How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Rick Your Own Question

Rick
Rick, HVAC Supervisor
Category: HVAC
Satisfied Customers: 13861
Experience:  40+ yrs. experience as a licensed oil & gas technician.
94766
Type Your HVAC Question Here...
Rick is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a Weil McLain Gold boiler with a 41 gallon Boilermate

Customer Question

I have a Weil McLain Gold boiler with a 41 gallon Boilermate hot water heater. In terms of trying to insure efficiency, is it safe for me to access the the boiler compartment and flue to clean out any accumulated soot? If so are there other internal parts that can be inspected and maintained to increase efficiency? Any input is appreciated.

We also burn wood. Last year, we went through 350 gallons of heating oil. This year, we are on track to burn 350-400 gallons to heat water and a 2600 sq' newer home. How much soot can you expect to see given this level of usage?

Thank you,
Jeff
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Rick replied 3 years ago.

Rickheatdoc :

Welcome to Just Answer, I will do my best to help you solve your problem

Rickheatdoc :

If the burner is set up properly there should be little or no soot.

Rickheatdoc :

There are no other standard "parts" that can be adjusted to improve efficiency

Rickheatdoc :

There are clean out access panels for brushing and vacuuming the sections to remove soot. Refer to your boiler manual for their location.

Rickheatdoc :

If you want to improve efficiency you can add a boiler water temp modulating control such as the Beckett Heat Manager

Customer :

Thank you Rick. You have saved me some time. When you have a boiler tech out to service the boiler, it can cost up to $180. What do they actually do to insre the efficiency of the system?

Customer :

Jeff

Rickheatdoc :

They should vacuum out the boiler, change the fuel filter, replace the nozzle and check burner setting to make sure the burner is set to optimal combustion efficiency. The last item can only be done with very expensive test equipment

Customer :

??Given my usage, how often should I have the system serviced?

Rickheatdoc :

annually

Customer :

Thank you. I will get on a service plan with my oil provider next year. For this year, I will monitor closely my consumption. with the cost of oil, it does not take much to rationalize the expense. We are good to go...appreciate your advice.

Rickheatdoc :

Look into the Beckett Heat Manager. It's not real expensive and well worth the price.

Rickheatdoc :

http://www.becketthm.com/default.asp

Please hit accept
Thanks for using Just Answer

Customer :

There is a black box on top of the pump that says Bedkett RWB. I think that the syem has this tool.

Customer :

Sorry, that was Beckett

Rickheatdoc :

http://www.beckettcorp.com/protect2/techsuppt/product-manuals/61733_AquaSmartProductSheet.pdf

This is the only other temp modulating control by Beckett

Rick, HVAC Supervisor
Category: HVAC
Satisfied Customers: 13861
Experience: 40+ yrs. experience as a licensed oil & gas technician.
Rick and 6 other HVAC Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future. Jimmy Bagley, IA
< Last | Next >
  • You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future. Jimmy Bagley, IA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • gotoman for ac

    HVAC Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    4657
    51 years of experience install design and repair of all makes and models of AC
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/SE/ServiceTechRus/2012-6-7_2119_056.64x64.JPG gotoman for ac's Avatar

    gotoman for ac

    HVAC Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    4657
    51 years of experience install design and repair of all makes and models of AC
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AL/alumalite/2012-5-10_234018_shutterstock506249951forJA500.64x64.jpg Phil's Avatar

    Phil

    Mechanical Engineer

    Satisfied Customers:

    3888
    Retired HVAC/ Electrical & Boiler contractor. Industrial
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/skibum0101/2008-12-16_015819_just_answer.jpg Rick Mather's Avatar

    Rick Mather

    HVAC Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    3132
    35 years experience, HVAC
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/Rygis20/2011-5-7_3143_DSC5324.64x64.JPG Matthew's Avatar

    Matthew

    HVAC Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1994
    14 years experience in the HVAC field of service, installation, Manual J & D calculations
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KE/kentguidry/2011-9-26_214316_0059.64x64.jpg Kenton Guidry's Avatar

    Kenton Guidry

    HVAC Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    962
    12 years install/service experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/solarman1947/2009-12-13_223915_phpkKBcXq_c2PM.jpg Rick Ridley's Avatar

    Rick Ridley

    UK Heating Engineer

    Satisfied Customers:

    871
    Retired But have had 30 years on the tools, Ex CORGI
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/Ironheadfan/2009-12-18_222416_pump_005.jpg Tom's Avatar

    Tom

    HVAC Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    770
    16+yrs HVAC/R service. Residential Commerical Industrial