It could be said that industrial burner manufacturers are the lifeblood of our export market. More than half of our export products are manufactured goods. While we produce a wide range of products– from electrical equipment to sporting goods to specialty beer– one thing that they all have in common is their dependence on heat in the manufacturing process.
Whether your business uses high fire kilns such as Venturi burners, or kettle heating burners, or maybe your product depends on melting metal with melting furnace equipment, you know you’d be dead in the water if your heating equipment died. Since your heating equipment is one of the biggest investments your company has to make, and is an integral part of your manufacturing success, it is essential to keep it in tip top shape. Here are a few tips from industrial burner manufacturers on keeping your heating equipment at its prime condition:
- Inspect burners, regulators and control valves regularly. Any mechanical equipment will incur wear and tear over time, but particularly parts that are exposed to extremely high temperatures on a regular basis. Regularly look over your burners for residue, warping, or oxidation. It is a lot easier to replace small damaged pieces than bigger issues that it causes if you don’t catch the issue quickly.
- Make sure the furnace refractory is not compromised. The furnace refractory is the lining in the furnace that protects vital pieces of the heating equipment from melting itself with the heat it produces. Minor furnace refractory damage leads to degraded efficiency, but extensive issues could lead to irreparable damage.
- Replace air filter equipment as directed by your industrial burner manufacturer. If your equipment’s air to fuel ratio gets out of whack, all of the equipment will perform poorly. Replacing the air filter on schedule is inexpensive and simple, and saves you a lot in efficiency. It is also a good idea to check the lubrication of the bearings on the schedule recommended by your industrial burner manufacturer.
- Calibrate the thermostat. If the thermostat is calibrating incorrectly, the burner flame will turn off before it has reached the appropriate temperature. To calibrate the thermostat, remove the knob that controls your heating equipment. The thermostat will be a round disk or D shaft screwed under the knob. Using pliers, twist the thermostat a fraction of a turn until the pilot comes on. If you turn the thermostat more than a quarter of the way and the pilot is not ignited, you probably need to replace the entire thermostat.
- Check the igniter spark. On gas heating equipment, when you turn it on, the spark should be blueish white. If the spark has a yellowish color to it, it is not sparking enough for the gas to ignite a flame. To replace the igniter, just unscrew the nuts that hold it into the burner and disconnect the wire connections. You can get a new igniter from an appliance parts store based on the brand and model of your equipment. Installing a new igniter simply requires reverse engineering the steps you took to remove it.
Do you work with industrial heating equipment? Do you have any tips to share about maintaining your equipment’s efficiency? Please leave us a comment below.