Having an effective and reliable source of hot water and heating is vital for any commercial operation. Whether a school, factory, leisure centre, office block, or hospital, ensuring that those who use those facilities are comfortable is key.

A commercial boiler is designed to ensure this is possible. Operating at large-scale, these boilers must have sufficient power and capacity to guarantee warmth for large numbers of people.

When it comes to the length of time a commercial boiler takes to heat up, there is no single answer to this question. It very much depends on the type of boiler in use, its size, and the size and type of the facility that it is located inside.

Nevertheless, it goes without saying that a well-functioning, efficient boiler should be able to produce hot water and heating rapidly and effectively so that those who use the building can enjoy maximum comfort at all times.

Choosing The Right Boiler

To make sure that a commercial property heats up as quickly as possible and maintains an appropriate temperature in the long-term, it’s imperative that the correct boiler is selected to suit the purpose.

Commercial boilers are used in an enormous variety of organisations, and all have varying needs. For example, the heating and hot water supply needs for a major hospital will be very different from the requirements of a mid-sized office block. With this in mind, those with a responsibility for selecting the boiler for the premises must make a well-informed decision based on their large-scale heating solution needs.

They must consider the size, fuel source, output, maximum temperature, and flow rate of their required boiler so that they can be certain that the model they choose will meet their demands. As an example, a smaller electric boiler suited to a small office facility could generate around 15kW of power, whereas a large industrial model could generate as much as 1500kW.

It goes without saying that choosing a boiler that is inappropriate for the premises in which it is installed is an obvious cause of heating supply problems.

Problems That Can Affect A Commercial Boiler’s Ability To Heat Up Correctly

There are many problems that can cause a commercial boiler to heat up slowly or, indeed, to fail to function at all. These include:

  • An inaccurate thermostat – If a commercial boiler’s thermostat is inaccurate, breakdowns can be the result. It may fail to produce sufficient heat for the building to stay at an appropriate temperature.
  • Lost pressure – If pressure is lost from the boiler, leaks can occur and it can be the cause of other boiler issues.
  • Pilot light problems – if the pilot light goes out, the boiler may not be able to heat water.
  • Random switching off – when commercial boilers randomly switch off, this is a sign of a problem such as a frozen condensate pipe.
  • Unusual noises – these can be caused by leaks or low pressure.
  • Uneven heating – if radiators are heating unevenly with no warmth at the top, if they are failing to heat up at all, or if some are heating and others not, this indicates a problem that needs resolving.

Any of the above issues indicate that there is a problem with your commercial boiler and this is why it is slow to heat or failing to heat entirely.

Resolving Issues With Commercial Boilers

The best way to ensure that your commercial boiler continues to function properly in the long term, heating to its optimal level and keeping the occupants of your commercial building at an appropriate temperature, is to arrange for regular maintenance.

Commercial boilers see a lot of wear and tear, and are often subject to heavy usage. Components and parts may, therefore, begin to wear out more rapidly than those in a domestic boiler. For this reason, arranging for a regular maintenance at least once per year is essential.

A qualified engineer can check the system for any problems and any issues that are likely to arise in the near future. By spotting potential problems at an early stage, it’s possible to rectify them by replacing or repairing parts before they break down entirely causing the system to fail.

Any boiler breakdown causes problems, but in the case of a commercial boiler, the consequences can be severe, especially in a setting such as a school, hospital, or care home where vulnerable people can be found.

With this in mind, don’t hesitate to give the team at Rowlen Boiler Services a call today. As fully qualified commercial boiler engineers, we can arrange to visit your premises and carry out the necessary routine maintenance or repair any issues that you are currently experiencing so that your boiler will be functioning properly in no time.