When considering the cost of a chiller, step back and consider what that chiller is worth to the bottom line. The answer can be more than you think if it’s a production process that incorporates a chiller as a critical component. Imagine a scenario where the line fabricates product worth greater than $30,000/day. What would you do if the chiller went down? How much will the down time cost?

In the overall scheme of capital expenditures, the integration of a recirculating chiller into a corporate-critical production process might be financially insignificant (less than $10,000). The insignificance of this cost is quickly forgotten if the recirculating chiller breaks down and the entire production process ceases. The necessity of a maintenance contract and service for the recirculator is vital. Contingencies such as a spare cooling unit and/or a comprehensive planned maintenance/service contract from the manufacturer can quickly realize their value.

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