During heat pump operation, liquid freon from inside the unit is pumped
through the system and is turned into a heated gas. This happens when heat is taken from the surrounding air as it is drawn through the evaporator by the fan.
The compressor receives this warmer gas and compresses it to a higher
pressure, resulting in the freon reaching even higher temperatures. As the unit sends the heated gas through the heat exchanger, the gas gives up its heat to the surrounding water. The freon reverts to a liquid state as it gives up the heat to the pool water, which completes the cycle . The water , which is being forced through the heat exchanger by your pool pump, is heated by three to five degrees as it passes through and returned to your pool as heated water.
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As winter approaches, folks start turning on their central heating systems only to find that they aren’t working properly or that some bothersome knocking sound has returned. Corrosion, sludge, heat strip problems and other malfunctions cause both common and annoying problems.
It is vital that your system is maintenance annually to avoid costly repairs. During the maintenance the HVAC technician should check that your heat strip or heating element is working properly. Here in Southwest Florida, most of the systems are straight cool and the heating function is simply an electric heat strip that gets hot and then air is blown to distribute the heat.
Always remember that the first time that it is turned on it is ok to smell a burning odor for the first few minutes. Should you have concerns please turn the heat off and have a licensed HVAC technician perform the necessary tests to ensure that everything is operating properly.
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Heat Leakage: the heat that is conducted through the walls, ceilings, and floors. The total heat leakage that is lost in a home is usually lost in these areas:
Curb installations must comply with local codes and should follow the established guidelines of the National Roofing Contractors
Association. Proper unit installation requires that the roof curb be firmly and permanently attached to the roof structure.
Check for adequate fastening method prior to setting the unit on the curb.
Full perimeter roof curbs are available from the factory and are shipped unassembled. The installing contractor is responsible for
field assembly, squaring, leveling, and mounting on the roof structure. Always have a licensed HVAC contractor design and install your curb adapter.
Under no circumstances should you ever see water around the indoor unit. This is a sign that something is either dripping, leaking, or not draining. But don't panic, sometimes it can be a very minor problem. In the cooling mode, the indoor evaporator coil and the suction line (the large copper refrigerant line in black insulation) sweats.
That is part of the purpose of the black insulation, to keep the condensation from dripping. Sometimes if the insulation is missing or if it has open seems, it can cause dripping and obviously this is an easy fix.
The evaporator produces a lot of condensation (water) during the summer, which runs down the coil into a pan, then out to the drain. The drain goes either into the ground, outside the house, or into a condensate pump. Then in turn, the pump takes the water either outside the house or into a plumbing drain. If the coil is dirty, then the water, instead of running down the coil, will hit the dirt, then drip onto the floor. This is one reason why the coil should be cleaned annually, not to mention for efficiency reasons.
Most filters are easy to slide or swap out, and it’s one of the few things you can do to maintain your filter without the help of a Trane Comfort Specialist. However, it’s important to check your owner’s manual before performing any maintenance on your Trane or any air filter.
How often do I need to clean/change my filter?
You should always double-check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations, but generally speaking it’s best to clean or change your filters once at least every month. Remember, regular cleaning/changing of your filter will ensure the best filtration, increase the life of your machine, and give you peace of mind that you’re breathing easier.
You wouldn’t drive your car 100,000 miles without changing the oil. The same logic holds true for your home comfort system. Regular preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and peak performance. Pre-season maintenance is also important. It can help to avoid a system failure in severe hot or cold weather when you need it most, and it can also keep your energy bill from getting out of control.
Cleaning Your Trane Clean Effects
1. Power-Down System: Press the power button located on the front until the green lights start a count down. After all lights turn off, remove the power connector (just like you would with a phone wire).
2. Clean Pre-Filters: Turn the two black latches outward to unlock the door. Pull the door toward you then out. Remove the thin grey filter (pre-filter). Remember which way the airflow arrow points for re-installation. Either vacuum or spray out with water and let dry. No need for a cleaning solution.
3. Clean Collection Cells: Remove the larger filters (collection cells). There are two, one right behind the other. Vacuum the two larger filters. DO NOT USE WATER!
(Note: The center filter contains metal and should be cleaned by an AC service technician).
4. Re-install Cells: Reinstall the two large collection cells. Slide the cell in with the handle facing you and the two copper contacts should be aligned right next to the copper contacts on center filter. Once the thin pre-filter is dry, reinstall with the airflow arrow pointing the correct way.
5. Activate System: To reinstall the door, line up the metal tabs, located on the inside of the door, into the slots provided. Make sure that the flanges by the handles wrap around the outside of the unit and the longer flanges sit on the rubber seal on the unit.
Turn the door toward the unit and lock the latches. If the door does not latch, try to realign the door. Insert the power connector. Press the power button for 1-2 seconds.
The lights should come back on. Press and hold the reset button until the pre-filter light turns of and there is only one green light remaining on the row of lights.
Notes about your Trane Clean Effects:
• The filter will return to operate fully after 15 minutes of the system running. The reason for this delay is to make sure that everything is dry before power is applied to the cells. So don’t worry about the green light not blinking like it usually does.
• Remember to clean your filters at least every three months.
It is possible for homes to have too much humidity, which will create its own set of problems, particularly the issue of condensation. This does not typically occur in older homes, but new, tightly constructed buildings will retain more heat and moisture, which is when mechanical ventilation is important. During the winter you will first notice this at windows: when warm, moist air comes in contact with a cold window, air temperature drops and it can no longer hold the water vapor and condensation results. If a home does not have the proper mechanical and natural ventilation, excess water vapor can travel through walls and ceilings, causing wet insulation, peeling paint, and mold on walls and rot in woodwork.
How to Gauge Indoor Humidity Levels:
There are many advantages to an extended warranty on any product purchased. One of the main advantages is the peace of mind knowing that if something were to happen to your equipment you would be covered. But there are some items that are not covered by the Extended Warranty. With many HVAC manufacturer's one condition for honoring a warranty claim is that the equipment has a maintenance one time per year by a licensed HVAC technician.
It is important to keep your equipment operating correctly so preventive maintenance is vital to prolong the life of your equipment. Some of the items not covered by extended warranties are "clogged drain lines", "line-set leaks" and "impacted coil's caused by lack of maintenance". Always check with your technician to make sure that the claim will be covered. If you have any questions on extended warranties for HVAC products give us a call: 239-596-5855.