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Ottawa Boiler Services

Boiler Experts Serving Ottawa and the Surrounding Area

Boilers are highly effective systems for heating homes that are capable of providing consistent and efficient warmth throughout various living spaces. Their even distribution of heat makes them popular with many homeowners.  

At Francis Home Environment, our certified heating experts are prepared to meet all your residential boiler needs. Our Ottawa boiler services include comprehensive assistance with new installations, replacements, maintenance, and repairs. Our HVAC technicians are available 24/7/365, meaning we are always ready to jump into action and provide support when you need warmth most. 

We offer a satisfaction guarantee and are confident we can help deliver the home heating you deserve! Call (343) 453-5603 or contact us online to discuss your needs with a member of our team today.

How Do Boilers Work?

Boilers function through a systematic process that begins with a fuel source. Typically, this fuel can be natural gas, oil, or electricity. The boiler ignites the fuel to generate a flame, which then heats water contained in a closed-loop system. A heat exchanger transfers the heat from the combustion fuel to the water, raising its temperature without directly contaminating it with combustion gases. This heated water or steam is then circulated through a network of pipes to radiators, baseboards, or underfloor heating systems, which release heat into the living spaces.

The hot water or steam travels back to the boiler to be reheated, creating a continuous cycle. Modern boilers often include a pump to ensure the water moves efficiently through the system, preventing energy losses and maintaining a constant flow. Advanced control systems regulate the boiler's operations, adjusting the heat output based on the thermostat settings. This helps maintain the desired temperature throughout the home. Safety features such as pressure release valves and temperature controls are built-in to prevent the system from overheating or becoming over-pressurized. These components work together to maximize the boiler's efficiency and safety.

Why Choose a Boiler System for Home Heating?

Not sure whether you should invest in a furnace, heat pump, or boiler? Boiler systems can offer several compelling advantages that make them an excellent choice, and our Ottawa boiler services include help evaluating your home’s heating needs. We can walk you through whether a boiler system makes sense for your situation and explain your options. 

Boilers are known for their uniform heat distribution. Unlike forced air systems that can produce uneven heating and create cold spots, boilers heat water that circulates through radiators or underfloor systems, delivering consistent warmth throughout a home. This even heat is particularly beneficial during extremely cold conditions, as it can help maintain a stable indoor climate.

Modern boilers are designed to maximize fuel usage, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced utility bills. Many modern units are also compatible with renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, which can further enhance their efficiency and sustainability.

Noise pollution is a common concern with many heating systems. Forced air systems, for example, often generate a noticeable hum or buzz. In contrast, boiler systems tend to operate quietly, contributing to a peaceful home environment. The absence of fans and blowers means that the equipment tends to make less noise.

A key health benefit of boiler systems is the potential reduction of airborne allergens. Forced air systems can circulate dust, pollen, and other pollutants throughout the home. Boilers, however, use water to distribute heat, significantly minimizing the spread of allergens and improving indoor air quality. This can be extremely advantageous for individuals with allergies or respiratory issues.

Boilers generally require less maintenance and can have a longer lifespan compared to other heating methods. The fewer moving parts mean there is less that can go wrong, potentially reducing the need for frequent repairs. In many cases, an annual maintenance check and tune-up will keep a boiler in great shape, and Francis Home Environment can provide dependable post-installation support.

Signs You May Need a New Boiler

Even a well-maintained boiler will not last forever. Paying attention to the signs that your boiler may be nearing the end of its service life can help you address any issues or explore a timely replacement before a total system breakdown leaves you without heat. 

You may need to explore replacing your boiler if you notice any of the following issues:

  • Rising energy bills. As boilers age, they tend to become less efficient, requiring more fuel to produce the same amount of heat. This inefficiency not only impacts your wallet but also suggests that your boiler is struggling to perform its task effectively. If you observe a consistent rise in your energy costs without a corresponding increase in usage, it might be time to consider a replacement.
  • Frequent breakdowns. Scheduling occasional maintenance and repairs for minor malfunctions is normal, but if you find yourself calling a technician multiple times a year, the cumulative cost of repairs could surpass the cost of a new unit. You should continue to invest in expensive repairs for an older system that may soon fail altogether.
  • Aging equipment. Boilers have a typical lifespan of around 15 to 20 years. If your boiler is approaching or has exceeded this age range, it might be worth investing in a new model. Older boilers are not only less efficient but also usually lack the advanced technology and safety features found in modern units. Upgrading to a new boiler can significantly improve energy efficiency and contribute to safer operation.
  • Inconsistent heating. Experiencing uneven heating or finding that certain rooms are colder than others can be a sign that your boiler is no longer operating efficiently. This inconsistency is often due to wear and tear on the internal components, which can prevent the boiler from distributing heat evenly throughout your home. A new boiler can provide consistent and reliable warmth.
  • Strange sounds. While some noise is expected from any heating system, loud or unusual noises such as clanging, banging, or whistling can indicate serious issues. These sounds are often caused by internal components that are beginning to fail or sediment buildup within the boiler. If you hear any strange sounds coming from your boiler, it’s a good idea to have it inspected by a professional.
  • Yellow flame. The flame in a healthy boiler should burn blue. If you notice that the flame is yellow instead, it may suggest that the boiler is producing carbon monoxide due to incomplete combustion. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous, odourless gas that can be harmful or even fatal in high concentrations. A yellow flame indicates that the boiler is not burning fuel correctly and should be inspected immediately.
  • Water leaks. Leaks and puddles around the boiler are a serious indication of internal failures. These leaks can cause water damage to your home and signal that the boiler cannot hold pressure properly, which can reduce its efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Outdated controls and lack of features. Many modern boilers come with advanced controls and features that allow for better energy management. If your current boiler lacks programmable thermostats, smart home compatibility, or other innovative features, you are missing out on potential energy savings and convenience. Upgrading to a boiler with modern controls can make managing your home’s heating more efficient and user-friendly.

We stand behind our Ottawa boiler services and are ready to earn your satisfaction! Call (343) 453-5603 or contact us online today.


Providing You With Answers & Solutions
  • What is the Difference Between HVAC and Furnace?

    Again, this is another common question that we often receive from homeowners who are looking to install a new HVAC system into their homes. While an HVAC unit is responsible for heating, cooling, or ventilating your home, a furnace is simply a type of heating unit that comprises the home’s overall HVAC system. A furnace is either powered by electricity or natural gas. If you have natural gas in your home already, then chances are your furnace is also powered using this method compared to electricity.

    Further, regardless of the type of power used, the energy will produce heat onto a burner. The produced heat is then moved through what is known as a heat exchanger. The warmed air is then transferred out of your furnace system using your home’s ductwork before diffusing into each room of your home through air vents. At the same time, as your furnace produces heat, the combustion gasses created to do so are safely vented outside of your home using a flue pipe to ensure you do not come in contact with any carbon monoxide.

    The main components of your furnace system include:

    • The control system, also known as the thermostat
    • Gas valves
    • Burners
    • Heat exchangers
    • A motor blower
    • Ducts
    • Ventilation system
    • Flue pipe

    Together, they work to heat your thermostat to your liking regardless of what time of year it is.

    Are you thinking of installing a furnace in your home? Do you need repair or maintenance services for your furnace? Call us directly or book an appointment with Francis Home Environment today for more information on all HVAC.

  • What is the Difference Between AC and HVAC?

    This is a common question we receive from homeowners who are looking to install a new HVAC unit into their home, as there is some confusion about what each unit is. Therefore, to provide you with clarity, let’s take a look at what these differences are in more detail.

    Simply put, an HVAC unit is a heating, cooling, and air ventilating unit that is installed in your home. It allows homeowners to control the temperature inside their home to their preferences using a thermostat. This thermostat works to either increase or decrease the temperature. It also allows you to monitor your indoor temperature and set schedules for your heating and cooling cycles.

    On the other hand, an HVAC unit is in charge of circulating air inside your home. As a result, it helps homeowners keep their indoor air clean by removing any dust, hair, dirt, and other airborne contaminants that can affect your health. In addition, it also helps ensure your indoor air quality is not stagnant. Generally speaking, HVAC units will fall into these categories.

    • Air conditioners
    • Heat pumps
    • Boilers
    • UV air purifiers
    • Humidifiers
    • Water heaters
    • Furnace

    As you can see, an air conditioner is a type of HVAC unit responsible for heating your home. These can either be ductless or work using the ductwork of your home. The air conditioning unit will draw hot air into your home’s ductwork through a vent before it is drawn into your unit’s compartment. If you have a ductless system, it will draw air from the outside of your home before it is drawn into its compartment. The warm air is cooled using a refrigerant liquid that removes the heat from the air before it is blown back into your home using ductwork or through a vent on your air conditioning unit. The process of cooling the air is continued until the desired temperature set on your thermostat has been reached.

    The main components of your home’s air conditioning unit include:

    • Refrigerant
    • Compressor
    • Condenser coils
    • Air ducts, if applicable to your home
    • Expansion valve
    • Evaporator coil

    AS you can see, it is easy to get these two systems mixed as they are technically the same thing, yet they are different as well. Therefore, if you want to learn more about installing an air conditioning unit in your home or require repair or maintenance services for your home’s current air conditioning unit, the team at Francis Home Environment is here to help.

  • How Much Does HVAC Installation Cost in Ottawa?

    At Francis Home Environment, we recognize that every homeowner and home is different. And with over 85 years in the industry, we can confirm that when it comes to installing an HVAC into your home in Ottawa, there isn’t a one size fits all solution. Therefore, before we are able to provide you with an installation cost for a new HVAC in Ottawa, homeowners must first schedule a free at-home consultation with one of our technicians.

    During your consultation, a professional HVAC technician will listen to your unique needs as a homeowner before conducting a thorough inspection of your property. Once this is complete, a Francis Home Environment professional will be able to provide you with suggestions and recommendations on how to maximize your home’s energy efficiency while staying within your budget.

    Therefore, while we are unable to provide you with an installation cost online, we can provide you with a list of factors that will ultimately play a role in the final price so you can have a better understanding of what to inspect.

    Here is a closer look at some of these essential factors unique to your home and lifestyle:

    • The type of HVAC system you wish to install into your home.
    • The type of HVAC system currently installed on your property.
    • The scope of the project at hand.
    • The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of the HVAC unit you need for your home to operate as efficiently as possible.
    • The cost of labor relative to the size of your project.
    • The installation techniques needed to connect your new HVAC unit based on the size, layout, and other factors of your home.

    Another important consideration that will help us determine the appropriate size of your HVAC unit is the number of British Thermal Units (BTUs) required to heat and cool your home. This energy unit measures how much power it takes to heat one pound of water. Each HVAC unit has a different BTU number. This number is determined by:

    • The age of your home.
    • The quality of your home’s insulation, in addition to its heat gain and loss.
    • The total square footage of your home.
    • The layout of the rooms and floors throughout your home.
    • The style and quality of ductwork you have installed in your home.
    • The height of your ceilings.

    As you can see, choosing the correct HVAC unit for your home, along with the process of installation, are pretty complicated. As such, it’s common for homeowners to feel overwhelmed, especially when they do not have professional guidance to rely on. For example, without the professional advice of an HVAC company, you risk installing a unit into your home that is either too small or too large for your home. When this occurs, you will inevitably use more power to cool and heat your home than is required. In the end, it will end up costing you more money on your monthly energy bill. In addition, with a system that is the wrong size, you risk causing damage to your home that can end up costing you money over time as well.

    However, with the help of Francis Home Environment and our licensed, expert HVAC technicians, we’ll work with you closely from start to finish to ensure you feel well-informed and confident in the decisions made for your home from start to finish. Regardless of the type of project at hand, Francis Home Environment has your best interests in mind, so you can rest assured knowing your home is in good hands.

    At Francis Home Environment, we’re happy to offer all Ottawa homeowners financing when purchasing a new HVAC system!

    For more information on installation costs and choosing an HVAC in Ottawa that will optimize your home’s energy efficiency based on the unique features of your home, call us directly or book a free consultation with Francis Home Environment today so we can get you back to enjoying your home in no time.

  • What to Look for in an HVAC Servicing Company?

    When it comes to choosing a company to partner with for your HVAC services, sometimes, it can be not easy to select one that is reliable enough to get the job done right the first time. Therefore, it is essential that homeowners do their due diligence and research before signing a contract with any HVAC servicing company, as it can end up costing them more money in the long run if something is not repaired or installed correctly.

    Therefore, to ensure that homeowners feel well-informed when making their decision, here are some of the most critical factors that you should look for in an HVAC servicing company that prove they are trustworthy and suitable for the job:

    Years of Experience 

    One of the first and most important factors in choosing the right company for your HVAC services is choosing a business that has years of experience. While newer companies may provide quality work, it can lead to a hit or miss scenario. On the other hand, a company with years of experience has the knowledge and skills to keep a business up and running for an extended period of time.

    Positive Customer Reviews 

    The most telling sign that a business is reliable with its ability to offer you quality results is positive customer reviews. Customers are what make any business successful. Therefore, if the company has positive testimonials on its website and other social media pages from previous clients, then you can feel confident that what they are saying is true.

    Proper Licensing 

    All HVAC technicians and companies in Ottawa are required to have all the proper licenses and certifications to operate legally. Therefore, if you are looking for more confirmation that a company you’re thinking of working with is legitimate, ask them for proof of documentation to ensure that it is accurate and valid.

    Insurance/Warranty on Services 

    Further, the company you choose to partner with should also come with insurance and/or warranty on all services they offer. That way, if something should go wrong, you can rest assured knowing that you will not be reliable to pay for any repairs or modifications once a technician has finished servicing your home.

    Get a Free Quote 

    Companies that are unwilling to give homeowners free quotes should not be trusted. A professional company should provide you with a free estimate on the services you need, and all costs should be confirmed before any work is conducted in your home.

What Homeowners Say About Us

4.9 Stars On Google From Over 4,100 Homeowners
  • “Professional, friendly and efficient. He diagnosed the issue within seconds and had it fixed within minutes. He gave our system a thorough checkover after completion and had lots of useful advice for cheap maintenance and care.” - David C.
  • “We have been dealing with them for years and always have a good experience. I highly recommend Francis.” - Laura P.
  • “I own a home that was built in the 1960s and this team was able to find a solution for every problem that came up.” - J.W.
  • “The technician worked extremely hard to troubleshoot the issue in our extremely warm house. He utilized another team member via video call to assist him with the technology.” - Marshall M.
  • “A team that works well together, pleasure to have them in our home. This is the second big job done by Francis Fuels here, not one complaint. Good products, great reliable service and to top it off, friendly, kind and respectful.” - Catherine L.
  • “Service has always been top-notch for the many years we have been with them. Highly recommended for both service and installation of equipment and add-ons.” - Arthur W.

    The Francis Home Environment Difference

    Certified Technicians Providing Exceptional Service
    • Comfort Guaranteed

      We guarantee all of our installations, for a peaceful home and mind.

    • Trusted Experience

      Francis Home Environment has been serving families in Ottawa and the surrounding area since 1933.

    • Locally Based & Operated

      We’ve been serving local families for over eighty-five years, which shows both our dedication and experience.

    • Serious Service

      We offer ‘round-the-clock service so that you’re always covered.