While installing, repairing, and maintaining boilers is our primary focus, Manley’s Boiler, Inc. also strives to educate others on the most important parts of boiler of boiler safety and function. You may think that boiler terminology is too hard to understand and that the industry jargon is overly complicated, but through our simple guide, Manley’s Boiler, Inc. can help you understand the aspects of boiler operation. Read on for some helpful information about boilers.
Defining a Boiler
Boilers are really just large metal tubs filled with water. No matter the kind of boiler, fuel is used to heat the water into steam which moves throughout a building to heat it. The most common types of fuel are gas, oil, and coal.
Firetube and Watertube Boilers
There are two main ways that water in a boiler is heated: through a firetube boiler or a watertube boiler. Firetube boilers, sometimes called shell boilers, use fuel to send hot gasses internally through a hollow shell surrounded by water. This method creates up to 250,000 pounds of steam and 80% of boiler manufactured today use it.
In a watertube boiler, instead of heating the water internally, the boiler directs heat around tubes which contain water. These boilers usually conduct combustion in one of two large drums that store both tubes and water. Watertube boilers create up to 200,000 pounds of steam.
When a boiler is called into action, a switch ensures that fuel begins to flow through the boiler, heating up the water. As the water is heated it is sent down pipes throughout the building and heats the coiled pipes in each room to emit heat. As the water cools, it returns to the boiler to be heated once again.
Types of Boilers
There are generally two types of boiler systems: combi-boilers and open-vent boilers. Combi-boilers store water and generate heat on demand, staying cool and silent when the thermostat is off. Open-vent boilers maintain heated water at all times and disperse it throughout a building as needed.
Professional Boiler Services
With this information, you are now better equipped to deal with your boiler, whether you need installation, repair, or maintenance. When it comes time to call a professional, reach out to Manley’s Boiler, Inc., a company that has spent over 50 years in the boiler industry.