Autumn has arrived and temperatures are dropping. Save yourself unnecessary downtime, substantial costs, and undue stress with a refractory inspection. An annual refractory inspection allows us to find and fix refractory problems and extend the life of your equipment.

Sooner is better than later with this type of inspection. For safety purposes, we must turn off and cool the boiler, furnace, or oven. Depending on the equipment type, the cool-down period can take anywhere from eight hours to as long as three days.

Once inside, we will perform a visual inspection to identify problems. Small hairline cracks, the result of normal wear and tear, will undergo a routine “point and paint” maintenance procedure, which we complete with a high-temperature bonding or an air-dry mortar mix. We also will repair large cracks or broken pieces and replace missing ones.

If an equipment shut-down isn’t possible for your inspection, our experts can also shoot a thermal image for assessment purposes.

Call ACSI today if you notice any of the following refractory problems:

1. You can feel any hot spots on the outer shell.
2. You can actually see paint burning away from the outer skin.
3. You can see the steel glowing.
Take advantage of the moderate autumn temperatures and schedule your annual refractory inspection before the real cold arrives. We’re here to help.

Frank Lacny, President

American Combustion Service, Inc.

Frank Lacny
Frank founded American Combustion Service, Inc. & ACSI Mechanical in 1984. His consulting and specialized service capabilities for working on any type of fuel burner and/or fuel has earned ACSI a reputation as “burner specialists” in the community. Frank has trained and consulted for many groups and companies in Chicago and the Chicago Metropolitan Area. His areas of expertise include burner start-up work, unusual boiler room problem-solving situations, and general backup service support.