The Boiler Room Blog

Advice on commercial water heater selection, maintenance and safety issues for businesses that rely on a steady supply of hot water.

early signs of water heater failure

Early Signs of Water Heater Failure

Know these early signs of water heater failure. You may be able to prevent a water heater failure emergency before it happens.

If you run a restaurant, hotel or apartment building, just thinking about a “no hot water” situation might make you panic. No dishwashers or no showers? No thank you! After all, you need hot water to run your business. Remember: your commercial water heater is a mechanical piece of equipment. So it’s not a matter of if your water heater will fail—it’s a matter of when. Eventually, all water heaters fail.

But you can be prepared. Look for these early signs of water heater failure—and learn what to do when your commercial water heater is acting up. Read on!

dry air

Winter’s Wrath: Dry Air

Understanding how to manage dry air ensures you and your guests can remain healthy and happy.

For as beautiful as winter months in the Midwest are, there are a few pitfalls to the season. While we’re all aware that the cold weather outside can be frightful, inside where it’s warm and cozy has its drawbacks as well, primarily dry air.

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exploding water heater

Your Water Heater Can EXPLODE! Mythbusters, Revisited

Mythbusters confirmed it. Everything you need to know about exploding water heaters!

Hot water is as simple as turning on a faucet—it’s a basic part of living as a human being in the developed world. It hasn’t always been that easy though. Before the modern standard of water heating units in every building and home, hot water was considered a luxury; it was not a necessity, nor a standard. Happily for us modern folk, hot water is readily available and no longer a luxury.

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outdoor equipment maintenance

How To Winterize Outdoor Machines & Equipment

A few hours of winterization prepping and your outdoor equipment will last you for many years. This is sustainability in action.

A uniquely defining characteristic of humanity is our penchant for using complex machines to aid us in nearly every aspect of our lives. Machines are great! But as important as machines are to our lives and businesses, your machines require some attention from time to time if they’re going to continue to work properly.

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You NEED Regularly Scheduled HVAC Maintenance!

HVAC maintenance is NOT a job for the amateur handyman, that’s for certain.

You’ve probably seen plenty of billboards, fleet vehicles and other advertisements with the word HVAC on it. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning. It’s just one of those things that everyone takes for granted, but as soon as it’s gone, we seek immediate aid. In fact, modern living would be impossible without it.

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slab leak

Slab Leaks: A Costly Problem

Don’t let a slab leak get the best of you! Early detection is key to preventing further damage.

A slab leak, also known as a foundation leak or concrete slab leak, is a plumbing industry term for a leak within the waterline piping below the concrete floor of your home or business. Slab leaks are an issue in homes and buildings of all ages, and can quickly become a very costly problem. Not only does a slab leak waste an excessive amount of water, but a leaking pipeline system can quickly cause damage to the foundation of your home or business, not to mention compromise your entire structure.

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water heater maintenance

Winter Prep for Water Heaters

Take these water heater winter prep precautions and you’ll have a much happier spring!

A water heater not properly prepared for winter can create a serious mess, resulting in a time-consuming hassle that’ll cost you a lot of money, both short- and long-term. So be sure your water heater is ready to roll this winter and into the coming spring by following these tips for water heater winter prep.

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Commercial Water Heater Systems – Know Your Options

Asking the right questions when looking at how to choose a water heater. With so many options, we can point you in the right direction.

When it comes to commercial water heaters, you have options, and it’s important to discuss those options with a trained water heater professional. We’ve talked about the importance of correct commercial water heater sizing, but did you know that there are often multiple water heater tank sizing options to meet your commercial hot water usage requirements?

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soft water

Soft Water: A Must For Commercial Water Heating

So don’t underestimate the value of soft water!

Many people underestimate the damage hard water can do to a commercial water heating system. City of Milwaukee water is considered only “moderately hard” by national standards; however, moderately hard is definitely not true soft water. And when we’re talking large commercial equipment use, we’re looking at major system problems. Because your commercial water heater is working constantly to provide your business with hot water at all times, it’s running through that hard water at a faster rate, causing damage to your equipment – and that means more money out of your pocket, both short- and long-term.

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