October 1st, 2022 is the official start of the heating season in New York City. Heating season last from October 1st to May 31st of every year. All residential building owners are required to maintain indoor temperature at a minimum of 68 degrees when the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees during the day. During the nighttime, indoor temperatures must be a minimum of 62 degrees regardless of the outside temperature. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development is responsible for inspections and enforcement of these ordinances.
Building owners and property management companies must ensure the boiler system is tuned and operating at peak efficiency during the heating season. The average cost of heating oil has gone up from $3.2 per gallon to $4.7 per gallon over the past year. This is a 46% increase in the heating oil cost and will be a significant increase in the property maintenance cost for this year.
Every boiler system must have thorough annual maintenance before the heating season and periodic maintenance throughout the heating season. Any major to moderate repairs must be completed prior to the heating season since they take time to fix and the boiler may have to be shut down during the repair. If these repairs were done during the heating season and the boiler is shut off for an extended period, the tenants may not have alternative heating equipment like a space heater for a temporary time period which will leave them very cold and unlivable in their apartments. Space heaters are notorious for causing fires and burning down buildings. A malfunctioning space heater killed 17 people in Bronx, NY last year.
The annual boiler maintenance must be performed by a professional boiler maintenance company. The periodic maintenance must be addressed by the building’s maintenance staff or the superintendent.
For the periodic maintenance, below is the checklist of items that must be checked to ensure the boiler system is operating properly by your building maintenance staff.
If you are a building owner or a property management company looking to get your building boiler system checked for the upcoming heating season, Call Neo Plumbing & Heating Corp today or schedule a plumber online and one of our technicians will come and ensure the boiler is operating safely and efficiently.