If your boiler is starting to sound louder than usual, or if you’re seeing steam and water leaking from it, it might be time to retube the vessel. Replacing the tubing in a boiler is a big job but restoring the unit to its former glory can be worth it.
What Is Boiler Re-Tubing?
Boiler re-tubing is replacing the tubes that make up the water-carrying portion of the boiler. These tubes are under constant pressure and can become damaged over time due to corrosion, stress, or other factors. When they fail, it can cause a leak in the boiler, leading to costly repairs.
How Often Should Boiler Re-Tubing Be Scheduled?
The frequency of boiler re-tubing depends on many factors, including the type of boiler, the operating conditions, and the water quality. For most industrial boilers, re-tubing should be scheduled every 5 to 10 years.
Signs It May Be Time To Retube:
Corrosion of Tubing: Over time, the tubing in your boiler can become corroded. This is especially true if you live in an area with high humidity levels. When the tubing corrodes, it can cause leaks and other problems.
Leaks: If you notice water or steam leaking from your boiler, it’s good to have it checked out by a professional. Leaks can be caused by various factors, including corrosion, damage to the tubing, or a failure of the seals.
Inability to Pass a Hydrostatic Test: If your boiler fails a hydrostatic test, it indicates that there is something wrong with the unit. Hydrostatic tests are required by law in many states, and they help ensure that boilers are safe to use.
Efficiency: If your boiler is more than 10 years old, it might not be as efficient as it once was. Replacing the tubing can help improve the unit’s efficiency, saving you money on your energy bills.
Safety: Boilers are safe when they’re well-maintained. However, if the tubing is damaged or corrupted, it can pose a safety hazard. Replacing the tubing can help to ensure that your boiler is safe to use.
Everything You Need For A Retube
If you’re considering having your boiler re-tubed, Elliott has everything you need for boiler tube removal, tube spears, cutters, tuggers, hydraulic pumps, boiler expanders, and more.
Since 1872, Elliott has provided USA made quality products for multiple industries such as oil & gas, institutions, food processing, aluminum, and many more. You can rely on Elliott to provide tools that are tougher than the job and are the best in the industry.