Tools and Equipment

Taming the Weather in Toronto

Toronto has often been touted as a wonderful city to live in. Known for its warm springs and summers, friendly falls, and pleasant winters, Toronto has a vibrant lifestyle and mood that would make any family live happily ever after.

Temperature’s rising

The month of July is well into Toronto’s summer season, which ends in September. Temperatures can go as high as 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). This would be the best time to arrange an air conditioner installation by Toronto HVAC experts and make sure existing ones are operating at peak efficiency. (more…)


A Look at Ductless Air Conditioners

The installation of a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in a home often involves laying out and sizing up the duct system or ductwork. This consists of a series of tubes which help distribute heated or cooled air from the HVAC throughout the home. However, there is a way to cool a home without necessarily having to lay out the complicated ductwork, and that’s through ductless air conditioners. (more…)

Common Air Conditioning Problems During the Summer

It’s during summer when you will truly appreciate owning an air conditioner in Toronto. Unfortunately, the time you are inclined to use your air conditioner the most is also the time when the unit is likely to encounter problems. As such, here are two of the more common problems that air conditioners will encounter during the summer: (more…)

Understanding and Manipulating a Blower’s Wiring

Blowers are meant to circulate either cooling or heating loads all over the house’s ductwork. However, when the blower itself is the problem, things will warrant immediate repair or replacement options, and part of that will require looking into the motor wiring. A professional emergency furnace repair technician may help you with the problem. (more…)

Boiler Repair: Knowing When You Already Need One

Preparing for the colder months should take place as early as summer, especially if it involves some of your home heating solutions. Your boiler’s performance, for example, needs to be assessed and evaluated early to ensure uninterrupted performance come winter time. Unfortunately, your boiler may require more than maintenance. Here are a few signs your boiler needs immediate repairs.

  1. Water Leaks – Have you noticed water leaking outside the unit? That is an automatic signal for boiler repair. Leaks would mean that your boiler will tend to use up more fuel than it is supposed to, which means higher costs.
  1. Inefficiency – If you start noticing that your boiler’s performance have dipped, or in worse cases, dropped significantly, then it’s high time for you to have it checked and repaired. Failure to provide substantial – or any – heat at all means there is something internal that needs to be fixed or replaced. You may not know it, but sludge buildup maybe causing it to malfunction.
  1. Strange Noises – Lastly, if you have been hearing sounds that seem quite unusual, better reach for the phone and contact the repair guy. These noises could be caused by iron deposits, which affect the distribution of water.

Repairs will cost you money, but once you realize that your boiler needs one, don’t hesitate to spend on it. You can limit problems, though, by having your boiler go through regular checkups.

Tips for Extending the Life of an Air Conditioner

You’ve just replaced your broken air conditioner with the latest energy-efficient model. It was a bit pricey, but you have no doubts that you’ll make up for the difference in price through energy savings. However, how can you ensure that your new unit lasts longer than your previous one?

Extending the life of an air conditioner is a relatively simple task, but you cannot be lax about it. Here are a few suggestions for helping extend the life of your air conditioner:

Trim the Bushes

If the condenser of your unit is situated near bushes, make sure you trim the bushes on a regular basis. Foliage has a nasty habit of blocking airflow, making you’re A/C unit work harder than it actually has to. A good rule of thumb is that the condenser should be at least 36 inches away from something that could block airflow.

Clock Out Early

Set your A/C to turn off automatically an hour or two before you need to wake up. Don’t worry; your room will stay cool enough for you to be comfortable when you wake up. This provides your unit an extra hour of rest. It may not seem like much, but it definitely adds up over time. You should also follow this one-hour method for when you know you’ll be leaving the house.

Troubleshooting a Faulty Gas Furnace

Like other home appliances, gas furnaces are prone to breaking down due to natural wear and tear – and this can spell trouble especially during the cold winter months. Hence, here are a few troubleshooting tips.

The pilot light won’t light up.

A pilot light’s tip is a haven for soot, grime, and grit which can accumulate through the years. If your furnace isn’t firing up, check if the pilot light is out and if the tip is dirty. A clogged tip generally blocks the flow of gas, resulting in a pilot light that won’t stay lit. If you want to be thorough, you can completely remove the tip and soak it in a degreasing solution; attach and relight it.

The pilot light won’t stay lit.

If you’ve already cleaned the tip but the pilot light won’t stay lit, then the furnace might be experiencing problems with the thermocouple. Consult with your furnace’s instruction manual first to find out how to replace the defective unit; then relight and test accordingly.

Low heat output.

If your furnace isn’t generating enough heat, check if the burners are churning out irregular flames. If you notice faint or irregular flames, then the furnace’s base settings may need adjustment. If the flame isn’t the right colour (it should be blue and not yellow), it means that the burners aren’t producing the right temperature. This can be fixed by finding and adjusting the screw in the pilot light to the ideal working temperature. 

Common Air Conditioning Mistakes

Are you having AC repairs done more often each year? Is your power bill steadily rising even if you don’t buy new electrical appliances? Do you often have trouble with efficiently cooling your home?

If you’ve answered yes to the questions above, then there might be some AC problems lurking within your system, all without your knowledge. Here are some of the common causes of such conundrums.

Beyond Size

Don’t assume that whoever has the biggest air conditioner necessarily lives in the most comfortably cooled home. Equipment like ACs are about both size and performance. For instance, a disproportionately large unit will cool the room too quickly, thus cycling on and off just as fast, eventually wearing down the components inside.

Ignoring Maintenance

ACs will need constant care and maintenance, otherwise they will wear down quickly and break down more often. Take the air filter, for example, which is a notorious source of HVAC unit problems if left dirty for a long time. Components like evaporator coils, as well as those that are generally exposed to the outdoors also need constant cleaning and maintenance.

Leaving the AC Open

If you want to make sure that your home is already cooled by the time you get back from work, use a programmable thermostat that can turn the unit on and off at the right intervals. Letting the unit run all day not only wastes power and causes your bill to balloon, but it also makes the unit vulnerable to damage.

Evaluating a Newly Installed Air Conditioning Unit

Many homeowners rely on professionals for the installation of their air conditioning system. This is ideal as the procedure requires skills that can only be acquired from years of training and experience. When the installation is done, there are several things the professional installer must do before finally leaving the newly installed unit to the owner’s use and care.

First, he’ll run a test cycle to find out if the installation went properly. The unit must expel sufficient cooled air without producing strange noises. If a problem arises during the test, he must fix it immediately and perform the test cycle again before proceeding to demonstration.

When the installer is sure that the system is working fine and that no issues are likely to arise anytime soon, he will then perform a demonstration for the owner. As he shows how to operate the system, the installer will also explain how each of the unit’s major parts works. This is to prevent as many problems as possible from arising due to the improper use of the system.

Lastly, the pro will educate the owner on when to have the first maintenance checkup for the AC system. He may also provide some tips on caring for the unit to prolong its functional life. The AC owner should take this chance to find out as much as he can about operating the system to minimize the need for professional repair services.

Choosing the Ideal AC System for Your Home

Looking for the right type of air conditioning unit for your home can be confusing, especially if you’re not an expert in home equipment. A mistake in size and model can mean unnecessary utility bills and maintenance cost. Consider several factors when identifying the AC type and model that suit your needs.

It may be wise to consult a professional to determine the appropriate AC type and size. An expert can suggest specifications that will provide maximum efficiency in your home. He can also recommend between a ducted or a ductless system, as well as suggest on which parts of the house to install the AC units.

You also need to look into the energy efficiency of various AC models available in the market. Check the labels on each, paying close attention to seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEE). One with a rating of 13 or above is ideal. Otherwise, you could be saddled with high energy costs down the road.

If you are planning room expansions or additions in the near future, make sure to consult a technician on the added energy and air conditioning capacity these will require. Accommodating these future needs now may turn out to be more economical than to make another set of adjustments when the expansion is undertaken.