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Air cooled chillers are a common type of liquid chiller because they are simple to install, easy to maintain, and typically less expensive than water-cooled chillers and evaporation-cooled chillers. Air coolers eliminate the need for a cooling tower or condenser water pump, so they often take up less space than other types as well. Read More…

Air Cooled Chillers Air cooled chillers use air to absorb heat from a process liquid and transfer it into the atmosphere. Air cooled chillers are one of three major types of liquid chillers, providing a straightforward chilling option used in many industrial applications. The other two types of chiller are water-cooled chillers and evaporation-cooled chillers.
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Houston, TX  |  800-473-9178

Founded in the late 1970’s, Cold Shot Chillers has been a designer & liquid chillers manufacturer. Our liquid chillers are of the best quality, offered at low costs with long warranties. Our company's focus is to provide flexible cooling solutions for all industries through the use of high quality components. We serve plastic processing, food & beverage & metal finishing industries and much more.

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Richfield, WI  |  800-733-4204

Delta T Systems manufactures top quality, safe, dependable and energy efficient chiller equipment. We offer different chillers, pump tanks and various series of temperature control systems. You will find our company easy to work with and highly responsive to whatever your needs may be. Call us today to see what we can do for your application!

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Delta T Systems, Inc. $$$

Niles, IL  |  888-764-1428

Since 1969, Thermal Care has been a leading manufacturer of portable and central chillers in air cooled, water cooled, and remote condenser models.

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Thermal Care, Inc. $$$

Kalamazoo, MI  |  800-968-5665

We have manufacturing experiences dating back to 1952 and over the years Glen Dimplex Thermal Solutions has grown in an international provider of high quality chillers. We operate out of an ISO-9001 facility and our teams work hard to bring you the very best chillers. Our teams will even work with you to create a custom chiller. Please give us a call today!

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Glen Dimplex Thermal Solutions $$$

Waltham, MA  |  800-678-5599

Experience reliable and consistent temperature control as well as unmatched customer service when you choose Thermo Fisher Scientific. Our air-cooled chillers are durable, have user-friendly features, and are designed to remain quiet over its entire operating range. Our ThermoFlex™ Recirculating Chiller is configurable and have a cooling capacity up to 24,000 watts (81,948 btu/hr). Contact us today and a representative will find a chiller that’s right for you.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific $$$

Mansfield, MA  |  800-960-1036

Thermonics® offers a range of process chillers for low (-40°C) and ultra-low (-100°C) temperature cooling. Products include air- and water-cooled chillers, and cryogenic chillers for cooling gasses and fluids. Chillers are compatible with a variety of heat transfer fluids delivering cooling capacities up to 25kW at -90°C, satisfying demands for industrial and mil/aero applications. We are a USA based manufacturer with ISO and ITAR registrations.

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Thermonics Chillers $$$

Pacific , MO  |  314-353-1712

KR Products has been a leading manufacturer specializing in liquid chillers and water towers. Chillers are available in package or split units ranging from 2-60 tons. The 230 volt 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 package or split units are usually stock items are available for immediate shipment.

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KR Products, Inc. $$$

Miami Gardens, FL  |  305-887-5449

Universal Chilling Systems offers a range of units, seamlessly designed to serve a variety of industries, including metal working, die-casting, machine tooling, chemical processing, food and beverage processing, and more. Founded by three colleagues with over 75 years of experience in the plastic industry, Universal Chilling Systems produces units that include all major components in an efficient design. Available applications include air cooled, low temperature, and water cooled, with typical capacities ranging from 5 to 40 tons.

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However, air cooled chillers require more power to operate, typically consuming approximately 10% more power than a water cooled unit. This is because of the need for higher condensing temperatures (120° F to 140° F), combined with the fact that dry surfaces transfer heat less efficiently than wet surfaces.

Large air cooled chillers are usually placed outdoors. Since the heat from the process liquid is transferred into the air, air cooled chillers can be used strategically in systems in which the additional heat they discharge is beneficial. For instance, the hot air produced by air cooled chillers can be directed to help heat facilities during the winter. Air cooled chillers can be used for applications including troughs, tanks, nozzles, mixers, rolls, air coils and radiators, lasers, molds and dies, among others.

Air cooled chillers work by piping a refrigerant through a condenser coil and blowing air through the coil in order to condense the refrigerant and dispel the heat into the atmosphere. The cooled refrigerant can then be sent back through to where the heat is being generated so as to continue its job of cooling.

Air cooled chillers are designed to lower the temperature of any liquid such as water, chemical coolants, oil, brine, alcohol, acids, and other fluids, although water and water mixed with a coolant additive are by far the most common. These coolants can in turn be used to cool various processes or my be used to cool and dehumidify air for air conditioning systems.

Industrial air cooled chillers look like large air conditioning units, and are measured in terms of cooling capacity by tons, ranging from small, portable 1/4 ton units to over 1200 tons. Air cooled chillers vary in their condenser flow rates and evaporator flow rates, both of which are measured in gallons per minute, or gpm.

Other specifications to look at include its power source, cooling capacity, fluid discharge temperature, compressor motor horsepower, and the range of ambient temperatures at which the chiller can operate. All told, air cooled chillers can provide simple and effective solutions for many process cooling needs.

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