The 5 Key Benefits of Biomass Boiler Servicing
With the introduction of the HETAS Approved Biomass Maintenance Scheme (HABMS), you must get your boiler serviced at least once a year by an accredited engineer to qualify for RHI payments. Investing in expert care for your biomass boiler will also pay dividends in boiler performance – minimising boiler downtime and maximising heat output – meaning greater Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) returns.
Here’s our five key benefits of signing up to a regular Service and Maintenance plan, helping get the very best out of your biomass boiler.
Maximise RHI Returns
RHI payments are only made when the boiler is operational so any periods of breakdown will prove costly. When a boiler is running efficiently, it requires less fuel to produce the same heat output as an inefficient boiler, in effect making the cost of fuelling the boiler lower for the same amount of RHI returns. Ensuring high boiler efficiency is a key part of any maintenance plan.
The HETAS Approved Biomass Maintenance Scheme (HABMS), which sets a standard for biomass boiler maintenance, requires that all recipients of the RHI must get their boiler serviced at least once a year by an accredited engineer. Putting your biomass boiler into the hands of specialist accredited engineers, such as at AMP Clean Energy, is one of the best ways to maximise your RHI payments. A regular, reliable supply of good quality biomass fuel is also crucial.
Reduce breakdowns and prevent costly repairs
Boilers which are not serviced regularly run the risk of developing significant problems which can have a considerable impact on boiler operation. Specialist engineers will spot any signs of issues developing such as the build-up of ash or clinker before it becomes a problem.
The combustion chamber, the heat exchanger and flue system surfaces can be affected by ash deposits. Most automated biomass boilers have automatic heat exchanger cleaning mechanisms which clean some of the overall surface. These components gather ash over time restricting the flow of the flue gasses, reducing boiler efficiency and output.
You will need to clean your biomass boiler regularly and check for blockages or build-ups of fuel. If your boiler does not have an automatic ash cleaning function then you will need to clean it and remove the ash yourself. If your boiler is self-cleaning then you will only need to empty the ash bin. Some boilers have an indicator on the control panel that will let you know when the ash needs to be emptied.
Expert Care by Accredited Engineers
Under new rules, you must get your biomass boiler serviced at least once a year by an engineer accredited by HABMS to qualify for RHI payments. At AMP Clean Energy our 35 engineers are registered with the Scheme.
Biomass boilers can be more complex than other boilers and specialist engineers understand that boilers using wood chip and pellet need regular attention when it comes to filling, cleaning and fuel delivery. Signing up to a regular service and maintenance plan puts your heat installation into the hands of experts who will also be on call for emergency repairs. At AMP Clean Energy we provide 24/7 support through our nationwide network of engineers and pride ourselves on our quick response times to emergency call-outs.
A service should include an inspection and cleaning of specific parts, paying attention to seals, as well as replacing any worn parts. Experts will also look out for any signs of issues developing such as the build-up of ash or clinker which can cause serious operational problems.
What’s included in the service?
• a general inspection
• cleaning of airway ports
• inspection and cleaning of the heat exchanger and combustion chamber
• all seals and bearings checked, replaced and/or greased where necessary
• replacement of worn components
• inspection and testing of all safety equipment
• inspection of associated fuel equipment
• flue gas analysis to check combustion efficient
Benefit from Optimal Fuel Combustion
If your fuel type changes over time, the boiler settings will need to be adjusted appropriately to match the fuel type and quality. This is something which specialist engineers will check during a regular service. It’s also another good reason to stick with a reputable fuel supplier and maintain a consistent quality of biomass wood chip or pellet.
Specialist engineers will optimise your boiler for the type of fuel you are using. This will also help improve overall boiler efficiency, ensuring a cost-effective and reliable heat supply.
Promote boiler efficiency
Expert care will help ensure that your biomass heating system is operating efficiently, using less fuel to deliver more heat on demand. An efficient running boiler will help optimise performance and increase RHI payments.
Boiler efficiency is one of the most important things specialist engineers will work on, ensuring your biomass boiler delivers the best possible value for money. Expert care can even extend the lifespan of your boiler. Inefficient biomass boilers will use too much fuel, which will prove costly in the long term.
An experienced engineer will also look at the design of your biomass heat installation and whether this is having any negative impact on efficiency. They will often make suggestions on improving the design if you are concerned that it is not working as efficiently as expected. Even making small adjustments can help boost efficiency. At AMP Clean Energy our engineers are adept at dealing with all the major boiler manufacturers and carry a wide range of spare parts.
What Service & Maintenance Plan is right for you?
You will find annual, biannual and quarterly Service & Maintenance plans on the market. Reputable biomass heat businesses such as AMP Clean Energy will recommend which plan is best for you, depending on your boiler type and heat usage. At AMP Clean Energy we pride ourselves on our transparent and fair pricing and only charge our fee on completion of your annual service or your first service if you are on a biannual or quarterly plan.
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AMP Clean Energy is the UK’s leading biomass heat services supplier and we manage thousands of biomass boilers for businesses and organisation throughout the United Kingdom. Combined with the largest network of specialist biomass engineers nationwide, you can rest assured that we’ll get the best out of your biomass boiler.
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