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Auxiliary Steam Equipment


Does your vacuum breaker experience sporadic periods of chattering and spit out condensate?

Does your vacuum breaker experience sporadic periods of chattering and spit out condensate?

A newly installed steam injection water heater with a ½” vacuum breaker was experiencing sporadic periods where the vacuum breaker chattered rapidly and “spit out” condensate. Once the water heater reached its set point, the chattering stopped and did not reappear for hours. Chatter will eventually destroy the cage that holds the spring and ball-check in place on the vacuum breaker.

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Direct Steam Injection Heating

Direct Steam Injection Heating

Conventional storage tanks with sparge pipes (simple pipes with drilled steam distribution holes) tend to have uneven water temperature control, steam hammer, heavy vibration caused by collapsing steam bubbles, and low low energy efficiency as steam bubbles escape to atmosphere due to incomplete condensation.

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