Chiller Maintenance Reminder: Winter is Perfect for Annual Maintenance

September 14th, 2018 by

Reminder: Set a Date for Chiller Maintenance

Fall is about to set in to usher in the winter months. For some industrial plants, chillers are shut down during the winter months making this a perfect time for thorough preventive maintenance. When you take the time to have your chiller system regularly maintained, you will be saving yourself from downtime and headaches when the heat returns. There could be minor issues that a highly-skilled technician will be able to see what may need attention.

Invest in Annual Maintenance by a Skilled Technician

One major issue for chiller efficiency is the scale or other sediments. This buildup can have a profound effect on the efficiency of your chiller system. As found on Facility Executive, “As Winter Approaches, Don’t Skip Chiller Maintenance” (2017, November 30), “the U.S. Department of Energy estimates chillers are expending up to an additional 30% in energy through inefficiencies.”

When you don’t have someone in-house who has the training to perform thorough maintenance on your chiller, spending extra money for a certified technician will pay off in the long run. You want someone who knows exactly what to do, how to do it and the tools needed to perform the task.

As the article points out, having the right cleaning equipment is the first step for sure. You also need a rotary tube cleaner, chemical descaler, and brushes. Knowing what brushes and chemical to use for the buildup you have is also important.

Routine Monitoring is Vital for a Chiller to Run Efficiently

Chillers are major investments. Take time to make sure your investment is working efficiently all year long. As with any type of electrical and mechanical equipment, chillers need regular attention.

  • Keep a daily log of the “key operating parameters.”
  • Regularly check for scaling, fouling or tube corrosion.
  • Regularly check for leaks, especially leaking refrigerant.
  • Remain proper water treatment to avoid fouling and scaling.
  • Regularly check and analyze the refrigerant and oil.
  • If you have a cooling tower, check for algae growth, hard scale deposits or calcium fouling. Regular maintenance will deter build up of outside influences that can cause bacteria.

Calculating for Chiller System Efficiency

You want to keep your chiller system running efficiently. Understanding how to calculate the efficiency of your chillers can be found on The Engineering Mindset.com, “Chiller Efficiency How to calculate” by Evans, P. (2017, July 22).

J.C. Younger – User-Friendly Chillers & Great Customer Service

The team at J.C. Younger has been manufacturing and re-manufacturing commercial and industrial chillers for many applications since 1956. When you purchase or rent one of our expertly built chiller systems, you not only get the dependability your business needs, you also receive the best customer service across the country.

We will show you exactly what you should record to keep up with your chiller’s performance. We will tell you the tools to have on hand to regularly maintain a clean system. We’re only a phone call away when you have a question or concern.

We know that businesses that require chillers cannot afford downtimes. Since we have personally built every unit and we know our parts, we can guide over the phone to fix many issues. We have in-house technicians available 24/7, 365 days per year. When we determine you do need on-site service, our network of highly-trained technicians are located all around the country to make sure your system is back to full-speed ahead.

When you’re looking for the perfect chiller solution, call the team at J.C. Younger. Learn how our years of experience will build a customized, user-friendly chiller system for your application that will run for years.