Air Conditioner – How to keep it tip top

Air Conditioner – How to keep it tip top

In a perfect world, our Air Conditioner would run smoothly and provide us with cooling in summer and heating in winter. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case. With anything mechanical we should always keep it well maintained but also familiarise ourselves with a few of the common issues, should the Air Conditioning Unit stop working. At ACL Air Conditioning & Refrigeration we only supply & install units that we know have a proven track record for reliability. Over time, even the best units can develop faults. Let’s take a look at 4 of the most common.

Inside Coil Frozen

The first signs of the coil being frozen are the air conditioner not cooling as normal and the general operation becoming more unreliable. At first this can seem like a big problem but it is actually quite common and a fairly straightforward fix. Two major contributing factors to the inside coil becoming frozen are unclean air filters or the return air duct-work becoming blocked. 

The first step is to turn off the system – a must before carrying out any general cleaning/maintenance of mechanical air conditioning equipment! Next, give the air filters a thorough cleaning and check the ducting for any blockages. Of course should you wish to bring in a professional air conditioning company to carry out the maintenance, we are only too happy to help! We also offer tailored maintenance packages which keep your units in tip top condition.

Faulty Wiring

Power surges, intermittent loss of power or complete power loss could be indicative of faulty  wiring. The internal wiring can sometimes develop issues and this will result in the unit not getting a consistent electrical feed. If you notice these faults we would highly recommend bringing in a professional air conditioning contractor to diagnose and repair your unit. It can be dangerous with the risk of fire or electric shock if you are not sure what you’re doing! 

Low Levels of Freon

To cool the air, an air conditioner uses a refrigerant called Freon. If your unit is not producing its usual level of cooling it could be that the refrigerant level is low. The cause of low refrigerant level is likely going to be a leak. Initially, you can try topping the level back up but if the unit continues to lose its cooling and the refrigerant level continually drops then it’s almost certainly a leak and this needs to be addressed. 

Exterior Fan Faulty

If your air conditioner overheats and cuts out or just doesn’t work properly then it could indicate an issue with the exterior fan. The exterior fan transfers the heat from your room to the outside – a very important operation! Now, unless you have been trained in Air Conditioning maintenance and repair, this is probably not going to be something you can tackle yourself. Bring in an experienced HVAC engineer who can get your unit working again. They will also advise you on any further steps you may need to take to prevent having a similar issue in the future. 

While these 4 issues are amongst the most common problems we see in modern HVAC units, other faults can and do sometimes develop. If in any doubt please contact your local engineer!

Keep Cool With Professional Air Conditioning Installation

Keep Cool With Professional Air Conditioning Installation

It’s Hot Hot Hot – But you don’t have to be with Air Conditioning Installation from ACL Refrigeration

Our few days of extreme summer heat in Britain have arrived. Brilliant if you are lucky enough to be sat by a pool or one of our beautiful beeches, but not so good if you are stuck in a workplace without air conditioning. 

Air Conditioning Installation Leeds

ACL Refrigeration are experts in Air Conditioning Installation. Why not get in touch for a highly competitive quote for a brand new Air Con Install? Not only will it keep you comfortable in the current heatwave we are experiencing, but come winter the unit can be used as an energy efficient source of heating too! 

Already have an air conditioning unit that’t not pulling its weight? We are here to hep with that also. Speak to one of our skilled engineers today who will be happy to call out and quote you for a maintenance service package, or should the need arise – a full new system at an affordable price.

Air Conditioning Installation LeedsFor more information on how we can help your workplace, bar, club, restaurant, office or domestic property please Get In Touch today or call 0113 350 2989.


HVAC An Alternative to Central Heating

Heating your home or workplace is now more expensive than it has ever been previously.

The ‘big six’ energy firms have been warned by Ofgem not to raise their prices again, but as this article shows, the energy companies look set to ignore this warning citing an underestimation on the part of the regulator.

With zero value being given to customers from the profiteering companies it is time to look into alternative ways of heating your home or office. Central Heating is by far the biggest expense when it comes to providing warmth to your home. Whether it’s Gas, Oil or Electric Central Heating – they all burn lots of energy and are not that efficient.

Sadly for some of the more vulnerable in our society, the cost of heating their property has become unaffordable.

One alternative that has received a lot of press and TV coverage is Solar Panels. Although expensive to install initially Solar has become a long-term solution to lowering the cost of energy bills. They are however quite unsightly and they do take quite a while to start recouping the initial outlay.
So what can you do?

HVAC units are a cost effective way of heating your home and have the added benefit of providing cooling during the warmer months – when we are lucky enough to experience them!
HVAC – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning – units can be installed in rooms starting from around a few hundred pounds and are an energy efficient way of heating a room. They work quickly and use much less energy than electric central heating by comparison.

If you are fed up of lining the energy companies pockets with profit while they regularly increase prices then thinking about the inclusion of HVAC units can really save you a fee quid.
For more information on how ACL Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd can help and advise you on suitable options for your home and business, please get in touch today!

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Guide

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Guide

There are quite a few different types of Air Conditioning systems available. This can be confusing when it comes to choosing which Air Conditioning system is the right fit for your home or business. Refrigeration solutions can also be a bit of a minefield, so we thought we would put together this little Air Conditioning & Refrigeration guide.

Air Conditioning Systems Guide

Most people think of Air Conditioning Systems as being installed purely to provide cooling during those warm summer months but did you know they also provide a source of heating?

Some of the more common types of Air Conditioning Units you may have heard of include the following:

  • Wall Mounted Units – Suitable for Home, Office, Shops & Restaurants
  • Ceiling Cassette Units – Suitable for Office, Shops, Restaurants & Gyms
  • Floor & Under Ceiling Units – Commercial & Industrial applications, Shops
  • Ceiling Void Concealed Units – Commercial & Industrial
  • Centralised VRV/VRF Systems – Commercial & Industrial
  • Portable Air Conditioning Units – Home, Small Office & Small Shops

To find out more about the Air Con services we provide here at ACL Refrigeration please visit – Air Conditioning

Refrigeration Guide

There are fewer varieties when it comes to Refrigeration Equipment. These generally take the form of cold rooms whether these are walk-in coolers or freezers.

Here is a list of the more common types of cooling systems and their suitable application:

  • Cold Rooms – Retail Outlets, Supermarkets, Hospitals
  • Clean Rooms – Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Cellar Cooling – Wine/Beer Cellars for Restaurants or pubs
  • Mortuary Cooling – Hospitals, Funeral Directors
  • Catering Cooling – Display Fridges/Freezers & Undercounter Fridges for Shops, Bars, Restaurants
  • Ice Machines – Bars, Restaurants

Hopefully, this short guide will give you an insight into the different options available for Air Conditioning and Commercial Refrigeration. We are always on hand if you would prefer a more in-depth chat. Simply give us a call on 0113 350 2989 or use the Contact Form to send us your enquiry. 

Tips to Keep your HVAC Running this Summer

One of the best ways to keep your HVAC unit running smoothly through the warm summer months is to keep up a regular service schedule. Using a reputable company like ACL Refrigeration LTD to service your unit can extend its life and ensure optimum performance.  A qualified HVAC engineer from ACL will carry out a full inspection of the unit including

  • Checking the thermostat
  •  Inspecting the Electrical Components and testing 
  • Lubricating moving parts
  • Check the start up and shut down controls
  • Check and replace air filter if required

If you are in the Leeds/Bradford and wider Yorkshire area then make sure you contact a fully qualified HVAC engineer like ACL Refrigeration have on their books to carry out your inspection.    

Air Conditioning Units – The different types

Air Conditioning – Different Types

Air Conditioning can take many forms. The correct type of installation for your business depends on the area you wish to heat or cool, along with the specifications of the units available. Of course, personal preference is also a contributing factor. 

There are solutions available to meet the requirements of all budgets and individual preferences. Below is a look at the most common types.

Small Split System

Air Conditioning Unit

When working to a budget and when you only require air conditioning in one room at a time, a small split system could be the perfect choice for you.

A small split system consists of a small indoor unit capable of heating and cooling. This small unit is connected to an external unit which has the ability to keep unwanted heat outside. If a small split system looks the correct fit for your needs please contact us to discuss manufacturers that we recommend.

Medium Split System

Medium Split Systems take the capabilities of small split systems up a gear, while working in much the same way. Where the small split system is ideally suited to heating or cooling just one room within a commercial or residential property, a medium split system has the ability to manage multiple rooms. 

Multi-Split System

For larger buildings requiring air conditioning a multi-split system is a more realistic fit. Suitable for office suites, larger apartments and the like, internal units are connected to an external bank of outdoor units usually situated on the roof of a building or a dedicated area specifically designed to house the units.

If you have a large premises and you want to make sure that the whole place is temperature controlled then you might want to look at larger industrial cooling units. These work in much the same way as smaller units, they’re just more tailored towards larger premises where a smaller unit just won’t do the job. Talk to us for friendly advice on all your air conditioning and refrigeration needs and how we can incorporate quality units from manufacturers like Daikin into your business!

An Introduction to HVAC

ACL Refrigeration offer HVAC services throughout the UK, but what do we mean by HVAC? Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning is the literal abbreviation of HVAC but a better way to look at it is to take the role of an HVAC Technician. A technician in this field would be trained in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems and the installation and maintenance of them.  Just about any building you can think of will benefit from an HVAC system whether it be air conditioned offices, restaurants or retail outlets, ventilated commercial kitchens or even in Residential properties. Here at ACL this is our area of expertise. We install Air Conditioning and Refrigeration solutions and also provide high quality aftercare service and maintenance packages. 

The Pitfalls Of Buying Pre-Owned Catering Equipment

When you are opening a new restaurant, one of the largest bills you will face is for new catering equipment. The size and complexity of the units that you need, from refrigerators to ovens and deep fat fryers, means that a large chunk of your start up costs will be eaten up almost immediately. It is not surprising, then, that many new restaurateurs will be tempted to buy second hand catering equipment, hoping to save money. Whilst this is acceptable for some items, there are pitfalls which should be considered before deciding on a second hand catering equipment purchase.

Wear And Tear

There is no doubt that some catering equipment will be useable for many years, and if you are on a tight budget it is sensible to buy these items second hand. Prep tables are one example of this. Anything without moving parts and not showing signs of rust or missing parts should be acceptable. The real problems arise when you are buying second hand electrical appliances.

Expired Warranties

One of the major pitfalls in buying second hand appliances is that you have no warranty with them. Either the warranties have expired, or details of them have been lost. Without a warranty, if a problem develops you are on your own. This can be extremely frustrating, as the likelihood of faults occurring increases the older the item is. You could find yourself spending more on repairs and replacement parts than you would have done on a new appliance. It is an issue that many restaurant start ups face and it is a gamble you need to consider carefully. Buying brand new items may appear to be an expense too far, but remember that these items hold their value well. If your restaurant did fail, you will be able to recoup more of the cost of newer items than a second or third hand ones.

Think Carefully You should think carefully before buying second hand appliances for your kitchen. By all means, save money on items that can’t break down. Even smaller electrical items, which would not break the bank to replace if they broke, can be a good saving if bought second hand. But larger items, such as ovens and refrigeration units might be an investment worth making. Having the peace of mind that comes with a reputable manufacturer warranty is priceless. Sometimes there is damage to second hand equipment that may not be immediately apparent. Do you know that it has not been dropped, or had multiple previous repairs and problems? You should consider all these pitfalls before making a decision.

Is There an Optimum Temperature for Keeping Food Fresher for Longer?

The primary function of any catering refrigeration unit is to keep temperatures constantly low in order to slow down the rate at which mould and bacteria proliferate, and thereby increase the length of time that food is edible. Getting this right can mean the difference between a business thriving or going under, due food spoilage. So just what is the optimum temperature at which to store your food items, to best prolong their shelf life?

Perfect Temperature

The ideal temperature at which to prolong the life of fresh food is widely agreed to be 3°C. Between 0°C and 4°C is acceptable, but ensure temperatures don’t fall above or below this point. However, some foodstuffs can be damaged if they are stored at these lower temperatures. Lettuce is a good example of this. Because of the high water content of lettuce, they are fragile and freeze easily. The best way to ensure your refrigerator is working at the optimum temperature is to use a good quality fridge thermometer, and check it regularly.

Fridge Exceptions

Refrigeration at 3°C is not the key to all fresh food longevity. Cucumber is a perfect example of a foodstuff that cannot be stored at a normal fridge temperature, if you want to optimise its shelf life. The perfect temperature to keep a cucumber is at 12-13°C, so to keep yours from going mushy, store it wrapped in a tea towel or cloth. Tomatoes should not be refrigerated at all, as they will deteriorate quickly. Onions and garlic should not be refrigerated, because they need plenty of air circulating around them. Keep onions in their mesh bag. Potatoes will have their flavour impaired by refrigeration. Store in the pantry in low light. Bread and coffee should also be left out of the fridge.

Special Storage Needs

Keeping foods fresher longer is not always a question of temperature. Lettuce will last longer if it is kept moist, whereas mushrooms will quickly go slimy if they are in a moist environment. Store mushrooms in the refrigerator, but wrap them in a paper towel to keep them dry. Lettuce is best stored in a plastic bag, with air holes in order to keep it fresher for longer.

Remember, the best temperature to keep a majority of food fresh and safe for the longest time is 3°C. If your food is spoiling after less than three day in the fridge, check the temperature with a thermometer. Don’t take risks with food safety. Salmonella and Listeria can be fatal.

Catering Refrigeration Is So Much More Than Keeping Food Chilled

Those who know nothing of the catering industry might assume that catering refrigeration is simply a question of having a fridge in the kitchen and using it as you might at home. But there is more to catering refrigeration than simply keeping food chilled. Fridges can actually be extremely dangerous if not used correctly.

Fridge Discipline

Keeping food chilled is not only essential, but it is a legal safety requirement. If you have a catering fridge that works as it should, the story doesn’t end there. One of the major causes of food poisoning in restaurants comes from cross-contamination in fridges. This is when bacteria migrate from raw food onto cooked food. If raw meat juices drip onto food in a lower part of the fridge, those foods are contaminated, and potentially hazardous. If a kitchen finds that they are having to compromise food safety when storing food, it is a sign that they need a new refrigerator. Ideally, a kitchen should have more than one refrigerator, so that raw meat and poultry, and ready-to-eat food can be stored separately. A meat and poultry fridge is often used for eggs, fish and unwashed vegetables and fruit, so that the space is fully utilized.

Fridge Safety

Lassana Bathily recently saved 15 people’s lives by locking them in the walk in chiller room of a Paris grocery, when it came under terrorist attack. By switching off the unit and locking them in, he became an overnight hero. So much for chiller units as a place of safety. But whilst a catering fridge may not immediately strike you as a piece of equipment that could pose a risk to life, they can and do. Walk in cooler rooms, which provide large areas of storage space, are often found in supermarkets, large institutions and factories. It is essential that proper safety measures be used with these units, in order to minimise the risk of people becoming trapped inside them. Some catering companies now fit an alarm to their chiller rooms so that the alarm can be raised. Deaths of those trapped in chiller rooms from hypothermia are not unknown.

Regular Maintenance Maintaining a catering refrigeration unit is a key part of fridge safety. Accurate thermostats are essential, since without an accurate reading food safety is compromised. It is important to check seals and doors regularly, and replace damaged parts, as cold air escaping through damaged seals can lead to a rise in internal temperature. Even a few degrees increase in temperature can affect food safety, so accurate readings are essential.