How to maintain Boilers? It is one of the common challenges for people - like us, living in temperate and frigid zones. Regular inspection and maintenance is the key to the successful functioning of the boiler, for providing warm soothing temperature inside our rooms in winters. Repair and maintenance have to be executed by skilled manpower or else it may result in accidents.
Each one of us is aware that room heating boilers are concealed chambers which boil fluid, usually water. Those which heat air are known as furnaces. Earlier steam from boiled water was pumped into conduits through rooms in order to keep them warm by radiation of heat. Nowadays hot water systems rather than steam systems are in vogue. Conduit of the system is filled with hot water in lieu of steam. They may be powered by oil or natural gas. The ones heated with natural gas are more fuel efficient. If they are not functioning properly the dilemma is to whether replace or repair them. It usually depends upon the extent of damage or the number of times it was repaired previously. They are manufactured to last for 30 to 40 years. There are coal powered systems which have lasted for 134 years. Most manufacturers recommend an annual maintenance of the system. Whatever may be the make and type of these boilers, they require regular maintenance for their safe and effective functioning.
Residents of large buildings should avail the facilities of a dedicated skilled or semiskilled individual. Who-so-ever the operator may be he should seriously follow the manufacturer’s manual for its maintenance. The operator should take every bit of care in terms of apparel and other protective measures in order to protect himself from any untoward event. He should not wear loose fitting clothes. He should wear goggles, mufflers, hard hat, respirator, shirts with full sleeves and protective shoes with firm grip.
The operator should not miss anything during routine check-ups, so a deliberate sequential effort will definitely aid in preventing any malfunction.
Boilers should be inspected by users regularly. It should be serviced by an expert in case of any doubtful snag and annual maintenance by a skilled individual is a must. It should be operated at least once a month for it to work safely and efficiently. One should consider replacing or retrofitting the system only when regular maintenance fails. Undoubtedly regular maintenance will not only add life to the system but also provide an efficient and safe way of warmth during unbearable winters.