Powell River contractor adds appliance repair

ProFlame Contracting expands and launches fireplace showroom

ProFlame Contracting, Powell River’s one-stop shop for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, known for its top-notch quality work and customer satisfaction, has expanded its services and is branching out.

For many years, ProFlame has been providing a wide range of residential and commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning services, including repair of existing systems, upgrades and new installations.

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“We do everything from refrigeration to heat-recovery ventilator systems,” says ProFlame owner Keith Brown.

ProFlame is now expanding its services for homeowners looking to replace old heating and hot water tank systems with high-efficiency natural gas appliances. The company is also getting into home appliance repair, says Keith.

“Before replacing a broken down washing machine or clothes dryer, give us a call,” he says. “Our skilled technicians will take a look at your appliance and diagnose the problem to see if it can be fixed. That could save you a lot of money.”

ProFlame is the local dealer for some of the most trusted, well-established brands in home heating and cooling. ProFlame sells, installs and services Regency fireplaces, Lennox furnaces, IBC boilers and Rinnai tankless on-demand hot water heaters.

ProFlame is currently renovating its shop to include a showroom for its customers to see its products firsthand and how they work.

“We’re planning to have 12 Regency fireplaces on the wall of the showroom for our customers to see,” says Keith. “We’re installing an IBC boiler with radiant in-floor and ceiling-mounted radiators to heat the shop, showroom and our offices.”

With no Powell River Home and Garden Show scheduled for this year, ProFlame is planning to bring a taste of the home show to its new showroom.

“We’re planning a weeklong open house,” says Keith. “It will give the public the chance to stop by the shop and see our showroom and find out more about how easy and beautiful it is to have a Regency fireplace installed in their homes.”

A Regency representative will be on hand to answer customers’ questions.

“It’ll be like bringing the home show to our showroom,” adds Keith.

The ProFlame team is tight-knit. Keith and Roberto Ius have worked hard in the past months to find the right group of skilled tradespeople in order to build the company’s future, says Keith. The company employs a team of five journeyman gas fitters, two journeyman refrigeration specialists, and two apprentices. The team includes Ius, Jeff Tucker, Casey Jantz, Mike Berghauser, John Gavigan, Dieter McIntosh, Chris Dalzell and Hunter Findlater. Leslie Ius is the company’s administrativeassistant. Sharon Brown is co-owner and supportive of Keith’s day-to-day decisions.

Keith says he is proud to provide ongoing education for his team in order to ensure it has the most up-to-date information.

“Training is huge for us,” he says.

In spring, once the shop renovations are complete, ProFlame is planning to bring trainers from FortisBC, Lennox, Regency Fireplaces and IBC Boilers to Powell River to provide in-house training sessions.

"We're very conscientious about the work we do, to make sure it's done right and safely," says Roberto.

ProFlame also installs and services specialty refrigeration systems, such as those found on boats and in commercial kitchens.

“We think outside the box and we always make stuff work one way or the other,” says Roberto.

One service often overlooked is boiler maintenance and flushing, says Keith.

Radiant in-floor systems and baseboard or wall-mounted radiators are becoming more common as a way to heat homes efficiently, adds Keith. One thing often overlooked with these boiler systems, even if they are relatively new, is that they need to be flushed periodically and have the water pH-balanced in order to maintain tier efficiency, he says.

"Using an infrared thermometer, we can take temperatures from your radiator and your floor before the flush,” explains Keith.  “Then after the flush, we’ll take the temperature again and if the water was dirty I guarantee you’ll see a positive difference in the amount of heat being produced.”

For more information, call ProFlame at 604.223.0056 or email proflame@shaw.ca. ProFlame is located at 4504 Fernwood Avenue. Find and like ProFlame on Facebook.

 
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