Approximately one out of every four commercial buildings house a boiler. In New York City, boilers are often found in office buildings, hospitals, apartment complexes, etc., and play a large role in the building’s heat and water needs. If you manage one or more buildings with a boiler, it’s important to perform regular checks and maintenance. If you notice any of the following warning signs, it may be time for your New York City boiler inspection.
Water Leaks
Rust is very corrosive to a boiler system and will eventually cause damage if left untreated. The most common cause of rust is a water leak. When you have a leak, water may be visible around the boiler system on the floor. Oftentimes, however, it remains hidden inside, not giving itself away until rust begins to appear. Besides rust, leaks can cause other adverse effects, such as pressure fluctuations, higher fuel consumption, and even overheating. If you believe your boiler has leaks, it’s time to call in the professionals.
Odd Noises
Boilers often produce loud sounds. However, boilers can also make various sounds—popping, buzzing, whirring—when they’re in need of services. For example, when you hear a popping noise, it may mean too much iron or sediment has accumulated in the hot water tanks. If you believe there is a malfunction, schedule your inspection immediately.
Rising Expenses
Have you noticed a change in costs that relate to the operation of your boiler? Have you noticed an increased fuel bill without a change in temperature or demand? Rising costs without any reasoning could point toward a number of problems with your boiler, from a water leak to much-needed cleaning. Calling in a professional is the best way to diagnose the problem and determine a cost-effective solution.