Perhaps the most sensible way to cool your home is to use your home's heating apparatus. Heat pumps can work in exactly this fashion. This device exchanges warmer and cooler air particles between your home and the outside air, allowing you to create a comfortable environment inside your home without the need of generating your own source of heat and cold. The one major drawback of heat pumps is that they tend to be inadequate in extremely cold or hot temperatures, which Portland essentially never sees. The only reason many homeowners don't have heat pumps in their homes is that they already have a forced air heating system. Thus, the best time to install air conditioning for your home is when your heating system fails.
The Refrigeration Loop is a closed system and refrigerant should never have to be added to the unit unless there is a leak. Most residential units use R-22/R410A refrigerant. Prices of R-22/R410A are rising every year as we get closer to the date when refrigerant manufacturers will no longer be able to make R-22/R410A. Phase-out of R-22, an HCFC, begins in 2010 and expected to be complete by 2020.). Furthermore, make sure you ask what the service company charges for R-22 when you are calling an HVAC contractor.
Multiple inventions within this time frame preceded the beginnings of first comfort air conditioning system, which was designed in 1902 by Alfred Wolff (Cooper, 2003) for the New York Stock Exchange, while Willis Carrier equipped the Sacketts-Wilhems Printing Company with the process AC unit the same year. Coyne College was the first school to offer HVAC training in 1899.
Our experienced technicians know how best to repair and maintain an HVAC system, keeping your family safe and your system running efficiently. Our team can also identify potential problems, addressing them before they cause serious damage to your system. Instead of attempting a repair yourself, have one of Brubaker Inc.’s trained technicians look at your system for you.
If you have a good HVAC contractor they should offer an annual preventive maintenance agreement where they will perform semi-annual maintenance, once in the Spring and once in the Fall, to service your heating and cooling system. The typical maintenance agreement usually guarantees the HVAC contractor will provide service and parts at a discount rate if the listed equipment fails. Some contractors will even give you after hours service with no extra overtime charge as is the case with most other customers.
Believe it or not, the evaporator coils inside the AHU (Air Handling Unit) are freezing. You may notice the refrigerant lines on the condenser or at the AHU are frozen with ice build-up. The frost or ice builds up on the evaporator coils and blocks air flow (low air flow and no cooling are a sign of a low charge). A low refrigerant charge will cause the evaporator coil to operate at or below freezing. Since the coil typically operates below the dew point, it draws condensation out of the air. When the evaporator coil begins operating below freezing all this condensation freezes to the evaporator coil and the unit stops cooling.
Before you service an air conditioner, make sure the unit is turned completely off by unplugging or shutting off the circuit breaker. Then, rake off any debris from the unit and use a soft brush to remove dirt from the outside cover. If the small copper pipe connecting the unit to the house feels hot, the unit’s coils likely needs to be washed. Remove the outside cover, cover the motor and wiring with a plastic sheet, and hose down the fins, coils, and inside of the unit. Finally, replace the cover when you’re done.
With chilly weather on its way back to Boise, furnace and heating repair may not be the first thing you think about, but maybe it should be. Sure, it’s easy for us to sit here and tell you to schedule annual furnace service, but it’s only because we want to help you avoid a heating breakdown during the coldest day of the year in Boise. Day or night, our HVAC professionals are here to make sure you have a comfortable home, and can help get your furnace back working in no time.
Repairs—If something appears to be not working right with your heating and cooling, a professional will examine the whole health of your system. It’s easy to hop on the internet and research information to find our own conclusions, but there could be an additional component or reason why your system isn’t working properly that isn’t clear or recognizable. Consider our own health concerns—you might check out your symptoms online to try and draw your conclusions, but it’s always best to make an appointment with a doctor to receive an expert opinion.