5 Reasons to Consider Replacing a Metal Cooling Tower

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Over years of operation, cooling towers lose efficiency which increases stress on the other components of your overall cooling system. Through proper maintenance programs and routine service work, you can minimize this loss of capacity and extend the life of cooling towers, pumps, chillers, heat exchangers, and other equipment within your cooling system.

Eventually, it may be time to replace your cooling tower with a new design to save maintenance costs in the long-run. The type of material that you choose (plastic vs metal) can make a big difference to the lifespan and performance of your new cooling tower.

Here are 5 Reasons to Consider Replacing a Metal Cooling Tower:

  • Longevity. Advanced high-density polyethylene (HPDE) technology in this day and age makes engineered plastic cooling towers a more viable option than metal cooling towers for most commercial buildings because it holds up better over time. The long service life can also be attributed to generous warranties that often come with plastic commercial cooling towers. Providers are more likely to extend long warranties because the plastic cooling towers are seamless and won’t corrode.
  • Increased energy efficiency. Even expensive stainless steel cooling tower models are made of welded sheets which have a tendency to leak. Any facility manager knows that a leaking cooling tower is not going to perform at peak efficiency.
  • Lower maintenance costs. Traditional metal cooling towers can become costly when you add up the downtime due to routine cleaning, corrosion repair, and leak proofing the seems. These three problems can be eliminating by replacing the cooling tower with a new seamless design & plastic material. Modern HDPE technology is also impervious to caustic or acidic water treatment chemicals that often cause leaks or other service issues common to metal cooling towers.
  • Antimicrobial options. Health threats such as Legionnaire’s disease can be commonly caused by microbes thriving in a traditional cooling tower environment. However, plastic materials used in new cooling towers can be made with antimicrobial resins to prevent harmful bacteria growth and reduce outbreaks.

Every building requires a unique solution. Equipment changes can occur as part of a growth strategy or they can be the result of an emergency situation. No matter the reason, it’s important to find a team of project managers and technicians that will provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of your current system followed by the most cost- and energy-efficient options to upgrade your facility’s cooling tower.

Learn more about Enervise solutions for commercial cooling towers including rebuilds, tower cleanings, thermal-upgrades, replacements, and more.