Availability of spare parts is an important factor to consider when choosing between different commercial boilers. Customers are also faced with the choice between Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) spare parts and aftermarket parts when looking for boiler spares. OEM boiler spares are those manufactured by the original manufacturer of the boiling unit while aftermarket spare parts are fabricated by third party manufacturers. OEM boiler spares are often more expensive than their aftermarket counterparts. Here are a few reasons why the extra cost of OEM spares is worth it.
The Possibility Of Custom-Made Spare Parts
One reason why OEM spare parts are worth the extra cost is that they can be custom-made for specific boilers and boiler-related applications. Industrial boilers operate in more or less the same way, regardless of the purpose for which they're used. However, the environment in which these boilers operate is often different and so are the challenges associated with each working environment.
The possibility of having custom-made OEM spare parts is a big advantage in the sense that the various challenges posed by the work environment can be overcome easily. For example, custom made spare parts can be made for awkward fitting spaces such as tight corners. In contrast, aftermarket boiler spares are made according to the one-size-fits-all principle, which may not be very useful for highly specific industrial boiler settings.
OEM Boiler Spares Outlast Their Aftermarket Counterparts
Aftermarket boiler spares are often not as durable as their OEM cousins. OEM boiler spares are subjected to a rigorous manufacturing process and higher quality control standards for longevity. In addition to this, original boiler manufacturers will always give a warranty for their spare parts. During the warranty period, the manufacturer offers free servicing of spare parts and repairs (if need be). This convenience is not a guarantee when dealing with aftermarket spare part dealers.
The Possibility Of More Advanced Features
Original boiler manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to improve the performance of their equipment. This often includes the introduction of new, more advanced features of various boiler components. For example, manufacturers may introduce extra coatings on spare parts to improve their resistance to corrosion so as to improve their longevity. Third party spare part manufacturers often lack the knowledge and expertise required to replicate such features on their products. Individuals who choose OEM spare parts therefore stand a higher chance of reaping the benefits of improved spare part performance thanks to these features.