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Chiller Maintenance: Replacement and Repairs

Chiller Maintenance: Replacement and Repairs

A chiller is not the only appliance that requires energy to run. However, it is one of the most costly appliances that are installed in a building. A high-quality chiller can last for a long period of time, but in order to keep it running, rigorous maintenance, inspection, and repairs are required. Even with the best maintenance, time takes its toll and a point comes when the chiller needs to be replaced. The mere thought of replacing the chiller can bring a lot of stress to the people in charge.
Here are some reasons why replacing a chiller is a stressful process. 

Takes Time 
One of the major reasons behind the stress of installing a new chiller is the time it takes. Planning and installing a chiller can take as long as over a year. 

It’s Disturbing
Chiller installation requires some lengthy prep work, which is disturbing to the occupants of building. The piping system that runs throughout the building needs to be modified accordingly. Therefore, the ceiling and walls need to be opened up, which causes disruption in everyday life.

Arrangement of Temporary Chilling
The installation of a chiller could hinder a building’s cooling system. There are times, especially during the hot summer season, when uninterrupted chilling is required.  
The above-mentioned points are alone enough to scare someone away from purchasing a new chiller, without even realizing the product and installation costs. 
However, in some cases, buying and installing a new chiller can be more cost-effective in the long run than sticking to constant repairs. Although a chiller has a long useful life, it could break down any day and at any time. Regular inspection and maintenance of a chiller is necessary, but the moment it starts to show a decline in its efficiency, it is wise to get it replaced. 

Chiller Efficiency 
With the passage of time, the efficiency of chillers available in the marketplace has increased. Nearly 2 decades ago, a reasonable chiller could carry around 0.80 to 1KW per ton. Ten years later, similar chillers were able to carry around 0.7 KW per ton. Nowadays, a high-quality centrifugal chiller has the ability to carry 0.4 to 0.6 KW per ton. So, what does this mean? It means that the recent chiller models only need 60% energy of what was required two decades ago. In most cases, chillers run on a full-load. Chiller replacement can result in energy and money savings, which are far more than what can happen through mere repairs. 

Chiller Maintenance
Chiller maintenance can improve the chiller efficiency for a short amount of time. However, with time, the components of the chiller will get worn out and fail to function in the same way they once did. Timely maintenance can add some life to your chiller, but a time will come when the efficiency of your chiller will decline significantly. 
Chiller outage can bring with it a variety of different kinds of problems. To begin with, it results in extreme discomfort for the people working in an office or industrial setup. Secondly, it can result in total failure of the machinery and equipment that heats up quickly and requires uninterrupted cooling. The amount of money required to make up for such a loss is phenomenal. 

Timely inspection and repair of a chiller and its components is necessary. However, the moment your chiller shows signs of decreased efficiency, there is no other option but to replace it. When it comes to fixing chiller-related problems, Rite Temp is the best choice. If you have any concerns about your chiller, feel free to visit our website.