Air Conditioning Services
Living in South Florida, there’s nothing that makes a home more unpleasant than a poorly functioning or broken air conditioning system. Atlas Mechanical has trained technicians with stocked trucks and a complete parts depot ready to tackle any AC problem.
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EPA FINALIZES R-22 PHASE-OUT PLAN
Contractors who have found virgin Freon R-22 readily available at their local supply houses had best prepare for a drastic drop off in such supplies very soon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final phase-down schedule regarding production and importation of virgin R-22 on Oct. 16 2014.
The order calls for an immediate reduction of R-22 from 51 million pounds produced in 2014 to a maximum of only 22 million pounds produced starting Jan. 1, 2015. That is a 57% reduction.
Aggressive Linear Reduction
In its final ruling, the EPA described the phase-down as an aggressive linear reduction. “EPA is sending a clear signal to the industry that allocation will be dropping,” said Charlie McCrudden, senior vice president of government affairs. The final allocation meets the 2020 phase-out deadline and should help achieve a smooth transition to 410-A air conditioners.
The smart play is not to wait until the last minute to prepare your customers for a time when R-22 Freon will not be affordable or readily available.
Immediate Price Increase & Shortages Will Follow!
The agency settled on a much more aggressive phase-down schedule than was anticipated with a 57% allocation reduction scheduled for Jan. 1, 2015. Just days after this information was released we saw an instant 50% increase in the price of Freon R-22 and many more increases are sure to follow. It will soon be cost prohibitive to fill an air conditioner with Freon. We encourage all contractors to prepare their customers for a quick transition to the new 410-A air conditioners.
R-22 Supplies Will Be Limited
Suppliers and Distributors are already prepping for the industries limited Freon R-22 supply. Suppliers will soon limit the amount of Freon that any contractor may purchase, thus creating a supply and demand scenario that will fuel major price increases. Prices are sure to skyrocket and consumers will have a hard time paying for a commodity that will easily reach $100 per round in the coming year. We anticipate that this aggressive reduction ruling by the EPA will result in existing inventory to be drawn down at an accelerated rate as A/C contractors attempt to build their stock and hold on to their inventory in anticipation of limited supplies.
Customer Education Urgency
With prices skyrocketing and shortages just around the corner, contractors will find it difficult to continue servicing R-22 equipment in the very near future. Consumers needing any major repairs would be wise to consider replacing their old inefficient air conditioner rather than waste their money on a system that must be replaced and time is running out.
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RUUD AIR CONDITIONERS
About Ruud AC
Norwegian engineer Edwin Ruud founded Ruud Manufacturing Company over a century ago. And since the 1950’s Ruud has been an industry leader in heating and conditioning. Ruud carries a diverse line of AC and heating systems for residential and light commercial use – including Energy Star rated, high-efficiency HVAC units. The air conditioning systems and replacement parts available from Ruud through Atlas Mechanical are rigorously tested and certified by both government and third-party labs to maintain the highest standards of quality.
Ruud HVAC Repair Center
Whether it’s your Ruud heat pump, condenser, or compressor, our factory-trained technicians will be able to diagnose and repair your central air system at a swift pace and cost-effectively. Atlas Mechanical can perform any repair on a Ruud air conditioner unit, twenty-four hours day or night. And as a Ruud authorized dealer, any replacement parts will be shipped directly from the manufacturer. That means your Ruud products arrive quicker than you’d ever believe. Pick up the phone, even in the middle of the night, if you ever need a Ruud repair.
Call Atlas Mechanical at 561-369-0025 to Repair your Ruud Air Conditioner or Heat Pump.
Ruud HVAC Maintenance
Atlas Mechanical is continually educated on the manufacturer standards of Ruud heating and cooling products. This means whether or not your Ruud HVAC system is from Atlas Mechanical, we know how to keep it running at peak performance. When it comes to maintenance, our Ruud authorized technicians will be there to answer any questions you might have – including Ruud high efficiency, Energy Star rated models. This also authorizes Atlas Mechanical to complete any warranty work for your Ruud heating and air conditioning system.
CHOOSING AN AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING SYSTEM
Choosing your heating and air conditioning system can seem like a daunting task. There are a wide variety of choices and even with the help of a reputable contractor, you may have to do some research to find the system that is right for you. Having a contractor you can trust, like Atlas Mechanical, who understands how different aspects of your home can affect the performance of your air conditioning equipment is a good idea. Selecting the proper equipment is crucial to keeping yourself and your family comfortable for years to come and will help save you money on energy costs and repairs.
Choose High Efficiency
High-efficiency HVAC equipment can reduce utility bills by 10 – 30% over minimum efficiency equipment. For a typical household, this can mean hundreds of dollars in savings per year. These energy cost savings can represent a 20 to 40 percent return non-investment after taxes for the extra cost of high-efficiency equipment! And the energy savings go on, High-efficiency HVAC equipment can improve home comfort several ways with more even heating and cooling and quieter operation. The quality construction, improved technology, and attention to detail found in high-efficiency HVAC products usually results in longer equipment life and often longer warranties on key components.
The compressor is the motor or pump that makes an air conditioner work and can be very expensive to replace. Air conditioners usually have either a scroll or reciprocation compressor. Scroll compressors are more efficient and make less noise and are therefore more expensive initially.
Reciprocating compressors are less efficient, make more noise and usually come with a shorter warranty life. Most compressors have a five-year parts warranty and many come with a ten-year warranty standard. Some units offer an additional warranty which can be purchased separately.
Variable Speed Air Handlers
Most systems are standard, meaning that the motor runs at only one speed and is either running on or off. Anytime the blower is running, it is at full capacity using the maximum amount of energy. The motor of a variable speed air handler is smarter than the average blower, it automatically varies its speed based on your homes heating and cooling requirements. Other benefits include quieter, better control of humidity, cleaner air, and more even temperatures.
Match the System
If you have to change the outdoor air conditioning or condensing unit, consider changing the indoor coil to match it. Ask your contractor if the indoor or evaporator coil is compatible or if it also needs to be changed. Mismatching a high efficient condensing unit with a low efficient indoor coil can not only cost you most if not all of the added efficiency but can also damage your compressor valves and cause your compressor to wear out much sooner than it normally would. Consider the noise level – another important factor to consider when buying a unit is its noise level. If your unit has a low sound level, you will hardly notice it is operating, while high levels may mean many sleepless nights and annoyed neighbors. Air conditioning and heating equipment are rated by a sound rating number or SRN, which is based on American Refrigeration Institute tests and range from 6.8 which is the quietest to 13 which is the loudest. Most air conditioners operate at 7 to 9 bels. It doesn’t sound like much but a unit operating at 9 bels is actually 10 times louder than a unit operating at 8 bels.
Don’t Forget the Ductwork
While you are replacing your system consider having your ductwork checked to see if it needs any repair or if it needs to be replaced. If some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold, if the insulation on your ductwork is peeling or if there is a buildup on contaminants inside, consider having your ducts evaluated to see if they need replacing. Also, return air grills in each room should be evaluated to see if they are properly sized and working correctly.
Consider a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can be set to adjust the temperature setting according to a user’s schedule. These thermostats typically have a digital interface that allows more precise temperature control and a wider range of options or features, and can automatically store and repeat settings daily with allowance for manual override. By eliminating manual setback, which is easy to forget, they allow the setting of more comfortable temperatures in the morning before occupants wake. Temperature setback can be adjusted for both heating and cooling seasons.
Consider Your Comfort
There are other add-ons to your system that you might consider for your comfort level and help your system to keep you healthier. Air cleaners are great for those with allergies and will keep your house cleaner. These range from simple electrostatic filters to more expensive electronic air cleaners and ultraviolet filters. Humidifiers can help with dry skin, sore throats, breathing problems, cracking wood, and help with static electricity. Humidistats are like traditional thermostats but also monitor and control humidity. Zoning Systems divide your home into several separate zones or areas with similar comfort needs, with separate thermostats and dampers that automatically adjust the temperature in each of those zones. This allows you to cool only the area where you need it, so you save money. Also, you can allow different people in the same home to adjust the comfort level to suit themselves.
Consider Your Unique Needs
Since everybody’s home is unique, you will want to enlist the help of a reputable contractor to sort through the options. A good contractor will be able to help you balance your budget considerations, utilities available, your need for comfort, logistical consideration, the climate in your area, and other factors.