How Air-Con Maintenance Can Save Mining Millions

For those in the mining game, especially in remote locations where the weather is extreme, having your air-conditioning fail is a major issue.

Air conditioning Filtration Maintenance and service

Preventative filter Maintenance saves millions for mining.

It stops work, affects safety and creates all sorts of headaches costing mining millions in down time, productivity and idle resources. Yet it can be prevented by minor yet essential maintenance.

An air conditioner’s filters, coils, condensers and evaporators require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use and cost of repairs steadily increases.

Basic maintenance requires a qualified technician to:

  • Check for correct amount of refrigerant
  • Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
  • Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system
  • Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
  • Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
  • Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections
  • Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
  • Check the accuracy of the thermostat
  • Clean or replace filters

The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner or pressuriser is to routinely replace or clean its filters.

Clogged, dirty filters:

  • Block normal airflow and allows contaminants to affect the system and the occupant
  • Significantly reduces a system’s efficiency
  • Damage and reduce life of evaporator coil and impair the coil’s absorbing capacity
  • Limit the efficiency of the air-conditioning requiring more energy and fuel

The benefits of clean filters:

  • Energy and fuel saving by 5% – 15%

    Maintenance and replacement of filtration

    Filtration and purification ensures safety and longevity of equipment

  • Better cooling and performance
  • Cleaner air improving protection from allergens, contaminants and breathing problems
  • Protects and extends the life of your evaporator coils and other parts
  • Less service and breakdown
  • Less down time on machinery and equipment
  • Savings on less replacement parts and resources
  • Minimises risk of fire, short circuits and malfunctions

An air conditioner filter can come in the form of aluminium mesh, foam, woven polypropylene, non-woven polyester or non-woven polyester with activated carbon. Filters are available in a variety of types and efficiencies.

It is recommended to clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter on a regular basis. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use or subjected to dusty conditions.

Lyons is of the largest suppliers and installers of OEM and custom filters for air-conditioning, filtration and pressurisers in mining, transport and construction. Our team of specialised auto electricians and air-conditioning technicians are inducted, approved, and preferred on most major sites. Call us now on (08) 9259 7777 or email enquiries@lyons.com.au and speak to one of our experts today.

Surprisingly, Is Evaporative or Refrigerated Cooler?

Evaporative and refrigerated air conditioning systems both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.Cabin and bunk air-conditioning

Below we explore the pros and cons and offer a solution that will make your summer for years to come.

Evaporative Cooling Benefits

  1. An evaporative cooling system only needs electricity for its fan and water pump. Therefore, the air-conditioning unit uses less power than most cooling systems.
  2. An evap unit uses a more natural process to keep your truck and cabin cool, all it requires is a full tank of water

Evaporative Cooling Limitations

  1. Evaporative units are not ideal for humid areas and can be influenced by rainy periods.

    Evaporative Air Con

    Popular Evaporative Air-conditioner for Cabin or Bunk

  2. Their coolers require more than most alternative air-conditioning
  3. They have basic air filtration systems and so many airborne contaminants are not captured
  4. Cabins can become musty due to high moisture levels in fabric
  5. A window needs to be left open to allow for the free flow of air in and out of the cabin
  6. Require water tank to be topped up after an overnight use, which can be a scarce commodity in some parts of Australia.

Refrigerated Cooling Benefits

  1. A refrigerated cooling system will keep you cool and comfortable in all weather conditions
  2. Refrigerated air-conditioners allows you to assign different temperatures to suit you.
  3. The cooling system removes humidity from the area
  4. Refrigerated system has a very effective filtration system

Refrigerated System Limitations:

  1. A robust system like a refrigerated cooler requires more energy to function. However, there are Lithium powered air-conditioning options that has all the benefit of both worlds.
  2. The refrigerated cooling’s outdoor unit like the ICEPACK can be noisy. DC Lithium powered refrigerated air-conditioning units overcome this

Should you get an evaporative or refrigerated cooling system?

If you were after a versatile system that can keep you comfortable in all of Australia’s climate conditions, then the recommendation would be a refrigerated cooling unit.

If you want the advantages of both Evaporative and Refrigerated for cabin cooling, then Lyons Piccolo Lithium Battery powered splitter bunk air-conditioning unit is the answer.

The Piccolo innovation has truck cabin or bunk cooling benefits beyond most systems on the market:

  • A fraction up front cost than other systems

    Split refrigerated bunk or cabin air conditioning unit

    Piccolo Lithium battery Bunk or Cabin Air conditioner best suited for transport trucks

  • Lithium powered system, saving you money on fuel on ongoing running costs
  • Eco-Friendly unit that’s energy efficient
  • Quiet and peaceful for a better night sleep
  • Inbuilt option to run on 240v. Plug in and save
  • Compact components requiring less effort to find room to install
  • Less maintenance with the option of doing it yourself
  • Tried and tested system used in standalone and fleet trucking industry

Having an expert who can help make the right decision can be invaluable. Lyons is the “Largest Independent Automotive & Electrical Wholesaler and Installer”, specialising in air-conditioning, filtration and pressurisers.

Call us now on (08) 9259 7777 or email enquiries@lyons.com.au and speak to one of our experts to make sure you keep safe and comfortable this summer.

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What is this new refrigerant R1234yf and when will it impact your company?

This is a question here at Lyons that we are beginning to get asked constantly, ‘What is this new refrigerant R1234yf and when will it affect my business? ” Now of course, this question does vary over the differing industries that a company such as Lyons deals with however we will do our best in this blog to answer some of the common questions to assist our customers with a better understanding.

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Electric compressors – the future of mobile machine air conditioning?

Engine driven airconditioning compressors were first readily installed to mobile air conditioning in vehicles when a company called Packard started installing “Bishop and Babcock Weather conditioners” to vehicles in 1939. Engine driven A/C compressors utilise a belt that is driven off the motor to turn the compressor over to pump the refrigerant around the airconditioning system.

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Diesel Particulate Matter and why we need to avoid it

Earlier this month the Cancer Council Australia released an article which has created a few shock waves throughout the transport industry. Whilst airborne particulates such as asbestos have been in the public eye for the damage it can cause those who inhale it, Diesel Particulate Matter or DPM as it is often called and the dangers of this particulate is not as well known and identified as a hazardous material to the extent of asbestos.

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Remote Air Conditioning Charging – Earthmoving Equipment Focus

Safety in mining has come along leaps and bounds since the “early days” of tank tops, shorts and thongs. Whilst mining is still in essence a dangerous job, the risk avoidance procedures that the mining industry has taken upon itself to implement to protect the safety and well being of the employees in the industry is a compliment to the industry. However even with these safeguards and protections in place, unfortunately accidents can occur. Testing and commisioning has been identified as one of the periods of time where accidents have the potential to occur on a mine site and as such we will offer safety solutions below to assist with this in the field of earthmoving airconditioning.

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Sigma Anti-Idling System – the game changer in fuel consumption reduction for Heavy Earthmoving Equipment

Saving costs has never been as important in the mining industry as it is now. With the end of the mining construction boom, there is a large amount of pressure on reducing costs and downtime whilst still delivering production totals.

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What To Look For When Buying Truck Air Conditioning Parts Online

If you need automotive air conditioning parts, where you get them can be just as important as the actual parts you buy. By choosing a trusted supplier, you’ll have a better chance of getting the parts you want, need, and expect. You may also get better service, more information about what you’re buying, and quality OEM parts or aftermarket options that are going to provide you with everything you need to get your truck’s air conditioning system back up and running smoothly.

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Common Truck Air Conditioning Problems

Your truck air conditioning is very important, because it helps protect you from the heat of a Perth summer. Of course, your auto air conditioning isn’t going to keep you comfortable if it doesn’t work the way it should. There are some common truck air conditioning problems that can have your truck’s cabin getting warm and uncomfortable. Some of these problems are easy to fix on your own and have tips you can follow, but others require a professional to handle them like Lyons Air Conditioning. Taking your truck to Lyons Air that specialise in truck and mining air conditioning can mean a faster and better fix to any air conditioning problem.