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Radiator steam trap life expectancy.

JohnNY
JohnNY Member Posts: 2,917
I read somewhere recently that radiator steam traps are designed to work for something like 100,000 cycles a year for 10 years.



Any idea where I got that from? I'm old and feeble-minded so your help is much appreciated.
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  • Gordo
    Gordo Member Posts: 797
    In This Grand Era

    of "value engineering", I'm starting to see and hear references to 10 years or 100,000 cycles in regards to design life-span goals for heating parts at least.  If the item in question doesn't last for 10 years...oh well, we tried.  I seem to remember Dan H. talking about a 5 year life expectancy for steam traps.



    Of course, if the all steam is condensed by the radiator before it gets to the trap, it will never cycle and it will last for 80+ years.
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  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 2,917
    Ahh

    Yes, the Lost Art does say 5 years for traps.



    My numbers may be off, but that 100,000 stands out.



    I'll figure it out. Thanks for the input, Gordo.
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