Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Dover DE’

Causes of Common Problems with Draft Beer Systems

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Customers expect quality when they order a cold beer on tap: just the right amount of foam and a crisp, clean, refreshing taste. That’s why it’s so important to have a quality draft beer system in your establishment, but these can run into trouble from time to time. Most draft beer system issues have to do with the carbon dioxide pressure and the temperature in the tank—though user error is often largely at fault. Check the temperature and pressure settings when you run into trouble, make sure your glasses are “beer-clean” and that your pour is on point, and call professionals when you encounter system trouble.

  • Flat beer – This could mean that the temperature setting is too cold (it should stay around 36-38 degrees Fahrenheit) or that the carbon dioxide is not pressurized enough. Alternatively, it could have to do with an improper pour or an oily glass.
  • Foamy beer – Check to make sure that you’re opening up the tap all the way and that you’ve poured properly. If this is not the problem, pressure issues may be responsible, or the temperature of the beer may be too warm. Call a technician if the settings appears to be correct but the issue persists.
  • No beer – If there is no beer at all but your system appears to be running properly, it may be time to call for professional repairs. Of course, you should also check to make sure that everything is properly connected—and that the keg is not empty.
  • Poor taste or appearance – When is the last time you cleaned the beer lines? Ideally, you or your distributor should clean the beer line about once a week, though three weeks is acceptable (and nightly is optimal), and anytime you replace a keg. If you’re not sure how to do this, call our team, though purchasing the equipment for this is not too costly. Of course, you should also check to make sure that the keg is within its expiration date, and that you do not use a keg for more than 3 weeks.

Atlantic Refrigeration can answer all of your questions about draft beer systems in Dover, DE and provide professional installation, service, or replacement so that your business runs smoothly. Give us a call!

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Repairs a Geothermal Heating System May Need

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Geothermal systems are built to last – after all, they do have an average lifespan of up to 50 years – but that doesn’t mean they won’t ever have repair issues. There can be some concern over geothermal repairs because parts of the system are so different from more traditional heating systems, but when you hire trained experts, like the ones from Atlantic Refrigeration, you can rest assured that your geothermal heating repairs in Dover, DE, are in good hands.

Types of Repairs

Here are some of the repairs that can develop with a geothermal system:

Issues with the Heat Pump

Geothermal systems use a heat pump to transfer the heat back and forth. The heat pumps will either be water-source or ground-source, depending on the type of geothermal system you’ve installed. One of the most common problems with heat pumps is compressor issues. The compressor pressurizes the anti-freeze in the system, so problems with the compressor can create heating issues. Other issues that can develop are problems with the coils and issues with the condenser.

Scaling

There are a number of minerals in water, and sometimes these minerals can form a build-up in piping called “scale”. The ground loop of geothermal systems, and even the heat pump, can develop scale, which, if significant enough, can restrict the flow of the anti-freeze in the system. An acid flush performed by a trained professional can remove the scale build-up easily.

Ground Loop Leak

The ground loop developing a leak is one of the top concerns about geothermal systems, but it doesn’t have to be. First, leaks rarely develop and second, technicians use a specific process to pinpoint the leak location before digging. The process involves injecting non-toxic dye into the ground loop and waiting for the dye to bubble to the ground’s surface; the location of the dye on the ground’s surface indicates where the leak has developed. Once the dye appears, digging can begin and the leak can be repaired.

Geothermal systems are the most energy efficient systems available and their long lifespan can mean years of comfortable, very environmentally-friendly heating and cooling.

If you have concerns about geothermal repair in Dover, DE, call the experts at Atlantic Refrigeration today!

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Signs That a Commercial Boiler Needs Repair

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

As a business owner, you know how important it is that your workspace be adequately heated throughout the winter. Having an uncomfortable indoor atmosphere can impact your business significantly, so it’s always best to be ahead of repairs instead of waiting for a total breakdown of your heating system before addressing problems with your commercial heating system. However, it can be a challenge to pick up on the signals from such a large heating system, so to help you decipher some of the signs that indicate it’s time for commercial heating repair in Dover, DE, our Atlantic Refrigeration commercial heating experts have put together a list of signs of which to be aware:

Leaks

Boilers are part of hydronic heating systems, which means they use water to heat your business space. Even though water is part of the system, leaks are not a normal part of operation and need to be attended to right away. Leaks aren’t always readily apparent, so if you see wet spots on your ceiling, hear a dripping noise or have noticed that a radiator or baseboard isn’t working but there’s water around it, it’s important to call for an expert right away.

No Heat/Low Heat

An office space that is too cool can’t operate correctly. There can be multiple reasons for poor heating, including issues with the burner, air lock in the piping system or the off chance that your boiler has run out of fuel. As soon as you detect that your commercial boiler is not heating as needed, it’s time to call for a specialist.

Strange Noises

One of the benefits of a boiler system is that it is a very quiet system to operate. Therefore, if you are hearing strange sounds coming from your heating system, such as pipes banging, a technician should take a look at your system.

A poor heating system can affect your employees, your customers and ultimately, your business.

If you are seeing the signs that you need commercial heating repair in Dover, DE, don’t ignore it – call Atlantic Refrigeration and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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