Rust on Baffles - Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler

Rust on Baffles - Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler

PostBy: melpeters On: Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:48 pm

Hi.
Last year we bought a Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler. Today we went to turn it and were surprised to see a bunch of rust on the swirly baffles.
Should the rust be removed or is it ok to run it like that? Does it hurt the efficiency of the boiler to have rust on the baffles?
If we should remove the rust can we just use steel wool or do we need to paint them after removing the rust?
We did look in the manual but it doesn't say anything about removing the rust. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
melpeters
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler

Re: Rust on Baffles - Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler

PostBy: WNY On: Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:03 pm

Probably wouldn't hurt to clean it up, ash and rust can act as insulators, so it will reduce the efficiency a bit.

you should always clean the stoves/boilers out after each heating season and coat stuff with a rust preventative, LPS3 or equal. that will help in minimizing the rust.
WNY
 
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Re: Rust on Baffles - Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler

PostBy: melpeters On: Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:09 pm

Ok, thanks. I was worried that I would make it worse by using the steel wool to remove the rust.
I thought I read somewhere that if I removed rust from something I had to paint it within 24 hours or rust would come back.
Last edited by melpeters on Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:53 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Rust on Baffles - Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler

PostBy: WNY On: Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:34 pm

If you keep it dried out, it wont' rust as much, once you clean it, fire up the stove, it will keep it dried out. It rusts when there is moisture (humidity) in the air.
WNY
 
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Re: Rust on Baffles - Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:35 pm

I'm going to reiterate what WNY said--after cleaning rust off--make SURE you dose it with some kind of preventive spray! ;) This will also combat moisture.
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Re: Rust on Baffles - Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler

PostBy: melpeters On: Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:59 pm

Thank you.
melpeters
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler

Re: Rust on Baffles - Harman Hydroflex 60 Boiler

PostBy: Sting On: Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:04 pm

don't bother

put them back in == products of combustion will loosen the worst an it will fall out when you punch the fire tubes

Keeping the "swilies" (steel wool) clean isn't necessary - they are intended to slow and break up combustion gas flow - dirty is better :D

now -- the fire tubes and vessel surfaces -- that's a different story
Sting
 
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