Maintaining Industrial Boilers: What To Know

Posted on: 11 April 2018

Industrial facilities can sometimes have multiple boilers on site to serve all parts of the space. These boilers are essential to the functioning of the facility throughout the year but are sometimes overlooked because equipment and machines get the bulk of attention. Being aware of the boilers and taking these simple actions can assist you in protecting these appliances.

Watch Water Levels

Perhaps the most easily avoidable problem with industrial boilers is that water levels become too low and no one notices. As a result, boiler tubes can overheat and melt, requiring immediate professional help that causes all kinds of facility delays. You or someone you supervise needs to ensure throughout the day that each boiler's water levels are adequate. If not, further investigation should be done to look for pump issues, leaks, holes or other problems.

Consult Manual

The manual compiled by industrial boiler manufacturers should be consulted, especially if you've never looked at it before. Questions that you may have about your boilers can often be answered by a quick read, and troubleshooting is easier when you use the information and directions the manufacturers provide. If manuals aren't handy, manufacturers' websites often have them.

Notice Duct Buildup

Sometimes the first sign of boiler problems is noticed outside if you know where to look. The ducts (or exterior flues) should not be otherwise remarkable, but soot or condensation indicate possible trouble. Soot will mean that there's a chance that air intake isn't working well, for example. Condensation, on the other hand, will typically indicate that your boiler isn't reaching the high temperatures necessary to function properly. There may be a thermostat issue to contend with.

Inspect Vent Pipes Regularly

Vent pipes are important components of every industrial boiler. They must remain clear of debris and monitored frequently for buildup. In particular, a white buildup is indicative of internal condensation trouble. It is likely tied to a temperature issue but left alone, corrosion could set in. Corrosion could destroy pipes over time, leading to boiler failure and high repair costs. If a white buildup is present on multiple vent pipes, begin considering replacement before more serious problems occur.

Change Air Filters

Regular, thorough air filter cleanings and changes should be scheduled for every industrial boiler. Clogged filters are troublesome for boiler functioning and could end up fraying or tearing, allowing that debris to infiltrate boiler components.

Your boilers will work better when they have your attention. Check with industrial boiler manufacturers and contractors for additional tips and suggestions.