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The Importance of Commercial Boiler Servicing

It is believed that the UK is the third-largest boiler market worldwide accounting for about 1.7 million sales. The country is home to more than 26 million boilers in operation and the majority of them being gas condensing model. Any boiler that has an output of 70kW and more is classified as commercial boiler.

The lifespan of commercial boilers ranges between 10 and 15 years. One common error of homeowners is to get too comfortable in the presence of a working boiler and ignore the need to maintain it regularly.

The issue is that if minor damage isn’t identified at an early stage, it could result in a more serious problem that could disrupt the operations and possibly put people at risk. Regular maintenance can significantly lower the chance of this happening.

There are many indicators that a boiler requires inspection. First, there is an issue with the boiler if the property is still cold despite the boiler’s switch being on. If, after checking the pipes and radiators are heating simultaneously and at an identical temperature it’s confirmed that they’re operating correctly, then the issue most likely lies in the boiler.

The sound of any previously unheard or unknown noises shouldn’t be ignored. The unusual sounds of ticking, whirring or clunking may indicate an issue with the boiler.

Another indicator of a boiler issue is the rising cost of fuel. A boiler that is inefficient will consume more fuel, which can result in companies with consistently rising expenses for gas. Many owners, but, prefer switching gas providers without considering possible boiler malfunction initially.

The significance of Boiler Service

No matter if you have a cutting-edge heating system within your commercial establishment or an old, reliable boiler you’re hoping will last several more winters until it’s replaced The necessity of preventative commercial boiler maintenance should not be overestimated.

Commercial boilers are an investment of a substantial amount, therefore it’s only natural that you want to safeguard this purchase by getting your heating system checked on a regular basis. A commercial heating system that could have otherwise sunk within a couple of months, can remain operational for a few years more if it is maintained by a skilled HVAC engineer.

Incorrectly maintained boilers could result in a risk for people and can be disruptive to the company. An approach that is proactive to maintenance of the system is beneficial in several ways. From a safety standpoint the damage to a boiler that results in gas leaks or poor ventilation can create occupational health risks. Carbon monoxide poisoning causes approximately fifty deaths in UK every year.

Regular maintenance ensures that any problem even if it’s minor, can be identified and reported promptly. This is more effective than recognizing the issue too tardy or during times when heat is particularly needed i.e. in winter and the fall. If you adhere to a schedule of maintenance this also means that the parts that require replacement or repair are recognized. Preventive maintenance is less costly than paying for repairs that are reactive. A well-functioning boiler can also help you save money as it can reduce the amount of fuel wasted and reduce your monthly energy bill.

There are a variety of laws and regulations with implications for the maintenance and servicing of boilers. For instance, as a matter of law, landlords and companies are required to provide tenants copies of their Building’s Gas Safety Certificate. The regulations you have know about are The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974), Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

Frequency of Boiler Service

The suggested frequency for commercial boiler maintenance is once a year. Commercial boilers are more vulnerable of wear and tear due to their high-use. In addition, the majority of insurance companies require that boilers be serviced at least every 12 months to ensure the validity of their warranty. The paperwork will be given following each service. This will be presented at the insurer’s request in case it is required.

The building owner is accountable to monitor their HVAC equipment, which includes that of the commercial boiler. It must be monitored continuously by performing daily or weekly, monthly, and semi-annual inspections that help identify the indications of inefficient or unsafe operating. If there is any issue the boiler should be serviced immediately. urgently scheduled to have the boiler fixed before the issue gets worse.

The inspections that the owner conducts should be limited to observation and maintenance processes. Like we said the need to be aware of any variations in operation, like the development of strange sounds or the system’s inability to heat in the same way it used to is a part of regular house examinations.

For more detailed maintenance, it is best to be handled by an expert to avoid damaging the boiler. Professional HVAC technicians are equipped and skilled to conduct thorough checks on UK boilers. They will provide you with a an extensive report on the safety of the boiler and any signs of wear and wear and tear.

This is known as the Annual Commercial Boiler Service

The service engineer will determine whether pipes, boilers and flue have been properly installed. This includes both parts, both external and internal. Proper ventilation, the flame within your boiler, as well as signs of leaks and corrosion are also checked.

A commercial boiler must be also inspected for compliance with current regulations that apply to non-domestic facilities. This includes gas safety rules and water bylaws, building regulations, British and European standards and similar.

Then, the boiler casing is taken off to allow an examination of every internal component. Some of the components that require particular attention are:

Heat exchanger
Main injector
Spark probe
Electrical connections
Pressure and flow of gas
Combustion and flue
Condensate traps and pipes
Safety devices

Then, the inside and outside of the boiler are cleaned out to eliminate any obstructions or debris.

The next step would be an inspection to verify that the boiler is operating according to The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

If there are any problems identified, such as gas leaks, damaged parts or gas lines the engineer will be aware of them and report them in the final report.

After the procedure is completed after the process is completed, the engineer will submit an exhaustive report on the steps they took. Any noteworthy problem will be noted in the report, particularly when it concerns the repair of or replacement. A notice will also be issued in the case of the boiler being in breach of any building or gas safety rules.

The boiler service generally takes about 30 minutes to be completed.

Once everything is complete and the report is completed, it is prepared for signature. The report must be reviewed to determine if the notes are true. A copy of the report must be requested, as the majority of insurance companies require this report for warranty purposes.