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Air Conditioning FAQs and refrigeration FAQs from Right Climate

 

 Air Conditioning FAQ  and refrigeration FAQ from Right Climate

our FAQ;s cover Air Conditioning information, refrigeration information, air conditioning regulations and much  more

Airconditioning Maintenance

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Energy Performance Directive (EPBD)

The intention of the EPBD is reduce carbon emissions by identifying opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioning equipment. In addition to efficiency the inspection will report on any identified faults, the adequacy of maintenance and controls and the size and cooling loads of your existing equipment. It will suggests ways it may be improved which might include replacement

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Air conditioning F-Gas Regulations

Air conditioning F-Gas legislation, introduced in 2006/7, seeks to reduce fluorinated greenhouse gases by placing obligations on operators of stationary air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump equipment. The regulations cover responsible use of F-gases (such as HFC’s) including containment, inspection and testing for leakages, record keeping and use of properly certified personnel to recover gases.

Containment: where technically feasible and not disproportionately costly all measures must be used to prevent leaks. Repairs to detected leakages must be made as soon as possible.

Minimum inspection checks for leakages: 3kg charge (6kg where hermetically sealed): every 12 months; 30kg charge: every 6 months (or 12 months with automatic leak detection system); 300kg: every 3 months (requires mandatory automatic leak detection tested every 12 months)

Records: must be maintained for all equipment with a 3kg charge or greater. These include type of F gas (HFC’s) and quantity including any quantities recovered or added (eg during service, maintenance or disposal), leakage inspections, service and maintenance history and any resultant actions.

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My Air conditioning system has a warranty – Why do I need a maintenance contract?

Air conditioning and building services systems require regular maintenance to ensure safety and optimum operational efficiency. Warranties are only applicable if the system or equipment is regularly maintained by an approved organisation.

To simply explain, relate this to a car which like air conditioning has many rotating and wearing parts, your warranty will not be honoured if you don’t have regular servicing (maintenance).

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Air conditioning Right Climate can help

Call or contact us now! We will carry out an Air conditioning system audit and arrange inspections to help ensure you meet your obligations. Many leaks and problems can be avoided through expert Air conditioning  system design, service and maintenance. Our engineers are fully trained to work with refrigerants and will be able to recommend the correct remedial action where it is required.

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The air conditioning is running but the airflow is much lower than I remember?

Have you cleaned your air filter? – The most important user maintenance is to keep those air filters clean.

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Air conditioning yearly Preventative Maintenance Service?

Air conditioning Yearly preventative maintenance is a wise thing to do. Properly maintaining your system will save you money on your energy bills and will help your system perform at peak efficiency. A properly maintained system also lasts longer which is important due to the expense of replacement. During a preventive maintenance, certain parts that can cause trouble when dirty, are cleaned to keep the system running smoothly and efficiently.

A maintenance service also includes inspection of your system so problems can be discovered before serious damage occurs and you find yourself without air conditioning in the middle of summer or winter when you need it the most.

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I have been told that air conditioning spreads viruses and bacteria – Does it?

No more than you do or any ventilation system does for airborne viruses and bacteria. Many people are susceptible to dryness sometimes caused when an air conditioning system is badly designed or maintained and the relative humidity is reduced too much. It’s a fact that basically coughs and sneezes spread diseases, but some people will blame anything for their ills rather than understand the facts.

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My air conditioning is not working – What can I do?

One of the most common causes of failure is that some one has switched off the power supply. So check that fuses circuit breakers and isolators are all OK and working.

Another common cause is blocked air filters, so check they are clean and are regularly kept clean. It helps to refer to the manufacturers operating instructions as well.

If all else fails and you are still having a problem, contact our service department.

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The fuse keeps blowing on my air conditioning – Why?

It could be that there is a problem with the compressor and you are advised to contact us for further assistance. It could also be that a fuse or circuit breaker has recently been replaced but the wrong replacement (smaller rating) has been fitted. Check, but only if you are qualified to work on electrical systems.

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R-22 Refrigerant Ban in Air Conditioning

From 1 Jan 2010 it became illegal to use virgin hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) such as R-22 when servicing and maintaining air conditioning equipment. This is an issue for many as R-22 was the most commonly used refrigerant until about 2002. Until the 31 December 2014 temporary use of recycled/recovered R-22 is possible but availability could be limited and costs high.

From 1 January 2015 sales or use of recycled/recovered R-22 will be prohibited.

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The air conditioning is running but is not cooling/heating?

Many reasons, the simplest being that you may have inadvertently set it to fan only operation. Unfortunately it may also indicate a serious fault, Check your operating instructions but if no luck, give our service department a call.

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What does an inverter do?

An electrical inverter is used to vary the frequency of the power supply from a normal UK 50Hz enabling fine step speed control of motors (compressors) this in turn varies the quantity of refrigerant delivered and hence variable cooling or heating capacity.

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What is covered in an Air Conditioning Warranty?

Daikin & Fujitsu Air Conditioning Equipment Warranty
Air conditioning equipment comes with a full 5 years parts and labour warranty from the manufacturer.

Ducting, outlets and fittings come with a 10 year manufacturers parts warranty.

Check your supplier is authorised to install your air conditioning system. Having read some Fujitsu warranties they can be very specific about installations.

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