Maximizing Boiler Efficiency

Maximizing Boiler Efficiency

Whether you want to lower your operating expenses or increase water heating performance, maintaining your boiler can help. Ranck Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help you maximize your boiler efficiency. Learn more from our service experts to get the most out of your boiler year-round.

What Is a Boiler?

A boiler is a pressure vessel that creates steam for heat transfer so you can heat water and keep your building warm. Boilers are powered by either combustion or electricity, and there are two main types:

  • Firetube boiler: In this construction, a water reservoir surrounds fire-filled tubes. The fire heats the water outside the lines, turning it to steam and pumping it throughout your building.
  • Watertube boiler: In a watertube boiler, the water-filled tubes run through a heated chamber. The water converts to steam and moves throughout the building via a pipe system.

Ways to Maximize Boiler Efficiency

You can follow these tips to get the most out of your residential or industrial boiler. Contact a professional for detailed, thorough maintenance repairs and inspections.

1. Clean the Water System

Using clean or filtered water can prevent mineral or oil buildup and keep your machine running smoothly.

2. Program the Thermostat

Your boiler will match your thermostat and shut off once the building reaches the ideal temperature. You can program your thermostat to use the boiler only when necessary to prevent energy waste.

3. Replace Worn Parts

As your parts wear down, they affect your boiler’s performance. Look for broken or worn switches, gaskets, pipes and other moving parts to keep your boiler moving efficiently

4. Check for Leaks

You may have a leak if you notice water coming from your boiler, a musty smell or a dripping sound. A quick once-over or a professional inspection can help you find and repair the issue.

5. Clear the Vents

As your boiler pumps steam and releases pressure, the vents can hold onto dust, moisture and other debris. Keeping the ducts clean will help your entire system function better.

6. Clean Heat Emitters

Your heat emitters ensure that the steam from your boiler warms the rest of your building. Clean these devices — radiators, blowers, fans and coils — to ensure proper heat distribution.

How Often Should I Perform Each Step?

To keep your boiler in the best shape possible, you should complete each step at least once a year. Advantages of regular boiler maintenance include:

  • Better safety: Built-up debris and broken parts can lead to poor heat transfer or buildup. Maintaining your boiler keeps your home and facility safer for residents and workers.
  • Lower costs: You can expect lower energy bills with an efficient boiler. You won’t have to use as much energy to create steam and maintain your desired temperature.
  • Increased boiler life: Replacing and cleaning parts can help you use your boiler for longer. You can avoid major repairs and get the most out of your investment.

Contact Ranck Plumbing, Heating & AC

Home and business owners across Lancaster, PA and beyond turn to Ranck for boiler maintenance. We can identify potential issues and save you from costly repairs with a simple evaluation. Contact us today to discuss your boiler and find the best maintenance steps for your needs!