American Service heating and cooling maintenance in Wentzville knows that the hot summer and cold months place unusually large demands on cooling systems, so if your cooling tower and related equipment are not properly maintained, you can’t expect them to be in good physical shape, there could be a loss of process efficiency, damage to downstream equipment, resulting in loss of production. These are just a few of the malfunctions encountered when operating without a preventative maintenance checks and services schedule (PMCS).
Similar to overheating the engine in your car, the loss of cooling capability and subsequent dangerous rise in temperature in cooling towers during hot summer months can result in a number of serious consequential “systemic” problems. Some of those include; complete paralyzing of tower controls, destruction of equipment, and loss of product due to inferior quality issues.
“Like your car, when you run a cooling tower in the red, you are going to see consequential damage,” advises Tom Ryder, a longtime cooling tower customer support specialist. “When you continuously run a car in the red during the heat of summer, you are exposing yourself to a series of heat-related problems, including damaged gaskets and seals, premature cylinder wear, warped cylinder heads and even catastrophic engine damage. When a cooling tower is suffering from a lack of preventive maintenance, you could experience over-heating equipment, increase in scrap material, refrigeration losses, heat exchanger inefficiencies, and other severe operational consequences.”
Cooling towers play a critical role in cooling process equipment used in pulp & paper production, petrochemical processing, manufacture of plastics, metals and textiles, the processing and storage of food, beverage and pharmaceutical products, and many HVAC systems.
If cooling towers are not kept in good working condition with preventive maintenance, the additional ambient heat of the summer months will tax their cooling capacities, making them “fatigued”, which can in turn put a strain on system equipment and processes downstream.