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Boiler Tube Cleaning Equipment

Goodway 's boiler tube cleaning equipment and accessories for commercial and industrial maintenance are part of the full line of powerful tube cleaners. Goodway's featured boiler tube cleaning system, the Soot-A-Matic was introduced over 35 years ago. Now in its third generation as the SAM-3, it is the world's most popular system for cleaning firetube boilers.

The Goodway boiler tube cleaning system is compact, portable and easy to use. One operator can thoroughly clean a tube in a fraction of the time required by other cleaning methods - all by flipping a switch.

The SAM-3 boiler tube cleaning system uses a cleaning tool mounted to the tip of a 26' spring steel tape. A switch controls tape feed. The operator inserts the nozzle into the tube and pushes the switch forward. The cleaning tool travels the full distance of the boiler tube at more than 3' per second, loosening soot and scale inside the boiler tube. The operator pulls the switch back for cleaning tool return and moves to the next boiler tube. AGTC-540 Soot-Vac vacuum, connected to the boiler tube through the SAM-3, simultaneous removes loosened deposits. A full range of accessories are available including interchangeable bayonet nozzles, steel brushes and cleaning tools to fit your boiler tubes. Goodway boiler tube cleaning systems are constructed with spring steel tape for long life. With the increasing use of waste heat boilers and the use of less highly refined fuels that do not burn as cleanly such as used crankcase oil, scale in boiler firetubes has become a common headache for maintenance personnel. It is not uncommon for a straight brushing action to prove insufficient in removing scale from the tubes.

Goodway offers the Models RAM-4X and RAM-4X2A Ream-A-Matic® for these conditions. Rather than using the simple in/out action of the Soot-A-Matic®, the RAM-4X uses an electric motor to drive a rotating flexible shaft encased in a non-rotating casing. A variety of more aggressive cleaning tools ranging from stiff brushes to various cutting tools, buffers and hones are available. The rotation of the tools coupled with their aggressive cleaning action makes short work of scale removal. The flexible shaft is fed through a special dry pick-up attachment that is connected to the GTC-540 vacuum for simultaneous removal of deposits.

For customers concerned with cleaning watertube boilers, Goodway makes the Models AWT-100 and AWT-100X air powered boiler tube cleaners. The AWT-100 model is compact enough to fit through the manhole in the steam drum of a watertube boiler. These units use a rotating flexible shaft similar to the RAM-4X discussed above, but they incorporate a simultaneous water flush instead of a vacuum to remove loosened deposits. They operate on compressed air for safety reasons – the operator is surrounded by metal when working inside the boiler and metal, water and electricity do not mix. A variety of aggressive cleaning tools are offered for use with the AWT-100 that is capable of cutting through tough water scale even in curved tubes. Goodway has a boiler tube cleaning system to serve all of your different boiler tube cleaning applications, from light to heavy duty. Remember, Goodway Sales Professionals are always ready to help you in selecting the right boiler tube cleaning system.

Boiler Tube Performance Impacts Your Bottom Line

Boiler tube performance can dramatically impact your bottom line, which is especially important now that consumers and businesses are paying more than ever for heating and cooling costs. It's no wonder why energy consumption has become an important global issue, and why manufacturers of consumer goods have enthusiastically embraced the "go green" message. Here at Goodway, boiler tube energy efficiency isn't just the latest consumer-marketing trend. We've been committed to optimizing the performance of boiler tubes, cooling systems and various heating system components since our inception in 1966.

The reason is simple: We believe that maintenance professionals deserve the most technologically advanced equipment available to optimize boiler tube performance, reduce costs and prevent unnecessary repairs. We also believe that technologically advanced tools must also be easy to use. That's why our customers repeatedly tell us how powerful and user friendly our boiler tube cleaning products are.

Boiler Tube Cleaning "Grows Up."

A retrospective look at boiler tube cleaning methods provides a unique appreciation for how far the technology has come both in terms of effectiveness and ease of operation. Not long ago, it was common for boiler tube cleaning methods to have serious environmental and occupational impacts that would never comply with today's strict regulations. Some techniques were effective at removing soot and scale from tubes but had the unintended consequence of depositing it on the surrounding workspace or dispersing it into the air. All too often, early tube-cleaning practices resulted in lengthy clean-up time that could take as long as or even longer than the actual tube cleaning. The first air-powered tools for water and boiler tube cleaning used a cutting head to loosen debris. Not only did this method require a separate debris-removal procedure, it also required multiple cleaning units since most air motors operated only within a limited range of tube diameters.

How Often Should You Clean Your Boiler Tubes?

The frequency at which you perform regular boiler tube maintenance is largely dependent upon the environmental conditions in which your system operates. The best way to determine whether boiler tube maintenance is required is through regular testing of your system's efficiency. An increase in stack temperature is a good indicator that maintenance is required. Goodway's Stack Efficiency Tester measures O2, CO and CO2 as well as excess air and combustion efficiency. It provides on-the-spot data as you're making adjustments to the boiler. Quality testing equipment can also alert you to other problems, such as dirty burners, bad drafting, fouling, flame impingements and improper firing ratios. With proper testing and regular maintenance using the current state-of-the-art boiler tube maintenance equipment, HVAC professionals can operate efficient systems with reduced fuel consumption over longer periods of time, all of which contribute to lower operating costs for maintenance contracts.

Why Boiler Tubes Should Be Cleaned Often

Preventative measures are mandatory to ensure that your boiler tubes are operating in an optimal, clean state. Boiler tube deposits can result in substantial negative impacts on fuel consumption and system life:

  • Soot has five times the insulating capacity of asbestos.
  • The cost of repairs can be 10 times that of preventative maintenance.
  • A half-inch of scale deposits can increase fuel usage by 70%.

Cleaning boiler tubes regularly will lower costs by reducing fuel consumption, increasing output and minimizing detrimental wear and tear that can shave years off heating system life. Additionally, with today's high-efficiency systems, routine maintenance is even more crucial. Both firetube and watertube boilers are susceptible to reduced efficiency due to the build-up deposits. Increased stack temperatures can substantially inhibit boiler tubes and system efficiency. Fortunately, with the state of today's boiler tube cleaning technology, it can take as little as an hour to descale a boiler. That wasn't always the case.

Boiler Tube Cleaning with Ream-A-Matic 4X

Modern boiler tube cleaning equipment solves many of the problems of those early methods. Today's industrial HVAC maintenance tools are more effective at completing the tasks they were designed to tackle. They also cause substantially less impact on the environment. Additionally, they are much more versatile and can be operated with little or no training. Goodway customer Clifford Singletary expresses an often-shared sentiment about the state of modern boiler maintenance equipment

Technologically advanced boiler tube cleaners like Goodway's Ream-A-Matic 4X use a flexible shaft with a rotary cleaning tool to scour dust, debris, limescale, mud and algae from a wide variety of pipes in a broad range of sizes. The flexible shaft uses an integrated water feed that flushes loosened deposits out of the system, performing two functions in one with a simple one-button operation.


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