Industrial Business Use Boilers? Why You Need To Retube Boilers And The Process To Do This

by Claude Walters

If your industrial business uses boilers, in order to keep them running you need to provide the proper maintenance. Part of this maintenance is retubing the boilers. To help, below is information on why retubing should be done, and the process of doing this.

Reasons to Retube Boilers

Boilers withstand high pressure and temperatures, which means you need to make sure the tubing stays in good condition. If it does not, your boilers will not work effectively and may even go down completely over time.

One thing that can happen to the tubing inside your boilers is they can crack due to the constant exposure to moisture and heat. This is because most tubing is made of plastic or rubber. Once a crack appears fluid will start to leak and get inside your builders.

As tubing ages, it will expand and loosen. Once this happens the tubing will slip off. This will cause a loss of internal pressure which will cause the boiler to not heat as well. You can use a metal clamp to secure the tubing, but this is only a temporary fix.

The tubing can also melt over time. This is not a common problem, but it can happen. If this does happen, you will smell a burnt smell coming from the boilers.

Retubing your boilers will prevent you from having problems with the tubes, so they stay in good shape allowing your boiler to run effectively. this is beneficial as replacing the tubes in your boilers can be expensive, especially if your company uses a lot of boilers.

Process of Retubing

You should never try to retube your boilers on your own but instead hire a company to send a qualified contractor to your business to do this for you. Before they do anything, the contractor will inspect the tubing on each boiler and look for any of the above damage. The contractor may also perform a hydro-test on each boiler for further inspection.

Once the inspection is done, the contractor will remove the damage tubing. They will then install the new boiler tubes by rolling them or welding them in place. When finished, the contractor will perform a hydro-test to ensure the pressure is correct. This is also to check for leaks and to ensure the boiler meets regulations and codes.

Talk with the contractor that you hire to learn much more about boiler retubing. The contractor can help you learn signs of what you can watch for, so you know when it is time to retube the boilers.