Trane Air Conditioners Use Self-Charging Technology
Trane announced last month that it has engineered a new product that takes the guesswork out of installing and maintaining residential air conditioning systems.
The manufacturer cited studies by the Environmental Protection Agency showing that more than 70% of residential air conditioning systems are not properly charged with refrigerant. As a result, home owners face higher energy costs, reduced reliability and faster wear and tear because the systems do not operate at maximum efficiency.
To correct that problem, the Charge Assist feature on Trane’s new ComfortLink II systems enables technicians to simply push a button to ensure the proper refrigerant charge.
Charge Assist delivers the precise amount of refrigerant before shutting itself off and returning control of the system back to the comfort control. It can be used when a system is installed, and during routine maintenance, to ensure system reliability.
During maintenance, Charge Assist will indicate if a unit is under- or over-charged, enabling the technician to add or recover refrigerant and restore balance to the system. Charge Assist provides a method for automatically adding refrigerant more accurately than has been possible in the past.
Trane ComfortLink II connects all the communicating components of a home’s air conditioning and hearting system, while providing the option of remote telephone access to the system, any time of the day, from anywhere in the world.
Special technology is built into Trane’s highest efficiency products, allowing them to “communicate” digitally with each other. The interfaces enable all communicating components in HVAC systems to be automatically and properly charged, configured and calibrated. The system is designed to run its own self-diagnostics to ensure the proper airflow for heating and cooling modes, as well as the correct heat source configuration, blower timings and humidity control.
ComfortLink II has two wires that run from the outdoor unit to the indoor unit, compared to up to 10 wires in other systems. The result is a better quality installation, resulting in time and labor savings for the dealer. There is no longer the need to consult cooling charts, make on-site calculations or calibrate to ensure refrigerant charge.
For more information about Trane’s Comfort Link II with Charge Assist, click here.
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