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Calling For Backup: Why Your HVAC Contractor Needs Help From A Plumber

Most contractors can manage their own special fields of work all on their own. However, from time to time, one type of contractor may need to call for backup assistance from another type of contractor. If you recently had commercial HVAC services come to your business to check on a boiler, and then call in a plumber, you might want to know what is going on. Here are some of the reasons why the HVAC technician called in the plumber on a consult.

​The Water Going in or Coming out of the Boiler

​Boilers can be very temperamental machines, especially commercial boilers. Maybe the boiler was leaking a ton of water. Maybe it was not getting enough water into the machine. Either way, a plumber can locate what is going on with the machine by looking for problems with the plumbing that feed into the boiler. If the plumber fixes the issue, then the HVAC technician can finish repairs. 

​The Interior of the Commercial Boiler Is Missing Something

​A broken or missing part on a commercial boiler may mean that this machine was tampered with. It is dangerous to try and sort it out alone, and the project will need a second set of eyes that knows enough about missing boiler parts and boiler physiology to help fix it. A plumber can often spot what is missing, especially if it is an older model or the HVAC technician is a younger person. Then the part can be ordered and replaced. In the meantime, the plumber can help the technician figure out how best to leave this boiler while waiting for the needed parts. 

Installation of a New Boiler 

​If the HVAC technician determines that a new boiler is needed to replace your old one (and they will tell you so at the time of service), then the old boiler has to be removed. A new boiler requires a lot of plumbing and pipework, all of which the plumber may provide as needed. The plumber makes sure that all the new and old pipes are tightly connected and effectively connected to the new boiler so that there is enough water, steam, and pressure heading into the boiler. The HVAC technician works on the installation of the boiler and the removal of the old boiler. Ultimately, you will probably pay the contractor you initially called, and a piece of that will be handed off to the plumber for their contribution.