Understanding Commercial Boilers and Why Preventative Maintenance is a Must

30 June 2020

Boilers are generally closed vessels that heat the liquid, usually water, for various heating applications or processes like water heating, central heating, boiler-based power generation, cooking, and sanitation. Commercial facilities like office buildings, schools, hospitals, and other similar buildings often utilise commercial boilers for their heating needs and requirements.

Principles behind Commercial Boilers

A commercial boiler usually uses electricity or burn combustible fuel to heat water, which will be utilised for a building’s heating purposes. The generation of heat inside the commercial boiler will start with the electric coils or burners. The heat exchanger, on the other hand, transfers the generated heat into the water that will subsequently produce either hot water or steam. The hot water or steam is then distributed throughout the commercial facility by pipes. To keep the indoor spaces comfortable, the hot water or steam enters radiators or other components that can effectively disperse the needed heat.

Commercial Boilers Components

Commercial boilers can be compared to a hot water system that is usually used in bathrooms. One key difference between the two is that commercial boilers supply hot water or steam on a much larger scale. Some components of commercial boilers can also be found in hot water systems.

The following are some of the most basic parts of commercial boilers:

  • Burner: This part of the commercial boiler creates a mixture of fuel of oxygen that is responsible for producing an efficient burning flame for the water heating process.
  • Combustion chamber: A combustion chamber, which can be made from cast iron or copper, is typically located within the boiler wherein the fuel is burned for the water heating process. This part provides a safe and secure area for high-temperature combustion of fuel.
  • Heat exchanger: Heat exchanger provides a medium for the transfer of heat produced by the burners to the water in the boiler. It shares the same material with the combustion chamber.
  • Controls: One pivotal part of commercial boilers are the controls since they can set and manipulate water temperature, ignition, air and fuel supply mixtures, and internal pressure. Their main role is to keep the commercial boilers within their safe operating limits. 

Maintenance of Commercial Boilers

Commercial boilers can help provide hot water to an entire commercial facility. However, since they run and operate with the presence of hot water and high pressure, then property owners should take care of them regularly through preventative maintenance. This type of maintenance includes the cleaning of the boilers to ensure the water will be clean all the time. Regular assessment and repairs of their components is a must to make sure everything works optimally.

Keeping the commercial boilers running even without regular preventative maintenance can contribute to their malfunction in the long run. Worse, they can explode instantly without giving off warnings, causing costly property damages and even serious injuries or deaths. If you want to have your commercial boilers undergo preventative maintenance, then feel free to contact us at Protector Air Care. Our firm specialises in providing energy-efficient and sustainable solutions including engineering solutions to the mechanical services within the commercial, retail, and industrial workplaces and environments by conducting installations, mechanical works, preventative maintenance scheduled services, and energy-efficient management services.

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