If your commercial building is heated by a boiler, hopefully you’re taking the necessary steps to take care of it. Whereas older boilers were typically built to last for many years without the need for maintenance or replacement, today’s more complex commercial boiler systems are larger, more powerful, and thus require a higher level of care. Specifically, it’s important that you not only take the time to have the boiler inspected by a professional at least once a year, but that you put in the money needed for preventative maintenance and repairs. Here are a few other tips for prolonging the life of your commercial boiler, thus saving you money in the process.
Have Vent Pipes Inspected
Aside from a basic inspection performed by your local HVAC company such as Mercury Tec, it’s also a good idea to have the vent pipe of your commercial boiler looked at; this is not always included in a regular inspection. Specifically, the technician should be on the lookout for white residue, which is often indicative condensation. If signs of excess condensation are present, this needs to be addressed by a professional right away, as condensation can easily corrode the vent pipe and lead to more expensive repairs down the road.
Look at the Flue Passages
You don’t necessarily need to be a boiler or HVAC professional to take a look at your commercial boiler’s flue passages from time to time. The flue passage is easily visible from the outside and should be free of both moisture and soot. If you spot any dark soot or signs of moisture (such as condensation on the sides of the flue), then it’s time to call a professional. These are often signs of insufficient air intake or the system not running hot enough.
Replace Filters as Needed
Finally, if your commercial boiler has make-up air filters, make sure that you replace them regularly. The frequency with which they need to be replaced can vary depending on how often you use your commercial boiler and what type of filter it takes, but you should be replacing them at least a few times a year. You can find filter replacements at your local hardware store and install them yourself; if you’re unsure, contact a professional to have them replaced for you.
These are just a few helpful tips for keeping your commercial boiler running its best. Keep these in mind and don’t forget to schedule that annual inspection!Learn More