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Pressure System Breakdown When Equipment Fails Under Stress
Fig. 01 - Loss Example
Low Water Condition
Due to a low water condition in a boiler, the heating section of the boiler had to be replaced. Because a replacement of the damaged part was unavailable, the entire boiler was replaced.
Pressure system breakdown accounts for just 5% of all equipment breakdown claims. That doesn’t make it any less disruptive for commercial businesses, farming operations, or homeowners when it occurs. Factors contributing to pressure-related breakdown:
- Control failure
- Low water level
- Operator error
- Scale buildup
Where it Happens
- Hot water heaters
- Pressure vessels (liquid, vapor, gas)
How it Happens
Simple steps can be taken to minimize the risk or impact of potential loss caused by pressure system breakdown.
- Chemical treatment
- Annual maintenance by qualified tech
- Qualified/trained operators
- Regular blowdown
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