How to Keep Your Boiler Operating Normally During Winter
Your commercial or industrial boiler does not work consistently throughout the year. Boilers are more likely to breakdown during the winter season since cold makes them to strain more. This is because boilers are used more often during winter seasons compared to summer season. However, you need to maintain your boiler and ensure that it is operating safely at all times. Here are hacks of maintaining your boiler during the winter season.
Look After Your Plumbing This Winter
As winter draws in so, unfortunately, does the likelihood of an issue with your plumbing. Even if you’ve never experienced problems in the past, the drop in temperature means any plumbing system can be vulnerable to unexpected wear and tear. The good news, though, is that by increasing your awareness of what could go wrong, you’re in a position to prevent any mishaps before they occur.
Turning on the heat is the first thing commercial property owners think of when the temperatures fall. It is recommended to conduct boiler checks before the winter. Below are tips to prepare your heat exchanger or boiler for winter.
Turn It On
If you fail to turn on your boiler regularly, it can get stuck. To prevent this, it is recommended to electrify the heater several times in the summer for 10-15 minutes to make sure all parts are functioning correctly. They can also lose pressure over time and lead to inefficiencies. Watch the pressure gauge and let it refuel. Operating pressure, Water levels, and operating temperature, as well as low water level cutoff, ought to be checked daily. For pressure maintenance instructions, refer to the user manual.
Beat Those Frozen Pipes
The moment the temperature outdoors drops below zero, you run the risk of your pipes freezing. This, unfortunately is a relatively common during the winter months, so you’d do well to get your pipes checked before the cold really starts to bite. What you can do yourself, though, is keep the system flowing by keeping some water slowly dripping. Professional plumbing services can ensure your pipes and water tanks are properly insulated, which is also a big help. Another trick is to leave your heating on low when you’re out, and if you’re away maybe get a friend or neighbour to check your property from time-to-time.
Avoiding Those Leaks Before They Happen
A leaky water line can be problematic at any time, but during the winter months it can spell disaster. For instance, an unused water hose can freeze back into the pipe, creating a blockage that, in turn, can cause a burst pipe. So remember to disconnect that hose and you’re all set. Keeping your gutters clean can also help avoid blockages, ice-dams and standing water. But if your pipes should freeze:
- Turn off the water supply at the stopcock.
- Open all taps to reduce flooding.
- Call qualified plumbers such as ST Heating Services.
- Turn off taps once pipework is repaired to avoid further flooding.
A Preemptive Check
Another thing to think about is when you last had water heater checked. Most last around ten years before they need replacing, but, once again, they’re more likely to fail during a cold snap. In winter, maintaining its temperature becomes much harder, so before making it do all that extra work you might want to consider whether it’s time to get it replaced.
A Clean Septic Tank
An even bigger issue is a burst septic tank, and should this happen it’ll require immediate attention. If there’s snowfall, you might find that creates a natural amount of insulation, but should that snow be compacted you might run into problems. You’re best option is to have your tank cleaned before the onset of winter, because once it’s burst the only option is to use some qualified plumbing services to come and get it fixed. That can be costly, time-consuming and hardly what you want in the run up to Christmas. But again, it’s something you can easily prevent from happening in the first place. All that’s required is a little know-how, and some good old-fashioned forward thinking.
Boiler servicing should take place once a year. A certified specialist, such as the boiler servicing engineers here at ST Heating Services, conducts the servicing process. The boiler engineer checks all the details, clean the components and reviews the records of the boiler room. These records provide data on factors such as exhaust gas temperature and fuel consumption. The recording takes place daily. This data can then be compared to current measurements to determine if the machine is within safe, functional limits, or experiencing problems. However, boiler servicing may take place every few months if the boiler is a bit older.
Water is abnormal in that it expands when frozen. When the weather temperatures are under zero degrees Celsius, stagnant water in your piping system can expand, freeze, and break the pipes.
Insulating the pipes can help to solve the issue of water abnormality. This is similar to the insulation of hollow walls and attics since there is minimal heat transfer and water in the pipes flows as well as possible, and heat loss is minimised. Not only can they prevent emergencies and boiler failures in winter, but they can also reduce energy consumption.
Check Boiler Pressure
In case the boiler pressure goes down, it may result in hot water loss in your household. The pressure of your boiler should always remain within the green range of the pressure gauge after switching on the system. To prevent a pressure drop, it is good always to check and use the loop/ filler neck and to vent the storage heater if the pressure is high. If your pressure is too low, it may be less effective.
Boiler repair and servicing
You need to service your boiler after a certain period of continuous use. Get in touch with our commercial boiler services provider and schedule for an appointment. Our qualified engineers will clean your boiler components thoroughly and check for any defect. In addition, our experts in the field can easily notice a part that needs to be replaced. When a weary part is not replaced on time, it can stress other parts and strain other parts in the boiler.
A well-maintained boiler should warm you throughout the year. Boilers central heating system mainly breakdown due to lack of proper maintenance. This means that failure to repair a worn-out part can adversely damage the system. During winter check your radiator to ensure it is working effectively. A normal radiator has cooler temperature at the bottom than the top. If yours is operating oppositely, it needs bleeding. A radiator that needs bleeding prevents your systems from working effectively thus straining your heating system. This can tremendously increase your power bills. You can comfortably bleed your radiators at home.
Bleeding your radiator
As commercial boiler services providers, we recommend buying a small thermostat during winter. This can go a long way in prolonging your systems life during winter. A thermostat works by enabling your heating system to automatically increase and reduce temperature in your house. This means that your boiler will not stress much when little warm is needed. This will benefit you since power bills will drop drastically.
After operating for a long period, your boiler can loss pressure. This causes it to work harder thus consuming more energy. When your heating system is cool, the pressure should range between 1 and 1.5 bar on the gauge. You can quickly top your system pressure. The procedure of topping pressure is well illustrated in the manufacturer’s manual.
ST Heating Services Ltd’s main goal is to provide state of the art industrial and commercial heating and plumbing services. Our services are offering all kinds of maintenance and repair to a wide range of heating systems. Our plumbers and engineers are registered and have honed skills in in addressing all kinds of heating system problems in the North West and Manchester.