The modern boilers and
systems are now required to use condensing technologies that are designed to
make the systems more efficient in terms of both power and energy. While the condensing
boiler units are designed and built to operate at an efficiency level of more
than 90% that is a proven improvement on past models.
Before learning on how
to clean a boiler condensate trap, you should know as to what is a boiler
What is a boiler condensate?
Condensing boilers are
made to operate by not only using the heat generated by the combustion process but
also the heat of water vapor content. Older non condensing units could waste up
to 50% of heat that is produced due to gasses escaping up the flue. During the
process, the flue gasses happen to drop rapidly in temperature from around 130℃
to 50℃ that eventually results into the gasses to condense.
A heating appliance can
produce around two liters of condensation every hour that is also known as the
boiler condensate. This condensate then gets drained via your waste water
outlet through a condensate pipe.
Is boiler condensate dangerous?
The boiler condensate
is not as dangerous as it looks like. Some of the carbon dioxide created during
the combustion process dissolves in the condensate, making it slightly acidic.
However, being mildly acidic, it is not dangerous to health, so this is not
really something that you need to be concerned about.
How does a boiler condensate trap works?
The condensate trap safely
collects and release the condensation produced by the boiler in order to
prevent any vapors created during the combustion process from escaping with it.
These components might vary in design depending on the different models you
Now as you know very
well about the condensate trap, you might be wondering as in how to clean a
boiler condensate trap.
How to clean a boiler condensate trap?
If your boiler gets
serviced regularly on time, you shouldn’t experience any problems with the
condensate trap. Your heating engineer would clean the trap out during these
maintenance services and thus prevent the sediments from building up.
What is a condensate pipe on the boiler?
The condensate expelled
from a condensing boiler is acidic, with a ph between 3 and 4 that needs to be
removed. A drainpipe is thus required for the condensate producing during
operation. This is a short length polymer pipe with a vapor trap in order to
prevent exhausted gases from being expelled into the building. The condensate
pipe is located on the lower section of the boiler unit.
You might be wondering
as to what comes out of a condensing boiler flue.Here is it.
What comes out of a condensing boiler flue?
The flue gases that
leave the condensing boiler are cool which is why they tend to produce a
noticeable mist of water vapor around the flue terminal (outlet) itself. This
is because the gases condense upon the contact with the surrounding air masses.
To be true the accumulated plume is not a problem at all, however some of the
homeowners continue to have a problem with it.