Don’t Let This Happen To Your Equipment
Photos of Serious Problems that can make you Chuckle, Laugh or Cry!
The severe state of equipment fouling and damage shown on this page is seriously impeding operational efficiency and increasing energy consumption. It will require extensive time, effort and expense to clean and / or repair most of the equipment shown on this page. Use of Cottonwood Filter Screens would have protected this equipment and reduced cleaning to a fraction of the time.
Chillers, Condenser and AHU Problems
Cooling Tower Problems
The photos below demonstrate all too often seen problems that can result from poor maintenance procedures. When conditions like these occur, the tower will operate at a significant loss in efficiency – It shows-up in operations in the form of:
- Increased Chemical Cost (click for more detail)
- Increased Energy cost (click for more detail)
- Equipment Downtime and Lost Productivity (click for more detail)
- Higher or Unexpected Repair and Replacement Cost (click for more detail)
What Not To Do
Commercially Available Mesh from Hardware Store. This unit experienced high static pressure due to use of incompatible mesh which restricted air flow. Also, because of the gaps in the installation of the mesh, the coils still became fouled requiring cleaning. This unit was later equipped with Cottonwood Filter Screens.
Use of of roll media and window screen stops the airborne debris however, because neither the roll media nor window screen is designed for high volume airflow, this tower is virtually starved of air flow, resulting in a large drop in static pressure and a significant reduction in cooling efficiency.
This tower has pre-filter media which has been framed to enable coverage over a cooling tower intake opening. This type of media is not designed for high volume airflow and will restrict air-flow and result in a drop in static pressure and loss of efficinecy. Furthermore, when this media gets wet and takes on a debris load, airflow will be further restricted. The best approach for protecting this cooling tower would be to use air intake filters which are specifically designed for high volume airflow and use on cooling towers.
Roll filtration significantly reduces air-flow and operational efficiency. Because this unit is high off of the ground, isn’t easy to reach. Furthermore, the roll media is a consumable that will continue to cost the operation.
We’re Looking For Photos
As the saying goes, “A Picture is worth a Thousand Words”
We’re looking for laughable, head shaking photos of poorly maintained or neglected cooling towers, chillers, rooftop units, air handlers etc.
To Contribute your photos, email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org Attention: Wall of Shame. Note: No Company or Owner Name will be published on the wall or website – Only photos that can make you chuckle!