When steam traps leak or fail, it can be extremely costly in terms of product quality, safety, and energy loss. There are differences in the way particular steam traps work (for example, inverted bucket trap versus float and thermostatic trap).
Approximately 20% of all of the steam leaving a central boiler plant is lost via leaking traps in typical space heating systems without proactive assessment programs.
Losses can be significantly and easily reduced by implementing a steam trap audit program using portable electronic test equipment and trained professionals. Our technicians understand how to accurately audit your steam traps and perform the needed repairs.
How Ultrasonic Leak Detection Works
Inspection methods vary depending on the type of steam trap and include ultrasonic leak detection.
Steam traps can either be defined as continuous (or modulating continuous) flow and “on-off” (hold-discharge-hold) types. Inspectors can choose from simple “point and shoot” analog instruments to sophisticated digital instruments with on-board non-contact infrared thermometers, sound analysis and data logging features for steam trap audits.
The potential annual savings associated with identifying and repairing leaking steam traps discovered during a steam trap audit offer a typical return on investment of less than six months. Contact us today to learn more about our steam trap audits.