Recreational Ice Rink Chiller Systems

Today’s recreational ice facilities demand the highest standards when it comes to engineering ice rink refrigeration systems.  To exceed stakeholder’s expectations and meet government regulatory compliance, recreation ice facilities look to Berg Chilling Systems Inc. for total chilling solutions.

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Recreational Ice Rink Chiller Systems

For 45 years, Berg has provided industrial process temperature control solutions with chilling, pumping, and freezing equipment to achieve superior curling and skating ice surfaces for the global ice rink equipment market. Berg’s experienced engineers custom design and fabricate chilling, pumping, and heat recovery equipment in collaboration with our customers to meet their economic and functional challenges. This cooperative approach produces engineered innovations that consistently result in improved operational competitiveness for our customers.

Whether you are building a rink or upgrading your mechanical room, you expect reliability, durability, and cost-saving operations.  Berg sales engineers stay up-to-date with the leading technology, best practices, and the need for customer safety. With Berg solutions, your ice will always be ready for your community when they want it.

Custom-made Recreational Ice Systems 

  • Designed for your rink's specific needs in collaboration with your in-house experts
  • Ammonia and synthetic refrigerants
  • Optimized for your facility
  • Energy-saving efficiency
  • Built-up or skid-mounted systems
  • Turnkey start-up and operations
  • 24/7 expert service


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A Custom Solution to Meet All Your Ice Making Needs

Whether you are in need of a synthetic ice cooling system for hockey ice rinks, curling rinks or outdoor skating rinks, tap Berg to design and manufacture an ice rink chilling system that will be a trusted backbone of your operation for years to come. We will help you select the optimal refrigerant type for to meet your application’s economic and functional needs, whether it is freon, ammonia or carbon dioxide. Plus, our custom, skid mounted or built up design enables the flexibility to allow you to maintain a compact footprint and integrate the chilling system into your existing facility.

Berg recreational ice chiller systems come equipped with high system efficiency features and high efficiency motors, have 100% heat recovery capability, include low refrigerant charge, brine or glycol pumping stations, an integrated ice rink and central rink controllers, built up system redundancy, and are factory performance and functional tested prior to shipment to ensure reduced on-site assembly and minimal disruption to your operation.

You can also order your ice rink equipment with refrigerant leak detection, and floating head pressure. Berg can also supply desuperheater heat exchangers, snow melt coils, fast ice removal heat exchangers and dehumidification systems.

Freon Ice Rink Packages

  • Compact screw compressors
  • High efficiency brazed plate evaporator
  • Heavy duty air cooled condenser
  • ASME high pressure receivers
  • Suction accumulator with boil out coil
  • Centrifugal glycol pump with standby
  • Free heater water tank
  • Low ambient control
  • Modulating hot gas bypass
  • Free heater water tank
  • Steel structural base frame
  • Berg ice rink chiller controller
  • Outdoor & portable designs
  • Water cooled packages available


  • Prewired packages
  • 460 / 575 / 230 / 380 Volts 60 / 50 Hz
  • 120 Volt single phase control Voltage
  • Microprocessor controller
  • Safety and freeze-up controls
  • VFD pumps and motors available
  • Operating and fail lights
  • Heat traced outdoor units
  • UL or CSA approved components

Ammonia Ice Rink Packages

  • Open drive screw compressors
  • High efficiency plate and frame evaporator
  • Insulated surge drum with safety controls
  • Centrifugal glycol pump with standby
  • Glycol filter bypass and strainer
  • Water cooled or evaporative condenser
  • Floating head pressure
  • Evaporative condenser VFD fans
  • Shell and tube oil cooler
  • Oil pot with automatic oil return system
  • Free heater water tank or desuperheater
  • Heat reclaim capability
  • Pumps for oil cooler, underfloor and snow melt pit
  • Berg ice rink chiller controller will all safety cut-outs
  • Integrated leak detection system
  • Optional fast ice removal system

Ice Rink System ControllerIce Rink Controller | Berg Chilling Systems

  • Reliable, efficient microprocessor based system
  • Single or dual ice rink operation
  • LCD graphic display with colour touch screen
  • Facility planner provides a monthly calendar
  • Temperature and pressure trending
  • Heat recovery control
  • Optional leak detection integration
  • Chillers, includes all required safety alarms and controls
  • Remote access capability

Heat Reclaim

Ice Rink Heat Recovery Design | Berg Chilling Systems

Floor & Headers

Large capacity water filtration equipment produces deionized water, which is essential for making clear ice. Underneath the floor at the arena, you’ll find a refrigeration system similar the ones Berg Produces on this page. This system consists of three main pieces:

  • Water or air cooled ice rink chiller
  • Steel pipes with thousands of welds
  • Brine water (an antifreeze agent)

Typically, 8 km (5 miles) of steel pipe wind under the rink in the arena (A), removing heat from the concrete slab (C).  Refrigeration chiller equipment cools brine water to -9°C (16°F) and provides cooling.  The brine water’s chemical properties keep it from freezing. To freeze the rink surface, the system pumps chilled brine water through the pipes and then onto the ice-bearing concrete slab. The brine water is pumped into the pipes (B) embedded in the ice-bearing concrete slab (C). The ice-bearing slab sits between the skating surface (D) and a layer of insulation (E), which allows the ice to expand and contract as temperatures and time demand. The brine water helps maintain the ice-bearing slab’s temperature just below 0°C (32°F) so that the water spread onto it can freeze. Beneath the layer of insulation, a heated concrete layer (F) keeps the ground below the ice from freezing and expanding, eliminating the potential for cracking damage to the rink structure. The entire ice rink sits on a base layer of gravel and sand (G) which has a groundwater drain at the bottom. To defrost the skating surface, the brine water is heated and pumped through the ice-bearing concrete slab. This heats the under-layer of the ice, making it easier to break up and remove with front-end loaders.

Custom Engineered

Berg engineers work with you to custom design the ice rink chiller system that will meet your economic and functional needs.

24/7 Technical & Service Support

Berg is available to you 24/7 for technical and service support.

Energy Efficient

All of Berg’s ice rink chillers come equipped with high system efficiency features.