Temperatures are beginning to drop, and that means you’ll have to switch from your air conditioner to your boiler soon. Let’s look at some tips for starting up your boiler and making sure it works well before the weather gets really cold.
Boiler Startup Tips
When you start up your boiler for the first time in the fall, make sure it works properly with the following checklist:
- Clean the boiler room: Has your boiler room been cleaned recently? If not, be sure to clear dust and debris away from the boiler. Also, check that the room is ventilated efficiently. A clean, well-ventilated boiler room prevents fire hazards and heating problems.
- Check your boiler’s operating manual: Find your boiler’s manual and look at the section about starting it up. That should provide the directions you need to turn on your boiler after it’s been off all summer.
- Inspect the boiler’s air openings: Make sure all air openings have no obstructions and can combust and ventilate effectively.
- Look for scale: Check that scale has not built up on the boiler’s body. Scale is residue from the process of heating water, and it can damage the boiler’s metal if you don’t remove it.
- Examine wiring: Make sure your boiler’s wires aren’t frayed or damaged.
Look at boiler water levels: Consult the manual for your boiler’s proper water levels for startup.
- Open stack dampers: Make sure all of the boiler’s stack dampers are open before startup.
- Open manual fuel valves: Open all of your boiler’s manual fuel valves.
Check flue passes and furnace: Look in these spaces to make sure they haven’t accumulated any fuel.
Why Should You Check Your Boiler’s Components Before You Start It Up?
While it lays dormant for several months, your boiler could develop various problems and struggle to heat your commercial facility. For example, fuel could build up in the furnace or scale could accumulate on the boiler itself. Wires could fray or foreign objects could get stuck in the system. Using the checklist above helps you maintain your boiler throughout the year and prevents issues from occurring once you turn your boiler on.
Should a Professional Contractor Examine Your Boiler Before You Turn It On?
Yes. Your mechanical contractor should perform preventative maintenance on your boiler in the fall. They complete all of the steps listed above and more. They can also repair your boiler if necessary. Schedule a preventative maintenance appointment with your contractor to ensure your boiler is safe and runs properly once it’s on.
Does A&G Piping Help You Start Up Your Boiler?
Yes, we do. We perform preventative maintenance to keep your system running smoothly. A defective boiler doesn’t heat your building well, raising your energy costs as a result. Our maintenance services detect any problems before they become significant issues. We make sure everything’s in working order and show you how to start your boiler up effectively.
Which Industries Do We Offer Boiler Maintenance For?
We offer boiler maintenance in the following industries:
We also provide many other piping services in these industries, including mechanical and plumbing solutions. We understand how important your boiler is for heating your facility, so we customize our maintenance services to meet your industry’s requirements and your business’s specific needs.
Prepare Your Boiler To Heat Your Facility With A&G Services
Think your boiler is ready for the winter months? If you’re not sure or you want a professional to check for you, connect with us today. We have the knowledge and experience to deliver the thorough preventative maintenance your boiler needs before you start it up.