Your boiler is one of the most important—and probably one of the most expensive—pieces of equipment in your facility. With winter coming around the corner, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your boiler strong in the face of dropping temperatures. Winterizing your boiler doesn’t have to be difficult, but the damages and costs you could end up dealing with if you don’t prepare for winter can be devastating.
There are a few crucial tips that will help you make sure your system is ready to operate at high capacity and handle the operational fluctuations and changing conditions that come with the winter months. Keep your boiler operating at maximum capacity all winter long, and read on for key tips from Manley’s Boiler, Inc.
The Key to Maximizing Boiler Performance and Safety
Your boiler works incredibly hard during the winter months, so you’ll want to ensure that your system is operating as efficiently and safely as possible. If you are running your boiler close to maximum capacity all winter, you certainly want to make sure you are getting the most out of the fuel and energy it costs to produce heat during the colder months.
Maximizing your boiler is mostly about preventing issues that could diminish its heat-production potential. Many common issues with boilers—like leaks, trapped water, and fluctuating operating conditions—can lead to complications, safety concerns, and even shutdowns. Avoid these kinds of productivity damaging situations with advice from our professional team.
Check for Leaks
Leaks are one of the top factors in boiler inefficiency, as a leak indicates that there is heat and water in your system that is not being converted into usable energy. Leaks allow crucial energy to escape from within your boiler system in the form of heat or hot water. Any time you have a leak, your boiler is not operating at its best because it is working to create heated water, but isn’t reaping the benefits of that work in the form of energy.
You may notice a leak on your own if you find water in your system where you have not seen it before. In many cases, it takes a professional boiler service technician to correctly diagnose where a leak is located and repair the damage. If you have noticed a decrease in your boiler performance, you will definitely want to address any leaks before the winter, when trapped water can be problematic.
Avoid Trapped Water
If you work in, own, or operate a large industrial facility, chances are you may prefer to cool and heat your facility in zones, rather than heating your entire facility. While this is a wise choice to save on money and energy, the one downfall of zone heating is that it can occasionally lead to trapped water in unused zones.
If you turn off heating in one area, you may be leaving water trapped in that part of the system. Although trapped water itself is not a problem, the issue is what happens when that area of your facility is suddenly reheated. Any cold water that has been dormant in those pipes may flow back into your boiler system, shocking the system and causing the refractory in your boiler to spall.
If you use zone heating or you suspect you may have water trapped in your system, get in touch with a boiler performance expert who can advise you on the next steps to take in order to operate your system safely and minimize the risk of damage to your equipment.
Invest in the Best Controls
If you have a slightly older boiler system, it may be wise for you to consider upgrading your controls in order to offer your system the best possible protection from surges, drops in water levels, and changes in temperature. Older systems come with controls installed, but recent models are more sophisticated, sensitive, and offer enhanced safety features that come in handy during winter months—especially when boiler activity can cause common and unpredictable surges.
Make Sure Your Refractory is Sound
A refractory is heat resistant material that lines the combustion chamber in your boiler and helps insulate the heat that your system works to produce. The refractory is generally incredibly strong and engineered to withstand the extreme pressures and temperatures of the combustion process, but occasionally—especially with older systems—refractory material can break down, crack, or become damaged.
If your refractory material isn’t doing its job, you are losing valuable heat every time you fire your boiler. A trained boiler technician will be able to assess your refractory lining and make any necessary repairs in order to keep your heat properly insulated.
Ensure Routine Maintenance
The best way to deal with boiler performance issues is to prevent them before they start. Common winter issues are part of the reason why we emphatically recommend annual preventative boiler maintenance visits. It can be extremely tempting to save on time and effort and skip arranging an annual boiler check up, but spending a little more energy on your boiler now will ensure you avoid larger, more complicated issues that may compromise your system during the winter.
Many potentially serious boiler performance issues are difficult to detect via performance alone and require an in-depth look at the entire system. Don’t give in to the temptation to skimp on expert service or think you can perform a boiler inspection on your own. Boiler care can be nuanced, complicated, and even potentially dangerous, so get in touch with Manley’s Boiler, Inc. to get a quick assessment on your boiler system.
Schedule Service Early
Routine maintenance should happen at least once a year, but if you are concerned about the effects winter weather will have on your system, you should definitely schedule your inspection with plenty of lead time going into the change of seasons. That will give your boiler professional time to inspect your system, diagnose any problems you’re having, make the necessary parts replacements or repairs, and check that everything is running smoothly before temperatures drop. Once winter descends and you need to start making serious demands on your system, it can be harder to find a time for a boiler service to come in and make repairs.
The Benefits of a Healthy Boiler
A properly maintained boiler is going to benefit your operation in many ways. A boiler that has been inspected and repaired by a professional will run efficiently and, more importantly, safely.
Protecting the welfare of those who work in your facility is your top concern, but a healthy boiler is also a way to save money and increase output. A boiler that is functioning properly will cost significantly less to operate than a boiler that is suffering from leaks, trapper water, and other issues. Inefficient boiler performance means wasted fuel, wasted heat, and higher operating costs, all conditions you want to avoid in order to protect your company’s bottom line.
Emergency Boiler Repair Services
It is incredibly important to have a boiler service team that offers emergency repairs, as you never know when an issue may arise and you will want to rest assured that you have the professional support you need to control any emergency boiler performance situation. While we’re a family-owned business that works with boiler maintenance, rentals, sales, and parts, Manley’s Boiler also specializes in emergency boiler service.
If you need help fast, our technicians are available 24/7, including holidays and weekends, to help you get the boiler care you need. Our fast response times allow us to control a situation quickly and safely and get your facility secured and running again as soon as possible. Visit our website or give us a call to schedule a consultation. Whatever you need, if it’s related to boiler performance, we know how to get it done.