The Simple Boiler Maintenance Checklist for the Average Person


Boiler maintenance checklists are used by many maintenance managers and property owners today to ensure that the building’s heating system lasts as long as possible. However, effective boiler maintenance has far more implications than just reliability.

Regular maintenance reduces operating and energy costs, extends the life of equipment, and enhances safety.

In the end, it makes financial and practical sense to inspect your equipment on a regular basis. The best part is that you don’t have to wait until your annual inspection to get started. You can utilize a boiler maintenance checklist on a daily, monthly, or quarterly basis to ensure that your equipment is running as efficiently as possible.

It’s also critical to have your boiler inspected by a licensed and factory-trained expert at least once a year or at starting.

Use the boiler maintenance checklist below as a basic reference for preventative maintenance in the meanwhile.

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Checklist for Boiler Maintenance on a Daily Basis

It’s the simple things that matter when it comes to boiler maintenance.

While most people think of boiler maintenance as something that happens once a month or twice a year, the daily boiler maintenance checklist may help you get the most out of your equipment every day.

  • Inspect for leaking water around and under your boiler apparatus.
  • Ensure that the space surrounding the boiler is clear and free of any things that could cause an impediment.
  • Check temperature and/or pressure readings to ensure that they are all within the specified range.
  • If relevant, keep an eye out for any error messages or service codes on the display panel.
  • If you see any error codes, make a note of them and give them to the service technician.
  • Make that the vent termination isn’t blocked or hindered by debris, ice, or snow.
  • Inspect the combustion air opening for obstructions.
  • Always keep a tight eye on the equipment for any unexpected vibrations or noises.

Monthly Boiler Inspection Checklist

You can perform a more thorough inspection once a month in addition to the regular boiler maintenance checklist. Make sure to do the following during your monthly inspection:

  • Inspect the combustion air piping and the flue gas vent pipe for any evidence of leakage, degradation, or obstruction.
  • Look for any signs of leaking or weeping in the relief valve discharge pipe and the boiler relief valve.
  • If the system is a condensing boiler, look for any blockages in the condensate drain line, PVC fittings, drain system, and drain trap.

Checklist for Boiler Maintenance on a Regular Basis

While daily and monthly checks of your boiler equipment are beneficial, more extensive inspections should be done quarterly or every other month. The following are some of the most important items to include on your periodic maintenance checklist:

  • Look for leaks in the boiler’s hydronic plumbing.
  • Inspect the burner flame if at all possible. You should take corrective action whenever the flame appears to be out of the ordinary.
  • Make an appointment to have your low water cutoff tested to ensure it’s in good operating order. The low water cutoff ensures that the water level within the boiler does not fall below the manufacturer’s recommended level.

Service on a one-time basis or on an annual basis Checklist for Boiler Maintenance

Your boiler should be serviced once a year or at startup by a service firm or a competent installer who is licensed and trained to undertake boiler or combustion related equipment maintenance. During this thorough inspection, the technician should make the following observations:

  • Inspect the heating system thoroughly and correct any issues.
  • Clean and inspect the boiler’s heat exchanger.
  • Ensure that all of the boiler’s connections and wiring are in good working order.
  • Make that the pH of the water is within the recommended range.
  • Inspect the condensate system and clean or flush it as needed.
  • Flame sensors, ignitor, and burner assembly should all be inspected and cleaned.
  • Examine the venting system for signs of deterioration, corrosion, or obstruction, and double-check that all pipe and joint connections are secure.
  • Examine the vent terminations and air inlet to ensure they’re clear and unobstructed.
  • Control settings, as well as safety and operating controls, should all be checked.

Before the technician leaves, they should double-check that the equipment is in good working order.

Taking Care of Your Boiler

Reading the owner’s manual for your boiler is one of the keys to keeping it in good working order. Make careful to pay heed to any manufacturer-specific recommendations for your specific boiler during this process. Keep a copy of your boiler’s startup/inspection manual on file if feasible, so you may refer to it at any time.

If you detect any difficulties or have any concerns, you should notify the service technician right once. In any event, an experienced service agency or certified installer licensed to do maintenance should always and only perform the annual service.

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