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Typical boiler feed unit discharge piping arrangements »

Volume 5/ Issue 1/ May 2018 The following is a discussion of some of the more common discharge piping arrangements applied to boiler feed pumps. As previously discussed, use of a feed pump provides a reserve to feed the boiler, even when condensate is slow to return from the system. The economy of reusing treated

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What is the normal water line in a steam boiler? »

Volume 5/ Issue 1/ May 2018 All boiler manufacturers identify the “normal water line” in their instruction manuals. It is typically denoted as “NWL,” and describes the height in inches from the bottom of the boiler upto this line. By not paying attention to the NWL, you can set yourself up for a whole lot

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Boiler maintenance can heat up your sales »

Volume 4/ Issue 3/ December 2017 Funny how the people who change their smoke detector batteries every year and car oil every 3,000 miles let their boilers go year after year without even a thought of preventive maintenance. Then the boiler breaks down in the middle of winter, and you get an emergency phone call.

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Updating old steam systems with a modern boiler feed unit? Don’t forget return lag time. »

Volume 4/ Issue 3/ December 2017 A customer who recently installed a boiler feed unit was surprised to see a dramatic increase in makeup water use. Investigation showed the feed water was being lost through the unit’s overflow a few times a day. The customer called us to discuss, presuming the unit didn’t have enough

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Specifying Tips: Vacuum Return Condensate Units »

Volume 4/ Issue 2/ July 2017 Should you replace your vacuum return condensate system with a standard condensate return unit? Before you decide, let’s look at what happens when a steam heating system starts up — a cycle that can happen many times a day, depending on the weather. At startup on a two-pipe steam

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When a bucket trap is the wrong choice »

Volume 4/ Issue 2/ July 2017 Although inverted bucket traps have a long history in the steam business and can stand up to demanding application, they’re not always the best choice — especially in a system with fluctuating loads. Steam traps of any design must be able to perform these three functions: 1. Vent air

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McDonnell & Miller Frequently Asked Questions »

Volume 4/ Issue 1/ May 2017 1. Q.  How do I maintain Low Water Cut-Offs? Find detailed maintenance instructions for McDonnell & Miller low water cut-offs in the installation and operating instruction manual (IOM) that ships with the product. You can also get the IOMs online at www.mcdonnellmiller.com. Here’s a brief summary of required maintenance.

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Cast Iron or Steel? The Receiver is tailored for the application. »

Volume 4/ Issue 1/ May 2017 The “receiver” or “tank” in a Domestic® Pump steam condensate handling unit should be of the proper material and size for the application, following industry best practices and ASHRAE recommendations. Condensate collection tanks generally come in two types of material – cast iron or steel. Both meet the highest

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Should I insulate my condensate units’ receiver? »

Volume 3/ Issue 3/ August 2016 This issue is not addressed in Xylem Domestic Pump and Hoffman Pump product manuals, factory recommendations or Little Red School House steam system application and sizing guides. Some installations require insulation for safety. Otherwise, it’s a matter of choice based on system design and your understanding of the strengths,

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Hoffman Specialty PRV Troubleshooting »

Volume 3/ Issue 3/ August 2016 Q.  How do I test a spring pilot? A.  The easiest way to test a pilot operated valve is to disconnect the pilot line and observe the pilot’s operation. Keep in mind you are handling steam. Use proper safety precautions. When you turn the adjusting nuts in, the pilot

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