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FAQ Category: Hot Water Tank

Boilers can last a really long time. In fact, the average lifespan of a boiler is 10 to 15 years. In order to extend the life of your boiler, it’s important to ensure that it is properly maintained and serviced on a regular basis. Even the best boiler will require maintenance and repairs from time to time.

If your boiler is giving you signs that it needs attention, make sure to hire a professional heating company to do the job. This will ensure your boiler lasts as long as possible. Some signs to keep an eye out for include: low water pressure, no heat coming from your radiators, banging noises, a pilot light that keeps going out or isn’t blue.

It shouldn’t take a professional heating company in Edmonton too long to install a new boiler. For a simple boiler replacement, you can expect a trained professional to take between 4 and 6 hours.

Your new boiler will be up and running in less than a day. However, installing a brand new boiler, where one didn’t exist before, is a bigger job. Upgrading your current boiler to a different system or moving your boiler to a new location can also be more involved and will take a bit longer.

Because these jobs are more complex, they may take a team of professionals a few days to complete. Typically, you can expect to wait no more than a week for your new system to be up and ready!

Yes, there are energy-efficient and eco-friendly furnace options available. Look for ENERGY STAR-certified furnaces that meet strict efficiency and environmental standards. High-efficiency furnaces, often with AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings of 90% or higher, are also environmentally friendly. They consume less fuel and produce fewer emissions, contributing to reduced carbon footprint and lower energy bills.

Heat pumps, which use electricity to transfer heat rather than burning fuel, are another eco-friendly option. Additionally, consider furnaces with features like variable-speed blowers, which improve efficiency and comfort. Your HVAC professional can help you choose the best option based on your environmental concerns and budget.

Need a new heating system and wondering whether it’s better to rent or buy a furnace? Renting a furnace is definitely cheaper initially but is not the right option for every household.

If you rent a furnace, you will pay a monthly fee and the HVAC dealer will be responsible for maintenance and repairs. However, there are some drawbacks. It is likely that over time you will pay at least double what the furnace is worth. And, because you do not own the heating system, it does not add to the value of your home.

If you can afford to buy a new furnace this is the best option. By buying the furnace outright, you won’t pay any interest and may also be able to benefit from manufacturer or government rebates. Owning the furnace will also add to the value of your home.

There are several steps involved in installing your new furnace. These steps will vary depending on the furnace you choose, your home’s existing furnace system, and any changes you want.

  1. Align the new furnace with existing gas lines and ductwork
  2. Connect and seal to the ducting system
  3. Connect intake and exhaust pipes
  4. Connect the gas line
  5. Connect the furnace to the electrical supply and thermostat
  6. Connect the furnace to a drain hole

At this point, it’s important to check your work, make sure everything is connected properly and there are no gas leaks. 

Please note: these steps are extremely simplified and meant to provide an overview to understand the professional furnace installation process better. It is highly recommended that you have your furnace professionally installed in order to avoid dangerous problems and issues with your new furnace. Having to get furnace repairs on your new unit would not be covered under warranty without professional installation.

Hiring a professional will be more costly initially but will save you money in the long run.

Here’s how long it takes to install a new furnace.

You should consider replacing your furnace if it’s over 15-20 years old, requires frequent and costly repairs, produces uneven heating, or if your energy bills have been steadily increasing.

It’s also a good idea to upgrade to a more efficient model to save on long-term energy costs.

Boiler heat is not expensive on a day-to-day basis. In fact, you may save in energy costs when heating your house with a boiler compared to a furnace.

However, installing a boiler is typically more complex and therefore more expensive than installing a furnace. On average, a boiler will cost anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 to purchase and install (depending on the brand and the system’s energy efficiency rating). Plus, your home will need extensive modifications to make a boiler system work – radiant heating must be implemented.

On the other hand, the average cost to buy and install a furnace in Edmonton is only $5,500 to $10,000+. With boiler heat, you will save in the long run but will have to pay more upfront.

There are several heating systems to choose from, including:

  • Gas Furnaces: These are efficient and widely used for their affordability and heating capabilities.
  • Electric Furnaces: These are suitable for areas with milder winters but tend to be less energy-efficient.
  • Heat Pumps: They can both heat and cool your home, providing year-round comfort.
  • Hybrid Systems: Combining a heat pump and a gas furnace for maximum efficiency in different weather conditions.
  • Ductless Mini-Splits: Ideal for heating individual rooms or spaces without a central duct system.

The average cost to install a furnace in Edmonton is between $5,500 and $10,000+. The cost depends on various factors, including brand, size, company, etc. However, with the average cost of a new furnace being around $3,000 – $6,000, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 in total, including installation. 

Check out our Current Offers to see how you can save with deals and rebates. 

In Alberta, a heat-loss calculation must be done when installing a new furnace. When hiring a professional to do your install, this will be factored into the price.

Hiring a professional heating company to install your furnace is essential. It may cost more initially but will save you money, time, and headache in the long run.

There are several common signs that your hot water tank may stop working. Consider calling a water heater services company to take a look at and repair or replace your unit if: 

  1. Your unit is getting old. The average water heater will last 8 to 10 years. 
  2. Your water smells or is discoloured. For example, if the water looks rusty the unit may be corroding. 
  3. You hear loud noises coming from your hot water heater. Loud popping or crackling sounds can mean sediment has built up in the tank.
  4. Your tank is leaking or you notice water around the water heater.
  5. Your hot water tank no longer provides enough hot water.
  6. The water pressure has gone down and is not sufficient.

A modern, high-efficiency furnace should last approximately ten to fifteen years. This is based on the average lifespan of a furnace so it is possible that yours may last longer or need to be replaced sooner. 

The key to a long-lasting furnace is regular maintenance and upkeep. It’s important to stay on top of minor furnace repairs, tune-ups, and maintenance. Scheduling regular maintenance with a professionals heating company will help to maximize the life of your furnace and minimize the need for major repairs. This is especially true in Alberta, where cold winters can take a toll on your furnace.

A local furnace company will know how to care for your furnace in this climate and what to look for if it is having issues.

Unfortunately, hot water heaters don’t last forever. On average, a traditional hot water heater will last about 8 to 10 years in Leduc. However, as this is based on the average lifespan, your tank may last only 7 years or it could last 11 or more with proper care and maintenance. The lifespan of a unit will depend on several factors including location, the type of water tank, water quality, the quality of installation, and how it is maintained. You can ensure that your hot water heater lasts as long as possible by scheduling regular hot water tank maintenance to ensure that it is in top working condition. Leduc plumbing services companies can help by providing Service Partner Plans and scheduled yearly water heater maintenance.

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