Purchasing an Industrial Boiler? 5 Boiler Shopping Tips
Purchasing a new industrial boiler is not a quick process, at least it shouldn’t be. You’ll be investing thousands of dollars into a piece of equipment that you’ll need for many years to come. In fact, it’ll probably be one of your most important pieces of equipment, even if it’s hidden away behind closed doors. If you’re going shopping for a new boiler, it’s important that you do your due diligence and consider several factors before picking one that best fits your needs. Here are five tips for buying a new steam boiler.
Determine A Price Range
This should probably be the first step in the shopping process. Having a strict budget will obviously have an impact on what boilers you’ll be able to buy, however, if you have some flexibility with regard to price, you may want to consider investing in a high-quality boiler. If you buy the cheapest boiler, it could end up costing you more in the long run with frequent repairs, and high cost of operation. With such an important piece of equipment, you really shouldn’t go bargain shopping.
Figure Out What Size Boiler You Need
Boilers, like just about everything come in a variety of sizes. Traditional fire tube boilers are large and take up an extraordinary amount of valuable square footage in your facility. Many of the new models of boilers are smaller and more compact. This can help create extra space and give you the flexibility to add more boilers if your needs change. If space is at a premium or you have plans to build a new facility, smaller boilers may be your best bet.
Calculate Operating Costs for Potential Boilers
Once your new boiler is bought and installed, you still have to worry about operating costs, including how much fuel you use to run the boiler. You should know that many of the newer water tube boilers are more energy efficient than traditional boilers, which can help you to save on fuel costs. You should figure out how much you’re paying to produce steam with your current boiler, so that you can compare boiler overall efficiencies. Your best bet may be to pay a little more for a boiler that can help you cut your energy costs, saving money in the long run.
Make Sure There Are Safety Measures in Place
If something goes wrong with your boiler, it can have disastrous consequences. Major accidents with traditional fire tube boilers are rare, but with newer water-tube boilers they are almost unheard of. If you prioritize safety, you’d be wise to consider water tube boilers. You should also keep in mind that companies like Miura have remote monitoring systems that can detect small issues with your boiler so they can be corrected before they turn into major problems. This can help ensure that your boiler will continue to run safety for years to come.
Find Out About the Boiler’s Maintenance Needs
After you buy a new boiler, it’s imperative that you keep up with regular maintenance, so it’s important that you learn what is necessary to keep your new boiler running at optimal levels. A company like Miura can actually assist you with yearly inspections. It’s also important to keep in mind that Miura boilers can be inspected in only a few hours. Larger, traditional boilers take much longer for their yearly inspections. If you can’t afford to have your boiler down for that long, it may point you in the direction of Miura’s smaller, modular boilers.
Contact Miura today to learn more about investing in an industrial steam boiler.