Boiler Equipment Safety Inspection During the Summer Season

December 2, 2022

It is a good idea to review the procedures that must be carried out before turning on boilers after they have been dormant for some time because the summer season is quickly approaching. Those responsible for the boiler operation might use this list as a reference, even though it does not include everything.

Before a boiler can be put into service, its operators and other relevant staff and supervisors must thoroughly inspect the system and go through the operating protocols in great detail.

Observe and Undergo A Routine Seasonal Maintenance

Monthly maintenance and checking of the water quality can prevent early malfunctions and potential breakdowns caused by low water quality, leaks, or water pressure. The operation of a boiler can be readily compromised, and the end user may incur high additional costs due to the influence on the boiler’s energy efficiency.

The summer shutdown period is an ideal opportunity to do any essential preventative maintenance that has to be done on the fuel-burning system and boilers. The boiler has to be drained and flushed, any handholes and maintenance holes need to be opened, and the fireplaces need to have any soot and scale removed. Conduct a thorough inspection of the boiler for dents and rust. To comply with the regulations, an authorised inspector must examine the boiler.

If necessary, install new gaskets, replace all handhole and utility hole covers, refill the boiler, and conduct a hydrostatic test. In addition, to prevent scale formation and corrosion, you should implement an appropriate boiler water treatment programme.

Have a knowledgeable service professional like us here at Fusion-Weld Engineering inspect and maintain the machinery that burns fuel at your facility. Check that all operational and limit controls, interlocks, and gauges are functioning properly. Instruct the technician to remove the low water cutoff and water feeding devices, clean and recondition them, and then reinstall them. Request that the technician does a leak test on each gasoline safety cutoff valve.

Verify the spinning of the motor, lubricate all of the mechanical equipment, such as fans and pumps, and inspect all the plumbing connected to the boiler for leaks and missing insulation. Lastly, ensure that provisions are provided for creating a boiler log and ongoing maintenance.

Be Acquainted with the Equipment’s Operating Manual

Every manufacturer of boilers and fuel-burning systems includes an instruction manual in the packaging of their products. Many boiler rooms do not have access to manuals or equipment operating instructions. These user guides are missing and/or cannot be found for some reason. The responsible supervisor is the one who is tasked with obtaining these publications and ensuring that they are read, comprehended, and followed in addition to being made readily available in the boiler room.

Equipment is Now Set to Operate

Once the pre-startup tests have been completed, the operational switch must be turned off before the standard starting process may begin. The typical starting sequence consists of closing the operating controls and the interlocks (safety controls), starting the fans and purging the boiler, ensuring that the purge requirements have been met, energising the igniter, proving the ignition flame within ten seconds, energising the main fuel valve(s), establishing and monitoring the main flame, de-energising the ignition once the main flame has been proven, releasing the firing rate (combustion) control to demand, and then continuing

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