COOLING & HEATING

PERTINENT INFOMATION

Building Codes

HVAC systems will be installed in accordance with local building codes, as well as engineering designs of the particular home. The Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction specifies the minimum and maximum requirements for each home and is state mandated.

 

Furnaces

 

Gas Odor

If you smell gas, call the gas company immediately

 

Combustion Air

Furnaces have combustion air vents to run to them. Never cover these or block the cold air in any way. Outside air is needed to supply the furnace with sufficient oxygen.  Blocking the combustion  air vent will cause the furnace to draw air down the vent pipe and pull poisonous gasses back into your home. If the air vents become loose, AB Hospitality Limited Liability Company will secure as needed during the first year of ownership.

 

Furnace Pilot

The furnace is equipped with a Hot Surface Ignition System (electronic ignition) that eliminates the waste of a constantly burning pilot.  The radiant sensor ignition control lights the main burners  upon a demand for heat from the thermostat. If the unit fails to function, please  contact your heating contractor.

 

Troubleshooting

One of the primary reasons that a furnace does not work is the pilot light is off. This, however, is not the only reason. First, the furnace has an on/off blower switch. This switch looks like a regular light switch and is located in a metal box outside of the furnace. When turned off, this switch overrides all furnace commands and shuts down the blower. This is usually done when maintenance service is being performed although children have been known to turn the furnace off using this switch. The furnace will not operate if the gas valve in the furnace closet is turned off. It is the red knob on the metal gas pipe.  It should be “in line” with the pipe itself to be in the “on” position.  The lower panel door must be positioned correctly for the furnace blower to operate. This panel compresses a button that tells the blower it is safe to operate. If this panel is not on tightly, the fan will not come on. Heat Pumps have Auxiliary heating in case of Emergency heating needs or compressor failure.

 

Furnace Sounds

You may hear some sounds through your registers that are actually generated from your furnace. They should be very slight and almost unnoticeable.  These sounds are normal.

Whole House System

To fully and efficiently utilize your air conditioning system, you must understand that it is a total, whole-house system. The air conditioner unit is the mechanism in your home that produces cooler air. The air conditioning system involves everything inside your home including, for example, drapes and windows. The heating and cooling system in your home is designed and sized using the Arizona Energy Efficiency Code for Residential Construction. This is state regulated and all homes in Arizona must meet these requirements. These requirements may also not be exceeded by more than 20%. A big part of the Air Conditioners job is to remove excess humidity from within the home. Units must be capable of maintaining a 17-degree temperature differential within the home from the outside temperature. On extremely hot days your system may not appear to be cooling as well since they are designed only to maintain this 17-degree differential. This is not a system failure!

 

Replacement time:

Up to a year for each

Replacement Filter #: BB-PRESED-50-SW
Filter fits all Standard 20 in. Housings.
Meets FDA Requirements for food and beverage contact.

Replacement Filter #: BB-GACB-10-RFA
Filter fits all Standard 20 in. Housings.
Meets FDA Requirements for food and beverage contact.
Cartridge is Tested and Certified by International ANSI/NSF Standards 42 and 61.

MAINTENANCE & CARE

Your home may be equipped with a Heat pump system or a traditional Air Conditioning system. A Heat Pump is designed to provide both Air Conditioning and Heating as needed. A Heat Pump system is also equipped with Auxiliary heating for additional heat or as a backup. A conventional Air Conditioner system only supplies cooling. If you have a conventional Air Conditioning system, please also refer to the section on Furnaces. The manufacturer’s maintenance suggestions should be reviewed and followed. Air conditioning can add much to the comfort of your home, but it can be used improperly or inefficiently, resulting in wasted energy and frustrations. These hints and suggestions are provided to help you maximize your air conditioning system.

 

Modifications

Do not tamper with or add to your air conditioning/heat pump system. For any modification that is needed, contact an HVAC contractor that is listed on your “Neighborhood Information” section of this manual. Tampering with the air conditioning/heat pump system will void your warranty. If any changes are made to the air conditioning/heat pump system, we must assume that any warranty issues that arise are the result of the changes made and the responsibility will fall on the person or contractor who made the changes.

 

Whole House System

To fully and efficiently utilize your air conditioning system, you must understand that it is a total, whole-house system. The air conditioner unit is the mechanism in your home that produces cooler air. The air conditioning system involves everything inside your home including, for example, drapes and windows. The heating and cooling system in your home is designed and sized using the Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Residential Construction. This is state regulated and all homes in Florida must meet these requirements. These requirements may also not be exceeded by more than 20%. A big part of the Air Conditioners job is to remove excess humidity from within the home. Units must be capable of maintaining a 17 degree temperature differential within the home from the outside temperature. On extremely hot days your system may not appear to be cooling as well since they are designed only to maintain this 17 degree differential. This is not a system failure!

 

Closed System

Your home air conditioning is a closed system, which means that the interior air is continually recycled and cooled until the desired air temperature is reached. Warm outside air disrupts the  system and makes cooling impossible. Therefore, you should keep all windows closed. The heat from the sun shining in through windows with open drapes is intense enough to overcome the cooling effect of the air conditioning unit.  For best results, close the drapes on these windows.  Your air conditioning design also contemplates that all interior doors should remain open for air circulation.

 

Time

Time is of paramount importance in your expectations of an air conditioning system. Unlike a light bulb, which reacts instantly when you turn on a switch, the air conditioning unit only begins a process when you set a thermostat.

In most homes, central air conditioners work together with an existing forced-air system to cool and circulate air.  The air is cooled when it passes over the central air conditioner's evaporator coil, which is the main component of the system located inside the house.  The cooled air then travels through the ducts into the home while room-temperature air is pulled into the furnace's return air duct, beginning the cycle again.

The condeser unit, which is located outside the home, is the other main component of the central air conditioning system.  Both the evaporator coil and condenser are sealed systems, and require servicing by a professional technician.  However, homeowners can perform some basic air conditioner maintenance that can keep the system's components clean and functioning properly.

EVAPORATOR CLEANING

The evaporator is usually located above the furnace in the plenum.  If the front of the plenum is covered by foil-wrapped insulation, you should be able to clean the evaporator - but if you're not comfortable cleaning the evaporator yourself, a professional technician can do this as part of your A/C system's annual maintenance.  

Carefully remove the insulation from the front of the plenum, which may be taped in place.  Ac access plate should be located behind the insulation - remove the screws securing it to the plenum to gain access to the evaporator.  

The underside of the evaporator should be cleaned with a stiff brush.  When the coils are free of dust and dirt, clean the tray below the evaporator, then replace the access panel and insulation.  Periodically cleaning the evaporator allows heat to transfer easily from the air to the coils, and can help maximize the efficiency of the air conditioner.

For example, if you come home at 6:00 p.m. on a day when the temperature has reached 90, and then set your thermostat to 75, the air conditioning unit will begin cooling, but will take much longer to reach the desired temperature. During the entire day, the sun has been heating not only the air in the home, but the walls, the carpet and the furniture.

 

At 6:00 p.m. the air conditioning unit’s starts cooling the air, but the walls, carpet and furniture release heat and nullify this cooling.  By the time the air conditioning unit has cooled the walls, carpet and furniture; you may well have lost patience.

 

 

Evening Cooling

If evening cooling is your primary goal, set the thermostat at a moderate temperature in the morning while the house is cooler, allowing the system to maintain the cooler temperature throughout the day.

 

The temperature setting may then be lowered slightly when you arrive home, with better results. Setting the thermostat at 60 will not cool the home any faster and can result in the unit “freezing up” and not performing at all.  Extended usage under these conditions can damage the unit.

 

Adjust Vents

You will find it advantageous to adjust the cooling vents to maximize airflow to occupied parts of the home. Likewise, when the seasons change, it will probably be necessary to re-adjust them for comfortable heating.

 

Humidifier

If you have a humidifier being used in your home, turn it off when you use the air conditioning; otherwise, the additional moisture can cause a freeze-up of the cooling system.

 

Homeowner General Maintenance

The following suggestions are intended to assist you in getting the maximum usage and enjoyment from your heating and air conditioning system. We recommend that air filters be changed every thirty (30) days or as needed. In areas with heavy dust, more frequent changes may be in order.  Fresh filters can significantly reduce operating costs and will prolong the life of your system. You must place all panels back securely in their place or the system will not operate properly or not at all.

 

While using your air conditioning system, every sixty (60) days pour one cup of bleach down the condensate line to kill any algae that may grow on the inside of the drain line. This keeps the condensate line free from obstruction and minimizes the chances of it backing into your home.

 

AB Hospitality Limited Liability Company recommends an inspection by a heating professional every year. Check the operation of your system well in advance of peak operating seasons. Notify the appropriate subcontractor of problems before seasonal service demands are the greatest.

FILTER MAINTENANCE TIPS | TRANE

Maintaining your air filter is easy, and routine maintenance will keep you breathing easier.

Most filters are easy to slide or swap out, and it’s one of the few things you can do to maintain your filter without the help of a Trane Comfort Specialist. However, it’s important to check your owner’s manual before performing any maintenance on your Trane or any air filter.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO CLEAN/CHANGE MY FILTER?

You should always double-check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations, but generally speaking it’s best to clean or change your filters once every 3 to 9 months. Remember, regular cleaning/changing of your filter will ensure the best filtration, increase the life of your machine, and give you peace of mind that you’re breathing easier.

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Cave Creek, AZ 85331

480.750.2273

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