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Are you doing this for your Service Team in the summer?

A/C service calls and work outside in general are at an all-time high and very often your technicians have to work outside in the sun, on rooftops, in attics, crawlspaces and very unhospitable places to make sure their customers, the residents, have air condition and can enjoy their home at a comfortable temperature. Too often though, nobody regularly checks on the technicians throughout the day to make sure they haven't suffered from a heat injury or show any signs or symptoms. It can be as simple and make sure there is water and healthy drinks available all day and that they have to let their supervisor or manager know they are staying hydrated. The last thing you want, is to find a technician that suffered heat exhaustion or heat stroke because someone didn't think to check on them or have water and fluids available.  If someone is going to work on a rooftop or in an isolated area they should check in every so often (15 minutes) to let someone know they are alright and doing well.  The surface temperature of many rooftops is over 140 degrees, an attic can be just as hot, and it is already hot enough outside in the sun and shade. Even just walking around on the hot asphalt exposes a technician to much more heat than walking on concrete or grass. If you measure the difference with a thermometer, the temperature difference between, grass, concrete, asphalt and a rooftop or attic is significant. Often times the difference ......
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What Causes HVAC Systems to Fail and How to Prevent It

What Causes HVAC Systems to Fail and How to Prevent It
Preventative maintenance goes a long way in keeping HVAC systems operating as they should be, but breakdowns can still occur. These complex systems are made of many components. Without being familiar with how HVAC units and their many parts work, diagnosing issues can be difficult. Especially when you’re managing large multifamily properties, it’s helpful to know about some of the most common causes of HVAC problems, as it can save you, your team, and your residents from a lot of frustration.   Swollen Capacitors  Air conditioners cannot run on their own when their capacitors stop working. The job of a capacitor is to start the motor and to help keep it running. It does this by sending jolts of the energy it stores to the fan. Without the jolts, the fan simply can’t get going. There are a few ways to tell if a capacitor has gone bad. A visual inspection is often the easiest, as a swollen capacitor is a problematic capacitor.   What causes capacitors to swell? Gas is created when the conductive electrolyte within the capacitor decomposes, which happens with time or damage. Capacitors have a lifespan that can vary but is definite. The HVAC systems that house them can outlive them, meaning there naturally comes a time when a capacitor must be replaced. Swelling is a sign that the time has come, as any swollen capacitor has reached its end. You can tell that a capacitor is swollen when its shape has become altered, usually resembling a can of soda ......
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6 Fall Preventative Maintenance Tips For Property Managers

6 Fall Preventative Maintenance Tips For Property Managers
Fall is upon us, bringing with it all of the things we know and love about autumn, including everything from glorious foliage to holiday cheer. However, the seasonal shift can also be accompanied by unwanted aspects — particularly for property managers who don’t stay ahead of the game. These six preventative maintenance tasks can help keep your property in optimal condition as the thermometer drops.   1. Conduct Roof and Gutter Checks While everything from sun exposure to excess moisture can compromise the lifespan of a roof, catching these issues early can help solve them with a quick fix instead of a massive repair. A basic roof check includes checking the attic ceiling for leaks, stains and dark spots, sagging areas, and light peeking through. Cracked paint, plasterboard discoloration, and peeling wallpaper throughout a property’s interior may also indicate potential roof trouble. This is also the time to check for clogged gutters, which not only lead to basement flooding and ruined paint jobs, but may also contribute to roof rot. 2. Schedule Chimney Cleanings and Inspections More than 20,000 residential fires start in fireplaces and chimneys annually, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Because of this, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that fireplaces, chimneys, flues and vents be inspected at least once a year. With winter burning and heating season in the near future, fall is the perfect time to schedule chimney cleanings and inspections, which can reveal a number of different problems — from soot and creosot......
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