Wood Boiler Parts
Wood Boiler Maintenance
If you own a wood boiler or are thinking about getting one, you need to know how to properly care for it. A little bit of TLC will go a long way to ensuring your wood boiler continues to deliver maximum performance for a very long time. This article shares some tips on how to properly care for your wood boiler. It discusses which wood boiler parts require special attention and just what to look for.
Test Your Water
Depending on where your water is coming from, it may contain minerals, such as calcium or magnesium, that can build up in the water. This kind of build up is called "scale" and it can wreak havoc on your boiler, including spreading to other parts of the system. If left unaddressed, things like rust and corrosion will severely affect the performance and life of your boiler. You need to know what’s in your water so you know how to treat it. If your boiler is new, it’s also a good idea to flush it out to make sure all residue from the production process is gone. When you’re ready to test your water, you can call a professional or, if you feel comfortable enough, test it yourself at home.
Watch Your Water
One preventative tip to make sure your boiler is doing ok is to keep an eye on the water. If the water is murky or you notice anything like algae or bacteria, it could be a sign that corrosion of your wood boiler parts is in effect. To clean the water, you can use a bunch of different products, but not all of them are good for the boiler. Bleach can be corrosive and some other normal cleaning chemicals may actually invite more growth. Vinegar is going to be your best bet for cleaning build up without instigating more problems. The best thing you can do to save yourself the trouble is to add water filters to your boiler to keep your water clean and your wood boiler parts operating effectively.
Clean Out Your Ash
It’s important to clean out your ash pan and inside your wood boiler to help prevent the build up of creosote on boiler parts. Creosote can really limit how well your boiler heats and how much wood you need to keep it going. Too much build up can also affect other parts of your boiler, which will cause a trickle down effect of issues. Along with the main parts, it’s a good idea to try and clean the smaller wood boiler parts as well. They are just as important as the bigger parts. If you find any boiler parts are too damaged to function properly, call your local manufacturer or go online to find the wood boiler parts you need as soon as you can.