Do you know the difference between commercial boilers and domestic boilers? To most people, a boiler is a boiler and aside from the difference in size, they may find it difficult to differentiate between the two types.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide to commercial boilers, so that you can learn more about how they work, what they are and things to consider when maintaining, replacing or installing one.
Commercial Boilers: What They Are
A commercial boiler is classed as an installation which has an input of over 70kw, anything under is classed as domestic. You may have two boilers in your house connected to the same system, each using 40kw to run for example. If this is the case your system would be classed as commercial as the net input is over 70kw.
Where They’re Used
Commercial boilers are best installed for a commercial premise, as they are robust and powerful boilers that can be used for multiple things such as heating or providing energy to help manufacture a product. Commercial premises come in many different formats and a diverse range of businesses fall into the commercial category, including shops, schools, offices, leisure centres, restaurants and nursing homes.
How They Work
Commercial boilers are pressurised systems that use electricity or gas to deliver heat and hot water throughout the building and operate in the same way as the smaller, domestic boilers we all have at home – just on a larger scale!
What to Consider
When it comes to commercial boilers, you have to consider more factors than you would for a domestic one in your home. For starters, commercial properties are generally bigger than a domestic house, and therefore require a hard-wearing boiler than can keep up with the amount of energy needed throughout the building.
Commercial boilers are complex and commercial jobs have a much greater number of variables that will need to be addressed when planning for a commercial boiler. Only a Gas Safe registered commercial gas engineer who has the relevant qualifications and experience can install commercial boilers. The commercial engineer will safely install the new boiler to work around your businesses schedule, ensuring that minimum disruption to your company occurs, but gets the job done quickly and efficiently. Only commercial gas engineers who are fully qualified and members of the Gas Safe register are legally permitted to install, test and service your commercial boiler.
Lifespan & Care
Commercial boilers should be replaced every 10 to 15 years, depending on how well it has been maintained. They should be serviced annually to ensure that the boiler is working efficiently and to prevent any future breakdowns or repairs needed. Making sure that the boiler is in full working order is essential in a commercial building.
As boilers can be used for a number of different things within a business (heating, hot water), it’s really important to make sure it’s working efficiently and operating at full capacity. If the boiler breaks down, it can have a detrimental effect on your business through potential loss of trade (if the working conditions are too cold for your employees) and the inconvenience of repairs taking place. This is why it’s so important to get your boiler serviced and inspected every year.
Why Choose Us
Here at Phil Crews, we are commercial plumbing and heating specialists. Our team has over 30 years of experience in the plumbing, heating and gas industry, and we offer a full spectrum of commercial plumbing and heating services to businesses in the Plymouth area and across the South West. As members of the Gas Safe register and the WRAS, we are fulling qualified to complete your commercial boiler needs. Contact us on 01752 225748 or 07850384623 to discuss your needs.