Behind the Scenes: Overflowing Cooling Tower

Behind the Scenes: Overflowing Cooling Tower

HEA provides their expertise to ensure systems are working as effectively and efficiently as possible. The following describes what we provided:

  • This photo was taken during the initial start-up of a condenser water system.  This was the result of the first attempt to use the condenser water pumps to flow water through the chillers, back into the cooling towers, and eventually into the sump pit. 
  • HEA was called to the visit to witness the flushing of the condenser water system, where the pumps were used to flow water through their full capacity in order to release any sediment from the pipes.
  • The reason for the overflow condition is that the condenser water pumps are oversized for the cooling towers they serve.
  • During normal operation, the recommendation is to not flow at full capacity or to bring additional cooling towers on line if full condenser water capacity is required.

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