Category Archives: Maintenance Tips

October Marks the Anniversary of the Fernie Memorial Arena Ammonia Incident

Ice Rink Safety Series: Part 1 of 3 October 17th marks the one-year anniversary of the Fernie Memorial Arena ammonia  incident that resulted in three fatalities (Lloyd Smith, Wayne Hornquist and Jason Podloski) and the evacuation of 95 residents from nearby homes. Each man is missed by friends and family, and our sincere condolences go … Continue reading October Marks the Anniversary of the Fernie Memorial Arena Ammonia Incident

Do You Have an Ice Rink Air Quality Management Program?

Do you know what the air quality is like in your recreational ice rink facility? The truth is, most ice rink managers don’t. Unfortunately, there are no Federal Regulations for indoor air quality for ice rink carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide exposure. Recreational facility professionals often don’t know that their facility has an air quality … Continue reading Do You Have an Ice Rink Air Quality Management Program?

stack of four record keeping books for industrial refrigeration

Why Keeping Logbooks is Essential to Industrial Refrigeration Installation and Maintenance

Are you keeping your logbooks up to date? The TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) requires you to keep records of industrial refrigeration installation and regular maintenance. This is a critical component of facilities management and has two key functions. A Record of Service on Industrial Refrigeration Systems Protects from Liability The first function is … Continue reading Why Keeping Logbooks is Essential to Industrial Refrigeration Installation and Maintenance

Recommended Spare Parts for Your Refrigeration System

If downtime means a loss of production for you company, you may want to consider keeping an inventory of spare parts for your refrigeration system. While purchasing spare parts may seem like a large expense upon initial purchase, their costs are minuscule compared to the cost of downtime. Refrigeration System Downtime Horror Story A production … Continue reading Recommended Spare Parts for Your Refrigeration System

Draining the refrigerant oil from your chilling system

5 Ways to Increase Chilling System Efficiency and Decrease Operating Costs

Spring is finally here, and with it, heat and dust. These contribute to an increased workload on your chilling system, lowering efficiency and costing you more money. That’s why spring is a great time for plant managers and ice rink technicians to start thinking about annual chiller maintenance tasks and ways to improve their industrial … Continue reading 5 Ways to Increase Chilling System Efficiency and Decrease Operating Costs

Shutting Down Your Ice Rink Refrigeration System

It’s that time of year again, the time when the weather finally starts to get warmer and it becomes necessary to shut down your ice rink refrigeration system. While there are some maintenance tasks you can do on your ice rink refrigeration system, having it shut down for the season is something you should trust … Continue reading Shutting Down Your Ice Rink Refrigeration System

Optimizing the Compressor Life of Chilling Systems

A compressor is a vital part of an industrial chilling system. It compresses the gas and moves the refrigerant around the chilling system. As long as the compressor is running it will impose a force on the refrigerant to continue circulating around the loop and continue removing heat from one location and rejecting it into another … Continue reading Optimizing the Compressor Life of Chilling Systems

Insulation for Refrigeration Systems

Insulation performs a vital role in limiting heat gains in an industrial refrigeration system, ensuring that the compressor load does not become excessive. It can typically be found on piping between the evaporator, the compressor, accompanying vessels and auxiliary equipment. Insulation is also used to conserve energy, prevent condensation or ice formation and minimize corrosion. … Continue reading Insulation for Refrigeration Systems