How to Know if Your Boiler is Safe for Your Commercial Premises
Boiler efficiency is one thing – of course, we want to make sure our boilers are efficient and working properly at all times. But boiler safety is another thing altogether, and it is more important to make sure that your boiler is safe; the safety of your employees and premises is a priority, after all. But a boiler that is faulty can quickly become an unsafe boiler, and although boiler issues can range from major to minor, what issues should you look out for to ensure your boiler’s safety? Some problems require urgency, whilst there are issues which are lower on the urgency scale (although it’s still better to call in the experts once any issue arises). Here’s how to know if your boiler is safe for your commercial premises based on different boiler issues.
Your hot water and heating are not working
If your hot water and heating are not working, this could be an issue with the thermostat or pressure of the boiler. Whilst this is a simple matter to fix, broken components such as valves or diaphragms could be the culprit, or it could be caused by an airlock as well. If you’ve already tried to address issues with the thermostat or pressure and the hot water and heating are still not working, have your boiler checked by a gas safe engineer. This issue is low on the safety scale, meaning your boiler will continue to remain safe whilst the issue is being resolved, but it’s better to have your boiler checked immediately so you can have proper hot water and heating.
Water is leaking from the boiler
Here’s one thing you should always remember: water coming from your boiler is a bad sign. In fact, on the safety register, it’s a priority and requires urgent attention. If water leaks from the boiler, this could be a sign that an integral internal component of your boiler is faulty or has failed. The leak itself is no danger; the danger comes from your electricity short-circuiting and water damage to your belongings or premises. If there is a leak, never attempt to deal with it on your own – it’s best to contact a gas safe engineer right away.
The boiler is noisy
If the boiler is noisy and making whistling, banging, or gurgling sounds, you should probably have it checked as well. The noise may be caused by material or air buildup in the central heating system, as confirmed by the experts in commercial gas services in London from Gasway Commercial. Although it’s not that dangerous, if you don’t get it checked and fixed, the buildup could result in a breakdown and costlier repairs eventually.
The boiler’s pilot flame is yellow or orange
If the pilot light of the boiler has turned yellow or orange, this could mean poor combustion, and this is a serious matter. When this happens, switch your boiler off right away and contact an engineer. Along with this, you may notice the unmistakable smell of gas as the boiler is operating, or brown or black marks on the boiler as well. Signs of poor combustion also include signs of the buildup of soot or a musty smell. Aside from the boiler, you may notice signs of more condensation forming on your windows as well.
If you have any suspicion of a gas or carbon monoxide leak, switch off your supply of gas at the meter and open your windows and doors so fresh air can get into your premises. Then you should give the National Gas Emergency hotline a ring. Stay outdoors and avoid using naked flames or electrical switches until the professionals have given their permission.
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