Archive for February, 2014

Common Issues With Air Conditioning Systems

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
proper maintenance prevents unnecessary repair

Air conditioners break; but they shouldn’t have to!

 

Very often, problems will crop up with your air conditioner due to lack of maintenance, improper installation or because of its age. A good way to make sure your system operates correctly, no matter how hot it is outside, is by having routine maintenance performed. A good technician will test your thermostat, filter, compressor, condensate lines and other components to ensure they are in good working condition. Below are some of the more common problems you should be on the lookout for with your air conditioning unit. Addressing these problems early by calling Temco Air Environmental will minimize the risk of a more costly repair later on.

 

  • Leaking Refrigerant – If you notice your house isn’t getting cool enough, you might not have any refrigerant in your unit, or it might be leaking. In most cases, a leak is the cause of the unit not cooling properly. An air conditioning technician can come out and assess your unit, diagnose where the leak is coming from and fix it so that your home is cool once again. Even though the government is phasing out Freon in newer air conditioning units, the older units can still be charged full with Freon.
  • Making Noises – Another complaint with air conditioning units is that they makes strange noises, almost like a wailing sound. This is usually due to a dislodged fan belt. This is a job for air conditioner professionals unless you have a great deal of experience. In most cases, the job involves inspecting the bearings inside the fan motor and adding some lubricant.
  • Clogged Lines – If the lines in the air conditioning unit are clogged, the unit can shut down completely. This is fairly common during the early part of the cooling season after the unit has been sitting idle for months. Because water sits inside the lines, algae and other contaminants can build up. When the unit is turned on, the blockage won’t allow the water to circulate properly. Consequently, the house won’t cool efficiently.

Always keep a close eye on your air conditioning unit, and call Temco Air Environmental as soon as something goes wrong. they offer the best AC repair in Tucson, Arizona. Being diligent will give you the best chance of staying comfortable and cool all summer long.

The History of Air Conditioning

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
the history of air conditioning

How have Americans beaten the heat in the past?

When the weather turns hot, most people look for ways to stay cool. Before the advent of air conditioning, people went to extraordinary lengths to try and keep cool. They fanned themselves and sometimes put their clothes in the icebox to try to cool off. But the invention of modern air conditioning changed all this as the following history will show.
First American Cooling Machine
The first American cooling machine on record was made in the 1830s. Invented by Dr. John Gorrie, it was a simple machine that consisted of a container for ice and a fan that blew air across the ice. This was mainly used in hospital rooms.

First Modern Air Conditioners
In 1902, Willis Carrier built a precursor to today’s modern day air conditioning units. It was called an Apparatus for Treating Air and it operated by using cooling coils to cool off the air. The device also helped to lower the humidity in the air to help provide additional comfort levels. These units were very expensive and very big. They also could be dangerous if they developed a leak because the coolant that was used was ammonia, which could be toxic. These early units were usually installed in factories, mills and hospitals.

In 1917, the first movie theater was air conditioned in Alabama. Until 1930, the air conditioning industry concentrated on providing cooling for factories, hospitals and movie theaters.

Smaller Units
In 1922, ammonia was replaced with dielene, which was a much safer coolant. They were also able to reduce the size of the air conditioning units. This meant that air conditioning could now be installed in smaller buildings like stores and office buildings.

By the time that World War II was over, air conditioners had shrunk small enough that they could be installed in residential homes. They quickly increased in popularity and by 1953 they were selling over a million units a year.

Modern Air Conditioners
As the air conditioning industry continues to evolve, the units have become smaller and more efficient. The refrigerant used has become more environmentally friendly.

Modern air conditioning has caused increased migration to the south and southwest. Working and living conditions are much more comfortable when homes and buildings are air conditioned.

When choosing an air conditioner for your home or business, it’s important to choose the right unit. Temco Air Environmental will help you choose the unit that’s right for you. We’re proud to offer our clients the very best answers in the world of heating and air conditioning.