We install and service hot water high velocity or regular Boiler Systems. We will upgrade your old boiler to an ultra efficient and quiet wall mounted tank less boiler system that will keep you warm, conserve space in the mechanical room and save you money. We can also use this system to provide water for both domestic use as well as heating. Some brands we deal in include Navien, Rinnai and Baxi. We also do the floor mounted mid and high efficiency ones.
Boiler Maintenance and Tuneups
Preventative annual maintenance and tuneups to boilers is now mandatory. This is to ensure that they are running safe and efficient. This is how a boiler heat exchanger looks like if it is not cleaned. This condition will result in flame roll outs and carbon monoxide buildup in the house. This is so much of a safety concern that the Government actually created a Safety Order for technicians entering a house with a natural draft boiler. In this case its also mandatory that the boiler be fully checked, passed and issued a Certification Tag valid for a year.
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is concerned that some of these boilers equipped with a draft hood are not properly installed, operated or maintained. This could result in a carbon monoxide (CO) safety hazard in the home that may cause personal injury or death. Most gas and propane fired boilers in the province have these draft hoods – the open caps in the vent piping immediately above the boiler. TSSA legally requires that all heating contractors perform a mandatory CO safety check on the boiler and take action when an unsafe condition is identified. This check will be required when a technician enters a home with this type of boiler regardless of whether the homeowner/user has requested service on that boiler. The gas technician is also required to visually examine the boiler and take action if there are signs of poor operation.
Here are some questions and answers to some of the most common questions about the new boiler rule.
Q: What does the inspection cost?
A: The inspection and carbon monoxide (emission) test are not expensive, very often about $150. Heating contractors are obliged to do this inspection and testing, even if not asked to do so by the homeowner. There should ideally be a series of tags on the boiler, indicating that the inspection and test has been performed annually.
Q: What does the test include?
A: The test involves boring a hole in the side of the metal flue, measuring the carbon monoxide (CO) levels and marking them down. If they exceed the acceptable limit of 100 PPM, the boiler is red tagged (shut down) because it is dangerous. Failed tests are often the result of an obstructed venting system or a dirty heat exchanger. Cleaning can be done at the same time to ensure the unit is working fine and no red tag has to be issued.
Q: What if the boiler fails the test?
A: This means the boiler is not safe, and repairs will be required. In a worst-case scenario, the boiler would have to be replaced.
Q: What if I don't see any tags on the boiler?
A: If the boiler has not been previously tested, there is no need for alarm. The new homeowners should simply be aware that this test and inspection should be anticipated as part of their regular annual servicing of the heating system. Clearly, the chance of having a failed test is reduced if you see a tag indicating the last test was acceptable.