While you might not spend a lot of time thinking about it, the water that goes into your boiler has a crucial effect on the combustion process. Proper boiler water treatment is key to protecting your boiler from corrosion and possible malfunction. To get the most out of your boiler, it needs to produce high-quality steam; don’t let boiler water issues get in your way. The team at Manley’s Boiler is here to share what you need to know about maintaining your boiler’s health through proper water treatment. Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about the water that goes into your boiler.
Boiler Water and Boiler Health
Your boiler feed water is the basis on which your combustion process is built. This is because the combination of heat from your burner and the water from your feed make up the primary components of the combustion process. Your boiler water has three major jobs. It needs to:
- Provide continuous heat exchange
- Provide corrosion protection
- Produce the kind of high-quality steam you need
Treatment and conditioning may be necessary for your boiler feed water to reliably perform all of these jobs. There are two major types of conditioning for your boiler feed water, both of which we explain below.
External boiler water treatment is creating a system to purify water that it outside of your boiler. When the amount of water that needs to be treated is larger than what your boiler system can accommodate, external treatment is the answer. This is typically accomplished by treating water through an evaporation process, and then condensing it to be used as feed water.
Internal treatment occurs on water within the boiler. This method is better for when boilers operate at a moderate pressure level. Internal boiler water treatment is great for reacting to any kind of feed water hardness, can condition suspended particulate matter so that it doesn’t stick to the boiler, and eliminate oxygen from the water. There are several ways of conditioning feed water internally, so you may want to consult your boiler service professional about the benefits of each particular method.
If you have questions or concerns about boiler water treatment, our team can help! Manley’s Boiler service professionals work hard to keep our customers’ industrial and commercial boilers running at their best, and we are ready to roll up our sleeves for any job. Whether as a part of your annual boiler inspection or a separate consultation, we can assess your boiler water situation and make recommendations based on your needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us online.