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Does it harm an oil boiler if it is only used occasionally?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by DIYNotIan, 9 Jun 2021.

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    Hi

    We're reviewing our heating options... One option is to mainly heat the house with wood, and keep our old oil boiler as back up and for occasional use. It's a Worcester Danesmoor 20/25 and is probably around 20 years old. Do oil boilers only wear out from use? Or can there also be issues from lack of use?

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    Everything wears out but if looked after and dosed with inhibitor and kept clean it should last a few more years . Bob
     
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    Many thanks for the reply.

    Any other thoughts RE boilers and how they survive not being used for prolonged periods?
     
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    So does you WB have a boiler linked to the DHW and rads ?
     
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    No. We'll be having at least two, but maybe three wood stoves. And we use very little hot water. Never have hot water from taps, and have the option of electric shower.

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    Only other thing I would watch would be the degrading of the fuel oil, depending on how long it may sit without being used.
     
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