How to Select the Right Heat Exchanger

In applications where heat may be produced or collected as a byproduct of operations or as a result of an environment, it may be very important to have proper thermal management to protect sensitive components and assemblies from the effect of high temperatures. When such needs arise, components like heat exchangers are used, those of which serve to efficiently transfer heat between mediums. With heat exchangers coming in diverse forms to accommodate needs ranging from the cooling of refrigerators to car engines, it can be a somewhat daunting process to find which is the right choice for your needs when you are more unfamiliar with the market. In this blog, we will discuss the most common factors you should consider when on the hunt for the right fit to help you.

One of the first questions that you should ask yourself when exploring options is what application you want the heat exchanger to support. For example, does your application feature any form of condensing or boiling? Based on these answers, you may need to choose specific heat exchangers to ensure proper operations and conditions are upheld. Alongside this, you should also consider the operating specifications that will need to be met by the heat exchanger. Generally, the most important specifications to keep in mind are the types of pressures and temperatures ranges that will be faced during processes to ensure that the heat exchanger can handle them without fail.

Similar to operating specifications, heat exchangers may be affected by their material of construction. For instance, some materials may face varying levels of thermal stress when they encounter rapid temperature or pressure changes, so if these are a possibility, the material with the right resistances will be needed. Materials will also need to be chosen based on the thermal fluid present if fluids are used, as corrosion may quickly cause a loss in performance.

Beyond the specific materials and resistances of a particular heat exchanger, one must also contend with basic factors such as space, cost, and scalability. For space, it is important to determine your system’s layout and floor plan, ensuring that there is enough headroom for the heat exchanger to perform optimally. As heat exchangers may vary in their performance and features, cost can also be something that one must balance effectively. Lastly, if the heat exchanger is assisting the operations of a system that you will eventually expand and enhance, it can be a worthwhile investment to have a heat exchanger that will still be viable after expansion.

When you are in the market for high-quality heat exchanger types that you can steadily rely on, look no further than Integrated Parts Sourcing for all your operational needs. Here, we stock items that are new, used, obsolete, and hard-to-find, and they all trace back to leading manufacturers that we trust. Please note that all listed parts on our website are ready for purchase at any time, and you may begin the process through the submission of a completed RFQ form as provided on our website. With the information that you offer us, we will craft a customized quote for your comparisons and present it to you within 15 minutes or less. Get in touch with a team member today and see how we can serve you as your strategic sourcing partner.


Semiconductor's Certifications and Memberships
The only independent
distributor with a
  • All Orders are fulfilled in the U.S.A.
  • All shipments must comply with U.S.A export laws.
  • No exceptions.

“We Proudly Support Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund that serves United States Military Personal experiencing the Invisible Wounds of War : Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Please visit website ( and help in their valiant effort”.

Thank You for Visiting.

We Hope that You Will Visit Us Again the Next Time You Need NSN Parts and Make Us Your Strategic Purchasing Partner.

Request for Quote

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.