June 8, 2019

No. 62: Condensate Pump Reliability

Figure 1: Electric Condensate Pump Failure
The steam world continuously experiences reliability issues with electric condensate pumps that can be easily resolved with a proper understanding of the condensate system and by choosing the correct electric condensate pump system. The first step is to recognize that the world’s steam/condensate systems can be divided into two major categories: nonmodulating and modulating. The majority of the condensate pumps used in steam/condensate systems are for modulating steam systems. Selecting the wrong condensate pump system can lead to significant problems: unreliable electric condensate pumps can cause major issues with safety, reliability, production, optimization, energy, and loss of condensate (water).

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