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Hunt is on for oldest working York chiller in the country

Finder of oldest verified chiller will win a day out at Brands Hatch

Manufacturer Johnson Controls is appealing for chiller detectives to help it find the oldest working York-branded chiller in the country. 

John Pritchard, who leads Johnson Controls HVAC Parts Division said the quest is prompted by the reliability of the product: “If maintained and serviced regularly with genuine York parts, the chillers can keep providing reliable service for a great deal longer than the industry-expected life-span. The question is, how long?”.

The firm believes there are around 10,000 York chillers in service in the UK and Ireland, of which many are expected to have exceeded the average working life of between 15 to 20 years.

To provide a conclusive answer, the company is launching the competition, with the finder of the oldest verified working York chiller receiving a prize of a day out at the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.

Each chiller has a unique serial number, found on the data plate, normally located inside the chiller control panel, which enables its year of manufacture to be identified.

Chiller detectives are invited to send a picture of the data plate together with a brief description of the chiller’s location and application, so that Johnson Controls can verify the information.

Mr Pritchard said:. “Early York chillers were painted in a Caribbean Blue livery, before moving to what the company called Desert Tan, a mid-beige, in 1998. People should keep their eyes peeled for blue machines, as these go back to the early days. Older machines may be centrifugal chillers, perhaps operating away unobtrusively in basement plant rooms. Due to the inconvenience of replacing them, these machines may have been carefully maintained over the years. Many such chillers were installed during the initial construction stage of a building, with walls and floors constructed around them. It will be fascinating to see how far back the winning chiller goes.”

Entries should be sent to: alpesh.trivedi@jci.com, using the subject line “Oldest York chiller”. Entrants should provide a picture of the chiller’s data plate, a short description of its location and application, and name, address and contact details. The deadline for entries is 5.00pm on 17th February.

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