JOB Heating and Air Conditioning Saskatoon https://www.jobheating.com Furnace, Saskatoon air conditioning, boilers, plumbing, water heaters repair and sales residential commercial Wed, 11 Mar 2020 05:33:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://i2.wp.com/www.jobheating.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/cropped-job-favicon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 JOB Heating and Air Conditioning Saskatoon https://www.jobheating.com 32 32 63942442 Jeff From JOB Warns Against Fraud In Saskatoon’s HVAC Industry https://www.jobheating.com/2020/02/15/jeff-from-job-warns-against-fraud-in-saskatoon-hvac/ Sat, 15 Feb 2020 18:28:03 +0000 https://www.jobheating.com/?p=4771 If your Saskatoon home comfort system is beyond repair or if you just want to upgrade or update your furnace or air conditioning our team at JOB Heating & Air...

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If your Saskatoon home comfort system is beyond repair or if you just want to upgrade or update your furnace or air conditioning our team at JOB Heating & Air Conditioning will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any improvement that you have in mind. Jeff Bolton, Partner at JOB writes regular articles about the industry in Saskatoon. In his latest post, he shares his experiences with fraud in Saskatoon’s HVAC industry.

Fraud takes many different forms

Wow-what a week, I was extremely upset to find out that a charity that I have been donating to personally for the last 6 years was nothing but a scam! The feeling of being ripped off is horrible, and I count myself fortunate that I haven’t been the victim of fraud very much in my life. However,  I am sad to say that I deal with victims of contractor fraud too often in Saskatoon.  In my latest article, I share another example that happened recently, as I want to educate consumers on what to look out for.

A Warning: Fraud In Saskatoon’s HVAC Industry

I was recently at a lady’s home to provide a quote to replace the furnace and air conditioner. Her house was the same as most other homes in our city,  in fact she lives just  4 blocks away from my family. She invited me in and we exchanged pleasantries,  then I asked her the burning question that had been top of mind since I pulled up outside.  Why was she requesting a quote for a new home comfort system in a house that was no more than 12 years old?

She explained that the night before her furnace had stopped working. This was especially an issue as the overnight temperature in Saskatoon had dropped to about  -30C. Unfortunately, she was unaware that JOB offers 24-hour emergency service and she had called another company.

The other company turned up, identified the problem but they didn’t have the part required ( It was 4 am, so I give them a pass on that one,) . They  returned at 8:30 am with the correct part to fix the issue and the tech took it upon himself to go through her furnace and air conditioner. He noted that there were old watermarks both on the side and at the base of the furnace, which I can verify. As someone that has a career in the furnace and air conditioning industry, the source of the water was very evident to me.

It was clear that at some point, probably in the summertime, the evaporator coil had frozen and then melted.

One indication about this was the plugged air filter leaning up against the furnace. (Why this happens is a blog for another day.)Back to my rant.

 That other technician told this very nice lady that her furnace was over ten years old and a crack COULD happen in the heat exchanger (even though he couldn’t find any crack) and that would send carbon monoxide into her home potentially killing her, her partner and her dogs!!

If that ominous threat was not enough,  he also told her that her air conditioner unit had a leak and would also need to be replaced.

Now, it is possible that she may have a leak in the air conditioner, but there’s simply no way to determine that when it’s -26C outside!  Saying that she has a leak when there is a dirty filter right there is, as Blake Shelton says,  “bullcrap!”

The other thing that I haven’t mentioned yet, is the 3 carbon monoxide detectors I saw in her home. I will not downplay carbon monoxide poisoning,  because it is the biggest threat to life that we face in the HVAC industry, however, there was no sign of that here. When questioned, she confirmed that the carbon monoxide detectors had never gone off. In addition, one of the detectors displays the level of CO present and when I checked it showed zero.

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Let me be VERY clear here, this person was simply using fear tactics to sell a new furnace and air conditioner to this lady.

 

If you get a flat tire on your Chevy do you buy a new Mercedes??

 

“But he said I’m in imminent danger!” Said the Kady…Yeh and the old Borden Bridge is for sale too!

The moral of the story about fraud in Saskatoon’s HVAC Industry, is to be careful, ask questions and deal with the right people. Start by looking for businesses on TrustedSaskatoon .com.

JOB Heating has been a TrustedSaskatoon partner from almost the beginning. We are both locally owned and accountable companies and we deal with local companies. Local people always care the most, we care about service and we care about people.  We care because this is my city and my home too.

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Call JOB heating for honest answers, good advice and friendly neighbours.

Jeff Bolton
Partner
JOB Heating and Air Conditioning

 

We also take pride in being recognized as a leader in water heating system technology for new in floor and boiler installations in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We can also maintain and repair your existing hot water heating systems and take on any plumbing work.

‘Your Comfort is Our Concern!’

 

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Jeff From JOB Shares Observations About Furnaces in Newfoundland https://www.jobheating.com/2020/01/28/jeff-from-job-shares-observations-about-furnaces-in-newfoundland/ Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:24:17 +0000 https://www.jobheating.com/?p=4648 If your system is beyond repair or if you just want to upgrade or update, our Trusted Saskatoon furnace team will be more than happy to provide you with an...

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If your system is beyond repair or if you just want to upgrade or update, our Trusted Saskatoon furnace team will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. We are an independent Lennox Dealer and we offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and home heating tune-ups. We can also help you with all of your Saskatoon plumbing needs too! You can be assured that JOB Heating & Air Conditioning will be there to help.

Furnaces in Newfoundland

When I sat down to write my latest article I couldn’t help but think about those poor folks out in Newfoundland who were struck by the huge ‘Snowmageddon’ blizzard on Jan 17th 2020. The pictures and news reports showed images of houses almost completely buried in snowdrifts, and what I realized was that everyone there with a high-efficiency furnace would have had no heat.

On what was one of worst wintery days in St. John’s history, to add insult to injury, their furnaces wouldn’t have worked!

But Why?

Furnaces in NewfoundlandWhat happens is quite simple. Most, but not all, high-efficiency furnaces are vented through a side wall using PVC 636 venting. Usually, there are 2 pipes. Occasionally you will see a concentric vent, however not very often in Saskatchewan because they don’t work well in our extremely cold winters. So, if like most of us, your home has 2 pipes exiting, one is the vent and the other is an air intake. The air intake pulls in air to feed the fire in your furnace, the other pipe expels the products of combustion.

When the furnace vent or air intake is blocked or partially blocked by snow, safety switches in the furnace sense this and automatically turn off the furnace, so that the gases aren’t trapped in your home.

How Do You Fix it?

The quick fix is to go outside to the vent and simply remove the blockage. Here in Saskatchewan, the majority of instances occur because of ice or frost. Occasionally it will be snow, especially if we have a bad blizzard like the most recent one we experienced in 2007 in Saskatoon when snow blocked many homes vents. Not sure it was quite as bad as the one in St. John’s though!


After you remove the blockage from the vent, most furnaces will simply restart on their own, however, some furnaces require you to shut the furnace off at the power switch or breaker, count to ten, then turn the power back on. This is simply rebooting the computer inside the furnace. So, if you find your furnace is ever blocked by snow and you have to remove the blockage, follow those instructions to see if you can get it going again. If your furnace still doesn’t fire up then it’s time to call JOB Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer furnace service and we offer emergency after-hours call-outs 24/7.

 

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‘Your Comfort is Our Concern!’

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Jeff at JOB Heating and Air Shares Winter Safety Tips For Your Home https://www.jobheating.com/2019/12/06/jeff-at-job-heating-and-air-shares-winter-safety-tips-for-your-home/ Fri, 06 Dec 2019 19:20:35 +0000 https://www.jobheating.com/?p=4361 If your heating system is beyond repair,  or if you just want to upgrade or update, our team will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for...

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If your heating system is beyond repair,  or if you just want to upgrade or update, our team will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. We are an independent Lennox Dealer and we offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and home heating tune-ups. We can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs too! You can be assured that JOB Heating & Air Conditioning will be there to help. In this Saskatoon furnace article,  Jeff Bolton, owner of JOB, highlights how important it is to be aware of the threat of carbon monoxide and he shares some winter safety tips for your home. 

Winter Safety Tips For Your Home

What does that do and why does it matter?

I was recently in two Saskatoon residences with gas inspections to investigate the source of carbon monoxide in the homes. Thank heavens both homeowners had carbon monoxide detectors,  that in my opinion, saved their lives. Both days I went home and checked my CO detector.

When was the last time that you checked your CO Detector?

Go do it now then come back and finish reading…

So how this works is usually the fire department or Sask Energy get a call,  then they visit the home with their carbon monoxide meters to assess the level and then, if reading show and issue they red tag the furnace unit and shut off the gas. The Red Tag program provides a consistent means for gas utilities, propane distributors, gas contractors or others deemed appropriate by the chief gas inspector to report unresolved gas-related deficiencies or identify reoccurring design flaws. The issuing of red tags is only done by a licensed gasfitter.

What to do when you have a red tag.

The homeowner should then call us to come to correct the problem. We will go through the furnace and water heater with a fine-tooth comb to attempt to find the source of the carbon monoxide.

Sometimes it is a crack in a heat exchanger, however, sometimes the furnace and water heater are working exactly as they should. It is then incumbent upon us to investigate why the carbon monoxide is present in the home. In these locations we often find that the homes are drawn into negative pressure, what that means is that the homes are exhausting more air than fresh air coming into the home. As you may remember from science class,  areas of high pressure always go to areas of low pressure. So what happens is the high pressure outside finds a way into the area of low pressure (inside the home) through any possible route. If the doors and windows are closed then the only other hole in the home is the chimney. Air begins to flow down the chimney to replace the air that’s being exhausted out of the home. So why is that an issue? This becomes a problem when the furnace or water heater begins to fire and there is no draft up the chimney. This then results in the products of combustion (carbon monoxide) being vented into the home.

What can homeowners do to prevent this from happening? 

There are items in your home to prevent this from happening. In most cases, the insulated vent that runs from the outside of your home into the furnace room brings what we call combustion air. The combustion air helps to regulate the pressure of your home preventing your home from getting into a negative air pressure situation. This is also the air that is used when the furnace or water heater are firing up and sometimes this air supply can become blocked. On occasion, we have found that homeowners will purposely block the intake because they don’t like the cold air coming in.

I need to stress how important this is and that by blocking this you are putting yourself and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. So please don’t block this or if you have, open it up immediately.

 

Another more common problem is that the air intakes themselves become blocked. These intakes appear from the outside like exhaust vents but when you bend over and look up inside them they are in fact air intakes with a screen that needs to be clear of all debris. A good rule of thumb is to walk around the perimeter of your home and look for these vent/intake hoods. Look up inside them and clean them up. This is a simple 10-minute job and this will help to protect you from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

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Do your intakes look like this? 

  • Go outside today walk around your home and clean these intakes.
  • Check your carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check your smoke alarms.

    These 2 devices save lives every day you just don’t hear about it. If you don’t have a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector buy them and put them in your home today. I promise you they save lives.

Then have us come out and do a furnace tune-up. We test the furnace and ensure it is functioning as it should be, in addition, we clean the parts of the furnace that you cannot.  

Contact Jeff and team at JOB Heating today. Jeff Bolton. Owner- JOB Heating and Air Conditioning

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JOB Heating and Air Recommends an Ultra-Efficient Furnace For Saskatchewan Winters https://www.jobheating.com/2019/11/06/ultra-efficient-furnace/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:04:56 +0000 https://www.jobheating.com/?p=4030 If your heating system is beyond repair,  or if you just want to upgrade or update, our team will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for...

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If your heating system is beyond repair,  or if you just want to upgrade or update, our team will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. We are an independent Lennox Dealer and we offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and home heating tune-ups. We can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs too! You can be assured that JOB Heating & Air Conditioning will be there to help. In this Saskatoon furnace article, we highlight the benefits of having an ultra-efficient furnace for your Saskatoon home this winter.

Do you have an ultra-efficient furnace?

Winter in Saskatoon, here we come! 

We live in Saskatchewan and no matter what some people may tell us, winter, for sure, beckons. Our grandparents used to spend most of their summer preparing for this inevitable season. They would put the work in to make preserves from the kitchen gardens, butcher animals they raised over the summer and then hunt what they could.

What they also did was cut up wood. The average house back in the day used to use 7 to 10 cords of firewood for a winter season. For those of us that still like to cut up wood, we know how much work this is! It would be harvested, bucked up then split to enable it to dry,  so it could be used as good firewood. Not to have your firewood ready for winter was almost a death sentence. Why? Because it gets cold here in Saskatoon, very cold!! 

best saskatoon heating companyFirewood to the Rescue. 

Back in the days during wintertime, first thing every morning, you would have to go outside and bring in as much firewood as  you could carry in a wooden box.  The box would usually be enough to keep the house warm for a day. Kindling is always used to start a fire, the damper would be opened all the way to get the fire burning well until the coals started to form.  The main wood stove was in the kitchen and usually, Mom would also use the stove to cook on. She would keep the fire going all day. Which means she would be adding wood every 1 to 2 hours. After supper, someone would have to fill the wood box again for the night. This is why the kitchen was ( and still often is ) the main room in the house. Everybody was there because that was where Mom fed you and it was toasty warm. The other rooms of the house were generally quite cold because there was no ductwork or fan to spread the heat around.

What a pile of work!! 

Would most of us be willing or able to live that way now?

Thankfully, today, we have natural gas piped directly into our homes from the main pipelines that come from the gas and oil fields to keep us warm. Today, most of us don’t give a second thought to how our house is warm,  yet without this heat, you wouldn’t survive our winters in Saskatchewan. 

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Today, modern furnaces are ultra-efficient using less natural gas and less electricity than ever before. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and save money then maybe it’s time for you to replace your old inefficient furnace. Contact Jeff and team at JOB Heating today to learn more about installing an ultra-efficient furnace in your Saskatoon and area home. 

Jeff Bolton. Owner- JOB Heating and Air Conditioning

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Lennox Feel the Love Program 2019: JOB Heating and Air Conditioning Gives Back https://www.jobheating.com/2019/10/16/feel-the-love-program-2019/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 20:08:28 +0000 https://www.jobheating.com/?p=3788 If your system is beyond repair or if you just want to upgrade or update our team will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any...

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If your system is beyond repair or if you just want to upgrade or update our team will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. We are an independent Lennox Dealer and we offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and home heating tune-ups. We can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs too! You can be assured that JOB Heating & Air Conditioning will be there to help.

So if your air conditioner is making funny noises, your furnace is all blown out and you get icicles on your nose then go call the crew at JOB Heating & Air Conditioning today.

In this Saskatoon furnace article, we share our experience at the Lennox Feel the Love program 2019 which was also covered by CTV Saskatoon.

JOB Heating and Air Conditioning Gives Back

Saskatoon recipients gifted furnaces as part of Lennox Feel The Love Program 2019

A program that gives back to deserving people with new furnaces and air conditioning units has helped another person. Lennox Feel the Love program was created to help and give back to people who help out their Saskatoon community.

JOB heating & airconditioning saskatoonOn Saturday, October 5th, I was lucky enough to be a part of a wonderful day. JOB Heating and Air Conditioning and Lennox partnered up to help a deserving Saskatoon family by installing a brand-new furnace completely free charge. I believe in paying it forward all the time, even if you can’t afford it at the time.

“When I was asked by the news crew why we are doing this, I simply stated that it is the Saskatchewan thing to do.” – Jeff Bolton

At this time of year when we reflect on what we are thankful for, I realize that I am luckier than most. One morning, I told my team that we will be a part of the Lennox feel the love program 2019 and asked if any was interested in volunteering their time. Without hesitation, everyone said absolutely even before I told them about the job. This is what I am most thankful for.

The Saskatoon thing to do – Giving back!

I am truly blessed to work with and be surrounded by wonderful people – People that care about people. We had a great day in Saskatoon working together as a team, with Lennox and the homeowner was so thankful. I don’t want to get into her story but she is a very giving and kind person as well.

My family were the lucky ones to receive the Lennox furnace and install! Jeff and his crew were extremely professional, friendly, and approachable. I was and am completely moved by their generosity and big hearts! I am very lucky to have met such amazing crew!!”  – Bobbi Bernett.

Watch the Full Lennox Feel The Love Program 2019 Story below

Maybe if you are taking the time to read this, why not try to pay it forward somehow yourself?

Why not try to do something nice for someone?

Maybe a neighbour needs their driveway and sidewalk shovelled. Maybe it’s cold and you see a neighbour walking when you are driving by and you simply give them a ride home.

Just take the time to pay it forward, it’s not only good for them but it’s good for you as well.

 

Don’t hesitate to call JOB Heating and Air for your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs, and for all other needs to check out JOB’s listings on trustedsaskatoon.com.

Jeff Bolton. Owner- JOB Heating and Air Conditioning

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Jeff’s Checklist For Hiring a Saskatoon Heating and Cooling Company https://www.jobheating.com/2019/03/20/jeffs-checklist-for-hiring-a-saskatoon-heating-and-cooling-company/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:40:43 +0000 https://www.jobheating.com/?p=2785 The JOB Heating and Air Conditioning team are Trusted Saskatoon plumbing professionals. In this blog, we will discuss what is important to ask when hiring a Saskatoon Heating and Cooling Company. Thinking...

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The JOB Heating and Air Conditioning team are Trusted Saskatoon plumbing professionals. In this blog, we will discuss what is important to ask when hiring a Saskatoon Heating and Cooling Company.

Thinking About Hiring a Saskatoon Heating and Cooling Company?

In Saskatoon these days it seems that everyone is looking for that great deal. If you need a furnace or water heater replaced but money is tight, generally folk talk to their friends about it until somebody says

“hey I know a guy who’s really cheap”

They will then proceed to share how great he is, that his service is awesome and that he used to work for a large company but now he’s on his own. Or perhaps you look on Kijiji and you see an ad about a furnace or water heater that’s much cheaper than the other Saskatoon HVAC companies, but notice that there isn’t a business name in the ad. This should throw up a red flag, but money is tight. You call the number, and yes there is a company name, but you’ve never heard of it. You mention that and he replies “Yes, I’m a journeyman and I’m bonded”.

But what does that really mean?

Well, one could speculate that he does, in fact, have a Red Seal Journeyman designation and that he would have a Saskatchewan gas fitters license but what does he mean when he says “bonded”?

This is where you need to ask to see some documents.

1. WCB

When large companies hire a trade, they ask for a copy of documents.
Including a copy of your “Letter of Good Standing” with the Workers Compensation Board of Saskatchewan. This is a very important document as if they cannot provide this letter and they get hurt at your house WCB will not insure them.

WORD OF WARNING – In fact, some people out there may not have any of the documents, including a gas license, but still supply and install gas related appliances – they will take the money and run.

2. Insurance

Next you should ask to see their certificate of insurance. This document will say at the top “Certificate of Insurance” it will state the name of the insured (the business), the type of insurance and the amount of insurance they carry. This is critical, if something is to happen in your home this is the insurance that will kick in. **This is not a bond.**

3.Gas Licence

To get a gas license in Saskatchewan you need to have a gas ticket (proof you went to trade school and took the gas course) and a “bond” of $5000.00. Almost all gas permits in Saskatchewan get inspected by the gas inspectors. These inspectors are trade professionals with many years of experience that are hired by the Saskatchewan Government (Sask Power currently). Think of them like trades police officers, their entire job is to ensure public safety and specifically in this instance, your safety.

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Should a contractor make a mistake on a job he will be issued a notice of ‘defect’. They have 30days to correct that defect, in most cases at his expense. If they do not correct the mistakes then Gas Inspections will make a claim against the company bond . This is to cover the cost to make the corrections and to satisfy the defect notice. Please note: The $5000.00 is only to satisfy the defect notice. The liability insurance covers any other items that may arise regarding the work that he has done. The bond money is only there to cover bringing something up to code.

In the event that the corrections cost more than $5000.00, the corrections become the responsibly of the homeowner and the defect notice gets issued to the homeowner. Not fair at all but that is the process.

Infact, I’ve heard of many instances where independent one man gas contractors were issued many defect notices at once and the $5000 bond only covered a few of the defects. This meant customers were left holding the bag when they go under. Ideally, when this happens the guy would be run out of town, however, this doesn’t happen. In fact, often times they will end up finding another job and stay in the industry, even though previous customers end up paying to correct mistakes.

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I know that this all sounds very negative, but this is the process and it happens. What is important, is not to let this happen to you. When hiring a Saskatoon Heating and Cooling companyto work on your home, ask to see the WCB letter of good standing, a certificate of insurance and the techs gas license. If these documents cannot be provided then call JOB Heating and Air Conditioning. We are proud of who we are and what we do and we are happy to provide these documents.

Don’t hesitate to call JOB Heating and Air for your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs, and for all other needs to check out JOB’s listings on trustedsaskatoon.com.

Jeff Bolton. Owner- JOB Heating and Air Conditioning

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Who Should You ​Hire To Work On A Boiler In Saskatoon? https://www.jobheating.com/2019/03/20/who-should-you-hire-to-work-on-a-boiler-in-saskatoon/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:59:39 +0000 https://www.jobheating.com/?p=2778 The JOB Heating and Air Conditioning team are Trusted Saskatoon plumbing professionals. In this blog, we will discuss who you should hire to work on your boiler in Saskatoon and area Considering...

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The JOB Heating and Air Conditioning team are Trusted Saskatoon plumbing professionals. In this blog, we will discuss who you should hire to work on your boiler in Saskatoon and area

Considering a Boiler in Saskatoon and area?

2019 has already been a very interesting year for JOB regarding boilers.
We work on both residential and commercial boiler systems around the Saskatoon area and it is a passion of ours. Approximately 2/3’s of the boiler / hydronic work we did last year was correcting others mistakes.

Let’s first define the term “boiler”

Websters dictionary defines a boiler as:

The Canadian gas code B149.1-10 defines a boiler as ” an appliance intended to supply hot liquid of vapor for space heating, processing or power purposes” This is the general definition that most of us would understand. In most case’s a boiler will heat water and the water is then pumped to some type of heat emitter that will heat a space. There are many different ways that the heated water can be transferred to this space. This can be a simple process. Basically, a loop is created with pipe where the water is piped from the boiler around the perimeter of a room in a baseboard radiator and the will return to the boiler to be reheated and sent back to the room. But what turns it off and on? What temperature is the water? What happens if it gets to hot? What happens if there’s a leak and all the water is lost? These are all great questions. Your simple system now becomes a little more complex. We repaired one such system, and in this case, whoever had made the changes really didn’t know the answer to these questions. This person had rewired the boiler using what looked like an old extension cord to simply run all the time.

Thankfully this person left the Aquastat on the boiler. The Aquastat was running to it’s set point temperature and would turn off. Then as the water temperature would drop it would turn back on, until it hit the set point and then go off, and so on and so on. In a residential application, this leaves little to no control over the system. In fact, unless someone shuts off the breaker it would just keep going and going and going… It doesn’t care what season it is! The next question is what if something was to go wrong with the Aquastat? Well, I don’t really want to go there but let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be nearby if that was to happen.

Not sure what an Aquastat is? – See the video below for more info.

Now in this house, there was a thermostat but the person had disconnected them from the boiler. All the thermostat would do is open and close zone valves. The zone valve starts and stops water flow to the baseboard radiation. In most cases, it should tell the boiler to turn on and turn off.

Let’s put this into perspective, you have placed a large brick on the gas pedal of your car and you only use the brake pedal to start and stop your car. Not really safe is it? Well at least you don’t sleep, eat and live on your car. If you have a boiler system of any kind in your home it is important to hire qualified personnel that understand how the system is supposed to work. They need to understand what all the safeties are, where they are located and when a safety prevents a boiler from operating they need to know why.

This information cannot be learned from Google or YouTube. It is learned by years of experience, schooling and reading. Boilers are pressure vessels and as such can blow up and catch fire. They burn a type of fuel that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. I’m quite certain that the person who changed the boiler I spoke about had no intent in putting people in harm’s way… but that’s exactly what they did.

If you have a boiler system in your home please call JOB Heating and Air Conditioning. We have the expertise to repair hot water boiler systems. We will ensure they maintain a safe and comfortable environment for all people to live in.

 

 Don’t hesitate to call JOB Heating and Air for your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs, and for all other needs to check out JOB’s listings on trustedsaskatoon.com.

Jeff Bolton. Owner- JOB Heating and Air Conditioning

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Do you have carbon monoxide detectors in your house? https://www.jobheating.com/2019/03/20/do-you-have-carbon-monoxide-detectors-in-your-house/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:16:32 +0000 https://www.jobheating.com/?p=2764 The JOB Heating and Air Conditioning team are Trusted Saskatoon plumbing professionals. In this blog, we will discuss why you should have carbon monoxide detectors Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives The other...

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The JOB Heating and Air Conditioning team are Trusted Saskatoon plumbing professionals. In this blog, we will discuss why you should have carbon monoxide detectors

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives

The other day I checked my calendar as it was so cold for late February! It made me think, the furnace in our house has sure been working hard. Easy for me to handle, as an owner of JOB Heating and Air, I can get one of our awesome techs to come and do a furnace service. But it also got me thinking.

When was the last time that I checked the carbon monoxide detectors in my house?

So I tested them and thankfully they worked fine. So, I want to ask you, when was the last time that you tested the carbon monoxide detectors in your home? Do you even have one in your house?

If not, please understand, a carbon monoxide detector is just as important as a smoke alarm. I could even make an argument that it is more important. If a smoke alarm goes off you can see the smoke or the fire and you know to get out. If a carbon monoxide detector goes off you can’t see the CO, you can’t smell the CO, if you’re lucky you’ll get a bad headache and realize what is happening before you pass out. CO is the silent killer and having a Carbon Monoxide Detector or two in your house is a must in my opinion. There is nothing more important than our families and protecting our families. If you have CO detectors in your home please test them tonight, if you don’t have them in your home, please don’t wait, go and purchase them and install them tonight. There are various models and even some that plug into the wall and they can be purchased at most major retailers. Your family is worth it.

Your family is worth it!

Don’t hesitate to call JOB Heating and Air for your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs, and for all other needs to check out JOB’s listings on trustedsaskatoon.com.

Jeff Bolton, Partner – JOB Heating and Air Conditioning

 

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Spring Thaw: Time to Check Your Sump Pump https://www.jobheating.com/2018/03/20/spring-thaw-time-check-sump-pump/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:11:51 +0000 https://www.jobheating.com/?p=1864 The JOB Heating and Air Conditioning team are Trusted Saskatoon plumbing professionals. In this blog, we will discuss what a sump pump is, and how to ensure yours is functioning correctly as...

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The JOB Heating and Air Conditioning team are Trusted Saskatoon plumbing professionals. In this blog, we will discuss what a sump pump is, and how to ensure yours is functioning correctly as we enter into spring thaw.

What is a Sump Pump?

sump pumpA sump pump is a piece of equipment that many people don’t even realize is there protecting their home. Most homes that are 10 to 12 years or newer in Saskatoon have a sump pit and sump pump. Let’s be honest, most of us never give them a second thought. The sump pump sits in the sump pit, a sort of well in your basement that keeps groundwater from entering, with the help of the sump pump. The pump empties the sump pit as groundwater accumulates and removes it to the sewer system. A properly functioning sump pump is a very important piece of equipment in your home, as it protects you against groundwater flooding.

 

Making Sure Your Sump Pump is Working

The sump pump only protects you if it’s working correctly. This means taking a few minutes to ensure it is in proper working order. This is well worth your time before the spring melt. Follow these simple steps to ensure that yours is working correctly:

  1. Make sure that the line running from your sump pump is clear of debris and ice
  2. Remove the screws holding down the lid of the sump pump. Bring a small container to keep the screws in – losing a screw down the sump pit will ruin your day!
  3. Add enough water to fill the sump pit. Typically 5-10 gallons should be enough. This water should trigger the sump pump to start operating
  4. If everything is in good order, the pump should remove the water you’ve added to the sump pit. If it does not, the likely culprit is the switch – the Achilles heel of sump pumps. Some have switches you can manually activate, while others have internal switches.

If you follow these steps and the pump doesn’t run, it may need a repair. The majority of the time the fix is a new switch. Whatever the case, you need to get the issue sorted ASAP as a non-functional sump pump puts you at risk of flooding in your basement. The Trusted plumbing professionals at JOB will be happy to advise you on how to get your sump pump running again!

 

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A Backup Sump Pump Maximizes Protection

A great option if you want to really ensure you are protected from a flood is a backup sump pump.

This is a pump system that we install just above the existing pump. When the existing pump fails, the backup kicks in and runs. The backup also sounds an alarm that alerts the homeowner that the main pump has quit working and needs attention. To share a personal story, this once happened in my home at 2 am. At the time I wasn’t sure what the noise was, but I followed it downstairs and quickly realized the problem. I silenced the alarm and went back to bed knowing I was protected. I had one of my men come and change the pump within days – no flood, no worries. The backup pump can save a flood, however,  having a backup system doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still test your pumps every year before the big melt. We have installed many back up sump pumps and saved people the anguish and cost of a major flood.

JOB is Your Trusted Source for Spring Plumbing Needs

Before the rush of water from the spring melt, it’s a good idea to ensure your home’s plumbing is in good working order.  Don’t hesitate to call JOB Heating and Air for your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs, and for all other needs check out trustedsaskatoon.com. From my personal experience working with the Trusted Partners, I have experienced the integrity and honesty that makes these businesses truly trustworthy.

Trusted Saskatoon partners are here to help.

Jeff Bolton.

JOB Heating and Air Conditioning

 

 

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Who can you trust with your Saskatoon heating and furnace issues? https://www.jobheating.com/2018/01/24/trust-with-your-saskatoon-heating-and-furnace-issues/ Thu, 25 Jan 2018 03:08:02 +0000 https://www.jobheating.com/?p=1754 The JOB Heating and Air Conditioning team are Trusted Saskatoon plumbers, furnace, boilers and air conditioning professionals. In our latest article why you need to hire locally owned and accountable HVAC companies you...

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The JOB Heating and Air Conditioning team are Trusted Saskatoon plumbers, furnace, boilers and air conditioning professionals. In our latest article why you need to hire locally owned and accountable HVAC companies you can trust with your Saskatoon heating and furnace problems.

The Importance of Trust

When calling someone for help, especially help in your own home, you really need to ask yourself – who can you trust? If you aren’t working with someone you can trust, how can you have any confidence you are being treated fairly, and the person working for you has your best interests at heart?

Some Recent JOB Saskatoon Heating and Furnace Calls.

In the last two days, I was asked to go help two different ladies. Both lived on their own and had furnace issues. The first lady was what I would describe as everyone’s grandma, you know the type, sweet as sugar. The second was a single mother who was also a joy to meet. Both had very legitimate concerns with their furnaces. The first lady simply asked me to drop by and listen to her furnace because she thought that something was not right with it. I was in her furnace room for maybe 5 seconds and I could tell that the bearings in her inducer motor were on their last legs. We had one of our technicians over to her house later that afternoon to change the inducer motor and it turned out just fine. By calling me, she saved herself a possible (more likely probable) after hours call due to having no heat.

The second lady asked me to come and give her a quote on a new furnace because she was under the impression that her furnace needed to be changed. When I showed up I commented that the house was nice and warm. She told me that her brother had been by and found a loose wire on the furnace. I cycled the furnace on and off a few times and I believe that he was correct. Although this furnace is quite old I suggested she budget the appropriate amount to replace the furnace within 3 to 7 years. I explained what parts would cost her if they needed to be replaced. Of course, I didn’t charge her for my time because we don’t charge for furnace replacement quotes.

The trust issue with Saskatoon heating and furnace contractors

What I realized when listening to these ladies is that there is a real trust issue with companies that they hire to come into their homes in Saskatoon. Who can you trust and how do you know you can trust them? This is the very reason that Trusted Saskatoon was started. A wonderful lady who was a single mother had a company charge her a ridiculous amount of money to change a P-trap in her plumbing system in 2010.

She thought there should be a better way to find businesses you can trust, so she created trustedsaskatoon.com and launched it along with her 5 Trusted guarantees in 2011.

The 5 Trusted Guarantees are:

  1. Provide the service and quality promised.
  2. Complete the job on time.
  3. Charge the price quoted with NO surprises.
  4. Communicate honestly and be responsive to customer needs.
  5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind.

To be a Trusted Saskatoon company I, along with every Trusted business, must adhere to these 5 promises. I believe that these promises are the foundation of good customer service, and that integrity and honesty must be maintained at all times in everything we do. We use this approach when dealing with our customers or dealing with our vendors. By maintaining this sense of integrity, honesty, and respect no matter who we are dealing with, those values ingrain themselves in the culture of our company – acting according to these values just becomes the norm.

JOB Heating and Air Conditioning is a company you can trust with your Saskatoon heating and furnace worries.

Who can you trust with Saskatoon heating and furnace issues

If you or someone you know are in a similar position to the ladies I saw this week, remember that JOB Heating and Air Conditioning is a Trusted Saskatoon company and we approach every job like it was in our own mother’s house. If you need other services that JOB Heating doesn’t provide, www.trustedsasaktoon.com works with the top companies in each category. From personal experience in dealing with Trusted partners, I have witnessed the integrity that I expect and value. Don’t hesitate to use JOB Heating and Air for your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs, and for all other needs check out trustedsaskatoon.com.

Trusted partners are here to help.

Jeff Bolton.

JOB Heating and Air Conditioning

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