Many businesses rely on OEM chillers to produce, store and sell perishable items continuously. However, operating and maintaining your equipment can be tricky especially since they're on 24/7. Many factors affect your chiller system’s performance, and if you want to get the value that you paid for it, then there are ways to get it to work efficiently and make it last longer.
Keep a Daily Chiller Diary for Every Shift
Record your chiller’s operating conditions every day or work shift to see if it’s working in top shape. Temperature, fluid levels, and other factors are important determinants of your chiller’s performance and must be in your daily report. If you see a trend with the values that you record, then expect some issues with your machine.
Dirt can decrease the performance of your OEM chiller, so it is essential to clean it daily. Also, consistent and day-to-day cleans will help your chiller transfer heat efficiently. Also, watch out for the accumulation of contaminants along your chiller’s condenser tubes to ensure optimal performance.
Your chiller must move refrigerant through your compressor adequately to make it cool down faster. Pay attention to leaks and increased condensation because this means that you may need to refill your coolant. Also, when the refrigerant is low, your compressor works hard double time, significantly decreasing your chiller’s efficiency and service span.
Watch out for Corrosion
Monitoring water quality can help give you an idea about your chiller’s corrosion. Pooling water can become stagnant, and breed bacteria and foul odor so treat your condenser loops for water quality regularly.
Monitor Water Flow
Maintain water flow at ideal levels within your tubings to keep your chiller working efficiently and help you save on energy. Watch out for noises and vibration which could indicate that your flow rate is decreasing. The ideal amount of flow rate is at 3FPS. Anything below or more than that can cause your chiller to break down.
Schedule regular maintenance or your chiller. Professional OEM chiller manufacturers can provide you with the right systems that you need and help you maintain and determine potential problems that you might miss upon daily inspection later on. Also, when your system is working poorly, your operations and profitability could suffer because it could result in spoilage or worse, purchase of new equipment.