Corrosion is a common problem when it comes to heating systems. In fact, it is one of the most common problems to avoid with air conditioning systems as well. Corrosion is caused by a number of factors that mostly have to do with excess moisture. The moisture can leak into pipes and other crucial parts of the home and cause the metal to corrode. Corrosion will not only threaten the life of your home heating system, but maybe your sanity too. A corroded heating system can produce unwanted smells, loud noises, and increasingly expensive energy bills. Here are 5 tips for preventing corrosion in your home heating system.
- Inspection. Anyone can perform a quick, but thorough inspection of the heating system. What you want to do is make sure that all of the incoming and outgoing pipes, valves, and wires are all connected and don’t have any excess fluid escaping from the bolts or washers. You also want to make sure that everything is securely fastened. Most of all, though, you want to make sure there is not rust.
- Insulate. A lot of homes have heating oil tanks that provide the necessary fuel to warm the home. Unfortunately, if their pipes are not properly insulated, it could cause rust to build up. Not only that – it will also protect the pipes and valves from any other external excess moisture problem, which can happen if the heating unit is not turned on during the more moderate months. Things like humidity and moisture can really start to wreak havoc on the metal parts of your unit. Water can also build up on the inside of the tank too, which can be just as damaging. A few inches of insulation should do the trick and it is really easy to install.
- Fuel additive. Again, if you have a fuel powered heating system, you can use one of the many fuel additives they have on the market that will protect the inside of your tank from rust and other corrosive elements. Water naturally builds up on the inside of the tank, which can cause the unit to have a major meltdown, especially if the rust becomes significant – significant enough to where the unit isn’t properly function. Fuel additive will make sure there isn’t any water build up.
- Remove sludge. Every five years or so it is recommended to clean out the heating unit. Overtime water can crystalize and the oil can turn the buildup into sludge, which could make your whole system run much more efficiently. Typically you need to hire a professional to clean out your system, because it can be dangerous to attempt a do-it-yourself flush – there are lots of harmful chemical that professionals are prepared for.
- Install a dehumidifier. By simply placing a small dehumidifier by your heating unit, you can effectively reduce the moisture in the air that can cause corrosion within the heating unit. If you live in a particularly tropical or humid locale, dehumidifying the air around your heating unit might be the only way to prevent corrosion.