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07-20-2007, 01:03 PM #1Regular Guest
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About Old Heat Reocvery line
My contractor says that he will NOT reconnect heat recovery line (from a 15 year old unit) while he is replacing this to a newer 14 seer veriable speed carrier (model 24abr348a003
Reason he states that, with newer systems like this, heat recovery line is not of much advantage and doesn't save in electricity cost.
Is he right? or he just cutting corners?
Please answer as soon as possible as I've not signed the contract yet.
07-20-2007, 02:01 PM #2
was it something used to heat water??
i would not hook up ANYTHING 15 yrs old into the refrigeration system of one of my installs.
07-20-2007, 02:52 PM #3Regular Guest
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It probably is supposed to save energy by re-using heat in AC to get warm water.
I wonder this will take away some of energy consumption benefit of installing new AC?
Though I live in South Florida, but we still use warm water.
07-20-2007, 03:14 PM #4
i have heard of them but in 30 yrs have never seen one.
energy saved would not be worth the risk of contaminating new system in my opinion.
could also cause problems in operation of new system as refrigerant charges are more critical on the higher efficiency units.
07-21-2007, 03:54 AM #5
I dont like them either. We don't hook them back up and that requires opening up and cutting into a perfectly good system. Is your water heater the same age, if so maybe best to upgrade that.
07-21-2007, 07:32 AM #6
Don't recommend it>"Everyday above ground, is a good day".
"But everyday that you have made a difference in someones life, may insure you stay above ground a little longer".<aircooled>
07-23-2007, 12:41 AM #7Regular Guest
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What is your recomendation?
Can old heat recovery line be reconnected with new Trane 14 seers with R410A?
How you can confirm that your contractor is really using R410 with Trane?
07-23-2007, 02:47 AM #8
I would not use one of the old heat recovery systems with any new a/c
systems above 10seer. I have disconnected so many of them. They
did not work that good anyway.
To find out if a 410a system is being used, just check the mfg., labels
on the new equipment and make sure it lists 410a. Check labels before
equipment is set in place.
07-23-2007, 11:09 PM #9Professional Member*
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Carrier will void the warranty if they find one of those things hooked up to their units. Chances are they will never find out, but there is always the chance of you using another service company for whatever reason or if you ever have serious issues with your system that require extensive work and warranties are involved, they might send a rep out. Far fetched, but stranger things have happened. We only hook them back up for extra $$$ on top of unit replacement. We recommend against it, but its your buck.
07-23-2007, 11:13 PM #10Professional Member
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07-24-2007, 12:45 AM #11Professional Member
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1st you should understand that heat recovery is very old school technology - very PROVEN technology - very stable technology
Your contractor was only 1/2 right in NOT hooking up your old heat recovery.
He was correct in not hooking it up because the OLD HRU's (heat recovery units) won't handle the higher pressures of the new refrigerants.
He was very wrong in that it won't save you $. *****
There is a gross misconception that newer units won't work or won't heat hot water. They are misinformed. It is very true that older units w/ recip compressors did heat water better (heat of compression) but bottom line - HEAT IS HEAT, if you are rejecting 36,000 BTU from the home - put it in your water heater.
**** the new refrigerants require a heavy duty wall strength, and cost is slightly higher
**** good contractors are correct in declining to hook up old HRU's - they are not trustworthy and can be a source of contamination.
For the record, manufactures look for any reason to bail on warranty IE: installation of a HRU... particularly if it's not lining their pockets.. you can bet if they SOLD one with that was branded - that would get the thumbs up.
Obviously the longer your running hours (the further south you are) the more ROI. Also the larger your family - the quicker your ROI.
Florida Power is contemplating bringing BACK the HRU rebate in 2008
I've attached a reprint from USF & FPL
Water Heating and Heat Recovery1
Florida Power Corporation2
ENERGY-EFFICIENT WATER HEATING: IT'S THE EASIEST WAY TO SAVE ENERGY DOLLARS
Anywhere from 10% to 25% of the money you spend on home energy each year is consumed by your water heater.
Seem high? Not when you think about all the uses you have for hot water. Taking showers and baths, washing clothes and dishes, shaving, preparing food and just general cleaning - it all adds up.
The good news is, it's easy to save money through efficient water heating. And you can begin saving energy - and money - almost immediately. The following suggestions will help you save energy dollars - month after month.
PART 2: HEAT RECOVERY UNITS
Heat Recovery Units Turn Hot Air Into Hot Water
Your air conditioner or heat pump works hard during hot weather. It pulls heat out of the air inside your home and discharges it into the air outside your home Meanwhile, your water heater is toiling away generating heat for your showers, dishwashing and laundry. Why not recover some of that unused heat energy discharged by your air conditioner or heat pump and use it to heat your water? That's exactly what a heat recovery unit does.
How Does a Heat Recovery Unit Work?
This simple device was developed by the people at Florida Power as an economical, energy- efficient means of heating water.
The heat recovery unit is installed in the hot line of your air conditioner or heat pump's refrigerant circuit. The hot vapor flows through a heat exchanger. The heat from the vapor is then absorbed by the water, which is circulated through the heat exchanger by a small pump. This gives you inexpensive hot water. Controls keep everything operating properly.
In the summer, the heat recovery unit captures some of the heat discharged by your air conditioner, essentially giving you free hot water. You can even turn your regular water heater off - just remember to turn it back on when you're not using your air-conditioner. If the heat recovery unit is installed on a heat pump, low-cost heating for your water during the winter months is also possible.
How Much Does It Cost?
It varies according to individual installation requirements. Purchase and installation costs usually range from $2600 (new construction) to $4550. But, since the heat recovery unit could cut your water heating bills in half, it could pay for itself in approximately five ten years.
How Much Will I Save?
Using a heat recovery unit, an average family can save up to 50% on water heating costs annually. The amount of energy and money your family saves will depend on factors such as: the size of your family, your water use habits and your air conditioning usage. Table 1 can help you estimate the annual savings you can expect with a heat recovery unit.
What's The Best Unit To Buy?
Look for a heat recovery unit with temperature and modulation controls. These features control the temperature and flow of water through the heat recovery unit into your water tank. Also, to minimize heat loss, select the smallest water lines possible for the recovery unit (preferably 3/8" diameter). And keep in mind that the closer your water heater is to your air conditioner or heat pump, the better. A distance of fifty feet or less is best for keeping heat loss to a minimum.
Who Installs Heat Recovery Units?
Call a qualified air conditioning contractor for information on how to have a heat recovery unit installed in your home. The unit should be installed according to instructions and recommendations from your heat pump or air conditioning manufacturer.
Also, check to see if installation of a heat recovery unit will affect the warranty terms of your cooling system. A properly installed heat recovery unit will not adversely affect the operation of your heat pump or air conditioner.
Remember, whether you're building a new home or trying to reduce energy costs in your present home, a heat recovery unit can be a very practical investment.
Careful Energy Consumption Always Brings You Savings
Electric energy contributes greatly to the high quality of life found in Florida. Use it to your best advantage. This brochure offers lots of proven methods for increasing energy efficiency and stretching energy dollars. If you have additional questions, please call your nearest Florida Power office. We're always available to help you get the most out of electric energy.
NUMBER OF PERSONS HOT WATER USAGE
Low Medium High
1 $ 52 $ 58 $ 64
2 77 86 95
3 104 115 127
4 130 144 159
5 156 173 190
1. This document is PID 113 (488), from the Florida Power Corporation.
2. Florida Power Corporation, General Office: 3201 Thirty-fourth Street South, P.O. Box 14042, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733, (813) 866-5151.
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