Thursday, August 25, 2016
The last weeks of summer has finally arrived, and autumn is almost on its way. Before you know it, the temperatures will once again go colder, and you’ll need your home’s furnace and hot water tank for comfort. It simply wouldn’t do to wake up in the first day of winter, only to find out that either one of these two systems have problems and leaving you shivering with the cold.
Avoid such a nasty surprise and have your furnace and water heater serviced by our plumbers here at Capital Plumbing! As one of the leading experts on heating systems like furnaces and hot water tanks in Edmonton, we offer nothing but the best services for our clients. No problem is too big or too complicated for us, and you can be assured that these systems are achieving optimum performance.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Capital Plumbing & Heating Ltd. offers their customers in Edmonton a better chance to beat the heat with free furnace servicing for every air conditioning installation this summer. The summer season may be the perfect time to install a new cooling system or upgrade to a newer model, but experts would also recommend having a routine furnace maintenance around this time as well. This allows homeowners to be better prepared once summer ends and the cold starts to seep in.
Being constantly used, furnaces will inevitably show visible signs of wear and even poor performance. This is why there is a need for routine upkeep. For instance, unusual noises such as squeaking, rumbling and rattling could indicate mechanical problems. Faulty ignition or pilot light would also make it difficult for the furnace to efficiently heat the entire house. Malfunctioning thermostats, on the other hand, would only mean inconsistencies in comfort levels.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Your furnace won’t last forever. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the average life of a gas-fired furnace is 18 years. If you’re lucky, your furnace can last up to 25 years. Waiting for it to exhibit signs of deterioration before considering replacement, however, is not a good idea.
Any plumbing expert in Edmonton would advise you to make up your mind even before the first time your furnace stops producing heat. Here are some of the red flags that you need to replace your furnace as soon as possible.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Your home plumbing system works like a stomach. If you keep pouring down the drain substances that are supposed to be poured elsewhere, the pipes underneath your home will get constipated. The next thing you know, the drain is clogged or worse yet backing up hard water into your home. Some plumbing companies in Edmonton explain to their clients what’s going on inside the pipes and eventually teach them the correct use of the drain.
Wear and Erosion
Drainpipes can be made from a variety of materials, including copper, cast iron, cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), and plastic. No matter the type of material, however, these pipes are prone to wear and erosion. Besides the pressure produced by the running fluids they convey, the chemical composition of those fluids has a significant effect on the pipes’ properties. Potent chemicals like hydrochloric acid, which is a chief component of most drain cleaning agents, are among the best examples.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
You’ve probably seen horror movies in which paranormal activities are typically depicted by strange noises coming from the ceiling or basement. In real life, these strange noises may come from a broken furnace, and if neglected, you may soon be dealing with a real horror. Before winter sets in Edmonton, make sure that your furnace is working fine, and this means no strange noises should be haunting your family every night.
Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore
Like any other equipment, your furnace will create a particular sound when running because it consists of many different components. You should hear a smooth, continuous sound that is neither too loud nor too soft to know that your furnace is functioning properly. When your unit starts making a rattling, screeching, or banging noise, it could mean trouble. Do not use your furnace until you figure out what’s wrong and fix it. Using it while the sound is still present could lead to even bigger problems.
Friday, August 19, 2016
A water heater consists of various components that are crucial to its operation. An issue with any one of them may cause some serious trouble. Whether you are using a water heater at home or at your place of business, it helps to understand the importance of certain parts and why professional repairs are necessary. The pressure relief valve is a good one to learn about. Regardless of the heater type, a pressure relief valve is a safety device that is utilised to lighten high water temperature and pressure. In the case of a broken valve, the services of an Edmonton heating expert will be useful.
Threat of a Faulty Valve
If a valve fails in shutting off pressure or temperature once it reaches a certain level, then it will keep rising to their boiling points, forming steam. Think of how a pressure cooker can react if the space to let air out is absent- it would explode.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Plumbing leaks are some of the most common reasons to call professional plumbers. You should know that there are different types of leaks and their severities vary. If you can recognise the type of leak that is affecting your kitchen pipes or bathroom drainage, then it will be easy to set an appointment with Edmonton plumbers to provide the necessary repairs. It will even save time when a plumber already knows where to start looking. Here are a few plumbing leak types to watch out for.
Water Supply Leaks
A gusher leak occurs in water supply piping. It usually results from burst pipes, separation of pipes at a solder joint, or splitting or cutting of a pipe. With a gusher, water will leak very quickly. Such a leak is easy to notice because it will cause flooding in a matter of minutes and the sound produced is unmistakable as well.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Capital Plumbing & Heating Ltd. offers customers a bundle of heater and furnace service in Edmonton during the summer season all for the affordable price of $249. Those who will take advantage of this will get a chance to save $50 as opposed to getting the two services done separately. Summer is the perfect time to have furnaces and heaters serviced while they are still not being used constantly. This way, once winter comes, heating would not be problem.
Water heaters that haven’t been used for quite some time are notorious for developing issues such as inconsistent pumping through water fixtures and even unnecessarily high utility bills. On the other hand, furnaces are also prone to breaking down due to sustaining years of wear and tear. Not only is this highly inconvenient for when the colder months start to roll in, but it also affects overall energy consumption and efficiency of the home.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
A furnace is one of the appliances in the home that consumes a lot of energy. The efficiency of a furnace is one of the factors that will influence energy consumption. Furnaces can go a long time without needing replacement, so you may have had to live with an inefficient appliance for several years. Now the time has come to consider a replacement for your home in Edmonton. Hiring the right contractor will minimise the stress of finding the most efficient furnace option. However, it helps to have some know-how of what affects the energy efficiency of a furnace.
Furnace Efficiency Ratings
The rating on a furnace is one of the elementals to evaluate when getting a replacement. AFUE, fuel annual utilisation efficiency, refers to the effectiveness of gas transforming into heating energy for a furnace to carry out its functions. The amount of gas or electricity a furnace burns when running will determine how efficient it is.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Soot and debris around the flue connector of a modern furnace can be considered a normal issue. However, there are times when such incidences may indicate a larger (and potentially dangerous) problem. Let us take a look at when this is the case and how a professional Edmonton furnace service firm such as Capital Plumbing & Heating will be able to help.
The first issue to note is that the presence of a large amount of soot could indicate that carbon monoxide is in the air. The main reason for this observation is that carbon monoxide is a natural result of combustion. A large amount of soot may indicate that the furnace is not functioning as efficiently as it should, resulting in dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide in the air. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas, and should you suspect that this is the case, contact an Edmonton furnace service provider at once.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
As the warmer months of the year are now upon us, it is only natural that many families are looking forward to what may very well prove to be a much-needed holiday. Still, there are a number of plumbing concerns to take into account before any departure. Let us examine a hands-on checklist.
One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make is failing to turn off their water heaters before they leave. There are two negative issues associated with this scenario. First, energy bills could vastly increase during the holiday. It is just as important to remember that if a problem occurs, there will be no one available to contact an emergency repair service. This may result in damage to the heater or even the property itself.
Monday, August 8, 2016
On average, Canadians utilise as much as 75 litres of hot water every day within their homes to accomplish various tasks. These can include laundry, washing dishes and addressing issues of personal hygiene. Such an expenditure equates to an incredible 17 per cent of the total energy consumption of a property. This is the main reason why choosing the most appropriate water heater is important.
Energy Compliance Issues
Most manufacturers are now motivated to meet the consumption requirements set out by the Canadian government. The exact stipulations will differ and there are three separate categories:
Gas heaters Oil-fired heaters Electric heaters
No longer will outdated models be able to provide the levels of efficiency encouraged by the government. This is the primary reason why many Spruce Grove heating and plumbing specialists will choose trusted appliances, particularly those compliant with the Energy Star® rating system.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
A water heating element is an extremely important component when hot water is desired. In the simplest of terms, this device uses electricity to heat up specific components. This thermal production is then transferred to the surrounding water. Different elements will offer specific amounts of heat. This is measured by the wattage produced.
Ruling Out Other Problems
Before we being looking at the signs of a problem with the element, it is important to make certain that other issues are not to blame. So, it is critical that any water heater in Edmonton be examined by a trained professional. This can save time and a great deal of money.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
An air conditioner is like many of the appliances in your home and requires just as much care. Just like the other appliances in your home, the air conditioner also requires proper care and maintenance. Not because an AC has a longer lifespan than most of the home appliances, it would mean you should be complacent in providing maintenance services.
Skimping on servicing will cause an AC unit to operate inefficiently, resulting in higher electric bills and insufficient cooling. You can avoid all that hassle, though, by taking care of some of the basic maintenance of an air conditioner and then hire experts in air conditioning from Edmonton to handle the more complicated aspects.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Drain blockages are common occurrences caused by the buildup of grease, hair, dirt and debris. Whilst many Edmonton homeowners consider hiring plumbing companies to be an expensive affair and opt to solve the problem themselves, this usually leads to more serious problems in the future and more often than not, fails to keep blockages at bay. By using the latest equipment and boasting years of experience when it comes to drain cleaning, professional plumbers are definitely the way to go.
It doesn’t seem that long ago when a blocked drain would require a great deal of digging and a substantial amount of mess. However, recent technological advancements in the plumbing industry have put an end to the hours of labour that plumbers have had to suffer in order to clear and repair drains and sewer lines.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
The use of lead within plumbing and irrigation systems has been traced back as far as the Roman times. As this metal was easily shaped and manipulated, it was a common choice within the home. Unfortunately, lead is also a toxic metal and it is important to remove it from any modern structure. Fortunately, reliable Edmonton and Stony Plain plumbers can help.
The Health Effects of Lead
There are several dangers associated with water-borne lead. It can negatively affect the nervous system, cause kidney problems, increase the chances of anaemia and contribute to high blood pressure.
The risk to children and developing foetuses, on the other hand, is extremely high. These are some of the main reasons why any family moving into a new home should always secure the services of qualified Edmonton plumbers.