Category: Maintenance

There are certain parts of a central heating system that require adjusting at some time or another. These appliances must be properly maintained or they will fall into disrepair, and in some instances could even become dangerous. Among the various reasons why proper tune-ups are required, safety is the most important.

A heating system professional should carry out the following maintenance.

All Heating Systems:

The condition of your vent pipe and chimney should be checked, as sections of the venting system may have deteriorated over time. Repairs to the chimney can be quite expensive, and therefore the installation of new heating equipment that will not require the use of the current chimney may be justified.

The physical integrity of the heat exchanger should be checked. It is quite easy to identify water leaking from leaky boiler heat exchangers. When leaks occur with furnace heat exchangers, there is a mixture of combustion gases with house air, and to ensure safety it is essential that they are thoroughly inspected.

To provide optimum settings for water and air temperature to ensure efficiency and comfort, the controls on the boiler or furnace have to be adjusted.

If you plan to either replace or retrofit your existing heating system, a combustion-efficiency test should be performed by a technician.

Forced Air Systems:

  • Check for any cracks on the combustion chamber
  • Test if there is carbon monoxide (CO) and remedy if found
  • The blower control and supply-air temperature should be adjusted
  • Clean and oil the blower
  • Dirt, soot or corrosion needs to be removed from the boiler or furnace
  • Adjust if necessary the fuel input and flame characteristics after checking them
  • The connections between the furnace and main ducts must be sealed

Hot Water Systems:

  • Test the pressure-relief valve
  • Test the high-limit control
  • Inspect the pressure tank to ensure that it is filled with air and not water
  • Clean the heat exchanger

Steam Systems:

  • Drain some of the water from the boiler so that sediments will be removed and the heat exchange efficiency improved
  • Both the low-water cutoff safety control and high-limit safety control should be tested
  • Drainage of the float chamber is required to remove any sediments, that could create sediment clogs that would affect the low-water cutoff control
  • Analyze the boiler water and add the chemicals necessary to control deposits and corrosion
  • Clean the heat exchanger
  • See section on steam radiators

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Maintaining Proper Ventilation for Combustion Systems

Air quality should be your main concern once you carry out any maintenance, retrofitting or replacement of a gas or oil heating system. All oil and gas heating systems need combustion air, to support the combustion process. This type of air is created in some homes by unexpected air leaks, or air ducts connecting outdoors.

Several byproducts are created by the combustion process, and they are a potential risk to human health, while also causing deterioration in your home. To protect yourself from these hazards and also maintain energy efficiency, you need to ensure that your chimney system is functioning efficiently and your heating system is adequately ventilated. The installation of a sealed-combustion furnace or boiler can assist in some instances.

Other Ventilation Concerns

Between 1987 and 1993 there were some fan-assisted, non-condensing furnaces and boilers that were installed, and may be horizontally vented by the use of high-temperature plastic vent pipe (not PVC pipe, which can be used safely in the condensing of furnaces). This particular type of venting has since been recalled and stainless steel vent pipe has been used as a replacement.

If horizontal venting was used, there would be the need for an additional draft-inducing fan located near the vent outlet, to create sufficient draft. Special venting problems may arise with floor furnaces, since their vent connector exits the furnace in close proximity to the floor and before reaching a chimney may have to travel a distance of 10 to 30 feet. If you have this type of venting you should check if the venting or the floor furnace needs replacement. Whenever you suspect a problem with your furnace it is imperative that you contact a plumber in Kelowna who is qualified and licensed for heating systems of this type. We do not suggest you attempt to fix or repair your furnace unless you are trained in the electronics and the gas components.

Any smell of gases indicates a venting problem that can negatively impact your health. To get this repaired immediately, contact your local utility or heating contractor. For more information on this subject read our article on replacing the furnace or boiler.

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When homeowners perform home improvement projects, they often overlook their gutters. Plant debris can corrode and rust gutters, sometimes damaging them so much that replacement is more convenient than performing repairs. Gutter installation may sound like an overwhelming project for a homeowner to do, but it is actually not difficult.

Steps to Take Before Installing New Gutters

Before purchasing new gutters, map out the house and its current gutter system. Determine how long the gutter run must be and calculate the number and length of downspouts. If the old gutter system operated effectively, maintain the configuration with the new system. Make a list of materials and write down all measurements.

If the gutter run does not exceed 35 feet, its highest point will be at one end, with the run sloping downward toward the downspout. If the run exceeds 35 feet, the high point will be at its center, with the run sloping down on both sides to respective downspouts. For both lengths, the high point should be an inch below the fascia board that the gutters attach to and should slope ¼-inch for each ten feet of run. Snapping a chalk line while holding one end of the gutter at the correct angle provides a guide to follow during installation.

Gutter Installation Steps

Downspout outlets can be installed with 1 ¼-inch deck screws. They should be close to the run but not at its end and attached to the end of the house along the chalk line. Attach gutter hangers to the fascia at 24-inch intervals, using 1 ¼-inch deck screws. Fasten these approximately one inch from the roof ends, following the chalk line and leaving room at the ends for new Vancouver gutters.

All corners that do not feature a downspout and are not at the end of a run should be covered with gutter covers. Now, gutter sections can be cut with a hacksaw to fit between the end of the roof and the downspout outlet. Place a cap on the end, snap the gutter section into the nearby downspout outlet, and hook the gutter on the hangers, following the chalk line.

Gutter sections should be connected on the ground using special connectors to attach them. An assistant can support the gutters during hanging. The final step in the gutter installation process involves cutting drainpipes to fit between the elbow joint on the downspout outlet and the joint on the wall and between the wall elbow and the ground.

While gutter installation Vancouver can be a DIY project, we realize a project such as gutter installation is not for everyone. If you would like us to handle your gutters or any other roofing project, please visit our website for more information and pricing. We also provide pressure washing services, which can really spruce up the look of your property.

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When you buy your first home you discover there are quite a few things in your home that can very easily go awry. From heating to roofing to floods and more, it can be quite daunting at first. However, experienced homeowners will always tell you that having first-hand knowledge of a few simple home repair skills can truly be a lifesaver.

This can be especially true when it comes to plumbing. As many homes will have any number of toilets, sinks, washbasins, dishwashers, baths, and more in their home, there can be problems just lurking around the corner. So, the very best thing a new homeowner can do is to get yourself a few simple supplies that will enable you to fix any minor issues that may come up. Save the big problems for your trusted local plumber.

The number one supply in any home should be the plunger. Let’s face it, things with drains clog, for a variety of reasons, it is one of the most common plumbing issues out there, and you don’t need to be stumped when it happens to you. Make sure you have a good quality plunger that forms a really tight seal and get pumping.

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Another indispensable tool is an auger. You may not have heard of an auger, but you probably have seen one, another term used for it commonly is a plumbers snake. Essentially it is a very long steel cable that gets cranked out to untangle a clog. The benefit of this is that it can reach clogs that are further down the toilet or drain than you cannot get to manually. Augers can come quite in handy, so it is a great tool to have. Here’s a little more detail on why drains get plugged.

Pliers and wrenches are also good to have around the house, not just for plumbing, either. Pliers and wrenches come in a few different types, so it’s a good idea to take a peek around your home to see which kinds you will need, but generally speaking having a nice set of pliers and wrenches will be able to tackle any sort of loosening or tightening that you would need to perform on any pipes, nuts or bolts around your home.

Teflon tape is one of the best things to have in your toolbox in case of a plumbing emergency. If a pipe springs a leak, get your Teflon tape out and wrap it around the leak as well as the surrounding area, this will make a huge difference in stopping water damage, and should be able to hold the situation steady until a professional plumber arrives.

As you can see, all it takes are just a handful of tools to get yourself started. This way, you will be able to tackle a variety of small issues right away before they might become big problems down the road, saving you quite a bit of time, energy and money later on.

If you think there is something more serious looming in your plumbing  system then read our article on how to avoid a serious plumbing problem.

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With a combined 20 years under our belts, our experienced heating technician journeymen provide the highest standards of service combined with honesty and integrity. We want to be your go-to heating professionals for life.

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We offer a full range of heating and air conditioning service including repairs, and installation on all models:

Why Air Quality Matters

We realize your home is your castle and that you expect your central heating system to keep your family warm and healthy. North American homes need to either be heated or cooled all year round. It is a smart move to have someone do an annual tune-up to maintain peak efficiency. One way or the other you pay for heat, either with regular maintenance and lower utilities or by occasional Vancouver furnace repair or replacement.

Clean Air

It may sound strange, but air pollution can be worse inside your home than outside. Modern homes are built to be airtight in order to save money on heating bills, but that can trap air pollutants in your home as well. Good ventilation is a must for any well-sealed home and a heat recovery ventilator provides even more energy-efficient ventilation. Regular duct cleaning also helps remove dust or dirt particles hidden inside your home’s duct-work, keeping everyone healthy and saving on fuel bills. Most people are unaware that less than 1mm of dust can dramatically reduce air flow and heating efficiency.

Call us today to set up an annual heat system inspection and maintenance schedule that will reduce heating bills, extend the life of your heating system and keep everyone in your home warm and healthy.

We Service and Install All Brands

Regardless the brand of your furnace or boiler, we are familiar with it and can provide the very best service at reasonable rates. Our vehicles are stocked with the most common parts for all major brands.

We also install heating systems in new homes and replace them in older homes. If you think your home is ready for an upgrade to a new high-efficiency heating system, we will be happy to visit and advise you on the options that will best suit your needs and budget.

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