Whether you’re running a restaurant that relies on a steady hot water supply or an office that needs a constant temperature, you need boiler maintenance for two reasons: safety and savings.
The truth is, you could be spending more on bills than you need to if you don’t keep your commercial heating systems maintained.
Or, even worse, you could be putting client, staff and customer safety at risk.
Commercial engineer Alan Jeffery explains just how important it is to have annual maintenance checks as part of your business boiler service, as well as running us through a few of the key steps in the process.
Why do I need regular checks for my boiler?
When it comes to gas safety, it costs more to ignore. Annual maintenance checks from a Gas Safe registered engineer can help you to:
- stay compliant with legal regulations, such as those found in the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
- keep your customers and your staff safe
- save money on your bills with a system that’s working more efficiently
- avoid paying higher call-out fees in an emergency.
And that’s before you start to worry about the loss of revenue from being unable to trade.
‘Two weeks ago, I went to a restaurant with a water heater that hadn’t been serviced for about four years,’ Alan explains. ‘The thing had burnt away inside. I had to leave the appliance turned off, and the restaurant had no running hot water.’
What does an engineer actually do?
There’s a whole lot more to servicing a boiler than a few quick checks, and it takes a trained Gas Safe engineer to make sure that everything’s running as it should be. A professional maintenance engineer will:
- make sure the appliance is in a safe location
- check the appliance for damage
- test the consumer controls and any safety devices
- ensure that the appliance is burning the right amount of gas
- make sure that the flues and ventilation are correct, with no dangerous emissions
- check that the system is running to the manufacturer’s instructions
- test the seals, piping, electrical connections and gas flow.
‘It’s very important to have your boilers annually serviced, maintained and checked,’ says Alan. ‘It’s for safety and efficiency. It’s worth understanding your health and safety obligations and checking with your leaseholder, to make sure you know who’s responsible for doing these checks. And remember, for a business you need a commercial engineer, not a domestic one.’
How can I protect my business?
It’s not just boilers that need regular attention. Have a look and see how Careplan can cover your business ovens, grills, laundry equipment and hot water appliances too.