Water-Cooled Industrial Chillers | An Introduction For Unfamiliar Business Owners

In an industrial setting, the heat generated from equipment and machinery can reach massive temperatures, which is a fact that is no secret to owners and managers of these companies. While some machinery is designed to handle heat generation on its own with integrated blower systems and cooling technology, some will need to be outfitted with some form of process cooling system to maintain stable operation, specifically if a piece of machinery is crowded or in an area of your building where there is not a lot of air flow.

Of all of the different types of process cooling systems, water-cooled chillers are perhaps one of the lesser known. Here are a few of the most common questions about water-cooled chillers and the answers you will want to know as the owner of an industrial operation. 

What exactly is a water-cooled chiller?

A water-cooled chiller is a process cooling system which consists of a primary unit where water is cold-treated and then the cold refrigerated vapors are routed through various lines to provide a continuous cycle of cooling for your equipment. These systems are considered efficient, both in energy use and water consumption, because the continuous recycling of water and the refrigerated vapors offers cooling without the consistent need for excessive energy or water. 

What's the difference between a water-cooled chiller system and an air-cooled system?

Water-cooled chiller systems operate solely with chilled water which is radiated through lines and vessels to provide a cooling effect to various applications. On the other hand, air-cooled chillers operate more like an air conditioner, with condensers used to cool a regular flow of air through lines and vents. 

Are water-cooled chillers difficult to maintain?

The level of maintenance required for your water-cooled chiller will heavily depend on the model, as each will come with its own guidelines from the manufacturer to maintain optimal performance. For example your system may require quarterly maintenance checks and routine examinations for leaks. 

Where will the chiller be installed?

This will all depend on your specific needs and the space you have available. In some cases, the water-cooled chiller is situated right beside the equipment or process where cooling is necessary. If space cannot accommodate the full system, it can also be stored in an out-of-the-way location, such as a storage space or boiler room, and the cooling lines will be routed to the machinery. 

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