Professional Air Cooled Chiller Manufacturer and Supplier in China Over 20 Years
TopChiller is supplying cooling efficiency air cooled chillers capacity ranging from 1 Ton to 200 Ton to meet your cooling specific demands

TopChiller can design and manufacture all types of air cooled chillers for you

  • Air-cooled chiller cooling capacity 0.5 Ton to 200 Ton
  • Temperature control from -35℃ to 25℃
  • Efficiency, quiet operation, and sustainability
  • Easy installation&maintenance with lower cost
  • High-quality scroll and screw compressor
  • Full protection devices for the whole chiller unit
  • Fast delivery and 100% quality control
  • Up to 18 months warranty time

Your Premier Air Cooled Chiller Manufacturer and Supplier in China

Air-cooled chiller absorbs heat from process water, and the heat is then transferred to the air around the chiller unit.

TopChiller is a leading air-cooled chiller manufacturer in China for over 20 years.

Air-cooled chiller designed and manufactured by TopChiller is one of the most popular products in the market. Currently, 80% of chiller systems at TopChiller belong to air-cooled chillers.

TopChiller has a variety of air-cooled chillers in process chillers, commercial chillers, and air conditioning chillers from 1ton to 60ton utilizing one or several hermetic scroll compressors(Copeland, Danfoss, and Panasonic), from 60ton to 480ton utilizing one or several semi-hermetic screw compressors (Bitzer, Hanbell, and Fusheng).

Air-cooled chillers range in cooling capacity from small 0.5ton capacity models to 200 ton models for many industries including food&beverage industries, chemical industries, manufacturing industries, breeding industries and all kinds of industrial process cooling.

As a high-quality air-cooled chiller manufacturer with 20 years of experience, TopChiller always provides outstanding various air-cooled chiller systems to our clients throughout the world.

The features of our air-cooled chillers and air-cooled chiller systems are as below:

-Top brand and high cooling efficiency scroll and screw compressors will realize automatic energy-saving and cooling capacity adjustment

-High-efficiency air-cooled condenser, hydrophilic film aluminum foil with Internally Threaded Copper Pipe will 30% increase of heat transfer efficiency and suitable for different working conditions.

– The big air volume of the air blower/exhaust condensing fan, The blade is ABS material with a low noise level, corrosion resistance, and high efficiency, suitable for various complicated environmental conditions.

-The smart Microcomputer temperature controller will precisely control the temperature to realize operation monitoring of the entire air-cooled chiller working status.

– Complete safety protection devices of the whole air-cooled chiller covering compressor inner protection, over current protection, high/low-pressure protection,over-temperature protection, flow rate protection,anti-freezing protection, and exhaust overheat protection.

These safety protections keep air-cooled chillers at 100% normal working status.

Since the year 1999, TopChiller is devoted to supplying not only standard type air-cooled chillers, but also can custom air-cooled chillers based on your specific requirements.

If you want to buy a high-quality air-cooled chiller in China,

Are you looking for a reliable air-cooled chiller supplier to support your business,

Please contact TopChiller sales representative to custom air-cooled chiller suitable for your applications.

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General Description:

An Air Cooled Chiller is a famous cooling system that works in conjunction with the air handler system of the industrial facility for cooling down the fluid. It absorbs the heat gained by the process water.

The main components of an Air Cooled Chiller available at TopChiller include a condenser (for heat distribution) and condenser fans (for sucking and expelling air).

Other significant parts are the compressor (for changing the refrigerant from low-pressure to high-pressure), expansion valve (to expand the refrigerant), an evaporator (for heat extraction). Accessory parts are the tank, control unit, and pump.

An Air Cooled Chiller manufactured by TopChiller is suitable for industrial plants and buildings that require temperature maintenance and cooling. Therefore, some of its important applications are semiconductors, laser, plastic, food processing, indoor, industrial towers, outdoor malls, hotels, theme parks, and hospitals.

A vast working experience of 20 years ensures that every Air Cooling Systems available at TopChiller matches the high local and international quality standards.

If you intend to invest in a heavy-duty Air Cooling System to deal with heat build-up within your facility, then TopChiller has got your back.

Get in touch with our sales representative to learn about our Air Cooled Chiller and get it at your doorstep.

Features and Advantages:

An Air Cooled Chiller offers you remarkable properties and advantages, which are listed below:

  • It includes rotary scroll compression with an optional digital compressor with a range of 10 to 90 units. Optional e-coated or standard uncoated microchannel heat exchanger condenser coils are also available.


  • It also has a galvanized steel cabinet with a pre-painted or baked enamel powder finish on its exterior panels. This is also compliant with the ASTM B-117 standard and passes the 500-hour salt-spray test.


  • Fuses and circuit breakers protect outdoor fan circuits and hermetic scroll compressors. The fan motor bearings are permanently lubricated for easy maintenance. It also comes with low and high compressor protection and has self-contained CCN controls.


  • -20 to 120 F surrounding temperature is its ideal operating temperature. An optional VFD featuring a hydronic pump package is also installed.


  • It also features Greenspeed intelligence to increase sound reduction up to 4dbA and IPLV up to 16.8. Standard IPLV values are up to 15.8, and full-load EER values are up to 10.5.
Air Cooled Chiller Technical Specifications
Model                                                     ItemsTPAS-80ASHTPAS-110ASHTPAS-140ASHTPAS-160ASHTPAS-190ASHTPAS-210ASHTPAS-250ASHTPAS-290ASHTPAS-310ASHTPAS-340ASHTPAS-400ASHTPAS-430ASH
Cooling capacitykcal/h6880094600122980135020164260180600212420245100266600292400348300369800
Input powerKW32.543.654.759.773.679.688.2101.2112.8123.8145155
Max CurrentA577595103125135151173191211246263
Power source3PH~380V/415V/480V~50HZ/60HZ(3PH~200V/220V   50HZ/60HZ)
ControlThermostatic expansion valve
CompressorTypeSemi-hermetic screw
Start modeY-△
Capacity control%0-33-66-1000-25-50-75-100
EvaporatorTypeShell and tube (SS plate heat exchanger)
Chilled waterm³/h13.818.924.627.032.836.142.549.053.358.470.074.0
Water pressureKPa323235384242454343434143
Pipe connectionInch3″3″3″4″4″4″4″4″5″5″6″6″
CondenserTypeAir cooled type high efficiency finned cooper tube
FanTypem³/hBig volume & low noise axil fan
Air volumem³/h30000400005000060000700008000090000100000110000116000145000165000
                   Safety protection devicesInner thermostat for compressor motor, unit overload relay,high and low pressure switch, freeze protection thermostat, reverse phase protection relay, discharge gas thermostat, flow switch
Net weightkg110013001600190022002350255028002850295032003550
Running weightkg130015001840220025302700295032503350356036503950
The above specifications are according to the following design conditions:
1, Chilled water inlet/outlet temperature 12℃/7℃.
2, Cooling air inlet/outlet temperature 30℃/38℃.
We reserve the right to modify the specifications without further notice.
Air Cooled Chiller Technical Specifications
Model                                                          ItemsTPAS-160ADHTPAS-220ADHTPAS-285ADHTPAS-315ADHTPAS-380ADHTPAS-420ADHTPAS-495ADHTPAS-570ADHTPAS-620ADHTPAS-680ADHTPAS-810ADHTPAS-860ADH
Cooling capacitykcal/h137600189200245960270040328520361200424840490200533200584800696600739600
Input powerKW64.786.6106.2118.8145159.2177.2207.6225.6247.6290310.4
Max CurrentA114149185205250274308358388428500533
Power Source3PH~380V/415V/480V~50HZ/60HZ(3PH~200V/220V   50HZ/60HZ)
ControlThermostatic expansion valve
CompressorTypeSemi-hermetic screw
Start modeY-△
Capacity control%0-33-66-1000-25-50-75-100
EvaporatorTypeShell and tube (SS plate heat exchanger)
Chilled waterm³/h27.537.849.15465.772.28598106.6117139.3147.9
Water pressureKPa323235384242454343434143
Pipe connectionInch4″4″4″5″6″6″6″6″8″8″8″10″
CondenserTypeAir cooled type high efficiency finned cooper tube
FanTypem³/hBig volume & low noise axil fan
Air volumem³/h6000080000100000116000145000165000180000205000225000242000285000325000
Safety protection devicesInner thermostat for compressor motor, unit overload relay, high and low pressure switch, freeze protection thermostat, reverse phase protection relay, discharge gas thermostat, flow switch
Net weightkg205025202980318034203730395043304650493054505850
Running weightkg236028703420369037804180438046504920536058306530
The above specifications are according to the following design conditions:
1, Chilled water inlet/outlet temperature 12℃/7℃.
2, Cooling air inlet/outlet temperature 30℃/38℃.
We reserve the right to modify the specifications without further notice.
Air Cooled Chiller Technical Specifications
Items                              ModelAC-0.5AAC-1AAC-1.5AAC-2AAC-2.5AAC-3AAC-4AAC-5AAC-6AAC-8ADAC-10ADAC-12ADAC-15AD
Cooling capacityKcal/h
 Input powerKW0.881.3522.252.663.274.075.756.458.2511.512.917.45
Max CurrentA5.48.21213.
Power source1PH~220V/3PH~220V/380V 50HZ/60HZ3PH~380V/415V/480V~50HZ/60HZ(3PH~200V/220V   50HZ/60HZ)
ControlCapillary / thermostatic expansion valve
CompressorTypeHermetic RotaryHermetic scroll ( piston )
CondenserType Efficient finned copper tube with aluminum+low noise external rotor fan
Air flow (m3/h)750100015002000250030004000500060008000100001200015000
Air blower(KW)×20.14×20.19×20.19×20.25×20.45×20.45×20.6×2
EvaporatorTypeSS Tank coil / shell and tube type / Plate type heat exchanger
 Chilled water
Water tank(L)10.618.3272750506060110120200200270
Inlet/outlet pipe
(inch) i
Water pumpPower (kw)0.370.370.370.370.370.370.370.750.750.751.51.52.2
Max lift(m)22222222222222303025252528
Max flow (m3)
Safety protectionCompressor inner protection, over current protection, high/low pressure protection, over temperature protection, flow rate protection, phase sequence/phase missing protection, low level coolant protection, anti freezing protection, exhaust overheat protection
Dimension L(mm)550550600600720980980115011501350150015001860
Net weight(KG)45628595125152175185215283345382580
The above specifications are according to the following design conditions:
1, 12℃/7℃.Chilled water inlet/outlet temperature 12℃/7℃.
2, 33℃/38℃.Cooling air inlet/outlet temperature 33℃/38℃.
We reserve the right to modify the specification without further notice.
Air Cooled Chiller Technical Specifications
Items                               ModelAC-15ATAC-20ADAC-20AFAC-25ADAC-25AFAC-30ADAC-30ATAC-40ADAC-40AFAC-50ADAC-50AFAC-60AD
Cooling capacityKcal/h
Input powerKW17.121.732225.424.833.3933.144.9143.357.35465
Max CurrentA43.252.753.363.761.38180.2109106135.5128.5135
Power source3PH~380V/415V/480V~50HZ/60HZ(3PH~200V/220V   50HZ/60HZ)
ControlCapillary / Thermostatic expansion valve
CompressorTypeHermetic scroll ( piston )
CondenserTypeEfficient finned copper tube with aluminum+low noise external rotor fan
Air flow (m3/h)150002000020000250002500030000300004000040000500005000060000
Air blower(KW)0.6×20.78×20.78×20.78×20.78×20.42×60.42×60.6×60.6×60.78×60.78×60.78×6
EvaporatorTypeSS Tank coil/ shell and tube type/Plate type heat exchanger
Chilled water
Water tank(L)270350350350350420420580580580580580
 inlet/outlet pipe
Water pumpPower(kw)
Max lift(m)282828282830303030323232
Max flow (m3)
Safety devicesCompressor inner protection, over current protection, high/low pressure protection, over temperature protection, flow rate protection, phase sequence/phase missing protection, low level coolant protection, anti freezing protection, exhaust overheat protection
Net weight(KG)58065065081081089089011121112132013201320
The above specifications are according to the following design conditions:
1, Chilled water inlet/outlet temperature 12℃/7℃.
2, Cooling air inlet/outlet temperature 33℃/38℃.
We reserve the right to modify the specification without further notice.

Why TopChiller is Your Reliable Air Cooled Chiller Manufacturer and Supplier In China?

Experienced In Air Cooled Chiller
Over 20 years rich experience of air cooled chiller manufacturing offering a complete of air cooled chiller designs and models to meet your requirements.
Full Solutions Provider
Our services including: air cooled chiller requirement communication, analysis, designing, manufacturing, quality controller, delivery, Keep advising not just manufacturing.
Reduce Your Costs
With rich experience of making air cooled chillers for your industrial applications can help to work out the correct air cooled chiller suitable for your needs,our high quality air cooled chillers will save your costs.
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We always take good care of your air cooled chiller order from design, raw material purchasing,manufacturing,testing and delivery to make sure all air cooled chiller making process are under control.
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No matter which country you are from, just tell your nearest seaport or airport name, we can arrange your air cooled chiller order at fastest shipping even can do door to door delivery.
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Air Cooled Chiller: The Ultimate FAQ Guide

Probably, you are looking for a high-quality air-cooled chiller.

Or, you’d like to learn more about air-cooled chillers.

Today’s guide explores all the critical aspects you need to know about these chiller systems.

So, if you want to be an expert in an air-cooled chiller, read this guide.

What is Air-Cooled Chiller?

An air-cooled chiller is a device that extracts heat from a load and transfers the heat to the environment.

It uses a fan or a refrigeration system.

These systems are common in most power plants.

Fluids are cooled by the refrigeration system.

This is possible with the help of air handling equipment.

Air Cooled Chiller designed by TopChiller

Air cooled chiller designed by TopChiller

What are the Components of Air-Cooled Chiller?

Components of an air-cooled chiller include:

  • Compressor: this is the driving force of the air-cooled chiller. The four main categories of compressors are/ include screw, scroll, reciprocating, and centrifugal.
  • Condenser: these are the pipes where the air is moved across the condenser to dissipate unwanted heat.
  • Condenser fans: the fans are the main components that differentiate between air-cooled and water-cooled chillers.
  • Evaporator/Expansion valve: this works with the heat exchanger to change the air from cold to hot and vice versa.

The three types of evaporators are brazed-plate, direct expansion, flooded shell-and-tube

  • Filter drier: protects the chiller from contaminants such as dust and should be replaced regularly.

Air cooled chiller filter drier

Air cooled chiller filter drier

How does Air Cooled Chiller Work?

An air-cooled chiller works through the following process:

  1. Heat absorption: this is achieved through the absorption process where the heat from the water is absorbed by the air-cooled chiller.
  2. Handler system: this allows the hot air that has been used up to be ejected out of the air-cooled chiller.
  3. Evaporator: This is a unit that blows hot or cold air to the atmospheric air that is infused into the system.
  4. Liquid refrigerant: this is where the water from the evaporator is turned to a gaseous form that is low in pressure.
  5. Compressor: the air from the evaporator that is in gaseous form and low pressure is compressed to a high-pressure gas.
  6. Condensers: this is where the exchange of gases happens, hot air is blown out while the clean air is blown inside through the fans.
  7. For efficiency purposes, it is recommended to place the air-cooled outdoors where there are no obstacles and the flow of air is uninterrupted. This will ensure the air-cooled chiller works at optimum.
  8. The main and important process of an air-cooled chiller is changing the liquid that is low pressurized to a liquid that is highly pressurized through the refrigerant.
  9. The process of changing low pressurized liquid to high pressurized liquid is a vicious cycle that requires the air-cooled chiller to work at optimum.
  10. This process is continuous and after the changing of the pressurized liquid, the process repeats according to how the air-cooled chiller has been set.

How does Air Cooled Chiller compare to Water Cooled Chiller?

Comparisons of air-cooled chillers and water-cooled chillers include:

  • A condenser is a component in air-cooled chillers that cools the air blown in.

On the other hand, water-cooled chillers comprise of condenser whose temperature is lowered by water connected with a cooling tower.

  • Air-cooled chillers are preferred for large installations while water-cooled chillers are preferred for medium and smaller installations.
  • Water-cooled chillers are costly to operate and maintain than air-cooled chillers.
  • The water-cooled chiller’s specification is measured in kW/ton that ranges from approximately 0.55 and 0.8kW/ton.

That is different from an air-cooled chiller that has a different load.

  • Air-cooled chillers are preferably used in areas where water supply is not constant or where water is very expensive.

While water-cooled chillers are preferable in areas where the water supply is sufficient.

  • Air-cooled chillers are preferred for all-weather use including freezing conditions, unlike the water-cooled chillers that cannot be used in winter conditions.
  • Unlike water-cooled chillers that need to be set up where there is a constant flow of water, air-cooled chillers can be set up at any location as long as there is a source of power.

Water Cooled Chiller

Water cooled chiller

Do Air Cooled Chillers require Cooling Towers?

Air-cooled chillers work at optimum are located in an open space where there is uninterrupted airflow and safe from hazards such as traffic.

Most of the air-chiller in a huge building and industrial use are located on the rooftop of the building.

How do you Specify Air Cooled Chillers?

  • Check for maximum temperature: Air coolers have a maximum ambient temperature of 40 to 45 degrees Celsius.
  • The minimum temperature: The temperature of air-cooled chillers ranges between -12 to 15 degrees Celsius.
  • Check for voltage: The voltage range of air-cooled chillers is 400 volts.
  • Capacity: The design capacity of air-cooled chillers is about 603 KW.
  • Check for airflow: The maximum airflow of air-cooled chillers is about 24.8 to 35 L/S.
  • Check the hydronic module: Air-cooled chillers have a built-in hydronic module.

What are the Applications of Air-Cooled Chillers?

Air-cooled chillers are purposely used for cooling purposes, they turn hot air into the cold air and vice versa.

Some of the applications of air-cooled chillers include

  • They are used in large industries to cool production processes and machinery.
  • They are used in huge residential buildings to cool hallways and common areas.
  • Are used in large-scale industrial cool rooms to keep products such as meat and vegetables fresh.
  • Used in hospitals for air circulation purposes.
  • Some are installed in tracks and vans that transport fresh produce or highly perishable products.
  • Air-cooled chillers are also popular in the retail environment where large stores use them for cooling purposes.

Air cooled chiller is widely used for commercial buildings

Air cooled chiller is widely used for commercial buildings

How do you Maintain Air Cooled Chillers?

I. Daily maintenance procedures for air-cooled chillers will entail:

  • Turning off or sequencing unnecessary chillers
  • A complete inspection of the air-cooled chiller to ensure that all the equipment is operating and there is safety.
  • Checking off all the setpoints to ensure proper setting and function.

II. Monthly maintenance procedures for air-cooled chillers will entail:

  • Assessing condenser and evaporator coil to ensure it is as required.
  • Checking the temperature to ensure that it is as per the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Conduction a leak test to ensure that all compressor fittings, relief valves, and pump joints are not leaking.
  • Checking the insulation condition to ascertain that it is appropriate
  • Verifying proper control functioning including verification of hot gas bypass and liquid injection.

III. Semiannual maintenance procedures for air-cooled chillers will entail:

  • One should thoroughly go through the manuals that come with the air-cooled chillers to ensure that they are as per the manufacturer’s specifications.

IV. Annual maintenance procedures for air-cooled chillers will entail:

  • Checking all the alignments on the compressor and assembly to ascertain that they are as per the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Checking all the seals on the compressor and providing lubrication where needed.
  • Conducting an analysis of the compressor oil system and changing the necessary oil pumps and seals and having a look at the oil heater, strainers, valve, and thermostat.
  • Checking all the electrical connections and the terminals to ensure contact and tightness.
  • Recording the amounts of refrigerant level and condition and addressing any leakage issues.

Air cooled chiller maintenance

Air cooled chiller maintenance

How do you Increase the Efficiency of Air-Cooled Chillers?

The efficiency of air-cooled chillers can be increased in the following ways:

a) Temperature regulation: implementation of supply air temperature reset control helps to save on energy and ensure the efficiency of the air-cooled chiller system.

b) Consider variable speed retrofits: most companies with an air-chilled cooler benefit from variable speed drives save on the energy used in operation.

Close monitoring of the system is essential when saving energy using variable pumping speed.

c) Optimization: running multiple parallel devices optimizes the savings and efficiency of air-cooled chillers.

They run more efficiently at lower speeds rather than operating at full capacity.

d) It’s recommended to set your air-cooled chillers on automatic to allow them to control the temperature when needed and save on energy.

e) Air-filters: ensure you clean and change the air-cooler filters periodically and as instructed by the manufacture for optimal efficiency.

f) All repairs and maintenance procedures should be undertaken by trained HVAC

They should be certified and also ensure the manufacturer’s maintenance and repair protocols are followed to the latter.

What are the Quality Standards of Air-Cooled Chillers?

Quality standards of air-cooled chillers depending on the country of origin include:

  • Australian/ New Zealand Standards: AS/NZS 4776.2-2 00
  • California Public Utilities Standards: (CSA) CSA-C743-09
  • Canada/ United Kingdom standards; GB 19577-200 4
  • Canada standards Association: CNS 12575-200 7
  • China standards: EMSD, HKSAR
  • Hong Kong Standards: ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013

Do Air Cooled Chillers Require On-site Assembly?

Air-cooled chillers come partly assembled to make it easy to assemble the various components on-site.

Some require you to assemble components such as fan, filter drier, expansion valve condenser, compressor, and heat exchanger on site.

Some components like filters also come uninstalled.

How much do Air Cooled Chillers Cost?

Air-cooled chillers vary in cost depending on kW/ton, model, and power supply voltage.

Some other factors that also determine the cost of air-cooled chillers include

  • Maximum ambient temperature.
  • Minimum ambient temperature.
  • Maximum R.H.
  • Type of cooling system.
  • Unit structure for instance integral
  • Cooling method.
  • Selected voltage
  • Noise level

Putting the above factors into consideration, an air-cooled chiller can cost anywhere from as low as $500 to as much as $500000.

What Optimization Procedures do Air Cooled Chillers Require?

The optimization procedures required by air-cooled chillers include:

  • The air-cooled chiller should be inspected every quarter.
  • You should routinely check for refrigerant leaks.
  • Always confirming that the operating pressures of the compressor are within a reasonable range.
  • Voltage: carry out an optimization test while including the amps.
  • Electrical components: ensure all the wirings, starters, and all electrical components are optimized.
  • Unloader operation: this includes the gas exchanges and the process involved.
  • Heating and cooling should be optimized by ensuring the air-cooler self regulates and this should be used to reach maximum efficiency.
  • Obtaining line readings from discharge lines.

Do Air Cooled Chillers have a Warranty?

Yes, air-cooled chillers have warranties that can run from the normal one year.

The warranties depend on the use of the chillers. Industrial/ large commercial chillers have a longer warranty than those procured for personal use.

How does Air Cooled Modular Chiller compare to Air-Cooled Chiller?

This is an air-cooled chiller that can work independently or can be assembled as a unit with other chillers.

Air-cooled modular chillers are usually small and contain refrigerant circuits.

An air-cooled chiller is a chiller with a single module working independently and more costly than an air-cooled modular chiller.

Air cooled modular chiller

Air cooled modular chiller

Do you Help with Air Cooled Chiller Installation?

Yes, we help in air-cooled chiller installation.

In the case of large-scale industrial chillers, the manufacture will send a representative to guide on the installation protocols of the air-cooled chillers.

How do you Change Air Filters?

You can follow the following procedure to change air filters from chillers:

a) Before you start, you must read the manufacturer’s manual on how to change the air filters.

This is important because different air-cooled chillers require different shapes and sizes of filters.

b) Turn the air-cooled chiller off and carry out a safety check before beginning, the safety check procedure is provided by the manufacturer.

c) Determine the position/location of your air filters and the mode in which they are secured.

d) Find the filter dimensions and compare them with your filters.

e) Remove the access panels to get to the filter.

f) Remove the old air filter.

g) Insert the new air filters while paying attention to the arrows on the side of the filter to avoid putting them wrongly.

h) Close the access panels and turn the sir-cooled chiller on.

i) Some air filters require washing and it is essential to follow the manufacturer’s procedures to wash the filters.

What is the Best Material for Air-Cooled Chillers?

Air-cooled chillers have many different components made from different materials.

The dominant materials used are copper for the tubes for the refrigerant flow and aluminum fins for airflow.

Some of the other materials used are plastic tubes to reduce weight and cost.

Copper and aluminum are widely used because of their superior thermal properties.

Is there a difference between Industrial and Residential Air Chillers?

Most of the residential air-cooled chillers use heating and cooling split systems, their HVAC system is split between two main units, one for heating and once for cooling.

This type of HVAC is usually found in homes and is small, portable, and easy to install.

Industrial air chillers are usually large and come as one single system.

These are common for large industries and large buildings requiring a complicated HVAC system.

They are usually stored kept on top of buildings where airflow is uninterrupted.

What is the difference between AC and Air-Cooled Chiller?

Air Conditioners (AC) is a type of cooling system that is split and uses a split system in cooling.

It uses heating and cooling split systems where the AC is put inside the house while the condenser is put outside the house.

Their HVAC system is split between two main units, one for heating and once for cooling.

This type of HVAC is usually found in homes and is small, portable, and easy to install.



Which Compressor is good for an Air-Cooled Chiller?

There are many designs of compressors available for air-cooled chillers.

They all serve the same purpose of making it possible to remove heat from indoor spaces or industrial processes.

Some of the most commonly used compressors for air-cooled chillers include:

  • Reciprocating compressor: it is also known as a piston compressor and it can be either hermetically sealed or open.

The compressor and the motor driving it are coupled directly and they share a sealed housing or can be in separate housing.

  • Centrifugal compressors: these are more efficient than reciprocating and rotary-screw compressors.

They are also available in a wide range of cooling capacities.

  • Rotary-screw compressors: it uses two helical screws that are designed to mesh with one another seamlessly while rotating at high speed.

The capacity control of rotary-screw compressors is achieved with a special valve that varies the internal volume ratio.

Air-Cooled Chiller Reciprocating compressor

Air-cooled chiller reciprocating compressor

What are the Advantages of Air-Cooled Chillers?

Advantages of air-cooled chillers include:

  • They do not necessarily need cooling towers like water-cooled chillers.
  • There are low maintenance costs required in the maintenance of air-cooled chillers.
  • Air-cooled chillers are advantageous because they can be customized for their use such as industrial, residential, hospital, or storage.
  • Provides better environmental stability as there is no water wastage.
  • Air-cooled chillers are easier to operate and control as there are no tower freezing and tower bypass.
  • With air-cooled chillers, the chemical costs are avoided.
  • Water costs are avoided especially if used in cities.
  • In the case of disasters in water, the air-cooled chillers are never affected.
  • Air-cooled chillers are cheaper because they require fewer components unlike the water-cooled towers that require additional support components such as water towers to be operational
  • Air-cooled filters are easy to install.

Are there Limitations of Air-Cooled Chillers?

Limitations of air-cooled chillers include:

  • Air-cooled chillers are generally costly to maintain and expensive to repair in case of breakdowns.
  • The lifespan of air-cooled chillers is relatively shorter compared to that of water-cooled chillers.
  • Air-cooled chillers need constant replacements of components such as air filters and compressors.
  • Air-cooled chillers have more operating noise because of their ducts and vents.
  • Air-cooled chillers use more energy compared to water-cooled chillers.
  • Air-cooled chillers need to be sored outside for them to work efficiently thus limiting the user on storage options.


Which Safety Features do Air Cooled Chillers have?

Some of the safety features found in air-cooled chillers include:

  • Capacity controls: maintain the temperature of the chilled air.
  • The refrigerant flows control: these protect the compressor.
  • Mechanical controls: these consist of how the system can be set to shut down in case the system fails.
  • High pressure cut out.
  • Low pressure cut out.
  • Low oil pressure cut out.

What Causes Chiller to Trip?

Some of the factors that can cause a chiller to trip include:

  • When the pressure is high and can cause structural failure.
  • The oil pressure is low and can cause damage to the bearings.
  • When the chiller experiences an overcharge.
  • When there is high ambient temperature, air, or other incompressible gases.
  • When there is an obstruction in the discharge line of the compressor.
  • When the air-cooled chiller experiences freezing.
  • To protect the air-cooled chiller from the ingress of air into the system.
  • To avoid leaked oil going to the evaporator.
  • When there is short-circuiting.

At What Temperature do Air Cooled Chiller Operate?

Air-cooled chiller mostly operates at room temperature depending on where there are used.

Some industrial air-cooled chillers operate at a minimum ambient temperature of -12 degrees with a maximum ambient temperature of 57 degrees.

How do you Know Air Cooled Chiller Power Consumption?

The electrical power demand of the air-cooled chiller to produce this is 460kW.

The metric calculation would be: 2,500kW / 460kW = 5.4 so the COP is 5.4.

This means that for every 1kW of electricity you put into the machine, you will produce 5.4kW of cooling.

Absorption chillers are often rated in fuel consumption per ton cooling.

With the information in this guide, you can definitely choose high-performance air-cooled chillers for your applications.

For any questions or inquiries, contact TopChiller technical team now.


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