Three Commercial Boiler Inspection Tips To Keep Your Unit Functioning Correctly

No matter how you use your commercial boiler, it undoubtedly plays a vital role in your day-to-day operations. Consequently, it's imperative that you keep the boiler functioning correctly. You can play an important part in accomplishing this goal by committing to periodic inspections of your unit. Here are just some of the components you want to inspect to ensure your boiler is functioning correctly.

Flue Passages

If the boiler is not burning correctly, evidence of the malfunction will often be visible around the flue passages. Inspecting this area periodically can help alert you of an issue early. When inspecting the flue passage, look for evidence of soot buildup.

Soot in this area serves as an indication that there is either not enough combustion air passing through or that the unit is running too cool. When unaddressed, both of these issues can cause significant damage, so an early recognition is essential.

Flame-Sensing Rod

Another area of inspection should be the flame-sensing rod. The role of the rod is to alert the controller that the gas burner inside the system has been activated. Once the rod has been activated, if there is no flame present after a certain amount of time, the sensing rod will force the gas valves to close as a safety precaution.

If the sensor is at all damaged, it will not function correctly. When looking over the flame-sensing rod, you want to look for any indication that the sensor is fractured. If you notice any issue with the sensor, it's imperative that you have it repaired right away.

Vent Pipe

The vent pipe can also offer a sign that there is an internal issue going on within your boiler. Similar to flue passages, you want to look for an indication of a buildup. More specifically, a buildup of a white powder-like substance, somewhat similar to ashes. This buildup is typically the result of condensation that is occurring within the vent.

This issue can be especially damaging because the condensation can act like an acid that breaks down the material of the pipe vent, which will prevent the system from functioning properly. At the first sign of this buildup, have your boiler inspected to figure out the reason for the condensation.  

Make certain you are committing to periodic inspections of your unit to avoid a mishap. In addition to inspections, make sure you are having a repair technician look over your unit from time to time to ensure proper operation. Do not hesitate to call a commercial boiler repair specialist if you suspect any problems with your boiler.