Boiler cleaning

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kmwest

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I recently had an annual boiler inspection (starting to get cold in Minnesota) and the tech didn't see any issues but recommended a deep cleaning of ash from inside the boiler as a "once in ten years" maintenance activity. He used a mirror to show the insides of the boiler, and there looked like pretty significant ash buildup. He quoted me $450, which seems pretty expensive for what essentially sounds like no parts, just time. Is this a recommended activitiy and if so is this a reasonable price? The boiler is about 20 years old.
 

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Sounds like "engine shampoo" to me. Ask him how he intends to clean it. You may be able to do it yourself.
 
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