Why summer is the best time for commercial heating work
Summer – a time when people generally use less heating, giving your boiler a well deserved rest. Of course, it’s still incredibly important to make sure that your commercial heating is ready for the colder Autumn and Winter Months.
In fact, problems with heating are far more likely to occur over the summer after your boiler has been inactive for a while. Things like limescale build ups or limescale on the heat exchanger of the boiler can both spell trouble for the lifespan of your commercial heating. With that in mind, here are some of the key things that you should know about why summer is the best time for commercial heating work.
Heating Faults, Breakdowns and Maintenance Required
To start with, it’s important to know what problems you should be looking out for when you turn your heating on at the end of summer. You should always check for any faults, such as kettling. Kettling is essentially what it sounds like – when your boiler starts making noises that sound like a kettle. You should also make sure that you don’t have any issues with your gas supply and make sure that the pilot light hasn’t gone out.
There are also a number of maintenance tasks that should be undertaken on commercial heating. You should think about doing things such as changing out the filters, which should ideally be done a minimum of 3 to 4 times a year. You should also clear out the vents, and check the thermostat. Getting your boiler services should also be done at least every 12 months, otherwise in some cases you could end up making your warranty void. Getting the proper servicing done ultimately means that you will have your boiler for longer, saving you money in the long run.
Usually, a commercial heating service will consist of a range of checks, such as fault finding, checking any pipework, making sure that the heating is running properly and cleaning the system as needed.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to schedule in commercial heating work if you need it during the right time. Summer is the ideal time to get commercial heating work done. Here are a few reasons why.
Importance of heating maintenance during the summer:
The Boiler Won’t Be Operating
In the summer, you’re likely to be switching your heating off, whether it be your warehouse heater of shop heater. Therefore, you aren’t going to be using the boiler as much, so it’s the ideal time to get it serviced before the winter comes along. Your boiler wouldn’t have been working much through the summer, but it would have been working during the winter on a consistent basis. The summer months will give an engineer the opportunity to check anything that’s happening with the system, which can be a bit more difficult during the winter when the heating is on.
In addition to this, if you get the commercial heating serviced during the summer, it means that if any work does need to be done it won’t be at the detriment of you or your customers, because it won’t be cold. You aren’t as likely to need the heating in the summer so it won’t bother you that there are people working on it.
Improved Response Times
When it’s cold outside, a lot of people just like you will also be preparing to get their commercial heating serviced. This means that it’s a lot harder to get an engineer out to deal with your specific issue. It means that there’s a lot less flexibility as far as timing is concerned.
On the other hand, if you get your commercial heating work done during the summer, it means that it’s a lot more convenient for your supplier to get out and see you. It means that you can likely select a time and date that works perfectly for you. Not only this, but you don’t usually need to wait as long as the gas engineers won’t be as busy. You can avoid the winter rush entirely if you plan ahead!
Why winter/autumn is not as good for commercial heating work
On the flip side, Winter and Autumn is certainly not the ideal time to get commercial heating work done. To start with, when heating is being used more often, it’s more susceptible to breaking. This means that engineers are likely to be much busier during the winter, meaning it will be harder to get someone out to see you in a timely manner. It means there is less flexibility, and you could be waiting longer to get the issues fixed. This, in turn, means that you will be without heat and hot water for a lot longer, which is certainly not ideal.
Of course, because engineers are busier, you will find that a lot of companies will charge more for work to be done during the winter too. Thus, getting any work done during the summer is good for your schedule, wallet and peace of mind in the long run.
By preparing your commercial property in the Summer as opposed to the Autumn and Winter, you will have all of the peace of mind that you need to know that you are prepared for the colder months. There will be no need to rush around worrying about potential fixes that are needed, which means that you don’t need to worry about having to close the establishment temporarily to get work done. Making sure that you take care of your boiler early on means that you may even save money in the long term. If you’re looking to get commercial heating work done, why not give us a call for more information? Alternatively, you can also check through our website to find out more about what we can offer.