As a commercial building owner or manager, there’s no shortage of professionals making suggestions for how you should care for various building systems. This holds true for you HVAC system. However, we know that just hearing that a particular service is important isn’t the only consideration a savvy commercial building owner needs to make a decision.
For that reason, we’re outlining what you need to know about your HVAC system’s boiler and why it’s a vital part of an ongoing HVAC maintenance program.
The role of the boiler
A commercial boiler is a pressurized system that turns combustible fuel (such as natural gas or fuel oil) or electricity into heat, which is then applied to water and/or steam, which is circulated throughout a building for heating purposes.
In older HVAC systems, radiators and similar equipment may fill with the heated water, dissipating the heat through radiation, before circulating it back through the heating system and into the boiler to be reheated as needed. More modern systems that work on similar principles include forced hot air (in which air that is heated by means of contact with the system’s heating elements or piping circulating hot water) and radiant heating in the floor, ceiling, or walls.
Why is a boiler necessary?
Ultimately, the boiler is a key component of your heating system. Without a boiler, there is no heat. And when the weather cools, heating issues become noticeable quickly.
More commonly, building owners may be dealing with a boiler that’s operating inefficiently or that’s declining due to age or condition. In this case, the boiler can cost you more money than it should, because it’s not using fuel efficiently. It may also not be heating the building properly, leading to tenant complaints and potential infrastructure damage, depending on circumstances.
How much does it cost to replace a commercial boiler?
As such a vital part of your building’s HVAC system, it makes sense that replacing a commercial boiler is not cheap.
Every building and system is different and the range in prices can be significant, but you could estimate purchasing a new commercial boiler runs anywhere from the high 4-figures to the low-to-mid 5-figures. Then, there’s installation costs to consider. The bottom line? While no boiler is going to last forever, you want to ensure you don’t have to replace your commercial boiler sooner than necessary.
How to get the most out of your commercial boiler
At the end of the day, getting the most value out of your commercial boiler comes down to ensuring your boiler is regularly inspected and serviced since instillation.
A planned maintenance program that includes routine inspections, cleaning, testing, and proactive repairs or replacements throughout the life of the boiler is the smartest and most profitable approach to maintaining your boiler’s health. This involves working with trained professional HVAC technicians to perform all necessary maintenance activities on a schedule. It also gives them the opportunity to note any unexpected repair or replacement needs before they turn into serious issues or end up harming other essential components of the HVAC system.
Are you ready to discuss setting up a planned maintenance program to make sure your commercial boiler remains in optimal condition? At Engineered Cooling Services, our team of professionals are here to answer your questions. To learn more ways to keep your HVAC running properly, contact us today.