Condensate units are a crucial part of your industrial steam system as they are responsible for collecting and returning condensate from other areas of the plant to be reused in the boiler. If your condensate unit does not start, there are a few reasons why it might not be working. We will discuss those reasons below.
But first, we wanted to take a second and discuss installation because this is where many issues originate. In order to install a condensate unit correctly, your maintenance team will need to find a clean, dry, well-ventilated, and drained location in order to make sure the return lines stay dry.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you will need to operate new or repaired steam systems with the returns open to prevent clogging of the lines, which could affect the unit’s performance. Piping is another concern. Your team should inspect that the piping connections to the unit have been made correctly per the instructions of the manual. Additionally, the team should confirm that the unit’s motor shaft can rotate freely before use.
Troubleshooting Why Your Condensate Unit Is Not Starting
Whether it occurs following installation or after years of service, a non-starting condensate unit can be frustrating. Your maintenance team should have access to the unit’s manual, which will provide instructions on what to do if a condensate unit is not working. You can also contact our team with any questions you might have about your purchased condensate unit. If your unit does not start, though, here are four reasons your team should inspect:
- The incoming voltage does not correspond to the voltage set on your motor
- There are blown fuses or the circuit breakers kicked out (if there is a blown fuse, do not replace the fuse until you know for sure the reason for the blow out.)
- The disconnect switch is in the Off position
- If you have a three-phase unit, the Reset Button may not be pressed in
Although these are not the only reasons why a condensate unit might not start, they do represent many instances. If the unit was installed correctly, all manual instructions were followed prior to operating it, and these reasons were examined, you may need the assistance of a factory service man to identify and resolve the issue with your condensate unit.