For those in the mining game, especially in remote locations where the weather is extreme, having your air-conditioning fail is a major issue.
It stops work, affects safety and creates all sorts of headaches costing mining millions in down time, productivity and idle resources. Yet it can be prevented by minor yet essential maintenance.
An air conditioner’s filters, coils, condensers and evaporators require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use and cost of repairs steadily increases.
Basic maintenance requires a qualified technician to:
- Check for correct amount of refrigerant
- Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
- Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system
- Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
- Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
- Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections
- Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
- Check the accuracy of the thermostat
- Clean or replace filters
The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner or pressuriser is to routinely replace or clean its filters.
Clogged, dirty filters:
- Block normal airflow and allows contaminants to affect the system and the occupant
- Significantly reduces a system’s efficiency
- Damage and reduce life of evaporator coil and impair the coil’s absorbing capacity
- Limit the efficiency of the air-conditioning requiring more energy and fuel
The benefits of clean filters:
- Energy and fuel saving by 5% – 15%
- Better cooling and performance
- Cleaner air improving protection from allergens, contaminants and breathing problems
- Protects and extends the life of your evaporator coils and other parts
- Less service and breakdown
- Less down time on machinery and equipment
- Savings on less replacement parts and resources
- Minimises risk of fire, short circuits and malfunctions
An air conditioner filter can come in the form of aluminium mesh, foam, woven polypropylene, non-woven polyester or non-woven polyester with activated carbon. Filters are available in a variety of types and efficiencies.
It is recommended to clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter on a regular basis. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use or subjected to dusty conditions.
Lyons is of the largest suppliers and installers of OEM and custom filters for air-conditioning, filtration and pressurisers in mining, transport and construction. Our team of specialised auto electricians and air-conditioning technicians are inducted, approved, and preferred on most major sites. Call us now on (08) 9259 7777 or email email@example.com and speak to one of our experts today.
Below we explore the pros and cons and offer a solution that will make your summer for years to come.
Evaporative Cooling Benefits
- An evaporative cooling system only needs electricity for its fan and water pump. Therefore, the air-conditioning unit uses less power than most cooling systems.
- An evap unit uses a more natural process to keep your truck and cabin cool, all it requires is a full tank of water
Evaporative Cooling Limitations
- Evaporative units are not ideal for humid areas and can be influenced by rainy periods.
- Their coolers require more than most alternative air-conditioning
- They have basic air filtration systems and so many airborne contaminants are not captured
- Cabins can become musty due to high moisture levels in fabric
- A window needs to be left open to allow for the free flow of air in and out of the cabin
- Require water tank to be topped up after an overnight use, which can be a scarce commodity in some parts of Australia.
Refrigerated Cooling Benefits
- A refrigerated cooling system will keep you cool and comfortable in all weather conditions
- Refrigerated air-conditioners allows you to assign different temperatures to suit you.
- The cooling system removes humidity from the area
- Refrigerated system has a very effective filtration system
Refrigerated System Limitations:
- A robust system like a refrigerated cooler requires more energy to function. However, there are Lithium powered air-conditioning options that has all the benefit of both worlds.
- The refrigerated cooling’s outdoor unit like the ICEPACK can be noisy. DC Lithium powered refrigerated air-conditioning units overcome this
Should you get an evaporative or refrigerated cooling system?
If you were after a versatile system that can keep you comfortable in all of Australia’s climate conditions, then the recommendation would be a refrigerated cooling unit.
If you want the advantages of both Evaporative and Refrigerated for cabin cooling, then Lyons Piccolo Lithium Battery powered splitter bunk air-conditioning unit is the answer.
The Piccolo innovation has truck cabin or bunk cooling benefits beyond most systems on the market:
- A fraction up front cost than other systems
- Lithium powered system, saving you money on fuel on ongoing running costs
- Eco-Friendly unit that’s energy efficient
- Quiet and peaceful for a better night sleep
- Inbuilt option to run on 240v. Plug in and save
- Compact components requiring less effort to find room to install
- Less maintenance with the option of doing it yourself
- Tried and tested system used in standalone and fleet trucking industry
Having an expert who can help make the right decision can be invaluable. Lyons is the “Largest Independent Automotive & Electrical Wholesaler and Installer”, specialising in air-conditioning, filtration and pressurisers.
Call us now on (08) 9259 7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and speak to one of our experts to make sure you keep safe and comfortable this summer.
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