Whether you just got a brand-new boiler or you have had a boiler for a number of years, you will likely need to have a boiler inspection in the future. These inspections can be a little bit of a hassle to do correctly and can be difficult to prepare for. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a New York City boiler inspection.

Internal Inspection Versus an External Inspection

Just as the name suggests, external inspections inspect the outside of the boiler. Internal inspections are inspections of the internal components of the boiler and so they require a little more preparation from the owner. Be sure to know whether the inspection you have scheduled is an internal or an external inspection as they are very different, and you may need to prepare accordingly.

What to Do for an External Inspection

External inspections are typically much easier than the internal inspections because the boiler is allowed to be running while the inspection is going on. You want to schedule these inspections at a time that short interruptions will not affect any operations because the inspection can cause short disruptions. Notify any personnel that you may have about the inspection and be sure that qualified operators are present during the inspection just in case they are needed to test the boiler during the inspection.

What to Do for an Internal Inspection

For this inspection, the boiler needs to be non-operational, so schedule the appointment accordingly. First, you need to shut down the boiler according to the operating instructions and then lockout and tag all valves, the ignition system, and electrical disconnects. After letting the boiler cool completely for 24-28 hours, remove inspection plugs, cover plates and washout plugs. Then, flush the boiler if your inspector prefers it flushed for the inspection. After this, open all low-water fuel cutout device float chambers and cross tee piping plugs and then close, lockout, and tag blow off valves. Then, open all fireside access panels and doors. Lastly, remove all soot and ash from boiler furnace surfaces and grates if your inspector prefers it cleaned and have new gaskets ready for all openings.