Preparing the Boiler for Winter Use After a Quiet Summer

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Preparing the Boiler for WinterAs you prepare for starting up a boiler after summer, you may wonder if there are any special steps to take. Keeping your Massachusetts home comfortable this winter is a matter of preparing your boiler for a long, cold season.

Starting Up a Boiler After Summer

These steps will help you get your boiler up and running after months of disuse.

  • Always read the manual before performing any maintenance or starting up a boiler. Serious injury can occur if you’re not sure how to work with a boiler.
  • Be sure there’s nothing blocking the vents. Debris may build up over the summer, and this can affect efficiency and be a safety hazard.
  • Check the water level in the boiler and adjust the level if necessary.
  • Open the dampers.
  • Ensure there are no foreign objects located inside of the boiler and that fuel hasn’t accumulated in the furnace or near the flue.
  • Open all of the fuel valves for the boiler.

You will have to close the operating switch on the boiler after you’ve completed a check of the unit. Here’s what you should do after the switch has been closed:

  • Ensure that the safety controls have been closed, and start the fan.
  • Purge the boiler before lighting the ignition flame.
  • Ensure that the main flame in the boiler is being maintained.
  • Release the combustion control.

If you haven’t maintained the boiler, contact an experienced professional to help you with start-up to avoid damage to the appliance or injury.

If you’re wary of starting up a boiler after summer on your own, contact Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly serve homeowners throughout the Route 494/128 area of Massachusetts.

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