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Ways to Prolong a Steam Boiler's Lifetime

January 29, 2021

Ways to Prolong a Steam Boiler's Lifetime

Use Regular Boiler Water Treatments

If you have a steam boiler in the Greater Toronto Area, it's likely working at full capacity around the clock. To help ensure that it lasts far beyond its manufacturer's estimated lifespan, you should use regular boiler water treatments. We're all familiar with the excess water scaling that can happen to places that handle a large amount of water. A boiler water treatment will work to prevent hard scale water build-up that could result in premature damage to your boiler.

Opt For A Modular Boiler System

Modular boiler systems are perfect for places where multiple boilers are required to produce steam. In this type of system, the steam that is produced is monitored. When there is less steam required for your heating needs, some of the boilers are turned off. This helps to maximize their lifespan as they won't be operating when they don't need to be.

Fix Problems Early

Part of responsibility owning a steam boiler in the Greater Toronto Area is understanding the early warning signs that something isn't quite right. When you notice a strong metallic odour, unusual noises, a lack of heat production, or even leaking water, it's an indication that there is a problem. You should seek out the assistance of an HVAC specialist to fix the issue before it gets bigger and more expensive to do so. 

Turn On Your Unit In The Summer

It's highly likely that you're looking forward to the warm summer months where you won't have to pay to run your boiler unit around the clock. While it can be easy to shut your boiler off and forget about it until next winter, you shouldn't. It's advisable to turn on your boiler a couple of times throughout the summer months. This will help to prevent any excess build-up of grit that could result in expensive damage to your boiler system. 

Get Annual Inspections

Everyone who owns a steam boiler in the Greater Toronto Area should schedule regular inspections. This is where an HVAC professional comes from A-Plus Quality comes to inspect your boiler system and perform any necessary maintenance. During the annual inspection, they will be identify any key areas of wear that can result in damage. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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  • First experience was on New Year's Day, 2020, when furnace stopped. Called A-Plus and they had a rep (Jack) out quickly. He did some troubleshooting. He wasn't giving BS. Gave me options on repairing or replacing. Non-biased, no pressure. I chose replace and it was done the next day. Good experience all around. Second experience was early March, 2021 when a harsh chemical smell emanating from the furnace room, and pushed through the HVAC venting, permeated the house. Very concerning. Was late night, called A-Plus, immediately answered and suggested some safety moves for the evening. Booked a visit for the morning. Jack again came and assessed the issue and advised where the smell came from (outside). Again, very professional, quick, no BS, good guy. Completely satisfied with the service after often being given the BS treatment from other service providers for the house. Would definitely recommend.

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    a month ago
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    a week ago
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FAQ

  • What is a mini-split?

    By definition, and simply put, a “Split System” is a heating and air conditioning system which has two main components, the indoor unit and outdoor unit. In short, the indoor unit absorbs heat energy in the cooling mode, and the outdoor unit rejects the very heat absorbed by the indoor unit. And the cycle is repeated until the set temperature is met. Although the indoor and outdoor units are located in physically different, hence “split” locations, they are connected and operate as, one system; continuously circulating refrigerant liquid and vapor by means of interconnecting, dehydrated copper refrigerant lines, commonly referred to as a “Line Set”.

  • What is a heat pump?

    Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

  • Why is there ice building up on the copper pipes?

    There can be many reasons why the refrigerant pipes are freezing up but the most common issue is low refrigerant levels. If your AC unit has ice buildup turn off the unit for at least 4 hours and call us at 416-410-0337

  • Most common Boiler Issues

    - Boiler fails to ignite
    - Low pressure
    - Strange Noises
    - Boiler is not responding to the thermostat
    - Cold Radiators
    - Boiler leaking or dripping
    - Boiler cycling very fast
    - Available Hot water but No Heat

  • Water is Leaking on my Furnace

    Water falling on to the furnace can harm your heating unit by affecting the control boards and other components enclosed in the furnace. There can be many causes to the water overflow, but the most common cases in the summer is the ice build up inside the evaporator coil due to low refrigerant level. Water build up can also be due to the evaporator coil having a crack on the base, if this is the case contact us by booking an appointment or call us today to have a technician come have a look at your unit and repair this issue before it causes excessive damage.  

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