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Six Things To Keep In Mind When You're Replacing Your Steam Generator

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A steam generator is an essential piece of equipment at many industrial and manufacturing facilities. If your facility's steam generator is in need of replacement, it's important that you select, design, and install your steam generation system properly to maximize efficiency and productivity.

The following are six things you need to keep in mind when you're replacing your steam generator. 

Re-evaluate the size of your unit

A steam generator replacement is a good chance to re-evaluate the sizing of your unit. Don't assume that you should simply replace your steam generator with a unit of the same size.

Consider the square footage of steam you need to run equipment at your facility. Hopefully, you've been keeping careful records regarding equipment productivity and the efficiency of your steam generator.

Most likely, your facility has grown since your last steam generator was put in place. Use your records regarding the performance of your previous unit and any changes at your facility to determine the proper size for your replacement unit. 

Be aware of steam generator water level

One of the most important factors when you're replacing your steam generator is the location of the water level. You want the location of the water level of your new unit to be as close as possible to the water level of the old unit.

You should mark the water level of your new unit on your gauge glass so that you can easily reference its location. 

Inspect pipe insulation

You should make sure that the main pipe connecting your unit is insulated. Check for adequate insulation and consider increasing insulation. Adequate insulation can help in many ways, such as by lowering utility costs and keeping water out of the system by minimizing condensation. 

Prepare to re-pipe around your steam generator

You should expect to install completely new pipes in the immediate surroundings of your new unit. Use iron for the pipe material immediately connecting parts of your steam generator above the water level. Below the water level, you can also use copper as a piping material. 

Include an anode rod

You should have an anode rod put into your unit. Anode rods are highly effective at extending a steam generator's lifespan and preventing rust development. 

Incorporate a dropped header into your design

Dryer steam tends to be more effective because it remains in the steam state for an extended period of time and moves faster through the system and equipment than moister steam will. You can make the steam your unit produces dryer by including a dropped header into the design of your system. 

To learn more about installing a steam generator, contact a company that has a steam generator for sale.