With thousands of aging R22 systems now reaching the end of their working life, a replacement installation in Belfast's city docks has highlighted the advantages of R22 Replace technology from Mitsubishi Electric.
HEYN Handling Solutions, based in Belfast's harbour area, realised that its air conditioning system - installed in 1992, was nearing the end of its useful operating life. The company thought that they were facing the prospect of major upheaval to their busy offices and called in Northern Ireland based contractor Air Cool Engineering (NI) Ltd, to advise on the best way forward.
"HEYN Handling had been very happy with the performance of its existing Mitsubishi Electric system, but was worried about the impact on its business of removing and replacing the old air conditioning" explained Martin Mullan, from Air Cool Engineering (NI) Ltd.
"We pointed out that with advances in modern systems, we could not only use a lot of the existing infrastructure to save on time and disruption, but they would also then benefit from increased performance and energy-saving and cost- effective cooling and heating in their offices."
The R22 Replace Series can often utilise and 'recycle' existing R22 pipework, electrics, drains and control wiring, leading to significant savings on both install costs and the timeframe required to complete the project.
With minimal disruption to the operation of a busy office, we were delighted to complete the replacement install over a two week period" added Mullan.
The introduction of the new R2 series Replace Multi heat recovery outdoor unit, heralds another forward step by Mitsubishi Electric, enabling the reuse of existing R22/R407c pipework, whilst also allowing the upgrade of the most efficient systems available in the market.
Replace Multi will clean existing pipework during commissioning, remove any deposits and R22 mineral oil, that would have originally meant that new pipework would have been called for. The implications of this are significant on cost and time, whilst also minimising any potential disruption.
With over 20 years of industry expertise, Air Cool Engineering (NI) Ltd identified a number of opportunities to help make HEYN Handling's replacement and upgrade realistic.
As existing R22 pipework, control wiring, drains and electrics were already in place, Air Cool Engineering (NI) Ltd had to simply replace all indoor units, the branch controller and condensing unit with Mitsubishi Electric's new R2 Series.
While upgrading, HEYN Handling also took the opportunity to provide air conditioning services in office areas that previously had none.
Air Cool Engineering (NI) Ltd specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems for all business sectors, public and private. As Northern Ireland's only Mitsubishi Electric 'Business Solutions Partner' (BSP), the company is able to offers its clients a 5-year warranty on new Mitsubishi Electric installs. For further details visit www.aircoolengineering.co.uk or telephone 028 777 67114.