Adding Water to Boiler

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If you are needing to add water to your boiler on a regular basis, there is a leak. Stop adding water and call a heating service.


If you do not allow the boiler to cool completely, you will be risking damage to the boiler and possible explosion.

If your house has water pipes running through it as a form of heat, then you have a boiler. The boiler is usually located in the basement of the house. When the thermostat calls for more heat, the boiler will kick on and warm the water that flows through the heating pipes. There may be some loss of water over time that will eventually need to be added. How often water needs to be added will depend on the age and condition of both your home and your heating system.

Step 1

Turn off the heat from the thermostat and allow the boiler to cool completely before filling. This is especially important if the sight glass is empty of any water.

Step 2

Check the water level in the sight glass. The proper level for water is within one inch of the center.

Step 3

Pull the handle of the water feed valve back to allow water to flow into the boiler. Keep a close eye on the water level in your sight glass. When the water has reached an appropriate level, push the handle of the feed valve up to the closed position.


Elizabeth Knoll

Elizabeth Knoll has been writing full-time since 2008. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Her work appears on various websites. Knoll received a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Moraine Park Technical College.