DIY Ductless Air Conditioner Power Problems

It can be absolutely frustrating to find yourself in the middle of a hot summer day with no cooling at all because your ductless unit has stopped working. And even worse is that, at this time, it is almost impossible for you to find a reliable service which could respond instantly. As a result, the only alternative is to spend a few days in discomfort or use other cooling means; fans, although you know well when it gets extremely hot, fans are not the answer. But why keep waiting for an HVAC saviour and why not do what you can do to fix the problem? It is true that many HVAC professionals strictly abstain homeowners from trying DIY solutions with their HVAC appliances but it is also true that sometimes the issues are so petty that they do not need a technician's help in the first place. For example, if your Split Air Conditioner doesn't turn on and the reason is that the switch is not properly plugged in, do you need a technician to do that for you? Of course, not!
So today, we are going to discuss the AC issues which you can easily troubleshoot on your own. Just some confidence!

Ductless Air Conditioner Power Problems

The power issue. "My AC doesn't turn on!" 

So you pressed the power button on the remote control and the unit did not turn on? Don't panic! Here's are the possible reasons for that;

  • Faulty Remote Controller Batteries

- If you are trying to turn the system on using a remote control, the most probable thing is that the batteries on the remote need to be replaced and that it is the remote which needs fixing. Please note to always keep extra batteries at home in order to save yourself from panicking in such situations. Replace the batteries and try again. Turned on? Great! Did not turn on? Move to the next part.

  • Improperly plugged power switch

- You know that a ductless system is directly plugged into a power supply. The switch may have been loosened from the plug and thus may not allow the needed power supply. Or, the circuit breaker may have been tripped.
i. Check the power supply. Unplug it and then replug properly. 
ii. Check the circuit breaker. If it is found tripped, do the following;
a. Always turn it off
b. Turn it back on
Please note to never directly turn on the circuit breaker if is it tripped 


  • Faulty Thermostat


If you had begun with trying to turn on the system using a Thermostat, try doing it otherwise; use a remote controller. If the unit is turned on using remote but does not turn on through the Thermostat, you know where the problem exists; it is with the thermostat. Once again, consider checking Thermostat batteries if it is a Smart Thermostat. But since this is a problem that does not affect the supply of cool air directly, you can choose to call a professional technician to help you resolve the Thermostat issue later.

Have you ever tried to troubleshoot a Split Air Conditioner? What methods did you follow and what problem was that which you had identified? Share to help our readers benefit from your experiences.

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How to control indoor humidity in Summers without installing a Dehumidifier?

High humidity may sound unimportant to those who have never experienced the consequences of it in the indoor but those who have, they know that excessive moisture in the indoor can lead to complete distress. Some of the immediate consequences of high indoor humidity are; itchiness, soggy food items, production of mould & mildew and stuffiness. While on one hand, this situation affects the homeowners, on the other hand, it also leaves impacts on the interior of the home, tightening your budget even more by increasing expenses on repair. So there is a need to take immediate action when the indoor moisture goes beyond normal. There are multiple solutions to dealing with this problem unlike what many homeowners think, i.e installing a Dehumidifier. Below we discuss, how you can manage excessive moisture without spending money on purchasing an HVAC add-on.

Control Humidity without Dehumidifier


Figure out the cause 

First thing first; figure out the cause. The indoor moisture could be more than the outside moisture. In this case, it is the indoor producing the moisture; cooking, baking, washing, bathing or other heat and moisture producing activities. Since high temperature increases the humidity, even more, you'd need to find out where the warmth and moisture are being produced. For example, a pipe leak in the basement or attic could be increasing the moisture in the indoor. Not venting the moisture in time could be circulating it in the indoor etc. In this case, the production of the moisture in the indoor needs to be controlled and/or vented in time.
But there are cases in which the weather, in general, is so hot and humid that it is the outdoor weather itself that causes the indoor to develop high moisture content. In this case, proper ventilation and using desiccant can help.

Fix excessive indoor moisture - Here's how 

Whether the moisture is produced within the indoor or is coming from the outside, three practices can help fight with this ghost.

Absorb it! 

In order to stop the spread of moisture in the entire indoor, absorb it! The simplest of ways to do this is to place a desiccant in the indoor, for example, Silica, Calcium Chloride or others. They are cheap chemical materials with the property to suck moisture without causing any harm.to the indoor air quality. Placing a few bags close to the places that produce the most moisture; kitchen, bathroom etc can help absorb the moisture, reducing humidity.

Dry it!

The air gets moist when there is excessive water content in it. And what do we do when we want to dry the water? We dry it with warmth. By using an electric heater or wooden stove, warm the indoor. This will help dry the moisture. This solution is especially good when you are cleaning cupboards, bedsides etc and there is the presence of mould and mildew because of high humidity.

Ventilate it!

The easiest of all solutions has been discussed at the end. And the reason is, most people suffer from excessive indoor humidity only because of not providing the indoor with fresh air. The indoor needs to breathe in fresh to rid itself of the moist air. You could easily fight the moisture problem, in many cases, simply by allowing the indoor to have good air flow. As the fresh air flows in and the moist air goes out, the humidity comes to normal. Make use of windows, Air Conditioner fan and exhaust fans to execute this plan.
Note that ventilation is important on a daily basis. However, do keep a check on outdoor humidity and when on very hot summer days, the outdoor humidity level is high, avoid opening windows for ventilation in the day, except in the early morning time.

Using these ways, you can keep the indoor humidity always in control.

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Schedule Spring Duct Cleaning and here are 3 reasons why

For many people, ductwork is something that does not need maintenance. The truth is; dirty ductworks have been proven to be a primary cause of allergies and bad indoor air quality. Let's begin with what people think and how things actually are. Homeowners assume that ductwork has filters at the openings that supply air to the home; so dust and debris if there's any, gets trapped by the filters. The reality is; this does not always happen this way. The reason is; there are different types of filters and the filters commonly used by homeowners are of such quality so as not to completely filter the pollutants. As a result, whatever dust and debris get built up in the ductwork, begins to circulate with the air that cycles throughout the home. And the duct cleaning reminds equally important even in the case of advanced filters. So whatever the type of air filter, the ductwork does need cleaning. Scheduling a spring ductwork cleaning could be especially very beneficial and here's why;



Reasons to schedule Spring Duct Cleaning 


- Improvement in airflow 

The benefit of getting a spring duct cleaning is that the ductwork becomes clean and this improves the airflow. Usually, in spring, the high presence of pollen and other allergens affect the airflow, further hindering the proper flow in summers when it is much needed. Getting the ductwork cleaned in spring ensures a peaceful summer.

- Odour removal 

In winters, the moisture created as a result of warmth produced by Furnace creates dampness in the ductwork. This moisture gives way to the production of mould and eventually bad odours. Getting the ductwork cleaned in Spring after a long Winter prevents odours from spreading.

- Easy cleaning 

The dirty ductwork, as said above, makes the indoor air dirty. And when it pollutes the indoor air, it actually affects the home as well. So you have more cleaning to do. More dusting, more vacuuming is included as your daily and weekly cleaning. Getting the ductwork cleaned in Spring when there are more pollutants than any other season of the year, a cut-down on routine home cleaning can be ensured.

Dirty ductworks also burden HVAC appliances. The more an Air Conditioner/ Furnace has to push harder to blow the air, the more it gets burdened. And an appliance when it has to push hard comes at a risk of breakdown and wear & tear. This suggests that dirty ductwork can actually increase repairing possibilities so there's no sanity in avoiding duct cleaning in order to save some dollars.

How often should you schedule Duct Cleaning? 

Experts suggest that duct cleaning at residential spaces should be done at least once a year.  And the best time this can be done is the springtime. But be sure, as you invest in Duct Cleaning, to choose the right professionals. Getting service from unprofessional technicians would be synonymous to wasting your hard earned money.

What was the last time you had your ductwork cleaned? What were the changes that you felt after that?

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Air Conditioner Buying Guide 2019-2020

Our unbiased guide will run you through the essential factors you must consider before buying an air conditioner for your home. There are various kinds of central air conditioners available, and each associated with different pros and cons. To beat the heat effectively - choose the air conditioner that can cool the entire place effortlessly. Eco-conscious consumers are more inclined towards the energy efficient air-conditioner which are less costly to run and can keep you cool and comfortable for the extended period of time.


Basic types of central air conditioner:

Before you are all-prepared for installing the new air conditioner; acquaint yourself with the major distinctions of two types of air conditioners that are presently in-use in Canada.

Ductless Air Conditioner
The system will have two major components evaporative coil and a condensing unit.
A ductless air conditioner will have a wall-mounted indoor unit and one compressor.
The compressor unit delivers the refrigerant to evaporator coil and removes moisture.
It distributes the air through piping, not from large air ducts.
Split air conditioners are easier to fix and repair.
Ductless air conditioners are comparatively less expensive.
If you have a furnace in the home, it is possible to amend the existing ducts in such a way, that air conditioner can be easily accommodated.
The ductless air conditioner can only be installed in a place that has no pre-existing ducts.
A split air conditioner is larger in size.
It is perfect for small finished attics

Perfect sizing:

An air conditioner is a long-term investment for your place and it should be the one that accurately fits your home and budget. When it comes to perfect sizing, you should acquaint yourself with two fundamental terms:
·         Cooling load is the sum of heat that accumulates in space, in the absence of a cooling system.
·         Cooling capacity is synonymous with the size of the air conditioner and it is designed to remove the heat.
Sufficient cooling capacity is essential to meet the cooling load of a home. in order to mitigate the discomfort, humidity and dampness, calculate the cooling load effectively through any method developed by the Canadian Standards Association.

Efficiency:

Efficiency is the amount of cooling generated by the unit against each watt. The more SEER (seasonal energy-efficiency rating) means the less cost to run an AC. There are some factors like advanced compressors, efficient heat exchangers and a good refrigerant flow that act as core determinants to make the SEER as high as 17. Make sure you choose a split air conditioner with a minimal SEER rating 13.

Programmable Thermostat and a maintenance plan:

A programmable thermostat has the potential to reduce the cooling cost by 10%. When buying a central air conditioner choose a maintenance plan that has a well-constructed inspection plan with labour discounts and other benefits in repairs.

Noise rating:


Most municipalities in Ontario have a certain level of noise allowed. Therefore, Canadians have to consider noise factor in-check prior to installing an air conditioner in the home. Generally, an energy efficient air conditioner will have minimal sound ratings. 

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Signs of a Failing Furnace

Winters can become horrendous with a failing Furnace. In order to prevent yourself from an ice age inside your home, you may need to repair or replace your Furnace as soon as possible. As a responsible homeowner, you should keep an eye on your Furnace and if a malfunctioning is found, get it repaired instantly.
Here are 7 furnace problems you should never ignore. With a little hand, you can save the day!



1. Strange Noises

Ever experienced strange noises coming out of your furnace? If yes, then that’s quite a big sign of a failing furnace. Not paying attention to this problem may cause you a big deal. This failure may need a technician to repair or replace the blower motor as the set screw on the blower wheel may have loosened causing the wheel to wobble on the motor shaft and create noise.

2. Pungent Smell

That awful rotten cabbage smell we all experience is a sign of gas leaking from the Furnace. This pungent smell is actually a component added to natural gas for safety precautions. If your house is becoming smelly like a rotten egg or cabbage, immediately leave your house and call the gas company to fix this problem.

3. Mounting Utility Bills

Utility bills emptying the pockets cannot always be blamed on utility companies because a malfunctioning Furnace can give you chills through bills. If a Furnace is not working efficiently, it consumes more energy to produce the desired results increasing utility fees. To fix this problem, a professional needs to check and repair your Furnace and in some cases even replacing the whole unit.

4. Carbon Monoxide Leakage

Now, this is quite dangerous as leaking carbon monoxide may not be deducted instantly. If a yellow flame appears in your Furnace flame rather than striking blue (a proper functioning furnace has a blue flame), moisture on the nearby surface and no upward airflow from chimneys then it’s a clear sign of carbon monoxide leakage from either exhaust flue or heat exchanger pipes. Cracks and rust in these areas are a sign of dying Furnace too. If any of these signs along with nausea, headache, burning eyes or vomiting are noticed, make sure to leave the house immediately as it is Carbon monoxide exposure which can be lethal and call the gas company to shut your gas immediately.

5. Heat Distribution

When some rooms in the house remain colder than others, that’s a sign of malfunctioning Furnace which is caused by the internal systems not working properly. Call a professional immediately to prevent from greater damage.

6. Frequent Repairs or Replacements

A Normal modern furnace has a lifespan of 15-20 years, however, every machinery depending on its usage and annual inspections may encounter mechanical failure. Any machine beyond its age limit can cause a big deal. If your Furnace requires a repair every few months then you should consider getting a new furnace for your own good!

How old is your Furnace? What was the last time you had your Furnace repaired?

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Zoning system, have you tried it?

Zone controlled heating and cooling refers to the heating/cooling of different parts of the indoor at a different temperature. Initially, with the introduction of the central cooling system, the only way to zone was to close the vents. But later on, it was found that closing vents actually leaves very bad impacts on the entire HVAC system. With time, new technologies were introduced and today, there are multiple solutions available in order to enjoy zoned heating/cooling in the indoor. In addition to providing with the temperature of choice for every homeowner, its most attractive feature is the energy saving that it offers.


How does zoning help in saving on energy bills? 

In the case of central heating/cooling, the conditioned air moves through the ductwork and reaches every room. Whether or not there's someone in the room or regardless of what temperature the person in the room wants, the system cools/warms the entire indoor at one specified temperature. This way, even when one room is being used, all the rest of the rooms consume energy and raise energy bill. As a zoned system is used, the supply to the unused rooms can be completely shut off by turning off the Thermostat setting of that room. Similarly, for family members who don't want very highly warm or highly cold temperature, the temperature can be reduced a few degrees which once again reduces the energy bills. Also, in multiple storey homes, there's usually a temperature difference when conventional Central Cooling/Heating is used. The zoning system covers this as well since it differently regulates different zones.

In the case of Split Air Conditioner system, the saving scheme is evident. Simply shut the systems off in unused rooms. While this may seem insignificant, you'll be surprised to see the difference that this makes. Every single degree matters and while zoning system is costly, it definitely offers with long-term saving on energy bills which suffices for the initial investment.

Different zoning options available 

Damper Zoning 

One of the most efficient zoning options is the Damper zoning option. Dampers are installed and are regulated with the help of Thermostats. So as the temperatures for different dampers are set differently, they open/close accordingly allowing only the amount of conditioned air that is necessary to cool/warm the room to the set temperature.

Split System 

Instead of installing an entire ductwork or renovate the ductwork with dampers, a number of homeowners prefer Split Systems. With Heat Pump technology supported, Split Air Conditioners can be used both for heating as well as for cooling. With separate units, different areas can be conditioned differently.

Smart Vents 

Smart vents are a new introduction in zoned controlled systems. Smart vents do what you do. The difference is just that they do it smartly (sort of). They are installed just where the vents are installed and work in collaboration with the WiFi Thermostat. Depending on the temperature requirement, they open/close accordingly. While they may seem an attractive option, they are not really recommended by HVAC professionals for the same reason closing of vents is not recommended.
So, have you ever tried zoning system? If yes, how beneficial did you find it?

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Energy saving tips for holidays

December is coming and so is Christmas; which means the holiday season is here. You'll be spending more time at home, there will be giving and taking of gifts and the heating appliances will be used almost constantly. All of this suggests that energy bills will rise. Since there are a lot of other expenditures in winters, it is important to keep other expenses in control. And energy bills is something which can be controlled easily. In this blog, we'll share 5 energy saving tips so that your energy bills don't disturb your expenses and you could enjoy your holidays.



- Christmas lights is a good idea 

Instead of spending on costly decoration lights which consume a whole lot of energy, a better idea is to choose Christmas lights. These lights not only illuminate the area well but are also more energy efficient. So when you are out to make the Christmas decoration purchase, make sure to buy wisely. Decorate but decorate economically. This will save you some dollars for exclusive holiday meals.

- Timers help save! 

The sun is out there for an entire day to give us free light. It is, therefore, unwise to turn the light on even in the day. This tip is not just for holidays. It's a lifetime tip to use timers for lights. So that the lights are turned on only when it gets dark. Sometimes, the lights are left turned on by mistake for long hours or as you leave for a weekend out of the town. One benefit of timers, in this case, is that the lights automatically turn off after 6 hours.

- Gifting HVAC stuff? Choose wisely!

This holiday season, if you are planning to gift an HVAC appliance or accessory to a friend or family, make sure to purchase an energy efficient unit. This will help them save and the saving will make your gift an exclusive gift for them.

- Cook smartly!

In holidays, there's a lot of cooking and meet-ups. Plan your meals well before time so that you don't have to cook meals separately and can place two, three dishes together in the oven. This will save on energy bills. You could also think of washing the dishes yourself instead of using a dishwasher, using a microwave for quick cooking instead of using a conventional oven which takes longer. Together, this will help save.

-  Use a Programmable Thermostat 

 Upgrading to a programmable thermostat will help in saving a whole lot of energy and will also ensure a comfortable indoor environment for you and your guests. With snowfall outside, the home inside will be perfectly warm. Like a warm toaster.

A lot of us are worried about tight budgets these days. Some people think saving is not possible. The truth is, it's all about managing the usage. We have just told how by managing the energy usage at home, you could manage to save a great deal on energy bills.
Looking for more energy efficient ideas? Explore our blog. We have a lot more to share.

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