How Often Does a Commercial Boiler Need Maintenance?
Your Illinois commercial property needs to stay warm and comfortable this winter. That’s why the team at Amber Mechanical Contractors recommends preventative maintenance for your boiler once a year.
Maintenance keeps repair costs down and maximizes efficiency. That’s why it’s imperative to game plan for taking care of your air conditioner, furnace, or boiler. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) make up about 44 percent of energy costs for the average business, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Located in Chicago, our team is pleased to provide our HVAC services and expertise to the local business community. Get in touch with us today—we’re ready to work with you.
Why Is Maintenance Critical?
What do schools, stores, offices, and restaurants have in common? All these facilities require HVAC maintenance. Here’s why:
- You stay up to code.
You need to meet local, Illinois, and federal requirements for heating and cooling. During a visit, your HVAC expert will ensure your system operates safely to code.
- You keep your warranty in compliance.
Most manufacturers require regular maintenance to retain your parts warranty. To avoid paying out of pocket to replace a faulty part, schedule that checkup.
- Tune-ups extend your equipment’s lifespan.
Condensing boilers last 10 to 15 years, while cast iron boilers may last up to 30. However, you must properly maintain it to reach the maximum lifespan.
- Maintenance helps avoid pesky repairs.
Sediment buildup and corrosion can cause leaks, damaging your water tank. You can avoid pricy repairs (and premature replacements) by sticking to your seasonal checkup schedule.
What Happens During a Commercial Boiler Maintenance Visit?
Fall is the best time to schedule a tune-up. That way, you can ensure your boiler is running smoothly before you turn it on for the winter. Here are a few crucial tasks your Amber Mechanical Contractors professional will perform during a visit:
- Evaluate the air switch to ensure it’s working properly.
- Drain the tank, removing sediment.
- Inspect and clean the safety valves, wiring, pilot assembly, pressure switches, and controls.
- Check the tank and parts for any damage.
- Test the low water cutoffs.
How Do I Know It’s Time for Replacement?
Maintenance and repairs can only get you so far—at a certain point, the best option is a replacement. Consider the boiler’s age, as well as how much you’re spending on repairs. Would it be more cost-effective in the long run to replace it?
Additionally, keep an eye out for the following signs:
- An increase in utility costs
- Frequent repairs
- Signs of leaking
- Spotty heating or the boiler is slow to heat up
If you need a new heating system, we recommend installing a high-efficiency condensing boiler. These units keep your utilities low and reduce your carbon footprint. Federal tax credits and local rebates are available for some units—call our Chicago office to learn more.
Schedule HVAC Service Today
Our team is located in Chicago, IL, and is pleased to serve the local business community’s heating and cooling needs. Call Amber Mechanical Contractors today at 1-800-592-6237 or request service online.