4 Important Checks During Glycol System Maintenance
It is advisable for you to start by looking at the basics if you want to keep your glycol system working properly for long. Below are some basic checks to be conducted during your scheduled glycol system maintenance activities.
Start by assessing the space that is available on all the sides of your glycol chiller system. Is it sufficient to allow you or a service technician to access all the components of the system? Insufficient space can make it harder for you to detect and fix any problems that may arise in your system. It is therefore helpful for you to adjust the equipment so that there is ample service clearance on all sides.
The Electrical Enclosure
You should also make sure that the side of the system that contains all the electrical indicators and alarms is clearly visible. That display panel can give you an early warning in case something is wrong with the chiller system. For example, a red light may start blinking to warn you about a wiring defect. You can miss such a warning sign if the display panel isn't visible. Avoid missing such warnings. Adjust the equipment so that the electrical enclosure or the display can be seen effortlessly.
Proximity to Process Equipment
It is also a good maintenance habit to assess how close the glycol chiller system is to the process equipment that requires the cooling system. Why is this important? Chiller efficiency may drop in case the cooling equipment isn't close to the process equipment that uses the cooling system. Distance increases the load that the cooling system has to deal with. The added load can cause system components to wear out faster. Reduce the distance from the process equipment so that the glycol system doesn't have to deal with any unnecessarily added loads.
Adequate ventilation/airflow is also essential to glycol system performance and longevity. Poor ventilation causes the temperature of the system's components to rise. Elevated temperatures shorten component life. Performance can also suffer because the glycol system will be unable to dissipate the heat from the substances that are being cooled. Ensure that there is ample ventilation so that your glycol system doesn't suffer any unnecessary stress.
The basics above can reduce the amount of work that you have to do to keep the technical aspects, such as suction pressure and pump amperage, within the required settings. Resolve such issues so that you will reduce the likelihood of developing major problems in future.