Did you know that industrial sized boilers are welded together from sturdy steel plates that have been specially engineered to withstand intense heat and pressure and as a result of this amount of heavy thick steel, boilers are known to weigh up to 165 tons! Phew!
But what are boilers all about? Yeah, we all know that it’s about something being boiled, (hence the name!) and something is being heated, but how do they actually operate?
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Boilers are typically utilised to produce water and/or steam for a number of commercial processes. They can be put to use as part of a heating system or by themselves to heat up water. Some instances of where you will commonly see them used are in places such as bakeries, factories and breweries etc.
They’re powered by way of electricity, natural gas or oil and are usually manufactured from stainless steel, copper or iron. Specific sensitive processes use only stainless-steel to prevent and kind of reaction and contamination, and this would apply to ones used in the food and pharmaceutical industry.
Components and their Uses
Boilers have a combination of different parts which work together to enable the efficiency of the boiler. These elements should always be carefully monitored on a daily basis for reasons of security and to make certain that the boiler stays in good working shape.
- There are safety measures in a boiler such as water level indicators which displays the volume of the water inside of the boiler.
- If the water level gets too low, there is a cut-off float switch that switches off the burner and stops any fuel from entering into the boiler.
- There’s also a security valve to relieve pressure and prevent any kind of explosion.
- Any kind of Commercial boiler installation in Northumberland, should be professionally handled by experts in the boiler fitting and repair business.
The flow pump allows water back into the boiler after it has been cooled down. The automatic blowdown lets the boiler operate again only when there’s enough water flowing into the boiler. There’s also a blowdown valve at the bottom of the boiler which helps with the removal of any solid objects that have settled on the base of the boiler.
- It’s vitally important that periodical maintenance is carried out to put a stop to any possible.
Maintenance is a Must
Once a year, or even more to be on the safe side, you will have to drain the boiler of its contents, properly flush it out and then open up all of the hand-holes for a thorough cleaning. During that time period, you may wish to fit new gaskets, replace any hand-hole covers which need replacing and then refill the boiler.
Don’t forget to clean and lubricate all pieces of mechanical apparatus and further check that every single component is in proper condition and that there’s absolutely no leaking from any pipes. For any boiler installation or repairs make sure to hire people in the know.