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Repair Checklist Comments Off on Repair Checklist

Repair Checklist

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Tips & Info

What you should expect your service technician to do during a service call. A lot of people ask us about the procedures that our technicians actually follow when they go out on annual tune-up and cleaning of furnaces and central air conditioners. The following is actually a checklist of (in broad terms) what our techs do when they come to your home: Outdoor Units Inspect unit for proper refrigerant level and adjust if necessary. Clean dirt, leaves and debris from inside cabinet. Inspect base pan for restricted drain openings – remove obstructions as necessary. Inspect coil and cabinet – clean as needed. Inspect fan motor and fan blades for wear and damage – on older models lubricate as needed inspect control box, associated controls / accessories, wiring and connections. Controls may include contactors, relays, circuit boards, capacitors, sump heat and other accessories. All control box and electrical parts should be checked for wear or damage. Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage Indoor Units Inspect and clean blower assembly (includes blower housing, blower wheel and motor). On older models, lubricate motor and inspect and replace fan belt if neede. Check combustion blower housing for lint and debris and clean as necessary. Inspect evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate drain lines. Clean...

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Furnace Considerations Comments Off on Furnace Considerations

Furnace Considerations

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Tips & Info

Things to think about when purchasing a new furnace It is a new morning in Toronto and you are considering getting a new furnace. What are the most important questions you should be asking yourself? What are the most important questions you should be asking your furnace dealer? In this article we will try to shed a bit of light on what the most important factors are when considering buying a new furnace. Buying a brand new furnace is not something most people do every day and as such, having questions and concerns is very understandable but one must approach the issue very carefully because when you buy a furnace, you expect it to last a number of years and it is with that in mind that we have narrowed it down to the most important factors. Forget about brands All major manufacturers and brands of furnaces make comparable products that deliver heat in more or less the same way with the same levels of performance and efficiencies. There are many reasons for this – for one, most major furnace manufacturers outsource many of the internal electronics and other small parts inside their furnaces to the same suppliers and they themselves only focus on a key few parts like...

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Furnace Motor: AC or DC? Comments Off on Furnace Motor: AC or DC?

Furnace Motor: AC or DC?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Tips & Info

AC vs DC Furnace Blower Motors When considering purchasing a new furnace the topic of whether to go for a DC or AC motor comes up a lot and it is a very valid point of consideration because depending which way you choose to go, it will affect your home comfort and also could amount to energy savings. AFUE and Energy Efficiency When shopping around for furnaces, the term AFUE comes up a lot but that only tells part of the story when it comes to energy efficiency. AFUE only measures how much of the gas is actually turned into heat but one must consider that inside every furnace, there is an electric motor that is responsible for circulating the air and is therefore another matter to consider when measuring energy efficiencies. This is why looking at the Energuide tags tells a more  complete story. AC Motors Most mid-efficiency and low-end furnaces have these kinds of motors. They do their job just fine and are usually cheaper than DC motors but that’s about their only advantage; If the blower motor ever breaks outside of warranty, replacing an AC one is cheaper. ECM motors, DC motors or variable speed motors All of the above terms are used to refer to...

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Converting Oil-2-Gas Comments Off on Converting Oil-2-Gas

Converting Oil-2-Gas

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Tips & Info

Converting your furnace from oil to gas In North America, at least, Oil prices have always hovered above natural gas prices on average – but the gap is growing as unrest in the middle east and uncertainty in Venezuela keep the prices of the black stuff up, all the while new technologies like the so-called fracking and horizontal drilling have made it easier than ever to set the gas free from its rocky confinement kilometers below the surface. Going oil to gas implies a high initial blow to your wallet but savings in the long term of about $1000 each year, give or take. In the past, it used to be the case that the initial cost of converting to gas would keep most people from going through with it because the savings in the long term were not significant but today, if you have an oil-fired furnace, you stand to lose a lot of money. Conversion to Natural Gas is also “Greener”. Claims that Natural Gas is a “Clean” source of energy are up for debate because whereas it releases less greenhouse gases upon combustion, some of the methods used to extract it are not very kind to the local environment – nevertheless, it is the lesser of two evils....

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Furnace Types Comments Off on Furnace Types

Furnace Types

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Tips & Info

Single-stage, two-stage, modulating furnaces, and what it all means to you When looking to replace your old furnace for a brand new one, nowadays you are faced with a multitude of choices that can be overwhelming. All the big brand furnace manufacturers offer a range of single-stage, two-stage and modulating (or variable) furnaces with varying efficiency ratings and so on but the most important thing to consider is that most manufacturers offer comparable models with similar features, regardless of whether they are single-, two-stage or modulating furnaces. The above graph is an oversimplification of the main concept of the difference between the three kinds of furnaces and it is usually what most people hear when talking to an expert or salesman. It is not wrong but it is not the full picture either. The graph shows a marked difference in temperature swings between single- and two-stage furnaces but as with most things, it is relative. Single-stage furnaces This is the most basic and widespread type of furnace you can buy and it is the type of furnace that most people are familiar with. They are called single-stage because they work like a simple on/off switch. When the temperature goes below the desired temperature on the thermostat, the furnace turns itself...

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Introducing Nest Comments Off on Introducing Nest

Introducing Nest

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Tips & Info

A revolutionary thermostat that learns from your usage and programs itself to save you money   But the advantages of the Nest do not end there. When you look at the intrinsic beauty of the device, it comes as no surprise that the man who came up with it was the same man who led the iPod and iPhone division at Apple. The exquisite design, extensive features and breakthrough ease of use have garnered the Nest A+ reviews from technology blogs to finance newspapers. For years people had just been putting up with thermostats that offered little functionality, were just plain ugly and were too complicated to use but that no longer has to be the case thanks to Nest. Check our nest product section or give us a call now for more...

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