You need to replace the gasket on your boiler door every few years to maintain its efficiency. Additionally, if you don't do it on time, you could experience other problems such as a possible furnace overheating. To ensure that you’ll be using your boiler for years to come, you need to have the door's gasket replaced every now and then.
However, doing this can be easier said than done. A quick look over the internet and you’ll be bombarded by confusing steps. What should you do? Don't worry, we’ve got you covered.
Through this guide, you’ll learn the right way to have the gasket replaced on your central boiler. We've listed all the necessary tools, details and an easy to follow step by step guide that even beginners can follow.
Why Should The Door Seal On My Boiler Be Replaced?
Firstly, it is important to know why it's even necessary to be installing a new gasket. Therefore, we have listed some possible problems which may occur if you do not maintain your central boiler door:
- Your boiler may lose furnace water that requires replacement
- Possible furnace overheating
- Wood fuel wastage
- Reduced efficiency
- In rare cases, your boiler’s steel door frame can over heat and experience damage
Thus, it’s essential that your central boiler's door rope is replaced frequently and on time. Some of the problems mentioned above can cause serious and irreplaceable damage to your boiler. You need to inspect your boiler routinely.
Equipment That You Need
When replacing your boiler’s door seal rope, you will need certain tools. Some of these you will probably already have in your house, while others you can purchase from our store. You will need:
- Pliers or screwdrivers
- A sharp putty knife
- Wire Brush (to clean residue adhesive)
- Rope Adhesive
- Replacement gasket
NOTE: The rope gasket, adhesive and safety gloves come in a kit. You can purchase the kit in our shop.
Step By Step Guide To Replacing Your Door Rope Gasket
Changing your boiler's door seal can be very quick and easy if you follow the right steps.
Firstly, you need to ensure that the fire has been extinguished completely. Additionally, if you leave the door open for an extended period, it can damage your boiler and void your warranty. Moreover, the heat could create a hazardous environment. Therefore, make sure the fire has been extinguished and that the door is shut.
Next, you need to take out the old door seal rope. For this, you can use screwdrivers or pliers. However, always be cautious and wear gloves to protect your hands and prevent cuts. After you have removed the old door seal rope, thoroughly clean the channel where the rope sits with a wire brush or screwdriver. This will help prepare the channel for a better seal.
After that, you can measure and cut the new door seal rope to length and begin to apply the adhesive glue on it. Make sure that you are using high-quality adhesive, preferably from the replacement kit, and read the instructions on the packaging carefully before proceeding further. Next, apply a thick bead of adhesive onto the rope and insert the rope inside the door’s channel.
Push the newly inserted door seal all the way around the boiler’s door. After you reach the end, trim the rope to length using a sharp knife. To ensure that the new gasket is tight, make sure that both ends of the rope touch one another.
Now, you can shut the door. To ensure a perfect fit, you may need to make adjustments. This ensures that the seal is in place while the adhesive sets.
Finally, you can light the fire and start burning. However, shut the door to let the seal rope set into place.
Always keep your coals and fire at least 6-8 inches back from the door chute’s shelf. This will enhance the longevity of your door seal. Keep in mind that the fire rope gasket is permeable and you don’t need to worry if some smoke escapes.
This brings us to the end of our guide on replacing gaskets on your central boiler. Doing so will keep your boiler in optimum condition, ensure maximum efficiency and increase its life span.
Following the details in this guide will ensure that you do it quickly and correctly. However, if you are feeling unsure, you can always call in a professional.
To checkout our products including our replacement kit, search our shop.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a door gasket do?
It is used to seal gaps at door perimeters (the header and jambs). By doing this, you can significantly reduce the infiltration of smoke, fire, moisture, drafts, light and sound.
How frequently should I be replacing my boiler door's rope?
Generally, your boiler door's gasket should be replaced every 4-5 years. However, this can vary depending on the condition of your boiler. If you are noticing a reduction in efficiency or leaks, this is a sign that you need to inspect it and seek a replacement right away.
How to know how much rope you need?
Measure the length of the existing rope or checkout the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging.
How do I remove a door seal?
Removing a door's seal rope can be done easily with pliers or screwdrivers. After that, install the new door rope with adhesive.
Can I do the replacement myself?
Yes, it is perfectly feasible and possible to do the replacement yourself. It is not rocket science and should be quite easy for you if you follow these steps and use the equipment mentioned, particularly the replacement kit which you can purchase here.
What happens if I have an old 'run down' door seal rope?
Your boiler can experience several problems such as reduced efficiency, wood fuel wastage and many others. Make sure to install a new one as soon as possible.