Archive for June, 2013

The Refrigerants in Your Air Conditioning System

There are primarily two refrigerants that are used in residential air conditioning systems today. Although commonly referred to as “Freon” and “Puron”, the more correct terminology is R-22 for “Freon” and R-410a for “Puron”.

R-22 has been the refrigerant of choice for residential heat pump and air-conditioning systems for more than four decades. Unfortunately for the environment, releases of R-22, such as those from leaks, may contribute to ozone depletion. In addition, R-22 is a greenhouse gas and its manufacture is believed to contribute significantly to global warming.

R-22 is a hydro-chloro-fluoro-carbon (HCFC) and its manufacture is being phased out over the coming years. As a result, R-22 is no longer used as a refrigerant in new air conditioning systems and as manufacturing of R-22 decreases, the cost has and will continue to increase drastically.

The newer residential refrigerant, R410 also referred to as “Puron” is now the predominantly used refrigerant. R-410 is a chloro-fluoro-carbon (CFC) and is less damaging to the environment.

Because of various physical and chemical differences, R-22 and R-410 can’t be mixed together. In addition, building codes now require an Air Handler (inside unit) and Condenser (outside unit) to be properly matched and have a certified rating. Because of this when a condenser fails in an R-22 system, both the condensing unit and the air handler have to be replaced which greatly adds to the cost of replacement.

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Not All Extended Warranties are Transferrable

Most warranties on air conditioning systems do not transfer to a new owner automatically.

In some cases extended warranties on air conditioning systems cannot be transferred to a new owner while with other manufacturers, warranties can be transferred. You should read the terms and conditions of your warranty to determine the exact terms and conditions of your extended warranty.

If your warranty can be transferred there is usually a limited time period within which that warranty can be transferred. Having an extended warranty that is transferable can enhance the value of your home but failing to follow the written procedures in that warranty may void the warranty and make it worthless.

Before you sell your home or before you buy a new one, make sure that you know the facts of any and all warranties on that property.

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“Corrosion Grenades” can help protect your air conditioning system from excessive corrosion.

The Volusia and Flagler County coastal areas have the worst corrosive environment in the country due to the pattern and content of the winds off the ocean. As a result appliances with metals in them have a shorter useful life here than in most places in the country. To help lessen the effects of this environment, Total Comfort is using corrosion “grenades” on all of their beachside installations.

The Corrosion Grenade unit protects metal parts by acting as a “sacrificial anode.” It corrodes instead of expensive A/C parts like aluminum fins, copper piping, and galvanized steel. The marine and plumbing industries have been using “sacrificial anodes” for decades to protect other functional parts from galvanic corrosion. By adding the Corrosion Grenade to the assembly, the zinc becomes the weakest metal and therefore, is the one that corrodes. Extend the life of your air conditioner or heat pump today and get a Corrosion Grenades installed.

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We Now Carry Honeywell Generators

Hurricane season is here and it may be time to start thinking about a standby or portable generator.

Total Comfort now sells, installs, and services Honeywell automatic standby generators. These generators range in capacity from 11 KW to 45 KW and can seamlessly provide power automatically when there’s a power outage. Depending on your set-up they can back up a few essential circuits, managed whole-house coverage, or complete whole-house coverage.
In addition to Automatic Standby Generators we also have Honeywell and Generac portable generators that can provide from 800 to 7,500 watts of power.

All standby generators are available for use with Propane (LP) or Natural Gas. Most portable models are fueled by gasoline, however, there is a 3,250 watt and 5,500 watt model available that can run on Propane.

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