Chillers typically represent a building’s single largest electric load. Over time, the machine begins to degrade due to factors such as fouled tubes and leaking refrigerant, which causes operating costs to quickly escalate. Operating chillers at their peak performance will save your business energy and costs due to repairs. Here’s how to keep your chiller running efficiently.
Maintain a Log
The daily log is the first, and most important step, toward maintaining an efficiently run chiller unit. By recording the operational information every day, you’re building a history of operating conditions which you can look back on and assess if necessary. A daily log also allows you to inspect machines continually rather than monthly.
Keep Tubes Clean
Clean heat transfer is fundamental to maintaining high efficiency, and clean heat transfer is important for maintaining high efficiency. Minerals, scale, mud, and algae can impede the work the chiller unit is trying to do. It’s necessary to clean condenser tubes annually or upon the urgency of the maintenance contractor.
There are plenty of factors that can cause unit inefficiencies, including non-condensables. Non-condensables such as air and moisture leak into low-pressure chillers because their evaporators operate in a vacuum. It’s important to purge units in order to minimize the effect of non-condensables.
Have Variable Speed Drives Installed
Varying motor speed matches motor efficiency to load and wastes less energy. The chiller motor is typically the largest single electrical load in the building, so any measure you can take to improve efficiency is beneficial.
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