Prepare Your Boiler For Summer: Wet or Dry Layup?

Summer’s here, and you’re not the only one who’s ready to take a vacation. Your heating boiler could use some time off from keeping the building toasty all winter. If you want your boiler to remain reliable for many winters to come, at the start of summer you need to perform a boiler layup. What’s […]

Three Ways to Prepare for the Worst In Your Boiler Room

You’ve heard of Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong if given the opportunity. And the place with the most opportunities for things to go wrong is, of course, the boiler room. Whether a boiler is providing heat for a building or producing a product in a process environment, there’s a cornucopia […]

Controlling Boiler Water Levels with a Differential Pressure Transducer

Controlling the water level on a boiler or deaerator is critical to boiler room operation. Without proper water level control, vessels will run out of water and/or have constant issues related to too much or too little water. If a deaerator runs out of water, the pumps will shut off and eventually the boiler will […]

How to Set Up a Bladder Expansion Tank

Hydronic hot water systems require an expansion tank in order for the system to work properly and to keep the relief valves on the boilers from opening. The purpose of an expansion tank is to provide a place for water to go when it’s heated in the system. A hydronic system is a closed loop, […]

Flue Gas Condensation Could Be Killing Your Boiler

Flue gas condensation can occur in any hot water boiler. The causes of this condensation and the importance of properly mitigating it are easily misunderstood. Flue gas condensation is also part of the reason why condensing boilers can have efficiencies up to 99% whereas a typical non-condensing boiler will max out around 80–85% efficiency. However, […]

Feedwater Pump Sound Like It’s Pumping Marbles?

Have you had a boiler that can’t maintain its water level and keeps dropping out on low water? Having serviced many different boiler rooms and systems, this is one of the more common problems that happens when a steam system is not maintained properly. It’s an issue that develops over time and is not readily […]

What is a Boiler Vacuum Breaker?

Have you ever gone to start up a steam boiler and found the sight glass overfilled and the boiler completely full of water, even though the water level was normal the night before when you shut it down? Where did all the water come from and how did it get inside the boiler if the […]

Why a Spare Boiler Parts Program is Essential for Your Facility

Most of the facilities we service are highly dependent on their boiler system. The primary functions boil down, if you will, to climate control and/or process, which is why maintaining a fully operational boiler room is so critical to these facilities. Even the best boilers do break down, and often at the worst times: 4:30 on a […]

Video: Need Boiler Parts? We Got ‘Em.

Get an insider’s look at the parts room at Boiler Specialists. Whether you need something fast or you’re looking for a part that’s hard to find, we’ve got you covered.

Intermittent Boiler Alarm Game Plan

What are the hardest types of problems to solve in a boiler room? If you’ve ever been in charge of boiler maintenance at a facility, the answer is easy: intermittent failures. When an intermittent issue arises, it’s not typically because a part is broken, but because parts aren’t functioning at 100%. To fix an intermittent […]