Best Practices for Industrial Steam Boiler Maintenance
Industrial boiler maintenance is critical for ensuring optimal efficiency and safety of your facility.
Because steam boiler and heating system problems in general typically occur over a long period of time, routine maintenance and regular boiler maintenance program go a long way in keeping your steam boiler in working order and avoiding failures or catastrophic malfunctions.
Industrial Boiler Water Treatment
All boilers are made out of carbon steel. While carbon steel is a very durable metal, the hot water temperature inside the boiler system must receive chemical treatment on a regular basis in order for the metal to stay in proper operation. Regular maintenance for your chemical treatment of your boiler feedwater prevents non-condensable gases from getting inside the boiler and wreaking havoc through what is called “oxygen pitting.”
“Over time, the impurities in the city water that comes through your boiler can produce hard scale,” Brandon Hargett of Boiler Masters, Inc. explains. “Hard scale is essentially a deposit buildup inside the boiler that latches onto the metal and tubes and reduces heat transfer. The reduction in heat transfer is what makes your efficiency go down and your fuel costs go up.”
To prevent this, we recommend using a water treatment solution such as Boilermate®, a silica-based product that controls corrosive ions in boiler water without adding harmful chemicals. Learn more about how Boilermate® water treatment works. We also recommend having a high-quality reverse osmosis system. Find out why Miura offers the best reverse osmosis systems for steam boilers.
Steam Boiler Inspections
Hot water boilers must be regularly inspected by law for safety, but it also helps you identify any weaknesses in your boiler’s heating system. Inspections can identify areas of corrosion (rusting of steel parts) as well as threats of insulation failure and tube failure caused by oxygen pitting. Additional proper maintenance inspection points include the review of items like water level control, boiler pressure gauge, thermostat, safety valves, gaskets etc.
Steam Boiler Monitoring Systems
Smart monitoring and controls for your boiler is the key to ensuring there are no surprises during periodic boiler service inspections. Boilers should be monitored by trained maintenance personnel who know what to look for in a compromised boiler system. Of course, even the most trained eye can overlook a potential issue, which is why it helps to have the appropriate ancillary tools and systems for streamlining steam boiler maintenance, such as the BL Micro Controller Boiler Control System and the Colormetry Hardness Detection System.
And of course, every Miura boiler is equipped with the MOM System. Short for “Miura Online Maintenance,” MOM monitors the operation of each boiler in your boiler room, alerts your staff to potential malfunctions, and assists in diagnosing and troubleshooting of any problems that may arise with your boiler operation. MOM is also capable of connecting with Miura’s own in-house engineering team, which allows for speedy, remote assistance with any boiler repair.
Steam Boiler Safety: Frequently Asked Questions
- Do Miura Boilers Require Special Water Treatment?
- How Can I Monitor My Boiler’s Water Hardness?
- How Does Miura’s MI System Work?
- How Are Miura Boilers Monitored Remotely?
- How Are Water Softeners Used in Steam Boilers?
- How Often Should Steam Boilers Be Replaced?
- How Often Should Steam Boilers Be Serviced?
- How Do I Prevent Hard Scale From Forming Inside Boilers?