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Is it okay just to rinse your balls, or do you clean them with anything ? (condensate traps)

Dave Carpentier
Dave Carpentier Member Posts: 604
When cleaning out a condensate trap, I just power down and remove trap and then pop the ball out and rinse everything, then refill it with water and reattach it.
Not sure what the ball is made of (Triangle Tube boiler), but can they build up layers of anything with time ? If so, any suggestions for proper ball washing ?
30+ yrs in telecom outside plant.
Currently in building maintenance.
Mad Dog_2mattmia2


  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,241
    Check with Tech support before you do anything.  Mad Dog 🐕 
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 5,888
    Neutralizer breaks down. When it gets slimy, replace with new. 
    Where is condensate going? Plumbing drain? Outside?
  • tim smith
    tim smith Member Posts: 2,774
    I ended up buying a whole bag of 1" polypropylene balls from plasticballsupply. It frustrated me when you had to buy the over priced trap to just get replacement ball. I now have a lifetime supply. :) about a buck each. These are great, exact size ball.
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,949
    Might try citric acid if it isn't getting reasonably clean with just water. I think this is a float ball that provides a seal, not neutralizing media in a condensate neutralizer.