• Tech Update

    March 1, 2011
    COMMERCIAL Emerson Climate Technologies Emerson Climate Technologies launched the Copeland Discus with CoreSense Protection, an advancement to its semi-hermetic


    Emerson Climate Technologies

    Emerson Climate Technologies launched the Copeland Discus® with CoreSense Protection, an advancement to its semi-hermetic compressor line that uses the compressor as a sensor to monitor operating conditions within the compressor. Building on its compressor electronics strategy, Emerson now integrates CoreSense technology across the entire Copeland Discus compressor line up to 6 cylinder capacity. By using the Copeland Discus compressor as a sensor, CoreSense Protection monitors and interprets system and electrical information within the compressor, shutting it down before damage occurs. Copeland Discus with CoreSense Protection alerts technicians to the most serious faults first so they can accurately and rapidly correct problems and prevent compressor failures that could suddenly generate product spoilage. | www.Emerson.com

    Manitowoc Ice

    Manitowoc Ice introduces its newest ice machine — Indigo ice assurance. Ice assurance is a series of technological advancements including intelligent diagnostics, the ability to monitor ice machine operations 24-hours a day, easy-to-read display screen, an easy-to-clean food zone, and many other features. State-of-the-art diagnostics offer constant monitoring of refrigeration and sub-system controls so if an issue arises it is immediately communicated and can be addressed. | www.manitowocice.com

    Ritchie Engineering

    Ritchie Engineering Company announced that the first in its new line of Yellow Jacket RecoverX refrigerant recovery machines has begun shipping to U.S. wholesalers. Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A., the RecoverXLT provides fast recovery of Class II, III, IV and V refrigerants including R-410A. According to company sources, it features a patented single valve control for easy changeover from liquid to vapor to purge. Other features designed to make the service job run more smoothly for the technician include automatic shut-off at 15-in. of vacuum and automatic restart if pressure rises, and auto purge that clears residual refrigerant for quick change from one refrigerant to another. The compressor is backed by a 3-year warranty, but to protect the life of the compressor and the RecoverXLT even further, the machine is designed with a constant pressure regulator valve that regulates refrigerant input to keep the machine running at optimal levels in all conditions. | www.yellowjacket.com



    The Amana ASXC16 air conditioner is engineered for durability, quiet operation and advanced diagnostics, while delivering up to 16 SEER, energy-saving performance. The Energy Star-certified ASXC16 is compatible with the ComfortNet Communicating Control. The system actively monitors the entire HVAC loop, making automatic corrections if needed to ensure peak performance. A lifetime unit replacement limited warranty covers the Amana compressor, a two-stage Copeland® Ultratech Scroll. | www.amana-hac.com

    American Standard

    The Gold XI Air Conditioner by American Standard keeps operating noise to a minimum, even on the hottest days, thanks to its durable Duration compressor and exclusive Spine Fin Coil. Its rust-resistant coating, screws and base-pan protect the system from the elements, as it cools with an environmentally friendly and ozone-safe refrigerant, company sources state. | www.americanstandardair.com


    Rated at up to 24.5 SEER, the Broan FS4BI iQ Drive® air conditioner uses inverter technology to achieve the industry's highest cooling efficiency and lowest sound levels, company sources say. The iQ Drive air conditioner includes a 10-year all-parts warranty and a 10-year Quality Pledge to replace the unit if the compressor fails (product registration and system match required). | www.broanhvac.net


    The Tranquility split geothermal system consists of the Tranquility outdoor split unit (TTP) and the Tranquility air handler (TAH). When paired together, this series has among the highest efficiency rating of any geothermal system on the market today. The Tranquility split system easily connects to new or existing fossil fuel and electric furnaces, uses Earthpure® HFC-410A, and it exceeds ASHRAE 90.1 and Energy Star 3.0 efficiencies. It also meets requirements for the 30% federal tax credit on installation costs. | www.climatemaster.com


    Achieving up to 24.5 SEER, the Frigidaire iQ Drive® air conditioner (model FS4BI) uses inverter technology to modulate anywhere from 40-118% of capacity, instantly adjusting to exactly offset the demands on the home. It runs almost constantly at a low level and operates as low as 59 decibels. The Frigidaire iQ Drive air conditioner is available in 2, 3 and 4 tons. | www.frigidaire.net


    Available in three sizes from 1- to 2-ton, Goodman Mini-Splits provide 13 SEER and 7.7 HSPF efficiencies. Features include trapiziform inner-grooved copper to improve heat exchange efficiency and lower power consumption; a rotary compressor; bi-directional airflow; self-diagnostics; anti-rust cabinets; auto-protection; auto start and sleep modes. A five-year compressor limited warranty plus a one-year parts limited warranty is standard on the Goodman Mini-Splits. | www.goodmanmfg.com

    Johnson Controls

    Johnson Controls has expanded its line of York® Affinity air conditioners with the addition of a new 16 SEER unit. This latest update to the York Affinity Series residential product line meets the efficiency requirements to qualify for a 2011 federal tax credit and features a control board that is compatible with the York Affinity Communication Control. This new control communicates with all key components in a home comfort system, providing total system integration that ensures maximum system efficiency and homeowner comfort while equipping contractors with a reliable, distinctive look to increase profits and build their business. Available in 2 to 5-ton capacities, the single-stage York Affinity 16 SEER air conditioners include 2.5- and 3.5-ton models to fill the need for properly sized premium system applications. | www.yorkhvacdealer.com


    The Lennox XC21 has efficiency ratings of up to 21.00 SEER. It features the SunSource® Solar-ready option, which allows users to add solar modules and create a solar powered system that generates electricity for the air conditioner, reducing energy consumption and utility costs, company sources say. The icomfort-enabled technology allows the air conditioner, when installed with the programmable icomfort touchscreen thermostat, to exchange information and make adjustments as needed to optimize performance and efficiency. It's ENERGY STAR® qualified and has sound levels as low as 69 dB. | www.lennox.com/solar-solutions/


    LG Electronics introduces the new Art Cool Mirror single split line, which features a slim rectangular wall-mounted interior evaporator with a one-way airflow system. The duct-free ART Cool Mirror Single Split is enhanced for easy installation; this includes installation support clips that allow for 25 degrees of separation from the wall without detaching the unit. A detachable bottom cover makes installation possible without the need to dissemble or support the unit; this also allows for easier access to the unit's electrical wiring. The 2011 models also include a 45 percent wider cavity for piping, allowing for easy installation. Available in a variety of custom finishes, the Art Cool Mirror Inverter line can be fit to enhance any room's décor. LG is also expanding its PTAC line. Enhancing previous models, the 2011 PTAC line includes 7,000 BTU heat/cool and heat pump units with a heater size of 3.5Kw, as well as 15,000 BTU heat/cool and heat pump units with a heater size of 5Kw. | www.lg.com


    Trane introduces the XL20i. The XL20i features a SEER rating of up to 20 and it has two compressors: one for milder weather and a second larger compressor for extremely hot days. The Trane XL20i features ComfortLink II communicating technology (available when matched with communicating indoor units), which connects all key components so the system automatically charges, configures and calibrates for optimal performance and efficiency through the lifetime of the product. When the optional Telephone Access Module is added, settings can be adjusted and updates can be received by phone. | www.Trane.com