Chiller in a cabinet?

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Hiya,

How safe would it be for the chiller to be inside a cabinet? There will be 2 open sides just covered with diamond mesh. I've heard chillers are claustrophobic and does not like small spaces.

I've got a friend that would like to stick his chiller into his aquarium cabinet, but he is not sure how safe it is and what damage it might do to the chiller.


All guru's please speak up
 
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Vic chillers prefer to have lots of ventilation around them. The compressor gets warm and needs ventalation to prevent it from overheating.
If the cabinet is well ventilated then it should be ok.
Also remember that the ambient temperature around the chiller wil effect the thermostat if it gets too warm which will cause the chiller to be in accurate.
 

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Not a good idea at all. Even having it in a room with little ventilation isn't good. Best is to have it outside somewhere...

If you absolutely must have it in the ventilated cabinet try get one rated for close to 2 times the tank volume.
 
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Thanks for the advice. I'll tell my friend that the cabinet idea ain't good.

What do you guys think about having it outside with 6m pipes to the tank? Or will the effeciency be no good?
 

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The efficiency should be better than if it were in a cabinet. Insulating the pipes can help. Having the chiller controlled by a temperature controller or aquarium computer would also be a lot more accurate because it measures the tank temp instead of the water after 6m of pipe temp. If the flow rate is kept up and the pipes insulated it shouldn't be too inaccurate though.
 
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i had the problem where the fish were all enjoying the cool water and i was sweating.... my front glass also missted up due to condensation....

most chillers have a safety and switch off when they get too warm thus protecting themselves..

my advice position outside..
 
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I Had my chiller in my cabinet for a while. I had to buy two 120mm computer fans, installed it at the back of the cabinet, exacly were the radiator was . It worked ok , But is defenetly better outside of the cabinet. You will also see in the specs of the chiller the amount of free air , or how far it must stand from anny walls.
 

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