The Heat Exchange

Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Boiler

Posted by Elaina Schlumper on May 17, 2018, 11:01:44 AM

Do you have an older boiler that’s no longer running at peak efficiency? Have you noticed excessive wear and tear on your system? It might be time for an upgrade. But how do you know for sure?

The Wilkinson Companies maintains and installs all types of commercial boilers. If you’re thinking about an upgrade, our expert technicians can help guide you through the process. We provide free in-house consultations to determine the best route for your facility and we can help point out the signs it’s truly time for an upgrade.

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Signs it’s time to upgrade your condensing boiler:

  • Continuous lockouts
  • Specific age (your boiler is more than 20 years old)
  • Lack of maintenance, including condensate trap neglect
  • Not operating the boiler system per the building system design
  • Breeching corrosion
  • Building operating expectations were altered due to new tenant requirements
  • Improper initial installation
  • Water quality that doesn’t meet manufacturer requirements

Signs it’s time to upgrade your cast iron/firetube boiler:

  • Lack of maintenance
  • Significant thermal stress over time
  • Improper initial installation
  • Lack of safety checks
  • Lack of chemical treatment
  • Poor burner performance

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“Most people have purchased a new car in their lifetime and as you know, the manufacturer wants you to change the oil after 3,000 miles. Why? Because this will help extend the life and reliability of the vehicle. Boilers are the same. They need to be maintained from the first year they are installed. Every boiler manufacturer has a recommended maintenance schedule in the manual for a reason, much like your car and it should be adhered to. Boiler water chemistry is also very important and should be part of every maintenance plan. A properly maintained boiler will last longer and the reliability will be appreciated on those cold nights.” John Sieminski, Vice President of Service Operations

No matter which type of boiler you have at your facility, lack of maintenance is a key factor in needing to upgrade the system. Keeping on top of maintenance each year ensures that your boiler is running properly and safely.

Once you decide to upgrade, you’ll notice your newer boiler model will be more reliable, increase energy efficiency, save you money on fuel and limit emissions.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, or would like to set up a consultation, please contact us today!

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