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Chilled water system repair of condenser to a silver chiller with blue compressors

Chilled Water System Repair of Condenser

Chilled Water System Condenser Beyond Repair

Chilled water system repair of condenser was required because the previous company had been chasing leaks round in a circle. Therefore, the customer had decided to buy a new condenser. This was our first job with a new Maintenance Contract, so we wanted to make a good impression

Condenser Removal on the Chilled Water System

There was no refrigerant in the chilled water system so our engineer cut the discharge and liquid line to the condenser. He then removed the rivets so the frame could be taken apart. Lifting equipment was fitted to the old condenser to aid the removal. Then, slings were fitted and a forklift truck removed the old condenser

Condenser Replacement on the Chilled Water System

Our engineer supervised the condenser replacement on the chilled water system. He found that the new condenser did not fit correctly. The new condenser was 5mm thicker than the old one. It was decided to lift it back out and angle grind the frame to make more room. Once this was completed, the new condenser fitted correctly and was bolted in place

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Chilled Water System Pipework Repair

The pipework had to be repaired and brazed in on the chilled water system. Then, the standard practice of a pressure test to ensure the integrity of the system

The Evacuation Process

Having passed the pressure test, our engineer set up the vac pump and started the evacuation process. This is to dehydrate the system by pulling a vacuum of less than 2 Torr. Any moisture in the system will boil away and leave the system dry

Recharge and Test Operation

The refrigerant is R410a. Our engineer put around half the charge in, then trimmed the remaining charge according to the superheat and subcooling values. He monitored the chilled water system for the rest of the day. He was looking for leaks as the plant was at operating pressures of 30 Bar. All was well, so the customer signed off the paperwork as he was pleased with the capability of our engineer

Read more about air cooled condenser installation at the Institute of Refrigeration Click Here


Global chilled water system service near Saint Basil's Cathedral

Global Chilled Water System Service

Moscow Visit

Always good to get out of the country to carry out global chilled water system service. Just had a little free time this visit to see Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. Most of the visit was bogged down resolving issues

Electrical Problems

One of the water cooled chillers was pumping down due to electrical problems. One of the solenoids for the evaporator was not opening. All checked out okay with the solenoid coil and valve. Following the wiring diagram lead to the relay board. The relay board is responsible to run various components around the compressor. It was not obviously blown and there were no dry soldered joints on the back. I decided to tighten up the wiring and unplug, then plug all the connectors back in. When I ran the chiller again the problem went away

Chilled Water System Global Service

As we provide a global service for chilled water systems: we cannot get back the day after leaving site. Therefore, after resolving the above issue, I ran the system in local with some of the other systems off to prove it. All was okay. After completing the rest of the service on the chillers I put the whole of the plant back in Auto to prove it all together

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Flow Switch Failure During Global Chilled Water System Service

The flow switch failed in one of the most remote plant rooms in the globe for chilled water system service. This is due to security issues.  The chiller did not stop when a test was carried out. I didn't want to valve off the water system as the air handlers are old and 'dead heading' could cause failure. Instead I decided to use the Hand/ Off/ Auto switch for the pump. After several attempts of trimming I got the switch to settle down, then carried out tests to make sure it would not happen again

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Chilled water system maintenance showing flow switch at 0 reading

Chilled Water System Maintenance

Maintenance of the Chilled Water System Flow Switch

The chilled water system flow switch requires regular maintenance due to a to build up of contaminants on the sensor. Over time, slime accumulates giving false readings. The problem is relatively easy to sort out: a wipe with a cloth

Retrieving the sensor

The more difficult part is retrieving the sensor. It is fixed with a bolt into the chilled water system being maintained. Therefore, there is pressure inside the water system. This pressure is handled and the glycol drained into vessels

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Checking the Fault Out Level

As you can see from the picture: there is a green light on 0. This indicates that the pump is off, not to be confused with pressure. With the pump on: the green lights go all the way up to 9 with the fault out level showing red on 7

Maintaining the Chilled Water System Fault Out Level

Maintaining the chilled water system flow switch can be achieved with a terminal driver. Using the manual that comes with the flow switch: the buttons can pressed a number of times to 'self test' Also, the fault out level can be set

Testing the Flow Switch

As part of the maintenance, the flow switch is manually tested using one of two methods. This ensures that the switch will function correctly when it needs to

Maximus Chillers offers the whole package for the maintenance of your plant. With state of the art equipment and the best engineers- we complete the picture. Weather you have a small problem like the above mentioned flow switch, or a big problem like compressor failure- Maximus Chillers can help

Any Chiller- Any Problem- Any Part- Any Refrigerant- Anywhere- The MAXIMUS ADVANTAGE™

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Mirror looking for leak during chilled water system EEV service

Chilled Water System EEV Service

Chilled water system EEV service was being carried out because the mechanical parts had failed. This particular valve is prone to this fault. It is an OEM part so our technician found the voltage for the motor and found a similar part with the same amount of steps

Chilled Water System EEV Service

The EEV driver was found to be functioning satisfactorily during the chilled water system service. Sometimes, depending on how the mechanical part of the EEV has failed, the driver can be overloaded and burned out

Electronic Component Refurbishment

Where electronic parts, such as the EEV driver, are found to be burned out- Maximus Chillers has a refurbishment laboratory at head office. We have the capability to strip down the component and fault find where it has blown. Usually it is quite simple: the jammed mechanical part of the electronic expansion valve has burned out the power control on the driver for example. More complex fault finding and component replacement on the circuit board can be carried out also. Another option is to replace the driver with a like for like swap or retrofit to a different driver

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Pump Down for Chilled Water System EEV Service

The chiller was pumped down and valved off. This saves on the time and recovery vessel to pump the refrigerant out

Remove and Replace

Once pumped down, our engineer removed and replaced the valve, sealing it on it's knife edge seal. The wire was passed up the conduit and into the panel. The wiring colour scheme was different on the new valve, so some time was taken to ensure it was wired up correctly

Open it up and Switch it on

After leak testing, the refrigerant system valves were opened back up and the plant switched back on. The correct superheat and subcooling valued were achieved concluding a successful chilled water system service visit

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Industrial refrigeration oil change showing ammonia warning sign

Industrial Refrigeration Oil

An industrial refrigeration oil visit was arranged because of an oil return issue. Several fans had been down on the air cooled system. This causes the system to unload so as to prevent a fault occurring. The lower mass flow rate of the refrigerant caused oil to migrate to the low side of the system. Several vessels are available with various forms oil return control. These vessels were valved off. A two man team with the correct ammonia PPE and breathing apparatus carried out the job

Not Enough Oil Recovered from the Industrial Refrigeration Plant

Only some of the oil was recovered from the industrial refrigeration plant. Therefore, the engineers decided to add new oil to get the system running. The only problem with doing this is that once running the machine, the oil has to be got back out. Therefore, the oil had to be adjusted a second time to resolve the oil return issue

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Fan Decks

For this visit, scaffolding had been erected in accordance with the Risk Assessment. The old fan decks were lifted out by the two man team. A really good team was sent out: one of the men was more technical and the other more mechanical- complementing each other with their different skill sets. The new fans were an updated version and the wiring was different. The fault link had to be adapted but the 0-10v input from the controller was the same. The controller reads the pressure from a transducer, then sends out a voltage which the fan turns into the corresponding speed

Testing of the Industrial Refrigeration System

The fault link had been correctly modified, so testing of the industrial refrigeration system was carried out. The machine loaded up to 62% and monitoring continued during the rest of the visit

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Water chiller service of evaporator showing lagging removed and blue compressor

Water Chiller Service of Evaporator

Not often does a water chiller service of evaporator fault occur. The evaporator can freeze up and burst the tubes inside the shell. This fault involved the shell itself bursting. On close inspection- the shell was made out of thin steel- not the usual heavy rolled steel. It looked like the near end on the photo had sagged down, causing the evaporator shell to buckle

Replacement of Evaporator

This option would be expensive due to the cost of the evaporator. It would be a difficult visit because of access issues. The builders decided to site the water chillers round the back of the building, this makes them very difficult to service. Our lift and shift guys would be needed to get the old chiller evaporator out and the new one in. There is a difficult corner to get round where the evaporator would have to be tilted up to get it round. Also, a fence wound have to be taken down around the chillers. Of course security is an issue but so is access to the chillers

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Water Chiller Service of Evaporator with Silver Solder

Because of the above, it was decided by the customer that we would fix the leak using silver solder. The Risk Assessment Method Statement allowed for the job to be carried out with a half hour fire watch. The oxy-acetylene lines were leak tested prior to the job. Both leaks were soldered up but despite the evaporator being drained down, there was still water and steam trying to get out. Not the best water chiller service soldering resulted- but it held

Water Chiller Service of Evaporator Paintwork

Because the chillers are outside, the paintwork is essential- poor paintwork will reduce it's life. After preparing the surface, specialist paint was applied so as to protect the evaporator for the future

Lagging Service

The purpose of lagging is to reduce heat gain from the environment and provide protection from the elements. Therefore, the lagging was reinstated after the job

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Chiller Refurbishment Company

Choosing a chiller refurbishment company is cost effective because the main cost of a large chiller is mostly in the fixed plant. That is to say: the two main heat exchangers and the compressor. Therefore, this is the most environmentally friendly option as the carbon footprint of building new plant is very high. This is not mentioned when you purchase a new chiller. With chiller controls replacement, this kind of plant can last for 50 years. One of our competitors has been carrying this out to a chiller that dates back to the 1970s and is still in service!

Refurbishment of the Chiller Evaporator

Chiller refurbishment of broken tubes can be performed to beyond manufacturer's recommendations. Larger scale replacement of the tubes can be carried out giving the same lifespan of the original tubes. This is a major overhaul at a fraction of the cost of replacing the chiller

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Refurbishment of the Chiller Compressor

We strip the chiller compressor down for refurbishment in our workshop. It is made from heavy castings so will last a very long time. We provide a 12 month warranty on all our chiller compressors. Read More about centrifugal compressor remanufacturing on our web page

Refurbishing the Chiller Controls

Refurbishing the chiller controls can be carried out by fitting state of the art controls. The controls that come with the chiller are made 'in house' so they are often prone to spurious trip outs. These trip outs can cause a loss in production. A control panel, designed specifically for that chiller comes ready built. All you have to do, is wire in the various sensors and transducers. The run signal, compressor soft start, remote loading and monitoring can be easily integrated

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Air cooled chiller maintenance of two white chillers with green compressors

Air Cooled Chiller Maintenance

Air Cooled Chiller Maintenance Bodger Watch

We carry out air cooled chiller maintenance at an office building in the North West. Chiller maintenance is usually very good, but this is bodger watch! The customer told us that there had been this guy who used to come who spent most of his time in the canteen- reading manuals on his laptop! Not even the manuals for that site either! You couldn't make it up could you? What kind of a chiller maintenance schedule is that? They said he used to fix everyone's bathrooms in the evening to make up his pay! This is bodger watch!

Air Cooled Chiller Maintenance

One of our engineers rang the office from a site we look after the other week. He was struggling to carry out the maintenance- the antifreeze dosing. He was advised to use his testing instrument to assess the level in the water system. He came back with the result- too much antifreeze. The customer uses propylene even though the site is heavy industrial. This is because the price is narrowing between propylene and ethylene and propylene is not toxic

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On Site Maintenance Engineer

The customer adding antifreeze is the usual course- it means their onsite engineer can keep on top of things. This onsite engineer was a little too keen though: he had been putting too much in

Antifreeze Removal

Our pump out team was sent to site with their tanker and equipment. Then, the correct level of antifreeze was then charged into the system

Clear Site

Last but not least, our engineer gave the machine a wipe down and the chiller location a sweep- good house husbandry costs nothing

For the efficient running of your plant- choose Maximus Chillers

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Chiller service of fan decks showing 8 fans

Chiller Service of Fan Decks

Chiller Service of Fan Decks Bodger Watch

Chiller service of fan decks is usually very good, but this is bodger watch! A new customer of ours was telling us about this little guy that used to come to carry out chiller service of fan decks. He was reported to have been running around like the apprentice- ringing everybody up! Then when help came, it came in the form of this huge big man who proceeded to get stuck in the chiller! You couldn't make it up! This is bodger watch! The customer asked for a professional service from Maximus Chillers

Repeated Leaks on Condenser

Our engineer found the head pressure control was bringing the fans thumping on and off forwards and backwards. During a visit, the fans were found to be rattling the frame and juddering the chiller into leaks

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Learning How to Think

Instead of just swapping like for like parts. Our engineers have the capability to think outside the box and make changes to chiller design. All of our engineers attend the Maximus School of Chillers at Head Office in Droylsden, Manchester. Read More on the Chiller Company page

Fan Speed Controller

On a return visit, we fitted off the shelf fan speed controllers from our stores- one for each system. These fan speed controllers are stand alone- they do not need to be integrated into the existing controls. When the pressure builds up- the fan speed controller speeds the fans up from the minimum (cut in) to the maximum (same volts as the incoming supply)

Chiller Service of Fan Decks Seamless Operation

Now the fan speed controllers are fitted- there are no more leaks. Any chiller can be made to settle down into seamless operation

Are you a factory manager or facilities manager with recurring leaks on your chillers? Look no further than Maximus Chillers

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