heat exchangersAmerican Services industrial heating maintenance near Sunset Hills knows that your heat exchanger requires routine maintenance to ensure proper and efficient heating. Having a customizable preventable heating maintenance plan will ensure your system stays online with little downtime, reducing the number of repair calls increases productivity in your operation. Heating is a necessity in most operations and system malfunctions just cause headaches.

Many heat exchangers are identified as CIP, clean in place. CIP cleaning is a condition that the scaling on the plates is soluble. All materials in the entire circulation system of course have to be resistant to the cleaning detergent. You don’t want to use an improper cleaning agent and risk damaging your heating system. If the solution requires recirculation, select a flow that is as high as possible, and no less than the service or product flows. Most detergent suppliers and cleaning specialists will provide instructions for their products. Typical circulation time of cleaning agents should be no less than 30 minutes. Always rinse away the cleaning agent thoroughly with fresh water and circulate fresh water for at least 10 minutes.

If the plates require a physical cleaning, use nylon or other types of “soft” scrubbing brushes with detergent. Never use a metal brush, steel wool or sand/glass paper as it will damage the passivation film of the plates. Typically acetone or other types of solvents which do not contain chlorine are used to remove old gasket glue. When using detergents, they should be compatible with the plate and gasket material before use. It is always wise to consult a cleaning specialist for information and recommendations specific to your application.