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Maintenance And Safety Tips For Your Commercial Boiler's Fuel Train

If your facility uses a commercial-grade boiler to get the job done, you likely already have various safety protocols in place to ensure things are running as they should be. But while you might perform maintenance on the boiler itself on a regular basis, don't forget about your boiler's fuel train, which can be equally important. The fuel train typically includes the shut-off valves and other components that help connect everything together, including the burner. Here are some maintenance and safety tips to keep in mind when it comes to your boiler's fuel train.

Watch Out for Condensation or Scaling Within the Shut-Off Valve

Your fuel train will typically include one or more shut-off valves that will activate automatically if the system detects that something is wrong and the boiler's access to fuel needs to be shut off immediately. These valves are of course very important if you want to prevent a disaster like an explosion from happening if another part of the system suffers a failure. Keep in mind, though, that the shut-off valve or valves need regular care as well. It's possible the inside of the valve could pick up some condensation from changes in temperature or even scaling from the fuel or liquid running through the system. The shut-off valve should be cleaned on a regular basis to ensure there is nothing that will slow it down or prevent it from closing if the need should arise.

Make Sure Plugged Valves Are Properly Sealed

In addition to the shut-off valves, your fuel train likely includes multiple plugged valves that are used to redirect the fuel into the desired area. Plugged valves have a tight seal, and it's important to check up on this and make sure that the seal remains tight over time. If fuel were to leak past a faulty or unsealed valve, the consequences could be severe.

Be Aware of What Mother Nature Can Do to a Boiler and Train Installed Outdoors

If the nature of your business requires you to install a commercial boiler and fuel train outdoors, make sure you are using weather-resistant material as much as possible. Even then, always be on the lookout for corrosion, dust or debris. An issue like this in the wrong spot could once again cause a problem with a shut-off valve or with the consistent flow of fuel through the system.

Contact a fuel train expert today for more information