A boiler is considered a Hydronic Heating system that uses water to create heat much like a radiator does. Boilers, as their name implies, boils water which produces steam or water that circulates through the home to create heat. Each boiler type varies on its heating method. In order for the boiler to properly heat your home, you will want to service your boiler once a year. There are a number of components that require maintenance and repair. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning will share the different components of a boiler heating system as well as its function.
Key Components of a Boiler
Burner – The burner is the component that provides heat by heating the water. Boilers will either use natural gas or oil to fuel the burner.
Circulator Pump – The main function of the Circulator Pump is to push the heated water or steam into the Supply Lines to distribute the heat into the various rooms in a home.
Condenser or Deaerator – The Condenser or Deaerator is the tank of the steam boiler system. Some boilers don’t use the component Condenser or Deaerator. Since oil and hot water remains in a liquid state a condenser is not needed. Depending on the type of boiler system you have, you may or may not have a Condenser or the unit also known as a Deaerator.
Firebox – The Firebox is the component that creates the flame. The fuel stem is the part of the firebox that extends out and where the flame is visible.
Heat Exchanger – The heat exchanger is the component that carries the heat from the burner to the water much like a pot of water. The Heat Exchanger is the layer between the burner and water which transfers the boiling water inside the unit.
Refractory – The Refractory is part of the Firebox. It is a material that is used to seal the gap of the Firebox insuring the flame is contained and only extends out of the fuel stem.
Return Lines – Once the water or steam inside the Supply Lines cool down they are sent through the Return Line into the boiler to reheat.
Supply Lines – A Hydronic heating system doesn’t use air ducts to circulate heat throughout the building. Instead, they use Supply Lines. Hydronic heating systems will use pipes to distribute the heat into the individual rooms in a home.
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These are the key components of a boiler system. Each component plays a vital role that requires cleaning, maintenance, and care. The recommended time to service a boiler is during early fall before rigorous use. However, any time of the year is still beneficial for the boiler. To maintain your boiler’s proper function and achieve high efficiency, have your boiler inspected and serviced once a year. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning provides repair, replacement and services for both boiler and furnace to maintain your home’s heating needs. If you need your boiler, furnace, or air conditioner checked and serviced, contact Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning today.