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Chillers 101: Why Rent a Chiller

18 September 2020 Bookmark and Share


Chillers are excellent machines capable of delivering large amounts of cooling to both indoor spaces and industrial processes. There are plenty of reasons to rent a chiller, but it's important to know the reasons to rent cooling in the first place.


When it comes to cooling, there are nearly endless scenarios that require a temporary solution, but here are just a few of them. The least stress-inducing reason is supplemental cooling. This means no part of your current system is broken, but seasonal temperatures are so high that your existing air conditioning system isn't cutting it anymore. Or, more likely, you changed part of an industrial/chemical process and need a long-term rental to meet new cooling requirements. Rather than purchasing a permanent unit, renting for the season can give your facilities a cooling boost without being such a drain on your budget.


Another common scenario is a construction delay. In this case, the only thing stopping your new facility or building expansion from opening is the delayed arrival of your permanent chiller. Renting is a proactive way to circumvent this limitation and get your operations up and running on time.


Lastly, there's every business owner's nightmare: emergency equipment failure. Whether it's due to a natural disaster or some equipment malfunction, these shutdowns can be costly and need to be addressed immediately. And quite often, the chiller part needed to make the repair won't be available any time soon. In this case rental cooling is undoubtedly the best way to restore operations as soon as possible. Until your system is repaired and back on its own feet again, a rental cooling solution can keep things running smoothly.


But back to chillers. Once you've determined that you need to rent a cooling solution for one reason or another, there is still a matter of choosing between direct-expansion air conditioners and chillers for your cooling solution. Some circumstances make renting a chiller the obvious choice. If your facility already has a functional integrated cooling system, then tying in a rental chiller is likely the most efficient and economical option for a cooling solution. Or if you have a manufacturing process that's designed to accept water cooling, then rental DX air conditioners would not be an appropriate substitution.


However, there are some situations where the benefit of renting chillers may not be immediately obvious. For instance, if it is critical for your cooling solution to take up as little space as possible, then chillers are the way to go. When it comes to larger cooling capacities, a chiller rated at a given tonnage will tend to take up less space than a DX air conditioner of the same rating. Additionally, the 6-inch hoses required for chillers are dramatically smaller than the 20-inch ducts that would be used on a similarly rated AC.


Perhaps the strongest reason to choose a chiller-based solution, even when you don't have an integrated cooling system, is cost. Once a job needs more than a certain amount of cooling – usually 150 tons – renting a chiller and a pair of air handler units is typically cheaper than renting a single direct-expansion air conditioner.


These are just some of the reasons to not only rent a chiller in the first place, but to rent one over a DX air conditioner. If you decide that a chiller rental is the right option for you, there are still a few more things you should know, such as what you should know before calling us for a rental chiller solution.

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