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Annual Steam Radiator Inspection And Tune-Up Checklist

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 @ 03:58 PM

If you’re using a steam boiler and radiators to heat your home, you’ve got a system that could last for decades; but it needs proper maintenance and care. That’s why we recommend annual system inspections.

annual steam radiator inspectionBy scheduling a steam boiler inspection annually, you:

  • Enhance system efficiency year round
  • Reduce heating costs
  • Ensure safer operation
  • Reduce the likelihood of unnecessary, unexpected, and costly repairs
  • Extend system longevity

These benefits are made possible by an in-depth inspection of your steam heating system, in which your technician will make any necessary adjustments and repairs to bring your system to maximum efficiency during operation.

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Some of the items your technician will address include:

  • Proper combustion
  • Proper ventilation
  • Thermostat calibration
  • Pressure control
  • Condition and cleanliness of glass gauge
  • Burner safety and operation 

In addition to annual steam radiator inspections, you should also make an effort to care for your system in the interim, as it can really make a difference in energy efficiency and maintenance costs over the long term. One of the most important things you can do on your own is regularly flush your boiler.

Steam radiators heat your home by constantly moving water and steam through a system of steel pipes and cast iron boilers and radiators. The eventual result of this interaction is oxidization and rust. By flushing your system regularly, you can reduce rust and keep water clean, which makes it easier to boil.  It is especially important to flush the low water safety to make sure it is free and not clogged!  

Remember, water can be lost through various vents during regular operation, and eventually this water must be replaced. If you do this yourself, take care to watch the glass gauge to ensure you don’t overfill. If you have to replace water too frequently, this can be a sign of more serious problems.  Of course, many systems have what is known as an automatic water feeder, which takes care of this process for you.

You should also visually inspect your system every so often. Inspect your shut off valves, and check your vents to ensure you’re not losing water in excess. If you do notice a problem, it’s time to consult a professional.

For more on steam radiator inspections, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We’ve provided HVAC service to the Cleveland area since 1936.


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Topics: steam boiler, radiator, preventive maintenance

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