January, 2021

New Package Cooling Tower vs Refurbished Package Cooling Tower

New Package Cooling Tower vs Refurbished Package Cooling Tower

To refurb or not to refurb, that is the question… There has been a lot of talk recently around refurbished package cooling towers.  Whilst buying a refurbished cooling tower may sound like a cost-effective solution, it often leads to issues down the line, additional costs or even worse, having to purchase a new tower, regardless.

In general, a package cooling towers’ structural life expectancy ranges between 15 – 20 years (with proper water treatment and proper maintenance) and after years and years of relentless operation, a cooling tower requires more than just a regular service or component replacement to maintain their original performance & structural integrity. Before deciding on purchasing a refurbished tower you should consider the following

  • Do you have detailed information of the previous environment in which the tower operated? A fresh coat of paint hides most wear and tear.
  • Do you have an idea of the age of the cooling tower? Each of our towers are fitted with a nameplate and assigned a unique serial number, remove the nameplate and you have no information on the tower.
  • What are the design conditions available? Cooling towers are sized and selected according to the end users design data – so buy a second hand tower, fit it and hope for the best.
  • Is your tower under guarantee? Older towers have either no warranty or a limited warranty / guarantee as opposed to a new tower (EWK typically has a 10 year guarantee on the GRP casings).

The potential cost saving on buying a refurbished cooling tower compared to buying a new cooling tower will always be a deciding factor.   In many cases, replacing the fill media or patching a spot here and there, will improve the performance of your unit temporarily, however, if the structural integrity of the tower is not addressed, you’re potentially going to have a unstable structure in the future that could result in a catastrophic failure and unwanted plant downtime.

At IWC we offer trade-in on old Sulzer, Tektower and Searle-Bush cooling towers. This can used to offset the new cooling tower purchase, making this a very attractive and more cost effective way of purchasing a new package cooling tower to suit the needs of your current or future operation.

Our sales team are a phone call away and will be happy to provide assistance and advice where needed.

January, 2021

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