Heat exchangers are vulnerable to clogging, fouling and debris buildup. If the heat exchanger is left unchecked, this can lead to reduced efficiency and even complete failure and shutdown of the equipment.
If the heat exchanger is to be shut down, extensive maintenance must be done. This not only causes losses by hindering (if not halting completely) the industry process, but also costs for the complex cleaning procedures.
Therefore, it is recommended that heat exchangers be regularly checked and cleaned. If your heat exchanger or other equipment does not have a schedule for cleaning and maintenance, you should immediately create one.