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Completed Jobs For Zephyr Environmental Solutions Inc.

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Polly S.
Charlottesville, VA
April 5, 2018
We did a complete, non-invasive inspection of the system to identify everything from system type; make and model; age; general condition; and basic performance. As part of this type of inspection we look to identify any major concerns from a safety, performance and comfort perspective. The goal is to provide our clients the knowledge and details necessary to inform their purchase decision. In this engagement we work for you - not the seller, not the real estate agent - so there are no competing interests.
Bill M.
Zion Crossroads, VA
March 26, 2018
Found the compressor was indeed bad. Inspected the rest of the system, found the indoor to coil to be in a deteriorated state. Due to system is 11 years old also recommended replacing. Customer chose a new York Heat Pump through our company that we installed in a timely manner.
Charlottesville, VA
March 19, 2018
We completed a load calculation for the space and installed a new system suited to the space. Because of some water damage we found that needed repair, the Association also found and fixed some termite damage also. We replaced the unit and sealed the cabinet for both air leakage and water intrusion.
Jason T.
Charlottesville, VA
March 5, 2018
Replaced the old analog thermostat with a new digital thermostat. The old thermostat did not have thumb gum behind it. The thumb gum is used to seal any gaps between the conditioned and unconditioned space. making sure no unconditioned air drafts against the back of the thermostat causing it to read a different temperature from whats inside the conditioned space.
Darryl S.
Fredericksburg, VA
March 2, 2018
We installed a .75 ton single head, Daikin ductless heat pump with enhanced capacity heating. Essentially this system does not lose its heating capability when outdoor temperatures get cold - a normal design concern with heat pumps. This system not only looks nice inside and outside but produced over 100 degree hot air and low 50 degree air in cooling mode on final commissioning. This system works!
Kathleen F.
Ruckersville, VA
February 25, 2018
Found both limit switches to be bad on the gas furnace. This was preventing the gas valve from opening. We had to make a return trip on a later date due to the system was 28 years old and parts were special order. Returned and replace both limit switches on the gas furnace. Returned 2 weeks later after the customer contacted us again due to a pilot tube that was leaking. Replaced entire pilot tube for the customer.
Randy G.
Shipman, VA
February 21, 2018
We discovered mice were making nests near the supply boots in the attic. This was because the boots were not sealed at all, allowing hot air to leak into the attic, very attractive to mice in the winter. This was also prompting them to eat at the flex duct work in the attic. Recommendation was to replace all the flex duct that was currently in the attic with insulated hard pipe and seal supply boots. This is what we did for the customer. We also found a nest inside the customers air handler and found a dead mouse at the electric heat kit. Removed the mouse and debris from the nest. The mice were accessing the inside of the unit through unsealed holes on the coil drain pan when the air handler was converted from being up-flow to horizontal. Sealed holes with thumb gum. Cleaned inside of air handler with disinfectant. We ran a load calculation for both the main house and the guest house. After the load calculation we discovered the electric heat kit was oversized for the guest house. We removed the existing heat kit and installed a smaller one. We also discovered a old thermostat that was inaccurately reading the indoor air temperature, we replaced the thermostat for the customer. This will reduce energy consumption and reduce the static pressures in the duct work because less airflow is required for the smaller heat kit. Static pressures in the duct work were above equipment design, after installing all new hard pipe we reduced total static by 25% and brought it below the manufactures max allowed operating Static pressure.
United States Forest Service
Swoope, VA
February 21, 2018
Our initial inspection we found some electrical issues that we recommended an electrician fix before we tried to re-commission the system. The major issue appeared that the system had received a major surge of extra power that damaged the fused disconnect. After an electrician made the repairs recommended we returned to commission the system. Started our inspection at the indoor air handler. Repaired insulation that was coming loose inside of the air handler that was blocking one side of the blower housing. Inspected indoor coil, coil is clean and in good condition. Cleaned indoor coil with specified indoor coil cleaner. Changed the customers air filter. Found some major issues issues with the condensate lines and pan for the system. Installed a new drain pan closer to the underside of the air handler. Installed a new pan switch on the emergency pan. Installed an EZ trap on the primary drain line. Current drain line ran flat on the floor, code requires 1 inch of fall for every 5 feet. We re ran the drain line to have proper fall. This helps reduce blockages in the condensate line. Installed Surge protectors at both the Air Handler and at the Heat Pump outside. These will protect the systems from power surges in the future. We cleaned the outdoor coil on the heat pump, this will allow proper airflow across the outdoor coil and maximum heat transfer between the refrigerant and the outdoor air. Replaced failing contactor and Dual Capacitor for the Heat Pump. Discovered the low voltage connections for the Heat Pump were really worn due to exposure. Multiple wires had bare spots, re-wired the low voltage connections to prevent bare wires from possibly causing a short in the low voltage circuit. When a short occurs it will cause the system to not operate, and possibly damage low voltage boards. Verified Proper refrigerant charge. Made sure the system operated properly in both Heating and Cooling modes.
Allie & Miles R.
Warrenton, VA
February 12, 2018
After replacing the thermostat, discovered that the gas furnace was going into a soft lockout after only a short run time. We timed it at 3 minutes. Found the unit was tripping on a high limit switch located on the primary heat exchanger. Inspected all the duct work, verified duct sizing, and layout. Everything started to point to a dirty/clogged heat exchanger. We pulled the blower housing and found the secondary heat exhancger to be really dirty. Carefully tried to remove as much debris as possible, to see if we could make some improvement to the system. It changed our total run time from 3 minutes to 5 minutes. The unit still went to a lock out. The Furnace had been run with the improper filter and during renovations. The secondary heat exchanger is not covered under the manufacture warranty due to failure to maintain the system. Manufacture states that if the secondary heat exchanger is dirty that it cannot be cleaned and needs to be replaced. Which is over a $2000.00 repair. This is an examply of why we stress bi-annual maintenance.
Ducard Vineyards
Etlan, VA
January 19, 2018
Found the unit to be really low on refrigerant along with the electric heat contactor had completely failed. Replaced Electric heat contactor to get the emergency heat working again. We added refrigerant to the system to satisfy manufacture specifications, added a Leak Seal to the system to hopefully seal the leak that was in the system without having to do a major repair. We also added a 90 degree elbow at the return box in the ceiling, along with pulling the flex duct between the return grill in the ceiling, and the return plenum at the unit. Removed almost 5 feet of flex duct from the return. This reduced static and improved airflow, also reduces how hard the system works to move air across the coil and throughout the duct work.
Mike F.
Charlottesville, VA
December 21, 2017
Found that there was no oil filter installed on the supply line from the tank to the burner. This was allow debris and sludge to reach the nozzle feed tube, and the nozzle itself. Found the nozzle clogged, we were able to clean it temporarily, until we could return with a new nozzle. While inspecting the system also found a crack in the target wall inside the fire box. Highly recommended the chamber be replaced. Also found the transformer for the electrodes going bad. We cleaned the entire oil furnace and flue pipe, replaced the chamber, electrode transformer, cad cell. Installed a new filter with shut off valves on the supply line. After all the work was done used a Bacharach Fyrite INSIGHT Plus Combustion Analyzer to properly tune the system.
Julien D.
Charlottesville, VA
December 18, 2017
On our first visit, we take a thorough look at the system making sure all low and line voltage connections are correct and secure. As it was quite cold, we only cleaned the indoor coil on this visit and verified proper heating function in both the heat pump mode and with auxiliary heat. We made sure the system is properly charged and that all refrigerant pressures and amperage draws are within expected norms and manufacturer specifications.
Steve D.
Charlottesville, VA
December 13, 2017
We installed the condensate pump on the floor along with an acid neutralizer before the condensate pump. Pulled all the slack out of the plastic line running from the pump to the drain across the basement and secured with more clamps. verified installer set up for the customers Tankless Hot Water system.
Walter S.
Charlottesville, VA
November 27, 2017
Zephyr arrived to find the unit as described, flashing a fault code for the pressure switch. On inspection we found a small bug had become lodged in the inlet port of the pressure switch. The bug was enough to disrupt the switch and cause the fault. We cleared the bug and returned the furnace to operation. The unit ran and returned the client's home to the desired temperature.
Philip W.
Charlottesville, VA
November 14, 2017
We performed our first maintenance on the dual fuel system - a system that has the benefits of both a heat pump and a gas / oil furnace. We found the system to be low on refrigerant and used an ultrasonic leak detector to identify a failing evaporator coil. We confirmed the coil is under warranty and are working with Philip to make the final repairs. Returned to install new coil.
Scott E.
Charlottesville, VA
October 27, 2017
After discussing the problem with Mr. and Mrs. E and touring the second story and the attic, we disconnected the attic fan but left it in place. We also sealed around both of the return duct penetrations through the second story ceiling to prevent air infiltration from the unconditioned attic to the conditioned space. We also reconnected the return ductwork and sealed the connections to prevent the system from drawing in unconditioned attic air into the system. We believe these changes will improve comfort and efficiency on the second story.
David L.
Waynesboro, VA
October 26, 2017
We cleaned the indoor coil, ensured all electrical connections were tight, verified all motor voltages and amperage draws, and checked system pressures and operating temperatures. Based on our findings we made recommendations for future maintenance and service.
Steve D.
Charlottesville, VA
October 26, 2017
Verified static pressures as customer in the past had his system converted from single zone to a 3 zone system. Found the system to be very dirty inside the Air Handler on the insulation walls and the blower wheel. The blower wheel is responsible for moving all the air through the duct system and across the coil. Dirt on the blower fins reduces the amount of air the wheel moves. It also can throw the wheel out of balance, causing premature wearing on the motor bearings.
John P.
Charlottesville, VA
October 16, 2017
We replaced a cracked condensate pan switch, converted his electronic air cleaner to a standard media filter, added a pound of refrigerant, replaced a failing electric heat contactor, and completed a general maintenance of the system. Importantly we also thoroughly cleaned the air handler cabinet.
Matt S.
Ruckersville, VA
October 12, 2017
We arrived on site to find the system as described, not cooling. On inspection we found the indoor gas furnace working normally but the outdoor unit running constantly, even with no call for operation from the thermostat. We found a fused contactor that energized the circuit at all times. Client became a maintenance client so we peformed full heating safety and performance maintenance on both systems. We will return in the spring for a complete cooling maintenance to clean the dirty coils.
April M.
Charlottesville, VA
October 11, 2017
We arrived and found the system as described, working but not maintaining desired indoor temperature. Based on the client's description, we suspected the failing condensate pump we had put on our "watch list" from our recent maintenance visit. We replaced the pump, cleared the stopped up drain line, tested the new pump and returned the unit to service. We intensely dislike these types of calls. Not because anyone has made a mistake or there is anything we can do to stop wear and tear on mechanical items. These types of calls highlight the limitations of any industry that works with mechanical equipment - we can tell a piece of equipment is failing but we cannot predict when it will actually fail. And in this case, it was about a week after our scheduled fall maintenance.
Haymarket Baptist Church
Haymarket, VA
October 10, 2017
Preformed annual maintenance for the entire Church. This is a once a year service. So we checked all systems in both heating and cooling. Cleaned all of our indoor and outdoor coils, also changing all air filters. Found a Flue pipe disconnected for a Gas Furnace that is located in the Pre-School section. We are able to get the Flue pipe reconnected. This highlights why maintenance is so important. This disconnected Flue pipe was located in an attic that is only accessed by trade workers. Its vital for Exhaust piping to be in proper order for safety purposes. We take Carbon Monoxide safety very seriously.
Tom H.
Charlottesville, VA
October 6, 2017
We performed our heating season safety, operational and performance checks. We found a dirty indoor coil and dirty air filters - cleaning those resulted in lowering the static pressure from over 1 inches of water column to .6. Static pressure is similar to blood pressure in that it gives us insight into how hard the indoor fan motor is working. We also identified baseline conditions for several other items that we will monitor in future visits.
Jim N.
Charlottesville, VA
October 6, 2017
We asked Mrs. N if she had any symptoms associated with CO and to open the house for ventilation. We headed right over and found the monitors sounding. As a precaution, we brought one of our low level carbon monoxide detectors also. When we checked the existing monitors we determined that all were sounding because it was time for replacement. The manufacturer programs them to sound after 7 years to signal replacement - the tone of the alarm matched the description and the date of manufacture also matched the 7 year period. We calibrated and installed the two new low level CO monitors we had on our vehicles and left them with Mrs. N. We have more monitors on the way and will return to install a third monitor to protect every level of the home.
Danny G.
Charlottesville, VA
October 5, 2017
We performed fall maintenance on two heat pump systems. We checked all safety, electrical and mechanical components for proper, efficient operation. Both systems are operating safely, efficiently and to manufacturer specifications.

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