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Industrial & Commercial Boiler FAQs

For many business owners, especially those who are new to hot water or steam boiler systems, the equipment may seem intimidating. While it is best to leave the service to the professionals, it is important to know some of the basics about the system. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about boilers at Bogot Service Company:

How Often Should My Commercial Boiler Be Serviced?

At Bogot Service Company, we recommend a full inspection and service visit once a year. Our boiler maintenance services include all the preventive maintenance required for your system, as well as a thorough inspection that is designed to detect problems early and help you avoid downtime. There are also monthly and weekly tasks that should be performed by your maintenance staff, such as checking boiler water levels and performing a blowdown procedure. To learn more about these maintenance tasks, contact our team today.

What Is the Service Life of a Commercial Boiler?

That depends highly on the maintenance history of the boiler and how it was used. In most cases, commercial boilers will last 15 to 20 years, though 25 to 30 years is relatively common with an impeccable maintenance history.

When Should I Consider a Boiler Replacement?

If your commercial boiler is over 15 years old and starting to have frequent problems, or it has a costly component failure like a leaking pressure vessel or tube sheet, it may be time for a replacement. Today’s models can be from 80 to over 97% efficient, while those made a decade or two ago were often rated at 75% efficiency or below. Contact our team at Bogot Service Company for a boiler replacement quote in the Chicago area!

What Are Firetube and Watertube Boilers?

Firetube boilers are often shaped like a cylinder. The pressure vessel is shaped like a large cylinder, with a smaller cylinder inside, which is the combustion chamber. A series of tubes above the combustion chamber carry the hot gases to the flue in a series of passes from the front to the rear of the boiler, and back, depending on the design. Water surrounds the tubes and combustion chamber, and because the hot gases travel through the tubes, it is called a firetube boiler.

Watertube boilers feature a large box-shaped combustion chamber surrounded by vertical tubes that carry water inside. They tend to produce less steam but more heat than firetube boilers, and each design has benefits in certain applications.

What Are the Benefits of Heating With Boilers?

Boilers are efficient, reliable, and relatively simple to operate. They offer centralized heating without the need for large, lossy air ducts throughout the building, and by dividing the workload between multiple boilers, it is easy to build redundancy into the system for buildings that cannot afford downtime. They also do not dry the air like forced-air systems, offering less skin irritation, and cooling can easily be added with chillers. To learn more, contact us today!

Schedule Boiler Services in Chicago With Bogot Service Company

If you’re looking to schedule services with a team of expert HVAC professionals, look no further than Bogot Service Company. Give us a call today and we’d be happy to answer any further questions you have.

Contact us at (847) 832-2321 to learn more about our boiler services in Chicago!