Three Reasons Why A Refrigerator Is Not Cooling Properly

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog, Business

Refrigerators are normally used for several years. As long as this appliance works properly, most people do even consider spending the money to replace it. However, after working day and night, year after year, to keep your food cold and fresh, eventually a refrigerator may not work properly. One of the most common complaints that homeowners often have is that their refrigerator is no longer keeping food as cold as it should. These are three common problems that can make a refrigerator stop cooling. Power Source Issues When you open your refrigerator and it is not cooling properly, it could be that it is not getting power. The cord may not be plugged in correctly or the outlet may not be working properly. There could also be a breaker blown that sends electricity to the outlet. First, check to see if the light inside your refrigerator comes on when you open the door. If not, check the plug, the outlet and the breaker to your refrigerator. However, if your light is burning, there is another issue that is causing the problem. Defrost Timer Problems Sometimes the defrost timer in a refrigerator is not working as it should. Check the temperature control knob to ensure it has not been turned down to a low cooling setting. Turn it to the coldest setting possible and wait a few minutes to see if the refrigerator becomes cooler. If the temperature feels very cold, the temperature control knob may have gotten turned down accidentally. If the refrigerator still does not get cold, the defrost timer may need to be replaced. A Bad Compressor Over time, a compressor may also go bad. The compressor is located in the back bottom area of the refrigerator. Listen closely to see if it is running. If you cannot hear it making a steady humming sound that kicks off every so often, it may not be working properly. Sometimes a compressor will also make a clicking noise if it is not running as it should be. The compressor may be fine, but there may be one or more components inside it that need replaced. If this is the case, you will most likely require the services of a professional to do this repair. Different issues may cause a refrigerator not to cool properly. Some of these may be simple quick fixes and some may require an expensive repair. Once you have diagnosed the problem, you may want to contact a refrigerator repair person (such as one that works for Dorsett Don Refrigeration or another company) right...

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4 Questions To Ask When Moving Your Oversized Machinery To A New Location

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog, Business

If you are a business owner that is moving oversized machinery to a new location, the entire process can be stressful. After all, the machinery costs a lot of money and is integral to the functioning of your business. To make sure the moving process goes smoothly, it’s important to ask the equipment hauling company the following four questions when moving oversized machines. What Kind of Trucks are Moving My Equipment? It’s tempting to think that you no longer have to concern yourself too much with the moving process once you decide on a hauling company. However, it is up to you to make sure that the hauling company has the right trucks for your equipment. Ask what kinds of trucks will be moving your big machines, so that you can do a little research and make sure that the trucks can handle the weight of your machines properly. What Kind of Insurance Do You Have? Who is responsible if something happens to your oversized machines? This is a necessary question for any equipment hauler. Look very carefully at any agreements or contracts before you sign them, and ensure that there are clauses which describe what exactly happens if your machines are broken during the move. Different companies carry different kinds of insurance, so be sure to compare policies from different hauling companies to determine which company will work best for you. Do You Offer Storage? If your new location is not quite ready for the machines for some reason, some equipment hauling companies offer short-term storage facilities. This can be helpful if you are having a new building constructed for your business and it’s not ready yet, for example. Storage can be an option that you don’t know that you need until you need it, so consider using an equipment haul company that offers it, even if you don’t plan to use it right now. Who Will Pack the Machines? Packing the machines may be something you can get some help with, as haulers are used to moving oversized pieces of equipment. However, try to pack your machines as well as you can before they are moved. Wrapping your machines properly before they are transported raises the likelihood that they will work when they arrive at their final destination. If there are removable parts, remove those parts and pack them separately. Wrap sharp edges with stretch wrap so that anyone moving the machines on and off the trucks has an easier time of handling the machines. Visit a local equipment hauling company like Northern Diesel Ltd with these questions in mind, and you’ll be able to move your machinery with a lot less stress. Your business will be able to get back underway, and your machines will keep working for...

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3 Steps to Take after Registering Your Fleet

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog, Business

Now that you have an entire fleet of vehicles registered, from a company like TLC The Licensing Company, to your business (car rental, taxi service, couriers, etc), it’s time to take care of some other tasks to help you and your business thrive. By making sure you create a maintenance schedule, fit each vehicle with GPS technology, and brand all vehicles with your company’s information, you increase your ability to care for, monitor, and market your business.  Maintenance Schedule Getting a maintenance schedule in order is critical to any business with a fleet of vehicles. This means that you have a regularly scheduled time every year or month to have one half or a quarter of your fleet inspected, serviced, and thoroughly cleaned. This will be a level of maintenance that goes on even though you may still be doing cursory maintenance on the vehicles each day (replenishing fluids, rinsing off the body, taking trash out of the interior, etc.).  You should only perform this maintenance on half of your fleet (or less) at a time so that you’re certain to have enough vehicles available to continue to operate your business for the few hours that the group of vehicles will be going through their maintenance. Making sure your vehicles are consistently in top operating condition saves you time, frustration, and money related to breakdowns that can put a vehicle in a repair shop for days or weeks. Fit Each Vehicle with GPS This doesn’t necessarily mean that the driver has to be able to use GPS while they’re on the road, but that you have some sort of real-time tracking available for your vehicle. Delivery trucks especially can be targets for thieves, so it can be important to be able to activate your tracking device when needed in order to recovery stolen goods or get an idea where to find a kidnapped driver. On a daily basis, it can be helpful to know exactly how far a vehicle is from its destination by being able to look that information up on the Internet and give customers real-time data on how soon the vehicle will arrive.  Brand Each Vehicle When a business is newer, the idea of branding each of the vehicles in a fleet can be daunting because of the financial costs. However, this is a key feature for your vehicles and your company. Every car, truck, or van that is branded as being from your company acts as a mobile billboard, advertising the existence of your company, the services you have to offer, and contact information for your business. This helps build brand awareness and create leads. When people are ready to pay for a service like yours, they will be more likely to remember to call your company in particular because they’ve seen your name around town before.  Even more discreet ventures, like private cars, can have...

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The Real Cost Of Dirty Ducts

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog, Business

Although you can’t see them, your ducts are behind the scenes delivering cool and warm air all over your home. Since they are so hard at work, it’s important that you do your part and keep them in good shape. This is best accomplished by having them professionally cleaned to remove the dust, dirt and other debris that has collected inside them. Some homeowners view this as an unnecessary expense that they can just simply avoid. In reality, avoiding this service can actually cost you more money in the long-run. Higher utility bills and more performance issues are the real costs of dirty ducts. Higher Utility Bills Over time, dirty ducts can lead to increased heating and cooling bills. The amount of energy your home comfort systems use is made up of two things, the temperature you set the thermostat to and how much effort the system uses to reach and maintain the temperature. Dirty ducts have an effect on both parts. The comfort system forces air through the ducts so that it is sent out all over your home. If the ducts are clogged with dust, pet dander or other debris, this blocks the rate at which air is able to flow out. Not only will it take longer for your home to reach its optimal temperature, but this places an extra effort on the comfort system, causing it to work excessively harder. You might think you’re saving money by not having your ducts professionally cleaned now, but in reality, you’re just causing your energy costs to increase. More Performance Issues Your home’s comfort system is a complex unit made up of a number of different parts, that all work together. Not only do these components work together, but they are also dependent on one another. A problem in one area can quickly become a widespread problem. The dirt collected in your ducts doesn’t just stay in your ducts. It can eventually make its way into various other parts of the system. If your ducts are dirty, eventually, the dust and other debris will make its way back towards the blower fan. From the blower fan, the dust could travel to the combustion chamber, motor and cooling coils. A dust build-up in any of these areas will cause your system to overheat, which will lead to a malfunction. Having the ducts cleaned is far more cost effective than having repairs preformed because of a malfunction. Duct cleaning should be considered part of your annual home maintenance plan. Neglecting your ducts results in a number of additional costs that can easily be avoided. Make certain you avoid paying the high costs of dirty ducts by contacting a company such as Home-Plus Duct...

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Over-The-Road Truckers: A Threatened Asset

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog, Business

Many of us occasionally begrudge the large trucks that we see so often on our roads and highways. However, it is worth taking time to understand just how important commercial trucking is to the Canadian economy. More importantly, there is a looming gap in the number of qualified truck drivers needed to keep our goods and packages moving efficiently across the country and with our trading partner, the United States: Another Effect of Demographic Shift According to information from Statistics Canada, the number of Canadians 65 and older has increased by more than 2 million since 1981. This is a trend that is continuing, and has major implications for a number of aspects of Canadian life, including industry.  This overall aging of the population is especially significant in the trucking segment, as too few young people are choosing trucking as a career. When this decline in the total number of new drivers is combined with an increasing demand for drivers, the looming gap becomes significant. In fact, the same Conference Board report projects a total gap of at least 33,000 drivers as soon as 2020. Such a large gap is already causing a great deal of concern within multiple industries, as shippers contemplate the impact on their individual businesses and customers. Fulfilling a Vital Role The current population of 300,000 truck drivers in Canada fulfills a vital role in keeping our country working and our population fed, clothed, and supplied with all types of goods. Many of these drivers work for themselves and contract out to companies, while others work for in-house trucking fleets. Whatever their relationship, they often work on demanding schedules and many are required to be away from home for days at time. The trucking industry accounts for $17 billion in annual gross domestic product and employs more than one percent of all workers. Beyond this direct impact, truckers move the bulk of products within the country, and are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of import-export traffic between the U.S. and Canada. Both the government and industry are studying various initiatives and programs to address this potential problem. They are also focusing on increased productivity within the trucking industry, seeking to have more goods moved by fewer truckers. Everyone agrees this is a problem for which there is a high priority to find workable solutions. The next time you see a heavy-hauler moving valuable equipment on the road with a pilot car service warning you of a need for a wide berth, don’t just feel inconvenienced. Realize that a trucking professional is working hard to keep Canadians employed and supplied. For more help, try contacting a company like Hart River Pilot Service with any questions or concerns you might...

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