So your boiler is out of commission. Hopefully it’s not the dead of winter; but even if it isn’t, you will want your boiler fixed sooner than later. But before you go looking for boiler repair services in Toronto, there are a few things you should know.
The Greater Toronto Area is home to dozens of HVAC companies. On one hand, it’s nice to have lots of choices, but that also makes it difficult to sort through them and decide which one will do the job right.
Here are things to keep in mind when hiring boiler repair services in Toronto:
Not all companies are experts on all boiler brands and models.
Many repair companies specialize in a specific brand of heating and cooling equipment. Check their website to see which models they sell; if they sell it, they’re more likely to know the ins and outs of fixing it.
If you rent your boiler, you may not have a choice in which company to hire.
Watch out —rental agreements for boilers and other HVAC equipment often stipulate that you can only have it repaired by the company that sold it to you, or one of their affiliates. Breaching that agreement could land you in hot water.
Look at customer reviews on third-party site. Every HVAC company will have glowing customer testimonials on their websites.
Don’t let them influence you too much. Instead, look to third party website like Yelp and HomeStars (the Canadian equivalent of Home Advisor). These reviews are what really give you the goods on which company to choose.
Look at reviews for all services, not just boiler repair.
Boilers are less common in Ontario these days compared to gas furnaces, so there may not necessarily be many boiler reviews out there. Check out reviews for the company’s other services as well. If AtlasCare air conditioning installation services are highly reviewed on HomeStars, you can likely expect similar service for boilers.
Finally, give the company a phone call and speak to their customer service crew. While the person answering the phone is unlikely to be the person fixing your boiler, in my experience, the quality of customer care you receive strongly reflects their quality of service overall. When I hired AtlasCare air conditioning installation services last spring, I made the ultimate decision based on the call I had with their office in Oakville. It turned out to be a good move.
With summer just around the corner, I plan to buy a new BBQ grill. My old grill took a beating last winter (R.I.P.), and I want to replace it in time for the May 2-4 weekend. Since a full-size BBQ is no small investment, so I wanted to do my research and figure out what is the best BBQ to buy.
Sounds simple, right? Not exactly.
I started with a basic question: what is the best BBQ to buy? Since most of my friends are renters (and most landlords are not keen on balcony fires), I went to the internet in search of the best grill reviews.
It turns out there is a lot more to buying a BBQ than choosing between propane or charcoal. I quickly realized I would need to ask myself a spread of other questions before I could figure out what is the best BBQ to buy.
Based on the best grill reviews I’ve read, here’s a list of other factors you should consider when deciding on a new BBQ:
Size: How many meals do you plan to cook at once? While the extra-large, multi-level grills are enticing, they are not right for everyone. The rule of thumb for BBQ size is to have 50 square inches of cooking space for every portion of food. If you only cook for small family, a smaller grill will better suit your needs.
Quality of Materials: A BBQ should be safe, stable, and built to last. Stainless steel costs more upfront, but it lasts longer than aluminum and sheet metal. You should also watch out for sharp corners and edges, and be sure the grill will not tip over easily. This is something you can only test in-person, so it is good to check out the grill at a local retailer before you order it online.
Temperature: Most BBQ grills have an adjustable temperature, but some models offer a wider temperature range from others. You will want to pay attention to this if you plan to cook foods that need a precise temperature, like fish.
Burners: In general, BBQ owners end up replacing burners more often than any other part of the grill. Check out the best grill reviews to see how long the burners usually last for other users. A good burner should last at least 10 years.
BTU: British Thermal Units (BTU) indicate how much gas a BBQ grill uses and how much heat it can produce at the highest setting. 40,000 BTUs is enough for chicken and vegetables, but you will need about 60,000 to cook tougher cuts like steak.
I remember the first time the air conditioner broke in my family’s home. Unfortunately for us, it was late July, smack in the middle of the heat in the summer. My family home houses 7 people – my parents, two brothers, two sisters, and me. So when the air conditioner broke, all hell broke loose. Although our home is pretty big and full of windows, the humidity of the summer just flows through the entire house. During the day it’s bearable because we can just jump in the pool whenever it gets too hot. It’s way worse at night because sleeping in heat is just something my family is not used to at all. Pretty sure we found the best emergency air conditioning repair because yes, it definitely was an emergency.
I remember it so vividly because it was just such a horrible experience. My sisters were still sharing a room, and they found it so unbearable that they decided to sleep in the basement which was substantially cooler. Unfortunately, the rest of my family had the exact same idea, so the first night at around midnight, 7 of us were in the guest bedroom in the basement trying to figure out who would sleep where. My parents decided that my sisters would get the room because they were down there first. Instead of heading back to my bedroom on the top floor, I slept on the couch in the den. My two brothers pumped up an air mattress and slept on the floor of the den. My parents toughed it out, but their master bedroom was on the main floor which isn’t nearly as hot as the top floor.
My parents had already called a repair company the day before when the AC went out, but since it was the middle of summer, all the repair companies were extremely busy and told us they would get back to us as soon as they could. Obviously after sleeping in an oven the night before, my parents called another company for air conditioning repair – st. Catherines this time because it was more local to us. They were busy as well but came a couple of hours later when my family was resting by the pool. Thank goodness they fixed it right away and we all got an amazing sleep that night. This is one of the reasons I wanted to start this blog – to help out those who can’t afford or can’t find proper repair companies. I don’t want you to have to go through what my family and I went through.
If you’ve got any issues regarding your home, just come take a look at my blog. I will offer instructions on how to DIY your home as well as help you do any simple repairs if need be. I was pretty much born a handyman and have started my own business consulting and giving advice on anything related to handyman things. My father was a handyman before me and taught be everything he knows. I feel that I have gathered enough information to feed a town!
Hopefully the info on this blog will help guide you with any home repairs you will need. If the repair isn’t simple, I will also offer some of the best services that I’ve found in and around the area. Your home is your beacon of hope and comfort, so I understand how important it is to make sure everything regarding it is perfect.