Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Chillers’

The Principles of Commercial Chillers

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

If your large commercial property has unique cooling needs, a commercial chiller may be the right system for your building. Commercial chillers provide excellent and efficient space conditioning throughout a large space, but they may also be used for a variety of industrial process cooling needs. This may include cooling requirements for laboratory equipment, hospital equipment, or factory machinery. There exist many different types of chillers that can be used for a range of purposes, so it will be difficult to select the right type on your own. To choose the correct kind of chiller for your building in Avon Lake, you’ll want to talk to the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. For now, let’s take a brief look at how these systems operate and how you should maintain your unit.

How Chillers Work

Chillers rely on a vapor-compression cycle to remove heat. A liquid is chilled as it continuously cycles through the system. While this liquid is usually purely water, water may be combined with glycol or propylene as well. First, the water absorbs heat at the evaporator. Then, the compressor allows water to release heat into the outside air. In most commercial applications in the U.S., a type of mechanical compressor is used, in which the refrigeration process lowers the temperature, but other chillers may rely on air cooling or water cooling to remove heat. In any case, chilled water is stored in a reservoir and a pump circulates water to the building or to the area requiring cooling. The liquid is then pumped back to the evaporator to begin the process again.

Chiller Maintenance

Cooling a large space uses a lot of energy, so it’s important to keep your system efficient by scheduling regular maintenance for your chiller and calling a technician at the very first sign of a problem. Listen for strange noises, check for leaks, pay attention to temperature settings, and call a professional technician twice a year for a professional cleaning and inspection.

Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning for more information about chillers in Avon Lake. We install all kinds of chillers and offer professional installation, maintenance, and repairs.

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Advantages to Installing a Chiller

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

If you have a business that needs cooling for a large space—especially one with industrial machinery that generates large outputs of heat—a commercial chiller is an excellent option. A chiller is a type of refrigeration equipment that uses water for cooling instead of the standard system of using chemical refrigerant to carry out heat exchange (this is how regular air conditioners work). A chiller removes heat from water that circulates through its coils, and this chilled water is what cools down the air—a process called evaporative cooling.

Whether you need to replace your current chiller or wish to install one for the first time, the people to call for the job are at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer numerous services for commercial HVAC needs, and when it comes to chillers in Westlake, OH, we have you covered for installation, maintenance, and repairs.

Reasons to Install a Chiller at Your Business

  • Protection for your equipment: The best reason to have chillers working in your business is that they protect your equipment. Losing one of your industrial machines to overheating can result in expensive replacements that can account for a huge chunk of your annual budget—one that you might not be able to afford. But with a chiller, you have a cost-effective way to cool down the vital machinery for your business.
  • Reduced costs: Chillers circulate water; they do not constantly draw outside water from a municipal source and then send it out into the sewer system. This means you will save money on utility bills for water and sewer. Water chillers are also more effective than water towers when it comes to summer operation, and will cost much less to run. And even though chillers produce heat exhaust during operation, there are special efficient units that recovery this energy to use as part of its cycle.
  • Enormous cooling output: A chiller can provide powerful cooling levels considering its reduced costs to run: depending on size, a chiller can provide between 180,000 to 18,000,000 BTUs of cooling per hour, making them ideal for large industrial spaces that standard air conditioners simply cannot handle.

If your company needs installation of chillers in Westlake, OH, contact our commercial specialists at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. You need commercial experts for this job who have extensive experience working with chillers. You can also count on our team for quality repair work for your company’s chillers, and we also handle many other commercial HVAC services.

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3 Common Repairs for Avon Chillers

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Chillers are an alternate form of air conditioning common to offices and business spaces. Like traditional air conditioning systems, they use refrigerant gas to facilitate the cooling process. With chillers, however, the gas cools water rather than air, which keeps costs low while still providing solid air conditioning abilities for your business. Here in Avon, chillers are a common feature, which means that air conditioning repair companies are well versed in handling most kinds of service calls.

3 Common Repairs for Avon Chillers

  • Pump problems. Chillers rely on pumps to circulate the water and ensure that it remains cool. If the pump experiences problems – if the motor shuts down for instance or there is a problem with the pressure – the water won’t circulate and the chiller won’t function. Most kind of pump problems involve a faulty part which must be replaced, though in some cases, the pump can be repaired instead.
  • Low refrigerant. Like other types of air conditioner, chillers need refrigerant to facilitate the cooling process. When the refrigerant leaks, the cooling process is restricted and the chiller can’t do its job effectively. A technician needs to hunt down the source of the leak and seal it before it will work again.
  • Thermostat problems. Chillers have thermostats and freezestats to make sure the water is at the optimum point. If such components are malfunctioning, the water will be insufficiently cold to function, or may become too cold and freeze in the lines.

For these and other common repairs for Avon chillers, the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning can be relied upon at all times. A malfunctioning chiller can be devastating to your business: driving away customers and making it difficult for employees to do their jobs in the summer heat. You shouldn’t have to wait when you’re experiencing problems with your chiller. Call us today to make an appointment and get your system back on track!

We have the skills to find the source of the problem with your chiller and implement the proper repairs the first time. More importantly, we pride ourselves on your complete satisfaction.

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