A durable, accurate and versatile flue gas analyser is a wonderful thing. For many heating and gas engineers, it’s tough to get a day’s work done without one. That’s why it makes sense to treat your analyser well – and in this blog post we’ll be giving you some tips on how to do just that.
How to keep your analyser happy
- The most important rule of all is this: get your flue gas analyser calibrated every year, on time, without fail. No excuses!
- If you can, book your analyser in for service or recalibration at the time you need it least (for example, if you are going on holiday or planning some time off).
- Keep an eye on your machine’s condensate trap and remove any water promptly, and always before you put it back into your bag.
- Make sure the flue probe is connected to the analyser before turning the analyser on (to purge the probe and instrument) and until the instrument has switched off (so that the probe is purged as the machine shuts down).
- When you take a sample from the flue, make sure the tip of the probe is in the centre of the flue. This puts the thermocouple in the hottest part, which provides the most accurate temperature reading and efficiency calculation. When you have taken your readings, put the flue inspection cap back on.
- Don’t put your probe in the flue and then switch the boiler on – this runs the risk of excess CO reducing the lifespan of your sensor.
- When finishing a job, wait for the device to switch off, then remove the probe and then put the analyser in the bag. NEVER put the analyser in the bag whilst the instrument is shutting down or purging, because if you do, debris from the bag may be sucked into the instrument and cause damage.
- It’s dangerous to leave your analyser in a vehicle overnight. Not only could it be stolen, but overnight temperature fluctuations can lead to a build-up of condensation inside the device, which may cause it to malfunction.
- Only initiate start-up and purge in clean, fresh air (i.e., not in a room with the appliance already running).
- Take care of your flue probe; if it’s not completely air tight it may draw in ambient air and give inaccurate readings. Top tip: if you cover the end of the probe that usually attaches to the analyser and then blow through the other end, you should not be able to blow right through the probe. If you can, it’s leaking.
- When you have used the flue probe, let any condensate drain out.
- Check filters regularly and discard any that get dirty or damaged. Always carry spares.
- Keep the display screen and buttons clean, for ease of visibility and use.
Cared-for analysers live longer
While there are quite a few rules for analyser care, most of them become second nature over time and are well worth sticking with. A decent flue gas analyser is an important investment, but with a little care and attention, that investment will last you for many years.