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 […]

Performing a Proper Steam Boiler Blowdown

The most repetitive and common maintenance task on a steam boiler is the blowdown. Few people really understand why they have to do it or what makes it so important. So, what is a boiler blowdown anyway? Every steam boiler has valves connected to the pressure vessel which are opened on a regular basis to […]

Don’t Go Hunting for Zebras in the Jungle

I once had a teacher who was old school—he couldn’t explain the math on why something worked one way or the other, but he could figure out problems and fix stuff. He was a technician for over 40 years and had tons of real-world experience. One of his favorite sayings was, “Don’t go hunting for […]
Example of radiant heating

Six Reasons Why Heating With Water Is Better Than Air

When you’re around boilers every day, you get used to hearing concerns from people who assume that boilers are dangerous and outdated. For a brand new facility, who would ever choose a heating boiler over a rooftop unit that can both heat and cool? It doesn’t seem to make sense, but most are not privy […]
Safety Release Valves

Inside a Safety Release Valve

Safety relief valves; every steam boiler has one. It’s that valve attached to the steam space of the boiler that most people assume will never be needed, as accidents don’t happen with their boiler. Well thankfully for laws and codes, a safety valve is a precision valve that is meant to be the last line […]

How to Take Your Boiler Room from Good to Great

As a boiler service company, our technicians spend most of their time in a boiler room working on… you guessed it: boilers. Once someone does this for a couple years, they will see many different boiler rooms, some brand new and some that are a century old. Over time a technician will learn what exactly […]

Understanding Steam Pressure Controls: Three Basic Functions

Most steam boilers have three main controls that maintain the correct steam pressure inside the boiler and cause the boiler to shut down if an unsafe pressure is reached. These three main controls are the operator, modulation, and high limit pressure controls. Operator Pressure Control This control is what shuts down the boiler at a […]