Optimize Your Industrial Boiler Performance for Winter

Technician checking valve, temperature, and gas flow of pipes

Optimize Your Industrial Boiler Performance for Winter

As the temperature continues to drop outside, it’s important to make sure that your commercial or industrial boiler is ready for winter. During this season, there are a number of serious issues that could impact the performance of your boiler. If your boiler gets close to freezing temperatures, it can lead to critical failure that result in costly repair or replacement expenses. Furthermore, even if you are boiler survives winter temperatures, the amount of time you’ll spend defrosting a boiler can halt your production schedule. Therefore, take a look at the winter boiler safety precaution checklist and make sure that your boiler is ready for winter! 

Insulate or Heat All Pipes in Your Plumbing System

One of the biggest risks that arises during the winter involves freezing water pipes. When water freezes, it expands. If water freezes in your commercial pipes, the pipes might rupture. Then, when the water thaws, you will end up with flooding in crucial parts of your building. Therefore, make sure that all of your water pipes are properly insulated and heated. They need to be kept above 32 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. You can use either electrical or steam-based heating lines to ensure that your boiler survives the cold weather. Keep in mind that if your heat tracing system is based on steam, it is only going to operate one more boiler is running. 

Drain Your Boiler When it Is Not in Use

If you are not planning on keeping your boiler running at all times during the winter, then you should make sure to drain the boiler and all water lines connected to it. This will markedly reduce the risk of water freezing in your pipes. When water is allowed to sit idle, there is a much higher chance of freezing. Keep in mind that if you do shut down your boiler, it will take time to warm up when you restart it. If you increase the temperature or pressure in your boiler too quickly when you turn it on again, this could seriously damage the joints, pistons, and metal parts in your boiler. Heating your boiler up too quickly could result in expansion breakage. 

Check Your Flow of Fuel

If your fuel oil lines are not properly insulated or heated, the viscosity of the fuel in the lines could become too high for your fuel pump. As a result, this could impact the flow of fuel through your lines, leading to permanent damage to your pump. Remember that standard oil starts to gel at around 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, make sure that your lines are well above this limit. In addition to heating and insulating your fuel lines, you could also switch your fuel to a winter mix. A traditional winter mix is about 50 percent fuel and 50 percent kerosene. 

Professional Boiler Service With McKenna Boilers

If you are getting your boiler ready for the winter season, then you need to invest in boiler maintenance services from McKenna Boilers. At McKenna Boilers, we provide premier boiler service and repair professionals to ensure your boiler is ready for the cold temperatures. Your boiler is going to work hard this winter, so make sure it can handle this workload with our boiler maintenance services. Contact us today to learn more about how our boiler service and repair experts can help you get your boiler ready for the winter season!

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