In order to have a safe and efficiently working heating system for both commercial and residential buildings, regular boiler maintenance is required. The first step in boiler maintenance is to have the boiler inspected by a professional, and it is recommended that boilers are inspected once a year in order to ensure that the boiler is running smoothly.
Like anything, over time boilers can face a number of problems but an annual inspection should catch any issues like corrosion and deterioration that are starting to develop. While an annual inspection might seem like a lot, just remember that small repairs now will prevent major problems in the future.
You might be wondering what a boiler safety inspection entails or if it is something could do it yourself. Unless you are well versed in boiler maintenance, hiring a professional means that nothing will be overlooked or missed in the process. So, what do inspectors do and look for in a boiler safety inspection?
First, they do a visual assessment of the boiler by looking at the heat exchanger and the pilot flame before moving on to inspect the boiler press and temperature settings. The inspector will also make sure that the expansion tank and the boiler feed are in good condition.
After this stage is complete, the inspector will check for any signs of leakage and at the condition of the valves and vents, making sure that the boiler relief valve and the auto-vents are clean and not corroding or deteriorating. They will also make sure that there are proper clearances for boiler venting. Checking the wiring condition and the condition of the pumps is also on the inspection checklist.
Other things the inspector will examine are the mixing valve and the gas manifold pressure. The inspector will also do some maintenance by adjusting the burners and checking the high limit switch, as well as the zone valves.
The inspector will also check if you have Poyl-B piping, which was installed in homes between the years between 1978-1995. This light grey piping has been the source of class action lawsuits because of its tendency to leak and crack and should be replaced as soon as possible.
Finally, your system will be inspected for gas leaks and will undergo a CO2 test, which helps ensure the safety of you, your family and the people in your building.
As you can see, there is a lot that goes into a boiler safety inspection, and hiring a professional on an annual basis to perform one means that your boiler will last longer and run efficiently and safely. Don’t wait for large problems to develop, regular maintenance means that you can catch problems and fix them while they are still small, which will save you time, money and trouble in the future.
If you have any questions or would like to book a boiler safety inspection with a seasoned professional, look no further than Lillie Family heating. We would be happy to help with your boiler needs.