Filtration: The Key to Equipment Protection
July 25, 2008
Capital equipment purchases carry a significant price tag, one that merits taking a long-term view of equipment efficiency, maintenance and repair. Millions of dollars and thousands of labor hours are spent annually on cooling systems and other equipment for maintenance, downtime and repair.
Failure to provide effective air intake protection to equipment fans, motors, heat exchangers and other process cooling systems adds up to a costly loss of productivity in system operations. This is especially true of cooling application systems, where heat transfer surfaces are impacted dramatically by the buildup of dirt on the surface.
In a cooling system, heat absorption and release take place on condensing surfaces (fins and coils) and depend on the surface transfer and airflow to achieve an operational goal. As dirt insulates those surfaces or causes insufficient airflow through the coils, heat transfer from the refrigerant to the air is reduced. This reduction causes the condensing temperature of the refrigerant to increase and forces the compressor to work harder.
Airflow obstructions, debris and dirt buildup will impact the equipment’s ability to work efficiently. Dirty equipment results in higher energy consumption, heat buildup, higher discharge pressure, increased amp draw and motor strain. When equipment is forced to run for longer cycle times at reduced capacity, operating costs escalate, breakdowns occur and equipment life expectancy decreases.
Well maintained equipment with adequate filtration costs less to operate, promotes optimal life expectancy and increases energy efficiency. Taking a proactive approach to maintenance helps to ensure that the equipment will deliver a consistently high level performance with minimal service calls and repairs.