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Pool Heater Maintenance

Many homes in the short term vacation rental market now have a pool heater, but many managers are unsure how to properly care for them. Pool heaters can be a great amenity when closing a booking for a home. Unfortunately, when there is an issue with the pool heat, it can cause a lot of guest complaints– and that’s what happens with pool heaters that aren’t properly maintained or cared for.

As most property managers know, pool heaters in Florida don’t have a long life expectancy (heat pump pool heaters usually last 6-10 years while gas pool heaters usually only last 2-5 years).

Even in a warm weather climate like ours, pool heaters will have long run-times, are exposed to the harsh sun and other outdoor elements, and are exposed to plenty of corrosive elements and chemicals that are within the pool’s water. Water temp sensors, capacitors and heat exchangers are just some of the common failures that can turn your amenity into a headache.

Here are the five things you need to know before the cold months arrive:

  1. Turn the pool heater on several days in advance to make sure the pool is up to temperature BEFORE the cold snap. If you wait until it is cold outside to turn on a heater they may never catch up until the cold period ends.
  2. Increase the pump’s run time before the cold weather – we recommend setting an 8AM to 8PM as standard schedule.
  3. Have the guest cover the pool at night. If you can get them to do this it will GREATLY assist in the pool temperature, and the energy efficiency will help you save on power usage as well.
  4. Do not run a heat pump overnight during cold temperatures. Many pool heat pumps will ice over and require manual defrost if you do this, adding avoidable (and expensive) pool heater repairs.
  5. Take care of issues ahead of time by scheduling annual maintenance on the pool heater. Catch small issues before they become larger ones, monitor trends, and improve your guest’s experience by being prepared. You can save yourself money, time, and grief by doing this, even if it feels unnecessary at the time.

For proper and consistent pool heater maintenance or pool heater repairs, please call our office at (352) 243-7088 and learn more by subscribing to our blog.

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Common Air Conditioning Installation Mistakes That Could Cost You $3500

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Can you tell the difference between these two air conditioning installations?

Both systems were recently installed, are the same make/model, and keep the house cool while lowering power consumption. Here’s the catch: One of these systems could cost you over $3,500 more over the next 10 years.

A Few Extra Steps Can Save You Money

The Department of Energy found that over 55% of AC systems with no reported problems are either over or undercharged between 10-30%, causing an average additional cost of $100 PER TON per year. The average house in Florida has a 3 ton A/C system installed. So at the cost of the time and proper instruments to set the refrigerant charge to the ideal levels, the average Floridian would save $300 per year. Also, manufacturers recommend the removal of the optional horizontal drain pan if your unit is installed in the more common vertical application. Because this would add an additional step to the air conditioner installation process, the vast majority of A/C installers just don’t do it. Leaving this pan in the unit can cause a reduction of airflow up to 2% causing the system efficiency to drop by about 1%. Since the average Floridian spends $700 per year heating/cooling their home, removing this pan would not only result in cleaner and more sterile air, but also $7 per year saved.

Importance of Proper Air Conditioning System Refrigerant

When installing a new air conditioning system it is important to make sure there is absolutely nothing in the refrigerant system except the rated refrigerant. The wrong refrigerant can potentially cause premature parts failures and costly repairs, but the primary issue is that is lowers the power efficiency. Noncondensables in the system will not flow normally through the piping and will build up in the outdoor coil. This causes higher pressures, higher compressor electrical usage, and lower heat transfer. Depending on the type and amount of noncondensables this can result in an up to a 7% reduction in power efficiency. Using the correct refrigerant will result in a power bill savings of $49 per year.

In total (with the average yearly heating/cooling costs per year in Florida being $700) incorrect installation of your new HVAC unit could potentially result in an additional $356 in power charges per year.

Acceptable instead of Ideal refrigerant charge $300
Not removing horizontal drain pan per manufacturer instructions $7
Using the wrong refrigerant and not evacuating noncondensables $49
Total x 10 (for average system life of ten years) $3,560

 

Total yearly savings of $356 (close to $1 per day) over the 10 years of use amounts to $3,560 you could save if you choose the right contractor to install you new air conditioning unit. Make sure you’re using a reputable air conditioning contractor who knows how important these small details can be.

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AC Replacement Walk Through

Ever curious what happens during an AC Replacement? Check out our video below of a air conditioner install we recently completed for a customer!

At Kalos Services we take a comprehensive approach to AC replacement and upgrades. We want to ensure that the quote for your air conditioning install has no hidden costs and is accurate the first time. We desire the AC replacement process to live up to your expectations and that the energy efficiency of the A/C system will be at the highest possible level.

Always Get the AC Replacement Process in Writing

As you consider quotes from other companies, ask them to show you their air conditioning install process. Make sure to ask to see this process in writing. A reputable air conditioning contractor should always be able to tell you how they plan on making sure your air conditioning install goes smoothly. Still have more questions? Download our eBook The Complete Air Conditioner Buying Guide

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 AC Replacement

Air Conditioning Install Process by Kalos Service

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Air Conditioning Install Process by Kalos Services

At Kalos Services we take a comprehensive approach to air conditioning replacement and upgrades. We want to ensure that the quote for your air conditioning install has no hidden costs and is accurate the first time. We desire the air conditioning install to live up to your expectations and that the energy efficiency of the A/C system will be at the highest possible level.

Here’s the process we complete for each new air conditioning install:

  1. Reclaim old refrigerant for recycling.
  2. Remove existing equipment and disposal for recycling.
  3. Inspect existing ductwork, return duct and supports for new equipment.
  4. Remove platform top.
  5. Replace supports if needed.
  6. Replace return box if needed or quoted as a request.
  7. Replace or flush copper according to industry standard.
  8. Replace drain.
  9. Check low voltage wiring, if found in bad condition once exposed or if included with quote.
  10. Ensure chase is sealed.
  11. Replace condenser pad, if needed or requested in quote.
  12. Relocation of disconnects as needed or required by code.
  13. Install new ¾” pressure treated plywood platform topping ensuring air handler will sit level.
  14. Raise air handler as needed for ensure proper filter access and drainage.
  15. Seal new air handler to return.
  16. Install a new sealed four piece transition to existing attic duct.
  17. Install secondary pans and float switch in horizontal applications.
  18. Install primary float switches on all air handlers.
  19. Install liquid filter dryers on all equipment installs.
  20. Leak check all connections by positive nitrogen pressure.
  21. Evacuate the system of air and water vapor while measuring for proper vacuum with a micron gauge.
  22. Paint all outdoor exposed tubing insulation with UV resistant coating as required by manufacturer.
  23. Install locking caps on the ports to prevent refrigerant from escaping.
  24. Ensure no double traps exist in the condensate drain lines that can cause drainage issues.
  25. Allow adequate time to ensure proper charge calibration at startup.
  26. Check refrigerant charge using manufacturers specifications, as well as Subcool and Superheat methods.
  27. Check amp draw on all new mechanical components at startup.
  28. Check for static air and air flow.
  29. Ensure customer is satisfied with cleanup and installation of the new system.

Always Get the Air Conditioning Install Process in Writing

As you consider quotes from other companies, ask them to show you their air conditioning install process. Make sure to ask to see this process in writing. A reputable air conditioning contractor should always be able to tell you how they plan on making sure your air conditioning install goes smoothly. Still have more questions? Download our eBook The Complete Air Conditioner Buying Guide

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