Large industrial sized boilers are welded together with robust steel plates which have been uniquely designed to withstand intense heat and pressure, and as a result known to weigh anything up to 165 tons! That is a mighty big strong boiler!
But how are boilers actually put to use? Most of us know that there’s something being boiled, (what else with a name like that?!) and something is getting heated, but how exactly do they work?
Old Fashioned Solid Boilers are Definitely Toilers
Boilers are commonly used to make water and/or steam for different commercial processes. They are used as part of a heating system or by themselves to heat up water. You can typically see them being used in places like bakeries, factories and breweries etc.
- They’re given power via the use of electricity, natural gas or oil and are normally made of stainless steel, copper or iron.
- Particular sensitive processes will make use of only stainless-steel to prevent any type of reaction or contamination, and applies to those used in the food and pharmaceutical industry.
Parts and their Use
Boilers have many different parts which all work together to ensure the effectiveness of the boiler. These parts should always be very carefully monitored on a regular basis for reasons of security and to make sure that a boiler stays in top 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.
- Should the water level be not high enough, there is an automatic cut-off float switch that turns off the burner and prevents any fuel from entering the boiler.
- There’s a security valve which relieves pressure and stops any type of explosion.
- All kinds of Commercial boiler servicing in Sunderland, should be expertly handled by specialists in the boiler fitting and repair trade.
A flow pump lets water back into the boiler after being cooled down. An automatic blowdown allows the boiler to work once again only if there happens to be enough water flowing into the boiler. There’s also another blowdown valve at the base of the boiler which helps remove any solid objects that may have settled on the bottom of the boiler.
- It’s of most importance that regular maintenance is carried out to prevent any possible breakdown.
Maintenance is Definitely a Must
About once annually or maybe even more often to be on the safe side, the boiler should be drained of its contents, properly flushed out and then all of the hand-holes should be opened for a proper cleaning. You can whilst this is taking place, fit new gaskets, and replace any hand-hole covers which need replacing before refilling the boiler.
- All pieces of mechanical apparatus should also be lubricated and check that every single part is in perfect condition and that there’s no leaking from any pipes.
For any type of boiler installation or repair work make sure to hire skilled experts.