May 22, 2015
This past week we signed contracts to install a new 95 ton chiller to cool our museum and office building. The original chiller installed in 1999 has had several compressors replaced over the last five years at a cost of $15,000 to $20,000 each for remanufactured compressors in addition to recurring high maintenance cost. The old unit has two reciprocating compressors with one not being sufficient when temperatures get into the 80’s. The new chiller will have five smaller scroll compressors which are much more energy efficient and can be phased from one to five compressors as needed which will also save on energy. The new unit will also be quieter which is good since we are in a residential neighborhood. The cost of the new unit and installation is $104,132 which will be paid out of the $150,000 grant for HVAC we received last December from the Crystal Trust.
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