Monthly Archives: October 2012

For Safety and Savings – Service Your Boiler Annually!

As the heating season approaches, now is the time to get your boiler heating system serviced. Putting your boiler through a regular “check-up” will ensure that your boiler is functioning to its highest efficiency and the specifications of the manufacturer. Any needed repairs can be completed immediately, preventing more costly repairs in the future. This will also help to prolong the life of your boiler.

During the check-up you can expect your boiler to go through a thorough cleaning to remove any soot from the surfaces of the heat exchanger. The air-to-fuel combustion ratio will also be checked and readjusted. Both of these processes will help to improve efficiency of your boiler, thus reducing operation costs.
It’s important to check for gas, oil and water leaks, and the technician will check the start-up performance of your boiler. The service provider will also listen for any unusual sounds that could indicate component failure, and all safety controls will be checked for proper operation.

The benefits of having your boiler checked far out-weigh the cost of the service charge. Not only will you benefit from decreased heating costs, because your boiler is operating at peak efficiency, but you will also benefit from living with peace of mind that your boiler is operating safely through the coldest weather.

If you are performing regular visual inspections of your boiler on a daily and monthly basis, it is recommended that you have a professional check-up once a year, at the start of the heating season. To ensure the job is done properly and all aspects of your boiler are inspected, you’ll want to contact a specially trained and licensed technician. Derksen Plumbing is the professional to contact for all your boiler inspection and repairs.

Boiler Maintenance: A Priority for Your Business

Business owners who use boiler-heating know that special care must be taken to keep the boiler operating safely and efficiently while extending the life of the boiler. Keeping a regularly scheduled maintenance routine will help prevent equipment failure and long-term problems.

Keep the manual. It has maintenance recommendations specific to the make and model of boiler you own. Besides those recommendations, you can set up your own schedule. Here is a sample list of recommended “checks” for all boiler systems. This list is by no means comprehensive and all services should be completed by a professional who is trained and licensed in boiler operation and repair:

Every day:
· Check for leaks: There should not be water on the floor around the boiler.
· Be sure the boiler area and all openings, vents, etc. into the boiler are unobstructed and there are no combustible materials nearby.
· Check pressure gauges, temperature readings and the display panel for proper levels and any service codes or errors.
· Listen for any unusual vibrations or noises

Each Month:
· Check the relief valve and the relief valve discharge pipe for weeping and leaks.
· Check the drainage system including the line, fittings and trap for blockages.
· Check all piping and vents for any sign of deterioration, blockage or leaking.

Periodically:
· Check the hydronic pipes for leaking
· Test the low-water-cutoff device
· Check burner flame for “normal” appearance.

You can perform all of these checks, but be sure to take note of any system needs and report them to a qualified boiler service provider to get them fixed. Then each year you’ll want to have a professional inspection of your system that includes the following:
· Have all wiring and connections checked.
· Inspect and clean the boiler heat exchanger, the burner assembly, the condensate and venting systems.
· All joint and pipe connections should be tight.
· Water PH levels should be checked.
· Control settings, safety controls and test operations should also be checked.

Derksen Plumbing is the qualified professional who can help you with all your boiler operation maintenance needs and repairs.