Steps To Take When Purchasing Heat Exchanger Tube Plugs

Posted on: 13 May 2021

Sealing leaking tubes has been simplified thanks to the invention of tube plugs. If you need to purchase these components for a heat exchanger system in particular, take these steps. 

Decide Between Standard and Custom

You can have heat exchanger tube plugs customized by a manufacturer, or you can order a standard set that probably has already been made. Think about the characteristics of your heat exchanger and the sealing that you're trying to achieve.

You need to explain these details to the manufacturer offering both options. They can then refer you to an optimal option. Maybe it's a standard plug because your sealing needs aren't that intricate. Whereas if your sealing needs are pretty distinct, the manufacturer may recommend a custom set. They can help you refine dimensions, too, so that you have optimal sealing results. 

Review Installation Method

You need to purchase the right plugs for the heat exchanger that has a leaking tube, but understanding how to install them also is key so that a proper seal is created and you don't cause damage to the heat exchanger tube in the process.

When you select a particular tube plug, it should say its preferred installation method. If the plug is tapered, then you'll typically just have to use a hammer. Other plugs may require more specialized equipment. You want to find out before you check out so that you can prepare these tools before the plug or plugs are shipped your way.

Consult With Manufacturer About Ideal Plug Size

In order to seal off your heat exchanger's tube that is leaking, you need to order a certain size of plug. Instead of dealing with a bunch of measurements or even just guessing, consider working with the manufacturer that is making your tube plugs.

They can walk you through the measurements you need to get, which for heat exchanger tube leaks, is usually the diameter where the leak is. They can make sure you use the right measuring device and get accurate measurements. Then they'll give you a plug size suggestion that you can take and know you'll get the right results with this product.

If you need to seal one of your heat exchanger's tubes because a leak popped up, take your time browsing the tube plug selections that different manufacturers offer. Starting off broad and then refining your search results is a sound way to get the best tube plugs on the market.