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What do you think the reasonable life expectacy of a Trane

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What do you think the reasonable life expectacy of a Trane rotary 100 ton chiller should be?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: I represent a church and we've been told that the useful life is between 10 & 15 years.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: no with a HVAC Company
JA: Are you an HVAC professional?
Customer: no represent the church
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: just an answer to my original question about the life expectancy.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Brian HVAC Guy replied 8 months ago.

Hi Kirk, I'm Brian and I'm here to help!

That depends on what model chiller you have. Is the chiller air or water cooled? In other words do you have a cooling tower outside and the chiller inside with water piping running between them or is the chiller a packaged system contained 100% outside with large air coils to cool the refrigerant?

Expert:  Brian HVAC Guy replied 8 months ago.

Further, if you have an air cooled packaged chiller system, the life expectancy will be affected by your geographic location. For instance if you are near a salt water coast, the life expectancy of an air cooled chiller goes down dramatically.

Expert:  Brian HVAC Guy replied 8 months ago.

But to answer your initial question without knowing the particulars, an air cooled package chiller used for comfort cooling (not a process chiller in industrial use) should have a life expectancy of 20 years (more with rigid preventative maintenance). If it is installed near a salt coast you can take 5 years off that value. A water cooled chiller should have a life expectancy of 30 years. However its cooling tower outside may not last as long, especially if you're near a salt coast.

Under NO circumstance should a 100 ton chiller for comfort cooling have a life expectancy of only 10 years!

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Expert:  Brian HVAC Guy replied 8 months ago.

If you saw that errant post, sorry, it was meant for another customer!