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Topic: How often to drain steam generator  (Read 7116 times)
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« on: February 25, 2009, 04:50:27 PM »

How often should i drain my steam generator?  I have a manual drain valve.  I have well water.  Don't really know anything about water quality but I guess it's good.  I steam about 5 times a week during the colder months.  Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009, 08:05:55 AM »

The best way to determine the frequency needed is to observe the water that you drain from the tank.  Since you have well water and steam often, I would recommend starting off by draining your unit weekly and watching for any sediment or color in the water.  This is what can sit in your tank and harden.  Adjust your frequency of draining based on the quality of that discharge.

If you really are not someone who will do this draining with any frequency, I would highly recommend adding an automatic drain valve.  I know it requires modifying the pipes but it would be well worth it for the protection and convenience it provides.
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