As lead times stretch, material costs increase, and companies are struggling to fill positions…

November 12th, 2021

The short-term economic outlook may seem a little bleak

Added to that, cooler weather is (finally) here and your steam system needs to handle the increased heat demand. Has your facility factored in the cost of Steam loss? Are you sure your system is ready for the upcoming season?

The US Department of Energy, in their “Steam Tip Sheet #1” states:

In steam systems that have not been maintained for 3 to 5 years, between 15% to 30% of the installed steam traps may have failed—thus allowing live steam to escape into the condensate return system. In systems with a regularly scheduled maintenance program, leaking traps should account for less than 5% of the trap population.


Associated Steam Air & Hot Water is here to help you cut day to day costs and improve your system’s efficiency.

Our Sales Engineers are trained and ready to perform a detailed steam audit on your equipment., using temperature, sound, visual and electronic testing. Your audit should include identification and tagging of all traps, valve status and condition review and identification of any steam system issues around traps. Associated Steam Air & Hot Water will also work to diagnose such issues as insulation defects, water hammer, condensate return, piping issues, back pressure, and stall conditions, as well as root cause of any trap failures.

Even the smallest failure / leak can increase your costs, put unnecessary stress on the remaining system and lead to equipment failures if not found.  Stop the waste, decrease your costs and extend your equipment life with a Steam System Audit this season.

For more information or to schedule your testing audit, please contact either your dedicated Sales Engineer or the Associated Steam Air & Hot Water office at 800-477-1620 or