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If the burner is set up properly there should be little or no soot.
There are no other standard "parts" that can be adjusted to improve efficiency
There are clean out access panels for brushing and vacuuming the sections to remove soot. Refer to your boiler manual for their location.
If you want to improve efficiency you can add a boiler water temp modulating control such as the Beckett Heat Manager
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?
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
??Given my usage, how often should I have the system serviced?
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.
Look into the Beckett Heat Manager. It's not real expensive and well worth the price.
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There is a black box on top of the pump that says Bedkett RWB. I think that the syem has this tool.
Sorry, that was Beckett
http://www.beckettcorp.com/protect2/techsuppt/product-manuals/61733_AquaSmartProductSheet.pdfThis is the only other temp modulating control by Beckett