Boilers are one of the most important elements of any building, as they’re necessary to provide hot water and heat to the whole structure, from the basement to the top floor. Your boiler system heats your home, your business and the area surrounding it, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs and budget. At MCR Gas, we install residential and commercial boilers, commercial plumbing, heating and gas. Contact us if you would like to know more or have any questions.
What Is A Commercial Boiler?
Generally, commercial boilers provide heating and hot water to commercial spaces and usually burn fuel or use electricity to produce hot water or steam. This hot water or steam has then circulated through the building via a system of pipes and can be used as required to create a comfortable environment. Natural gas is most commonly used to fuel these systems, but they can also burn fuel oil or use electricity resistant coils to generate heat.
Commercial Boiler Types:
There Are Two Types Of Commercial Boilers To Consider:
Fire Tube Boiler
Traditional fire tube boilers are one of the oldest types of boilers. The combustion gases (usually steam) flow through tubes in a water-filled chamber, making heat that becomes steam and turning turbines or moving a wheel to produce electricity. Due to their simple design, fire tube boilers are both less expensive and easier to operate. They’re best suited for medium to low-pressure applications.
A water-tube boiler is a type of boiler that makes use of the circulation of water that is exposed to a heat source (in contrast to a more conventional boiler design in which water travels through pipes which are connected to a heating source).
There are two main kinds of fire tube boilers: dry-back and wet-back. A wet-back design requires water to flow across the end of the furnace, which helps cool it. A dry-back design doesn’t need to be cooled and thus requires less energy to operate.
Concerning the types of boilers, water tube boilers are notably more efficient than their fire tube counterparts. The factors behind this are multiple. Compared to steam, water evaporates more quickly. When the water runs through the tube, it is surrounded by the heat source rather than the other way around.
The Basics Of Commercial Boilers
Some commercial boilers are pressurized systems that burn combustible fuel to produce hot water, while others are not pressurized but turn water into steam. Within the boiler, the burners or coils create heat that is transferred to the water through the heat exchanger.
The process usually produces either hot water or steam, depending on the type of boiler. The hot water or steam is circulated throughout your commercial facility via pipes. Steam or water enters components, dispersing the heat that helps make your indoor spaces feel comfortable. Natural gas is the most common fuel used in commercial boilers. In addition to other kinds of furnaces, such as oil-fired furnaces and furnaces that produce heat by heating coils with electricity, natural gas is also an option.
What Services Would You Expect a Commercial Boiler Engineer To Offer?
- Boiler and heating services
- Heating and boiler repairs
- Commercial plumber services including plumbing repairs
- Install, maintain, repair and service gas boilers
- Emergency repair services
- Routine maintenance for commercial boilers
- Services for water heating systems
- Boiler control systems
- Commercial boiler controls systems – monitor and fixes remotely
- Replace boilers
- Planning and designing completely new central heating systems for business premises
Parts Of Commercial Boilers
The following components and parts will typically be found in a commercial boiler:
Burner: The burner in a furnace creates the flames that heat the water in the boiler. These flames are fueled by a mixture of oxygen and the fuel being burned. The burner must be able to create this steady flame efficiently.
Combustion Chamber: In the boiler, the combustion chamber is where fuel is burnt to heat the water. The chamber has a more advanced design and ensures the safe combustion of fuel. The chamber is typically built from a hard material such as cast iron, steel, copper or something else of similar consistency.
Controls: The controls regulate when and how often the burner fires, the temperature of the water, the rate at which fuel is used, and the quality of the mixture of fuel and oxygen. They allow users to set the water temperature, ignition, air and fuel supply mixtures, and internal pressure. A wide range of safety controls are put in place to help regulate the pressure inside the boiler, maintain water temperature within safe ranges, and continue to protect the system.
Exhaust stack: The stack, also called the flue, is the series of pipes that carry the fumes of exhaust away from the inside of your facility to the outside. It must be carefully constructed to ensure that dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide are properly vented to the outside away from the inside of your facility.
Knowing the components and parts of a boiler will help you understand how they function. If you need help finding out what size you need for your commercial boiler we can help you.
How Efficient Is A Commercial Heating System?
For old, outdated heating and boilers, it takes far more energy to generate heat and output, resulting in a higher bill as well as increased potential for breakdown. With a new system, efficiency is improved, resulting in less usage of resources and more money in your pocket. A professional plumber and engineer can inspect your current system to see how efficient it is and its energy rating.
Boiler Safety and Maintenance
Ensure that the boiler is cleaned and in working order as it is a high-pressure, volatile system. If needed, safety systems must be ready to go at a moment’s notice. An insufficient amount of water pressure can lead to serious burns, as well as burst boilers and severely damaged buildings.
There is one precaution to keep in mind for any home’s boiler system: Regular preventive maintenance from a professional. This isn’t just to keep the system running properly and as efficiently as possible, but also to make sure it’s running safely. Reach out to your local reliable HVAC services provider for information on boiler maintenance or to schedule a maintenance inspection.
Contact Us For A Commercial Boiler Installation
If you live in Manchester or the Greater Manchester area, and have any questions about whether or not your place would benefit from either a commercial or domestic boiler, contact MCR Gas today to speak with one of our friendly team members! We will be happy to assist you. We employ experienced and qualified commercial plumbers that are experienced in carrying out installations, repairs and servicing. Whether the service you need is for a small or large establishment, our team will come up with the perfect heating option for your business.
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