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2013 Tip Sheets


Browse through our listing of monthly tip sheets below and see how Cleaver-Brooks is helping businesses run better everyday.


November 2013:

Steps to Prepare your Boiler for Winter  
Routine maintenance will help you avoid boiler downtime and unnecessary expenses, which can be particularly detrimental during the winter months. Now is the time to inspect and clean your boiler. Follow your equipment manufacturer’s recommendations along with these 14 steps. Read More 

October 2013:

Understanding the Power of BMS Controls 

A burner management system (BMS) controls every aspect of a burner to ensure proper sequencing and safety. It protects against the malfunction of fuel-firing equipment and reduces possible errors by following the proper operating procedure.  Read more        

September 2013:

Reading a Firetube Boiler Room Nameplate 

The nameplate provides essential information for ordering replacement parts. Sometimes, the specific pressure rating is required for a part, or the serial number is needed. If the parts department is unable to locate a particular job file, the nameplate data can reveal the original set-up information. Fuel series information and boiler model type also help to guide the Cleaver-Brooks staff. Read more       

July 2013:

Consider a Hydronic Solution for Boiler Replacement 

Many facilities are replacing their steam boiler with a hydronic one to increase efficiency and decrease operating costs. Before condensing boiler technology was introduced, boilers operated at a maximum of 80 percent to 85 percent efficiency. Today, condensing hydronic boilers can operate at efficiencies up to 99 percent. Hydronic boilers can be used for either building heat or process hot water applications. Read more     

June 2013:

Treat Boiler Feedwater to Ensure Operational Efficiency and Longevity

To ensure a boiler runs properly over the course of its lifetime, treating the water that circulates within the system is mandatory. If the water is not treated properly, the boiler will begin to have problems within the first year, and its useful life will be significantly shortened. Read more     

May 2013:

EPA Rules for Boilers are Final 

The Area Source and Major Source Rules are in effect. The EPA published the rules in the Federal Register on February 1, 2013 and January 31, 2013, respectively, which made them official for the purpose of compliance. Read more   

April 2013:

 Leveraging the Annual Boiler Shutdown for Safety and Efficiency 

The average boiler consumes more than four times its initial cost every year of use. That’s why it is important to look for ways to increase a boiler’s efficiency during its annual shutdown.  Read more    

March 2013:

Which Boiler is the Best Fit for Your Facility – Firetube or Watertube? 

When purchasing a boiler, deciding whether to buy a firetube or watertube one typically is the first step. The names of these two types of boilers reflect their respective operational design. Read more   

February 2013:

Addressing Efficiency Concerns When NOx Reduction is Required
The greatest pollutant boiler stacks emit today is NOx, which is generated during combustion. Nitrogen is a harmless element in the air, until it is oxidized, and then it becomes a pollutant. When NOx exits a boiler stack and mixes with sunlight and other VOCs, it forms ground-level smogRead more   

January 2013:

 Tips to Increase Efficiency and Heat Recovery in a Boiler System 
As boilers age, they become less efficient.  Here are a number of ways a facility can increase boiler efficiency to reduce operating costs...Read more   

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