On a Budget But Need to Revamp Your Chiller? Try Retrofitting

Industrial cooling chillers are built to last for years and years, but once they do start wearing down, replacement can be expensive or even cost-prohibitive. If you’re worried about the price being out of reach for you, consider retrofitting it with new parts and compressors, which will cost much less than replacing the entire setup, but will still last a long time. Retrofitting can be done with Turbocor chiller oil-free centrifugal compressors, which offer many different benefits for you and your business.

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Save Money

Replacing your existing chillers can be very expensive—so much so that you may not be able to afford to do so. This is understandable, and thankfully, retrofitting comes at a much lower cost—paying off the cost of retrofitting will take two years or less, depending on the size of the project. Additionally, retrofitting eliminates the expense of having to helicopter-lift new chillers. Overall, retrofitting will help you stay on budget a lot more easily than if you simply replace the chiller. With some projects, Turbocor has reported savings for companies in the $60-70,000 range—no small amount.

Reduce Energy Consumption

Retrofitting your chiller with centrifugal compressors is also great for reducing the amount of energy used. Retrofitting increases the operating efficiency by 25 to 50 percent, and can add 25 more years of functionality to the life of the existing chiller—great for prolonging the amount of time between replacements. Retrofitting means you can also convert the chiller to new, environmentally friendly refrigerants, which is ideal for the ecosystem. These oil-less compressors run cleaner and more efficiently—always ideal.

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Enjoy Sustainability

In today’s day and age, everyone is looking for ways to increase sustainability. Retrofitting instead of fully replacing an industrial chiller means reusing the existing mechanical room and piping, as well as the existing condense and chiller barrels. You won’t have to deal with all old fixtures, though—you can update some existing parts, including power panels and new controls, so that the overall setup works as efficiently as it can.

Quicker Turnaround and Quieter Machinery

Retrofitting takes less time than full replacement, simply due to the fact that not everything on the chiller has to be swapped out.  Additionally, the retrofitting process leaves behind a much quieter setup of machinery, as it is functioning at a higher rate of efficiency—using 70 to 90 percent less energy on low load performance, for instance.

If you’re thinking about retrofitting your industrial chiller, learning more about the process can help sway your decision. Find out more about it today.

Bullock, Logan & Associates, Inc.

169 Crossen Avenue

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

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