Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Postponing VS Immediate HVAC service

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There are hundreds of homeowners that have to face serious consequences as part of delaying the necessary HVAC repairs. Although we all know that delaying can worsen the problems, it still happens so frequently and there are the following major reasons that make homeowners delay urgently needed services;

- The busy schedules are one of the primary causes of delaying repairs. The busy routines of home to work and work to home do not provide enough time to think seriously about calling a repair tech and instead, homeowners try some DIY, alternatives or a temporary solution to fix the issue.

- Another reason is services that always are lazy at giving quotes and responding to customers queries. While homeowners wish to dial and hire a pro, this does not happen that quickly. A caller has to wait for a callback and that call back sometimes never come which results in delaying the repairs.

- Another reason is the homeowners common perception that delaying repairs will help them save their dollars not knowing that this delay constantly contributes to worsening the problems that exist. There are instances when appliances break down as well just because they were not repaired in time.




Immediate HVAC fixing is important, here's why


While you might be aware of the delaying benefits only, learn today about the advantages of same day/immediate service.

Safety Insured!

Living with an Air Conditioner that constantly makes weird noises, a Furnace that has a leaking gas pipeline, a Boiler that has wiring issues or a Thermostat with exposed mercury are all such situations in which you and your home are at a constant risk. Anything can happen from CO poisoning to short-circuiting and fire break out. Fixing the repairs in time means you are choosing safety over risk which is, of course, a wise choice.

Saving Insured!

As mentioned above, many people postpone repairs hoping to save some dollars. However, how things really work is like this;

- You postpone a repair that would cost you $50

- You saved $50 and ignored the repair

- The issue gets worsened and the repair cost increases

- Eventually, the repair reaches at such a point where you can't ignore it anymore and now you have to pay $100+ for the same repair that was costing you $50. So did you really save by delaying the repair?

Choose timely repairs to ensure you'll have some hundred dollars left as part of your saving.

Comfort Insured

Why do we install the HVAC appliances in the first place? To get comfort? What then is the point of appliances, that are installed, operational, costing you bucks and yet cease to provide the desired comfort? One of the benefits offered by timely HVAC repairs is that the quality of comfort doesn't get compromised. So it's worth going for!

Have you been noticing your HVAC appliance showing issues lately? Have you been delaying contacting a professional expecting to save money? Make no delay any further. Contact a professional today to bring yourself comfort, safety and savings.

And never mind contacting us; we are HVAC professionals serving for over 15 years to help homeowners fix their HVAC issues in time at affordable rates.

Call: 905 201-1293

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Start Summer with these must HVAC to-do's

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As HVAC professionals, we suggest homeowners to not start any season randomly and instead make necessary preparations before a season arrives. With special reference to HVAC, there are some important to-do's that need to be done as the winter starts, as the autumn begins, as the spring takes its first swing and as the hot summer kicks off. The consequence of not performing the necessary maintenance and making appliances ready is that they are put into use without proper clean and tune up which compromises their efficiency while also worsen any problems that already exist. Since Summer is on way, this blog is dedicated to the necessary Summer HVAC preparations that you, as a homeowner are supposed to do on your own particularly when you don't take a professional's help.

To do#1: Check Filters

Changing/cleaning of filters takes no more than 15-30 minutes. And yet there are a number of homeowners that don't perform this task which is meant to be performed every 3-6 months and more often in the peak seasons. Checking of your filters will tell you whether or not they need cleaning/replacement. So before you turn on your Central Air Conditioner this summer, make sure the filters are super clean and don't carry the dirt of the last season. 

To do#2 Check Coils 

The function of compressor coils is to ward off heat in order to cool the refrigerant. Just like dirty filters, a dirty condenser coil affects the indoor cooling. Dirty coils fail to expel heat and as a result, cant cool the indoors properly. Moreover, the system works harder with dirty coils which raises the energy bills too.

 To do#3 Check Refrigerant Lines 

There are possibilities that your AC's refrigerant lines could be seeking repair this summer. Refrigerant lines work as a bridge between the outdoor condenser and the inside evaporator coil. These lines are insulated with a foamy material in order to avoid heat loss. Check your refrigerant lines to see if they need repairs. If the foam is torn and the repair is minute, you can try a DIY, else a professional's help is always recommended.

To do#4 Give it a start! 

A turned off system cannot tell you about all the issues it is facing so turn the power on and start the system once you are done with all the necessary cleaning. Carefully analyse the system as it starts. Listen to the sound of the fan if its normal. Listen to any unnecessary sounds; banging, rattling etc. When you are checking the AC, it is also the time you can check your Thermostat operation. Run your AC system for some time to see if it successfully cools the indoor in the expected time.

To do# 5 Call a professional 

You don't need to call a pro if your system doesn't need any serious repairs but you seriously want to take a professional's services if there is need of serious repairs. Delaying of the needed repairs only worsen the problem. We also suggest to not try any temporary solutions as they may out your system at risk. So here's your last to do of calling a pro to make the repairs.

Have you made your Air Conditioner ready for summer? What are some of the HVAC issues that you face on a regular basis?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

DIY HVAC Repair? A big NO!

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Planning to perform a DIY repair? Beware beware! No matter how careful you try to act, there still remains high risks that you may, in an attempt to save some dollars, would end up inviting danger and damage to yourself and your home. There are several accidents that took place in GTA areas as a result of homeowner's attempt at DIY HVAC repair. HVAC technicians undergo training and certification tests to finally get the authorization to touch and tackle HVAC appliances. All this procedure is followed in order to provide homeowners with safe and secure HVAC services. Therefore, there remains no need to still try on DIY HVAC repairs when one is neither proficient nor certified to do so. If you wonder what worst and what least can happen if you make one such attempt, read on to explore;


- Fixing what doesn't need any fix 

O yeah! This is what you did the last time when you tried an AC DIY repair; fixed what did not require any fix. Know that HVAC repair is not simply an open, fix, close procedure. The first thing is a proper diagnosis of what actually went wrong. For example, an AC outdoor unit may be making noise and a homeowner, assuming it a consequence of loose grills may tighten them, not realizing that the sound was coming from inside of the unit. Fixing what doesn't require any fix not only keeps that problem there where it is, it also adds to the problem when another component is put into a repair need. O gosh!

- High voltage, Danger! 

HVAC appliances use high voltage electricity. The professional technicians are not only equipped with special tools to perform repairs, they also know when and when not to keep the electric supply during the repair procedure. A common homeowner does not know these details. So yes, performing DIY repairs can give you some real ''shocks''. Bad ones.

- Exposure to chemicals and gases

Did you know that HVAC chemicals and gases are sometimes are a real danger to your safety? CO leaks, for example, can cause CO poisoning leaving the homeowners dead (at the worst) or fainted (at the least). Similarly, the cooling refrigerants used in Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps can cause environmental pollution and therefore, need to be tackled carefully. Performing a DIY, you are most expected to expose yourself and the environment to hazardous chemicals and gases leaving not only yourself and your home in danger but also the people living nearby.

- Cancellation of warranties

Hey! Did you know that almost all brands void the offered warranties if their product is repaired by an unprofessional? By performing DIY repair, you actually void your own HVAC warranty which is a quite bad deal. Isn't it?

- The danger of ''Tutorials''

The DIY fever of online tutorials is creating some real dangers. There are for sure certain things that can be performed by homeowners on their own but as it comes to HVAC stuff, most of the repairs are strictly ''professionals only''. Conversely, homeowners are into a delusion that following the instructor of an online tutorial they can fix all HVAC stuff safely. The truth is; not all video instructors are authorised. And when they are authorised, they are not equally expert at explaining the stuff so you are most likely to misunderstand the instructions. Other times, you might be following a video different than the problem you are facing. The list goes on and the conclusion is; No! Following online tutorials doesn't authorise you to perform DIY repairs.

Keeping all the above-mentioned prospect dangers and damages in mind, it can thus be said that professionals are professionals and homeowners should, therefore, avoid HVAC DIY repairs. Rely on professionals! It's safe and hey! Economic too. 




Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The basics of programming a Carrier Programmable Thermostat

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Carrier, in addition to being the father of modern air conditioning, is also a leading manufacturer of many other HVAC appliances and gadgets among which Thermostats are included. Carrier offers quality and affordability together by manufacturing programmable and as well as non-programmable thermostats that come in varying range so as to come in the budget of almost everyone easily. The Wifi Programmable Thermostat, being the latest models available offer programming via smartphone and pc which makes it controllable from anywhere in the world. We are here today to help you learn the basics of programming a Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi programmable a thermostat of Carrier. Let’s begin:


First thing first – Time and Date:

On a programmable thermostat, the first thing that you are required to do is to set the time and date. The procedure differs a little for Touch Screen Thermostats and for conventional press button thermostats. We are mentioning both.

Setting Time & Date on Touch Screen Thermostat:
Open the plate/door if there’s any and touch the screen to activate it or press the menu button (there are slight variations depending on the model). Use the ‘’Up’’ and ‘’Down’’ options to locate ‘’Date’’. Choose it and again press the ‘’up’’ and ‘’down’’ options to look for the current date. Once done, repeat the same process for the year, month, hour and minute. When done, press ‘’menu’’ option.

Setting Time & Date on Press Button Thermostat
Open the plate/door and the screen will activate. Look on the bottom right for the d/h/m button. Make use of arrow keys to choose the desired date. Press again the d/h/m button to repeat the process for the hour and minutes. Close the door when done.

Setting ‘’Mode’’

The Thermostat, be it programmable or non-programmable requires your interference in order to operate properly. The selection of ‘’mode’’ settings by you will decide whether the Thermostat is required to heat/cool or just fan cool the indoor. When set on ‘’Auto’’, the Thermostat decides on its own whether to heat or cool the indoor depending on the current and targeted temperature. To change the modes, press the ‘’mode’’ button and toggle between heat/cool/auto.

Setting ‘’Temperature’’

Once the mode is selected, the temperature can be set using the ‘’up’’ and ‘’down’’ keys or up/down arrows. The programmed temperature can be maintained using the hold/run button. Press the ‘’hold’’ key until hold appears on the screen. Press the key again until ‘’run’’ appears on the screen. This will run the programmed temperature and the Thermostat will operate accordingly.

Programming Heating/Cooling schedules

Carrier offers Thermostats that are capable of being programmed on daily as well as weekly basis. The most advanced models offer up to 7 days programming. Programming features vary from model to model so for detailed programming you’d need to consult your user manual but here’s the general method for all.

Step#1

Open the door/plate and choose ‘’set’’ button. Continue to press it until a list of days appears with a title ‘’daily schedule’’. Choose the day that you wish to schedule.

Step# 2

Set the ‘wake’ time. Then pressing ‘’heat set at’’ and ‘’cool set at’’ buttons, set the desired temperature. The programmed temperature will automatically get set at the programmed timings.

Step#3

There are three other options in addition to the ‘’wake’’ option. ‘’Day’’, ‘’Evening’’ and ‘’Sleep’’. Set the temperature for the rest of them using the same method.

Step#4

Use the same method for the other days of the week. Programming depends on what your Thermostat offers. It could be a 3-day Thermostat, a 5 or 7-day Thermostat.

Setting Wi-Fi

Once done with the temperature settings, it is important to make the Wifi connectivity, especially if you have a WiFi Thermostat. The WiFi Thermostats of Carrier also offer the feature that allows the Thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature by sensing the outer temperature.
To make WiFi connectivity, follow the steps:

Step# 1

Go to menu and toggle menus to find the Wifi option. Select it.

Step#2

Toggle the options to find ‘’Scan WiFi’’. Select it and look for your WiFi name. When it appears, select it.

Step#3

You are still to add the password. So toggle the options until the WiFi Password appears. Press ‘’change’’ option. You are now ready to add the password. Remember to press ‘’Next’’ after entering each character to advance.

Step#4

Once you are done with entering the password, press ‘’start’’. There’s a WiFi symbol on the top of the display. It will blink as the WiFi connects and will remain lighted as long as the Thermostat is connected.

So congratulations, your settings are completed. You can now use your Thermostat. 
For any other queries, HVAC help or services, call: 905-201-1293

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Choose and use the best Air Purifier – Here’s how

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Is it the first time you are going to purchase an Air Purifier? Or did you always find the purchased unit unsuitable for your home? This won’t happen now. We are here to assist you with some useful insights regarding choosing and using the best purifier. Read on;


Tips to choose the right purifier

In order to choose & use a compatible unit, you need to know about the units in the first place in order to compare and contrast your requirements with the offered features. Here are some common types of Air Purifiers;

HEPA Filter Purifiers - Are they for you?

High-Efficiency Particulate Air HEPA is the most efficient types of purifiers that have the tendency to trap up to 99.97% of pollutants larger than 0.3 microns. Since these are efficient, this efficiency has a price and that may not be what you could afford. If you are living in an area of high pollution and have health issues too, it would be a wise investment to go for a HEPA Filter Purifier, otherwise, you can choose on a low-efficiency purifier if all you want is a little purification to give a fresh feel. 

Allergy and asthma Purifiers – Are they for you?

Yes, they are if you have allergies or are sensitive to pollution! As the name suggests, this type is specifically designed to relieve patients with asthma and allergies by providing germ and dirt free air. They trap the airborne allergens and absorb the microscopic contaminants that contribute to causing or worsening asthma and allergies.

Smoke and Odor Air Purifier – Are they for you?

Did you know that households, where there’s even one member who does smoking, can have the air dangerous enough to cause lung cancer to the rest of family members? This necessitates the installation of a Smoke Air Purifier in such homes as a safety measure. In addition, as they combat odour as well, they can best suit people with odour irritations and sensitivities. 

Chemical & Medical Gas Air Purifiers – Are they for you?

Such are meant to best suit homes and places where there are elderly or chronically ill patient with severe requirements for overly clean air. These Purifiers combat airborne toxins from the air and make it risk-free for people with compromised immune systems.

Some insights regarding using an Air Purifiers correctly


It is not only about the right purchase. It is in fact also about the right use since, without a right use, an efficient and inefficient appliance become equal. Here are some tips regarding using an Air Purifier correctly;

Location matters:

The location of your unit affects efficiency. The best location is a closed room with sufficient area left around the unit.

Do not turn off:

Do you breathe 24/7? Then your Purifier needs to be kept operational 24/7 as well. This is specifically for homes that have smokers or patients.

Windows and Doors:

With open windows and doors, the polluted air keeps coming in and the Purifier keeps working but the overall indoor air remains impure. Create a closed environment by closing doors and windows.

Point the flow rightly:

In larger rooms, it is important to point the airflow rightly. The best way is to point it nearby to get fully purified air. Much worry does not need to be taken regarding smaller areas/rooms as the air circulates throughout eventually (but the windows, doors should be closed)