How to Install a Central Air Conditioner

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How to Install a Central Air Conditioner

If you have recently purchased a new central air conditioner unit for your home, you may be wondering if you can complete a DIY installation. Though it may seem like a cost-effective solution to install the unit by yourself it is not a great idea. Due to the complexity of installation it is important that you always hire a qualified technician to complete your installation.
By attempting to install your air conditioner unit on your own you risk the possibility of damaging your unit. You could also have reduced efficiency and create other problems that will affect the life of your air conditioner in the future. A qualified technician will be able to ensure that your air conditioner is installed correctly and efficiently. Leaving you with a cool and comfortable home all summer long.

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How Long Does a Furnace Run Per Day?

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On a cold winter day, you want nothing more to be warm and cozy inside your home. But on the coldest days of the year you may have wondered, how long does a furnace run per day? In order to keep your home warm and comfortable your furnace is required to run for a considerable amount of time. In most cases a furnace will run multiple cycles in an hour. The length of each cycle will depend on your individual furnace unit but most cycles last 10-15 minutes per cycle.

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Do Air Conditioners Bring in Outside Air?

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On a scorching hot summer day you have likely found yourself finding relief inside your cool air conditioned home. Even on the hottest days our home air conditioners provide relief from the elements and bring us comfort. But you have likely wondered, how does my air conditioner that is outside get the air so cool inside? You might have asked yourself, do air conditioners bring in outside air? Though it might seem confusing, your air conditioner does not bring outside air into your home.

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What Causes Ice Buildup on Air Conditioners?

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If you’ve spotted ice buildup on your air conditioner it is a clear sign that your air conditioner is experiencing a problem. Ice buildup is a common issue with air conditioners and can often be fixed on your own. Occasionally there may be bigger issues causing ice buildup and you may need a professional to help with getting it running efficiently again. This article will detail why your air conditioner has ice buildup and what you can do about it.

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How to clean a gas furnace burner?

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Are you expiring an issue with your gas furnace not adequately heating your home? If so, you may want to check that the burners of your furnace are clean and not clogged. Clogged furnace burners can affect the efficacy of your furnace and stop it from starting properly. Thankfully, you can take action on your own to solve an issue with a clogged burner and keep your furnace running efficiently. Use these helpful tips provided in along with our complete furnace maintenance checklist, to keep your gas furnace burners clean and working properly.

Step by step cleaning:

In order to clean your gas furnace burner you will need to follow the following steps.

  • Turn off the gas – Safety is your top priority when doing any at home maintenance or cleaning of your furnace. Always turn off the gas and electricity to your unit before getting started.
  • Remove the burner – In order to locate the burner you will have to remove the front panel on your furnace. Refer to your owners manual to determine how to remove the panel. You should be able to locate the burners in the chamber above the blower.
  • Clean the burners – In order to clean the burners you will need to use a vacuum with a soft brush. Use the vacuum to remove any debris that is located on the burner. Debris takes form in rust and dust. You may need to gently tap the burners to loosen debris.
  • Replace the burners – Your burners are now clean. Return them back to the furnace and replace the panel. You are now able to turn on your gas and electricity and begin using your furnace again.

What if my furnace issues aren’t resolved?

If you have performed regular maintenance on your furnace and also cleaned your burners, there may be other issues causing your furnace to not run efficiently. It may be a good idea to get an expert opinion to determine what is causing your furnace issues. A qualified technician, such as on from EVAM Canada, can assess your concerns and help you get your furnace working optimally again.

Remember that it along with regular furnace maintenance it is also important to have your furnace inspected. You can always do maintenance yourself at home but if you aren’t the DIY type, why not schedule regular furnace maintenance and inspection with one of our qualified technicians today.

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Where Is The Blower Motor on a Furnace?

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What is A Blower Motor?

If you’ve ever wondered how the hot air that your furnace makes gets to you, then you can thank your blower motor. The blower motor is a critical component of the furnace that takes care of turning a fan that will then circulate warm air from your furnace into your home. Without a working blower motor, you furnace will simply not heat your home.

There are two types of blower motors that you could have. Your home furnace will have either a variable or single speed blower motor. While both will keep you warm and comfortable, they function in different ways. A single seed motor will turn on and off depending on the setting of your thermostat. While a variable speed blower will change speeds to help keep a consistent flow of warm air through your home.

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Who makes the best furnace?

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If you are in the market for a new furnace you may be wondering, who makes the best furnace? There are many great furnace manufacturers available for you to choose from but for many shoppers the options can be overwhelming. In order to help you make a great decision on which furnace to buy you need to take into account your home size and the level of efficiency you are hoping to obtain from your new furnace. At EVAM Canada we offer our clients a variety of options for you to choose from and are always available to answer your questions. Below are a list of our favourite furnace manufacturers as well as some questions you should consider asking a qualified technician when buying a new furnace.

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How to Clean Central Air Conditioner Coils

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There are many benefits to conducting regular air conditioner maintenance of your air conditioner unit including better performance and an extended life of your unit. Many air conditioner maintenance tasks are easy to do on your own at home with little equipment.
An easy and important task to do regularly is to clean your air conditioner coils. We will walk you through the process of how to clean air conditioner coils to help you keep your air conditioner running well and keeping you cool during the hot summer months.

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What is the best furnace to buy?

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If you are in the market for a new furnace you may find yourself overwhelmed with the options available. There are many different manufacturers and a variety of models to choose from for each one. There is no one best furnace for everyone. Each households needs are different and need to be considered when buying a new furnace. To answer the question, what is the best furnace to buy? It’s the one that best suits your individual needs.

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How Old Is My Water Heater?

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On average a water heater will last you 8-12 years before needing replacement. If you were not the first owner of your home and are unsure when your hot water heater was installed it is important for you to find out this information. The good news is that this information is readily available and easy to find on your hot water heater itself. This guide will offer you step by step information to help you determine the age of your water heater and help you decide when it may be time to obtain a replacement.

Decoding serial numbers

The best way to determine how old your water heater is, is to look at the serial number. All water heaters will have a serial number located on the exterior of the unit. This applies to both hot water heater tanks and tankless water heater systems. Most serial numbers will be a combination of numbers and letters.

Some water heater manufactures, such as Rheem make it easy for you to determine the age of your water heater unit. On Rheem units, the serial number contains the year and month that the water heater unit was manufactured. By looking at the 9 digit serial code of a Rheem water heater you can note that the first four numbers of the serial number are the manufacture date.
An example of a Rheem serial code format could be as follows;

0108A1289

In this case the first two numbers, 01, are the month of manufacture while the second two numbers represent the year, 98. In this scenario the water heater would have been manufactured in January of 2008.

Types of Serial Codes

Not every water heater manufacture provides the date in such an clear pattern as Rheem. Listed below are a few examples of common water heater manufacturers and how they list their serial numbers and where you can find serial number information.

  • Navien – depending on the model of water heater you will see a different style of serial code. Navien provides a chart to help you decode your serial number.
  • Rinnai – similar to the example above the date of manufacture can be fpund in the first four numbers of the serial code. The first two numbers are the year and are then followed by the month.
  • What if I still can’t find it?

    If you are having difficulty finding your water heater serial number it may be helpful to . A technician will be able to help you locate the serial number on your water heater unit and will also be able to help you determine your water heaters manufacture date.

    Don’t forget maintenance

    Always remember that regular maintenance will help to keep your water heating running for as long as possible. See our previous blog post for information on water heater maintenance and learn how to keep the water in your home hot while also helping to extend the life of your water heater for years to come.

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