cooling tower repair

Hotel Cooling Tower Failure

On one of our 90 degree plus summer days, Horner received a call from a major Hotel near the Indianapolis Airport. The variable frequency drive (VFD) that operates their cooling tower was faulting and preventing the cooling tower from operating. For those who may not know what a cooling tower is, it is used to cool water that is then used to cool the air in the building, and/or cool equipment. So when it is hot, it is a very important piece of equipment. Jeff Meshishnek was sent out to look at the VFD. Jeff identified that the VFD was terminal [...]

Hotel Cooling Tower Failure2023-03-14T11:09:48-04:00

Power Generation Plant Water Pump Motors

A coal fired power generation plant had a planned outage to maintain equipment and Horner was onsite to remove 2 1250HP vertical pump motors. These motors pull water from the reservoir for cooling purposes and heat exchangers. These motors were taken out for routine maintenance, basic reconditioning and to replace bearings. Onsite to help with the removal was Indianapolis Field Service Don Pence, Louisville Field Service Joe Dupont and Terre Haute’s Eddie Piper and Jeremy Brown. Crane service had to be scheduled and coordinated to pull the motors out. The bearings for these motors are specialized thrust bearings and were replaced [...]

Power Generation Plant Water Pump Motors2023-03-13T10:23:54-04:00

Field Service/Pump Repair Go Diving

We were asked to remove a 600 HP vertical motor and the 13 foot long turbine pump that it couples to, from a cooling tower water basin. The motor was removed without incident, but when we lifted the pump out, instead of the expected 13 feet, we only got 5 feet of pump! The pump had actually broken in two! We probed the water, using 8 foot long poles, and could not feel anything. And with caramel colored water in the cooling tower, nothing was visible. The customer had no way to get it out, and even if a new pump [...]

Field Service/Pump Repair Go Diving2020-03-12T14:24:56-04:00
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