From keeping our veggies fresh, to storing our favorite ice creams and juices, refrigerators have become essential for modern day living. The first refrigerators, so to say, were built as ice houses. These buildings consisted of man-made underground chambers, which were built close to natural sources of winter ice such as freshwater lakes. During winter, this ice and snow would be packed into the ice house along with straw or sawdust that was used for insulation.
The ice house kept the ice intact for several months on end, even through summer. Many countries claim to be the home of the refrigerator. Over the years, refrigerator technology has evolved in leaps and bounds. One of the first home refrigeration units was installed at Biltmore Estate in North Carolina in around 1895. That same year, the first commercial refrigeration unit was opened by the Vestey Brothers in London. Modern day refrigerators primarily work on electric power, although some of the older models use gas as a source of energy.
What Does a Contractor Do?
After you have found a contractor you can work with you may wonder what to expect next while they are working at your house. A contractor will typically carry out these tasks during installation, repairs or maintenance. Equipment should always be installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications, using the industry best practices. Connecting systems to different fuel and water lines. Connecting air conditioning ducts and sealing to prevent air loss.
Installing electrical controls and wiring according to code
Performing tests on the equipment, and controls during and after startup
Inspect and asses any type of HVAC system. Test individual parts of the system to isolate and diagnose what needs fixing. Replace or repair whatever is broken or defective. Performing routine maintenance to ensure the HVAC system is running efficiently throughout the year. Replacement of filters and clearing of drain lines to maintain the efficiency of your system.
Cleaning of condenser coils yearly or quarterly
Cleaning of evaporator coils periodically or as needed.
Tightening electrical connections or lugs, or periodically replacing components that are worn and may cause greater issues down the road for components connected to the electrical supply.
Quality Contractors will typically employ sophisticated tools that are essential to your systems function, performance, and reliability. They will also typically discuss best industry practices they employ to ensure the reliability of your system. Vacuum pumps, recovery machines, acetylene torches and combustion analyzers are tools typically employed by good contractors.