The colder weather is here, which means your facility or plant should be ready for winter. Goodway Technologies recommends performing proper maintenance and cleaning on chiller systems after their shutdown to avoid headaches down the road.
For many, being proactive with chiller maintenance in the early winter has led to better results in the spring, when it’s time to start the systems up again. Performing chiller maintenance as early in the winter as possible gives facility managers the benefit of finding major damage with plenty of time to fix the problems before the chiller needs to be back in operation.
“Chillers are one of the biggest contributors to operational expenses in a facility’s HVAC system which means any problems can lead to additional costs,” said Tim Kane, president of Goodway Technologies. “Failing to perform adequate maintenance can also lead to additional repairs and a loss in production time.”
After performing maintenance, it’s a good idea to measure efficiency gains, which can show facility managers important information, including costs saved as a result of regular maintenance. A proper operating log can also help identify areas that show improvement following chiller maintenance.
Developing a plan or checklist for chiller maintenance can be beneficial and helps you stay on track while keeping equipment running properly and efficiently.
While not all chiller systems include a cooling tower, if your facility has one, it should be included in your chiller maintenance plan. What many facility managers often forget is that the cooling tower’s performance also has a direct link to chiller efficiency. A survey conducted by Goodway found that 90 percent of facility managers and personnel have a documented cooling tower maintenance program in place and 85 percent maintain a daily log of critical system components. So, it’s clear that cooling tower maintenance is a top priority. In fact, for each degree that condenser supply temperature is above design specifications, chiller efficiency is reduced by two percent.
When left unmaintained, the warm water in cooling towers can promote algae growth, and flash evaporation can produce hard scale deposits or calcium fouling. Cooling tower fill acts like a massive air scrubber, coming into contact with dust, pollen and insects, which contribute to bacteria growth. This creates a breeding ground for bacteria such as Legionella. Like chillers, regularly cleaning cooling towers can decrease the chances of equipment corrosion or breakdowns and can increase plant efficiency.
Goodway carries a variety of chiller tube and cooling tower cleaning equipment that make are simple to use and can be operated by one person. The recently launched GDS-100 is a portable, clean-in-place pump system that is ideal for larger descaling cleanings, but can also accommodate smaller applications.
Founded in 1966, Goodway Technologies has been delivering better maintenance solutions for more than 50 years. Goodway Technologies provides innovative maintenance solutions for a wide variety of industries including commercial HVAC, food and beverage processing, power generation, and manufacturing. Over the decades, Goodway has worked with our customers to create better solutions for tube cleaning systems, industrial vacuums, cooling tower maintenance systems, dry steam solutions, descaling systems, coil cleaning products and practically everything else for the care and maintenance of HVAC systems. Further information is available at www.goodway.com.
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