What is a Boiler?

About Boilers Series: #1. What is a Boiler?

what is a Boiler

What is a boiler? Let’s look at a few definitions from around the internet:

The ABMA (American Boiler Manufacturers Association) definition of a boiler is:

What is a Boiler?
A pressure vessel that provides a heat transfer surface (generally a set of tubes) between the combustion products and the water. A boiler is usually integrated into a system with many components.


Science Direct and the Encyclopedia of Energy defines boilers as:

What is a Boiler?

Industrial Boilers produce steam or hot water for space and process heating and for the generation of mechanical power and electricity. According to Science Direct and The Encyclopedia of Energy, 2004


Wikipedia defines a Boiler as:

What is a boiler?

A boiler is a closed vessel in which fluid ( generally water) is heated. The fluid does not necessarily boil. the heated or vaporized fluid exits the boiler for use in various processes and heating applications, including water heating, centrla heating, boiler based power generation, cooking and sanitation.


Merriam Webster Dictionary Definition of boiler:

Definition of boiler boil·​er | \ ˈbȯi-lər  \

1one that boils

2aa vessel used for boiling

bthe part of a steam generator in which water is converted into steam and which consists usually of metal shells and tubes

ca tank in which water is heated or hot water is stored

dchiefly British FURNACE


Next up in our “About Boilers” Series, we are talking more in depth about boiler components. Then we will dive into uses and specific industries and applications. Stay tuned!

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Powerhouse Combustion & Mechanical Corporation is a full service provider of Mechanical and Combustion Services. We hold a B license with a C-4 Steam/Hot Water Classification. Our goal is to be the premier boiler and mechanical service provider in Southern California. Therefore, we strive to maintain excellence in service where all others fall short. For example, we always have service technicians on call-to provide 24/7 boiler service.

We focus on our customers’ best interests at all times. In doing so, we provide exceptional service and value to our customers. Our team is always available. Powerhouse provides 24/7 Boiler Service 365 days a year.

We are based in Southern California. Our current service area includes all of Southern California and portions of Central California.

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