Steaming ahead 25 Jul 2018

Jean Anderson takes the pressure off and guides you through what you need to think about when buying a new boiler.

It’s hard to find much glitz and glamour in the world of boilers but for successful drycleaning and laundry operations they are an essential piece of kit vital for many day-to-day applications.

When it comes to choosing a new boiler it’s extremely important to get it right – safety, efficiency and reliability are crucial and there are important statutory regulations that must be complied with. 

These two Zani electric water heaters were installed by AGS in Chelsea

To that end choosing a supplier with the right expertise to guide you through the choices. Should it be gas or electricity? How much space is available? Are our health and safety arrangements up to spec? How much will it cost to run? What servicing and maintenance options are available? 

These are just some of the questions that need to be answered when buying a new boiler that will serve you well, hopefully for many years. The suppliers we feature here know the answers and are keen to ensure you ultimately make the right choice. “We’re all looking for a match made in heaven and getting the right boiler to cope with the demands of all your equipment is fundamental,” says Andrew Lambert, business development director at Renzacci UK. Although some equipment comes with the option of built-in boilers, additional or standalone boilers may, in some cases, be an alternative solution. 

This will depend on the size of your shop and amount of equipment you have. A bit of shared ‘intelligent thinking’ allows cleaners to save both space and money. Lambert says: “Some of our Pony finishing equipment comes with the option of built-in boilers, and some are big enough to run more than one piece of machinery off them. “For example, the Pony Angel and the collar and cuff press (CCP) are normally sold together, so the CCP comes with a boiler big enough to run both machines.” 

The Pony Goliath GE range has feed and condense tanks that capture heat normally lost, reusing to support efficient working while saving money. Electronic components in the Pony range are fitted with energy saving power circuits with proven energy savings of 33 per cent over conventional methods. High quality lagging of the boilers and steam pipework ensures the minimum of heat loss and further lowers energy consumption. Pony GE boilers come in four different models, depending on how many hours a day you need the boiler to be working, as well as varying steam pressure options – from standard five bar, suitable for most finishing equipment, to the higher pressure seven bar for the likes of shirt machines and hot head presses. 

Ensuring your boiler is in good working condition can prolong the life of the machine, says Steven Ward, Renzacci UK’s technical manager, and there are simple procedures that can assist this. “Blow down will stir up scale forming on the bottom of the boiler and flush it out under pressure. Manufacturers state that this should be carried out at least once a day, preferably in the morning as your boiler comes up to one bar in pressure. “Servicing should be carried out every six months for shops located in hard water areas,” Ward says: “Over the recommended yearly service your boiler will boil thousands of litres of water; you have only to look inside a new kettle to see what’s left after just a few weeks, your steam boiler is affected in the same way. “After a short period, even with a new boiler, the inner surfaces will be covered in hard scale. Your gas will now have to not only heat the metal, but the layer of scale too before it even gets to boil the water. This is where you will be losing efficiency. 

You only want to heat the metal, not the scale as there is no benefit there.” And then there is safety, says Ward. “Under a fault condition (perhaps running low on water, the flame goes out or steams over pressure) the boiler should shut down or ‘fail safe’ and an engineer should demonstrate on servicing that all appliance safety controls function correctly. “By law, you must ensure any engineer you employ for gas work is Gas Safe Registered and that you possess a Pressure System Safety Certificate for all your pressure equipment.” The all-new gas-fired, vertical spiral-rib tubeless steam boiler from Fulton, the VSRT, is the first range to emerge from the company’s new ‘PURE Technology’ approach, an initiative it says has resulted in a world-first design that is durable, long-lasting and boasts the highest efficiencies and ultra-low NOx emissions as standard...

Continued in full article.

Brands featured in full article:
(Pony Goliath GE)
Renzacci UK
Dane Realstar

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