One of our devout readers suggested we toss together some posts about cooling tower basics, maintenance, and troubleshooting. My first thought was- Good idea! My second thought was, why didn’t I think of that?
Cooling towers are like air handlers and pumps; very simple, yet so critical, and so misunderstood.
Because of the terrible under appreciation and lack of respect people have for these quiet giants of our industry, we are dedicating the next two weeks to these machines we all take for granted.
In a nutshell; hot water from a water cooled machine’s condenser is pumped to the top of the tower where it falls down over a material we call “fill”.
A fan pulls outdoor air through the fill, cooling the water falling over it.
The cooled water runs off the fill material and into the tower sump where it is returned to the water cooled machine’s condenser.
don’t get too cocky, this was the easy part, the next few get harder.