3 Restaurant Boiler And Pipe Issues That Could Spell Trouble

If you've got a boiler inside your restaurant, you may not spend much time near it because you're working hard on getting your food to your customers. It's easy to overlook early signs that the boiler might be on its way out, but if your restaurant's boiler or heating system is exhibiting any of the signs below, it may need attention from a professional.

Any Noise

It is natural to assume that the gurgling, hissing and knocking sounds your boiler makes are normal, especially if you bought the restaurant from another owner who never mentioned any problems with the appliance. However, boilers should operate without making too much noise. Sounds can usually be the primary sign that something might not be right, even if there is not a serious problem.

For instance, mineral deposits from the boiler's water supply could be building up on the boiler's heat exchanger; if that's happening, you might hear some hissing, but that buildup can be easily scraped away by a pro. However, there may also be a more serious problem like a leak or inadequate flow of water.

Drastically High Utility Bills

When you're going through your bills each month, how much attention do you pay to the utility bill? If you're like many restauranteurs, you view a steadily rising utility bill as a sign that the business is thriving, more food is being prepared and the place is open more hours. However, if you see a utility bill that seems drastically higher, the culprit might be the boiler.

If you purchased the restaurant when the boiler was already installed, it's possible that it's just an old model. Old models tend to be less energy-efficient than STAR appliances today. Of course, there could be significant sediment or caked-on grime that could be making the boiler work harder, which can drive up utility costs.

No Heat from Certain Radiators

An easy thing to miss in a restaurant is a non-working radiator. It could be in a spot that's always warm, such as the kitchen, or you might just assume there are cooler spots without thinking of what that could mean. There may not be a problem with the boiler itself but with the pipes, which might be clogged or starting to corrode. A professional contractor can tell you whether the pipes have to be replaced or whether they can simply flush them out to get the radiator working again.

Keeping your employees and customers comfortable is important, so once you notice any of the issues described here, contact a commercial boiler repair company right away. They can help find whatever the problem is and give you some idea of how well your boiler is doing.