Who’s Responsible for In-Suite HVAC Repairs in Condos?

In general, condo owners are typically responsible for emergency repair & maintenance of their in-suite heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC Systems), including fan coil, heat pump & ERV, bathroom fan, exhaust fans and other appliances. While buildings may perform annual or semi-annual maintenance cleaning and filter changes, this is not a requirement but rather…
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HVAC System Lifespan in Condos: An Expert Guide

Knowing the HVAC Lifespan In Your Condo can help you Plan & Budget for Maintenance, Repair and Replacement when necessary. Regular maintenance and good repair practices will eliminate the root cause of issues associated with in-suite HVAC systems. This article will provide a comprehensive guide to the Average Lifespan of Five (5) Common HVAC Systems Used In Condos: Fan coil systems, Heat…
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Why My Condo Heater Blowing Cold Air?

If you’re a condo owner, you know how important it is to have a functional heating system during the colder months. Unfortunately, there may come a time when your condo heater starts to blow cold air instead of hot. This can be frustrating, but there are several steps you can take to fix the problem.…
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What To Expect Before & After Condo Fan Coil Replacement?

Are you currently scheduled for a Fan Coil Replacement? Here is how you can prepare before & after the work is completed:  Book the service elevator for the day of installation. Ensure there would be a minimum of 6 ft or 2 Metres clearance around the fan coil area. Our technicians will be using different…
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Omega Heat Pump Flashing LPS Red Light. What Does It Mean?

A flashing LPS Red Light could indicate a Low-Pressure Switch (LPS) on an OMEGA Heat Pump circuit board or control panel. The Blinking Red light typically indicates the system is experiencing low refrigerant pressure. The LPS is a safety pressure switch designed to shut off the heat pump if the refrigerant pressure in the system becomes too low. When the light…
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How To Tender Your Building Fan Coil or Heat Pump Projects?

Many property managers struggle with older In-Suite HVAC systems once they pass the expected life expectancy. Whether you are looking to do annual/semi-annual maintenance or building a wide HVAC retrofit project, the board of directors will need to have a proper tendering process to select the right contractor for your building. Here we outlined a…
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How Long Do Fan Coil Units Last? – Home Trade Standards

Fan Coil units are designed to operate for 20 years according to manufacturer specifications. However, studies found many risks associated with fan coil systems exceeding 20 years of lifespan. Fan Coils are the most commonly installed HVAC systems in Toronto’s low rise & high rise residential condo buildings. Who Is Responsible For Fan Coils In Condos? Fan…
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What Are The Best Heat Pumps For Condos? – Toronto & GTA

Our clients often ask, “what is the best heat pump for my condo?”  We are restricted by Condo HVAC requirements, space, compatibility, and liability issues in a condo environment. Therefore, we may only have a few choices when selecting the correct replacement heat pump system for your condo. Condo Heat Pump System Condo Heat pump…
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Why Is a Bad Smell Coming Out of My Condo HVAC System?

Do you smell musty in your home? Bad odour is one of the most reported problems by condo residents. This is mainly due to the lack of HVAC maintenance in your condo suite. Filter replacement isn’t only enough to have perfect indoor air quality. During the summer months, condensation causes a lot of moisture &…
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When Do Condos Turn On Air Conditioning?

With the warmer weather approaching in April & May, most condo buildings with fan coil unit turn off the building central boiler system. At this time, you may not have heating or cooling. Normally building management post public announcement in the building common area to notify residents about switch over dates. Once the building chiller…
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All You Need To Know About Fan Coil Replacement – Before & After

If you’re currently scheduled for a fan coil retrofit project, here is how you can prepare before & after the work is completed. Book the service elevator for the day of installation. Ensure there is a minimum of 6 ft or 2 Metres clearance around the fan coil area. Our technicians will use different tools,…
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6 Reasons Your Condo Gets Too Hot or Too Cold In The Winter? – Condo Tips

ogetst Many condo owners in Toronto contact us when they feel like the temperature in their space is either too hot or too cold consistently. This is one of the most reported problems in residential low-rise & high-rise buildings. In this guide, we would like to examine six (6) common causes of in-suite temperature imbalances…
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What’s The Best HVAC System For My Condo?

If you live in a condo with an old or Broken HVAC system & wondering what is the best Condo HVAC replacement for your current unit, this article is for you!  As Toronto Condo Buildings get older, residents start to face the frequency of visits with their existing heating & air conditioning systems. The first step to…
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Condo Fan Coil Change Over From Air Conditioning To Heating

Toronto weather is getting colder at night and this means that condo building managers will begin to post announcements and notices around the building common area to notify the residents about the in-suite fan coil changeovers. Although Building staff usually use every communication medium to communicate with the residents, building managers are reporting that many residents are…
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What Filter Should I Use In My Condo HVAC? – Home Trade Standards

Buy Filter Now! As Low As $120 For Pack Of 10 $ 120 Plus HST Wire Frame Filter Click Here To Buy Free Delivery Across Toronto Popular     If you live in a condo, you may be wondering what filter size or quality needs to be used for your condo HVAC system. We will discuss briefly…
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Can You Install a Nest Thermostat In a Condo?

The short answer is “Yes”. Google NEST Thermostat comes in 5 different Models Below. The 2nd and 3rd Gen Nest Themorstat allows condo residents to install and pair these smart thermostats with the existing 24V style horizontal and vertical fan coil systems. Fan Coil thermostat typically runs on a 3-speed fan system. Low, Medium & High. 2nd &…
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Noisy Condo HVAC System? Toronto Condo Owners Question

We receive frequent service calls for Noisy HVAC Systems in condo buildings. These noises are usually described as Sharp, Banging, Rattling, Clicking, or Ticking Sounds. We understand your concern with the Noise In Your Condo, which creates discomfort throughout your day. Therefore, I would like to elaborate on this issue in the article to understand our audience better. To get…
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Common Heating Repairs in Toronto Condos + Prevention Tips

With Toronto winters seemingly becoming more and more unpredictable, it’s in your best interest to enter the season prepared. You need to ensure that your condo’s heating system is primed and ready to take on harsh winter months, keeping you warm and healthy. After all, you need your HVAC system performing at its best if you’re…
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Which Is Better: 2-Pipe vs 4-Pipe HVAC System?

Are you looking for the right HVAC system for your condo in Toronto? Do you know the difference between 2-pipe and 4-pipe HVAC systems? These two are some of the most common piping arrangements in hydronic systems for heating and cooling. Understanding the differences between them will help you make the right choice for your Toronto condo HVAC…
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5 Steps for Winterizing Your Toronto Condo

For Toronto condo owners, somehow winter seems to catch us by surprise every year. The summers here are great. Glorious, even, enjoying the urban condo lifestyle in this great city of ours. Soon enough, however, fall is upon us once again, and winter isn’t that far off the horizon. Many people who buy a condo in Toronto…
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Toronto Condo Landlords Are Responsible To Keep Temperature At Minimum of 21 Degrees Celsius

TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 629, PROPERTY STANDARDS  explains how Toronto residential dwelling house, town-house, low rise and condominium Landlords are responsible to maintain the temperature at 21 degrees from Sep 15 To June 1; 26 Degrees from June 2 to Sep 14. Section 629-38 bylaw also continues further to explain how “heating and air conditioning systems must be kept in good repair…
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Condo Fan Coil Mould Growth Provokes More Challenges For Toronto Property Managers

A Delicate Issue Between Property Managers, Condo Corporations, Board Members, Homeowners, Tenants, Real Estate Agents & Potential Future Buyers Fan Coil Units are one of the most commonly installed Heating, Air Conditioning & Ventilation Systems in Canadian high rise buildings. Cold Water is delivered through the coils from the central chiller & boiler (depending on the…
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Water Is the New Fire in Toronto Condos – Keep Your Balcony Door Closed on Freezing Days!

According to TD Insurance, more than 40% of Condo Insurance Claims have been due to Flooding In Condos in recent years. A few years ago, a flooding incident happened in a prominent high-rise condo building in downtown Toronto. Here is the story: The Story  These days, we are experiencing colder days in Toronto & GTA.…
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