Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

How to Find an Efficient Air Conditioning System for New Installation

Monday, June 1st, 2015

If you are installing or replacing an air conditioner, the initial cost may be a key factor in whether or not you purchase a system. However, our experts recommend that you pay a little more attention to the efficiency rating of a system than the initial cost. There are usually financing options available for your AC, and the extra monthly cost of a low-quality system may not be worth the initial savings. Actually, an efficient system can eventually offset the price tag. Learn more about finding the most efficient system for your needs here.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Prepared for the Warmer Weather?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

In Colorado Springs, we are used to colder weather most of the year, but the air is heating up and you may soon find yourself turning down the temperature on your thermostat. Is your air conditioner ready for the summer weather to come? Spring is the perfect time to begin thinking about your air conditioning system, as it’s better to deal with any potential issues now than wait for the unit to break down. So what can you do to prepare your air conditioning equipment for the heat? Here are a few piece of advice from Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Why Should You Enroll in an HVAC Maintenance Program?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

When you need heating and air conditioning repairs, it can seem like a frustrating time. An HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system rarely breaks down when it is convenient to call a technician, and the sudden unexpected repair costs are certainly unwelcome. The best way to avoid such repair needs from occurring is by getting your system on a regular maintenance schedule. Here’s how a maintenance visit helps your system.

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3 Components of Heat Pumps That Make Them Different from ACs

Monday, April 6th, 2015

When describing how heat pumps work to people unfamiliar with them, it is easiest to compare them to air conditioners. The two systems operate in almost the same fashion, and they look identical on the outside to someone who doesn’t have professional HVAC knowledge. In essence, a heat pump is an air conditioning system that can switch the direction it moves heat. The outdoor and indoor coils can swap functions, so either coil can release or absorb heat depending on what the homeowner needs.

However, there are a few key internal differences in a heat pump that allows it to alter the direction of heat exchange. Below are three of these different components that set apart the dual-action of a heat pump from the single action of an air conditioner.

If you have a heat pump that needs service, or you are interested in heat pump installation, call the Colorado Springs, CO HVAC experts at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning.

#1. The reversing valve

This is the essential piece that sets a heat pump apart from an air conditioner. The reversing valve is what permits the heat pump to move refrigerant in a different direction, so that it brings heat to the indoors instead of removing it to the outdoors. The reversing valve sits on the refrigerant line where it leaves the compressor, and depending on how it is set, it will either send the refrigerant to the outdoor coils or the indoor coils first.

#2. The suction line accumulator

When a heat pump operates in heating mode, it uses less refrigerant. The suction line accumulator, which is attached between the reversing valve and the compressor, stores the additional refrigerant when the heat pump switches over to heating and prevents it from re-entering the compressor.

#3. The crank-case heater

This heater sits atop the compressor and serves to protect the compressor from any cold refrigerant that could migrate back into it. The heater evaporators any liquid refrigerant still in the compressor and sends it back into the line so it will not cause damage to the compressor.

The staff at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning is glad to help you out with any problems you may have with your heat pump. We offer repairs, maintenance, and new installations. We have more than 40 years of experience keeping homes comfortable no matter the season.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Be sure to bookmark the Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning blog for updates on the latest advances in HVAC technology.

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Call Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning for all your heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality, home automation, and commercial HVAC needs.

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