HABITAT ANSWERS: When was the boiler last overhauled and cleaned? It's important, because the problem with your boiler may be a question of maintenance and cleaning.
Delaying an annual overhaul and cleaning only keeps your boiler running less efficiently, thereby running longer and burning fuel needlessly.
Soot building is a major reason for inefficient boiler operations because it acts as an insulator. Just an eighth of an inch of soot in boiler tubes can decrease fuel consumption by 8.5 percent.
Scaling, caused by soot and condensation on the inside of the boiler, reduces efficiency even further. It can also create leaks, which lead to expensive repairs for you and disruptions for the residents.
Here are some steps to take on a regular basis to increase boiler efficiency and save considerable energy dollars:
There are other tangible benefits to good boiler and burner maintenance besides saving fuel. Good preventive maintenance extends the longevity of your equipment, reduces overall equipment maintenance costs, minimizes air pollution, and prevents disruptions in service to tenants.
It makes economic sense not to delay these simple and relatively inexpensive preventive maintenance programs.
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