These items should be part of a routine maintenance program, to be checked every month or two, until a specific schedule for each can be identified for this installation:
QUARTERLY INSPECTION (AND 30 DAYS AFTER INITIAL START)
Air Filters and Screens
Each unit is equipped with return air filters. If the unit has an economizer, it will also have an outside air screen. If a manual outside air damper is added, an inlet air screen will also be present.
Each of these filters and screens will need to be periodically replaced or cleaned.
RETURN AIR FILTERS
EQUIPMENT DAMAGE HAZARD
Failure to follow this CAUTION can result in premature wear and damage to equipment.
DO NOT OPERATE THE UNIT WITHOUT THE RETURN AIR FILTERS IN PLACE.
Dirt and debris can collect on heat exchangers and coils possibly resulting in a small fire. Dirt buildup on components can cause excessive current used resulting in motor failure.
To remove the filters:
To re-install the access panel:
OUTSIDE AIR HOOD
Outside air hood inlet screens are permanent aluminum-mesh type filters. Check these for cleanliness. Remove the screens when cleaning is required. Clean by washing with hot lowpressure water and soft detergent and replace all screens before restarting the unit. Observe the flow direction arrows on the side of each filter frame.
The condenser coil is fabricated with round tube copper hairpins and plate fins of various materials and/or coatings (see Model Number Nomenclature in Appendix A to identify the materials provided in this unit). The coil may be one-row or compositetype two-row. Composite two-row coils are two single-row coils fabricated with a single return bend end tubesheet.
Condenser Coil Maintenance and Cleaning Recommendation
Routine cleaning of coil surfaces is essential to maintain proper operation of the unit. Elimination of contamination and removal of harmful residues will greatly increase the life of the coil and extend the life of the unit. The following maintenance and cleaning procedures are recommended as part of the routine maintenance activities to extend the life of the coil.
REMOVE SURFACE LOADED FIBERS
NOTE: Use of a water stream, such as a garden hose, against a surface loaded coil will drive the fibers and dirt into the coil. This will make cleaning efforts more difficult. Surface loaded fibers must be completely removed prior to using low velocity clean water rinse.
PERIODIC CLEAN WATER RINSE
A periodic clean water rinse is very beneficial for coils that are applied in coastal or industrial environments. However, it is very important that the water rinse is made with a very low velocity water stream to avoid damaging the fin edges. Monthly cleaning as described below is recommended. Rinsing coils in the opposite direction of airflow is recommended.
ROUTINE CLEANING OF COIL SURFACES
Periodic cleaning with Totaline® environmentally balanced coil cleaner is essential to extend the life of coils. This cleaner is available from Replacement Components Division as part number P902-0301 for a one gallon container, and part number P902-0305 for a 5 gallon container. It is recommended that all coils, including standard aluminum, pre-coated, copper/copper or e-coated coils be cleaned with the Totaline environmentally balanced coil cleaner as described below. Coil cleaning should be part of the u
Avoid use of:
Totaline environmentally balanced coil cleaner is nonflammable, hypo-allergenic, non-bacterial, and a USDA accepted biodegradable agent that will not harm the coil or surrounding components such as electrical wiring, painted metal surfaces, or insulation. Use of non-recommended coil cleaners is strongly discouraged since coil and unit durability could be affected.
One-Row Condenser Coil (50FC 04 units only)
Two-Row Condenser Coils (50FC 05-07 units)
Clean coil as follows:
Totaline Environmentally Balanced Coil Cleaner Application Equipment
UNIT DAMAGE HAZARD
Failure to follow this caution may result in reduced unit performance or unit shutdown.
High velocity water from a pressure washer or garden hose, or compressed air should never be used to clean a coil. The force of the water or air jet will bend the fin edges and increase airside pressure drop.
UNIT DAMAGE HAZARD
Failure to follow this caution may result in accelerated corrosion of unit parts.
Harsh chemicals, household bleach or acid or basic cleaners should not be used to clean outdoor or indoor coils of any kind. These cleaners can be very difficult to rinse out of the coil and can accelerate corrosion at the fin/tube interface where dissimilar materials are in contact. If there is dirt below the surface of the coil, use the Totaline environmentally balanced coil cleaner.
Totaline Environmentally Balanced Coil Cleaner Application Instructions
Cleaning the Evaporator Coil:
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