6 Items in Your House You Should Hire a Professional For

Do it yourself or hire a professional – that is the big question many homeowners face. On the one hand, hiring a professional ensures that the job gets completed correctly and efficiently the first time, but at a price. On the other hand, taking charge and going for a DIY project is fun and exciting, but could be disastrous if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s important to know what projects around the house you can tackle on your own, and when you need to stop and hire a professional. Many appliances and features in our homes can cause serious damage if they are not installed properly. Then, there are other projects that you and the family could tackle yourself after reading up on it. If you’re unsure of whether or not you should hire a professional, we have six items around your house that you should definitely get help with.   Anything Plumbing, Gas, and Electrical Related Unless you’re a licensed plumber, electrician, or trained to work with gas appliances, you should hire a professional. These items can put you and your family’s safety at risk if you don’t know what you’re doing. Not only that, many provincial regulations require that these types of items must be handled by a licensed contractor. Mould and Asbestos Removal If you find mould in your home, you’re best to leave it to the professional to remove it. Mould is dangerous to our health, especially for anyone with breathing conditions like asthma. If you don’t eradicate the mould, you run the risk of it coming back. Professionals know how to properly,...

Here’s Why You Should Hire a Professional for Electric Motors

There are certain things that anyone can easily learn to repair and maintain. Then, there are items in which you should leave to the professionals to manage. Electric motors are one of those things. Because of how tricky every part of a motor is, mixed in with how important they are for many machinery equipment to function, electric motors are not something you want to fiddle with if you don’t have the proper training. Professionals go through all of the training and requirements to successfully work on electric motors. Why wouldn’t you want someone qualified to do the job? If you’re unsure about whether or not you should hire a professional to look at your electric motor, here are a few reasons to help you decide.   Safety Concerns Electric motors deal with electricity. Each wire and moving part in the motor works to power everything up that the motor is attached to. If you don’t know what you’re doing and connect the wrong wire or clip something, it could cause serious injury to yourself. It’s easy to hurt yourself when fixing any kind of motor. From pinches to cuts to electrical shocks, your safety is important. Instead of testing out how safe your skills are, have a professional look after the job. Safety concerns extend beyond the actual repair and maintenance routine itself. It also includes when you use the motor later on. If the electric motor isn’t properly built, maintained, and repaired, it could put other people at risk that are in the vicinity of the motor. It doesn’t take make for something to damage an electrical...

What Are Brake Motors?

Brake motors are used all of the time, whether you notice them or not. These motors are what allows equipment and vehicles to slow down or completely stop. Without them, there would be nothing that allows you to stop your vehicle at a red light, stop sign, or slow down when you’re turning. The brake contains either a DC or AC unit that is mounted to the non-drive end of the motor. In a DC brake, there is a brake coil that is fed in the motor and will automatically switch to the AC motor supply. Let’s look a bit closer into how a brake motor works. Different Types of Brakes There are multiple types of brakes one may have, from single face to power off to a particle brake. A single face brake uses one friction surface. It will engage with the input and output parts of the clutch. These are some of the most common brakes out there. A power off brake can both stop and hold a load when power is disconnected. Another name for these brakes is “fail-safe brakes.” You would find these brakes likely on an electric motor. There is a spring type brake that functions when no electricity is used for the brake. Instead, a spring pushes against a pressure plate. This creates friction. Brakes in a Motor Vehicle The braking system in a motor vehicle must work to slow down an entire vehicle. Without it, the vehicle would keep running, and wouldn’t stop until it ran into something. For a modern car, there will be a brake on every wheel. Typically, though,...

How to Know When Your Air Conditioner Motor Needs Replacing

An air conditioner is an essential machine in a home, especially if you live in an area that gets quite warm in the summer months. Without the air conditioner, you may be left in a hot home when the sun beats down. Don’t let yourself end up in a situation in which your air conditioner motor breaks down on the hottest day of the year. By paying attention to the following five signs, you’ll know when it’s time to repair or replace your air conditioner motor. That way, you’ll be cool inside no matter how hot it is outside.   It’s Blowing Warm Air One of the most visible signs that your air conditioner is dying and will need repairing soon is when you don’t feel that crisp, cold air coming out of it anymore. It could be that the motor is slowing down and can’t keep up with the demand anymore. It could mean that there are more issues than you realize with the air conditioner. Either way though, if you’re feeling warm air blowing through the vents in the summer, it’s time to take a look at the system. You Hear Unusual Sounds When the air conditioner kicks in, you may hear some sounds that are normal. After it starts and runs, though, the system should be reasonably quiet. You’ll be able to hear the motor running and the air blowing through the vents. However, you shouldn’t hear squealing, banging, grinding, or other abnormal sounds. When you start to hear odd sounds, don’t ignore them. If caught right away, it may mean that you need to lubricate...

Understanding How a High-Pressure Pump Works

A high-pressure pump is the heart of the machine you’re using. Anything that produces a high amount of pressure (think of a pressure washer as an example), there would be a high-pressure pump inside to give it its power. Just as we have our hearts to pump blood through our bodies, the high-pressure pump allows the machine to work. It’s built to last for many years and to keep producing high amounts of pressure. There are two types of pumps: low pressure and high pressure. Both serve a purpose in life. However, we’re going to look specifically at the high-pressure pump.   What is a High-Pressure Pump? Depending on whom you ask and what the pumped is used for, you may hear the terms positive-displacement or centrifugal pumps. The name of a pump tends to come from the manufacturer and what the application is for the pump. The pump moves water in a cylinder through a piston or plunger. It is the pump that produces a force so that the water creates a flow. Unlike a motor engine which uses the movement of the piston to turn the crankshaft, the pump relies on the crankshaft movement to drive the pistons. This movement allows the water to flow in and out of the pump. There’s a common misconception that a pump produces the pressure. However, what the pump does is actually move the water. Instead, it is the force exerted from the water as it flows through the pump that creates the pressure. So, when talking about the pressure from a high-pressure pump, you’re actually looking at is the speed...

How to Keep Your Swimming Pool Pumps Working Like New

Pool maintenance is a crucial step in taking care of your swimming pool. Having a regular maintenance schedule allows you to inspect all aspects of the pool, and catch any issues before they turn into major problems. Your maintenance routine will also help keep everything running smoothly. Part of that maintenance plan should include time with the swimming pool pumps. The pumps are what help circulate the water in the pool and keep it clean and ready for swimming. If they break, you could end up with dirty, unsanitary water. Below is a swimming pool pump checklist for your regular maintenance schedule. Ensure that you go through these on a regular basis to help keep your swimming pool pumps running like new.   Clean Out the Strainer Basket Your swimming pool pump will have a strainer basket in it. This basket collects anything debris floating in the water, and stops it from travelling through the pump. If it becomes too full, it could end up clogging the pump, which would cause you many more issues down the road. The strainer basket should be easy to pull out. Clean out anything that’s inside it, rinse it down and secure it back in place. This is a habit you should do on a weekly basis. Check the Seals on the Lid of Housing While you have the strainer basket out, now is the time to inspect the seals on the lid of the housing. The seals help prevent any water from leaking into areas that it shouldn’t be. If you notice anything wrong with the seals, it may be time to...

How to Prevent a Disaster From a Failing Sewage Pump

Although we never want appliances in our homes to fail, the sewage pump is one part you especially do not want to fail. If the sewage pump goes, you could be left with a terrible mess to deal with that could cause a lot of damage to your home. The sewage pump is there to move solids and liquids between two locations – from the house and into the sewage basin. The sewage pump goes in the lowest part of the basin. Now, if that sewage pump failed, you could be left with sewage overflowing the basin and coming back into your home. That is why it is crucial to have a maintenance plan in place to prevent the pump from failing. Let’s take a look at a maintenance routine to keep your sewage pump in top shape, and what to do to prevent a disaster from occurring.   Common Problems Unfortunately, one of the most common issues with a sewage pump is when the power goes out. When the power goes out, typically it is out of our control. So, how do you prevent the pump from failing if the power goes out? By installing a backup battery to the pump. Getting a professional to install a battery pack will ensure your sewage pump continues to operate even if the power went out. Another common issue stems from improper installation. That is why when you are dealing with a sewage pump, it is essential that you have a professional do the work. You need to have a sewage pump that is suitable for the size of your home,...

How to Take Care of Your Swimming Pool Electric Motor and Pump

You spend a lot of time and money installing your pool that you want to ensure it runs smoothly and lasts a long time. Having a pool that the family cannot use is no fun. With proper maintenance, you can keep your pool looking and running like new. Part of your maintenance routine should include servicing the electric motor and pump. The motor and pump are essential for the swimming pool to stay clean and to circulate the water. Without it, the water remains still and can get dirty very quickly. To help you stay on top of your swimming pool electric motor and pump, and to keep it running efficiently, consider some of our following tips.   Check For Water Leaking Now and then you should take a thorough look at the pump to ensure the seals are still intact. If you notice water leaking around, you’ll want to fix any broken seals or pipe joints right away. If not, it could lead to more problems and eventually the pump completely breaking down. Clear Debris Around the Motor The motor needs to have ample air circulation. If not, it could clog up, overheat, and break. To ensure it has room for circulation, keep the motor clear of any debris around the vents. You can also clean the air inlets once in a while to help with the circulation. When doing this, make sure the motor is turned off and that no moisture gets inside. Clean the Outside The inside of the motor shouldn’t need cleaning if you keep up with your maintenance in ensuring no debris is around...