Residential AHU

How To Avoid Carbon Monoxide Leaks In Your Home

If you have a gas furnace in your home, there is a chance that it could leak dangerous carbon monoxide into your home. It is important that you know the steps that you can take to prevent this as unchecked carbon monoxide leaks can lead to serious consequences.

Have Your Furnace Checked Annually

The most recommended step that you should take is to have your furnace checked annually. This annual inspection will ensure that your furnace is working correcting and that it is still safe. The professional technician that completes the inspection will be able to see if there are any signs of problems

During the inspection, if there are any issues, the technician will generally be able to repair them. This will ensure that they do not become large issues that result in a carbon monoxide leak. Additionally, if the problem is too big to fix, the technician will be able to tell you about this and you can replace the furnace before something bad happens.

Change The Air Filter

When the air filter for your furnace is blocked and dirty, there is a greater chance of a carbon monoxide leak. This is due to the fact that this gas will build up in the furnace and start to leak into your home. It is vital that you ensure all of the airways are clean and that air is able to flow easily through the filter.

The regularity of changing the air filter will vary depending on the use of the furnace and the manufacturer recommendations. It is important that you follow the manufacturer recommendations when it comes to replacing the air filter and never leave clogged filters in your furnace.

Proper Installation

In order for the ducts to work correctly, the blower motor and the furnace will need to be installed properly. If there is a problem with the installation, it will increase the chances of a carbon monoxide leak. This is why you should always ensure that you hire a professional to install your furnace and the blower motor.

To find the right installer, you should get in touch with your utility provider. They will generally have a list of professional installers in your area. You should also ask the installer if they are licensed and if they have any certifications.

There are a number of ways that you can avoid a carbon monoxide leak in your home from a gas furnace. To do this, you will need to have the furnace inspected and always use a professional to install it.

If you are in the Toronto area and need a professional company to come and fix or provide service to your furnace, give Mica HVAC Energy Solutions a call! We can also help you pick out and install a new furnace if you need to get your old one replaced. Saving you money is one of our top priorities, another one is making sure your furnace will be operational for at least 20 years! Visit our website or call us at 905-767-8114 to request a quote today!

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Mica HVAC Can Repair Your Furnace and Air Conditioning

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During a Canadian winter, a home with a broken furnace is only slightly better than standing outside in the cold. If your furnace isn’t working right, you need to call Mica HVAC. Mica HVAC has been serving Durham and the Greater Toronto Area since 2009. We are proud to provide expert service and repair to home furnaces of all makes and models.

Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

Mica HVAC technicians are ready to take your call seven days a week. Call us immediately if you notice these problems:

  • Your furnace isn’t running when the power’s on
  • There’s no hot air moving through the vents
  • Your furnace is constantly running in an effort to keep your house warm
  • Your furnace can’t bring the temperature up to your thermostat setting
  • Your furnace cycles on and off and gives inconsistent heat flow
  • Your house is cold and your furnace can’t maintain warmth
  • You hear loud scraping noises from your furnace
  • You hear squealing or whining sounds from your furnace

Furnace Service And Repair Packages
Our technicians can diagnose and repair furnace problems with fan motors, loose belts, and bearings that affect airflow and waste energy. We’ll make sure your furnace is running at its best, saving you money on utilities and giving you peace of mind. Please contact us to learn more about our affordable inspections and repair services.

Air Conditioner Service And Repair In The GTA

It’s only in the sweltering months of July do we fully appreciate our air conditioning systems. Not only do air conditioners keep us comfortable in hot, humid weather, but it also helps filter allergens to improve indoor air quality. Too much heat and humidity encourages the growth of mold and mildew, which can be harmful to our health. If you see any signs of trouble in your AC unit, you need to contact Mica HVAC.

Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Repair

Mica HVAC makes air conditioner repair in the GTA as affordable and efficient as possible. Our servicemen are professionals who will quote you honestly. We promise that you won’t pay for hidden charges or services you don’t need. If you see any of the following, call us immediately:

  • Your thermostat doesn’t work even new batteries
  • You’re experiencing uneven cooling
  • You can see a clog in the condensation drain or blocked coils
  • The fan doesn’t run when set to ON or AUTO
  • The fan runs but there’s no cold air
  • You smell must or mold in your ducts
  • You hear grinding, grating or squealing sounds
  • There’s a strong burning smell in your vents
  • Your air conditioning unit is leaking
  • Your air conditioning unit is icing up

Air Conditioning Service And Repair Packages

All HVAC systems require regular maintenance to operate at their best. All cooling systems should be inspected by an expert at least once a year. With proactive care, you will save on utility costs and improve the lifespan of your cooling systems. Our technicians will provide professional cleaning, adjustments, and safety checkups for all models of air conditioning systems. Contact Mica HVAC today for any and all of your AC questions and requests.

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Winterizing your HVAC System

When the temperature outside begins to drop, you will notice it in your home. When the temperature in your home become noticeably cooler, it is time to switch your HVAC system from your air conditioner to your heater. This process is typically called winterizing your HVAC system. When the time comes for you to do that, there are certain steps to take. Taking these steps will make sure that your system is kept in optimal condition throughout the winter months, saving you from any added costs and hassle.

You can prepare your air conditioner by following these four steps:

  1. Remove any window units

If you own any window units, you should take them out and store them safely somewhere in your home. Contrary to popular belief, you should leave these units in the windows throughout the winter time because this will deteriorate the condition of the units. You can preserve them better by taking them out and storing them until you are ready to use them again in the following summer.

  1. Clean the unit

If you have a unit that is located outside your home, ensure that you take the time to clean it. You can do this by removing any debris that is trapped inside the unit such as leaves, twigs, branches, cobwebs and more. Clean the unit by using a hose to clean away any dirt and dust. While doing this, proceed with caution, since you do not want to bend the fans or damage any other parts of the unit. Allow the unit to dry completely before moving to the next step in the process.

  1. Get a cover

Once your unit is completely dry, place a cover over it. This will help prevent any outdoor debris from getting into it over the winter. A plastic cover or a tarp is usually the more beneficial options to prevent moisture (from the snow) and other debris from getting into the unit.

  1. Change the air filter

You should now locate the air filter that should be inside of your home. If you have not changed the filter, take the time to do so, because your air filter should be replaced every 3 to 4 months. This is essential, especially if you live in an area that is located near a construction site, or gets a lot of wind. Routinely changing the filter will prevent it from getting clogged, which will force your HVAC system to work harder than it has to in order to push the air throughout your home. This can increase its energy levels and therefore the cost of the monthly bill.

Once your HVAC system has been winterized, you can now prepare the heater for the upcoming colder months. Have a professional HVAC professional come and tune up the system, which will include making sure that everything is working properly, and if there are any repairs that need to be done. It is best to take care of any problem you may have, so that it can be repaired before the problem becomes larger and leaves you in a tight spot in the middle of the winter.

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How to clean your Air Vents

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It’s safe to say that throughout most of the year, we are using our homes’ air vents for either heating or air conditioning. We rely on our furnace and air conditioners to keep us comfortable and warm throughout the colder winter months, and nice and cool during the summertime. With so much use throughout the year, it’s no surprise that air vents in our homes need to be cleaned from time to time. Not cleaning your air vents can result in poorer performance, and it can also contribute to harmful allergens being blown around your home. So how do you go about cleaning your air vents? Here’s a quick guide!

Before you get started…

First, there are some things you are going to need. A heavy-duty vacuum is going to help you out quite a bit, and so will a broom and cleaning brush. Lastly, you’ll need a screwdriver that matches with the screws on your wall and floor vent covers.

The Process

To get started cleaning your vents, you’re first going to want to turn off the power to your heating and air conditioning system. You don’t want to suddenly get a bunch of dust and dirt blown your way while cleaning, do you? Of course you don’t. Your next step is to unscrew the air vent covers from your walls and floors, this is where that handy screwdriver comes into play. Once you have the vent covers unscrewed and taken off, use your cleaning brush to clean them thoroughly. Vent covers are often traps for dust and dirt, so make sure you get them as clean as possible. If they are VERY dusty, you may want to use soap and water to give them the best cleaning possible.

After you’ve unscrewed and cleaned your vent covers, it’s time to get to the bulk of the work. Take your vacuum and vacuum the ducts as much as possible. A standard household vacuum is typically not powerful enough to really get into the deep nooks and crannies of the vents, so you’re much better off using a high-power, heavy duty vacuum. If you don’t happen to own such a vacuum, it’s always possible to rent one. Use a vacuum with as long a hose as possible to reach far into the vents; this is important seeing as mold and mildew can easily grow in the further depths of your vents.

Once you’ve used your vacuum to clean inside your vents, the last thing you need to do is clean your ceiling vent covers. These are usually out of reach, so use a broom to knock the dust and dirt off of them. Be sure to wear a mask, as this dust and dirt will be falling down to you as you clean.
And there you have it! Cleaning your air vents is easy as long as you use the right tools and equipment and follow these simple steps.