Maintaining Plate Heat Exchangers
Heat exchanger maintenance is critical for controllability and energy efficiency. Operations managers will be quick to detect a problem and contact you about it. Typical problems include interior comfort complaints, off-grade product, escalating utility bills and related troubles. Methodical diagnostics will save time and prevent wasted effort. These should be outlined in your heat exchanger operations and maintenance manuals. Some generalized diagnostic procedures are provided on our Diagnostics page.

A long term goal should be to institute preventive and predictive maintenance strategies for heat exchangers, since they are usually process-critical. For this to take place, careful maintenance records must be kept. Mean time between necessary service must be tracked. With this process, maintenance procedures can be scheduled before unplanned downtime occurs. Emergencies invariably happen, and you are charged with restoring a unit to operation as quickly as possible.