Commercial Reciprocating Chillers
A commercial or industrial chiller is a refrigeration system that cools process fluid or dehumidifies air in commercial or industrial spaces. Chillers can be used for controlled cooling of products or cooling of factory equipment. They can be centralized, with one chiller serving multiple cooling needs, or decentralized where each machine or process has its own chiller. It usually depends on whether the cooling requirements are the same for each process. Decentralized chillers are usually smaller in size and cooling capacity, while centralized chillers capacity ranges from ten tons to thousands of tons. Chillers can be located in a mechanical room, directly next to a process or factory equipment, or even outside.
Reciprocating chillers are one of four subtypes of chillers. They are commonly used for air conditioning medium sized commercial buildings. They are available from many manufacturers and come factory assembled for easy installation. They usually come with semi-hermetic compressors, which means that they are serviceable. Maintenance should be done on a regular basis to ensure optimal performance. Basic maintenance steps include quarterly inspections and routine checks for refrigerant leaks. Trained HVAC technicians, either independently operated or through a supplier’s service network, will be able to provide needed routine inspections and repairs.