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Avoid a "Bad" Boiler Rental Project

During the course of Nationwide Boiler’s almost 50 year history in the boiler rental business, we occasionally involve ourselves in jobs that ultimately do not run as well as we would like.  Often times, though no fault of our own, customers may be unhappy due to the overall project results.  We believe that we can learn from our past mistakes.  It is also important to ask, “How can we avoid these problems?”. 

After a good deal of investigation, we have listed the top five (5) reasons as to “How A Boiler Rental Job Can Go Bad?”.

1.   Inadequate Planning and Budget Allotment
•    advance planning and timing
•    budget for:  rent, freight, installation, weatherization, start-up training, operation, water treatment, dismantling, return freight
•    cushion for extra rental days which may be required
•    emissions testing

2.   Non-Engineered Installation
•    sizing lines, pressure drop calculations, electrical loads
•    permitting issues (emissions, pressure vessel, operating, construction)
•    steam required – gross versus net, average versus peak load
•    extra equipment required such as 2nd header valve, gas regulator, feedwater pump, water softener, safety valve resetting
•    adequate utilities:  water, fuel, electrical, blowdown, drains, instrument air
•    provide loads or means of venting during start-up

3.   Lack of Qualified Operators 
•    training and licensing
•    familiar with controls and type of boiler (watertube versus firetube, package versus field erected, gas versus wood fired)
•    daily logs, regular blowdown and lubrication/maintenance

4.   Poor or Lack of Water Treatment
•    get  professional involvement (Nalco, Betz, Garratt-Callahan)
•    monitor water quality and blowdown rates
•    source of make-up or condensate (get analysis)

5.   Lack of Maintenance
•    users responsibility (treat it like your own)
•    hands on – not hands off attitude

If you are ever in need of a rental boiler, give us a call and we will help you understand what needs to be done to make your next rental project a success.  If you have any questions, email us at: info@nationwideboiler.com.

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