2 Essential Steps to Successfully Maintaining your Heat Exchangers

January 5, 2018

How often is your heat exchanger cleaned?

It is important to properly maintain your system’s heat exchangers.

This is an image of a heat exchanger that has not been properly maintained. It exhibits, pitting and corroding inside the piping. This heat exchanger also has a lot of rust and is covered with dust and debris. When a heat exchanger is not properly maintained, heat is unable to convect properly as air flow over the heat exchanger is impeded.

Step 1. The outer area of a heat exchanger should be thoroughly cleaned at the beginning of every heating season. In-house staff member should do a monthly visual inspection to ensure the heat exchangers are clean and air can pass. The monthly visual inspection and maintenance can be as simple as looking it over and taking a brush and dusting off the  heat exchanger. For a more detailed in-house cleaning approach, use an air compressor to remove the dust and debris. The overall idea is the heat exchanger should be free of debris to maintain proper air flow.

Step 2. Next, maintaining the inside of the heat exchanger is imperative. To properly maintain your heat exchangers from the inside out, you must check for and maintain proper water chemistry. This means the water flowing inside the pipes must test for a neutral PH and low levels of total dissolved solids (TDS). Maintaining the proper water chemistry will aide in the efficient and prolonged life of your hot water heating system.

It is recommended that at a minimum, maintenance steps should be completed twice a year at system turnover time. DRF Water Heating Solutions provides a bi-annual turnover service in which the proper care and maintenance can be achieved to ensure the successful long life of a boiler system. To receive a complimentary estimate on a system turn-over from

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