Scaling and Descaling Tankless Water Heaters

September 18th, 2023

Tankless water heaters have gained popularity among homeowners, thanks to their energy-efficient operation and continuous hot water supply. However, like any complex appliance, tankless water heaters require regular maintenance to ensure their smooth operation. 

One common issue that can plague tankless water heaters is scaling, which is caused by the buildup of mineral deposits. In this post, we’ll discuss what scaling is, why it poses problems, and why it’s crucial to enlist the help of a professional to descale your tankless water heater. When dealing with scaling issues, we advise you to contact our technicians to arrange for the professional service that will get the job done right.

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The Benefits of Replacing Your Wood-Burning Fireplace with a Natural Gas Fireplace

September 4th, 2023

Here in British Columbia, where the chilly winds blow and the winters are brisk, there’s nothing quite like gathering around a warm and inviting fireplace. While traditional wood-burning fireplaces have their charm, an increasing number of homeowners are discovering the numerous benefits of replacing them with modern and efficient natural gas fireplaces. In this blog post, we’ll explore why making the switch to a natural gas fireplace in Campbell River, BC, can be a game-changer for both comfort and convenience.

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The Top 4 Reasons Homeowners Should Schedule Regular Duct Cleaning

August 21st, 2023

Maintaining a comfortable and healthy indoor environment is a priority for every homeowner. An often overlooked aspect of home maintenance is the regular cleaning of ducts within the HVAC system. While it may not be on the top of your to-do list, scheduling routine duct cleaning with HVAC professionals can bring a multitude of benefits that contribute to energy efficiency, air quality, and the overall longevity of your HVAC equipment. 

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the top four compelling reasons why homeowners should make regular duct cleaning a priority.

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Dealing With Humidity: How AC Systems Handle Moisture

August 7th, 2023

During the warm, sticky summer months, many people find themselves relying heavily on their trusty air conditioning system in Comox, BC to keep their homes cool and comfortable. However, AC systems do more than just lower the temperature. They play a crucial role in managing indoor humidity levels. In this blog, we will delve into the science behind how AC systems handle moisture, ensuring a pleasant living environment even in the most humid conditions.  

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Why Is My AC Running So Often? 

July 24th, 2023

As the scorching heat of summer arrives, many of us depend on our trusty air conditioning units to keep us cool and comfortable indoors. However, there might come a time when you notice your AC seems to be running non-stop, and you start to wonder why. An air conditioner that runs excessively can lead to higher energy bills, harsh wear and tear on the system, and decreased overall comfort.

By understanding the common reasons for this behavior, you can take the necessary steps to resolve the issue and ensure your AC runs efficiently. In this post, we’ll explore some common reasons why your AC might be running so often and when you’ll need to call us for air conditioning repair in Parksville, BC.

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Hard-Starting: What It Is and How It Affects Your AC

July 10th, 2023
Outdoor home AC condenser with clipping path. Isolated on white.

In this post, we’re going to look at one of the common troubles that can affect an air conditioning system: hard starting. If you notice your air conditioner is hard starting, your best course is to call our technicians for air conditioning repair in Campbell River, BC. We’re familiar with the different ways that hard starting can happen in an AC as well as the best ways to address the problem. 

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Air Conditioning vs. Fans: Which Is More Energy Efficient?

June 26th, 2023

We can give you a quick answer, because it’s no contest: fans. Whether you’re talking about using just the blower fan of your HVAC system (“fan only mode”) or ceiling fans, these devices use only a small fraction of the amount of energy of turning on the air conditioner.

For example, a standard central air conditioner, like the one you probably have in your house, consumes between 3,000 and 3,500 watts of electricity per hour. That same AC when only the fan is running consumes 500 watts of electricity per hour. That’s an enormous difference! Ceiling fans use around the same amount, 500–750 watts per hour.

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Why Water Is Leaking from Your Air Conditioning System

June 12th, 2023

Do you know how your air conditioning in Campbell River, BC cools the air in your house? If you know a bit about HVAC, then you’ll probably answer that it’s because of the refrigerant inside the air conditioner. When you go and stand by the outdoor condenser unit while the AC is running, you’ll feel hot air coming out of it, and that seems to indicate that the air conditioner is pushing heat outside of your home.

This is generally correct. Now, what job does water play in the AC cooling the house? This might make you think for a second. You hear water dripping inside the air conditioner at times, and water can lower the temperature of air. But does water have anything to do with how an AC cools the air?

The answer is no it doesn’t

Which brings us to the question in the title: if an AC doesn’t use water to cool the air, why are you seeing water dripping out of the AC?

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Are Heat Pumps an Effective HVAC Option in Our Climate?

May 15th, 2023

You may have recently read about heat pumps and how they’re becoming a popular eco-friendly choice for both heating and cooling. Heat pumps are essentially a type of refrigerant-based air conditioning system that can reverse the direction it operates so that it can both move heat from an indoor space (cooling mode) and move heat into an indoor space (heating mode). 

You may have also heard some skepticism about whether a heat pump can work in cold climates like the ones we have. Usually, HVAC companies recommend heat pump installations in places with mild winters. Is a heat pump in Parksville, BC a good idea?

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Do Tankless Water Heaters Really Provide Unlimited Hot Water?

May 1st, 2023

We often recommend tankless water heaters to customers. These alternatives to the standard water heater that uses a tank have numerous advantages:

  • They consume less energy
  • They have longer service lives
  • They take up much less space
  • They provide unlimited hot water

Except … we want to talk about that last point a bit. It is a major selling point for tankless water heaters, but it can also give people the wrong impression. It’s perhaps better to say that a tankless water heater won’t run out of hot water. This might sound like the same as saying limitless, but not exactly. It’s a description that better explains how a water heater works.

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