While built with durability in mind, all industrial equipment will require maintenance to maintain peak efficiency and fight off potential issues that can hamper its operations. The same can be said about infrared heating systems, where maintenance is required to ensure they operate at max potential and lengthen their lifespan. Unfortunately, for many companies, maintenance generally takes a back seat in the grand scheme of things. This has led to problems like downtime and expensive repairs that could have been prevented if the company had been more mindful about maintenance. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring maintenance and carry it out as needed!
That said, if you want to know what kind of maintenance is expected for infrared heating systems, here are some of them:
1. Oil the Fan
Typically, the fan, along with the conveyor bearings, will have lubrication schedules set for you to follow. If you do not follow the written schedule, it will only damage the conveyor and fan components, causing problems to occur. Be careful not to over-lubricate either, as this can still lead to issues.
2. Look at the Pipes
Whether it be air pipes or water pipes, you need to go around and check all of them. Leaks can occur that can hurt your infrared heating system’s efficiency, and for problems like water leakages, this can cause damage to other components in the heating system.
3. Check the Gaskets
A gasket’s job is to seal the space between two joints to prevent leakages. Over time, this gasket can get old and deteriorate to the point that it fails to seal the joint. When this happens, you need to get them replaced. Otherwise, the leakage will hurt your heating system’s efficiency and even compromise other components of the system itself.
4. Analyze the Valves
Although unlikely, there’s a chance that valves may be moved to the wrong position. This could either result from an accidental touch or someone forgetting to move them back into the correct position. As such, whenever you run maintenance for your infrared heating system, check the valves to make sure they are all in the right positions.
5. Check the Exhausts
The exhaust systems include exhaust ducts, exhaust discharge points, and exhaust fan blades. These components can get dirty after some time, and any debris build-up will affect their efficiency. Check them once in a while and clean them out if necessary to ensure nothing is blocking any part of the exhaust system.
There are several other maintenance activities you should carry out for your infrared heating system, such as inspecting the heating elements to ensure they’re clean, checking around for dust, and regularly checking the temperature sensors. While it may sound like a lot of effort, running maintenance ensures that your expensive infrared heating system runs at peak efficiency and maximizes its life span to give you a long service life. On that note, if you are having trouble maintaining your infrared heating system, don’t be afraid to contact professionals to help you out. They know where to look for problems in the system and will help to ensure all maintenance checkboxes are ticked to keep your heating system in excellent condition.
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