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Extending the Life of Your Boiler

Extending the Life of Your Boiler

Audits, maintenance, and proactive tactics can extend the life of your boiler and delay the inevitable repair-or-replace decision.

Audits, maintenance, and proactive tactics can extend the life of your boiler and delay the inevitable repair-or-replace decision.

To ensure boilers continue to operate energy efficiently, technicians need to ensure its heat-transfer surfaces remain clean. Scheduled inspections and cleanings, combined with an effective water-treatment program, are critical steps in keeping units operating safely, reliably, and efficiently.

Operators also must regularly adjust combustion controls. Boilers use excess air in order to ensure complete combustion of the fuel, but too much air results in increased stack losses. The frequency at which operators adjust the controls depends on the application and the boiler’s size.

Boiler maintenance also should include the piping distribution systems they supply. It is counterproductive to generate steam or hot water efficiently, only to lose it to an inefficient distribution system. Technicians should inspect systems regularly for leaks, damaged insulation, failed steam traps, and other deficiencies.

Building owners and operators should consider boiler audits by a licensed technician on an annual basis. Why? Buildings change, heating requirements change, and equipment wears out, fails, and goes out of calibration. To keep the boilers operating at their peak efficiency, managers should schedule a time for operators to conduct reviews and audits regularly.

To learn more about the importance of maintaining your boiler safely, please contact us at 202.600.2787 or mford@crockett-facilities.com. Our PM contract customers receive priority service with 24/7 emergency service in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest!

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