Did you know that a boiler deposit of just 1/16 inch can result in an efficiency loss of up to 20%? Heavier deposits can cause damage and boiler failure. Reverse Osmosis membranes can also become fouled with mineral scales, leading to reduced boiler efficiency.
The biggest offenders in boiler killing are:
“Pits” caused by oxygen corrosion are holes covered by mounds of iron oxide. These problems most frequently occur when a boiler is in an idle state.
Scale and Deposits
Heat transfer surfaces are the most common victim for scale and deposit damage. Calcium salts, magnesium, silicates, and iron all cause these issues that can eventually lead to total boiler failure.
When carbon dioxide condenses in the condensate system, it forms carbonic acid (H2CO3) which reduces the pH and causes corrosion. Alkaline, carbonate-heavy water is present in the feedwater, condensate corrosion can escalate into a big problem quickly.
You can read more about these problems and how we can help alleviate them on our Water Boiler Treatment information page.