When boiler gets leaking oil

There are boiler types which run on oil. However, just like the gas boilers can leak, even the oil-based boilers can leak. The leaks in this type of boilers can be at the returning piping or burner supply. Irrespective of where the leaks occur, they can be very dangerous. The result can either be complete heat loss or a puff back. Do not imagine that the principle issue with oil leaks is just darkening of the area it falls on. The point of leakage allows for air to enter the system. This in turn causes improper functioning of the burner.

Soot clogs the system and cranky noises may be witnessed when the boiler is being turned on. The dark spots are the main indicators of the leakage points. Be sure to check the system thoroughly on a regular basis. Start with the tank holding the oil up to the burner. The diagnosis process will be easier and sure if the surfaces are clean. Incase there to be a lot of debris or loose dirt, you may not be so sure of the dirty sites on the boiler. If you are suspecting that a certain point is leaking, you may confirm your suspicions by placing a white paper towel at the point. Leave it for some time and come back to check whether there is any oil which has dropped on the surface. If the results are good, you need to call a professional to fix the problem as soon as possible. If air is drawn into the system, a bubble of gas forms at the burner nozzle. If the burner is turned off, the nozzle pressure drops. This pressure reduction makes the gas bubble to inflate. More oil is pushed out of the nozzle and it dribbles.

When the burner is turned on, there will be a small explosion and this is the genesis of the loud banging which is often heard in faulty boilers on start-up. If left unattended to, a major puff back may occur blowing soot all over the home. The situation is even worse when the condition has intensified. Any point with threading or where there are connectors can be a leaking point. Thus, when you are checking for points of possible leakage, pay more attention to such areas. If the leak is caused by loose fixation, you can try tightening them and then clean the surface. After a while, you can come back to check whether the problem has been resolved. If not, you need to make another diagnosis and put forth the solution if you are in a position to. However, do not keep on trying if you are not getting anywhere.

Just call in an expert and have him or her fix the problems for you. Oil leaks lead to pollution of the environment. They can be health as well as environmental hazards. If air is in the system trapped, the system will be unsafe and its functioning will not be proper. Heat loss is also another side effect of oil leakage.