Lewis Maclean April 2019

APRIL 2019


Every time we check your air conditioner during an inspection or tune-up, we also check for refrigerant leaks. This doesn’t apply to every air conditioner out there, but a lot of homes still use air conditioners that rely on refrigerant to properly function. We check because leaks can be harmful to the surrounding environment and the chemicals can get into the groundwater. Plus, the Canadian government requires that any and all A/C equipment be checked for refrigerant leaks every year. This is a problem with older A/C units. As these units age, there’s a higher chance they can develop leaks. Many newer units do not use toxic refrigerants to operate, especially consumer- grade units you’d find in just about any home. The reason why the Canadian government requires the check comes back to the depletion of the ozone in the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. There were various refrigerants and many other chemicals that contributed to the depletion of the ozone. While most of those “trouble” chemicals are no longer on the market, we still have to keep an eye out for the stragglers. This check is something we’ve done for our customers for a long time. After all, it just makes sense to check for leaks, no matter what. It really comes down to this: When we’re proactive about maintaining HVAC systems and preventing leaks, we protect the people who occupy that home or building. We also help

protect the environment, which is important not only for today but also for our future on this earth. Of course, we do so much more during every A/C inspection and tune-up. It’s about getting into the nuts and bolts of the unit, looking for issues that may be hurting its efficiency right now or in the near future (summertime, for instance). On that last point, another thing to keep in mind is even if nothing is necessarily wrong with your A/C, a tune-up will help you have a trouble-free summer.

For folks who don’t have an A/C but may be thinking about installing one in their home, spring is a great time to make this addition. You can get the unit installed and up and running without having a long wait. A lot of people who are thinking about an A/C installation will wait. Working in this business as long as we have — we see it. On the first hot day of the year, we get a lot of calls from people who are ready to make the leap. That translates to longer wait times — and when your home is heating up, waiting isn’t something you want to do. That’s it for me this month! I hope you’re having a great spring, and as always, if you need anything from us, we’re standing by the phone ready to take your call, 24/7 — and we’re here for all your plumbing, heating, drainage, and air conditioning tune-up and installation needs!

–Tyler Dillon

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