- As you know, the fan that was integral to the cooling tower that provided air conditioning to the Sanctuary rusted out and disintegrated nearly 2 weeks ago. We learned that this fan has a life expectancy of only 6-7 years, so the 5 years ours had been in operation was brief, but not extraordinary. Our HVAC maintenance company, Bradley-Sciocchetti managed to get the part and get it installed in less than two weeks. In addition, they spent two days dismantling all the pieces of the fan assembly and cleaning 5 years of accumulated debris and sludge from the bottom of the cooling tower. They also installed a new bearing and shaft, since the existing bearing was showing signs of wear and squealing from time to time.
All of this should cost around $7,000 for parts and labor, an expense we had not budgeted for in a year in which we tried to tighten the budget. God was good to us, with the extended cool weather. Now we enter the hottest part of the summer confident that we should have consistent air conditioning. For another 6-7 years.