3 Things You Need To Do To Ensure That Your Steam Boiler Works As Effectively As Possible

Posted on: 13 February 2017

If you want to keep your heating costs down for the remainder of the winter time, here are three things that you can do to ensure that your steam boiler works as effectively as possible while keeping your energy costs within reason.

#1 Keep Your Boiler Water Clean

To start with, you need to make sure that you keep the water that is inside of your boiler clean. If your water has impurities or oils in it, this will result in the creation of wet steam, which is not ideal as it doesn't make as much heat as dry steam.  Water impurities can also interrupt the heating process of your boiler and result in short cycles and more energy use.

You can see if there is oil in the water by looking at the gauge glass when your boiler is operating. If the water moves around really violently and the burner cycle is really short, there is oil that needs to be removed from your boiler supply.

You can tell if your boiler is producing hot steam by looking at the gauge glass as well. When your boiler is producing hot steam, water will drip down the glass which is a sign that wet steam instead of dry steam is being produced. If this is the case, you may need to add a water filter or water softener to your water supply to keep it clean before it gets to your boiler.

#2 Check The Pressure Control Setting

Second, you should check the pressure control settings on your steam boiler. If you are looking to save money, you are going to want to use lower steam pressure settings as they are more effective and will cost you less money to heat your home. Higher steam settings can drive up your energy costs. Consult your owner's manual and see how low you can set the pressure settings.

#3 Keep The Water Level

Third, you want to make sure that you keep the water at the right level by controlling the water line position. If you put the water line position on your boiler too high, the boiler will run longer cycles to produce the same amount of heat that it could produce with less water. This will drive up your heating costs.  If the water line position is set too low, the boiler will not run long enough cycle and will not produce enough steam to effectively heat up your house. A plumber can help ensure that your water line is set at the right level to ensure that your boiler works as effectively as possible. 

For more information or assistance, contact companies like Allcounty Plumbing & Heating Corp.