Boiler operation consists of many tasks to keep a boiler operating safely and efficiently. These tasks include tracking many data points, such as boiler pressure and temperature, boiler exhaust temperature, feedwater pressure and temperature, and boiler and water column blowdown timing. Continual checks should also be a part of any maintenance program, including burner flame for proper combustion, proper operation of control valves for all systems, feedwater tank or deaerator operation and level, water treatment systems, and taking water samples for comparison to recommended chemistry guidelines.
American Boiler Company specializes in the retubing of firetube boilers, water tube boilers, superheaters, pre-heaters, heat exchangers, and other pressure vessels. Boiler tubes must be able to endure extremely high temperatures, pressures, and potentially wide fluctuations in demand depending on the application. Boiler re-tubing and tube replacement can extend the life of the boiler and saves the tubes from deteriorating due to scale build-up and cracking. Boiler retubing can be completed by our experts onsite at your facility, or at our Union, New Jersey fabrication and repair shop, or as required. American Boiler Company also provides a large variety of emergency rental boilers to keep operations running during repairs.
Boilers draw in the fresh air, heat it, and send it out the stack. Optimal conditions would generate the smallest amount of flue gas (exhaust gas that is expelled) at the lowest possible temperature.
The boiler system takes in cold water, heats it to steam, and uses the heat.
While most of the lost heat from results from your boiler in the stack or boiler water, or anywhere in the boiler system, means we are losing valuable BTU’s.
One of the easiest ways for a business to reduce operating expenses is to use energy-efficient equipment. Here are a few quick tips to help make your boiler system more efficient and save money on your monthly bills:
1. Install an economizer.
2. Install a variable frequency drive.
3. Preheat combustion air.
4. Return condensate to the boiler.
5. Control blowdown rate.
6. Survey steam traps.
7. Tune your burner regularly for seasonal changes
8. Outdoor temperature reset and night set back (hydronic boilers)
The federal government recognizes the potential for catastrophic failure of high pressure systems which merits stringent controls over those performing repairs and alterations. A pressure vessel is defined as any tank or vessel designed for operation above 15 p.s.i.g.
Boiler feed units has a function of maintaining the boiler’s water line so steaming can occur even when condensate is not returning. The control that starts and stops the pump is on the boiler. Boiler feed units are larger, with greater condensate reserves than Condensate Returns.
Advantages of Stainless Steel Factors that favor stainless steels selection as heat exchanger material over Aluminium include the following:
How often should an oil boiler be serviced? Peter Desens, corporate technical service manager for ECR International, Utica, NY, said, ‘The end user should continually monitor their heating system. For oil-fired equipment, it is an industry standard to have a service person maintain the equipment annually. This will ensure the equipment is operating at peak performance.’
Now that winter is drawing to a close, residential and commercial buildings will soon be switching their heating systems off and their air conditioning systems on. This is the ideal time of year to begin preparing your boiler for the next heating season assuring the building that the boiler will continue to operate at peak efficiency which translates into meaningful dollar savings. Recent inflated oil prices have alerted many buildings to the basic fact that an inefficient boiler will cost a building unnecessary wasted dollars that could be saved with proper maintenance.
Even trade professionals who are very attentive to HVAC maintenance can be willing to “let the boiler slide” for months or even years without a proper checkup. Why? In many cases ‘ especially with early generations of atmospheric gas boilers ‘ this happened because the equipment was designed to go a long time without maintenance.
Boiler efficiency is affected by and related to many things ‘ the age of your boiler, the size, and even the controls it uses. American Boiler Company can help your building increase its boiler efficiency by helping you recognize these common pitfalls.