Regular Maintenance for your HVAC Air Conditioner

Regular Maintenance for your HVAC Air Conditioner

Does my HVAC Air Conditioner require Maintenance? Just like any other machine, regular maintenance is needed to keep your air conditioning unit running effectively and efficiently. Can I handle the maintenance myself? The inner workings of an HVAC unit are more complex and intricate than you might think. It is not recommended to perform DIY maintenance on your air conditioner unless you have had some formal training or experience. Frequently, when people get the idea to try to do it themselves, they end up doing more harm than good. It may be tempting to try to save some money by passing on scheduled maintenance by an expert, but in the long run it will almost assuredly end up costing you more. Trying to do it on your own can result in damage to the HVAC system, which means costly repair bills. Skipping maintenance altogether is also not a good idea. Even if your air conditioning unit seems to be working fine, waiting until there is a problem is a backwards approach that can also result in hefty repair fees. Why get professional maintenance for my HVAC air conditioner? Routine expert maintenance is suggested for a variety of reasons. Some of the greatest advantages include: Trained technicians Comprehensive tune-ups Breakdown prevention Good for the equipment Good for your health Saves money Trained Technicians Employing a trained HVAC technician to maintain your HVAC air conditioner can be extremely helpful for the performance and longevity of your unit. Even if you read the entire owner’s manual of your HVAC air conditioning unit, you would still not be qualified to make repairs and...
HVAC Repair FAQ’s

HVAC Repair FAQ’s

There are many common questions and concerns many people have about HVAC repair and maintenance. Whether it is a question about your existing HVAC unit, or a new heating and cooling system, the HVAC experts at Air In Motion are here to help. Air In Motion Heating & Cooling Air In Motion is an HVAC heating and cooling company operating out of Mississauga and throughout the GTA. The HVAC technicians are fully trained and certified to assist with all of your HVAC queries. You can contact the office by email or phone for more information. Air In Motion offers a quick response time, providing feedback within 2 hours for any request made within business hours. FAQ’s About HVAC Repair and Maintenance Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about HVAC repair. How often should the air filter be checked and replaced? Depending on the season, air filters should be checked as frequently as once a month. In extreme temperatures, your HVAC unit will work harder and therefore the filter should be changed more often. On average, air filters should be at least checked, and probably replaced, about once every three months. Frequency may be increased for home owners with pets, allergies, or respiratory issues. What is indoor humidity? Indoor humidity is the humidity level that your house reaches on the inside, due to hot weather or furnace heat. Optimal indoor humidity levels should sit somewhere between 30 and 40%. Excess Humidity If humidity levels get too high, it can result in a variety of problems for your home. Humidity levels in the 50 to 60% range can...

How Do I Know If I Have Mold In My HVAC System?

Finding mold in the home is something that will send a lot of homeowners into anxiety. One of the reasons for such a kind of reaction is because uncontrolled mold can lead to severe respiratory illnesses, skin reactions, and eye irritations. Some people may develop asthma after extended exposure to mold. Mold may go unnoticed in your HVAC system until it accumulates to perceptible levels. A maintenance technician should be able to alert you of mold in your system and advice you on ways to get rid of it. However, in the absence of professional help, these are the signs that you should look out for that indicate there is mold in your HVAC system. A pungent smell The first indication of mold in your HVAC system is an unpleasant smell. Mold has a unique stale smell and it will make your home smell unpleasant and old. The smell is something like bad food from the fridge, old clothes, or even pungent European cheese. You may notice the pungent smell increases when you run your air conditioner and that is a sure indication that there could be mold in your system. Visual signs The mold you will find in your HVAC system often looks just like the mold you will find elsewhere in your home. If you suspect that there may be mold in your HVAC system, open up a grate and look inside using a flashlight. If you see off-color or black spotting and irregular blemishes, then you definitely know that there is mold present in your system. In more severe cases, mold will be visible on your...
How Do I Know If I Have Mold In My HVAC System?

How Do I Know If I Have Mold In My HVAC System?

Finding mold in the home is something that will send a lot of homeowners into anxiety. One of the reasons for such a kind of reaction is because uncontrolled mold can lead to severe respiratory illnesses, skin reactions, and eye irritations. Some people may develop asthma after extended exposure to mold. Mold may go unnoticed in your HVAC system until it accumulates to perceptible levels. A maintenance technician should be able to alert you of mold in your system and advice you on ways to get rid of it. However, in the absence of professional help, these are the signs that you should look out for that indicate there is mold in your HVAC system. A pungent smell The first indication of mold in your HVAC system is an unpleasant smell. Mold has a unique stale smell and it will make your home smell unpleasant and old. The smell is something like bad food from the fridge, old clothes, or even pungent European cheese. You may notice the pungent smell increases when you run your air conditioner and that is a sure indication that there could be mold in your system. Visual signs The mold you will find in your HVAC system often looks just like the mold you will find elsewhere in your home. If you suspect that there may be mold in your HVAC system, open up a grate and look inside using a flashlight. If you see off-color or black spotting and irregular blemishes, then you definitely know that there is mold present in your system. In more severe cases, mold will be visible on your...
Why Is My Furnace So Loud?

Why Is My Furnace So Loud?

There is the normal sound produced by your furnace while in operation. However, this is not as loud and remains constant throughout. When this changes to a loud and unbearable noise, there is something amiss with your furnace.   Some furnace sounds such as whistling are common and a quick problem to fix.  However, loud bang sound on ignition is a cause for alarm. In case you are not sure what to make of the unusual sound, call on an expert for proper diagnosis and repairs.   Unlike other DIY projects, furnace installation and repair should be handled by an expert. This ensures the unit is properly connected for optimum performance and safety.   Type of Furnace Noises and How to Stop Them   Whistling –The Whistling sound is caused as a result of problems in the filter. The filter functions to stop dirt and debris from getting into the furnace. It becomes clogged and forced to suck in air from other openings. This is what causes the whistling noise. To stop these, simply replace your filters with new ones. Rattling and vibrations – This indicate loose parts in the units. Since the unit is made of several components in constant motion, with time the parts become loose. You should insect where the noise is coming from and fix these lose parts to stop the rattling sound.   Scraping noises – This is caused by a loose blower belt or blower bearings. The blower is responsible for forcing warm air from the blower into the ducts of your house. The bearings need lubrication from time to time to prevent...

Reducing Allergens in the Home

Allergens can be quite irritating. They settle on an assortment of surfaces in your home and make you and your family uncomfortable. Airborne particles like mold, dust mites and dander make air unhealthy and lead to sneezing, coughing, runny noses, itchy throats, and red eyes. Spring is a lovely season but an allergy season as well so if you’re one of those people with seasonal allergies, you do not have to suffer from a stuffy nose or itchy eyes in your home. HVAC contractor services in Mississauga can significantly reduce allergy symptoms by keeping out and removing common allergens such as pollen and mold. The following tips will keep you breathing easy. Invest in quality filters Air filters are the key line of protection when it comes to indoor air quality. Timeworn air conditioner filters reduce the constructive effects of running your AC to purify the air in your home and reduce humidity. MERVs usually measure filters with their level of particle filtration of twenty rating being the highest so far. Find a filter with a MERV rating of at least eight so that it can trap smaller particles. Cleaning your filters regularly helps inhibit pollen and dust build-up. Inspect your filters every month and replace them once every three months. A dirty furnace filter won’t trap debris and dirt and could ultimately make your system less efficient. Calling a professional to change your filters and perform a complete AC duct cleaning to start the spring season will improve your indoor air quality and extend the life of your HVAC unit as well. Clean your external and internal units...
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