How much do you know about your industrial cooling towers? Often these towers are largely ignored until something goes wrong. It is only when something goes seriously wrong that someone realises there is a fault and an engineer gets called in. The problem with this approach is that failing to maintain your industrial cooling towers properly can have serious consequences.
If problems start to manifest in your cooling system, you could be encouraging the growth of potentially deadly bacteria like Legionella or Pseudomonas. It isn't worth endangering the lives of your staff and those who come into contact with the system. Make sure it is cared for correctly and that the system is operating as expected.
What problems can I expect with industrial cooling towers?
There are a variety of problems that could be seen within the system. One of the most common issues that engineers have to deal with involves leaking cooling towers where the mastic in the joints of the cooling tower requiring replacement because it has lost its elasticity. On other occasions, the mastic may be fine, but the internal coating of the cooling tower needs to be replaced because it has reached the end of its natural life. The final type of problem that is commonly experienced is the need for cooling tower fill replacement.
Does my fill need replacing?
All industrial cooling towers rely on fill to assist with the required heat transfer to make the cooling system work. If you don't arrange a cooling tower fill replacement when the fill is expired or damaged, then your system will not operate efficiently and could even fail entirely. Sometimes it is possible to look at your cooling tower fill and see that it has fallen down or that it has become contaminated or damaged. Just because your fill looks fine, that doesn't guarantee that there isn't a problem.
It isn't always possible to tell the state of the fill by inspection, so frequently cooling tower fill replacement takes place even if there is no apparent damage to the fill. Often the effects of old cooling tower fill can be seen most easily in the inefficient way your system operates. You could notice that the energy transfer is not happening as efficiently as it formerly did and decide that cooling tower fill replacement is the best solution.
If you would like to ensure that your cooling towers are operating at maximum efficiency, you should talk to a qualified engineer without delay. For more information, contact a company like Marley Flow Control Pty Ltd.