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We’ll take you to school… Boiler School! – Three Steps to Get the Most Out of What You Have

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Jun 4, 2015 10:32:00 AM

Boiler training from WARE Do you know the practical steps to take to get the most out of your current boiler? Do you know how to optimize your boiler’s efficiencies? Can you spot problem areas on your boiler before they harm your system? The answers to these questions are uncovered at our three-day instructional course, Boiler University.

How do you get the most out of what you have right now as it relates to your boiler operation? There are three main areas which answer that question. Boiler University takes an in-depth look at each of the three areas, so you can begin optimizing and prolonging the life of your boiler.

1) Start with what you have! - Optimize the operating efficiency of your existing equipment

  • Water Chemistry: Your heat transfer surfaces must be free of scale. To reduce scale, water chemistry must be a top priority.
  • Combustion: Combustion tuning is highly recommended twice per year, generally taking place after major seasonal changes in spring and fall. Soot that gathers on fireside surfaces must be routinely cleaned to maintain optimum heat transfer.
  • Pressure Control Synergy: Boiler firing rate and operating limit controls must be properly coordinated to prevent frequent cycling of the boiler.  Excess boiler cycling can result in tens of thousands of dollars due to energy waste.

2) Do the right things, day in and day out! - Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual Maintenance

  • Daily Maintenance
    • Chemical hardness testing
    • Continuous blowdown adjustment
    • Bottom blowdown
    • Level control limit checks
    • Boiler room log maintenance 
  • Weekly Maintenance
    • Rotate feed water pumps
    • Visually inspect steam system
    • Review chemical and boiler logs to spot inconsistencies
  • Monthly Maintenance
    • Slow or evaporation low water cutoff testing
    • Test flame scanner and all operating limits and interlocks
    • Comprehensive combustion analysis
  • Annual Maintenance
    • Open and inspect steam boilers operating over 15 psi
    • Inspection on hot water or low pressure steam boilers is done on alternating years
    • Fire boilers on backup fuels prior to heating season
    • Bubble leak test gas train piping and valves
    • Check chemicals on hot water heating systems

3) Be on the lookout! – Have a detailed knowledge of the common issues that face all boiler operations

  • Thermal Stress: Rapid cycling and severe service conditions can result in tube and pressure vessel failure
  • Poor Maintenance: Lack of daily testing and routine maintenance
  • Mechanical Malfunctions: Every switch will eventually fail, routine testing and replacement when it’s required will keep your system running flawlessly
  • Chemistry: Poor water quality will result in boiler failure faster than any other cause

This is in no way a comprehensive list of what is covered at Boiler University, however at Boiler U, students take a detailed look at how to improve their boiler operations. With hands on demonstration, boiler technicians will be equipped to optimize their boiler’s performance. For more information about how to get the most out of what you have, contact Ware today or visit www.boilerWAREhouse.com.



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