When you run a business you must have contingency plans in place in case your company experiences unforeseen circumstances that threaten to shut down operations or decrease productivity significantly. If your company relies on a boiler for central heat, power generation, and other purposes, your contingency efforts need to include a plan on what to do if the boiler stops working.
Renting a temporary boiler is an integral part of any effective contingency plan. Furthermore, it is important for you to know what types of circumstances would warrant you putting your plan in action. The following guide explains the situations that will require you to rent a mobile boiler to keep your operations running smoothly.
Outages During Inspections
You will have to get your boiler inspected periodically. In fact, your local government may require you to schedule annual or biannual inspections of your boiler. The inspections are a safety precaution to prevent accidents that could injure your workers.
During the shutdown for an inspection, you can either shut down your business or secure a mobile boiler so you can continue operations uninterrupted. If you process volatile materials like chemicals, the shutdown process could take several days.
Some of the most common issues that will require you to shut down your main boiler include:
- Expansion tank repairs
- Broken heating elements
- Seal leaks
- System flushing
Your boiler's expansion tank keeps the pressure inside the device at the correct level. If the expansion tank is defective, pressure in the boiler will get too high too fast. Over time dirt and grime will collect on the heating elements of a boiler causing the equipment to break. This will cause the boiler to malfunction and generate less heat than normal.
Boiler seal leaks occur when there are defective connections in the device or pipes become damaged. If you have an old boiler that often develops seal leaks, you may need to put it out of commission and rent a mobile boiler until a new device is installed.
Boiler flushing is a major maintenance task. When the boiler's pipes and tanks become filled with sediment, you will need to get the system flushed to clean out the debris and gunk to prevent the development of corrosion.
Peak Demand Periods
If you have an unexpected uptick in demand, you will put more demand on your boiler. This may happen if you process food, chemicals, petroleum, or other commodities. When this happens, you may need to consider renting a mobile boiler to help handle the increase in demand so you do not overtax your main boiler. The last thing you want is to fail in meeting customer demand because you cannot safely increase production.
If the peak in demand is seasonal, you can work with a boiler rental firm to have the mobile equipment delivered at the same time each year.
A full boiler system is an expensive capital investment. If your business cannot afford to install a full-blown boiler, a mobile boiler may be the most economical solution for your operations. Renting a boiler is also ideal if your business is expanding rapidly but you are unable to layout the funds to upgrade your boiler in the short term. Many boiler rental firms offer flexible rental plans and financing options for customers.
As soon as you realized that you will need to rent a mobile boiler for your facility, contact your local government's planning department to find out if there are any restrictions or rules for housing a temporary boiler. Some cities have emission limits, installation requirements, and other rules for mobile boilers.
The equipment will most likely be housed in a container-like facility that can be attached to a semi truck. As a result, the self-contained unit will not look out of place and mar the aesthetics of your property. The structure is weather-resistant and houses the boiler as well as a work area for boiler technicians.