Steam Trap FAQ

How often should I have my steam traps tested?

Most experts agree that a steam trap survey should be performed at least once a year.

How long do steam traps last?

Generally, steam traps can last for years if they are properly sized, applied and maintained.

If I contract with Enercheck Services to have an audit performed, do I have to provide plant personnel?

Yes. It is critical that someone guide our auditor around your plant. They can provide the information we need to document the steam trap or leak location. If we can identify the leak location, our repair personnel will be able to find what may be problem steam traps or leaks more easily. Additionally, during the course of the audit we may find issues that need to be addressed immediately. Having a good plant maintenance individual accompany us throughout the auditing process is invaluable to our shared goal of minimizing wasted energy.

How often should I have my air/gas system tested for leaks?

It is wise to have the system tested on a quarterly or semi-annual basis. Inert gases are extremely expensive and can create copious revenue waste when they are not kept in check. Compressed air leakage can significantly add to your electrical consumption costs.

How do you mark bad traps or air/gas leaks?

Systems should be tested on a quarterly or semi-annual basis. Inert gases are extremely expensive. Compressed air leakage can significantly add to your electrical consumption costs.

How do you mark bad traps or air/gas leaks?

Steam traps are tagged with a stainless steel number tag and heart-shaped stainless steel hanger. If the trap is found faulty an orange plastic strip is placed behind of the number tag. Your personnel should remove the orange strip after repairs are made. The number tag should remain with the newly installed trap.

Air/gas leaks can be numbered with a stainless steel tag if desired. We normally tie an orange strip at the leak site with a piece of wire.