Boiler Maintenance Basics The Heat Is On

The rarely stated—but all too well understood—Murphy’s Law for Boilers—asserts that if your boiler quits working, it will do so on Christmas or New Year’s Eve, or at 4:45 p.m. on the coldest day of the year. With some planning, though, that broken-down boiler won’t be yours on those inopportune frigid days. An association’s management and staff can head off a worst-case scenario by scheduling regular maintenance and keeping an educated eye on the whole system.

With the heating season in the Garden State extends from October to May, being certain that your building’s boiler will function well should be a high-priority concern for each building’s management. Maintenance also saves money by improving efficiency and extending the useful life of mechanical equipment.

Maintenance Musts

Stephen Samouhos of Evco Mechanical Corp in West Orange tells us that, “In general, the boiler room ought to have a preventative maintenance visit by a qualified technician at least twice a year, once before the start of the heating season and once at the end.”

According to Mitch Leibowitz of Passaic's Pruzansky Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, “The first maintenance will be somewhere between Labor Day and Columbus Day. That would include filling the system, testing it, checking pressure, checking all the gauges, the electrics, and obviously firing it up and making sure there are no leaks and that everything's performing properly.”     

“Around Memorial Day,” Leibowitz continues, “I shut everything down, drain everything properly. I wouldn't consider it a full maintenance, because we're still going to come back before the heating season, but definitely some things that can help with preventative issues for off season.”

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