It’s that time of year when seasonal boilers should be prepared for the heating season. Before flipping that power switch to the “ON” position, however, the entire steam distribution and condensate return system needs to be surveyed to ensure it is ready for safe and successful operation.
Standard Startup Process
A review of boiler startup procedures can be summarized in the following list. Your actual system may vary, but this guide provides an outline of common items to check. For a dry start, the boiler will have to be filled with treated water. For a wet layup boiler, the water level may have to be dropped and chemistry adjusted before bringing it online.
The entire steam distribution and condensate return system needs to be checked now that the boiler(s) is up to pressure and a walkthrough done to ensure proper operation at all pressure-reducing valve (PRV) stations, steam trap operation, and condensate return system.
In summary, the proper startup of a boiler system is one step of many required throughout the year to keep the boiler operating efficiently and safely. Be it the startup, shutdown, offline layup, or operating throughout the year, each work together to keep a system problem free for the long haul. Following the proper mechanical and operating procedures is just as important for seasonal start-up as water chemistry.
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Written by: Tony Self