self-monitoring and self-regulating features, it pays to maintain and follow a rigid maintenance and inspection schedule. Studies have shown that, on average, 7% of boiler fuel costs are a direct result of poor maintenance.

The following boiler maintenance tips have been adapted from the Cleaver-Brooks Boiler Room Guide, an extensive document referring to various topics including General Boiler Description; Inspections; Start-up; Routine Operations; Shutting Down; and Theory of Combustion and Thermodynamics.

Boiler maintenance tips

  • Know your equipment. Keep the boiler manufacturer’s manual and data in a special file and ensure that staff consult this information whenever in doubt.
     
  • Maintain complete records. Individual components should be listed on indexed cards or computer data base by model, serial number and date of installation.
     
  • Establish a regular boiler inspection schedule.
     
  • Establish and use boiler log sheets.
     
  • Establish and keep written operating procedures updated. A detailed start-up procedure is essential in standardizing boiler room routine.
     
  • Emphasize good housekeeping.
     
  • Keep electrical equipment clean.
     
  • Maintain adequate fresh air supply. Filters must be kept clean. In severe winter weather, the room may need to be heated to an acceptable ambient temperature.
     
  • Keep accurate fuel records.
     
  • Emphasize safety in all aspects of boiler operation.

 


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