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Welcome to our blog at Advance Heating and Cooling! We are excited to share our expertise in the world of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) with you.

 

 

As a trusted provider of HVAC services, we understand the importance of maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures throughout the year. Our team of skilled professionals provides top-quality installation, repair, and maintenance services to ensure that your HVAC system operates at its best. 

 

In our blogs, we will cover a wide range of topics related to HVAC systems, including tips for improving energy efficiency, common HVAC issues and how to address them, the latest trends in HVAC technology, and more. We are committed to providing you with helpful information that will assist you in making informed decisions about owning or purchasing an HVAC system

 

Our technicians live in the world of HVAC. We’ve sold and serviced hundreds of furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps and we’ve learned a lot of useful information along the way. This blog is our way to pass that knowledge on to you at no charge. If you have an idea for a topic you would like to see us talk about, send us an email.  

 

Our main goal is to help you maintain a comfortable indoor environment and save money on your energy bills. We highly believe that an informed customer is a satisfied customer, and we work hard to give you the knowledge you need to make smart decisions about your HVAC systems. 

Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge with you.

Why You Should Never Ignore Leaks Under Sinks

Woman in kitchen cleaning dishes in the sink.

 

From washing dishes used to make meals to washing our hands, the sinks in our home see frequent use. In fact, they are used several times a day – and most people take the reliability of their sinks for granted

 

Of course, with the amount of use sinks get, they are being put under a fair amount of strain. As a result, leaks can occur underneath any of the sinks in a home. If this happens, the leak should never be ignored, as it can result in significant issues. 

 

In today’s blog post, we will dive into detail on exactly why you should never ignore a leak under your sink, how to identify a leak in the first place, as well as information on some of the common causes of sink leaks. 

 

Do not hesitate to contact us for any of your HVAC or basic plumbing needs, including repairs for a leak under the sink. Our experienced team of HVAC technicians is one phone call or email away, so don’t be afraid to reach out

 

 

Reasons to Never Ignore Leaks Under Sinks  

While a small leak under your sink may not seem like a major issue, it is still vital to never ignore leaks under the sinks, regardless of their size. Here are details surrounding the many reasons why: 

 

Leaks Can Get Worse Quickly 

Leaks put a fair amount of pressure on the faucet, and ignoring this issue does no one any favours. In fact, even if the leak under the sink is small, it can get worse quickly. Even waiting a day or two can worsen a sink leak by a lot – and therefore drive up the cost of repairs as well as the risk of additional damage in the home. 

 

Increased Risk of Emergency Repairs 

The longer a leak is left untreated, the worse it can get. Additionally, it also increases the risk of an emergency plumbing repair becoming necessary. For instance, imagine there is a small dripping leak under your kitchen sink one day, but the issue was put off as it was small. Then, five days later before the leak was to be fixed, the pipe suddenly bursts. This emergency repair (and the high cost of fixing it) could have been avoided if the sink leak was fixed right away. 

 

Water Damage 

When you are dealing with leaky pipes underneath a sink, the risk of water damage is quite high. A leak under the sink can result in growing mold and mildew, which can then make the surrounding area begin to rot because of the dampness caused by the water. The water damage may mean an entire cabinet needs to be replaced – or even more extensive replacements than that. 

 

Cost Savings 

As has been discussed, the longer a leak under the sink is left alone, the worse it will get. As a result of this, the leak itself will take more money to fix, and there may also be damage related to the leak to fix as well. Thus, you can achieve cost savings by not ignoring leaks under the sink and having them fixed as soon as possible after you have noticed them. 

 

Slip Hazard 

Leaving a leak under the sink unfixed increases the risk of a slip hazard in your home. This can be from the water damage as well as a potential puddle of water, should one build up. While for some individuals slipping and falling may only cause a bruise, it may also result in a severe injury for others. 

 

Mold Growth 

Another risk of ignoring a leak under the sink is mildew and mold growth. Both mold and mildew can worsen water damage in the home. However, they can also present health risks to anyone living there – the chances of health impacts increase exponentially the longer mold and mildew are left in the home. 

 

Wasted Water 

Ignoring leaks under sinks can cause a fair amount of wasted water. After all, it is water that is leaking from the pipes underneath a sink. If a leak is left for a long time, the wasted water can do more than just affect the water bill or increase water damage. It can also increase the strain on the water supply in the area and cause issues for other homes and facilities. 

 

Reduced Water Pressure 

The more water that is coming from a leak under the sink, the less water pressure there is in the pipes. This can mean filling up the sink takes longer, showers aren’t as pleasant, and more. It also means more energy must be used to increase the water pressure again – resulting in higher energy bills

 

 

Woman holding a bucket under a leaky sink.

 

How to Identify a Leak Under the Sink 

If you think there may be a leak under your sink, there are some simple ways you can not only identify the leak, but also begin to narrow down the potential cause.

 

Here are some tips on how to identify a leak under the sink: 

 

  • Clean the cabinet under the sink to reveal all sink components; 
  • place towels to identify drips; 
  • wrap tissue, paper towels, or similar products around pipes; and 
  • test all faucet features. 

 

These simple tips can help you get started on identifying sink leaks – though of course, it is not an exhaustive list. Call a licensed plumber for help identifying sink leaks accurately. 

 

 

Common Causes of Sink Leaks 

So now that the reasons to never ignore a leak under a sink have been discussed, it is time to talk about the various causes of leaks under sinks to appear in the first place.

 

Here are the details surrounding the most common causes of sink leaks now: 

 

Loose or Defective Faucet 

The constant turning on and off the faucets to get water can put a significant amount of pressure on them. In some cases, this can eventually cause a loose faucet to develop. This may result in water splashing around the sink and eventually leaking into the cabinet below the sink (or simply on the floor). The faucet could also be defective or otherwise compromised (such as cracking), which may cause an internal leak that would then drip below the sink. This can also happen with a bad seal connecting the faucet to the sink. 

 

Loose or Defective Sprayer 

Some kitchen sinks will also have a side sprayer component to them. When this is the case, it is always pressurized when the faucet itself is on, regardless of whether the sprayer is being actively used. However, a loose or defective sprayer is another common reason for leaks under sinks. If there is one on your kitchen sink, it is worth checking along the hose and anything else connected to the sprayer for cracks or other evidence of a leak. 

 

Old Caulk 

Every sink has some kind of caulk around it. However, caulk is not a set-and-forget type of thing in the home, as it can get brittle over time. When it does become brittle, it is also vulnerable to cracking, which can then mean if water is on or around the old caulk, the water will then leak through it and drip underneath the sink. Aside from cracks, other signs that the caulk may be responsible for a sink leak include: 

 

  • Loose tiles, 
  • discolouration, and 
  • empty gaps. 

 

Thankfully, re-caulking around the sink will likely fix the issue. 

 

Loose Nuts 

The pipes that transport the water to and from your sink will expand and contract depending on if they are dealing with cold or hot water. Eventually, this may mean that the nuts connecting the pipes can loosen. If they become too loose, this can cause a leak to develop under the sink. Checking the water supply and drain lines is an easy way to detect this issue. Thankfully, if this is the cause of the leak under a sink, tightening the nuts should fix it. 

 

Shutoff Valve Issue 

If there is a leak under your sink, it could be due to the shutoff valve. This is because it is common for O-rings and gaskets wearing out over time – in fact, some reports indicate they should be replaced every 10 to 15 years if there are no other issues present. Call a licensed plumber to inspect the shutoff valves and see if they could be the cause of the leak under your sink. 

 

Sink Drain Trap Issue 

An issue with the sink drain trap can also be responsible for a leak under a sink. Similar to other causes that have already been discussed, parts that make up the sink drain trap can wear out over time. Thus, they may require resealing, replacing, or other repairs to make sure they are returned to perfect working order. However, if the specific issue cannot be identified or the specific part is difficult to obtain, replacing the whole sink drain trap can help rectify the sink leak. 

 

Do not hesitate to contact us for any of your HVAC or basic plumbing needs, including repairs for a leak under the sink. Our experienced team of HVAC technicians is one phone call or email away, so don’t be afraid to reach out

 

 

 

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Heating System Upgrades: When to Replace HVAC Systems

Subdivision in winter, houses and driveways covered in snow.

 

Every homeowner likes to have a cozy home in the winter – and this means the temperature should be nice and warm, even if there is a cold snap going on outside. 

 

This is where the heating system component of an HVAC system is so valuable. However, if there are issues with the heating system, such as if it is running more often than usual, isn’t heating to a consistent temperature throughout a space, things can get uncomfortable and expensive quite quickly. 

 

Thankfully, there are solutions. 

 

In this blog, we’re examining the major benefits of getting a heating system upgrade. We are also looking at the various signs that indicate an HVAC system replacement may be just around the corner. 

 

Do not hesitate to contact us for any of your HVAC needs, including an HVAC system upgrade or replacement. Our experienced team of HVAC technicians is one phone call or email away, so don’t be afraid to reach out

 

 

Benefits of a Heating System Upgrade 

Although running an older HVAC system can work to keep your home at a comfortable temperature and increase air quality, provided it is still within its useful life, there are key benefits to upgrading to the latest HVAC system

 

Here are details on the most common and substantial benefits of heating system upgrades

 

Energy Efficiency 

When you have an upgraded heating system, it does not have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature or to maintain its air quality. This can have a couple different impacts.  

 

One is that since the system is using less energy and power, your utility bills are likely going to get lower – saving on costs. Additionally, updated HVAC systems operating at peak efficiency are also quite beneficial for the environment – they do not add to pollution nearly as much. 

 

Comfortable Indoor Environment 

When HVAC systems have to work harder to heat, cool, or ventilate, inconsistencies can begin to arise. For instance, during the cold winter months, an older HVAC system may heat certain rooms more than others, creating cold spots. In the summer, homes can be hotter than they should be with an air condition unit running.  

 

However, upgraded heating and HVAC systems, as mentioned, run more efficiently. This helps them create a comfortable indoor environment much easier than older systems. In other words, their performance is increased

 

Warranty 

The longer an HVAC system goes without being updated, the more likely it is that the accompanying warranty will expire. An expired HVAC warranty means that any repairs or maintenance must be paid for out of pocket, which can get quite expensive, especially for older systems.  

 

Updating your HVAC system according to the recommended schedule can help keep the warranty valid. Thus, as you would expect, the cost of necessary repairs and replacement would be covered – leaving fewer out of pocket expenses for homeowners. 

 

Healthier Air 

Maintaining and updating your heating system regularly can significantly improve indoor air quality. For instance, updates may upgrade the air filters in your home. An updated system also performs tasks like removing pollutants and allergens more efficiently. Thus, occupants breathe more clearly and don’t tend to sneeze (or get sick) nearly as much. 

 

Extended Useful Life 

Updating your HVAC system on a consistent schedule helps extend its useful life. This may mean that instead of lasting for 10 years, an HVAC system could last for 20 years with proper maintenance and updating. Thus, homeowners can delay the cost of an HVAC system replacement. 

 

Peace of Mind 

Keeping up with the necessary upgrades and maintenance can provide significant peace of mind to homeowners. This is because there is less worry about an unexpected repair bill coming up – or an expensive one, for that matter.  

 

It also provides comfort in knowing the HVAC system will function the way it is intended, which means no abnormally hot days because the air conditioning has failed or cold spots in the winter because something is wrong with the furnace. 

 

 

Signs You Need an HVAC System Replacement 

Every HVAC system, no matter how good it is, will eventually need to be replaced, just like any other system or home appliance. It is a good idea to replace your HVAC system before it stops working completely. Thus, the questions stands: 

 

How do you know when you need an HVAC system replacement? 

 

Here are details on just some of the common signs you may need to replace your HVAC system sooner rather than later: 

 

Unusual Noises 

Most HVAC systems will make some kind of sound when they start up and shut down. The sound is often quite low and can even go unnoticed if you are not paying attention.  

 

Woman sitting on couch looking concerned, taking her headphones off to hear a noise.

 

However, many sounds are not normal. Unusual or loud sounds to watch out for include: 

 

  • whistling,  
  • banging,  
  • grinding,  
  • screeching, and  
  • thuds. 

 

Hearing these can indicate several potential issues with your HVAC system, such as a loose part. Of course, in some instances, the sounds may mean that a replacement is on the horizon. 

 

Unpleasant Smells 

Unpleasant smells coming from your HVAC system can be a sign of significant issues. Must odors, for instance, can be a sign that mold or mildew is growing within the ductwork. This, thankfully, can often be rectified with professional duct cleaning. However, certain smells can be signs of a serious HVAC issue that can result in a replacement. Examples of this include the smell of melting plastic or burning metal

 

No matter the smell, however, it is vital to have an experienced HVAC technician take a look at your HVAC system to appropriately diagnose the issue at hand. 

 

High Energy Bills 

A well-functioning HVAC system should help reduce the energy bill you receive every month. Thus, if you are suddenly receiving high energy bills that do not line up with the temperatures outside your home, you HVAC system may be working much harder than it should. Remember, the less efficient your HVAC system is, the higher your energy bill is going to be.  

 

An HVAC system that is working much more than it should will require more repairs. These repairs will happen more frequently as well. The cost or frequency of HVAC repairs can get to be too much, which is when an HVAC system replacement will be necessary. 

 

Age of HVAC System 

The length of time your HVAC system is supposed to last can vary. It depends on the quality of the HVAC installation as well as how well you have been taking care of it. Thus, an HVAC system that has had regular maintenance appointments should last a lot longer than one that only gets emergency HVAC repairs.  

 

However, if you have an older HVAC system, such as one that is 12 years old and repairs are starting to pop up more often, it may be worth simply getting the whole system replaced. 

 

Rising Cost of Maintenance 

At a certain point, you may find that you are spending more and more money to maintain your HVAC system. This means the replacement parts are costing more and more costly repairs are starting to happen, among other things. When this happens, the need for an HVAC system replacement is likely just around the corner. 

 

Increased Frequency of HVAC Repairs 

As has been mentioned several times in the other signs, a clear indicator that you may be in need of an HVAC system replacement is that you’re dealing with an increased frequency of HVAC repairs. For instance, you may find that instead of an annual HVAC maintenance appointment, you are calling for repairs every few months because something is wrong with your system. 

 

Inconsistent Temperatures 

If your HVAC system cannot maintain a consistent temperature throughout the entirety of your home, you may need to replace your HVAC system. This is because two reasons for inconsistent temperatures include an HVAC system that is either too large or too small for the home, or one with older technology.  

 

In both cases, the only way to rectify the issue of inconsistent temperatures is to update (replace) the HVAC system to one that is both the right size for you home and one with newer technology. Both will allow the HVAC system to work efficiently and provide one consistent temperature throughout your home. 

 

System Won’t Turn Off 

If you want to, your HVAC system should be capable of turning off. Think about it this way: when there is a cold snap in the winter, your HVAC heating system is likely going to be running more to keep your home at a nice and cozy temperature. However, if it keeps running and won’t turn off after the cold snap has passed, you may have a problem.

 

It could be a sign that the unit: 

 

  • doesn’t have the same capacity anymore, 
  • needs complete cleaning, 
  • has to be rebuilt, or 
  • the compressor is malfunctioning. 

 

The added costs of an HVAC system that cannot turn off will eventually become too much to handle – thus, if this happens and simple fixes aren’t working, you may need to replace the whole system. 

 

 

Ready To Upgrade?  

If you’re beginning to see even one of the issues discussed above more and more often lately, or if you are dealing with another HVAC issue, you should call an HVAC professional and book an appointment

 

A licensed HVAC technician can thoroughly examine your entire HVAC system and diagnose the underlying problem you have. They can also recommend whether it is worth repairing your system, upgrading it, or if you need to get an HVAC system replacement. 

 

Do not hesitate to contact us for any of your HVAC needs, including an HVAC system upgrade or replacement. Our experienced team of HVAC technicians is one phone call or email away, so don’t be afraid to reach out

 

 

 

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