The cost of heating an ice rink can account for up to more than half of operating expenses. Keeping ice rink spectators warm while ensuring that the ice is kept cold can be a challenge. As this article discusses, balancing the heat load with the refrigeration load in your ice rink chiller is key to … Continue reading How to Lower Ice Rink Heating Costs
Balancing heat and cold: that is one of the biggest challenges of ice rink chillers. Arenas obviously create a cold atmosphere. Providing an indoor air temperature which is comfortable for spectators while also maintaining the cold temperatures needed to keep the surface skateable can be taxing on an ice rink refrigeration system.
Our industrial chiller maintenance experts have been installing and servicing outdoor ice rinks in Toronto and beyond for decades. Warmer winter temperatures have led many municipalities to put in ice rink refrigeration systems as a way of extending the outdoor skating season for residents. As time goes on we have noticed some common “myths” ice … Continue reading 3 Myths Ice Rink Owners Believe About Outdoor Ice Rink Maintenance
With warmer weather here, it’s the perfect time to check off your condenser and evaporator fan coil maintenance from your refrigeration maintenance to do list. Dirty HVAC and refrigeration evaporator coils and condenser coils can reduce system efficiency by up to 70%! This dramatically increases operating costs and reduces the life expectancy of your refrigeration system. … Continue reading Preventative Refrigeration Maintenance for Fan Coil Units
Preventing Ammonia Leaks: 6 Questions Chilling System Operators Need to Answer A recent ammonia refrigeration leak in British Columbia has resulted in the tragic death of three ice rink workers and the evacuation of an entire community. This devastating news is sobering to those of us who work in chilling system industries. We are likely … Continue reading Ammonia Leak Prevention for Chilling Systems
Oil draining is a simple, but very important, maintenance task for your industrial refrigeration system. It should be performed on a regular schedule or as required based on the type of compressors used in the system. If refrigerant or chiller oil is not drained, it will replace the liquid refrigerant in the evaporator, causing poor … Continue reading Why Draining Refrigerant Oil Should be a Regular Maintenance Task and How to Do It Safely
When the weather warms outside and business slows indoors, ice rink operators intuitively know that this is the time to tackle those ice rink chiller maintenance tasks that are hard to tend to during the busy season. However, details as to what exactly those tasks are and how (as well as how often) they should … Continue reading Top 3 Ice Rink Chiller Maintenance Questions Asked During the Off Season
Whether you are operating a stand-alone ice rink, a sports multiplex, or a professional sports venue, the question how best to dispose of a resurfacer’s ice shavings is one that all ice-rink managers must answer. Efficiently and safely maintaining a smooth and solid ice surface is at the core of all ice rink operations. This … Continue reading Disposing of Chiller Ice Rink Shavings: What Ice Rink Managers Should Think for Keeping Ice Rinks Running Efficiently
The industrial chilling system at the heart of your food and beverage processing plant is likely the highest consumer of energy in your facility, but how confident are you that it is operating at peak performance? Even the smallest reductions in industrial refrigeration efficiencies can incur great costs both financially, and in terms of food … Continue reading Keeping Food and Beverage Chilling Systems Operating at Peak Performance
Recently, a study was conducted which concluded that poor, old or substandard labeling on pipes and equipment can cause corrosion issues. This study was commissioned by the US Chemical Safety Board, but it is very much applicable to the machines we service here at Industrial Refrigerated Systems Ltd. What is corrosion? Pipe corrosion can take … Continue reading Did You Know Labels Can Cause a Corrosion Issue?