end when it returns to their facility.
Therefore, on a short-term rental, a
nearby supplier may have an advantage
(assuming the supplier meets all the
other criteria); but if the rental period
spans several months or more, the
starting location of the equipment
becomes less significant.
Who pays shipping charges? Usually,
the renter is responsible for shipping
charges. A firm with extensive experience in shipping their equipment
throughout the country, and even
around the world, can usually give you
a very close estimate of what these
charges will be and how long it will
take for the equipment to reach your
Who is responsible for equipment
malfunctions, and what about rental
charges if the equipment is off line?
This is usually determined by who is
responsible for the system outage.
Qualified boiler rental companies will
provide comprehensive instruction to
your technicians to assure that no
operating problems are encountered.
However, if a system failure is attributable to improper operation by your
technician, then you will be responsible
for continuing rental charges until the
system is brought back on line. On the
other hand, if an outage is due to a
component failure, for example, then
credit should be granted for the time
the system is off line.
Are charges included for personnel to
instruct your technicians on system
operation? In addition to confirming if
they are included, ask for a definition
of the rate and travel expense policy in
the event your supplier needs to return
In summary, with a little planning
and attention to a few important considerations, it is possible for district energy
managers and owners to rent, install and
operate a temporary boiler or complete
steam plant without experiencing significant challenges.
Larry K. Day is vice president of
marketing for Nationwide Boiler
Inc., which has been providing
steam plants to district energy
providers, government agencies
and industry for nearly 40 years.
Active in the boiler industry for more than 25
years, Day holds a bachelor of science degree in
business administration from Shippensburg
College. He may be reached at lday@nation
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