Boiler Operation and Maintenance

Each year, hundreds of accidents are reported nationally involving steam and hot water heating boilers. Most are attributed to malfunctioning low water cutoffs, operator error, poor maintenance and/or corrosion. Properly functioning control or safety devices are absolutely essential. The only way you can be confident they will work when needed is to regularly perform required maintenance and testing. »more

Are There Red Flags In Your Boiler Room?

While conducting jurisdictional examinations of boilers and pressure vessels, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspectors see many conditions that cause a “red flag” to go up. As a boiler owner, operator, service technician, municipal code enforcement official, or insurance professional, you can learn to recognize them, too. »more

Proper Boiler Installation And Maintenance Can Help Avoid Expensive Breakdowns


Low Water Cutoffs – What Can I do to Prevent A Low Water Condition?

Low water conditions are the leading cause of boiler incidents. Why should such a major causal factor be so difficult to control? The reasons are varied. But, they can be summarized as loss of water, failure to replace the water, and failure to detect the situation.»more

Improving Boiler Life and Reducing Cast Iron Boiler Accidents

With proper operation and careful maintenance, cast iron boilers can give many years of service. However, there is a tendency to forget about the heating plant when the weather becomes warm enough to shut down the boiler. With automatic controls, heating boilers are taken for granted even during the heating season. The full-text article that follows this summary provides more detailed guidelines for spring shutdown and fall-start up. Here are some general tips to improve efficiency and safety and extend the useful life of your boiler.»more

Chemical Cleaning Of Boilers - To Clean or Not To Clean


Boiler Inspectors Can Help With New Installations or Retrofits

Objectives:  Whether installing a new boiler or retrofitting an existing boiler, there are certain objectives that you as the owner want to ensure are met when the job is done. Your boiler inspector may be in a position to help you achieve them. Among the objectives are: »more

Warning: Disabling That Alarm Can Be Costly

Warning devices are an important feature of any type of equipment or system. Correct procedures must be followed to ensure that alarms and back-up systems are operating properly and not disabled or circumvented when performing maintenance or repairs. A recent claim for damage to a wood finishing company’s boiler shows what can happen when those procedures are forgotten or ignored.»more

Use Extra Care When Plugging Boiler Tubes


The Proper Use and Maintenance of Water Softeners

Hartford Steam Boiler investigates many claims in which scale build-up leads to leaks in boiler tubes. In one incident, the insured blamed a water treatment company for faulty treatment. A review found that some time before the incident, the insured had altered the feedwater train through the softeners. The softener piping was changed so that the units operated in series instead of in parallel. The only advantage gained by operating the units in series would be longer times between regenerations. However, since both beds would be spent, the system would have to be shut down completely for regeneration unless an adequate supply of condensate was available. Operating the softeners in series allowed the hardness into the system that contributed to the scale build-up.»more


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