In the video above, the reporter takes us inside a flow tower, addressing a common question about the tower’s cleanliness. It’s crucial to distinguish between what appears to be a dirty fill and the reality of scale forming on drift eliminators inside the tower. To prevent excessive scaling, regular water treatment, and biannual tower cleaning are recommended, maintaining scale levels within acceptable limits. The importance of considering whether to refurbish cooling tower versus replacement is emphasized.
Contrary to initial impressions, this scale is a positive indicator, signifying the tower’s effective operation in evaporating water for efficient cooling.
To prevent excessive scaling, regular water treatment, and biannual tower cleaning are recommended, maintaining scale levels within acceptable limits. Moving outside the tower, the reporter highlights the louvers as the most visible component. Again, the presence of the scale on the exterior is normal, resulting from the evaporation process.
Maintenance, similar to the internal components, is essential to uphold the tower’s appearance and functionality. The lifespan of the tower fill media is around 10 to 15 years. Examining the fill, particularly checking for clean and open chevron shapes, indicates efficient water flow. However, the presence of slime signals decreased efficiency, prompting consideration for fill replacement. Regular monitoring and proper maintenance play pivotal roles in sustaining the cooling tower’s performance over time.