The Big Chill: Three Keys to Staying Cool

The Big Chill: Three Keys to Staying CoolMany companies now rely on industrial water chillers to maximize heat exchange efficiency. But it’s easy to fall behind on maintenance and upkeep because the system is “working as intended”—right up until it fails completely. Fortunately staying cool isn’t so difficult a task, so long as you’re willing to follow three keys for the big chill.

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Listeria Forces Washington Seafood Processor to Cease Operations

In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered a Seattle, Washington processor of smoked fish products to stop operating, requiring the manufacturer to completely cease processing, preparing, packing or distributing any food at its facility.

production of minced meatThe manufacturer, Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse Inc., provides private-label foods to high-profile retailers including Wal-Mart and Target.

The FDA had analyzed some samples it collected during an inspection at the company’s facility. The samples confirmed there was Listeria monocytogenes at the plant, including in the company’s food processing and storage areas.

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Is Your Chiller Having a Heart Attack?

A heart attack begins when blood flow to a part of the heart muscle becomes blocked. A fatty material, called plaque, builds up on the walls of the coronary arteries.

iStock_000035380934SmallThose arteries supply blood and oxygen to the heart, making them essential for the heart to function properly. When the arteries become clogged a heart attack is most often the end result.

Your chiller could be experiencing an event similar to a heart attack.

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Goodway goes for the gold. And wins, twice!

DDA_GOLD_2013-RGB-72dpiJust an update because, well, we’re beaming with pride here. Goodway has won two gold Dealer Design Awards from The News, a favored trade publication in the HVAC industry. The two products receiving the highest honors are the following.

CC-400 HiFlow

CC-400 HF. This portable coil cleaner is designed to clean thick coils, up to 8″ thick without damaging them. It outputs 400 psi of cleaning power at an incredible 3.0 gallon per minute of flow rate to deliver the perfect combination of pressure and flow to deep clean thick, nasty dirty coils. In fact, it took us three years to develop the custom pump and design that would accomplish this feat. There’s simply nothing like it on the market today. It also includes an integrated siphon to pull in CoilShine, our foaming alkaline coil cleaner that leaves coils, shiny and smelling great.

RAMPRO Tube Cleaner

The other product to win this important accolade was the RAMPRO portable chiller tube cleaner. This product was designed from the ground up with the high volume user in mind. It features quick connect shafts and brushes for faster, easier tool changes and offer chain driven technology for increased performance. Additionally it integrates a sturdy roll cage into it’s design to protect it from the environments of the transport and facilities rooms it is used in.

Please keep Goodway in mind for all your HVAC and facilities maintenance products needs and as a special reward to our loyal blog readers we are offering 10% off product sales valid ONLY by clicking on this link.

HVAC Spring Cleaning: Recap of Last Year’s Checklists

Today is the first day of summer – and that means it’s time to crank up your facility’s AC. Is your facility’s cooling system ready?

How-to-HVAC-Cleaning-Checklists-77x300Last year we offered three checklists to help you prepare for the cooling season. It’s time to revisit our checklists before the real summer heat arrives. Give your facility’s cooling system attention now to keep it operating efficiently.

Checklist 1: How to Clean Chiller Tubes

Checklist 2: How To Clean Air Conditioner Coils

Checklist 3: How to Clean Cooling Towers

(Note: You must provide your email address to get access to each checklist.)

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HVAC, Building Performance: Chiller Performance and Energy Usage

Chillers typically use about 50% of a facility’s electrical energy during the seasons when they’re in use, according to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPoorly maintained cooling towers reduce the chiller efficiency by 10% to as much as 35%; a dirty coil condenser can reduce efficiency by 5% to 15%, according to the agency.

Efficiency Technologies Inc. estimates that there are over 100,000 chillers in use in the United States, and inefficiencies among them cost industry billions of dollars in energy each year.

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HVAC, Building Performance: Cooling Tower Maintenance & Goodway’s Cooling Tower Vacuum

We’ve talked about cooling tower maintenance quite a bit on the Goodway blog. And now that it’s spring and we’re starting to think about air conditioning maintenance, the subject is on our minds once again.

iStock_000022676282SmallIf you look back at past posts, you’ll see that the top two reasons for cooling tower maintenance resonate through them all: energy efficiency/system performance and health.

Often the importance of cooling tower efficiency is a bit overlooked because the focus is on chiller efficiency.

“Chillers use about five times the energy of the cooling tower. Consequently, more attention is paid to the chiller than the cooling tower in most facilities,” Steve Spielmann, Goodway’s Customer Service/Technical Manager, explains in this post about cooling tower maintenance.

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Your HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklists Redux

Spring is just around the corner, and that means summer can’t be too far behind.

HVAC-cleaning-checklists-staggered-300x186As winter makes it exit – not soon enough for some of us – it’s time to turn your attention to keeping your HVAC system humming right along through the hot summer months.

Last year we offered you three comprehensive checklists of tasks and tips to ensure the cooling system in your facility is operating at 100%.

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AHR EXPO 2013 SHOW PREVIEW

Next week the who’s who of the HVAC world will be coming together in Dallas, TX for the annual AHR Expo trade show. And of course, Goodway will be there. In fact, this year could be the best show yet.

Clean thick HVAC coils

Goodway’s new CoilPro CC-400HF hiFlow Coil Cleaner

Stop by our booth (#2367) and see our brand new award winning products that will complete your maintenance tasks faster and easier than before, like our new CoilPro CC-400HF HiFlow coil cleaner that’s designed specifically for safely cleaning dirty, grimy coils up to 8 inches thick. Learn more.

CC-400HF Features:

  • Hi-Flow pump system – Delivers 400 psi at 3.0 GPM
  • Specialized attachments – Designed to clean coils from any angle, including back flushing in tight spot.
  • Integrated Cleaner Injection – automatically pulls in coil cleaner when you need it.
  • Portable Design – easily transported to rooftops and remote locations

We will also be showcase the latest in our tube cleaning line the RAM-PRO series. This is a workhorse with a soft side. Rugged, sturdy and built to last, but with the finesse to clean even the mos sensitive tubes. Learn more here.

Plus, we’re hosting a very special VIP party filled with good times, gifts and a special celebrity athlete guest that will be signing autographs, taking pictures and talking sports. We will also have

  • Cocktail hour
  • Goodway bag filled with great give aways
  • Opportunity to win an iPad mini
  • and much more….

But space is limited to this event so call a Goodway rep at 1-800-333-7467  to find out more about getting your VIP invite.

 

Post-Hurricane Sandy Series: Clearing Flood Waters

This week we continue our Post-Hurricane Sandy Series with what you need to know about clearing flood waters.

Our next posts in the series address mold and mildew management, cooling towers and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) assistance.

Safety is probably the most crucial factor to consider in dealing with flooding. Flood water can contain a host of infectious organisms including E. coli, shigella, salmonella, hepatitis A virus, as well as typhoid, tetanus or paratyphoid agents, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

But it doesn’t stop there because flood waters may also become contaminated by industrial chemicals from flooded hazardous waste sites.

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