Cooling Water

Cooling Tower Maintenance Warning Signals. (from INDUSTRIAL WATER TREATMENT)

By Gene Culver


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This article is based on one originally published in INDUSTRIAL WATER TREATMENT, March/April 1991, Page 30 (IW230330). This article describes five categories of key warning signals of imminent problems in cooling towers, and will provide methods of averting damage to and/or performance loss in cooling tower systems. These categories include water management, air management, noise and vibration, mechanical equipment, and thermal performance. Warning Signals Unattended, any one or a combination of the warning signs described in what follows can lead to the following problems: l System performance loss l System downtime l Increased and unnecessary maintenance costs l Safety hazards l Premature component failure A quick overview of cooling tower fundamentals will help place these warning signals in context.

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