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Does my building need a new boiler?

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You might not think that your property needs a new boiler, but it’s important to check your property regularly for any signs of aging. If you live in an old building then the heating system will have been designed with those factors in mind. It has its own unique needs and quirks that only become apparent when you have something specific in mind. That goes for HVAC equipment too – as anyone who has ever bought a new furnace or air conditioner can testify! There are many signs that your building needs a new boiler, and it’s important to identify them before they become more difficult to address. Contact our licensed technicians at JDC mechanical to get started on your commercial boiler replacement.

How long do commercial boilers last on average?

When it comes to commercial boilers, they tend to last around 20-25 years. That’s a long time, but the good news is that most manufacturers will offer warranties on their products to protect your investment. Your building might not need a new boiler just yet, but it’s important you get an annual service check and maintenance schedule from your heating system supplier every year. They will advise you on what needs doing and provide you with repairs for any faults that are found. You usually won’t need a new boiler if your building is relatively new and has been properly looked after. But if it has been neglected for a long time, then it would be worth investing in a new boiler or analyzing maintenance fees compared to other buildings in the area.

Can I repair my current boiler over replacement?

You might be wondering if you can repair your boiler. While this may seem like a good idea, there are some things to consider before starting. One of the big issues is that if you are in the process of replacing your boiler, then it will take time to get back up and running again. This means that you’ll have to wait until your current issue has been resolved before getting another one installed. So if you do decide to repair your boiler, you might need more time than expected to get back up and running again. But the most important thing is that repairs on a boiler can sometimes be more expensive than an entirely new system. If your current system just needs a few fixes, then it may be worth going ahead with repairs – but only if it fits within your budget.

The importance of following manufacturer's scheduled maintenance

In general, it’s a good idea to follow manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance to keep your heating system in top condition. It can be difficult to know whether you’re doing this or not, so following the manufacturer’s advice will help keep things running smoothly. If you don’t follow the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for maintenance, then you might find that there are problems with the heating system sooner than you expected. For example, if your boiler is due for a service, but it hasn’t had one in five years, then it could end up costing more money down the line to fix something that could have been prevented. There are many signs that your heating system needs servicing, and they should be checked regularly by professional heating and cooling companies like JDC Mechanical ltd.

How will you fuel your commercial boiler?

An important planning consideration for anyone reading is to identify the fuel type of your boiler. Keep in mind that there are electric boilers as well. Whether it be natural gas, LPG or fuel oil, certain planning before replacement will be helpful to avoid delays and cost overruns. For instance, if your boiler is currently fuel oil which is becoming obsolete, planning to switch to natural gas in the design phase will help to shorten your project timeline. Our red seal gas fitters can assist with switching fuel types for your commercial boiler.

For a property manager considering a new commercial boiler, which is more important: cost, durability, efficiency, or operating costs?

The obvious answer is cost, but all of the above factors correlate with one another. For commercial buildings, you need a reliable and efficient boiler that costs as little as possible to run. A boiler that is durable will be more cost-effective in the long-term. In terms of operating costs, you should try to keep any replacement boilers running for as long as possible so that you don’t have to pay for expensive repairs every year. In terms of efficiency, the most important factor is providing enough heat without wasting any energy. This can be achieved with a combination of factors such as adding insulation and reducing heat loss through windows or doors. One valuable tool for property managers is having a building efficiency assessment while undergoing major boiler retrofit or replacement to identify and correct all areas of unnecessary energy loss. Contact us, and we can connect you with a building efficiency specialist.

Property owners in Calgary are seeking economical, qualified, reliable and honest HVAC service. JDC Mechanical is not only red seal certified we also have over 25 years of experience to handle all of your commercial HVAC equipment installation and service needs.