Thursday, October 13, 2016
With the cold season almost starting, you can expect many Edmonton homeowners to contact their neighbourhood furnace contractor because they’re having problems with their furnace. Like most home appliances, furnaces rarely fail at a convenient time. Knowing the early signs of a furnace problem will tell you that it’s time to call your furnace replacement and repair contractor before your equipment fails completely.
Dirty and clogged filters
When filters get dirty or clogged, reduced airflow is the result. This forces your furnace to work harder than it should to reach the temperature that you’ve set. If left unchecked, a clogged air filter will eventually overload the limit switch, and you will no longer be able to control the fan’s speed.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
An annual furnace inspection and maintenance conducted by a qualified Edmonton furnace service professional is a necessary step to keep your furnace in good working condition. If your furnace is new, an annual check is also needed to ensure your unit’s warranty stays active.
You might be asking, what do furnace technicians actually do when they inspect and maintain your heating system? The answer is, it depends. The service you get will vary on the type of unit you own, as well as the furnace maintenance company that you choose to perform the job. That said, there’s a list of common tasks that different furnace manufacturers recommend be done on a year-to-year basis by a qualified HVAC technician.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
In many residential homes, tree roots and drain pipes are often located in close proximity to each other. When the roots detect moisture coming from the pipes, that can be the start of an extensive plumbing problem. Tree roots are constantly in search of moisture, and if left unchecked, they can start to encroach upon pipes, entering through small cracks and poorly sealed joints until eventually, they’ll have filled up and clogged the pipe completely. To stay ahead of this problem, Edmonton plumbing professionals recommend that you take the following steps:
Take care of roots chemically
Removing roots from a pipe is often difficult, because you could end up damaging the pipes and other plants. Thankfully, there are chemical solutions that kill only the roots around the pipes and leave plant life unaffected.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Gas-fired appliances, such as furnaces and water heaters, utilize combustion to deliver heat. When these appliances do their job, a potentially dangerous by-product is produced: carbon monoxide. To combat the accumulation of harmful carbon monoxide in a home, these appliances are often built with a ventilation system that sends the carbon monoxide outside through a flue. When this ventilation system breaks down, backdrafting occurs.
What is backdrafting?
Backdrafting is when combustion gases get sucked back into the house. This can happen for a lot of reasons including low indoor air pressure and certain systems—such as exhaust fans, dryers, and fireplaces—that pull air in. If backdrafting is not addressed, it can cause a lot of health and respiratory problems, possibly even death.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
A water heater can take up to 15 percent of a home’s utility bills. Naturally, a homeowner will look for ways to keep water heater expenditures to a minimum. The good news is that many of the steps to minimize water heater bills also help prolong its life and keep it in tiptop condition.
Your Edmonton water heater professionals would like to share with you the following tips to lower your utility bills, increase your water heater’s lifespan, and prevent problems from happening.
Keep the area clear around your water heater
You need to give your water heater space to breathe. Especially if you own a gas unit, it’s going to need easy access to oxygen in the air to burn gas properly. If a water heater can’t get enough oxygen, it not only affects the unit’s efficiency, it can also lead to parts damage, and even cause harmful carbon monoxide leaks.