Cost of Running a Chiller

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  1. Riekert Botha

    Riekert Botha

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    Does anybody know how much it would cost to run a chiller (for example for a 1000L tank) for one month?
     
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    To many variables to give an accurate answer.
    Depends on room temp, how many times a day the chiller will start up ..How long it wil run etc etc
    But they really aren't very exspensive to run. Much cheaper than an aircon for example
    But an ac are so much nicer :cool:
     
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    In your case it would be considerably more than normal as you are intending on keeping a cold water tank, so I'm assuming the chiller would be on almost 24/7?
     
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    The water needs to be between 14-16 degrees so I'm guessing at least 50% of the day (in winter maybe less).
     
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    Ok Viper is correct. ..
    I forgot it's a cold water system.
    Keeping you're water at that temp is going to be challenging
    The further down from ambient temp you have to go the bigger you're chiller needs to be.
    Chillers are all rated at the system volume it can handle but you will need to know how far below ambient temp it can bring a certain volume of water.
    My chiller for example are rated up to 1000L and you can set it down to 3°c...but it will never reach that temp. I doubt it if it would be able to bring my 800L system down to 16°c.
    Maybe install the aquarium in a room where you can install a inverter ac .
    That way you can keep the room down to let's say 20°c and then the chiller only needs to drop the tank a further 4-5 degrees.
    Also seriously consider if possible to move the chiller away from your tank because they really do generate a lot of heat.
    Just my 2cents
     
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    So I need a chiller for 2000L or two 1000L's
     
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    Yip at least.
    What brand and model are you looking at?
     
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    Nella, please help me with that. I don't want the Mercedes-kind, but a good reliable Toyota-kind will do!
     
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    Off topic..but running your tank at that temp will create alot of condensation on the glass.
     
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    It probably depends on the ambient room temp? But lets say it does occur - any advice?
     
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    Any habitable ambient temp wil cause condensation. Cold water tanks are usually made of thick acrylic because it's a better insulator than glass
     
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    Goodness... And now..... Im sure there is something one can apply like a glass cleaner or such that could help prevent it?
     
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    You must be careful using glass cleaner near your tank.

    I once accidentally sprayed some in the tank and had major issues!!
     
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    I would suggest to make a post in the sponsers request section with all the details......certain you will get the right answers there.
    But I will do some homework as well
     
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