Heat distribution room maintenance saves both time and energy!

30.05.2022

Maintenance of a district heat distribution room saves residents money. When the equipment works as it should, energy doesn’t go to waste. District heat itself is a carefree choice since it doesn’t actually require the residents of a property to do anything. However, there are a few things residents should now about their heat distribution centre.

“It’s useful to know roughly what equipment forms part of the heat distribution centre and what each device is for. At the very least, you should know the location of the property’s main shut off valves, which means the district heat shut off valve and main water shut off valve,” says Sami Karjalainen, HVAC engineer, Heating Services at Oulun Energia.

Karjalainen often hears that it would be better not to touch the district heat system or its controls at all. He himself encourages customers to learn about their system and how it works.

“The control functions of newer heat distribution systems in particular are clear. Some controls also warn users that they are perhaps making the wrong choices,” Karjalainen assures.

Sami Karjalainen HVAC engineer, Heating Services at Oulun Energia.

Chilly indoor air or abnormal domestic water temperature indicates a fault

A district heat system has a useful life of 20-25 years. Rather than infinitely repairing a system that has served faithfully for years, it makes sense to replace it with a new, technically and more energy efficient one. System faults are noticed when a home feels cold or when the domestic water temperature is not as it should be. The most common reason for a cold home is because of too low pressure in the heating network.

“It’s always worth checking the pressure ahead of the actual heating season and also regularly during the heating season,” Sami Karjalainen advises.

Poor cooling of the district heat, for example, indicates a fault in the system. Cooling means the temperature difference between the district heat heating supply and return water. When the equipment works as it should, the supply water reaches the property from the district heat power plant, circulates in the heating system and returns cooler through the return pipe back to the plant for reheating. The more it cools the better the heating system works.

"When cooling is poor, the water flows through the system and returns without releasing energy,” says Karjalainen.

Heating Guarantee is a district heat guarantee for detached houses and apartment blocks

If monitoring district heat seems challenging, help is at hand from Oulun Energia’s Heating Guarantee , which monitors the functioning of district heat systems for the customer. Heating Guarantee also includes free maintenance and repair work between 7-15 on weekdays.

“Heating Guarantee is intended for all district heat households, from detached houses to apartment blocks and has a large number of customers from both groups,” Sami Karjalainen says.

Heating Guarantee is an excellent alternative if you know little about heating system maintenance or learning about it seems too much of a challenge.

“Heating Guarantee uses analytics to monitor consumption at the site. Based on the information obtained from analytics, Heating Guarantee can reveal faulty equipment,” Sami Karjalainen says.

Sami Karjalainen at Oulun Energia gives some tips about maintenance of a heat distribution room in a building with district heat