Keeping a power plant running at optimal levels is a daily challenge for management. However, taking a proactive approach to boiler maintenance plays a vital role in minimizing outages and increasing performance.
As you discuss the needs of your plant with your deaerator supplier, keep in mind these three tips to proper maintenance, and ask them how they can assist you.
1. Perform Regular Tests on Water
The deaerator works hard to make sure water is safe to enter the steam-generated boiler system. However, it is up to the plant operators to make sure the incoming water is not too harsh for the deaerator to work with. By performing regular chemistry tests, you can monitor and manage the levels of any harmful substances that may be present in the water. If left untreated, these imbalances can increase the rate of corrosion to the deaerator.
2. Routine Inspections Matter
It is not uncommon for repairs and replacements to be needed due to a lack of regular inspections on the boiler system and its related components. If routine evaluations are implemented, signs of corrosion, imbalanced oxygen levels and emerging cracks can be detected early on avoiding expensive overhauls and inoperations of the plant itself. Enstating this one measure on an annual basis, can save you many troubles down the road.
3. Partner With Professionals
It should be a priority that the team servicing and maintaining your boiler equipment has extensive experience in the industry. Generally, suppliers will have a portfolio of their work readily available for potential clients to review. If the contractors you are working with do not, ask to see examples of past jobs. You take great pains to ensure your staff and operators are expertly trained and able to care for the plant. The same effort should be invested in who you partner with as a supplier.