Wednesday, 3 September 2014

HVAC Cleaning - UPDATE! - DONE

DONE Oct 15th
Leeds is working their way through the building cleaning all the heat pumps for those who signed up. Finally. It has been a long battle but we are on our way. Those who think it isn't necessary might want to reconsider. One leak or a broken heat pump will cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Remember, unit owners own the heat pump, not the corporation. Personally, I signed on for the cleaning and the insurance for peace of mind. The fourth floor is complete and the remaining units will be done over the next few days as Leeds goes floor by floor.

The list will be coming down any day now!

Talk to your neighbours and friends in the building and make sure they know and have signed up. We need another 18-20 owners and we will all save money.

Right now it is $50 a cleaning, if we get 100 owners signed up it drops to $40. That is a savings of $20 a year ongoing with twice yearly cleaning.

Once the list is down you "might" be able to sign up with an email to TAG but no guarantees.


As you know now, we have arranged with Leeds to supply the building with heat pump cleaning for owners who sign up. So far we have about 50 owners signed up but I would strongly suggest this should be well over 100 so we still have a ways to go.

Remember, the heat pump is yours - if it breaks you pay, no-one else.

Perhaps you think changing the filter is enough. It is not. Heat pumps need their coils washed and cleaned from dust and particulates like cat hair etc to ensure they run efficiently and that the coils are not overly stressed. In addition, each unit's heat pump has a small drain hole underneath it to drain off the overflow condensation. You can easily get 1 or 2 gallons of liquid an hour in the summer cooling time. This drain hole can plug up and cause your unit to stop working or worse, overflow into your unit and the units below you. If this happens to you, it will be expensive as "your" insurance will have to pay, not the buildings.

If we get 100 owners signing up we save $10 each cleaning and for $80 a year you can have the satisfaction of knowing your unit will function properly. Purchasing the optional insurance can give you complete peace of mind as it fixes anything that goes wrong. Right now it is still reasonable at $50 per cleaning.

If your heat pump fails it could cost you easily $1500 - $2000, even a trip to fix a problem is going to cost you around $80-90 an hour.

Sign up now before the sign-up sheet disappears and cleaning begins.


  1. Thanks Barry for the update, however, I have been in my unit for 15 months
    and would like to have it serviced now. Can I call them and get them to come and look at my unit.
    PS put my name on the list beside the bulletin board.

  2. The list will come down tomorrow and Leeds will then schedule cleaning within the next couple of weeks, so it is on its way!

    They want to be able to do enough work to keep the staff onsite for one day at a time otherwise it is just too expensive, so unless you wanted to pay a lot more, you will have to wait a little longer

  3. Hi Barry, Thanks for the update. I spoke to you on the elevator couple of weeks ago and I am now an owner of the unit I am living in. I signed the sheet with my name as per the landlord's so I am so glad I signed it. Did enough people sign the sheet to get the discounted price of the cleaning?

  4. Congratulation! And welcome to Haven as an owner. We still need another 15 or so I think to sign up to get the next discount of $40. Time is running out as I anticipate them coming to do the work shortly

  5. I occasionally get the anonymous comment asking something, complaining or otherwise. Where they are generic comments or questions I will publish but if you have something to say that is not positive you need to sign on so I can know you belong to the building and are not someone off the street or so I can respond to you directly offline

  6. Hi Barry. Can we get the lights fixed at the main entrance of the building (outside). Only one is working right now.

  7. Hi Barry Just wondered when they are coming to clean the HVAC haven't heard anything about dates yet? Thanks

    1. Leeds is coming Oct 14-16 to clean the heat pumps.

      You should have gotten a letter from TAG informing you and telling you to mail Leeds a check for payment "prior" to then or they will not do the work. Call TAG if you did not get a letter, only those who signed up would have gotten the letter