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Becoming HVAC Students And Great Study Tips!

Posted by on March 07/2014 | 0Comments

Study Tips For HVAC Students

Becoming HVAC students mean you will be transitioning into being an HVAC professional. This means being responsible for the comfort and safety of people’s homes and workplaces. It requires knowledge and skill, and the tests aren’t easy. Here are some tips for HVAC  students.

Major Topics

HVAC installation and maintenance requires solid knowledge of all major areas of the trade. One study guide for HVAC technicians suggests that students have broad knowledge of the following topics.

  • Controls, troubleshooting, repair and mechanical tools
  • Refrigeration, fluid flow and heat transfer theory
  • Filters and charcoal absorbers
  • Electrical theory, motors, instruments and tools
  • Operations and safety

Check with your instructor to find out what exactly will be covered on your test.

Reading The Material

Usually, trades like HVAC involve reading and hands-on practice. When reading, instead of just passively ingesting the material, consider these tips on “Getting the Most from Your Study Material” from this study guide:

  • Survey the chapter by reading the title, introduction, section headers and the summary and questions that you may find at the end of the section. This will help you understand the main points.
  • Ask questions as you read, jotting them down as you go.
  • Go over what you’ve learned, writing it down in your own words.
  • Review after 24 hours and once again a week later to ensure you’re retaining what you’ve learned.

Be attentive when reading the material and don’t skim. With skimming, you’ll likely miss important points and key details that will help you in your understanding of the topic.

Getting Ready For Tests

If you haven’t been a student for a while, you may need to prepare yourself psychologically by having some strategies ready. A study guide for trade entrance exams provides some solid advice:

  • Measure the time you spend on each section of an exam and adjust based on the marks the section is worth.
  • Pace yourself by figuring out where you should be in the test after, say, two hours. Then check that you’re not falling behind.
  • Multiple choice questions can be tricky. Read the question carefully to check for negative or positive phrasing, or words like “never” and “always,” which can completely alter the meaning of the question.
  • When you read the list of answers, try using a process of elimination, mentally striking out the answers you know are false.
  • If you cannot find the right answer, try re-reading the question. If none of them seem right, come back to that question later when your memory may feel refreshed.

If anything, get a good night sleep even if it means sacrificing studying time. Getting a good rest will ensure that your mind is refreshed, and you won’t feel groggy in the morning. During your study days, maintain a healthy sleep schedule as this will allow you to recall information a lot better.

Join The Pros

The best education HVAC students can get is within and outside the classroom is experience. Hy-Pro Heating and Cooling operates across Southern Ontario, providing high-quality residential and commercial services. It’s a company that’s seeking the best professionals to join its team.

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HVAC Installation Check! Is It Installed Properly?

Posted by on March 03/2014 | 0Comments

HVAC Installation Common Problems

HVAC InstallationHVAC Installation is important in having a comfortable home that often depends on the correct functioning of your heatingventilation, and air conditioning. Or HVAC, especially in regions of Canada where temperatures swing between sweltering hot summers and frozen winter months.

HVAC installation mistakes may require costly repairs and could even endanger your life. It’s always advisable to hire a trained technician to take care of this sensitive work. If you are wondering whether your HVAC was installed by a pro, check for these common problems.

Leaky Ducts

Improperly installed HVACs are often very leaky. This is often an invisible problem that happens in the ducts of your attic. But if your electricity bill is a lot higher than expected, or your rooms are hard to heat or cool, the culprit may be leaky ducts.

In some cases, these allow more than 40 per cent of your heating and cooling energy may be going to waste as it escapes overhead. Energy-saving pros usually aim for less than 5 per cent leakage.


Weak Airflow

If you feel very little air coming through your vents, it could be a sign of incorrectly sized vents or a bad installation job. Other causes of low airflow could include a busted blower motor, debris stuck in your ductwork, or a worn out fan belt.

Strange Odours

Some unusual smells are normal when you first turn on your HVAC system or the first time you switch it on for the season.  But don’t ignore those smells. Sometimes they can indicate a big problem. Pay attention to these sorts of odors.

  • An “electrical” smell
  • A burning smell
  • Oil or gas smell

A bad installation job could lead to problems of overheating mechanical parts. That could cause the insulation around the wires to melt or burn, sometimes accompanied by smoke.

Sometimes dust burning from the machinery when you first switch it on may cause a smell like gas. This is harmless. But it could be a more serious problem indicating the need for a professional consultation.

Noise From Air Vents

This is an annoying problem that could indicate undersized air vents or a blocked air supply vent that someone shut. What they didn’t realize was that without that air supply, the system ends up working harder and leads to a high-pitched noise.

Call The Pros

Hy-Pro Heating and Cooling operates across Southern Ontario, providing solid residential and commercial services. Contact them to check out your HVAC system and resolve any problems caused by improper installation.

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5 Plumbing Mistakes That Will Lead to a Plumbing Disaster

Posted by on January 29/2014 | 2Comments

Plumbing Mistakes

Before long, everyone will face plumbing mistakes. Whether it’s a clogged drain, a backed-up toilet or any other number of problems, we’re willing to bet you’ve come across one of these problems a number of times in your life. Take these mistakes into consideration when you’re around your plumbing to prevent disaster.

Things Down the Drain

Your drain just isn’t meant for some things. If you let things wash down the drain that aren’t meant to be, like toys, big chunks of food, and any other large objects, you’re bound for a plumbing problem. If it can fit down a drain, you can bet it’s been flushed by someone at one time or another.

The Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is not a garbage can. Even though it may be tempting, because it’s easy, if you put everything down the sink thinking it can handle it, it won’t. Some objects, like potato peels and pumpkin carvings, will clog your drain.

Unnecessary Weight

Do you have a rack laden with products hanging from your shower? That added weight on your pipes can cause problems if it becomes too much. If the weight gets too heavy, this can lead to the pipe snapping and a horrible shower experience. Many people also lean on the fixtures in the shower. If this is you, be careful. You might be in for a broken pipe and a slip that could mean other broken things.

DIY Plumbing

If you’re into a bit of DIY plumbing, take care that you’re reassembling everything correctly. If things aren’t put back the way they were, this can cause problems down the road. We understand that sometimes you have to get in there and take things apart, but if you don’t understand how things work down there or how everything goes together, it’s probably best if you call a professional.

Quality Parts

If you do fix things, you should always buy quality parts. Purchasing low-quality parts for your plumbing might just mean a failure in the future. When selecting new parts, go with brands you know and trust. Take the time to do some research and be sure that these parts will be able to stand up to your plumbing needs over time.

Are You Still Having Plumbing Problems?

Learning about what can and can’t go down your drain will save you a lot of frustration. If you do experience a plumbing problem, and you decide to fix it yourself, be sure you completely understand the problem and how to fix it before you start taking things apart.

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