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Boilers represent large capital expenditures. Their operational reliability and availability are often critical to facility profitability. Therefore, training and developing personnel responsible for this equipment is essential. Failure to follow a few well-established practices can result in catastrophe. The most common causes of catastrophic boiler failure include: fuel explosion, low water incident, poor water treatment, contaminated feedwater, improper blowdown techniques, improper warm-up, impact damage to tubes, severe overfiring, improper storage, and pulling a vacuum.


Citation: ASHRAE Journal, vol. 43, no. 9, September 2001