Boilers continue to be a reliable source of heat for many Twin Cities businesses, providing reliable efficiency and comfort by using simple processes in conjunction with renewable resources. However, a proper boiler inspection is essential to the safe, efficient performance of any boiler system.
While the average lifespan of a boiler system is around 30 years, it needs to be properly maintained to run efficiently and last that long. Without regular maintenance, the system’s various parts can fall into disrepair, undercutting the performance of the boiler, increasing energy costs and possibly becoming a safety issue.
Because of this, proper maintenance and inspections are the most important part of owning a boiler. The specialized nature of boilers means that only trained technicians (like the ones found at Yale Mechanical) are qualified to evaluate a system’s condition and maintain them properly.
The location, type, age and usage of a boiler will determine the frequency of inspections, and each setup needs individualized care depending on the issues present. However, there are a few common checkpoints we review during every boiler inspection: burner cleaning, heating surface maintenance, combustion analysis and finally, system temperatures and pressures. Evaluating these elements helps ensure a safe, functioning boiler.
We typically recommend inspecting a heating boiler at least twice each year – once for a fall start-up and another mid-winter inspection. However, process boilers used in manufacturing environments often require more frequent inspections due to their heavy workload. In these circumstances, we conduct inspections multiple times each year to ensure the equipment is always running properly.
Qualifying boiler systems are eligible to receive a custom energy rebates from Xcel Energy or CenterPoint for a boiler tune-up every two years. While Yale Mechanical’s maintenance program includes a full boiler inspection, we can also help identify any rebates for which you qualify. After Yale conducts a boiler inspection, we complete the majority of the rebate paperwork on our customers’ behalf, making it very easy for you to collect any available energy rebates. These rebates run on a calendar year, so if you received a rebate in 2014, you’re eligible again at any point this year.
A thorough boiler inspection is the key to keeping your equipment running properly, energy costs contained and ensuring your boiler provides its fullest return on investment. If you have any questions about boiler inspections or rebates, please let me know.