I need some general guidelines for maintenance and operation
of such a system.
The radiators are similar to these..........
Does this type of system require special fluid or additives?
What kind of yearly or monthly maintenance is required?
Air bleeding? Adding water? Cleaning? What not to do...
Any help or link would be appreciated.
* The boiler is oil fired
The baseboard itself only need cleaning with a vacuum on occasion to get the
dust out. Keep the outside clean as you would the rest of the house. Dust,
wipe with a damp cloth as needed, keep the air path unobstructed.
The system is set up with an automatic feed and air bleed and an expansion
tank of some sort. They require little or no maintenance.
The oil burner should be cleaned and serviced once a year or every 1000
gallon or so. If it has not been done in a while, call a service company or
your oil supplier and schedule a cleaning. It will cost about $120 and they
will clean the soot, replace the nozzle, change the tank filter, inspect
everything. Don't be a pest while he is working, but ask the service guy to
show you the main controls, the reset button, etc. Once you know the basics
of how it works, you will at least know where to push the reset if the heat
goes off in the middle of the night. It may save a service call. It is
also best to keep your oil tank at least 1/4 full.
Know where the circulator pump(s) is and that the thermostat turns on the
pump to bring hot water to the heaters. When the water circulates cooler
water enters the boiler and the internal aquastat tells the burner to start
up to make the water hot again while the cycle repeats.
You get extra points knowing you have a boiler and not a furnace. Boilers
heat water, furnaces heat air.
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