Boiling It Down: Industrial Boiler Maintenance Tips

Whether you're a small independent machine shop or a multi-national manufacturer, an industrial boiler represents a substantial investment. Although today's industrial boilers are modern marvels compared to models of the past, even the most cutting-edge devices require proactive maintenance to operate safely and efficiently.

Here are three annual maintenance jobs needed to get the most out of your industrial boiler:

Check Your Water

When water is boiled, steam the particulate matter in the water can get trapped and melted into your industrial boiler's valves and gaskets. The quantity of particulate matter (known as total dissolved solids "TDS" in the industry) can be drastically reduced by maintaining the boiler's water filtration system. Most industrial boilers have large capacity water filters that easy to replace. Scheduling to have your water filtration swapped out on an annual or biannual basis can drastically reduce TDS accumulation in your industrial boiler.

Furthermore, most water municipalities provide customers with an water sample breakdown every year. These free water samples indicate concentrations of particulates likely found in your water supply. Higher levels of calcium, magnesium, and potassium may necessitate swapping your boiler system's water filter more frequently.

Insulating your Insulation

An industrial boiler is designed to maintain high levels of heat indefinitely. The system's ability maintain a consistent temperature is largely contingent on how well the system is insulated. When insulation isn't sufficient, the system may inject higher levels of heat, which increase strain on critical components and increase condensation within the system. You can prevent these spikes in temperature by insulating the existing insulation on your system. Heat wraps and other basic pipe insulation technologies are easy to install and cost effective to swap out on an annual or bi-annual basis.

Keeping and Sharing Data

An industrial boiler's efficiency can be gauged by two numbers: pressure and temperature. Keeping tabs on these numbers and sharing the data with your industrial boiler contractor can help you pinpoint inefficiencies before they escalate into increased energy consumption and/or costly industrial boiler repairs. Tasking a member of your staff with jotting down and storing both pressure and temperature is the first step to maintaining the data you'll need to uncover any potential issues. Additionally, having an employee plot out the pressure and temperature on a spreadsheet or graph can help you see developing trends that could indicate potential inefficiencies and/or more significant mechanical issues to be dealt with. These logs can also be invaluable to your industrial boiler contractor.