Beware of the Dangers of Cold Traps

February
2013

Cold traps — steam traps that no longer drain condensate — are often ignored in lieu of less-critical leaking traps, until a catastrophic event, such as a plant shutdown or personal injury, occurs. Use historical data to accurately estimate the annual cost of these cold traps to justify their swift repair.

Many chemical companies have maintenance programs to diagnose and repair unhealthy (i.e., failed) steam traps. Unfortunately, these strategies often focus on leaking traps, while ignoring the more-critical drainage-failed ones, referred to as cold traps.


 

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