Do Miura Boilers Require Special Water Treatment?
Miura’s unique design of water tube steam boilers has many advantages, including better safety, more fuel efficiency, and fewer emissions of harmful substances. However, such stark differences from traditional fire tube boilers has caused many people who are unfamiliar with boiler maintenance best practices to ponder if our boilers require special water treatment. However, this is simply not the case. Miura boilers don’t require water treatment that’s any different from any other boiler on the market.
The confusion over whether or not Miura’s boilers need special water treatment likely stems from them being designed so differently from conventional boilers. The most important distinction with Miura’s boilers is their compact size and low-water content. As a result, there is less surface area inside the boiler for bonding, which means scaling can potentially become a problem faster in a Miura boiler than a fire tube boiler. For example, water that could cause 1/16’’ of scaling in a Miura boiler would only cause 1/64’’ of scaling in a conventional fire tube boiler.
However, just because Miura boilers may be more prone to scaling than fire tube boilers doesn’t mean water treatment has to be done any differently. All it means is that Miura boilers should be monitored more closely to spot potential scaling before it becomes a serious issue. In fact, if you have a specific water treatment solution for a fire tube boiler, it’s perfectly fine to continue using the same treatment solution after replacing your old boiler with a Miura boiler.
Fortunately, Miura has a multitude of ways for helping our customers monitor and prevent scaling in their boilers. It starts with MOM, our remote monitoring system that allows Miura-certified technicians to track and identify potential problems with a boiler so they can work with those on site to fix minor issues before they become serious. Every Miura boiler is also fitted with a scale monitor thermocouple, a device that monitors the surface temperature of the water inside boiler tubes to help detect scale during the early stages before it starts to have an impact on the health and efficiency of the boiler.
Miura also has several accessories that can assist with water quality and scale prevention. Our BOILERMATE product helps to prevent solid items from building up on the interior surface of the boiler, helping to prevent damage to the metal components of the boiler over time. We also offer a colormetry hardness detection system that automatically monitors water quality and connects with our MOM remote monitoring system to alert you if any hardness is detected so the situation can be rectified as soon as possible. Also, if there is any hardness leakage in a Miura boiler, it will automatically increase blowdown percentage to help prevent any scale from forming.
At the end of the day, using chemicals to prevent corrosion or a water softener to prevent scaling will be recommended for any boiler. The water treatment procedures for a Miura boiler are no different from any other boiler. The only difference is that Miura places great emphasis on monitoring the quality of the water you feed into your boiler so that minor issues can be detected and addressed before they become serious problems. At Miura, we want to do everything we can to maximize the lifespan of your boiler and make sure it continues to operate at a high level for many years to come.
Contact Miura today to learn more about how we go the extra mile to monitor your boiler so it remains in tip-top shape for as long as possible.