Cleaning Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers

Dunn Heat Exchangers, Inc. operates the most modern, well-equipped heat exchanger cleaning facilities in the United States. We offer a full array of cleaning methods that are capable of bringing your process equipment back to the highest level of operational condition in the most safe and environmentally compliant manner possible.These methods can often accomplish this when it is not obtainable in the field. In addition, our facilities allow us to safely clean many pieces of equipment simultaneously. This includes the ability to clean extremely large units at our Bay City facility. Hydroblast Heat Exchanger Cleaning

1) Hydroblast and Waterlance Cleaning
Hydroblasting and waterlancing are the most commonly used methods to clean fouled process equipment. We offer a superior method of equipment cleaning, utilizing safe, economical, state of the art technology. Our methods include specially designed blast nozzles capable of flowing water to optimal GPM (Gallon Per Minute) and PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). Our method provides the volume and velocity that are necessary for cleaning of a variety of equipment types, and we only use fresh virgin water in our process.

The hydroblast and waterlance cleaning structures includes multiple shell-side and tube-side cleaning bays, each remote-controlled and requiring only a single operator. All bays are served by overhead cranes and are connected directly to our onsite wastewater pre-treatment facilities.

All cleaning equipment is permanently positioned in individual, isolated bays for safe operation. Cleaning bays are fully enclosed, not only to ensure safety but also to prevent environmental hazards that are common to onsite cleaning operations, such as aerosol drifts and odor releases.
Waterlance Heat Exchanger Cleaning
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2) Grit Blast Cleaning
Dunn Heat Exchangers, Inc. uses multiple enclosed grit blast houses for abrasive cleaning of equipment. Capabilities include cleaning of a tube's outside and inside diameters for your most sensitive tube testing methods. Grit blasting can also be used on equipment that requires an aggressive cleaning method. Operators are required to wear suitable protective clothing and use a safe, filtered air supply.
Grit Blast Cleaning Heat Exchanger

3) Chemical Cleaning
Dunn offers a variety of highly effective chemical cleaning processes. Request a plant tour and let us show you the various cleaning methods that we have to offer.

Clean Heat Exchanger Bundle

4) Cleaning By Thermal Decomposition
Dunn Heat Exchangers can use heat in a controlled environment, to decompose product residue from process equipment without compromising equipment integrity.

Heat Exchanger Oven Control

5) Decommissioning By Thermal Decomposition
Dunn also uses thermal decomposition for the removal of product residue on equipment and metal parts for decommissioning. Contact us today to find out more about this convenient service.

Heat Exchanger Oven Operation


Offsite Cleaning Cost Comparisons

Offsite heat exchanger cleaning cost comparisons to onsite cleaning can be misleading. There are many hidden costs associated with onsite cleaning.

Inspection Clean vs Standard Cleaning

Optimal cleaning to an "inspection clean" status ensures operational efficiency and a longer duration between cleaning requirements. Dunn's offsite cleaning methods can normally bring fouled equipment back to an inspection clean status that is often not possible in the field.