This is a timely article on cooling tower refurbishment. We wanted to share this article with our audience in business, government, health care, education and with commercial property owners and managers. It’s timely because this article represents a great overview of the cooling tower refurbishment job we are doing at the Great Mills High School.
Let’s face it, replacing a school’s cooling unit can be very expensive. It only makes good business sense to understand that there are more cost-effective alternatives. As this article points out, these large cooling units normally last for about 15-20 years. There are many factors that lead to corrosion and deterioration of these units; humidity, high winds, icing… to name a few. If these cooling units are left unattended, they can eventually collapse. But, there is good news! As the authors says, “Refurbishment or upgrades can bring a cooling tower’s components up to original factory specifications, extending the system’s lifespan for another 15 to 20 years.” We highly recommend that you take a few minutes to read this article. It dives deep into the many functions performed in cooling tower refurbishment. Read why cooling tower refurbishment is a highly effective preventive maintenance alternative!
A commercial cooling tower’s life expectancy is between 15 and 25 years, yet it is not always necessary to install a completely new system; old cooling towers can be refurbished or upgraded at a fraction of the cost. Refurbishment or upgrades can bring a cooling tower’s components up to original factory specifications, extending the system’s lifespan for another 15 to 20 years. Over time, the humid environment of a cooling tower naturally leads to the build-up of contaminants resulting in clogging of the heat transfer medium and corrosion of metallic components. This build-up diminishes the efficiency of the cooling system and in severe cases can result in the collapse of the cooling tower structure. Plastic components gradually deteriorate over the operating life of the cooling tower becoming brittle and are therefore easily damaged due to maintenance activities or exposure to high winds and icing during winter. Cooling tower refurbishment is achieved by cleaning the inside of the cooling tower and all metal parts, using sandblasting to remove corrosion. Once sandblasting is completed, an epoxy coating is applied to the metal, with a flexible epoxy stripping applied to the joints to allow flexibility and prevent leaking. Once […]