Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

End of the Season Boiler Checklist

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Boilers are durable if anything. Homeowners are often surprised when they call our team thinking their boiler is on their last legs, only to hear that it’s doing rather well and will last another 5 years pretty easily. It’s not magic, boilers are robust and designed to outlast other heating systems because they don’t focus on sending air through the vents. You’re never in need of air filter changes because the system doesn’t utilize air at all!

We’re going to provide a pretty thorough end of the season boiler checklist to ensure you’re taking appropriate care of your system. While our team performs expert boiler services in Lloydminster, SK, we can’t do everything by ourselves. You as a homeowner will be in charge of the interim for your system.

So, let’s talk about just a few things you can do for your boiler to ensure it lasts well into the future!

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5 Tips to Keep Things Cozy

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Nobody wants to confront the fact that their heater might not keep their home warm enough every winter. We like to think that when we press the button and the heater turns on, that magically every inch of your home will now be comfortable, but that’s just not always the case.

Heaters have it rough up here, but luckily we don’t need to sit here and take it. While we would urge homeowners with serious problems occuring in their heating systems to call us for heater repair in Vermilion, AB, we’d also like to tell you that there are other things you can do.

Homeowners have a plethora of best practices that they can participate in to minimize fuel costs, improve the air quality of their home, and make things more comfortable. We’re always here to help, and if your heater needs an extra nudge, don’t hesitate to call us.

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Boiler Repair 101: Terminology You Should Know

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Since the start of 2021, we’ve been hearing from homeowners all over the area who want to help maintain their heating systems. The first step towards this goal is being a more informed homeowner, and we’re always happy to help!

For boiler owners, this starts with understanding some of the ins and outs of your boiler system. That’s why we’ve put together a little miniature glossary of terms that can help you parse the different phrases that you might encounter when dealing with boiler repair in Kiscoty, AB.

Look, you should always call for professional help when you run into a boiler problem. But it doesn’t hurt to have a little bit of knowledge about your heating system, so you can better communicate what the problem is to us. If that sounds like a good idea, then read on and keep a notebook handy or print this page out to use for future reference!

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Let’s Focus on the Safety of Your Furnace

Monday, January 18th, 2021

There’s a pretty heightened concern for safety nowadays. While a global pandemic rages on and health concerns become front and center, we thought it would be important to touch on one of the most important aspects of HVAC service—furnace safety.

Thousands of homes in Canada experience fires every year due to gas furnaces that have malfunctioned. This isn’t to say that the technology is at fault since many of these fires can and should have been prevented. This goes to show the importance of gas furnace maintenance, and ample repairs when you need them. If you’ve ever wondered about what can go wrong when you decide to skip maintenance repairs, you could be inviting a safety concern into your home.

So, let’s focus on your furnace’s safety by staying informed. We will talk about the benefits of furnace repair in Maidstone, SK and how you can better avoid a catastrophic problem.

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Deal with the Cold Using Our Help!

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Temperatures are plummeting. It’s been an exceptionally warm year, but that was bound to change eventually. Heaters are being used on full blast these days and it’s up to you to ensure your home gets the comfort and efficiency you want.

Sure, you can ignore the heater problems that are constantly giving you headaches. Maybe your heater has another few years left in it if you ignore any noises or higher heating bills as they come. You could just say goodbye to your old system and invest in the cheapest heater installation in Lashburn, SK. Though, these are far from the most economical solutions to choose from.

Let’s talk about why our team does what it does and has the price tag you see on our website. We want to make the case that there’s nobody better to choose for your next heater installation than us.

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Getting Your Heater Out of Hibernation

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Here in Lloydminster, heating is going to be an important part of our daily lives when temperatures begin to drop. We know it’s been easy not to think about it with our warm temperatures and sunny days, but we promise those temperatures will change drastically in the coming months. This is the opportune time to take out your heater and test it to see if it’s working properly.

Today, we’re going to talk about some of the best practices you can learn for your heating in Lloydminster. Regardless of whether you use a heat pump or a furnace to keep your home warm during the winter, we’ve got some tips that can help you take it out of hibernation and get it working before things get too cold.

Don’t forget to call us if you encounter any problems with your heater. Our team is experienced and licensed to fix any and all heating problems.

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Guardian Angle EP#2 – Changing Furnace Filter

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

What is the one thing that can save you thousands on your heating and cooling system, that so many people don’t know. Pay attention! This one piece of advice can extend the life of your equipment for years.

Einstein said, when you stop learning you start dying, so I’m going to help you live a little more today!

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 there homes and increase the life of all their mechanical equipment.

Let me tell you a quick story, when I was just a toddler, my dad was tasked with the job of putting some mosquito spray on me. Somehow in the process the spray got a little too close to my face and I started to have trouble breathing. Now this was back in the 80’s when we had real mosquito spray, you remember the stuff, it didn’t repel mosquitoes, if they got too close they just died. Well apparently they thought I might be having an asthma attack, (not sure how this conclusion came as I didn’t have asthma) but dad was getting ready to rush me to the hospital ran to the vehicle and on the way slammed my head into the side of the truck. Who knew the best ways to stop an asthma attack is a smack to the head. All kidding aside, I started to breath normal and everything was fine. Clean air matters!

Today’s tip revolves around your Furnace’s air. No matter what brand you have, the most important thing you can do to extend the life of your furnace is to change your filter. Now that might seem really basic and a no brainer, but even as a Professional in the industry this is something that I just can’t seem to make a routine. Ask my wife and she will say something about shoe makers and shoes. First of all the filters #1 job is not to clean the air in your home, we have different solutions for that, but that’s another video. Your filters #1 job it is to protect your furnace from dust, dirt and debris. The first thing that dirt is going to destroy is the expensive motor that turns the fan to move your heating and air conditioning around your home. If it makes it past your motor on its journey it will run into your secondary heat exchanger if you have a high efficiency furnace. This heat exchanger has small fins and is where the money is saved by getting the last few dollars out of the gas you just paid for. If the dirt makes it here, it will plug it up and begin to restrict the air from going through and can cause your furnace to get hotter than it was designed for, plus its not going to let the air get to your rooms. The next place for the dirt to plug is you’re Cooling Coil. This basically causes the same issues as plugging up the secondary heat exchanger, but it can also cause your air conditioner to turn into a massive block of ice, and basically leave you stuck in a sauna. Lastly it does stop some of the dirt from entering the air on your home and landing on all of your furniture, creating some chores for the kids to take care of.

Alright there are several different kinds of filters but, we’ll dive into that deeper in a future episode. What I want to touch on today is how to change a furnace filter you wouldn’t believe how many people make this one common mistake when changing their filters.

The first thing you need to do when you change your filter is turn off the power to your furnace. This may be done by turning your thermostat to the off position, flipping the furnace switch on the wall and in some applications you may have to turn it off at the breaker.

The reason why this is so important, is that if you try and remove a dirty furnace filter while the fan is moving air, you are certain to shake off all the dirt that the filter collected and have it get sucked into the furnace. Basically reversing everything the filter was installed to do. After the fan has completely stopped, slide your filter out slowly and carefully, place it into a grocery bag for easy disposal.

The next important item is to ensure that you reinstall the filter in the right direction. On your filter you will see an arrow. You want that arrow pointing towards the furnace. Your filter is always on the Air in side of your furnace and the filter is basically the border guard only letting the clean air enter the furnace.

After you are certain the filter is installed correctly, you can turn the switch back on or turn up the thermostat up or down, depending on the season and you are ready to go.

That clogged filter can cause your system to have to work harder, increasing your energy bills and putting increased burden on your furnace parts. The department of energy in the US says that you can save 5-15% on your utility bills if you consistently change your filter.

So just like mosquito spray in your lungs, dirt in your filter is not optimal.

If you have any questions on how to turn off your furnace or change your filter, don’t hesitate to call us, we can even FaceTime with you to help you locate the right switch.

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, Annual Maintenance included, 20% Discount on repairs, 24 Hour Priority Service and and industry leading Lifetime Warranty on Recommended Repairs.

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