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What does a furnace tune-up service include?

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 cleaning
  • Inspection of the flue for damage and dents
  • Examination of all belts and their tension
  • Adjustment of the furnace’s pilot light flame
  • Calibration of the thermostat
  • Visual inspection of all electrical wiring
  • Inspection of the furnace filter
  • Cleaning and removing any debris

A checklist that includes no less than 22 points of inspection should be used during your furnace service.

What is the most energy-efficient furnace?

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 Furnace
  • AirEase A97MV High-Efficiency Modulating Gas Furnace
  • Goodman GMVM97 Modulating, Variable-Speed Gas Furnace

How long should a furnace last?

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.

Why would a furnace stop working?

Why would a furnace stop working?

A furnace could stop working for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, furnaces stop working because of:

  • Blocked or clogged vents, blowers, and/or ductwork
  • A dirty, clogged filter
  • Thermostat malfunctions (or just a low battery)
  • Problem with your power supply
  • Damage to the flue
  • Issues with belts
  • Problems with the pilot light
  • Wiring 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 on
  • Inadequate and inconsistent heat. For example, some rooms are hotter than others and some rooms have no heat at all.
  • Loud, banging or rattling noises

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What to check if your furnace isn’t working

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.

How much does it cost to repair a furnace in Edmonton area?

How much does it 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.

When should I replace my gas furnace?

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.

How much does it cost to install a furnace in Edmonton?

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.

Can I install my own furnace?

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.

How does ProSolutions Inc. install a furnace?

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.

  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.

How long does it take to install a new furnace in a Alberta home?

How long does it take to install a new furnace in a Alberta home?

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.

What size furnace do I need?

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 insulation
  • Window thickness
  • Ceiling height
  • Number of people living in your home
  • Preferred temperature
  • Size and state of the basement

For more info om furnace shopping, read our full article on "how to choose the right furnace".

How often should you have your furnace serviced?

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.

How much does furnace servicing cost in the Edmonton area?

How much does furnace servicing cost in the Edmonton area?

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.

What is the difference between a boiler and a furnace?

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.

Are furnace service plans worth it?

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 occur
  • Piece of mind and the ensured safety and comfort for you and your family
  • Lower utility bills as a result of regular maintenance
  • No premium fees for emergency service
  • Automatically scheduled service - so you don’t have to worry about calling to book an appointment!
  • Priority service
  • Discounts on furnace services provided
  • Professional services from trusted experts
  • Satisfaction guarantee

How often should a furnace filter be changed?

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?

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?

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.

What types of furnaces are there?

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.

What is the best brand of furnace for homes in Alberta?

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.

How do I know if my furnace is leaking carbon monoxide?

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:

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling hungover
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss 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.

What is a residential boiler?

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.

How long do boilers last?

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?

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!

Is boiler heat expensive in Edmonton?

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?

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.

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