Heat Exchanger Inspection and Maintenance Services

Cleaning and Maintenance Services

Heat Exchangers are used in a wide variety of industrial settings, including chemical plants, petroleum refineries, fossil, hydroelectric, and co-generation power stations, and more.

Heat Exchanger Cleaning Services

Over time, all heat exchangers are subject to fouling. Fouling is material deposited on the heat transfer surface and can also refer to the corrosion of metal surfaces. As the heat exchanger accumulates fouling, the efficiency of heat transfer is reduced. Hydraulic resistance also increases, requiring a higher flow rate or greater temperature differences to operate correctly.

At Master-Lee, our expert services are designed to properly clean heat exchangers and restore them to optimal performance. Cleaning includes:

Projectile Cleaning

A variety of air and water-propelled brushes, scrapers, foam plugs, etc. are used to eliminate tube fouling and sediment deposits without damaging the heat exchanger.

Hydroblasting or “Water Blasting”

Hydroblasting is used to clear and dissolve heat exchanger fouling. We use state-of-the-art technology, including specially designed blast nozzles designed to deliver optimal flow rate and pressure, which can be varied depending on the equipment type being cleaned.

Chemical Cleaning

Scale and other mineral deposits cost the industrial sector millions in higher energy costs. Our industrial descaling services offer fast, effective – and safer – ways to remove scale deposits, returning heat exchangers, and other equipment to “good as new” efficiency levels.   

Our process begins with an on-site or remote consultation to identify the type of scale present. Once identified, we then develop a cleaning solution best suited for the application and the machinery involved. We then handle all aspects of the scale removal, providing 100% of the support services, or working with your approved partners. 

  • Plate & Frame Heat Exchanger Descaling
  • Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Descaling
  • Boiler Descaling
  • Chiller Descaling
  • Condenser Descaling

Heat Exchanger Inspection Services

Master-Lee Energy Services provides comprehensive heat exchanger inspection and maintenance services. A specialty of Master-Lee Energy is Eddy Current Testing. For decades, we’ve been an industry leader in Eddy Current Testing and analysis of feedwater heaters, surface condensers, component cooling heat exchangers and many others.

Our inspection reports cover tubing integrity along with information detailing the condition of the Heat Exchanger(s). This includes Tube Support Erosion, Cracking, Under-Deposit Corrosion Pitting, Steam Erosion/Thinning, Water Droplet Impingement, Wear/Fretting and Micro-biologically Induced Corrosion among others. 

Master-Lee can also develop inspection programs where none exist that can assist with the assessment of the heat exchanger and identify growing trends in the overall condition. 

Learn more about our inspection and maintenance services on our NDE page.


Breaching During Maintenance

Master-Lee Energy Services is experienced in the manual breaching of heat exchanger covers during maintenance. In power generation facilities, this includes rigging and torqueing of fasteners, gasket removal and replacement, the cleaning of seating surfaces, along with de-rusting bolts, nuts, and studs. 

The process of removing bolts and retaining devices that hold manway doors often require special rigging or devices to ensure the weight of the cover is accounted for and that the door is safely removed and reinstalled. 

During opening and closing procedures for heat exchangers, we establish Lock Out, Tag Out (LOTO) protocols to ensure that dangerous equipment is properly shut off and is unable to be restarted prior to the completion of maintenance and repair work. 

Other variables in opening and closing operations can include confined space permits, replacement of gasket material, and checks on ventilation, electrical, lighting, and more. 

Maintenance Services

Our maintenance services include:
  • Removal of Exchanger Covers and Insulation (incl. rigging)
  • Flushing and Complete tube cleaning
  • Coating inspections and high-performance coating application
  • Tube Plugging
  • Tube removal
  • Re-tubing
  • Heat exchanger Replacement
  • Re-assembly and installation
  • Final inspection and closeout (FME approved)
  • Development of Inspection Programs

Work with Master-Lee Energy Services

Master-Lee Energy Services has been providing industry leading industrial, engineering, and nuclear services since 1987. To learn more about how Master-Lee can benefit your operation, call us at 1-800-662-4493 to speak with a Sales or Technical representative, or fill out our contact form today.