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Boiler hire: Contingency matters

01 February 2017

When boiler breakdown occurs or when repairs/routine maintenance needs to be carried out, short-term boiler hire offers a solution, as Carl Webb, director of Andrews Boiler Hire, explains

Boiler plants are the life-blood of so many different types of manufacturing industries and commercial organisations, not only providing a ready source of hot water and steam, but as the main provider of heating for building and hot water to washrooms, kitchens, and so on.

Industrial boilers support many processes such as cooking, boiling and cleaning operations in the food and drink industry. They are used widely in paper, building, chemical and textile industries as well as government buildings, hospitals, schools, universities and banks.

Boiler performance must be managed well and kept fully operational at all times. Despite routine inspections and maintenance, boiler failure can happen and without warning. In difficult trading times organisations may have delayed servicing their boiler, creating a situation which could result in long-term boiler shut-down - a false economy.  And when business is booming with longer working hours there is less time for boiler repair/routine maintenance to be undertaken; this can have an adverse effect on boiler efficiency or result in total breakdown.

Another reason why industry may lose heating could be due to lack of gas supply, cut-off outside the control of the business.

If the situation cannot be resolved quickly companies face production shut-down, lost of output has so many financial ramifications. Also working temperatures may drop below recommended safe levels.

Organisations such as Andrews Boiler Hire can provide a solution, whether boilers are required for scheduled maintenance or for an emergency. The company has well-stocked depots strategically positioned across the country, and a dedicated team provides 24/7, 365-day service ensuring that response times will always be fast. 

Contingency planning

Should complete boiler failure occur, contingency would offer an extremely swift solution. It is worthwhile organisations establishing a working relationship with a major boiler hire company that has extensive specialist knowledge and can respond promptly to such emergencies. A contingency plan could save many thousands of pounds in lost production.

Consider whether discussions have already taken place with a dedicated boiler hire company and have they been invited to survey the site and boiler function?

With a carefully formulated contingency plan, maintenance engineers can enjoy peace of mind knowing that if there is a fixed boiler system failure at any time, a specialist boiler rental company such as Andrews Boiler Hire (part of the Andrews Sykes group) operates a year-round call-out service that is just a phone call away.

When supplying hired boilers to different premises, the main challenges facing a specialist boiler rental company includes accurately assessing the client's exact requirements and getting into the site quickly. Careful planning between the client and the specialist's transport department and service engineers is crucial in ensuring that delivery goes as planned.

It is always a great help if the site manager has key details at hand on the day including required temperatures and flow requirements, best access routes onto premises and available space in plant rooms, etc.

A contingency plan could include assessing power supplies, demand for process heating and/or hot water, size of the premises and heat requirements. With an agreement signed-off, organisations such as Andrews Boilers Hire will guarantee equipment for that client, so they can rest assured that their unique boiler settings will only be a few hours away from restoring a normal heating and hot water service, should they experience boiler failure.

Having a contingency plan in place brings peace of mind to the maintenance engineer, production director and facilities team since it is the best way to avoid short or long-term interruption to the heat source.