In the UK, the Ozone Regulations came into force in 2000 and banned the use of ozone depleting HCFC refrigerants such as R22 in new systems. The Regulation banned the use of R22 as a "top-up" fluid for maintenance between 2010 (for virgin fluid) and 2015 (for recycled fluid). This means that equipment that uses R22 can still operate, as long as it does not leak. Although R22 is now banned, units that use the refrigerant can still be serviced and maintained.
With a modern heat pump system installation, you’ll enjoy benefits such as exceptional efficiency and maximum temperature control all year round. These innovative systems combine both heating and cooling into one compact system. The technicians from Sky Heating & Air Conditioning are highly qualified and experienced in heat pump maintenance, repairs, and installations, so you can feel confident in our services. We specialize in WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump systems, which offer unprecedented efficiency and energy savings. Browse our website or give us a call today to learn even more!
Although HVAC is executed in individual buildings or other enclosed spaces (like NORAD's underground headquarters), the equipment involved is in some cases an extension of a larger district heating (DH) or district cooling (DC) network, or a combined DHC network. In such cases, the operating and maintenance aspects are simplified and metering becomes necessary to bill for the energy that is consumed, and in some cases energy that is returned to the larger system. For example, at a given time one building may be utilizing chilled water for air conditioning and the warm water it returns may be used in another building for heating, or for the overall heating-portion of the DHC network (likely with energy added to boost the temperature).
Heat pumps and electric furnaces usually have steam humidifiers to increase output. They are line voltage powered and must be unplugged or disconnected before servicing to avoid injury. With the exception of some mist type humidifiers, all have a reservoir. Stagnant water sitting in the reservoir during the off season can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Turn the water off and clean the humidifier if possible when heating season has ended.
Replacement of air filters: dirty filters can lower your unit’s efficiency and cause damage. You can perform monthly checks and cleanings yourself. If your AC is in constant use, you’ll need to replace the filters once per month to keep the unit running properly. Filters typically cost $15-$60. Some filters are reusable, and only need regular cleaning.
The cost of service varies widely from one region to the next so it is next to impossible to give you prices for air conditioning service. The best way to check prices is to shop around. Be aware though that sometimes the cheapest price for HVAC air conditioning and heating service and repair is not always the best way to go. Your main concern should be getting knowledgeable HVAC service technicians, reliability, punctuality, honesty, integrity, and guaranteed work.
Believe it or not, your HVAC system can affect your health. Because the air is recycled in a contained space, airborne particulates like pet dander, allergens, mold, fungi, cleaning chemicals, and more can become a major issue. We specialize in ensuring the indoor air quality of your Northern Virginia home is of the highest level. To this end, we offer a full line of indoor air quality products and services, including air purifiers, ventilators, humidifiers, UV lamps, and air duct cleaning. Our qualified technicians are trained to ensure your family breathes easily.
AC air handler squealing or grinding noises. Though most air handlers have direct-drive motors, some older units may be belt-driven. Squealing sounds from a belt-drive air handler generally occur when the belt that connects the motor to the blower slips. In most cases, the belt is improperly aligned or worn and needs replacement. Follow the instructions above under Air Conditioner Not Blowing Air and refer to your owner’s manual.
The contactor (relay) and start/run capacitor(s) (see illustration below) fail most often and are inexpensive. So it’s a safe bet to buy and install those parts right away, especially if your air conditioning service unit is older than five years. The condenser fan motor can also fail, but it runs about $150 — hold off buying that unless you’re sure that’s the culprit.