Cooling towers

From servicing and design to analysis and retrofitting, we offer comprehensive solutions for your hydronic needs.

UNLEASH PEAK COOLING PERFORMANCE

When correctly managed, cooling towers offer a cost-effective and efficient solution for cooling commercial spaces.

However, neglecting maintenance or relying on outdated units can lead to problems that compromise the cooling tower’s efficiency.

Some common challenges include:

  • Corrosion
  • Scaling
  • Biological Contamination

EFFECTIVE COOLING TOWER STRATEGIES

Given the heat generated by various operational processes, efficient heat dissipation is crucial.

Our cooling tower solutions encompass:

  • Design, Installation, and Servicing

  • Conversions and Retrofits

  • Systems Analysis and Evaluation

  • Cleaning, Water Testing, and Treatment

COMPREHENSIVE HYDRONIC SYSTEM SOLUTIONS

Our expertise spans a diverse range of hydronic systems, encompassing:

    • Cooling Towers
    • Chillers
    • Water Source Heat Pumps
    • Geothermal

    Sample Projects

    1200 TON COOLING TOWER REPLACEMENT

    Designed and installed a 1200 ton, stainless steel, Evapco cooling tower. The regional newspaper’s production facility had corrosion problems with the previous unit due to the proximity to the oceanfront so a stainless steel tower was selected.

    The work included structural steel fabrication, design and installation of all new electrical and control systems. Time frame constraints limited demolition and new work schedule to a 10 day shut down – schedule met with 3 days to spare!

    HOTEL COOLING TOWER REPLACEMENT

    Replaced a 40+ year old wood cooling tower at a hotel with a new 250-ton Marley cooling tower. Work included removal and proper disposal of asbestos fill  from the cooling tower, fabrication of a new tower support, all new schedule 40 PVC supply and return water piping to existing line outside the building, new make-up water and drain line piping and new electrical branch circuit to outside the building.

    Cooling tower FAQ’S

    WHAT REGULATIONS DO I HAVE TO FOLLOW IN FLORIDA FOR MY COOLING TOWER?

    The CDC states, “Devices in buildings that can spread contaminated water droplets should have a water management program even if the building itself does not.” Many water systems can serve as Legionella amplifiers and (aerosol) disseminators and have been associated with Legionnaires’ disease.

    If you have a cooling tower in Florida, ensure it is placed in an appropriate location while having a water management program for that device. This is to reduce the risk of Legionella growth and spread. For additional information, see Guidelines for the Surveillance, Investigation, and Control of Legionnaires’ Disease in Florida.

    What is Legionella?

    Legionnaires’ disease, an advanced form of pneumonia, is instigated by Legionella bacteria. While these bacteria are usually present in natural water sources, they can also thrive in purpose-built water systems. Legionella poses a health risk when people inhale contaminated water from inadequately maintained building water systems. In the United States, cases of Legionnaires’ disease are increasing.

    Cooling towers are particularly susceptible to the growth and spread of Legionella despite being classified as cold water distribution systems. Consequently, facility managers and building owners are responsible for safeguarding occupants’ health through implementing a robust water management program.

    WHAT IS COOLING TOWER DRIFT?

    Cooling tower drift refers to the tiny water droplets that are carried out of the cooling tower along with the exhaust air. These drift droplets can sometimes have chemical additives such as corrosion inhibitors. While this is a natural occurrence in cooling tower operations, excessive drift can lead to more significant problems:

    Water Loss: Excessive drift can result in significant water loss from the cooling tower. Makeup water must be continuously added to maintain the water levels required for proper functioning.

    Chemical Loss: Drift containing essential chemicals, like corrosion inhibitors, may need to be replenished to prevent corrosion and bacterial growth within the cooling system. Chemical loss can also have environmental implications.

    Health Concerns: Drift can potentially contain microorganisms like Legionella. Inhaling these microorganisms can pose various health risks, including pneumonia and other respiratory problems. Proper drift management is essential to minimize health hazards associated with cooling towers.

      What is makeup water in a cooling tower?

      Makeup water is simply the water that is added back into a facility’s system to compensate for any losses due to factors like water drift. It ensures that the system maintains its required water levels for proper function.

      Water Quality testing

      Cooling tower water plays a critical role in the cooling process, as it serves as the medium through which heat is absorbed from various industrial processes and then dissipated into the air.

      Poor water quality can lead to various issues, from reduced system performance to health concerns. Maintaining good water quality is of the utmost importance for the longevity and efficiency of the cooling system and the well-being of employees and customers.

      KEEPING IT COOL! ❆

      Whether maintaining indoor comfort or supplying chilled water for crucial production processes, cooling tower applications are vital.

       Cox-Powell delivers cooling solutions tailored to air conditioning, industrial operations, and refrigeration needs.