What to do when your AC is short cycling

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If you are experiencing problems with your air conditioner turning on and off again in short increments you are very likely dealing with a short cycling issue. When an AC unit is shorty cycling it will turn on and then off again for short periods of time. This means that your air conditioner is working inefficiently, and it will not function properly or cool your house. A short cycling problem does need attention for the sake of your comfort in your home as well as for your air conditioner’s lifespan. The good new is that you maybe be able to fix this is on your own. In this post we will discuss reasons why your ac may be short cycling and help you decide if you need to obtain outside help.

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How to fix a Water Heater Pilot Light

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We’ve all been there. You hop in the shower early in the morning and are rudely greeted by freezing cold water running down your back. After hopping out of the shower in shock you now need to figure out why you didn’t get the steaming hot shower your excepted. If you have a gas hot water tank it could very likely be that your pilot light has somehow turned off and now needs to be light again. This can be a relatively simple fix that can be performed at home without the help of a technician. By following the simple steps listed below you can get that water tank working up and ready for a much more enjoyable shower.

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How often should you clean your furnace

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Furnace wcleaning and maintenance directly relates to the health of your furnace. It is important to consider that by keeping on top of furnace cleaning you are helping to prevent a costly repair or a loss of heat when you need it most. But how often should we clean and service a furnace? This article will touch on some of the ways you can help keep your furnace clean and when you should consider getting furnace cleaning and maintenance done professionally.

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Spring Air Conditioner Maintenance

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Spring is the best time to get ahead on your air conditioner maintenance. When the weather starts to warm up and the snow melts it’s time to get outside and get started with some simple tasks that will get your air conditioner ready for sunny summer days. Much of your air conditioners maintenance can be done on your own with little equipment while others will require some additional services. Here is a list of the most important maintenance you can do before its time turn your air conditioner on.

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Why Is My AC Not Blowing Cold Air?

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An air conditioner that is not blowing cold air can be a big problem. Especially if it happens on a scorching summer day. There are many reasons why an air conditioner may not be working as expected. Thankfully some of these reasons are a quick fix that you can do on your own. Here is a list of some reasons why your air conditioner may not be blowing cold air that you can check on your own and what you can do to fix it.

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Air Conditioner Maintenance Checklist

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To keep your air conditioner running efficiently you need to keep up to date with regular maintenance. This can seem overwhelming but by staying organized and completing this DIY Air Conditioner Maintenance Checklist you will be able to stay on track and keep your AC running smooth all summer long. This list compiles tasks that you can do on your own with little equipment to ensure that your AC unit stays in great shape. Use these tips and learn how air conditioning works to get started.

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How To Quiet a Loud Hot Water Heater

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One of the most common complaints we hear from home owners is about their loud hot water heater! There are many unusual noises that your hot water heater can make, ranging from popping and rumbling sounds to knocking, hissing and clicking noises.

Fortunately, there are many DIY tips you can use to help quiet your loud hot water heater and reduce those annoying sounds. Try the following to eliminate the noise, but remember that regular hot water heater maintenance and repair is key to preventing many of these sounds in the first place!

  • Cracking or popping sounds can usually be addressed by flushing your water heater. A buildup of sediment at the bottom of your water heater can trap water beneath it and as this water heats up, it forces its way through the sediment, resulting in a cracking or popping sound.
  • Knocking and banging sounds are often caused by pipes heating up internally. This noise is commonly referred to as “water hammering” and can be one of the most annoying sounds for home owners. While this does not damage your water heater, it can be quieted by installing a water hammer arrestor at the shut off valves of fixtures like your washing machine.
  • A humming noise coming from your electric water heater is normal, but if it comes on suddenly or is very loud, you should call a professional for assistance. To address minor humming sounds, you can tighten the heating element in your water heater (don’t overtighten) to prevent vibrations.
  • Screeching noises from you water heater can be caused by water under pressure being forced through or around an object. Typically, this noise is made when a shutoff valve is not completely open. Check the valve at your water heater, or at other fixtures in your home to ensure they are all completely open.
  • Hissing sounds can occur after you have used a large amount of hot water, such as after a bath or shower or running the dishwasher on a heavy cycle. When hot water is used up, cold water re-enters the tank and can cause condensation to form on the outside of the tank. As this condensation drips down and hits hot parts of the water heater around the burner, you will hear a hissing sound. If this happens frequently, you may have an undersized water heater that does not meet your household’s needs.

Have you tried these DIY tips to deal with your loud hot water heater and still find it too noisy? At Evam Canada, we understand that these strange and annoying sounds can disrupt your comfort at home. That’s why our water heater technicians are on hand to diagnose your loud hot water heater’s problems and find a solution so you can enjoy peace and quiet.

Book your water heater maintenance or repair appointment online now, or give us a call at 1-905-624-5544 today.

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Tankless Water Heater Repair and Maintenance Tips

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Many home owners see tankless water heaters as a great upgrade to their current tank water heater. There’s no doubt that the convenience and efficiency of on-demand tankless models make them a wonderful choice for your home, but you should keep in mind that tankless water heater repair and maintenance is still essential to enjoy hot water for years to come.

Though tankless models tend to have fewer issues than traditional water heaters, it’s important that you take care to keep your equipment in top shape. Try these tankless water heater repair and maintenance tips to keep your water heater working great:

Prevent Buildup
Hard water can cause major issues for your tankless hot water heater, causing scale buildup on the interior of the unit. Over time, this buildup can cause the system to shut down entirely. If you don’t already have one, installing a water softener can extend the lifespan of your tankless system and make an unexpected shutdown less likely.

Flush the Unit
Just like a tank water heater, a tankless water heater should be flushed regularly with a mixture of water and white vinegar. To do so, you will need a small submersible pump, hoses and a bucket to cycle the vinegar-water mixture through the unit. We recommend having a tankless water heater repair expert assist with this maintenance task every six months to two years.

Check the Temperature
You should also regularly check the temperature of your unit to ensure it hasn’t been set incorrectly or to adjust it to your household’s needs. As a general rule, a safe temperature is around 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but you may wish to reduce the temperature if you have children or family members with sensitive skin.

System Overload
If several people in your home are using hot water at the same time, your tankless water heater can become overloaded due to demand and will either fail to deliver hot water or shut down completely. If this occurs, you can reduce the demand for hot water, or try resetting the unit. Should you find this happening often, you may need to upgrade to a larger water heater or consider installing a secondary tankless unit.

Need More Tankless Water Heater Repair Tips?

Contact the tankless water heater repair experts at Evam Canada at 1-905-624-5544 to book your service or repair appointment. Our highly trained technicians will get your water heater working like new or recommend the installation of a brand new tankless water heater if necessary.

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Fixing a Leaking Hot Water Heater Pressure Relief Valve

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Your hot water heater pressure relief valve is an important component of both electric and gas hot water heaters. This valve is designed to allow water and steam to escape from the tank if the temperature gets too hot or if pressure gets too high, releasing some of the pressure before a dangerous explosion can occur.

While it is a critical safety feature, a leaking hot water heater pressure relief valve can be cause for concern. If you have noticed a leak from your water heater’s pressure relief valve, you can troubleshoot the issue yourself in a few ways:

  1. Check the Temperature

The temperature of your hot water heater could be causing the temperature and pressure relief valve to do its job, resulting in a small discharge of steam or water. Check the thermostat to determine the temperature setting of your water heater and verify this temperature by running hot water at a fixture until it gets hot. Use a meat thermometer to read the actual temperature of this water, ensuring that it is set at a safe 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

  1. Test the Valve
    Ensure that the valve is functioning properly by lifting the arm on the top of the valve and seeing if water comes out. When you release the valve, it should shut immediately and stop the flow of water. If the arm does not lift and does not snap back down immediately, it should be replaced. There may be debris or rust preventing the pressure relief valve from functioning correctly.
  2. Replace the Valve
    Sometimes your leaking hot water pressure relief valve can be fixed simply by replacing the valve. This easy task requires you to drain the tank to a level below the valve, then opening it to release any residual pressure. The valve can then be removed slowly using a wrench to turn it counter-clockwise. Replace the valve with one of the same pressure rating by screwing it in clockwise and tightening it with a wrench.
  1. It’s Still Leaking
    If you replace the valve and it still continues to leak, this signals a greater problem. A frequently triggered valve means that your hot water heater is consistently overheating your water or building up too much pressure within the tank. It’s best to call in a professional to determine why your water heater is getting too hot or pressure is getting too high so it can be repaired or replaced if necessary.

Not sure how to fix your hot water heater pressure relief valve on your own? We’re here to help! The experienced water heater specialists at Evam Canada are on-call to repair any leaks 24/7. Don’t hesitate to call us for your emergency water heater repairs at 1-905-624-5544.

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Water Heater Leak Repair: Dealing With an Emergency Leak

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For many of us, it’s our worst nightmare – noticing water leaking from our home’s hot water heater. No matter how serious the leak, you know that you’ve got a big problem on your hands that needs to be fixed, and fast!

Water heater leak repair is not something you should handle on your own, especially in an emergency situation. However, until you can get a repair technician in to address the leak, you can take some steps to prevent further leakage and damage to your water heater and surrounding property.

When you notice a leak coming from your hot water heater, here’s what you can do:

  1. Turn Off the Water and Gas/Electric
    The first step is to shut off the water supply to your water heater and turn off what is heating it (either gas or electricity). Find the cold water supply and turn the lever clockwise to turn it off. Look for an ON/OFF switch or dial and turn it to the OFF position to shut the power down.
  2. Call for Water Heater Leak Repair
    Now that your hot water heater is safely shut off and the leak is stopped or slowed, call your local emergency water heater repair service for help.
  3. Check the Drain Valve

Most leaks will come from the bottom of the tank, so start by checking the drain valve to see if it is the source of the leak. This is an inexpensive repair that requires the replacement of the drain valve altogether.

  1. Look at the Bottom of the Tank
    If the source of the leak is the tank itself, you have a much larger issue on your hands. A leaking tank likely indicates that it has corroded due to sediment buildup. In this case, you will need to replace the hot water tank entirely.
  2. Check the Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve
    If the leak is coming from further up the tank, the temperature and pressure relief valve may be the cause. If this valve is leaking, it could mean a faulty valve, or it could be releasing excess pressure or water due to pressure built up inside the tank. In either case, a professional can diagnose and repair the problem.
  3. Drain the Tank
    To stop leakage altogether, you’ll need to completely drain the holding tank using the drain valve. Read our handy guide, How to Drain a Hot Water Heater to learn more, or wait until your repair technician arrives for assistance.

If you need immediate assistance with water heater leak repair, don’t hesitate to call Evam Canada. Our experienced repair team is available anytime to address your leaky water heater and stop it from becoming a bigger problem.

For emergency leak repair now, call us at 1-905-624-5544.

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