5 horrendous mistakes that HVAC contractors make

We say time and again that HVAC is not to be taken non seriously and that HVAC is a professional's to do. While there are many services that offer certified and experienced technicians, there are many that hire technicians on the basis of their interest and not on the basis of their HVAC knowledge. This puts homeowners at risk and they remain under risk even after taking regular maintenance or in time repairs. Below are some situations in which a contractor's incompetency puts home and the homeowners at risk. 

- Mistake#1 Combustion safety

A CO leak is not something that can be detected only near a Furnace or a Fireplace. Carbon Monoxide could poison the indoor when there are technical issues with the combustion vents. Unfortunately, one of the most horrendous mistakes contractors make is that in order to test a CO leak, the gas supply lines and the Furnace components are inspected. What is not inspected and should be inspected is the vents. Blockage in the vents can return all the combustion gases resulting in CO poisoning.

- Mistkae#2 Underestimating the "V" of HVAC

Ventilation is important no matter what kind of heating and cooling appliances you are using. In order for the latest heating and cooling appliances to function with optimal efficiency, the homes are tightly sealed. The doors and windows are sealed, the option of home insulation is often taken and the home at the end turns into a tightly closed cabin where natural ventilation becomes only possible through mechanical ways; HRV systems. Contractors do seal the homes with the best of their skills but forget to install a good ventilation system or to suggest homeowners to install one. This results in bad indoor air quality.

- Mistake#3 Applying one technique everywhere

We are probably here today to screw HVAC contractors. Seems so. So let's move on and screw them more.

Another commonly made mistake by HVAC contractors is applying the same technique to every home, not realizing the fact that every home is different and so is every home's HVAC needs. The insulation that was dire need of one home may not be necessary for other. The Air Conditioner size that was perfect for the last home may be the worst size for another. So using the same strategies for every home does not work and an entire equation needs to be set for every single home in order to get the most satisfactory results.

- Mistake# 4 Low prices - low quality

In order to attract homeowners, there are many contractors that tend to be low bidders and in doing so not only their service charges lower but also their service quality drops. For providing services at cheap rates, hirings also have to be made at cheap rates and when that happens, of course, they are not the right professionals that get hired. Keeping rates low and then providing low-quality services is no way to take place in the town of high competition.

- Mistake#5 Non-cooperative attitude

So this is what so many contractors do; a noncooperative attitude with homeowners. What they think is that they are there to perform a particular job and have to run away as early as they are done with it. No questions from homeowners are responded and no helpful guidelines are given to them. This, in general, lowers the graph the potential customership. A homeowner would prefer to hire the next time, a contractor who will listen to him in detail and respond to him instead of hiring someone who is very professional but prefer to remain dumb as he comes for a visit.

This usually happens when services don't teach their technicians the ethics to deal with the homeowners and the favours, doing which, they can actually raise their number of customers. For example; if a technician tells homeowner in detail why his appliance failed and how he can avoid the situation next time while also tells him the technical details for free, it will certainly leave a lasting effect and the customer will surely contact the same service again.

So, how many of these HVAC contractor mistakes have you caught? And what was your best and the worst experience with an HVAC technician?

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Tripping of Air Conditioner circuit breaker - Hows and Whys

While many people out there would try to convince you to call a professional for every single HVAC repair and maintenance need, we won't. Because, the truth is, there are several issues that you can fix on your own and that too very easily. All that is needed is proper knowledge and proper precautions and there you go! \

The problem of air conditioner circuit breaking is one such problem that is commonly considered as a problem for which you need to dial a number and call a pro. Today, we'll help you figure out the how's and why's of the AC circuit breaker and also the quick fixes that you can perform on your own. So don't leave until you take with you a real piece of information from here.


What does circuit breaker do?

The purpose of a circuit breaker is to discontinue the supply of electricity to a particular unit if the supply is more than what the unit can handle. So in the case of your AC, anytime a large ampere of electricity tries to reach your AC's power station, the circuit breaker trips and saves your system from burning. You can consider the circuit breaker a lifesaver or at least a repair saver. It is!

If it is, why is tripping a problem? Well, tripping becomes a problem when it happens frequently. Since tripping turns the AC off, you'll have to face discomfort if your AC circuit breaker trips frequently. So tripping requires fixing. Here are some DIY fixes.

Resetting the circuit breaker!

Before you do this, tell yourself 10 times that you have to do it only once. And before you do this, ensure that the circuit breaker is fully at the off position. If not, make it so. Then turn it ON. The system should turn on after this. But if it doesn't or trips a second time, then you have to do what all of them always say; ''Call a pro''.
There's a third case and that is; if the circuit breaker trips again after some time then you have to follow the following steps.


Did you change Filters?

As the filters get clogged, it becomes hard for the Air Conditioner to circulate the air and cool it off rightly. The system has to push harder and this pushing harder overburdens it, causing it to heat up which as a result, trips the circuit breaker. So if your circuit breaker trips again after resetting, rush and check the filters. Dirty? Change them!


Dirty condenser coil

You had to change the filters because they were dirty and couldn't let a smooth flow of air through them. Clean the condenser coil for the same reason. The heat can't escape easily with the coils that are dirty and clogged, burdening the system and tripping the circuit breaker as a result. Take a garden hose and clean the condenser.


More reasons for AC circuit breaker tripping

There are two more causes that can result in tripping of the circuit breaker.
- One is, ageing components, loose wiring and short-circuiting
- While the other is the low refrigerant
Unfortunately, in these two cases, you can't do a DIY stuff and in these cases, we won't suggest any DIY either. Call a professional to help you out.
The next time your circuit breaker trips and the AC shuts off, you know what to do. Yeah! You learned something great.

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How often should you clean your Split/Central Air Conditioner unit?

How often should I clean my Air Conditioner? 

As the cooling season arrives, you see promotions of Air Conditioner maintenance, clean up and tune up services everywhere. While you might only think that it is just the HVAC companies making their business, you should also think of how often it is important to get your system tuned and cleaned up. Usually, people don't give their systems any checkup or cleaning until they actually begin to experience compromised efficiency. It is a known fact that Air Conditioner, be it a Split Air Conditioner or Central Air Conditioner ceases to work properly even only if its filters are dirty. But when we say, cleaning, the cleaning of the entire unit is meant. So a very basic thing to understand is; Cleaning is important and you should perform the cleaning of the units thoroughly before the efficiency gets affected. Now the question is, how would you know the system should now be cleaned without the system giving any indications? Well, the formula is simple;

Everything that gets used needs maintenance and cleaning. And we know that the cooling system in your home runs more than any other electronic or electrical appliances; almost all the time. So professionals suggest, keeping this constant use in consideration that every system, be it a central air conditioning unit or a split, should be thoroughly cleaned annually, preferably at the beginning of the season in which they'll be used the most. And this is true for all; residential as well as industrial units with the exception of situations in which a system is installed at such a place where it gets overly dirty or gets used unusually more. In that particular case, the unit can be cleaned twice during the season.

Security risks associated with delaying cleaning

As said already, AC's are among the most used appliances. And since they are electrical units, delaying of necessary cleaning and maintenance can lead to security risks. For example, the dirty condenser coils, dirty fan or other components may result in a fire break out. Also, when cleaning is not performed, insects and animals set their homes in or around the units causing a threat of electrical wiring damage. And did you know, the urine of animals can actually corrode the very metal of the outdoor AC unit?
This necessitates that a thorough cleaning is performed to keep the unit a safe cooling unit.

Some precautions when cleaning

It is always preferred to seek professional help when performing annual cleaning of the Air Conditioner units but if you are already convinced by all the do it yourself tutorials, do it yourself but don't forget to follow precautions;
- Do not use random cleaning agents. Always purchase a proper cleaner that is made with the purpose to clean AC units or even if you use some dishwashing or laundry detergents, make sure they won't damage the unit.
- People prefer using a high-pressure pipe to clean units assuming this will take less time and the difficult rubbing won't be necessary. The truth is; by using very high-pressure pipes, you can end up with damaged coils or twisted fan fins.
Keep the pressure limited.
- After using any soapy thing for cleaning, do not forget to pour clean water to clean all the soapy stuff

Before the summer sun gets really hot, give your Air Conditioners a thorough cleaning in order to enjoy ultimate coolness in summers. 
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Hot and Cold spots in the home - What are the reasons?

It can cause an utter distress to have hot and cold spots in your home when you are looking for absolute comfort. And guess what, this happens in the most severe temperatures. Fortunately, there are simple ways that can help resolve this air distribution problem and increase the HVAC system's efficiency. But before you get to know of resolving techniques, it is important to learn about why this temperature difference occurs.
The problem of hot and cold spots could take place because of;
- Improper zoning
- Improperly sized/designed/installed ductwork
- Duct leaks or failing insulation
- Wrong size of heating/cooling appliances

Any of the above-mentioned reasons can become the core factor in causing hot and cold spots in the indoors making summers and winters uncomfortable. Now let's discuss these causes in details and what you, as a common homeowner can do about fixing the hot/cold spots.


Improper zoning 

A zoning system allows heating/cooling of several zones/areas at different temperatures. This happens by changing damper settings of different zones in order to allow a certain airflow to a certain area and a different one to another. But since, zoning requires proper setting in the ductwork and the zones are controlled via thermostats so the thermostat settings matter as well. As mentioned, zoning is for multiple temperatures within the home, it is clear that you'll have different temperatures in different rooms but having a weird temperature that irritates is a different thing. And that is what we usually call hot and cold spots. There are two possibilities;
- A problem with the dampers
- Thermostat settings that might have gone wrong
Check the Thermostat settings of each zone. If the problem persists, call a pro to check the ductwork and dampers.

Improperly sized/designed/installed ductwork 

Some people think ductwork is just a ductwork. You can have a piece of foil and can just allow the airflow towards the indoor. It is not as simple as that. The size of the ductwork matters a lot. And not only the size, the design and the way it is installed also affects the airflow. So if you just had your ductwork installed and are now facing hot/cold spots problem, it could be a problematic ductwork. You can quickly make a google search to learn some basics of ductwork and then call a professional HVAC technician to discuss the problem.

Duct leaks or failing insulation 

The duct that comes to your room has insulation failure or some major leaks while the ductwork that extends to your daughter's room is all set, what do you think will be the outcome? Similar cooling/heating? Of course not. A major part of the cool/warm air reaching your room gets lost via the leaks and the uninsulated areas. What you receive is the residue. As a result, despite having one temperature for the entire home, a massive difference in the temperatures of yours and your daughter's rooms can easily be felt. Fix it!

Wrong size of heating and cooling appliances 

Did you know that many homeowners never think seriously about the size of the appliance they purchase? It is not only accommodation problem that matters so don't assume that having a large backyard, you can have a giant AC unit while your indoor is not a very large area. Size matters and it not only affects your energy bills, it affects the comfort as well. A very small size has a problem covering your indoor. So before your entire area cools, the system gets tired and leaves you with hot and cold spots. Similarly, an overly large unit trips too often creating a discomforting indoor.
If you are already done checking for all the other reasons, check if you are using the right appliance size.    

Are you facing hot and cold spots that are keeping you restless? Connect with us today and have your issue resolved at the most affordable service charges.

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BIG-5 That Bring Big Cooling Bills

One of the major summer problems that homeowners face regarding home cooling is the affecting efficiency of the cooling appliances and the sudden rise in energy bills. As the temperature becomes a little hotter than usual, the Air Conditioners often begin to provide with compromised efficiency. And this inefficiency results in over usage of the appliances that further results in high energy bills. But did you know that these consequences are not the result of hot temperature alone, they are mostly the result of unmaintained appliances and wrong HVAC practices. We are highlighting some mistakes that you could be making with your Air Conditioner so that you could enjoy optimal cooling efficiency this summer.


1. Not cleaning/replacing filters

Dirty filters do more harm than you could imagine. Replacing of the filters once every three months is a must. And in the peak season, when the Air Conditioner runs constantly, it is necessary to replace filters monthly. Dirty filters get clogged. This clogging affects the airflow, freezes the evaporator coils, raise energy bills up to 5% and shortens the appliance's lifetime.
This summer, change/replace your filters before the Air Conditioner begins to give compromised cooling.

2. Programmable Thermostat matters!

The latest technology Thermostats helps save massively on energy bills. Did you know that Smart Thermostats if properly used can help lower cooling bills up to 15%? The reason of discomfort in summers could be an absence of a programmable thermostat. If you are still using a conventional knob or mercury Thermostat, you much be forgetting changing temperature in time regularly resulting in more energy usage and improper indoor temperature. Consider shifting to a Programmable Thermostat! 

3. Poorly positioned Thermostat and Vents 

Your Air Conditioner could be absolutely alright but the wrong you could be doing with it is through Thermostat. Since it is the Thermostat that controls your indoor temperature, any issues with it will automatically affect the entire HVAC system. A Thermostat wrongly positioned; in direct sunlight or close to a heat source etc would sense the wrong indoor temperature forcing the cooling system to run more vigorously and constantly.
Similarly, blocked vents and closed vents block the air flow resulting in a burdened motor and uneven temperature.

4. Annual service adds life

Agree with it or not but servicing the HVAC appliances from reliable and licenced professionals annually literally add to their life and of course efficiency. While there are many things that homeowners can do on their own in terms of Air Conditioner maintenance, there are certain things that only a professional can do with perfection. Once the Air Conditioner is serviced, cleaned and tuned-up annually, it gets a fresh start with better performance. So if you are skipping annual maintenance, you are making a grave mistake with your AC.   

5. Delaying repairs 

Postponing repairs don't save dollars. Doing so only add up to the cost that you will have to pay when the system will finally shut off and the problem would aggravate enough to need urgent repair. Delaying repairs affect the efficiency, obviously but it also cost you more, shorten the appliance lifetime and voids the warranty if any DIY repairs are performed. 
Doing DIY repairs or delaying the repairs? You are up to another mistake dude!

Maintenance matters and so do repairs and the right HVAC practices. The right practices can help save on energy bills, increase appliance lifetime and efficiency and moreover offer optimal comfort regardless of the seasons. 
Make this summer wonderful by following the right HVAC practices. 

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Spring Cleaning - Check your checklist

Ready for the joys of Spring? It is around the corner, just reaching us. Thinking of Spring, you could think of all the pleasant things starting from the beautiful blooming of spring florals to the soulful sunlight, the happy chirping of birds and the freshness of the air. And hey! The Spring sales and rebates too. Among all these pleasant things come some unpleasant ones that sometimes, make spring a hard to bear season. Spring is also the season of pests, pollens and allergens. And if no prerequisite is taken regarding these tiny but very irritating little ghosts of spring, you could end up sneezing and taking anti-allergy meds the entire season. Most people who turn up saying they don't like spring are the people who fall sick in spring to any of the above-mentioned spring irritants. This spring, let the things go differently. We are helping you to create a checklist that will keep your indoors a safe and joyful place the entire spring. Before that, understand that the allergies and issues that pop up in spring are primarily a result of lack of proper cleaning and following improper practices for example; keeping doors and windows open at the wrong timings let the pollens into the home, using pest killers the wrong way make pests hide in the corner instead of dying or going out etc. So make sure you know what are the right to do's and not to do's.


Check#1: Duct duct duct! 

Ductwork remains in use throughout the winter and the Furnace runs almost constantly. The air that keeps circulating through the ductwork takes in dust and debris that sticks there with the inner walls of the duct. Over time, the dust piles make up creating a haven for pests. Dirty ducts also compromise indoor air quality. So as the winter ends and spring begins, it is the best time to go for Duct Cleaning since the ductwork would be doing a constant job in the Summer as well. So yes, perform Duct Cleaning!

Check#2: Carpet and curtain cleaning 

We don't do much washing in the winter, do we? But that long pending washing needs to be performed in spring. Carpets and curtains absorb dust and debris which may not always be observable but exit. To avoid allergies and bad indoor air quality, clean the carpet, curtains, cushions, rugs and other such items.

Check#3 Look for mould 

As the weather changes, the moisture in the air increases which sometimes causes mould growth in the cupboards, basement or ductwork. Don't let it go unnoticed and combat it as soon as it is seen. The mould growth in any part of the home will find its way to other parts of the home causing ugliness in the interior, odour and damage.

Check#4 Befriend houseplants

In order to maintain a healthy indoor air in spring and combat allergens, houseplants do a great job. If you're sensitive to allergies, put a houseplant at every 10 feet distance and this will make your indoor a safer like never before place in spring.

Check#5 HVAC Cleaning 

Spring gives you the time to let your cold feels go away and be ready for the blazing sun of the summer. It also gives you the time to pack your heating systems and prepare your cooling systems. So make sure you perform maintenance and cleaning of HVAC appliances and get your systems ready for Summer.

More Tips: 

* Be very regular in cleaning
* Installing an efficient Air Cleaner will ensure a 98.99% cleaner air
* Do not pack your home like an eggshell and neither keep the doors and windows open all the time Maintain a healthy ventilation by opening doors and windows in the early morning and late evening hours
* Spring increases the level of humidity. Unlevelled humidity can accelerate any chances of mould production. Keep the humidity maintained
* Call an HVAC professional to inspect the system and perform any necessary maintenance

Remember that it is important to keep a healthy indoor environment no matter what the season is. We spend so much time in the indoors. On estimate, more than 70% of a common man's lifetime is spent in the indoors. So, ladies and gentlemen! Brace yourself for Spring.
Happy blooming of flowers! 

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5 reasons of Fireplace Odors

Living in the second millennium, we should be thankful for the comforts that the technological advancements have brought for us. A lot of ease, a lot of relaxation and a lot of comfortability. As soon as a new technology is introduced, people rush to adopt it and eventually, it becomes part of life and part of everyday necessities. But there are some people, who love traditional and conventional ways and find them always superior to the newer outlooks introduced by technology. Take for instance; Fireplace. Despite that there are a lot of other options for home heating; Furnace, Boilers, Space Heaters etc, there are many Canadians that still think their home should have a Fireplace. And that is a wonderful home heating solution while also very natural in appeal and particularly the crackles that you hear, the aroma that you smell, takes you back in the times when there was only fire, and man to utilize it for cooking, heating, preying and protection. The latest Fireplace solutions are no doubt appealing and can work perfectly fine with the close and compact architectures that we have today, it is but nonetheless true that sometimes, maintaining a Fireplace can become a real headache. And when it comes to Fireplace odours, you might have to live a century to discover, recognize and resolve the odours. So here’s something for you to familiarize yourself with the reasons of Fireplace odours. 


#1: Animals and their safe haven – Your chimney!


No matter what style of Fireplace you are using, you sure need to have a chimney to evacuate the smoke. But guess what, as the chimney is a cosy place, animals and birds often make them their abode. The smell that comes from Fireplace could be the result of animal faeces or maybe a dead animal. But hey alert! In case you figure out there’s an animal or bird stuck there in your chimney, don’t try to remove it on your own. Instead, call a regulatory authority (animal removal organization). But in order to protect yourself from delving into such a situation, better use a chimney cap. Odor one recognized! No? It’s not animal or animal faeces? Okay dude, move on!

#2: Dirt and Debris in Chimney


Dirty chimneys cause a very bad and musty odour and this doesn’t only happen when they are in use. It also happens when are not in use. The backdraft pushes the air downwards that brings the dirty particles along making the indoor both smelly and dusty. Cleaning of the chimney and installing a tight glass door can help resolve this kind of odours.

#3: Smoke odour


As the fireplace is turned on, it causes smoke. But the smoke issues go unnoticed because of the fact that they are not easily observable in time. At the time of the fire, smoke rises to high levels but eventually comes down later in the zones where we live and breathe it. This smoke can get absorbed into curtains, carpets, clothes and then you’ll have a smoky odour all around. To avoid this odour, it is suggested to not close the damper if the Fireplace is used even at night. Also, use glass doors to avoid the backflow of smoke.

#4: Fuel Odors


The type of fuel you use for Fireplace would/won’t cause odour. Usually, the woods that are not old and dry enough produce a rank odour that could be very irritating for some people. In addition, the logs of some brands that are coated with certain chemicals can cause ideocentric odours. So, being a Fireplace lover, it is important for you to be very clear about what fuel would suit you the best and which fuel has the quality to not cause odours.

#5: Rainwater odour


As it rains, if you have a chimney cap, you’re safe, otherwise, be ready for another type of odour; the odour caused by rainwater as it mixes with soot. When it rains, the water doesn’t directly come down to the firebox, instead, it lands in the area at the back of the damper known as a smoke shelf. This water stays there until it evaporates. Because in the smoke shelf, there’s soot, the water after mixing with soot and taking long enough to evaporate causes a rancid odour that eventually comes down to your home and makes it odorous. So, chimney cap, please!


Hopefully, you have learned enough about different types of Fireplace odours, their causes and the ways to combat them. If this helps you, don’t forget to let us know.

If you are a Fireplace lover or would wish to become one, call us today for installation of Fireplace. We also maintain, diagnose and repair Fireplaces. Connect anytime: 1-855-245-4328

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