Wintertime in this part of the world is COLD- there is no doubt about that! This is all the more reason for you to have a reliable heater and a reliable heating contractor. ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning knows and understands this which is why we offer our service without the premium you’ll pay at other companies. In addition to this, we tell you the fixed price, upfront before the job ever starts so that there aren’t any surprises when we leave. Finally, before head out, our technicians clean up after themselves, ensuring you aren’t stuck with a huge mess!

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When Your Heater Needs Repair

In reality, you should schedule heater maintenance and tune-ups right before the temperature drops for the rest of the winter. Ideally, this maintenance will help prevent any potential problems from occurring and keep your heater working through the season. Unfortunately, issues can still crop up, and the longer you ignore them, the worse they will get. Here are a few signs that your heater needs to be serviced immediately:

  • Smells – normally you will smell a hint of burning dust when you turn the unit on for the first time each year. However, this odour should not persist and if other smells like burning or chemicals start permeating the house, call the ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning team
  • Difficulty turning the unit on – it is normal to see units struggle to turn on after a long summer. However, if you can’t seem to get the unit to turn on after a number of tries, there may be an electrical issue
  • Inadequate heat – your heater should provide enough warmth for your home and that warmth should be spread evenly throughout. Some rooms being far warmer than others or certain rooms having no heat may be an indication of a coming system failure
  • Noises – loud, banging or rattling noises could indicate that a belt is broken or some other component has shaken its way loose

When to Replace Your Heater

A common question is how to know if you should repair or replace your heater. Depending on the type of heater your home uses (boiler, furnace, radiant floor heating, etc) you will find a number of answers. The key in knowing when to replace your heater is considering the cost of the repair compared to the cost of a new unit. Basically, if you multiply the cost of the repair by the age of the unit, you will get a relatively large number. If that large number is less than the cost of a new unit, it is probably a good idea to repair it. If that number is larger than the cost of a new unit, it is likely cheaper to replace it.

Call the ProSolutions Team

When you’re in need of a working heater, there isn’t time to waste. The team at ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning will make sure that a friendly customer service representative answers your call and dispatches a technician to your home no matter the time of day. We always look out for our customers’ best interests which is the reason why so many people continue to call us!

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Heating FAQs

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 guarantee

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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