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taking over service contract

Timco Member Posts: 3,040
The big guys just sometimes neglect the smaller jobs I guess. Got the job to service 3) Am Stand 400K steam boilers on a 2-pipe steam system. All 3 units have black soot in the stacks ( draft hood) and HUGE flame rollout out the burner sides & other openings. Just visual inspection today, units are shut off. Can't see water line through rust. Would cleaning traps help with banging? All units have finn convectors, small ones w/ traps. Says they really bang. Damper motors forced open, do not close. Door not even on one unit...really poor service. Where to start...Insulate mains? Anyone care to email me direct & talk annual service $$$? I look forward to making a HUGE change in this system! Pics to come!


Just a guy running some pipes.


  • Al Letellier_9
    Al Letellier_9 Member Posts: 929
    service contract

    We did a building like this a few years ago and here is what I would advise:
    1- Don't even think of a service contract until you have that system fully up to snuff and operating correctly
    2-Catalogue and size and identify ALL the equipment in the system,including traps, pumps, units, coils, boilers, etc.
    3-Plan on rebuilding all the traps and have spare parts on hand
    4-Properly service the boilers
    5-Identify all the problem areas of the system
    6-Run it and identify all operational problems
    7-Prioritize repairs
    8-Identify potential cost savings projects...sounds like a candidate for a cycling controller
    9-List out everything and make a quality presentation to the owner.You'll be surprised what they might approve.

    Don't try to piecemeal a repair project like this. Use a systematic and well planned approach and they will think you can walk on water.....and all the followup work will be yours, no questions asked.
    Feel free to contact me if I can help in any way.
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