Air To Air Exchangers
Routine maintenance involves replacing or cleaning the filters if so equipped, and keeping the outside air intake free of debris. After years of service the exchanger will become crusted with grease and dirt that collects during condensation. Removing this accumulation will probably take solvents or degreasers and require opening up the cabinet and compartments.
The coil is usually made of copper tubing with aluminum fins, but some manufactures use aluminum tubing. Its purpose is to transfer heat as rapidly as possible. Pressure inside the coil can exceed 400 psi., during extremely warm weather conditions. The cleaner it is kept, the better it transfers heat. Rinsing with a garden hose occasionally when the unit is not running will help keep it operating efficiently. After many years of use it may be necessary to put special chemicals on to clean it.
The condenser fan moves air across the coil to increase the transfer of heat. It is critical to the system. Obstructing the flow of air will not only reduce efficiency but can lead to compressor failure. Keep debris and objects away from the coil and fan to allow maximum air flow. Some condenser fan motors have sealed bearings, others need lubrication. Damage to the fan can occur if removed improperly. Have a qualified serviceman specialized in Conroe air conditioning handle the lubricating if needed.
Routine maintenance includes monthly replacing the air filter or washing the electronic air cleaner grids during constant use, and cleaning the humidifier. Humidifiers can be of the steam generating type, which will be line voltage powered, and should be shut off before servicing. Deadly high voltage conditions exist inside the cabinet; leave control servicing to a qualified technician.
Electronic Air Cleaners
Electronic air cleaners will usually operate at 95% efficiency, allowing little or no dust to pass through. The dirtier they get, the lower the effectiveness, so clean grids are a must. Before removing the screens and grids for cleaning, it is imperative to shut the power off and wait a few seconds to allow the grids to lose the static charge. They are dishwasher safe as long as they fit inside. If not, sloshing around in a tub of hot soapy water will loosen dirt that can be blasted off with a garden hose.
Extreme caution must be taken when handling to protect the grids and the person handling them. The plates are very sharp, and can cut like razor blades. The fine wires stretched across the grids are delicate and crucial to proper function. Proper spacing between the grids is important. Do not bend or distort them.
If the grids are not completely dry when installing them, do not turn the power back on; damage to the power pack can occur as the water will short the grids out. If in doubt about the dryness, leave the power switch off for a day or two; the air flow will take care of any residual water. Arrows one the grids will display the correct direction for air flow. Improper installation will render them useless. If the air cleaner was installed correctly in the return air duct by the original HVAC mechanic, air flow will be going from the duct toward the appliance. The arrows should do the same.
Routine maintenance includes: monthly filter replacement or washing the electronic air cleaner grids when in constant use, and cleaning the humidifier if so equipped. A properly functioning gas burner will not need cleaning. Black soot is evidence of an incorrect air mixture or other malfunction, and should be checked by a qualified serviceman.
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