Temporary Cooling Solutions

You know that James River Air can help you with permanent air conditioning solutions, but did you know that we can also help you with your temporary cooling needs?  Below is a picture of a couple of our technicians helping one of our commercial clients install a temporary cooling unit.  Call or e-mail us today for more info on how we can help you!

 

Temporary Cooling Richmond

Avoid Water Damage – Know Where Your Condensate Lines Are!

With warm temperatures here, your air conditioner is probably running quite a bit.  As you may know, air conditioning systems work in part by removing moisture from the air – and that moisture has to go somewhere!  Make sure you know where your condensate is going so you can avoid water damage to your home.

  • Condensate lines are typically ¾” PVC lines that go from your inside coil to the outdoors.  Sometimes they are encased in downspout material along with the copper lines that go between the indoor and outdoor units.
  • Find where your condensate lines are on the outside of your home, and make sure that they are not blocked.  Sometimes we’ve seen mulch or other items laid down in such a way that the pipe gets blocked, creating backups inside.  Also look out for mud daubers:  they can build a nest in a day that will stop up a condensate line.
  • Know where your indoor coil is and what sort of condensate removal setup you have.
  • Condensate lines require periodic maintenance to avoid being clogged by algae growth or dirt and other particles from your air conditioning system.
  • Sometimes a condensate pump is involved.  These require periodic cleaning to prevent algae buildup and clogs.
  • If your air handler is in a finished space, like an attic, you probably have an emergency drain pan.  If you’re seeing water in this emergency pan, it’s not normal!  Water should only be going into that pan if there’s a problem in the normal condensate drain system.
  • If your indoor unit is in a finished space, consider getting a ceiling saver kit.  Our kits include special traps and water sensors that cut your unit off if a clog is detected to help prevent ceiling damage.

 

Our technicians have seen some costly damage caused by condensate over the years.  If you have any doubts about whether you have a good condensate drain system or would like to have maintenance performed, please contact us to arrange for a visit from one of our qualified techs.

Allergy Season is Here!

Allergy season is here, and many of us in Central Virginia are feeling the effects.  Here’s an article from WebMD about how to help ease your symptoms.  Note that one of them is changing your air conditioner / heat pump filter monthly!

James River Air can be a part of the solution to your allergy issues.  We offer duct cleaning services, specialty air filters, and air purification products.  Contact us today for more info!

Before & After Boiler Installation

Here are some impressive before and after pictures from Chris, one of our master plumbers.  Nice work!

Before:

Boiler Replace Richmond

After:

Boiler Replace Richmond

Are you Ready for the New HVAC Efficiency Standards?

There are more changes coming related to equipment energy standards and the refrigerants that are used in units that provide cooling light-bulb-297489_640and heating. Most equipment manufacturers are now working on new designs that may increase the size of the units and change the type of refrigerant needed for their operation. It will be important to have your team educated on these changes so that a plan can be developed and a budget set to address the cost of theses changes. To help pay for these upgrades, you may want to consider an equipment leasing program that, in some cases, will pay for itself with the energy savings.  This would also be a good time to evaluate your needs to make sure your equipment meets your current requirements.  The best way to do this is to have an equipment asset evaluation performed on your facility.

James River Air Conditioning can provide assistance in evaluating and developing a plan to meet the new standards – just e-mail us or give us a call!

Extreme Cold Weather Tips

With temperatures going below zero, we thought it would be a good time to remind you of a couple important things you should do around your home or business to prepare:

  • Make sure you know where your water cutoff is!  With these extreme temperatures, it’s possible a pipe could burst and you’ll want to be able to cut the water supply off fast.  When we perform our plumbing preventive maintenance checks, we label the cutoff so you can easily find it.
  • If you heat with oil, consider using fuel oil treatment.  If you have any moisture in your oil lines, it could freeze, preventing your furnace or boiler from heating.
  • Make sure the water is cut off to any outside faucets to prevent freezing.
  • You may only discover some leaks after temperatures warm up, when frozen pipes thaw.  As temperatures rise, be on the lookout for any hidden leaks.

Cooling Tower Maintenance

From our commercial service manager, Joe Austin:

“Make sure you are maintaining your cooling tower at least once a year.  This equipment is vital to your building operation and maintenance will prolong the life expectancy of your equipment.”

Chiller Clean Richmond


Chiller Clean Richmond

Heat Exchanger Failures

Here are some pictures from our commercial service manager of a leaking heat exchanger we ran into in the field.  It’s important to keep your system maintained so you can detect dangerous leaking heat exchangers!

Heat Exchanger Richmond

 

No Day Like A Snow Day!

Here’s a couple pictures from Tuesday of this week.  The snow didn’t stop our techs from getting out to help our clients!  We even did a rooftop unit replace for our friends over at Richmond Ford.

 

Richmond Plumbing

Richmond Unit Lift

Found on a Commercial Service

Here’s some burnt wires we found on a commercial service call today.  It had the potential to turn into a dangerous situation!  This is why it’s important to keep your equipment maintained properly.  Call or e-mail us today to talk about a commercial preventive maintenance agreement!

 

Burnt Wires Richmond