Why You Might Need a New Water Heater

September 27th, 2021

Remember a few years ago when you first moved into your new home? Everything seemed in great shape and the water heater still had a few years left on it. You’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well it’s held up and how hot your home’s water has been.

Well, all good things must come to an end. That tank water heater was bound to cause you trouble eventually. The fact that your 20-year-old water heater has lasted this long is pretty remarkable in its own right. But at this point, you’ll need to invest in professional plumbing installation in Provost, AB. There are likely some pipes that need to be replaced as well to ensure it all run as intended.

Before you get down in the dumps, let’s talk about why this might be an exciting chance to upgrade your home’s water efficiency and the comfort of your hot water!

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3 Reasons to Invest in Preventative Drain Cleaning

September 13th, 2021

Drain cleaning is something that we talk about regularly on this blog. We’re plumbers, and we’re sorry for sounding redundant, but plumbers like to talk about plumbing! You’ve probably experienced this firsthand if you have any friends or family that are master plumbers. It’s in our blood, so try to give us a break!

However, there’s one more important word we’d like to focus on for this blog, and that’s “preventative.” Drain cleaning can often be purchased when your drains are clogged, but homeowners rarely call us for drain cleaning in Provost, AB to prevent clogs. But this might be the best use for this service!

Today, we’d like to talk about how drain cleaning can prevent clogs from building up in the first place. We’ll discuss with you the advantages of signing up for regular drain cleaning services and why that might be more beneficial (and more affordable) than just calling us for drain cleaning when you need it.

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The Guardian Angle #8 – On Demand Water Heaters

September 1st, 2021

Blaine here for Guardian Plumbing and Heating. Excited to bring you another Episode of the Guardian Angle. These videos are for you, our customers. They are not intended to be heavy, technical, install your own equipment tutorials, but alternatively, easy to understand tips about things that most people can do to protect their homes and increase the life of all their Plumbing and heating equipment.

Cold showers seem to be the rage these days, with benefits such as reduced stress, higher levels of alertness, better immune response, increased will power and even weight loss, people are turning the temp down in the showers to try and experience some of these positive effects. Now I’m not a doctor and I want to emphasize this is not medical advice, but even I have enjoyed what experiencing a couple of minutes in the cold shower to start my day can do! That being said, I’m not sure anyone enjoys the surprise of running out of hot water, because your teenager likes to run the shower for a ½ an hour before getting in and draining the tank.

Hot water and the luxury of showers is a fairly new concept in the grand scheme of the world. The Very First gas water heater patented was in 1868, with the most popular design in 1889 designed by Edwin Ruud. Most water heaters to this day use a very similar design and there has been very little to increase efficiencies on traditional tank style heaters. Storage style water heaters are pretty much as inefficient as the day they were designed, but they are cheap and they give us a nice storage of hot water to clean and wash with. They also need very little maintenance.

On the other hand they tend to wear out inside of 8 to 10 years in our area and with the warranty on most tanks being 6 years, its something you will need to keep in the budget. We still recommend them in most situations as being the most economical option for people.

But what about this new fangled On demand water heater we are hearing about so much lately. Well first of all the “Tankless” water heater was actually invented in 1929, so the idea has been developing for almost 100 years, I’ll be honest, I used to really dislike these units, The unit I had 15 years ago, and to say it had some early adoption issues would be putting it mildly, and it wasn’t even high efficient!

Over the past few years though On demand water heaters have improved greatly and In many situations an on demand water heater can be a great investment for customers. Let’s consider the brand Navien tankless water heaters for a second. Naviens can actually be high efficient now. They can achieve ratings of 96% efficient. They take up significantly less space, as they hang on the wall. They have a longer life than a tank due to the stainless steel heat exchanger, they only run when you need them and Navien Backs that heat exchanger with a 15 year warranty. So in the time that most people will have paid to have their tank replaced twice, these units are still going.

Another thing that the Naviens have built in, is a recirculating pump, this is a feature that has to be added onto a traditional water heater and piped in at extra costs.

Now before you go jumping to your phone and calling me. They’re are few things to consider.

  • On Demand water heaters require servicing annually
  • Good quality water is recommended, to make the cleaning easier and have them last longer
  • The up front cost is more, but you immediately begin to save.
  • If you lose power, you also lose hot water immediately as there is no storage tank.

So overall I believe that an on demand water heater can be a great option for many people, If you like the convenience of never running out of hot water, having a good solid warranty and saving money, this could be a great option for you. Just remember though, that practicing the Wim Hoff method might be necessary if you live in a place that has frequent power outages!

Here at Guardian Our top priority is building trust and integrity through lifetime partnerships that meet our customers needs. This is accomplished through a WOW experience for our customers consisting of honesty and fairness, exceptional technical knowledge, reliable, efficient products and a commitment to excellence. One of the key ways we fulfill this mission is though the Guardian Protection Plan our protection plan includes Annual Maintenance included, 20% Discount on repairs, 24 Hour Priority Service and and industry leading Lifetime Warranty on Recommended Repairs. Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with us today. We hope that this information serves you well!

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Your Ducts Could Be Leaking!

August 16th, 2021

Leaking ducts are a major problem, not just during the summer but for the entire year. If you’ve got a centralized air conditioning and heating system, chances are they both use the same set of ductwork. These ducts are your home’s veins, transporting the cool, comfortable air to the rooms where you can feel it. However, the more leaky your ducts are, the more uncomfortable your home will be.

We’re going to focus on some major aspects about duct repair in Lloydminster, SK. We’ll talk about what can go wrong when ducts are in disrepair, and we’ll also mention how homeowners can easily tell if they need this service.

This is an insidious problem that we feel homeowners should be more aware of. People can often be too quick to assume that their air conditioner is what’s really struggling, when the ductwork could be the culprit leaking all the conditioned air!

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3 Reasons for a Restaurant to Invest in Drain Cleaning

August 2nd, 2021

It’s no secret that restaurants rely on their commercial plumbing systems in order to function properly. This isn’t just for the sake of convenience, it’s also vital for the health and safety of your establishment. If a safety inspector uses your restroom or checks the water from your sink and starts encountering backflow or consistent clogging, then you’re going to be in some serious trouble.

Let’s steer away from the horror stories of commercial plumbing in Lloydminster, SK and focus on the positives. It’s time to think of your commercial plumbing system as an investment. The more care and attention you pay towards it, the better professionals you hire for the job, the more likely you are to be able to focus on what matters.

In the case of a restaurant, you’ll get to focus on your food, your customers, and your bottom line, as you leave the toilets or sinks to us!

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Here’s Why Your AC Is Probably Struggling

July 19th, 2021

Temperatures are breaking records as we’re in the middle of summer, so it’s really no surprise that our air conditioners are starting to struggle. While it’s important that your AC keeps you comfortable in your home, it’s also important that we don’t neglect it and allow it to fall into disrepair through sheer overuse. That’s what we’re going to cover in our blog post today.

It’s time we work together to help keep air conditioners from being worked into the ground, and start running them the right way.

We’re here to tell you about three things. The first is that your AC might need air conditioning repair in Blackfoot, AB. The second is that AC maintenance can help keep your system in good shape. And the third point is that there are a few things you can do as a homeowner that will improve the efficiency and output of your system.

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Keep Your Plumbing in Good Shape

July 5th, 2021

We love talking about tips and tricks on this blog, because they save you money and generally keep plumbing systems in good shape. The worst thing we can stumble upon is a plumbing system that’s been neglected and homeowners that don’t really care about them. They deserve at least a little bit of attention every year, especially with how often we use them!

Don’t worry, DIY plumbing maintenance doesn’t have to be a complicated topic. In fact, it can take a few minutes tops if you get good at it! We’re going to talk about some of the best things you can do for your plumbing system on a reoccurring basis.

As long as you leave the complicated stuff for expert plumbing service in Marwayne, AB, feel free to try any of the following DIY fixes for your plumbing system. Just make sure you call us if you need any help or guidance!

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Are You Suffering From a Plumbing Leak?

June 21st, 2021

Plumbing leaks aren’t always easy to spot. Likewise, they can sometimes cause a tremendous amount of harm before a homeowner has really dealt with them the right way. Sometimes we’re called to help plug a leak after hours or days of a homeowner trying their best to do DIY repairs but to no avail.

Let’s help get your home back on track by talking about the absolute best way to detect a leak and get it dealt with. This post is going to combine some best practices to help you notice a leak, as well as the best method for you to have it dealt with. Here’s a hint, it almost always includes calling us for plumbing services in Provost, AB.

Only the steady hand and high-tech equipment of a trained professional will be able to easily, quickly, and effectively deal with a plumbing leak of any magnitude.

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3 Ways to Guard Your AC From the Elements

June 7th, 2021

See what we did there? We’re not called Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. for nothing!

All jokes aside, this really is a serious issue for homeowners in our neck of the woods. We deal with a lot of precipitation that more arid climates don’t, and with that comes thunderstorms, gale-force winds, and huge fluctuations in temperature that can be terrible for your AC’s outdoor cabinet. We like to think that a little steel box can withstand the elements, but nature proves us wrong time and time again.

Before we get started on some tips to help protect your system, nothing can help like calling a pro for air conditioning service in Provost, AB. If you notice a dent, or a strange noise coming from the outdoor cabinet of your air conditioner, you’ll always want one of our professionals by your side to take a look.

That being said, let’s get to the good stuff.

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Are You Dealing with Hard Water?

May 24th, 2021

If you could use any word to describe the water in your home, you probably wouldn’t use the word “hard.” We get it, it’s a strange concept for homeowners to wrap their heads around. How can water be hard? Why is hard water even a problem? These are great questions to ask and today we’re going to get to the bottom of all of them.

If you’ve been experiencing some minor discomfort with your water, both personally and through the use of your appliances, then you could be dealing with hard water. Our team specializes in water treatment in Lloydminster, SK to the point where we have several types of water softeners that could help your home alleviate this problem.

The first step is figuring out whether or not your home is being plagued by hard water. Then, we can get down to business fixing the problem!

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