BOILER MAINTENANCE SAVES WINTER DOLLARS, ASSURES SAFETY
Undergoing repairs on a boiler can be as expensive as it is inconvenient. It is far better to monitor the boiler and perform regularly scheduled year round maintenance than it is to get caught spending money for costly repairs or inefficiencies that result in high energy bills during colder months.
Right now is the ideal time to begin preparing for the heating season. To be sure the system works properly when the first cold snap hits there are several maintenance functions that can be performed to ensure peak operating efficiency. Efficiency translates into meaningful dollar savings. Inflated oil prices have alerted many building owners and maintenance crews to the fact that an inefficient boiler costs money that could have been saved with proper preventative maintenance.
The National Boiler Codes specify that all commercial boilers must be checked by a license boiler contractor at least once a year. However, the boiler market now offers higher efficiency equipment, such as condensing, fully-modulating systems, and these boilers need more than an annual maintenance check each year to maintain efficiency.
The majority of boiler failures are caused by malfunctioning low water cutoffs, operator error, poor maintenance or corrosion. According to authorities on boiler explosions, low water causes an estimated 75 percent of boiler failures. The erroneous assumption that boilers require little or no attention because of the automatic controls they feature is the main cause of this high percentage of accidents. Without regular operation and maintenance control, a series of automatic control failures can occur followed by an explosion. Preventative work by trained professionals on a regular basis can protect against such disasters.
Boiler maintenance is key to ensuring boiler safety. It is important to provide boiler operators with a logbook for recording daily events and a regular preventive maintenance program with specified procedures that should be performed daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annually and annually. These frequent logs aid in detecting critical issues. Early detection is critical to operating efficiently and low cost, given that the system and fuel are compatible.
It is key that maintenance procedures should repair, replacement, inspection, cleaning, and lubricating. Hydronic Systems Service technicians are experienced in all aspects of boiler systems and establishing proper maintenance schedules that meet the needs of the building owner. All work by HSS is performed by licensed technicians and is in line with quality standards as well as health and safety statutes.
While it should go unsaid, it is also important to note that work should never be carried out by anyone other than a qualified professional. The primary reason for this is safety, but it could also prove costly to repair mistakes made by inexperienced technicians.
To schedule maintenance appointments with the Hydronic Systems Service team, call Alicia Swaim at 405.318.7479.