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Fix What Isn't Broken: Why You Should Be Proactive with your Industiral Cooling Tower Maintenance

by Chloe Cooper

With initial purchase costs so high and budgets growing ever tighter, it can be tempting to try and streamline equipment maintenance costs as far as possible to refrain from fixing something that isn't broken. Plus, there's also the frustration of losing the use of a component as you undertake that maintenance. However, there are huge long-term benefits to biting the bullet and sticking to a proactive maintenance schedule. If you can afford to do it, you should—and here's why.


Especially with a component like an industrial cooling tower, proactive maintenance can seriously improve efficiency. If your cooling tower uses cross-corrugated fill, it is prone to fouling—or contamination. Once your fill is fouled, then it can no longer transfer heat as intended, and its cooling performance will take a nosedive, severely reducing the cooling efficacy of the component. In extreme cases, this may result in the need for an additional cooling tower to be installed to pick up the slack. Either that or the machinery your cooling tower is protecting may have to endure the heat. If the fill is frequently replaced, however, you vastly reduce the risk of downtime.


Once you have a solid routine in place for the replacement of your cooling tower fill, maintenance will get a whole lot easier. If fill is replaced before it's too old, it will be much easier for either your team or hired professionals to access. This is because old fill acquires a lot of weight over time, eventually causing it to sink down and sit low in the basin - which is also what causes the tower's cooling efficiency to lower. When replacing new fill, however, this is not a concern. Equally, this established routine will provide you with an ideal opportunity to perform quick, routine checks on the other cooling tower components, allowing you to spot and solve potential problems before they occur.


While it will require money in the short-term, regularly replacing your cooling tower fill is likely to save you money in the long run. It prevents the necessity of purchasign more cooling towers than you need to run simultaneously, as it significantly lowers the risk of the primary tower failing. Also, contacting a professional to replace your fill ensures that your needs will be regularly reassessed, allowing you to purchase the right kind of fill for your current circumstances. This, in itself, can vastly reduce running and maintenance costs.

While frontline costs can be discouraging, the bigger picture speaks for itself. For all industrial equipment, proactive maintenance is far more beneficial than reactive maintenance—and cooling towers are no exception. Control your costs and facilitate maintenance when it suits you rather than in a shutdown panic, and over time your processes are likely to become a whole lot smoother.