6 Winter temperature control equipment maintenance tips
As the summer draws to an end and the winter approaches it becomes more important to ensure your temperature control equipment is maintained correctly and fully prepared to cope with any fluctuations or increase in demand.
Therefore BRS have put together 6 top tips to help at this time of year.
- If you do have inhibited glycol, it is extremely important to have the right concentration for the temperature circulated or ambient exposure. Too little and too much glycol can have significant adverse effects on the efficiency and performance of your system.
- If you have a dry air cooler or adiabatic cooler, ensure the glycol level is at the correct concentration for the lowest expected ambient temperature.
- Take your equipment’s glycol dosage into consideration. Inhibited Glycol/Antifreeze is extremely important, as it will prevent the fluid circulating in your system from freezing. Be that through ambient temperature exposure or the temperature at which the fluid is circulating. A specific (inhibited) type of glycol is needed in your system; it is manufactured especially to not corrode your pipework.
- Switch off and drain down the adiabatic system to prevent frozen pipe work. Alternatively apply trace heating to protect the adiabatic feed pipework.
- Ensure your equipment is operating at its best by having a proactive BRS service in the autumn. Being proactive ahead of time will save you a lot of downtime.
- If equipment is switched off over the colder months, ensure that your pump(s) remain lubricated throughout. You may want employ an alternative method of frost protection, such as ensuring the chiller pumps circulate if the temperature drops below 3 or 4 degree C.