Regular maintenance to the individual components of your machinery is key in ensuring that thermal management is occurring at peak efficiency. Routine maintenance is the cornerstone of efficiency in any industry, but if your company focuses on production, fear of lost time can keep maintenance from being performed. This line of thinking, however, can be difficult and costly: when heat exchangers are dirty, they can cause overcompensation in larger pieces of machinery downstream, such as your fired heater. If a lack of regular maintenance leads to a shutdown due to heat exchange failure, this can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue, lost energy, and lost time. With that in mind, here are some tips for cleaning heat exchangers for better thermal management overall.
Beware of Scale
The most common form of scale buildup is either Calcium Carbonate. When evaporation removes pure water from the cooling tower, the solids left behind are found in gr