As we’ve discussed in previous posts, there are countless advantages that come with investing in an outdoor furnace such as a Heatmor. For example, current owners of outdoor furnaces report that they are using up to 25% to 70% less wood compared to traditional wood furnaces and of course have far more efficient heating compared to using other heating sources or fuel sources. And while Heatmor furnace prices do vary, it’s more important to understand the maintenance involved with outdoor furnaces before investing in one for your home. Here’s part one of our homeowner’s guide to outdoor furnace maintenance, where we’ll discuss some of the most essential tips for taking proper care of your outdoor wood boiler.
First and foremost, it’s critical to make time to drain your furnace each spring and flush it properly. Most furnaces drain after you open the drain valve and let the contents empty themselves completely. In order to flush your outdoor furnace efficiently, it’s typically best to leave the drain valve open but close the pump valve. From there, let the system flush for a couple minutes before closing the drain valve and reopening the pump valve. Finally, refill the stove and add any boiler treatments as soon as possible.
Adding Annual Boiler Treatments
Adding boiler treatments helps your outdoor furnace work as efficiently as possible. Some manufacturers may differ in their recommended products and processes, but they generally consist of the same basic steps: first, let the furnace burn for about two hours. Then, ensure that the water is at a minimum of 100 degrees before adding the treatment. Many manufacturers recommend wearing protective clothing during this maintenance step.
Bleeding The System
There’s no set timeline for this maintenance process, but it’s important to stay vigilant and inspect your furnace often to determine when it needs to be done. Keep an eye on the water level light — if it’s not lit, you may need to add water. Slowly add water until it starts to overflow from the vent pipe located on the top of the unit.
Ultimately, there are currently around 200,000 outdoor wood furnaces in use. Understanding how to properly maintain your furnace is the key to maximizing its lifespan. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll discuss some more essential maintenance tips for outdoor wood boilers, and for more information about Heatmor furnace prices, contact Outback Heating of Virginia, Inc.