Replacing Relief Valves on a Boiler

boiler safety valves

The valves that need to be replaced.

Our #3 Boiler to be exact.  I guess the county boiler inspector came out a few weeks ago and made a strong “recommendation” that we replace the safety relief valves on #3 boiler.  He asked the building engineer on duty when the last time was that either the reliefs had been tested or replaced.

Apparently boiler inspectors don’t really like the answers “never” and “never.”  But this obvious dereliction of maintenance was before my time.  It’s crazy how much stuff gets overlooked at places.  Maybe the facility or maintenance staff is too busy or an emergency came up.  But the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) has codes, rules, and regulations for a variety of reasons.

Safety being the main one. Read more