Boilers

How Does Clean Water Increase Boiler Efficiency?

Improving Industrial Water Boilers in Wisconsin, Illinois, and the Midwest

Water boilers for industrial or commercial facilities are incredibly important for work efficiency. The water used for boiler operations is known as feed water. Many business owners do not realize impure feed water may be reducing their overall efficiency, costing thousands of dollars year after year. The technicians of Complete Water Solutions know how important it is to keep costs down while keeping efficiency up. Complete Water Solutions has a licensed Operating Engineer on staff to help identify the best water treatment system for your boiler application.

Clean Water Boilers

When water is impure and leaves deposits within pipes, this is known as scaling. These deposits reduce efficiency as they build up by shrinking the diameter of the pipes. Also scale can form on the inside of a water tube or outside in a fire tube boiler. The resulting scale can cause insulated heating surfaces which reduces energy efficiency. Not to mention to much scale on tubes in a boiler can cause ruptures to happen, causing either a system shut down or severe damage. The more scaling there is in the pipes, the less water is able to get through. In worst case scenarios, industrial facilities have had their systems break down from completely clogged pipes.

Corrosion also occurs in many industrial water boilers. The machinery involved with your boiler may no longer work as specific pieces are worn down by impure, oxygen-rich water. This often leads to expensive repairs and the need for replacement parts as they are continually worn away. Since the water in a closed cycle boiler is continually reused, it needs to remain as clean as possible to prevent scale buildup and corrosion within the system. Two common ways to achieve pure water for boiler use is through reverse osmosis or ion exchange water softening.

Reverse Osmosis for Boiler Operations

Reverse osmosis systems remove contaminants from water, making it safe to drink and safe to use in commercial or industrial applications. The water is pushed through a semi-permeable membrane which removes most impurities. RO Water Systems helps reduce total dissolved solids (TDS) which are in boiler feed water to stop scale from forming. Reverse Osmosis Water can also reduce the number of blow downs required in the boiler system. This reduction in boiler blow downs can help reduce chemical usage, and reduce fuel consumption in boiler systems.

Ion Exchange Water Softening in Boiler Systems

Water softeners are often associated with reducing soap build up or scaling in drinking water pipes, yet they can also be used for industrial boiler systems. Any water with high amounts of calcium or magnesium will benefit from ion exchange softeners. These work best when very high quality solutions are needed, including use with steam turbines. Soft water will increase boiler efficiency as it prevents scale from affecting the boiler tubes and chemistry programs.

Scale and corrosion directly lead to boilers overheating and system failures. Let the experts of Complete Water Solutions install a reverse osmosis or water softener filtration system to improve your boiler’s efficiency.