When was the last time you maintained your boiler? Boiler maintenance is crucial to ensuring that your winter months stay warm, and in some instances, provide you with hot water. Proper boiler maintenance can extend the lifespan of your boiler and reduce the amount of repair work needed.
What is a boiler?
There is often a mix-up in understanding the difference between water heaters and boilers. The difference is that a boiler is equipment used to heat water for "heating" purposes. This heated water circulates to the radiators, air handlers, radiant floors, and any other heaters in a closed-loop back to the boilers. This circulated water is not for consumption. On the other hand, water heaters provide hot water for faucets, showers, etc.
What gets confusing is that there are configurations where boilers and water heaters work together to provide potable hot water. The water heater acts as a potable water storage tank with piping that goes in and out of it. The boiler heated water runs through this piping and disperses its heat to the potable water and returns to the boiler. The boiler water and the storage tank water are not mixed.
General Maintenance Tips
Maintaining the boilers will keep your heat running with reduced issues. Here are some things that performed during boiler maintenance:
Clean the gas burners of soot. Use a wire brush to dislodge the soot and then vacuum the soot off the burner.
Check the vents to make sure they are clear and unobstructed.
Examine the ignition system.
Check that the safety controls are operating.
Make sure pH levels are in the proper range.
Check the joints and pipe connections for leaks and corrosion.
Examine that wires are not loose and are tightly connected.
Uninterrupted heat and hot water from maintaining your boilers will reduce costly repairs and business losses. Losing heat and potentially hot water during the cold weather months is problematic for businesses. Ensuring that your boiler is running at its current optimal state allows you to keep your expenses low on utilities and customers happy. Contact Broadtrade Service Group today and see how they can help you with maintaining your system.