HVAC Warranty Myths - What is covered and what is not

Homeowners are not found much interested in reading the appliance warranty manuals they are handed at the time of purchase and installation. The result is a rejection of a big number of warranty claims and on the other hand, a lot of expenses on the part of the homeowner when the warranty is not claimed and the entire expense comes on the side of the homeowner. These irritating experiences can be reduced only by increasing the awareness and upgrading homeowner's knowledge about the HVAC warranties, what they cover and what they don't, who to claim them to and how to do.
This blog today is covering the coverage part; what is covered under HVAC manufacturer's warranty and what is not covered. Let's begin.


Note:
Please note that all HVAC warranties are "Limited Warranties" which means a warranty should not be expected to cover every kind of damage that will occur to the appliance.


What does the warranty cover?

Parts that are not up to the mark

Sometimes in bulk manufacturing, damaged parts are made part of the appliance which halt the appliance performance. The HVAC manufacturer warranty covers all such bad parts whichever they are and replace the parts or the entire unit depending on the situation.

Issues in the assembly line

If the technician makes mistakes during assembling of the appliance parts, the warranty covers this kind of damage as well. The unit in this case is usually replaced with a new one.


What is not covered under HVAC warranty

- Whatever comes other than bad parts and improper assembly is excluded from the Manufacturer warranty. This include bad/unprofessional installation, no or insufficient maintenance and accidents like storms, fire hazards, vandalism and others.

- Faulty or improper fuel change from propane to gas or vice versa also results in failure. And when this happens, it a big no no.

- The claimed warranty is also rejected if the homeowners fails to show the documents of a professional installation.

- When the installed appliance is moved to another location; in case of changing homes, the appliance is no more covered.

- The warranty does not cover a unit whose parts have been self replaced by non branded parts

- Using unmatched equipment also results in voiding the warranty and the unit no more remains covered. Every unit has its own specifications and needs to be matched with the appliances they are supposed to work with. A 2-ton Air Conditioner with a 4-ton Air Handler will not make the right combination, will affect performance and may as well result in some damages.

- If the problem is due to bad installation and the parts are needed to be shipped to the installer, the warranty will not cover shipping cost as well.

- Last but not the least; please note that any kind of appliance parts that are bought online and replaced for the damaged appliance parts, void the warranty and such appliance does not remain covered anymore.

Did you know what is covered under warranty and what is not under HVAC warranties?
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Buying a new home? Check These Residential HVAC checkpoints

Having own home is everyone's dream and buying your very first home is a big decision. You tend to look at everything from location and infra-structure of a home to paint-colours and available space for furniture arrangement. The process is time-intensive, yet you like to make it manageable and best decision possible.

Despite that all things are considered, homeowners often ignore a critical factor that can cost more than others! Yes! You guessed it right! A fully functional HVAC system! That does not just save you from the scorching heat of summer but save a lot of bucks on the utility bills because heating and cooling takes up over 45% of the energy consumption in every home in Ontario. 



Why hiring a home inspector is worth-considering?

Generally, buyers pay for the home inspection to evaluate all the ins and outs of the property. Home inspectors are certified, and skilled individuals who look at house HVAC system, plumbing, roof, attic, floor windows, basement, ceiling and then provide a written report. Getting the blemish-free reports about the prospective home is very rare. The problems usually identified are minor, and you won’t bother fixing them. However, there are some major issues that may prove to be troublesome in the long run.

If you don’t want to invest a few extra dollars in home inspector - then follow these simple steps to evaluate the health of the HVAC equipment. 

Check out the location of the indoor and outdoor unit

Make sure the indoor unit is not in attic; if it is, there are high chances that water damage may occur. You should also check where the outdoor unit is, it should not be located close to bedrooms because it is noisy, and homeowners get irritated.

Closely examine the HVAC equipment

The next step is to see the signs of damage to the equipment. Look carefully if there are dents, cracks, rust strain or any missing or unusual sound. If the HVAC system is older than ten years or has long surpassed the life of expectancy; it’ll soon need to be replaced and may cost you thousands of bucks in installing a new unit.

Check whether the system in your prospective home is energy efficient

- Type of unit installed

The HVAC system can be of two kinds: central and ductless. You may have to install ducts throughout the home for a central system. On the other hand, a ductless system consists of outdoor condenser unit and air handlers. A ductless system is more efficient in terms of adequate cooling, zoning and cost efficiency in the long run. 

Examine the maintenance record and warranty

Ask the realtors to provide you with the maintenance record. If the former homeowners have been keeping up the proper maintenance schedule, they won’t hesitate to offer you the maintenance record. If the equipment has not been appropriately maintained, you will have to deal with frequent repairs and the product is more likely to expire before the probable life span.

The other important thing you should consider is warranty. It typically lasts five years after installation. It gives you a clear idea about future repair cost. 

Inspect the ductwork
Ductwork is one of the crucial components, and you must look for loose connection gaps and most importantly condensation that indicates whether the system needs repairing. If the ducts are dusty, it means homeowners have not been keeping up with the necessary maintenance. 

Check installed insulation

Insulation becomes messy and less effective over time - if the insulation has not been done for so long, the chances are abundant that the prospective home may develop drafts or leaks.

Follow these guidelines and you will be able to avoid the mistake of ending up purchasing a wrong home. 

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Important!!! Five Furnace Safety Tips

The appliance responsible for providing you with comfort in winter can turn out to be a source of great misery if precautions are not taken. As you already know, your Furnaces are gas or electricity powered and both these fuels need to be delt with carefully. There are some Furnace Safety Precautions that all homeowners should consider.


1. Importance of Vacuuming 

The Furnace remains unused for a significant period of time. This causes dust and lint layers to build up in and around it. If not cleaned regularly, these layers sometimes get hardened. One of the reasons behind Furnace catching fire is also dust. So in order to keep the comforting appliance a comforting appliance, vacuum in and around the Furnace roughly every month, even during the Summers. This will ensure that you don't have a lot of work to do when there's time to turn the Furnace on and you'd also be able to save yourself from safety risks.

2. Define Furnace rules for kids 

Most people have their Furnaces installed in the basement. But this is not true for all. Sometime, it is installed just closed to the living area and kids often play around the Furnace. While people have special precautionary measures when it comes to fireplaces and kids playing around but very few realize the hazard of kids playing around a Furnace. We highly endorse educating children regarding the consequences of playing around or messing with Furnace unit. Sometimes, kids throw their tiny toys in the Furnace and this can become a really alarming situation.
If you have toddlers and they can't be taught about the good and the bad while you also have a unit installed at a place they can easily reach, consider creating a barrier around the unit.

3. Ensure constant air flow 

Your Furnace needs fresh air to treat. If it doesn't get that, it will start consuming the oxygen in your indoor, lowering the oxygen level and creating a threatening situation. Also, the blockages in duct work, in supply or return vents create the same situation. Let fresh pack of air flowing. And clear any obstacles.

4. Alert! Keep flammable items far far away! 

Whether your unit is gas powered or electric powered, in both cases it has fire. So keep every item that may catch fire easily well away from the Furnace. Particularly items like flammable liquids, wood or paper, paints, household acids etc.

5. Test alarms 

Once the alarm has been installed and it works, not so many homeowners care about checking every season whether the batteries are fully functioning or not. Whether or not you've faced an emergency situation ever, it is recommended to change the batteries before the beginning of every winter.

And of course; goes without saying that an optimal performance should not be expected from a Furnace if it is not given the due maintenance and cleaning. Be very regular at least about cleaning the Filters since clogged filters will only result in breaking down the system during the time you most need it.

Your homework time begins. Before the first snow, make sure your Furnace is ready and you're all set to use it with the above mentioned precautionary measures.

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What is a heat pump – discover the advantages and disadvantages

Homeowners strive hard to find a home comfort system that can meet their needs years round - heat pump serves best in this regard. During summers, it works as an ordinary Air Conditioner and extracts the hot heat from home and transfers it to the outdoor air. The process reverses during the winter, unlike repelling hot air from inside to outside; the heat pump collects hot heat from outside and transfers it inside the home. 

Heat Pump vs Air Conditioner


- Even when the air feels freezing, it still has some heat particles. The heat pump effectively and quickly pulls heat and sends inside to warm your place.

- When the heat is not enough to meet minimal demand of the Thermostat, an electric heater is accompanied to warm the place.

- When a heat pump is employed in conjunction with a gas furnace – the dual fuel system shares the burden but does not work simultaneously.

- When the temperature drops below the ability of a heat pump, the Gas Furnace takes over and operates unless the temperature rises for a heat pump to work effectively. The heat pump should be installed flawlessly with clear cut differences in terms of produced heat level and running time of the heat pump. 

How much a heat pump costs you?

Heat pump prices are high, and when you consider installation, the rates can be between $1835 to $8180 whereas the running costs of heat pump are contingent upon the size and insulation properties of the household. 

Pros and cons of heat pump:

Before making a purchasing decision, It is essential to aware yourself about the upside and downside of a heat pump.

                 Advantages                                                            Disadvantages 

Reduced running cost:
Unlike the combustion-based system, heat systems are way more cheap to run. The more is the energy efficiency; higher is the saving on energy.
High upfront cost and complicated installation:
Heat pumps have a substantial upfront cost. The installation process is complicated; the installer must put serious consideration to understand the precise movement of heat.
Safer to use:
Heat pump are safer and more reliable than combustion-based systems.
Homeowners face issues in cold air:
Majority of homeowners encounter problems with heat pumps during winters. Experts say when the temperature drops below -15°C, the heat circulated by the heat pump will not be enough.
Less maintenance and effective conversion rate:
Heat pumps are easy to maintain and require once a year professional inspection. Though some minor details can be accomplished at home. The reduced carbon emission makes it best in terms of the highly effective conversion rate of energy to heat.
Carbon neutral:These types of equipment heavily rely on electricity to work effectively. Implying that they can never be complete carbon neutral.
Long life span:The heat pump can last up to fifty years. Despite these numbers, it is the reliable home comfort system with a steady source of heat.Significant work:The installation process of heat pump causes disruption to the house and especially the garden. The worst is that penetration will have to be done through building cladding.

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Power Inverter in Air conditioners

Inverter air conditioning and heating is the future of HVAC system allowing homeowners to adjust the capacity of the system as needed. An inverter does not produce power but redirects the direct current to alternating current and with that, the cooling or heating capacity is increased or decreased to eliminate the temperature fluctuation. Thus, draws lesser power and lesser unit of electricity.
In contrast, non-inverters have a noisy operation, less energy efficiency, and a fixed capacity to control the indoor temperature either by starting or stopping their compressors. 

Inverter Air Conditioner Benefits


How Does An Inverter Technology Work?

The intensity of cooling and heating keeps on changing as per the outdoor temperature or the amount of heat in a room. When there is a need to amplify the cooling or heating, the compressor motor starts working at relatively high speed and upsurge the quantity of refrigerant flow.
In moderate outside temperature, the magnitude of heating and cooling will reduce accordingly and the compressor will work at a reduced speed and thus reduce the amount of refrigerant flow.
To cut the long story short, it mechanically adjusts the temperature based on the requirement of the area. 

Benefits of power inverter in an air conditioner

There are a plethora of benefits of inverter air conditioning and heating compressor. The prominent ones are outlined below:

Reduced energy consumption:

An inverter AC has potential to deviate the speed of the compressor motor that helps to eliminate all costs related to stop-start cycles and with that in mind, it is more likely the AC will have more lifespan since low energy consumption meaning the reduced amount of wear and tear. 

Eco-friendly:

Inverter air conditioning and heating systems are more eco-friendly by considering their immediate fluctuation detection feature and mechanical adjustments made to the compressor speed. This makes the inverter technology more innovative in terms of energy saving and proving advantageous for the environment. 

High Level of comfort:

The most appreciated feature of the inverter is, its ability to change the amount of cooling and heating when required. By reducing the capacity, you are allowing the system to work on longer cycles. Longer cycles are synonymous with more heat exchange that ultimately helps you reach the desired temperature - meaning you add dehumidity in humid months and humidification in the dry months. 

Soundless operation:

Inverter air conditioner does not turn on off frequently yet works steadily at low power. This mechanism makes the system more efficient and soundless. On the contrary, to the non-inverter that keeps turning on and off to reach a certain degree.

Wrapping up the article

An inverter air conditioner costs a bit extra but considering its ability to provide a blend of advanced capabilities and ultimate comfort, makes it a smart and wise investment. Be it a big building or a small room, it is worth the extra monies disbursed on inverter air conditioning and heating as it cuts down the energy cost up to 50% and offers countless benefits such as precise comfort, less energy consumption and improved lifespan of the system.

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Indoor Air Pollution Can Become A Health Risk For The Elderly

Indoor air pollution has become a fundamental global public health problem requiring an increasing number of advanced research and policymaking. Even at low concentration, the presence of indoor pollutants has many adverse impacts. Older adults are likely to spend ≥80–90% of their time indoors. Thus, the indoor pollutants may have more significance for the adults because of a comparatively long exposure period.

Sadly, indoor air is ten times more contaminated than outdoor air. Germs, lint, smoke, dust mites, and household chemicals collectively make it more dangerous, especially for adults and kids who spend most of their time in the home.


Possible signs of Air trouble:

The following symptoms require your immediate attention.
- When air is stuffy, or an unusual noticeable odor is sensed.
- Limited air movement or broken air conditioning or central heating system.
- Too much humidity
- Presence of molds and mildew
- Chimneys or flue pipes getting damaged
- Feeling healthier and better outside

Major indoor air hazards;

Formaldehyde, particulates, lead, pesticides, and remodeling hazards are the rare indoor pollutants.

The most common air pollutants include:
Carbon monoxide: 
CO is a colorless contaminant which is primarily released from heaters, appliances, and stoves. It is an odorless gas yet blocks the movement of oxygen and cause tiredness, nausea, dizziness, and headache.

Nitrogen dioxide: 
A product of kerosene combustion and natural gas. The excess of NO2 aggravates the mucous membrane of nose eye and throat and in high concentration can lead to shortness of breath.

Radon:
A radioactive gas that oozes from the rocks and soils under a home. Radon can enter a home through walls or drains. Long term exposure to radon is the prime cause of lung cancers nowadays.

Smoke:
A cigarette contains almost 4000 chemicals in traces; out of these, 200 are the poisonous and 43 carcinogens.

Tips To enjoy Stress-free summer and spring:

Seniors have typically weak immune system, and they may already suffer from a lung or health-related issues that make them more vulnerable to the indoor pollutants. If you are an older adult or have someone in your home, follow these tips to make the air healthier to breathe.

- Keep your windows open for at least an hour to bring the fresh air in.
- Never buy more than you need of a product that can trigger indoor pollution, especially pesticides and cleaning solvents.
- Always buy a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Regularly change the furnace filters as recommended by your HVAC technician.
- Clean carpets, upholstery, and draperies in the fall or once per year.
- Never forget cleaning ceiling fans and exhaust fans of your bathroom and kitchen in every fall.
- Always prioritize wood floors or tiles to the carpets.
- Heating ducts and dryer vents need to be cleaned every year.
- Keep a close eye on humidity and improve ventilation.
- Consider investing some bucks in the right equipment that can potentially eliminate the majority of irritants.
- Make sure there is no leakage of water from pipes or walls that may lead to the development of molds.

What specific ways do you use to ensure that your indoor remains a safe and healthy place for the elderly? 

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Here's why you should be concerned about keeping the indoor humidity controlled in Summer

Humidity is a foe to all! It causes extreme discomfort during the harsh summer of heat. Even worse, humidity in your place brings-in health hazards. The increased and unwanted moisture in the air leads to rot and mould on surfaces causing many health-related issues. Therefore, most of us would like to stay in an air-conditioned room.

Here is why everyone hates humidity in summer

- Hair and humidity can never get along - The clothes get stuck to your body the moment you step outside. - You feel like you need another one right after you get out of the shower. - Crowded subways and elevators. Hope you get the idea!

Can outdoor humidity be controlled?

There isn’t much you can do to avoid outdoor humidity. However, there are some steps you can pursue to maintain a good indoor humidity level (optimal level is between 45-60). This is the responsibility for homeowners and businesses alike to take some crucial steps to minimize summer humidity level in the indoor, so structural and furniture damages along with illness can be prevented to a significant extent.
  • Keep a close eye on humidity and temperature level in your home
  • Properly clean water leaks and sources of water standing in your place 
  • Check for the mouldy smell that is a precursor to fungus growth

How the humidity is removed from indoor?

  • One of the most popular methods to remove indoor humidity is air conditioning. When the air passes out of the coil, the air conditioner is functioned to pull out the unnecessary moisture in it.
  • The other common method is using a dehumidifier that either can be connected to ductwork or stands alone. 
  • HRV is another option to consider, as it is geared towards pushing moisture outside. It works fine with limited moisture. 
  • The most convenient way to keep humidity low is to keep your home surfaces dry. 
  • Certain areas of the home can cause stickiness and humidify your home. Basements, pipes, windows, and attic are the entryways for moisture. 

Damages from summer humidity:

Want to know what else humidity can do to ruin your day? Humidity can cause the following problems which you might not be aware of:

Humidity adversely impact the health

Humidity is a vital component of air quality. However, the presence of high vapour pressures is problematic for human health. In high humidity, people report the symptoms like: - Muscle cramps
- Nasal congestion
- Fatigue
- Headache
- Wheezing
You should never let humidity to linger – the high moisture leads towards the growth of contamination and mould that can cause severe health concerns.

Damaged furniture and d├ęcor:

High humidity can badly impact carpets and paintings and even upholstery can be damaged by the lingering moisture. Woodwork and mouldings are more likely to expand and become damaged in moisture

Damaged electronics:

The high amount of humidity can excel the conductivity of the insulators causing them to wear out prematurely. Moreover, the uncontrolled humidity also leads towards condensation which results in the short circuit of electronic equipment.

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