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Blog Title: steam boiler maintenance

Main Que: How do you do maintenance on steam boiler?

  • Category: Ecosmart Water Heater Maintenance
  • Query By: ERIK WOLFE (Bethlehem, PA)
  • Date: 03/27/2014

Answer: "Now and then, you’re supposed to drain some water from the system. How much, and how often? On a boiler with a traditional low-water cutoff (not an electronic one), you should let out water from the low-water cutoff system once a week, according to most boiler manuals (check yours to make sure). If your boiler is very old, this is what is has; if it’s new, it probably doesn’t. A dead giveaway is a valve right by the sight glass (the glass through which you can see the boiler water, if it’s not too filthy). As to how much, “until it looks relatively clean” is a good guideline. It should not take much water, you’re just getting rid of the sludge that settled down. Don’t wait for it to look like tap water."

  • Replied By: ELLA MALDONADO (Centennial, CO)
  • Replied Date: 03/31/2014