Do heat pumps work in Alberta?
Heat pumps do not work in Alberta.
A heat pump is designed to efficiently heat and cool a home. It does this by pulling in heat from the outside air when it’s cold and forcing hot air from inside your home out when the weather is hot.
In some locations, a heat pump is a very effective method of heating and cooling. In fact, some homeowners will use a heat pump in place of a traditional furnace and air conditioner. However, in colder climates, a heat pump loses its practicality. Therefore, in places like Edmonton, as well as other areas throughout Alberta, heat pumps are not common. A heat pump in Alberta will have a difficult time keeping up with heating requirements in the winter - especially if it is a home’s only source of heat. Therefore, other heating and cooling systems are recommended for Alberta homeowners.Read More...
Is a 16 SEER AC worth it?
Yes, a 16 SEER AC is worth it. Although it will be more expensive to buy than a less efficient air conditioning unit, a 16 SEER AC will help you save on energy costs.
16 SEER air conditioners are energy efficient, meaning they will use less energy than units with a lower SEER rating. As a result, you’ll notice significant savings in energy costs over the years. In fact, the more energy-efficient your AC the better.
HVAC professionals suggest that homeowners purchase the highest SEER unit they can afford. In addition to saving more on utility bills, buying a highly efficient air conditioner can also help you secure energy efficiency government rebates, depending on where you live.Read More...
Can I install my own air conditioner?
While it’s possible to install your own air conditioner, and even to do DIY AC repair, it’s not recommended unless you are a trained AC professional. Professional AC installation in Edmonton will ensure that your air conditioning system is safely installed and that is runs efficiently and effectively.
A professional AC team will guarantee that your air conditioner is optimized for the environment in Edmonton. They can also help you pick the perfect size AC for your home. Having a professional install your air conditioner can also help you save money by ensuring that the job is done right the first time. If something goes wrong when you’re installing your own AC, this can cause problems that will end up costing you more than a professional installation. Not to mention, an AC professional will have your AC installed quickly, so you can relax in your cool and comfortable home.Read More...
What happens if your AC is oversized?
If your AC is oversized, your home will not be as comfortable as it should be. As well, the air conditioning unit may have a shorter lifespan.
There’s no doubt about it - a larger AC unit will cool your home faster. However, this can result in your home being cooled TOO FAST. As a result, you may get hot and cold spots throughout your home. Gradual and even cooling, on the other hand, is achieved the right size air conditioner for your home. Fast cooling can also mean that your AC doesn’t have time to dehumidify the incoming air. Therefore, you’ll have cool but moist air circulating in your home.
An oversized AC can also result in increased energy costs and a decreased lifespan. This is because the unit will be frequently starting and stopping.
Air conditioning specialists like ProSolutions can help you buy and install the perfect AC for your home.Read More...
How much does it cost to install an AC in Edmonton?
The cost to install an AC in Edmonton will depend on the unit you choose to purchase, as well as the unit you are replacing and the condition of your home and ductwork. The cost to purchase a unit and have it installed by a professional air conditioning services provider can be anywhere from $3,400 to $10,000 or more.
Simple, low-end air conditioning units will cost less to buy and install. If you would like a high-efficiency AC that is ultra-quiet, you can expect to pay more. It’s important to note, however, that energy-efficient models can help you save on utility bills.
Although it may cost more to have a professional install your AC unit, keep in mind that hiring an AC contractor will ensure your air conditioner runs efficiently. An Edmonton company will be able to optimize the unit for local conditions, guaranteeing your AC runs perfectly based on the conditions in Alberta.Read More...
What size of AC do I need?
The size of AC you need will depend on several factors.
For help finding the right size AC for your home, contact a local St. Albert AC contractor. They will help you find the right size and the right unit for your needs. The contractor will complete a load calculation to determine what size AC you need. Factors like the size of your home, the local climate, the number of appliances you have, etc. will be taken into account. Therefore, it’s best to have a local St. Albert AC contractor complete this estimate so that they can base the calculation on the local climate.
Keep in mind, while you can have an AC unit that is too small you can also have a unit that is too big. An AC that is too small will not be able to cool your whole home and a unit that is too big will waste energy. In both scenarios, your utility bill will be more than necessary and you will likely be reducing the lifespan of the air conditioner. When you're shopping for a new AC, be sure to keep size in mind.Read More...
How long does it take to install an air conditioner?
How long it takes to install an air conditioner will depend on several factors. This includes the type of AC unit you buy, the type of unit you’re replacing, the size of your home, the location where the new unit will be installed, the condition of the ductwork in your home, etc. However, on average, a professional AC installation company should be able to accomplish this within a day.
When having a new central air conditioner installed in your home, be sure to use a local AC company to do the installation. This will ensure that the unit is installed properly, that it will run as efficiently as possible in Edmonton conditions, and that the AC contractor can complete the installation as quickly as possible.Read More...
How can I reduce my AC bill?
You can reduce your AC bill by ensuring that your air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible.
To guarantee your air conditioner is in top working condition, you’ll want to do some AC maintenance before starting up the unit in the summer. Make sure you clean the inside and outside of your central AC unit and change or clean the filters. This will ensure that airflow is not being restricted, causing your AC to have to work harder. Also, consider checking the concrete slab that your AC unit is sitting on. It should be level. Check your condensation line and the insulation on your coolant lines to ensure everything is in good working condition.
To further reduce your AC bill, consider these energy-saving tips:
Upgrade to a high-efficiency AC unitInstall a programmable thermostatKeep your thermostat at a constant temperatureUse fans to help circulate cool airKeep your air ducts cleanInstall energy-efficient windowsKeep your blinds and windows closed during the day
Proper AC installation is also important. If your air conditioner is not installed properly, this can lead to reduced efficiency and a higher utility bill.Read More...
Does adding AC increase home value?
Yes, adding AC will increase home value. This is especially true for homes in Edmonton. Summers is Alberta can get extremely hot, therefore, many homebuyers prefer houses that have central air conditioning installed.
If your home does not currently have air conditioning but you are considering installing AC, it is highly recommended. In fact, some estimates suggest that installing an AC unit can add up to 12% to the value of your home. Especially if you opt for a high-efficiency air conditioning unit. In addition to increasing home value, central AC adds to your home’s comfort, resulting in a healthy and happy environment.
Before choosing and installing a central AC unit, be sure to get an AC installation quote from a local AC contractor and to ask the right questions.Read More...
What is the Average Life of an Air Conditioner?
When should I get my AC Serviced?
How do I protect my AC unit against mother nature?
How do you protect your AC unit. The Edmonton area has a substantial mice population and they can get into that outside condenser unit to build their nests. You’ll also find leaves and other debris, including small branches. It’s smart to clean them all away.
You should also visually inspect your unit regularly, even a quick glance as you walk by it is good practice. Chances are, you will notice something that seems out of the ordinary before it becomes a real problem if you do this.Read More...
AC parts – Which parts break down if it’s not maintained?
AC parts break down over time. However, an improperly maintained central air conditioning system will put pressure on every part of that system. A dirty filter that hasn’t been replaced, fans that are not cleaned, leaking refrigerant, exposed wires in the electrical box, ice build up on coils. These put pressure on the capacitors, sensors that track heat levels and thermostat readings and generally weaken the unit so it does not run efficiently and any part can break down.Read More...
Cleaning condensing unit – The Do’s and Don’ts.
Cleaning a condensing unit can be an important part of maintaining the longevity of your condensing unit. Should you use a pressure washer or liquid cleaner though? The short answer is NO! Do not use a power washer. You may damage fins or other parts of the condensing unit. Use a garden hose and spray into the coil to remove all the dust and other stuff that gets onto the coil over the season. As for liquid cleaners, most of them contain corrosive agents and you don’t want to damage the coil or any other parts of the unit with which it comes in contact.
If you're thinking about cleaning a condensing unit. A certified AC repair contractor will have specialized cleaners in cases where the coil needs to be thoroughly cleaned.Read More...
Air Conditioner Maintenance FAQs
It’s not necessary unless you’re concerned a chunk of ice should fall on it and damage the motor. If so, put a board, like a thick piece of plywood across and anchor it with rocks/cinder blocks, etc.
When it comes to air conditioner maintenance, At ProSolutions Inc., we think it is better to not protect it all round with a tarp/cover as you may get insects and mice showing up as residents. Or moisture may get in during the winter causing corrosion.
Blowing snow and rain will not cause problems for your outside unit when you are properly maintaining it throughout the year. So remember, when it comes to Air Conditioner Maintenance, it's important to be on top of it!Read More...
Can I have too large of an AC System?
Does the size of AC unit effect performance? Yes! Often, homeowners who buy based on the biggest cooling capacity are disappointed in the final performance of their system.
If the unit is too large, the space gets too cool and humidity is not removed. You’ll feel cold and clammy. Plus the frequent cycling can wear out your AC Unit faster since the hardest load on your AC is when you start it up. You can also freeze up the AC unit if the air flow is too low and the unit can not be kept from freezing up. Freezing up of a central AC system is a recipe for disaster on the HVAC equipment.Read More...
What does SEER stand for?
SEER is the acronym for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio”. It is a maximum rating and not a constant value which can make it hard to really understand in every situation. Higher numbers represent higher efficiency. Currently, you can find AC units with SEER ratings as high as 25.
Basically, SEER is the average expected energy use of your home’s AC unit if you keep a constant inside temperature while dealing with the outside fluctuations in temperature during the season (so 15 - 35 degrees C in Alberta).
You can think of the SEER value the same way as the milage (L/100km) your vehicle gets. Under optimal conditions, without driving aggressively (cooling too much) you should average out to the manufacturers rating.Read More...
How do I select the right AC system?
Make sure that the system is the right size for your home or building. So square footage, ductwork, windows, single or two storey home – they all factor into the calculation. The ProSolutions team can figure this out for you as we have for more than 10,000 homes across Edmonton and area.Read More...
Smart thermostats – should I have one?
We recommend a smart thermostat when your home comfort system has both a AC and Furnace unit. In addition to improved comfort settings, many smart thermostats are able to alert you of troubles like “Too Hot” or “Too Cold” warnings - some can even report directly to your phone!
If it’s battery-operated, check the batteries and replace them as necessary. Otherwise, if you have a problem, call one of our experts at ProSolutions.Read More...
Can I close off vents in rooms that I don’t use?
Experts like ProSolutions will tell you that it’s best to have at least two-thirds of your vents left open for best operation of your AC system. It is far harder to cool down a house versus. keeping it at a constant temperature.Read More...
Air circulation issues. Some rooms are cold, some warm. Why?
Air circulation issues in your home? If you are experiencing this, check the vents in those warmer rooms. Vents bringing hot or cool air into the house winter/summer accumulate dust, pet dander whatever, and should be vacuumed on a regular basis to ensure good air flow. At the same time make sure that your return air vents are not blocked by furniture or other items pushed up against them.Read More...
Furnace filter replacement – Do I need to change it often when using the AC?
Furnace filter replacement is important if you're using your AC. Maybe not as frequently as in winter when monthly changes are best. But check the filter regularly to see that it is functioning properly, and replace when necessary.
If you run your AC during the spring or fall, you will want to check your filter more often since this time of year has more allergens and particulates in the air that can cause you to become sick.Read More...
AC unit suction line is losing bits of its cover. Do I need to do anything?
The AC unit suction line needs protection from outside air otherwise condensation will occur with water dripping on the floor or ground. It also means that refrigerant gas can warm up before it reaches the compressor. Make sure the line is covered with insulation to protect it and maximize the efficiency of your AC unit.Read More...
How expensive are AC systems?
ProSolutions has a complete range of systems and accessories ready to install in Edmonton from $3400 to $10,000+ for ultra high efficient and ultra quiet inverter units
These AC systems are built for our weather and come with warranties to match. 10 years parts and warranty available and some brands even carry a manufacturers 10 year or lifetime unit replacement guarantee.Read More...
Replacing an old AC system and what is involved?
What has to be replaced or repaired, apart from the new unit? What shape is the ductwork in, what about insulation, and windows. What about piping for refrigerant and condensate? What of the electrical wiring, grills and registers on the floors and walls, filters before the furnace and evaporator coil and it’s condition and cleanliness? Consult with ProSolutions for an accurate assessment of your present air conditioning system.Read More...
Why should I replace my existing AC system?
If you already have an AC unit that is working, there may be reasons to replace it before it breaks. The primary reason for early replacement is to increase efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint.
Is your air conditioning system in good shape? If it is older than 8-10 years it is going to be less efficient. Since AC systems in 2020 can be 60% more efficient than 10 years ago, by replacing aging units you will save on operating costs. A unit 15 years or older is not only less efficient but likely to run into expensive repairs as parts wear out. Also if it old and phased out refrigerant R-22 in your system, it will be almost too difficult to service and repair, as the chlorine based gas is being replaced by r-410a chlorine free product and other eco-friendly refrigerants in the residential industry.Read More...
AC Installation Decisions – What’s most important?
Several manufacturers make and distribute air condition systems. Generally they’re of a high standard. The difference between a good installation and a great one is the expertise that goes into the installation. ProSolution is well qualified to do that for you.
Over the years, we have created extensive installation procedures that guarantee the job is done right every time. We know how to overcome common challenges and the ones that are rare.
Hiring those less experienced often results in headaches for the homeowner. This makes a ‘deal’ on the installation not always a deal in the long run. You want to work with a company that will be around longer than your AC unit so you know who to call if it breaks.Read More...
AC sickness – Will it make me ill?
Your AC system has filters specially designed to remove dust and other impurities. These filters remove almost all possibilities for allergies to exist. Since the air conditioning also removes excess humidity from the air, it prevents the build-up of mould and bacterial growth. This helps improve your home’s air quality.
People that report being allergic to AC are typically allergic to what's in the air being circulated. This is why proper filters or air cleaners are essential for AC and furnace systems. Your home’s comfort extends beyond just the air temperature/humidity, to the cleanliness of it too.Read More...
What disruption are there when AC is installed?
At ProSolutions we take the greatest care to ensure that our installation will be top of the line. We have handled many retrofits for our customers. Our installers are among the best in the industry – we have the experience and we’re well aware of the complexities involved when installing these systems.Read More...
AC Unit Warranty – What type will I get?
All AC Unit warranty installations are backed by a minimum 5 year comprehensive parts warranty & mosthigher efficient models boast 10 years out of the box. 10 year extended labour warranty is available through pretty much any professional AC installation company and their brand of partners.Read More...
AC longevity – How long will a new one last in Alberta?
An air conditioner's longevity supported by regular service and maintenance should last 15+ years in Alberta. And if maintained properly, don’t be surprised to exceed that by many years also.Regular maintenance check-ups cost from a certified technician anywhere from $89-200+ depending on the contractor you work with.
ProSolutions Inc. customers that have our Service Partner Plan benefit from lower maintenance costs and even pre-scheduled appointments so you can relax and enjoy living in your home instead of working on it.Read More...
How is a central AC system installed?
Whole-home air con units are integrated into your home’s existing furnace ductwork and mechanical room equipment set up.
The actual steps to install a central air conditioning unit include installation and repair of ductwork, preparation of the areas where inside and outside units will be placed, connecting the outside condensing unit to the inside, adding refrigerant and then testing the system. sealing up of any new holes or penetrations in the homes envelope. We also make sure that your thermostat is functioning with the new equipment properly.
At ProSolutions Inc., you will find that we take the time to explain what we are doing and give you options on how we install your new AC system.Read More...
Furnace blower is not working! What should I do?
If your furnace blower is not working, there could be a couple of issues here, one more serious than the other. Firstly, it is important to understand how a furnace works. You can begin to understand this through a very simple principle. A furnace uses some type of fuel (i.e. electrical, oil, gas, etc) to heat a series of coils. What type of fuel your furnace uses for this combustion. This series of heated coils (called a heat exchanger) has a fan (called a blower motor) which blows your houses' air over them and into your air ducts where it is dispersed throughout your house. This simple process, regardless of what type of fuel you use, is how your furnace is able to blow warm air into your home.
If you're having any issues with your furnace blower not working. It can come down to the blower motor in the furnace may need replacing and that’s usually a job for the experts. A capacitor. If the capacitor is defective, the fan motor might be noisy, overheat, or not run at all. If the control board is defective, it might not send voltage to the blower motor. If the furnace is not getting power, check the furnace circuit breaker or fuse as this might also be an issue.
On the other hand, the unit may be clogged with dirt and dust and you may be able to fix that yourself but may likely need special attention to unclog the debris and dirt from the components.
In the end, there are several things that can lead to a furnace not blowing air. If you decide to try and repair an older unit and it requires more effort and costs incurred. It may just be more advantageous to replace it.
If you need help with your furnace issues, give us a call today!Read More...
Why is it my AC Unit won’t run at all?
Reasons your AC unit won't run at all, sounds like an electrical problem. A fuse may have blown or circuit breaker tripped. If resetting those doesn’t solve the problem there may be an issue with the unit’s circuit board. In which case check with ProSolutions Inc. to give you a diagnosis.Read More...
AC condenser coil is frozen. What should I do?
If the coil hasn’t been cleaned for a long time or the refrigerant has sprung a leak, here’s what to try:
Set your thermostat to high and Fan Only, and leave it on for a couple of hours. That may resolve the issue. If it does not work, you could have more than just a frozen line causing issues. Call in the experts and let them help you out. Click here to learn more about AC Repairs.Read More...
AC Unit Replacement – Is it worth it to keep fixing or should I replace it?
Any AC unit that is 15 years of age or older is not only more likely to break down and need costly repairs, but is also much less efficient & more costly to operate. Therefore, an AC unit replacement may be the best investment moving forward. Ask ProSolutions Inc. to do a cost-benefit for you, so you can decide whether it’s better to fix the problem or invest in a new unit.Read More...
Blown fuses from AC unit when turned on. Why?
If you are experiencing blown fuses from your AC unit. It’s often an electrical issue with the breaker or the house wiring. Likely a short circuit or some type of a fault to ground issue. It could also be that a dirty filter is the culprit. One not uncommon answer is to check the electrical box in the condensing unit. It’s not surprising in a place like Edmonton, that mice have built a nest in this box and have also nibbled at some of the electrical wires. If you’re like many of us, you’d want an expert like ProSolutions Inc. to fix it.Read More...
Cool air is not getting throughout the house
There are several possible reasons. The usual ones relate to a frozen evaporator coil, dirty filter, dirty condenser coils, a leak somewhere in the refrigeration system or possibly in the ductwork system. It could also be that your unit is older and simply not able to keep up with the extra heavy cooling demands with our weather changes these days. ProSolutions Inc. can check this for you, identify the issue, and advise you on the best actions to take.Read More...
The AC unit’s power is on, but nothing is happening?
If your AC unit's power is on, but nothing is happening. You may have blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker. There may be a problem with the motor. Other factors could include a refrigerant leak, a filter that needs changing and dirty condenser coils. A capacitor could be weak. If you are unable to diagnose and fix it yourself, call in ProSolutions Inc. to help. Our trained AC technicians will be able to quickly diagnose the issue.Read More...
Why is my AC compressor so noisy?
Compressors can make banging or rattling sounds, hissing or clinking noises, humming and screeching. Your first action is to shut down the unit. Causes include loose parts, the motor coming loose, a refrigerant leak, faulty controls, low on oil, and pressure build-ups.
For all these problems you’re best to bring in ProSolutions Inc. to diagnose and fix the problem, including possible compressor replacement.Read More...
AC Units – 2 things every homeowner should know
AC units are a blessing in the dog days of summer in Alberta. However, when you are experiencing issues with your unit running the way they were built to run, this tends to create an uncomfortable situation for your household. Here are two things every homeowner should remember.
1. Always check to see if you need to shut the power off in dealing with any air conditioner issues.
2. Deal with a trusted and experienced professional, like ProSolutions, when buying a new air conditioner, or repairing an existing unit.Read More...
How long do boilers last?
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.Read More...
How long does it take to install a new boiler in Edmonton?
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!Read More...
Is boiler heat expensive in Edmonton?
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 $3,500 to $7,500. With boiler heat, you will save in the long run but will have to pay more upfront.Read More...
What is the difference between a boiler and a hot water tank?
The difference between a boiler and a hot water tank has to do with the way in which each uses the hot water that it produces.
Both boilers and hot water tanks take cool water, heat this water and then distribute it throughout a home via pipes. However, the water that is heated by a boiler is distributed throughout the home via pipes, radiators and radiant in-floor systems in order to heat it - to keep the rooms, floors, garage, etc. comfortable and warm.
On the other hand, a hot water tank heats water that is used for cooking and cleaning purposes - for showers, dishwashing, laundry, etc.Read More...
What is the difference between a boiler and a furnace?
In Edmonton, both boilers and furnaces are used to provide homes with heat. The difference between a boiler and a furnace is the way in which they heat a home.
A boiler takes water and heats it then circulates this hot water (or steam, in some cases) throughout the house in order to heat it. The hot water is circulated using pipes, radiators and/or radiant floor systems. Once the water has cooled, it is returned to the boiler to be heated and reused in a closed-loop system.
A furnace, on the other hand, heats and distributes air in order to heat a home. This hot air is distributed via ductwork and vents.Read More...
Thermostat doesn’t work. Replacing batteries hasn’t solved the problem.
Thermostat doesn't work? Call in the experts at ProSolutions Inc.. They’ll advise you whether the thermostat can be fixed or should be replaced or if there is something else wrong with your AC system causing the malfunction.Read More...
AC Issues? – 2 THINGS YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
When it comes to AC issues two things you should look for and do:
1. Always check to see if you need to shut the power off in dealing with any air conditioner issues.
2. Deal with a trusted and experienced professional, like ProSolutions Inc., when buying a new air conditioner, or repairing an existing unit.Read More...
AC Leaking – I found leaking water under the furnace
The most likely answer is that the drain line is clogged due to dirt, dust and fungus growth. If you have a wet dry vac you can probably unplug this yourself. On the other hand it can be awkward and is better left to the experts at ProSolutions Inc. Learn more about AC Repairs.Read More...
Are furnace service plans worth it?
Can’t decide if a furnace service plan is worth it? Beyond saving you time, money, and the headache of an unexpected furnace breakdown in the dead of winter, here are some of the benefits of a service plan:
Identification of potential breakdowns before they occurPiece of mind and the ensured safety and comfort for you and your familyLower utility bills as a result of regular maintenanceNo premium fees for emergency serviceAutomatically scheduled service - so you don’t have to worry about calling to book an appointment!Priority serviceDiscounts on furnace services providedProfessional services from trusted expertsSatisfaction guaranteeRead More...
How often should a furnace filter be changed?
Furnace filters should be changed every three months. Regularly changing your filter will ensure the air quality inside your home, as well as the safety and comfort of you and your family. In addition, regularly changing the filter will ensure your furnace doesn’t overheat, resulting in damage or an unexpected breakdown.
Preventative maintenance like this extends the longevity of your furnace and helps reduce maintenance and repair fees.
Not sure how long ago your filter was changed or if it needs to be replaced? A heating services provider can take a look at your filter and let you know if it should be replaced with a new one.Read More...
Is it better to rent or buy a furnace?
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.Read More...
What is a BTU?
Shopping for a new furnace and wondering what are BTUs? BTU stands for British Thermal Unit - a value traditionally assigned to heat. Technically, a single BTU is the amount of energy that is necessary to increase the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit at sea level. As far as a heating system goes, BTUs refer to the amount of heat that a furnace is able to output.
When it comes to furnaces, the larger the square footage that needs to be heated, the more BTUs you’ll require. For example, it’s suggested that a 1,500 square foot home has a furnace that is able to output 45,000 to 90,000 BTUs.Read More...
What types of furnaces are there?
The most common types of furnaces include natural gas, oil, propane, and electricity. Compared to other forms of heating, furnaces, also known as forced air systems, are the most popular because they are quiet, efficient, and generally have a long lifespan.
Gas furnaces are by far the most popular for heating households in Edmonton. Able to provide even and consistent heating, gas furnaces are efficient and generally don’t cost a lot to run. Electric and oil furnaces are less efficient, making a gas furnace a more economical choice.
Before choosing a new furnace for your home, make sure you speak with a heating expert to ensure you are making the right choice. There are many factors to consider when shopping for a new furnace and an expert can help you determine which choice is right for your home.Read More...
What is the best brand of furnace for homes in Alberta?
A gas furnace is the most efficient way to heat your home and by far the most popular in Alberta. Gas furnaces are reliable, cost-effective, and efficient and manufacturers are continually improving their efficiency and quietness and introducing new features.
Amana is one of the best brands of furnaces, especially for homes in Alberta. Amana is one of the few furnace brands with a stainless steel heat exchanger and the only with a lifetime replacement warranty. This makes an Amana furnace a reliable option for any household.
We also think that Trane Furnaces are an exceptional option in Alberta. They have been very reliable over the past few years and look to continue that manufacturing trend.
If you’re wondering what is the best brand of furnace for your home, talk to a local heating services provider. Their expertise can help you make the best choice for your climate.Read More...
How do I know if my furnace is leaking carbon monoxide?
If there is a crack in the heat exchanger of your heating system, your furnace could be leaking carbon monoxide (CO). This can be dangerous for you and your family, as CO can cause serious bodily harm and even result in death.
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas and therefore is not easily detected, especially in small quantities.
Your furnace may be leaking carbon monoxide if you or other members of your household are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
HeadacheWeaknessDizzinessNausea or vomitingFeeling hungoverShortness of breathConfusionBlurred visionLoss of consciousness
If you think your furnace is leaking carbon monoxide contact a local heating company right away. If you think you are experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, please seek professional medical advice immediately.Read More...
What is a residential boiler?
A residential boiler system is used to heat a household. The boiler heats water inside a tank and distributes this hot water (or, in some cases, steam) via pipes, radiators and/or a radiant in-floor system in order to heat the inside of a home. Once the water has cooled and can no longer provide heat, it is sent back to the boiler to be reheated.
Although the name might suggest otherwise, modern-day boilers do not boil water. The term boiler comes from the fact that, in the past, steam boilers were common. Steam boilers boil water in order to create steam for heating purposes. Today, however, most boilers are water heating systems that distribute hot water, rather than steam, in order to heat a house.Read More...
How much does it cost to install a furnace in Edmonton?
The average cost to install a furnace in Edmonton is between $500 and $1,500. 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 $3,500 to $7,500 in total, including installation.
ProSolutions Inc. often offers installed furnaces from $2,887 when bundled with savings & rebates available.
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.Read More...
Can I install my own furnace?
Unless you’re a trained professional, it’s not a good idea to attempt to install your own furnace. Yes, you’ll save money now but the issues and damage that can occur from an improperly installed furnace can result in costs far beyond what you would have spent to hire professionals to do your install.
Hiring a professional heating services provider in your area to install, maintain, and repair your furnace is always the best way to go. This will save you time and money in the long run. In addition to properly installing and calibrating your new furnace system, technicians are trained to help you find the perfect size furnace for your home. This will ensure that your furnace is not too big or too small. This, as well as the additional services provided by professional technicians during installation, including the calibration of your thermostat, will result in a highly-efficient furnace that will save you money in energy costs.Read More...
How does ProSolutions Inc. install a furnace?
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.
Align the new furnace with existing gas lines and ductworkConnect and seal to the ducting systemConnect intake and exhaust pipesConnect the gas lineConnect the furnace to the electrical supply and thermostatConnect 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.Read More...
How long does it take to install a new furnace in Alberta?
It typically takes between four and eight hours to install a new furnace in Edmonton or the surrounding areas. However, install time can vary depending on factors like the age of your home and the condition of its wiring and ductwork.
No need to worry about spending a long night freezing inside your home during an Albertan winter. A professional furnace company can have your new furnace up and running within a day to keep you and your family comfortable and warm!
When getting free furnace installation quotes in Edmonton area, make sure to ask how long the installation is expected to take. Local furnace companies will have a good idea based on their experience in your area.Read More...
What size furnace do I need?
The size of the furnace you’ll need largely depends on the size of your home. Size recommendations based on square footage are:
1,200 square foot home: 36,000 to 72,000 BTUs
1,500 square foot home: 45,000 to 90,000 BTUs
1,800 square foot home: 54,000 to 108,000 BTUs
2,100 square foot home: 63,000 to 126,000 BTUs
2,400 square foot home: 72,000 to 144,000 BTUs
Other factors that affect the size of the new furnace installation you’ll need include:
Climate zone (for example, Edmonton is in Climate Zone 5)Quality of insulationWindow thicknessCeiling heightNumber of people living in your homePreferred temperatureSize and state of the basement
For more info om furnace shopping, read our full article on "how to choose the right furnace".Read More...
How often should you have your furnace serviced?
If you live in Edmonton or other northern areas your furnace should be professionally serviced once per year. This will prevent you from having to get expensive furnace repairs or replacements and will extend the life of your furnace.
In fact, regularly scheduled inspections and service on your heating system can help identify potential breakdowns and reduce emergency repairs by as much as 95%! Regular service can also lower utility bills by up to 30%.
Harsh winters in Edmonton, and other Albertan cities, can take a toll on heating systems. A company that provides furnace service and maintenance will ensure that everything is in top working condition so that you can rely on your furnace all through the winter without having to worry about issues or failures.
Here's how much furnace tune-ups & servicing costs in Edmonton.Read More...
How much does furnace servicing/tune-ups cost?
The cost of servicing your furnace can cost between $150 - $500 per visit, depending on what is being done and the type of furnace you have in your home.
On average, heating and plumbing companies charge a rate of $150 - $300 per hour. However, if you have a membership to a Service Partner Plan, or another annual plan, you can reduce your cost.
By signing up for a plan with a local furnace company in Edmonton like ProSolutions Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, and scheduling regular servicing, you can save money on the services provided and in energy costs.
As well as the cost savings, regular servicing will help to prevent your system from encountering any unexpected problems - especially important during the long winter months.
Check our Furnace Offers & Coupons section for deals on Furnace Tune-ups & Servicing. We always offer competitive pricing too.Read More...
What does a furnace tune-up service include?
A professional technician will have an extensive checklist to go through when providing furnace tune-up service and maintenance. The items on this list cover every part of your furnace in order to ensure that it is in top working condition.
Some of the most important items included in this furnace service checklist are:
Vent, blower, and ductwork cleaningInspection of the flue for damage and dentsExamination of all belts and their tensionAdjustment of the furnace’s pilot light flameCalibration of the thermostatVisual inspection of all electrical wiringInspection of the furnace filterCleaning and removing any debris
A checklist that includes no less than 22 points of inspection should be used during your furnace service.Read More...
What are the signs of a hot water tank going bad?
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:
Your unit is getting old. The average water heater will last 8 to 10 years. Your water smells or is discoloured. For example, if the water looks rusty the unit may be corroding. You hear loud noises coming from your hot water heater. Loud popping or crackling sounds can mean sediment has built up in the tank.Your tank is leaking or you notice water around the water heater.Your hot water tank no longer provides enough hot water.The water pressure has gone down and is not sufficient.Read More...
How many years does a hot water heater last?
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.Read More...
What causes a faucet to drip?
There are several reasons a faucet may drip or leak. Most commonly, a defective part will cause a faucet to drip. However, more serious problems can also be indicated by a dripping faucet. For example, if your plumbing is not properly maintained and regularly cleaned, corrosion can result, leading to leaky pipes and a leaking faucet. In addition, extreme changes in temperature, a shifting foundation, high water pressure, and intrusive tree roots can also cause pipes to leak. In order to fix a dripping faucet, you’ll first need to find the location of the leak. In some cases, the leak may be difficult to find. If the cause of your dripping faucet is not obvious, having a qualified plumber detect and repair the leak is vital, as it could result in costly damage to your home if left unrepaired. If you notice a leak, make sure to contact an emergency plumber in Edmonton as soon as possible to avoid further damage.Read More...
What is a sump pump and how does it work?
A sump pump is an appliance that is used to help prevent flooding in your home. If you’re in a flood zone and your basement floods regularly, if you have older plumbing, or if you just want to take a proactive step against flooding, then a sump pump installation is right for you. Sump pumps help prevent flood damage in your home by detecting increasing water pressure or water levels. If high levels are detected, the sump pump will pump water out of your basement and away from your home to a better location like a storm drain or a well.Read More...
How long do sump pumps last on average?
On average, sump pumps last about 10 years. As with any other appliance in your home, a sump pump can become damaged and may need to be replaced as it gets older or experiences more use. Unfortunately, unlike other appliances, it isn’t always obvious when a sump pump has reached the end of its life. In fact, this isn’t usually detected until the sump pump should be working but fails to do its job. In order to prevent your sump pump from failing when you need it most, it’s important to contact a professional plumber nearby to provide sump pump services if you notice that there is no water in the sump pit when your pump is running, if you see rust, if there is a musty or dank odour in your basement, if you hear strange noises coming from your sump pump or if the pump is failing to run automatically.Read More...
Do sump pumps need maintenance?
Sump pumps need annual maintenance. Like other appliances in your home, a sump pump should be maintained and serviced on a yearly basis. In some cases, more maintenance may be required. It is important to stay on top of sump pump maintenance in order to prevent a disaster. Oftentimes, homeowners will not notice that their sump pump isn’t working until it’s too late. Suddenly, when the sump pump is required, the homeowner discovers that it isn’t working as it should be. Many professional plumbing contractors provide Service Partner Plans that can help you properly maintain your appliances. An annual maintenance plan like this will ensure that your sump pump is always in top working condition.Read More...
How much does it cost to get a water softener installed?
It can cost anywhere from $500 to $4000 to get a water softener installed in your home. This estimate includes the price of the unit as well as installation. The total cost will range depending on several factors including the type of water softener you choose, the softener’s capacity, the size of your home and the difficulty of the installation. In order to avoid unnecessary costs down the road, it’s important that you have your water softener installed by an expert. Water softener installation in Edmonton is ideal, especially if you are constantly having to deal with soap scum and limescale buildup or you want to increase the longevity of your household appliances that use water.Read More...
How long does it take to install a water softener?
Installing a water softener doesn’t take too long when a professional technician is completing the installation. As long as no unforeseen setbacks or problems are encountered, a professional plumber should be able to install a water softener in about two to three hours. Choosing to have your water softener installed by an expert is a good idea, as this will ensure that it is installed and working properly, helping to prevent problems down the road. In addition, water softeners are available in various makes and models and an experienced technician can help you find the best system for your home and your family.Read More...
How long do water softeners last?
Water softeners last about 10 to 20 years. The lifetime of your water softener will depend on several factors including the type of water softener and brand you buy, as well as the installation. Proper installation is important to ensure maximum effectiveness and lifetime. One of the many benefits of having a water softener installed in your home is that it will extend the lifetime of your other plumbing appliances. Hard water is tough on appliances like water heaters and laundry machines, as the minerals in the water wear away pipe sealants over time causing leaks and clogs. However, a water softener will remove excessive mineral content from all of the water, helping to protect your plumbing and appliances from unnecessary damage.Read More...
What counts as a plumbing emergency?
Not all plumbing issues require immediate attention. However, there are several common problems that should be addressed as quickly as possible. Issues that count as a plumbing emergency including burst pipes, frozen pipes, clogged toilets, leaky faucets, and no hot water. Although some of these issues can be addressed quickly by the homeowner, others may require the immediate attention of a qualified professional plumber. If you believe you have a plumbing emergency, there are several emergency plumbers in Edmonton that you can contact. When seeking emergency plumbing services, be sure to ask the plumber if you will be paying a premium price for their emergency services. Professional plumbing companies, like ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, will provide upfront pricing and will not charge premium emergency prices.Read More...
How long should a furnace last?
A modern, high-efficiency furnace should last approximately fifteen to twenty 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.Read More...
Furnace stopped working?Why this happens
A furnace could stop working for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, furnaces stop working because of:
Blocked or clogged vents, blowers, and/or ductworkA dirty, clogged filterThermostat malfunctions (or just a low battery)Problem with your power supplyDamage to the flueIssues with beltsProblems with the pilot lightWiring issues
Winters in Edmonton, Alberta can be cold! Avoid layers upon layers of sweaters - if you’re experiencing any of the following issues, get your furnace repaired right away:
Strange smells, like burning or chemicals You can’t turn the furnace onInadequate and inconsistent heat. For example, some rooms are hotter than others and some rooms have no heat at all.Loud, banging or rattling noises
If you are in Edmonton and surrounding area, contact ProSolutions Inc, we'd love to be your HVAC company of choice. If you're outside of our service area, contact a local furnace company with top ratings on Google.Read More...
What to check if your furnace isn’t working
Furnace on the fritz? Here are a few things to check if your furnace isn’t working:
Power switch - is the power on? If so, try turning the furnace off and then on again.Furnace filter - check to see if the filter is clogged. If it is, exchange it for a new one. You should be changing your furnace filter ever 3 months.Batteries in the thermostat - check the batteries in your thermostat and replace them if they’re low.Flame sensor - turn off the power to your furnace (this is an important first step) then remove the sensor and clean it.Pilot light - check to make sure the pilot light is on. If it’s out, relight it using your furnace model’s igniting instructions.Air intake and exhaust pipes - check the exhaust flue for blockages and clear any blockage you find. For example, during the winter in Alberta, you might find icicles covering the screen of the flue. Remove these to solve the problem.
If one of these is not the issue, you may need a professional to help you uncover and solve the problem. Don’t wait until it’s too late - a broken furnace, especially during an Edmonton winter, can result in broken and burst water pipes! Find a local furnace repair contractor to fix the problem as soon as possible.Read More...
What’s the cost to repair a furnace in Edmonton area?
It can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,500 to repair a furnace, depending on the issue. If you’re in the Stony Plain/Edmonton area, the average cost to repair a furnace will be around $700.
Make sure the furnace company you choose to do your repairs is upfront with their pricing. They should be able to provide you with the price ahead of time so that you know exactly what to expect before moving ahead!
Want to save some money? Often professional heating and plumbing companies will offer a Service Partner Plan. This type of plan will help you keep on top of the regular maintenance your furnace needs for a fraction of the price. Regular furnace tune-ups and maintenance will help prevent any major issues, saving you from repairs and replacements that could cost you thousands of dollars! With plans like this, there is often a discount for members, meaning you’ll save money with every visit.Read More...
When should I replace my gas furnace?
The key to knowing when to replace your furnace versus when to repair it depends on its age and how many more years you can expect it to last. But, rather than humming and hawing about these questions, there is a simple equation you can use to help you decide.
This equation compares the cost of repairing the unit to the cost of replacing it. Here’s the calculation you can use to decide when you should replace your furnace:
"Cost of Repair" x "Age of Unit (in years)" > "Cost to Replace Furnace" = Replace Furnace
Multiply the cost of the furnace repair by the age of the unit. If this number is less than the cost of replacing your gas furnace, then opt for the repairs. If this number is larger, it will be cheaper to replace the furnace.
If you’re living in Alberta, in the St. Albert/Edmonton area, and you’re still unsure, talk to a local heating company. With their expert knowledge about your particular climate, they will be able to help you make a decision as to whether you should repair or replace your furnace.Read More...
How can I reduce my energy bill?
The best way to reduce your energy bill at home is to ensure all of your household appliances are in top working condition. This includes your furnace, hot water heater and air conditioning system. These types of appliances use a lot of energy. Therefore, if they aren’t running as efficiently as possible it can result in a high energy bill.
The best way to guarantee that these appliances are running efficiently is to conduct regular maintenance. If you live in Edmonton or the surrounding area, your plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems should be professionally serviced once per year. Regular maintenance and servicing will ensure these appliances are working effectively and efficiently and can help to reduce your energy bill by up to 30%.
If you have old appliances, you might also consider upgrading them to more energy-efficient models. Installing a new furnace, hot water heater or AC unit can help to drastically reduce your energy bill.Read More...
What uses the most electricity in a house?
What uses the most electricity (and other forms of energy) in a house is heating and cooling systems, water heating units and other appliances like refrigerators. To reduce the amount of electricity, or energy, being used, ensure that you have energy-efficient appliances installed in your home. The cost of upgrading to a more energy-efficient hot water heater, furnace, AC unit, etc. can be offset with the help of Edmonton’s Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator program. As well, some professional heating and cooling companies in Edmonton, like ProSolutions PHAC, offer extended discounts for installing new, energy-efficient furnaces, water heaters, and more.
As well, regular maintenance can help to keep these home comfort systems running smoothly and efficiently.Read More...
What are 5 ways to save energy at home?
5 of the best ways to save energy in your home include:
Taking shorter showers - If you can reduce the amount of hot water that your water heater needs to produce then you can save energy. Reducing your shower by just a minute can help you reduce your energy consumption throughout the year.Turn off the tap when water is not being used - By reducing your hot water usage you can reduce your energy consumption and save money on your utility bills.Repair leaky faucets - When hot water is constantly dripping from a leaky faucet, energy is being wasted. Repairing your faucet will save energy and money.Adjust your thermostat - Reducing the temperature in your home when you can, even by just a couple of degrees, can help you reduce your energy consumption. Use cold water in your washing machine - if you’re washing something that doesn’t require hot water, use cold water instead. This will reduce the energy required by your hot water heating system.Read More...
What is the most energy-efficient furnace?
The most energy-efficient furnace is one that is ENERGY STAR certified and has an efficiency rating of 97% or higher. When you see an ENERGY STAR symbol on your appliance, you can be certain that it has been certified as energy efficient.
When it comes to the type of furnace, gas furnaces are typically the most energy-efficient. Although preferred in some situations, electric and oil furnaces are less efficient. Therefore, gas-powered furnaces are recommended.
The heating professionals at ProSolutions PHAC recommend the following high-efficiency furnaces:
TRANE S9V2-VS Gas FurnaceAirEase A97MV High-Efficiency Modulating Gas FurnaceGoodman GMVM97 Modulating, Variable-Speed Gas FurnaceRead More...
What is the most energy-efficient hot water system?
Tankless water heaters are the most energy-efficient hot water systems on the market. In fact, tankless water heaters can be approximately 35% - 80% more efficient than traditional hot water tanks.
Tankless hot water heaters can be powered by electricity or gas. However, gas-powered tankless heaters are more efficient. In addition to being more energy-efficient, tankless water heaters cost less to operate (up to 50% less than traditional hot water tanks) and last longer (up to double the lifetime).
The plumbing professionals at ProSolutions PHAC recommend the following high-efficiency tankless water heater:
Noritz EZ111 (Gas Powered)
Please note: Although tankless water heaters are the most energy-efficient hot water system, they are not for everyone. Our guide to tankless water heaters can help you decide if a tankless heater is the best option for your home.Read More...
What is the strongest drain cleaner?
The strongest drain cleaner is an acidic drain cleaner. When you have a clogged drain, it’s always best to try snaking or plunging it first. This method will ensure you do not damage your pipes. If that fails, give a drain cleaning product a try (at your own risk).
Different types of drain cleaners have different uses. When you have a tough clog - hair, food, grease, soap scum, paper - an acidic drain cleaning product will be your best bet.
Keep in mind that you should never use chemical drain cleaning products in a completely clogged drain. These types of clogs require the product to sit in the drain for an extended period and this can cause damage to your pipes.Read More...
If a drain cleaning product doesn’t cut it, plumbing contractors in Edmonton can help. Contact a local, experienced plumber to have your drains unclogged and working like new in no time.
What can dissolve hair in a drain?
If your drain is clogged with hair, baking soda can dissolve hair in a drain.
To try this safe and easy method at home - first, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour a cup of vinegar (white vinegar) down. Allow the mixture to sit for several minutes. Keep an eye out for bubbling in the drain (this is caused by the reaction between the baking soda and vinegar). Once the bubbling stops, wait a few more minutes then pour some boiling water down the drain. Repeat until the clog is cleared. Keep at it, it can take a long time.
With a heavy-duty clog, you might need something more powerful. In this case, try snaking the drain, plunging it or calling a local Edmonton drain cleaning company to get the job done.Read More...
Do chemical drain cleaners work?
Chemical drain cleaners do work, depending on the type of clog you have and how tough it is. Chemical drain cleaners work by creating a chemical reaction in your pipes.
When using chemical drain cleaners, always make sure to choose the right type of cleaner for the job. Also, make sure you know what kind of pipes you have, and how old they are so you can avoid using any chemical drain cleaner that might damage your pipes. Older pipes can become damaged due to the chemical reaction created by chemical drain cleaners. This can lead to bigger issues, like leaking pipes, and the need for plumbing repair services.
To avoid damage, physical methods are always best. Plunging or snaking a drain will ensure that it is not damaged by chemicals. When in doubt, call a drain cleaning plumber for professional advice and assistance.Read More...
Are drain cleaners bad for pipes?
Drain cleaners can be bad for pipes. This is particularly true for chemically costic drain cleaners.
Chemical drain cleaners create a chemical reaction in your pipes. This results in heat being emitted. It is this heat that can be bad for your pipes. Older and plastic pipes, especially, can be damaged by chemical drain cleaners. If you have plastic pipes and you use a chemical cleaner, the heat may melt the plastic. This can result in leaks and further damage. As well, drain cleaners are not good for septic systems.
To avoid damaging your pipes, try another method of unclogging your pipe first. If you’re unsure, call a professional drain cleaning plumber services provider to help you get the job done right.Read More...
What is the best homemade drain cleaner?
The best homemade drain cleaner is baking soda. Baking soda can be used along with vinegar or lemon juice to create a strong and effective homemade drain cleaner that is safe for your home's pipes.
To unclog your drains using baking soda and vinegar or lemon juice, pour one cup of baking soda then one cup of white vinegar or lemon juice down the drain. Allow this to sit for an hour then pour down a few cups of boiling water. If this doesn’t work the first time, repeat as necessary.
If your homemade drain cleaner isn’t working, call an experienced provider of drain cleaning plumbers near you to take a look. A professional plumber will be able to determine what is causing the clogged drain and how to fix it.Read More...
How long does it take to get hot water after installing a new water heater?
The amount of time it takes to get hot water from a new water heater depends on the size and type of hot water heater. A properly and professionally installed gas hot water heater will provide hot water most quickly. An average 40-gallon heater will only take about 30 to 40 minutes to provide heat water, while you can expect hot water from a larger tank (80-gallons) in approximately 60 to 70 minutes. Electric hot water tanks, on the other hand, will take a little longer. For an average 40-gallon electric heater it will take about 60 to 80 minutes and for an 80-gallon tank about 2 hours.Read More...
Can you run out of hot water with a tankless water heater?
You can’t run out of hot water with tankless water heaters - unless, of course, the power supply is off or goes out. However, a tankless water heater can have trouble keeping up with demand if too many things require hot water all at once. For example, if several appliances are operating at the same time (the dishwasher, the laundry machine, etc.), and you go to have a hot shower, you may find that your tankless unit isn’t capable of providing enough hot water. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that you install a tankless water heater that has a large enough capacity to handle your demand for hot water.Read More...
What is the lifespan of a tankless water heater?
The lifespan of a tankless water heater is 20 to 30 years. This is more than double the lifespan of a conventional hot water tank. In Alberta, a standard hot water tank will last approximately 7 to 10+ years, with hard water conditions and no maintenance. So, although it will cost you two to three times as much to purchase and professionally install a tankless water heater compared to a conventional water heater, it can last you more than twice as long. In addition, a tankless water heater will never run out of hot water, unlike a traditional tank, unless its capacity isn’t large enough for the demand you place on it.Read More...
What’s the cost to install a water heater?
In Edmonton, you can expect to pay approximately $1,500 - $2,500 for a new water heater to be installed. This estimate includes the price of a high quality hot water tank, as well as installation. Keep in mind, the cost to have a professional Edmonton plumbing services provider install a water heater in your home will depend on the complexity of the installation, and the hot water tank you choose to purchase. For a simple job in which one hot water tank is being replaced by a new tank of the same type, the labour costs will not be too high. However, if you are having a hot water heater installed in a new location or in a home that does not currently have one, you will be looking at a more difficult job and therefore a higher price.Read More...
Is a tankless water heater worth it in Calmar?
Tankless water heaters have many benefits over traditional hot water tanks however, the truth is, a tankless water heater is not worth it for everyone. Any professional plumbing company can tell you that a tankless hot water system is best for homes that don’t often use large amounts of hot water. For example, if you often take baths in a large tub, or you have numerous high-volume shower heads in your shower, then an on-demand hot water system may not be worth it. On the other hand, a tankless hot water heater will save you money over time, you won’t run out of hot water and it will last much longer than a traditional hot water tank. Consult your local tankless water heater plumber and they can help you decide whether a tankless water heater is right for you.Read More...
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