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High-Rise Condo HVAC Maintenance

Toronto High-Rise Condominiums

Property managers take care of a high-rise condominium’s shell, including the grounds-keeping, but who is responsible for an individual unit’s servicing? You are—the condo owner. Each unit has what is known as an ‘in-suite heat-pump’ that provides both your cooling and heating requirements.

As a condo owner, you are responsible for the preventative maintenance of your unit’s heat-pump even though your in-suite heat-pump is integrally connected to the building’s other units’ pumps as well as the mainframe common elements: evaporative cooling tower, boiler, compression tank, circulating pumps, heat exchanger, and so forth.

If the others are not properly maintained, or if the main system—with its loops and shared tower and compression tank—are not appropriately maintained, then you, the individual condo owner, will bear the shared expense with your fellow building’s residents.

Our Commitment to Condominium Servicing

Intelligent Comfort Solutions is the GTA’s only licensed and insured HVAC company who will maintain your in-suite heat-pump and building’s heating and cooling-systems. Other companies will perhaps get on your roof and repair your 250-tonne chiller, depending on the weather, but no company will take on the important and detailed responsibility of managing, inspecting, diagnosing, and servicing an entire condominium tower’s interior heating and cooling system.

Intelligent Comfort Solutions performs this dedicated, detailed, and complex service because of our longstanding experience with professional preventative maintenance.

In-Suite Heat-Pumps

Air-source heat-pumps draw heat from the outside air during the heating season and dump heat outside during the cooling season.

Heat-pumps are comprised of the following components:

Refrigerant: the substance that circulates through the heat-pump, alternately absorbing, transporting, and releasing heat.

Reversing Valve: controls the direction of flow of the refrigerant in the heat-pump for heating or cooling.

The Coil: a coil is a loop, or loops, of tubing where heat-transfer occurs. The tubing may have fins to increase the surface area available for heat exchange.

The Evaporator: a coil in which the refrigerant absorbs heat from its surroundings, causing the refrigerant to boil and become a low-temperature vapour.

Accumulator: collects excess liquid that didn’t vaporize into a gas as the refrigerant passes from the reversing valve to the compressor (not a feature of all heat pumps).

Compressor:the compressor squeezes the molecules of the refrigerant gas together, increases the pressure, raising the temperature of the refrigerant, and circulates the refrigerant.

Condenser: the condenser is a coil in which the refrigerant gives off heat to its surroundings and becomes a liquid.

Expansion device: the expansion device reduces the pressure created by the compressor. This causes the temperature to drop, and the refrigerant becomes a low-temperature vapour and then becomes liquid in the condenser.

Plenum: the plenum is an air compartment that forms part of the system for distributing heated or cooled air throughout. It is generally a large compartment immediately above the heat-exchanger.

Providing steady, consistent, reliable, and energy efficient heating and cooling solutions for Toronto’s many high-rise condominiums is part of our many solutions at Intelligent Comfort Solutions.