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Old 04-17-2008, 01:06 PM   #1
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Hi guys, the days are getting hot, and I am about to shut the gas off my boiler, and put her to rest till next year. I need to know what is the proper way to maintain the system till next year. Do I need to drain the boiler completly? Do I need to add anything to the boiler inside? Thanks guys

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Hi guys, the days are getting hot, and I am about to shut the gas off my boiler, and put her to rest till next year. I need to know what is the proper way to maintain the system till next year. Do I need to drain the boiler completly? Do I need to add anything to the boiler inside? Thanks guys
I guess I must be the only fool left with steam heat

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HEY HEY BE CAREFUL NOW I am the other fool with steam heat ROFLMAO
remember last question you had I believe I saved your butt then LOL LOL LOL.
All I do when weather is right is turn the damn thing off :}:}, ya know that switchy thing in with the red plate? :} In fall, turn it on, change fliter element, nozzle, eyeball flame, if needed tweek the sucka and let er rip.DO NOT drain any lines, that will allow air to enter and rust will happen real quik. If you think u have problems when running try letting the inside of the pipes rust.I would flush the automatic water feeder before shutting it off tho, verify that the water level in boiler is correct then give it a vacation.
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Thanks SkyMaster, you life saver again! How does one flush the auto water feeder?

Shouldn't I also turn off the gas shut off valve by the boiler ?

Also what's the filter element you change?

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If you have a Mc Connel 101 or similar valve on the bottom of it is a hand knob kinda looks like a valve handle, turn that and you should get water to run out at first it may be quite ugly but run it for a few seconds till it runs clear. As for the filter element that is only if you have oil furnace, which you seem to NOT have. And yes if you have a supply valve isolated for the furnace I would turn it off, just a good CYA. Just remember to turn it back on when it gets cold LOL LOL. If ya dont then I have to cause you iz gonna ask why no heat LOL LOL LOL
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SkyMaster to the rescue again Thanks!

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