Heat exchange is the principle by which many different devices work. For example, most home heating and cooling devices use this technology, ensuring that our homes are always comfortable and habitable. Heat exchange is also used in a variety of applications outside our homes. It is a central element of many industrial processes. In this article, we are going to look at the technology in general and, how to repair heat exchangers.
What is Heat Exchange?
Heat exchangers are devices that take advantage of the temperature differences between two fluids to transfer heat from one fluid to another. The guiding principle behind heat exchange is the fact that heat flows from a fluid with higher temperatures to one with lower temperatures. The heat exchange mechanism is set up in such a way that the two fluids, or gases never come into direct contact with each other. Instead, they are normally separated by a material that maximizes the heat exchange between the fluids while at the same time, preventing the two materials from mixing with each other.
Heat exchangers are set up in different configurations depending on how they are being used. Fluid flow for example can be parallel, continuous, or cross-flow. Parallel flow is where the two fluids are flowing in opposite directions. This works perfectly in situations where heat exchange between the fluids is required in a very short time.
Heat Exchange Repairs
Although most heat exchange devices and systems are built to withstand heavy use, they do sometimes break down and thus require repair. Fixing your heat repair system requires quite a bit of technical knowledge so if you are not sure of what you are doing, it is best to leave the work to experts. Here are some factors to keep in mind when going about the repair of your heat exchanger.
Identify The Problem
In most cases, problems with heat exchangers manifest themselves indirectly. The system may suddenly stop working or may work inefficiently. Identifying the problem is typically the first step. Here, you will need to put together all the problems that you can identify with your heat exchanger. This is useful in the event that you bring in an expert to help as they will also need to understand what is wrong with the heat exchange system.
What Parts Are Required
In many cases, repairing your heat exchanger may require you to change some parts of the system. If this is what is needed, then you are going to need to source genuine parts. There are many outlets that deal with heat exchanger parts and you can do a price comparison to ensure that you are getting value for your money. You can also ask attendants at the outlet for any advice that you may need on the parts and the repair process. It is important to ensure that you are getting parts that are recommended by the manufacturer. This is because failure by a defective part could lead to damage and even injuries. If in doubt, talk to the system manufacturer for advice and help.