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Old 08/08/2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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How long do new JBJ Chillers last?

Do aquarium chillers last more then two years or do they typically break after the warranty runs out? I bought a jbj 1/5 HP 1.5 Years ago and wonder if it's reliable enough to keep a few more years?


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Old 08/08/2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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My arctics 1/10 has been running for 6 years. I just back flush it twice a year and clean the air filter. It's been running a little louder the last year, so maybe the compressor is getting tired. It's not too loud though. It's just something I've noticed for a while.


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Old 08/09/2013, 01:15 AM   #3
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I have had my chiller for over eight years and it is still running strong. At the beginning of the year, I would back flush my chiller and clean out the coils.


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Old 08/09/2013, 04:02 AM   #4
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I used my 1/10th hp JBJ for about 4 years and it's still working for the person I sold it to 4 years ago (so 8 years total). And it was way more quiet than a couple of other chillers I have owned. Now I have a 1hp AquaEuro hasn't missed a beat in 4 years and it sits outside on the north wall (shady) of the house in SW Florida! But the last 8 months it hasn't had to work very hard because I switched from MH to led. So it runs about 10%-20% as much as it did before (we keep our house at 80F over night and 84F in the afternoon, so the chiller does still have some work to do in the summertime).


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Old 08/09/2013, 07:31 AM   #5
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I have had three chillers in my reefing career. Never was particularly diligent about maintaining them, kept them outside (though protected from rain) and ran them pretty hard - even so, got 6 years out of the first two, and sold the third after 4 years.


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Old 08/09/2013, 08:37 AM   #6
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I got a old drop it about 15 years old. Works like a champ. Actually froze my sump close to solid once.


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Old 08/09/2013, 08:42 AM   #7
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I ran my 1/5 hp JBJ for 5 years with hardly any care other than clean the filter not very often. Never any problems.


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Old 08/09/2013, 10:45 AM   #8
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I ran my 1/4hp for 2-3 years and it ran like a champ. The guy I sold it to has been running it for nearly a year now. Still running strong.


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Old 08/09/2013, 10:53 AM   #9
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I have had my chiller for over eight years and it is still running strong. At the beginning of the year, I would back flush my chiller and clean out the coils.
What do mean .....back flush my chiller ?
I think I never do that in 3 years....I just clean the air filter every week.
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What do mean .....back flush my chiller ?
I think I never do that in 3 years....I just clean the air filter every week.
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disconnecting the feed pump and put it on the outflow side. The lines build up sludge after a while which will effect the performance. If you put it on the outflow it will blow most of the sludge out the other end.


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Old 08/09/2013, 03:09 PM   #11
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disconnecting the feed pump and put it on the outflow side. The lines build up sludge after a while which will effect the performance. If you put it on the outflow it will blow most of the sludge out the other end.
Yes, that is it. It is just preventive maintenance because I think most of us don't want to drop $500 to $600 on a replacement chiller.


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Old 08/09/2013, 05:28 PM   #12
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Ok thanks!
So.I will try it tonight....I will plug the feeding pump in the outflow side...and all the scrap will go out by inflow plug.
That it that all ??
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Old 08/09/2013, 06:24 PM   #13
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I pull my wife chiller an fill it with vinegar. The cold seems to cause calcium deposits.


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