2 Reasons Why Valve Inspection Is Critical For Your Boiler's Fuel-Train System

If you have recently installed a new boiler in your factory, you may have also had a fuel train installed to help supply the gas so that the boiler can run more efficiently. However, there is more to having this type of system than simply installing it. Maintenance and regular inspection are also important, especially when it comes to the valves that control the fuel supply. There are a couple of reasons why valve inspection is critical for your boiler's fuel-train system.

1.  Checks to Ensure the Valve Diaphragms Are Opening and Closing Properly

One reason why inspecting the valves that connect the fuel lines is important is that it gives you an opportunity to make sure that their diaphragms are working properly. When they are in good condition, the diaphragms will open and close without resistance when you turn the valve switch.

However, if you notice that the switch seems to hesitate or stall when being moved and requires that you apply a lot of pressure to open and close the valves, the diaphragms are most likely deteriorating or broken. Because gas is running through the valves, being able to shut them off quickly is crucial to keeping your workers safe. 

If you have to struggle to open or shut a valve because of a faulty diaphragm, it needs to be replaced.

2.  Allows for the Detection of Gas Leaks from or Around the Valves

Another reason why regular inspection of fuel-train valves should be included in your preventative maintenance plan is that it allows for the detection of gas leaks before they get out of hand. Because the valves are subjected to high pressure from the gas running through the lines, their stems or connections with the pipes could wear down.

As you are looking at the valves, be aware of any strong gas odors around them as well as any obvious holes or cracks. If you see any signs of damage or smell gas, turn off the main gas line, and have the faulty valve replaced as soon as possible.

Regularly inspecting the valves feeding the fuel train for your factory's boiler is vital for catching any issues that could not only pose a safety hazard if one or more of the valves are malfunctioning but also result in downtime for your business. If you do find any issues with one or more of the valves, contact an industrial equipment and supply company that offers fuel-train parts to discuss available options for replacing the faulty parts.