A standard steam system consists of one steam generator, one steam head and a control panel. The steam generator is the "heart" of any steam room: it creates the steam and it needs to be carefully maintained so that leaks don't cause shorts or hazards. Improper care and maintenance of your steam generator can lead to permanent damage of the system, potentially beyond repair.
There are a number of things you can do to ensure the effectiveness of your steam generator. First of all, keep the "bucket" of the generator filled at all times. You can either manually fill it or have it filled from a direct water pipe connection so that your generator does not burn "dry." If you don't keep your bucket filled, your generator will burn dry and will eventually become ineffective or break down altogether. This will only take a few minutes and can potentially add years onto the life of your generator.
The next thing to remember is that stagnant water from your steam generator should be emptied if left for more than a few days. This will prevent build up and maintain the purity of the steam. Neglecting to do this may not only damage your system, it may cause the system to release unhealthy steam into the room which may be detrimental to the health of users when inhaled.
Performing these minor tasks on a regular basis will contribute to the effectiveness of your steam generator. Your steam room will not operate without a steam generator which makes care and maintenance critical. Steam generators can be found with comprehensive timing and control systems which make maintenance easier, although theses systems will cost more. These devices can cost anywhere from $500 to over $1000, depending on the make and the features of the generator.
The type you choose will depend on your personal preferences as well as the amount of money you are willing to spend. Make sure there is a warranty provided with the steam generator you purchase. This will ensure you are reimbursed if your generator becomes ineffective within a limited amount of time, usually around 5 years.