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Founded in 1993, Bonfe is a family owned and operated business specializing in residential plumbing, heating, cooling, drain cleaning, electrical, indoor air quality and appliance repair services. When you have multiple repairs that need to be done in your home, think of One Company and make One Call to Bonfe.
Our appliance repair technicians are licensed, bonded and insured so you can feel confident having them in your home.
Our appliance repair technicians can repair or replace any appliance in the Twin Cities metro area. Whether you have a 20 year old oven that’s not heating or a high end refrigerator that is just out of its warranty period Bonfe factory trained appliance repair technicians can help.
Bonfe's Plumbing, Heating and Air Services, Inc. offers repair and installation services in and around the following Minnesota cities:
Inver Grove Heights
North St Paul
South St Paul
Spring Lake Park
St Louis Park
St Paul Park
West St Paul
White Bear Lake
White Bear Twnshp
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Our business has been designed around making the lives of our customers easier, more enjoyable and stress free. We offer more services under one roof than our competitors so you don’t have to waste time finding a qualified contractor for each and every repair in your home.
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This career open house is for individuals seeking lifelong career opportunities. At Bonfe, our goal is to hire the right person at the right time, and encourage that person to find what he or she does best. When that perfect match between employee and skill set is found, the possibilities are endless.
At Bonfe, we have a strong commitment to our employees. What does that mean to you? A safe, secure and supportive work environment with opportunities to grow.
If you’re looking to make a career move, this open house is for you. It will be a causal experience, fun and most of all, informative. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our history, staff, operations or plans for continued growth. We hope to see you soon!
Where: Bonfe Headquarters located at 505 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
When: Thursday, September 25th from 6:00 PM- 8:30 PM
What to Expect: Interviews will be conducted, prizes raffled off and building and vehicle tours available for those who are interested. Food and beverages will be served throughout the entire open house.
If you have any questions before the open house, please call Betsy:
Jake has said that Bonfe did not start out as a career, “Who thinks that being a warehouse runner could lead to such a career that one decides this is where I want to work when I grow up?” 10 years later is clear that Jake has made quite a career for himself. Jake would tell others that as long as you’re open to new experiences and willing to learn, Bonfe will work with you to help create attractive opportunities to keep you motivated and challenged.
Dayna says Bonfe is the most enjoyable place to work that she has been at! Bonfe has a great environment, amazing people to work with, and even better leaders. She wouldn't hesitate to refer any of her friends and family and is glad she calls Bonfe her work home.
Connie believes Bonfe has it all, a great environment with supportive co-workers and leaders, direction from the leadership team, core beliefs and a focus that most companies are lacking. Bonfe truly is a team that works together to better the company, and therefore each other.
Alex feels that unlike many companies out there these days, Bonfe gives employees an opportunity to grow. The close family environment at Bonfe cultivates not only lessons in the working world, but lessons that cross over into family lives outside of work. He says Bonfe has a great environment and is a place people want to work at and stay long term.
When asked what made Bonfe different and a place he wanted to stay for his career, he stated things were always moving, changing, and evolving in a good direction. There is always opportunity for growth and to learn and further yourself as an employee and person.
Summers have been hectic for your AC units.
For the past several months, and years before, the "solar-mighty Sun" has been chugging heatwaves at us, and our beloved cooling friend.
Add to this the various atmospheric inversions that raptly amplified the summer heat and turned the already blazing summer scorching - and we can just imagine what those cooling coils, compressor, fan motor, and other electro-mechanical parts of the AC unit must be buzzing to one another.
Given that your air conditioner has borne your home through many raids of these scorching summers, and has let its equipment toast throughout the day and then cool at night for "only-you-know" how many years, it might be time to replace it.
RIP our friend, may you get recycled and become a part of some other lovable cause.
Now don't get gloomy, we never said it is time to bring in the new one right away!
Your air conditioner inhales the atmospheric air, filters it of particulate matter, allergens, and other pollutants; it controls the moisture levels of the air, and conditions it to comfortable thermal levels. This demands a lot of mechanical effort from the fan, the compressor and its coolant, the cooling coils, and the electronics.
By now, your AC may have undergone several maintenance checks where you had its coolants refilled, equipment serviced, and many parts tossed out only to be replaced by better and newer parts.
This may point to the fact that your cooling and conditioning friend may be getting old and inefficient. You know this is true if:
Newer technology has allowed ACs to increase the SEER value (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) of your AC unit, and save up to 20% on energy bills. New government energy consumption regulations have already called that air conditioning equipment should earn the ENERGY STAR label. Simply replacing "bits and parts" with newer technology will not bring in the benefits that a "whole" can.
Your AC, in the end, is a mechanical unit, and the regular heat build up and dissipation of these mechanical components only decreases the overall cooling and energy efficiency of the equipment. Replacing major components with newer ones only creates a mismatch between efficiency levels of different components - a new compressor cannot overcome the cooling coil working at 50% of its original. The coil, on the other hand, will reduce the working efficiency of the compressor.
Check your HEY score, and if it is low, it means your equipment is guzzling electricity and not delivering.
Does your AC unit need a replacement? Yes? Then stop delaying the inevitable and in the process reduce your irritation with an old friend.
You need the cooling - and if your AC unit is not in proper shape and needs replacing, NOW is always the right time to do it.
Humidity can send your energy bills skyrocketing by wrecking havoc to your air conditioning unit's coils, and more.
So, are we going to share various ways of reducing humidity in your home?
No, and that's the irritating part.
Your AC units, according to the climate outside, may or may not need humidity to function properly. Let's get started with the basics.
Humidity is another name for the net moisture in the atmosphere, which in your case is the atmosphere of your home or office building. This moisture is essentially in the form of miniscule droplets of liquid, primarily water. As a result, it easily disperses throughout space in the building. It plays a vital role in increasing/decreasing the capacity of the AC to maintain required levels of thermal comfort.
In summary, the absence/presence of humidity is a prime variable that can significantly reduce or increase your energy bills.
The problem: AC units need to reject humidity when it is readily available, i.e. during summers and while it is in dire need of it when it is scarce, i.e. during winters.
The solution: Adding the right equipment or naturally controlling the level of humidity present in the internal atmosphere of your home/office-building.
Your AC unit comprises of multiple cooling coils that are connected to a compressor and a suction fan. The coils are placed such that the air flowing through the unit, or in case of HVACs the air ducts, directly collides with the coils. Since the coils are continuously being cooled by the compressor, they cause moisture in the air to lose the heat energy. The result is a cooler and more comfortable room temperature.
Humidity as a Problem: Compared to dry air molecules, it is harder to cool moisture.
As stated earlier, humid air contains high amounts of vaporized liquid (moisture). When this moist air collides with the cooling coils, the moisture condenses into liquid vapors. As a result, most of the energy supplied to the coils is used for removing humidity instead of cooling the room. This is one way your AC unit dehumidifies the air, and only when acceptable levels of humidity have been achieved does the coil start cooling the air.
You see? High levels of humidity in the summer actually forces the AC to utilize more energy for dehumidifying the air. Though it is necessary to improve thermal comfort levels, it increases energy costs, and also decreases the effectiveness of the unit as more time is spent liquefying the moisture instead of cooling the air.
During winters, humidity levels drop dramatically. As a result, the heat pump in the AC, or your HVAC, will have to work a lot harder. Why? Because it is easier to transfer heat energy through moisture than through dry air molecules! Or in terms of "Physics 101", it is easier to transfer heat through convection than radiation.
Pair your AC units with de-humidifiers and humidifiers. This will increase the effectiveness of the AC unit, and its energy consumption - and hence those bills!
Autumn is approaching fast. Have you checked your furnace to make sure it is in working order before the cold sets in? Here are a few pieces of information you should know to help check if all the equipment is in working order. Having a yearly inspection is also worth it in the long run. A professional may catch a problem before it becomes a major cost to you.
Before the cold sets in you should replace your filter. Most filters easily slide out of place in your blower chamber. There usually are instructions in your furnace manual if you have questions on how yours works. If your manual suggests a certain type of filter be sure to purchase that kind. Consider replacing your filter with a HEPA filter or electrostatic one. This will increase your energy efficiency in your home by letting the warm air to flow easily through your home. Filters should always be changed monthly.
Is the area around your furnace clutter free? Make sure boxes, totes and other debris are not too close to your furnace. They can impede the flow of air and reduce the efficiency and life of your furnace.
Before the really cold days set in, be sure to give your furnace a test run. That way you will know if you need a professional to come out and look at it. Does it kick out the heat? Make any odd noises? If you wait until it is really needed and then find out it doesn't work properly, it can be an expensive emergency.
To make sure you are heating as efficiently as possible, make sure all your air vents do not have boxes, papers or other items in front of them. You can also make sure you have the vents on the floor open and the ones nearest the ceiling closed. This will provide better air circulation.
It is smart to have yearly maintenance checks done by a professional heating service. Here are a just a few things they will inspect:
• Check for carbon monoxide
• Check the operation of the blower, fan and motor operation
• Check the thermostat and and safety controls to see if they are working properly
• Check the piping that goes to your furnace for any issues
• Hazardous debris check for blockages in the chimney
• Check alignment of the fan belt
• Check the gas pilot if needed on your furnace
Let us save you some money, time, and headaches down the road, we have collected and presented some of our beloved plumbing tricks for solving common problems that homeowners may face.
If you need professional help please contact us at Bonfe with any questions you may have.
The easiest way to prevent sprayer snarls from the plumbing, insulate it. It often happens that the kitchen sink sprayers get caught on the shutoff valves. The simple solution is to slip in foam pipe insulations over both the pipes and the shutoff valves (1/2 in. do pretty well). Now tape it to make it stay put!
Are those copper pipes making your home feel like it's a building "under construction"? It is a common occurrence that copper pipes expand and grind against pipe hangers and joists. You can easily wipe that sound off those copper pipes with some adhesive-backed felts. All you have to do is pick up some adhesive-backed felt from the hardware store, cut it into strips, remove each hanger, wrap the pipe with the felt, and refasten the hanger. Now say hello to those mute pipes!
Steel basins and sinks mostly vibrate because of additional spaces. You can deaden the sounds by spraying them with expanding foam. Simply fill the space between two stainless steel sink basins with expanding foam. As soon as it hardens, it will immediately lessen the gong effect.
A plunger, as you might have experienced, is never your best ally in pulling out hard objects like a toothbrush, comb or toy when it plugs a toilet or drain. On the contrary, it pushes the objects down. A better way is to use a shop vacuum to suck out the water and the obstruction.
When trying to locate a pipe under the floor, a strong magnet, a fishing tape, and a compass is your ultimate team of detectives, and your best bet at finding hidden pipes. Simply attach a rare earth (neodymium) magnet to an electrical fish tape and slowly feed it into drain lines using the cleanout plug. Now you can easily locate the magnet (and hence the pipe it's in) under the floor using an ordinary compass. It'll go crazy at its achievement - of finding the magnet underneath it!
In case of an emergency during a plumbing project simply turn off the water supply, fill 2- gallon buckets with water, and flush the toilet manually by dumping the water in the bowl. A rule of thumb is to get one flush per bucket. Works just as well as the usual method, except that it won't refill the bowl.
The next time you take on a major plumbing project, don't forget to take near-X-ray scans of your walls. Take pictures of what's inside the walls, floors, and ceilings during remodeling. You'll know where the framing and the electrical and plumbing lines are when the next remodeling comes your way.
Let us know if you need us to make a house call. All the best!
As you read, the plumbing in your home snakes water underneath the floor, and through the walls and the ceilings. It is one of the biggest and essential systems in your house, and as the Wisdom of Solomon has it, you must know it inside out, or at least as best as possible.
The following are the plumbing essential questions every home owner must have the answer to. Their answers will not only aid you in being control of a major system, but also have the answers to mitigate damage during dangerous situations, and hence keep the maintenance costs in check.
The first thing that you have to do in case of a major leak is to turn off the water flow from the source. Normally, the main valve is located at the meter, or if you have a well, where the well supply comes into the house. At times, multiple shut off valves are also present, located at both the meter and at the house. Find them!
If you do not want to be left out of hot water for cooking, showers, and dishwashing until the heater is repaired, locate the shut off valve.
Every sink and toilet has an angle stop (aka, the shut off valve). Find out where they are and whether they are designed for repeated usage over long periods. Use them accordingly. Then again, find out how to shut off water to each appliance and avoid using the main shut off valve every time a major appliance causes problems.
You should keep your budget in check, and ensuring you're being billed properly is one of them. Knowing how to read your bill also gives you an early warning of leaky plumbing. Your local water company can help you read your bill and meter.
High water pressure is the number 1 cause of leaks. Water pressure can be measured using water pressure gauge. You can purchase an easy to use water pressure gauge for less than $10, or ask your local water company.
The waste system can be either a sewer or septic. Resolving clogs becomes a far simpler task when you know where it is, and how to use it.
Condensation water from the air conditioning units, if not drained properly, can seep into the wall and cause extensive water and mold damage to the building.
All the best with mastering your plumbing essentials! For any queries and professional help, feel free to get in touch with us at Bonfe!
There is a "plumbing wisdom" that seems to have been passed down generations. It includes talks about the utility of in tank cleaners for toilets, running water while disposing waste, the working of drains, sacred user manuals, etc.
The problem is that though "everybody knows it", we couldn't trace the wisdom to authentic sources and so we decided to go out for a myth debunking journey. The results, unfortunately, in many cases, is an oversimplified or just plain wrong plumbing fact. Let us share our trophies with you:
"In tank" cleaners, though seemingly make your chores easier by decreasing the time you have to spend scrubbing your toilet, they are a cost that you should cut because they simply bleach smelly build-up, but don't get rid of it.
A simpler DIY action would be to use vinegar down the overflow tube. Vinegar removes smelly build-up that can damage the flow of your toilet at a fraction of the cost of "in tank" cleaners.
It's something most of us have done. And though it may seem logical that a combo of running water in the wake of using garbage disposal will help flow of waste down the drain, it mostly results in jamming the drain - and making us reach our hands down the drain to unblock whatever leftovers got jammed in the pipes.
A blockage has to be removed. Running water after it will only cram it further. Our advice: keep the ratio between water and waste to 4:1, so that the waste is separated and flows with ease down the drain.
This is the typical "Out of sight, out of mind" fact, but one that doesn't really apply to the plumbing world.
Even without you knowing, foods like pasta and rice soak in water, bloat, and cause clogs in your drains. Hence, it blocks the passage for other waste to peacefully pass through the pipes.
Our wisdom from experience dictates that you can prevent the blockage only by using sinks, toilets, and showers correctly. How? By making sure that you fill the sink with water prior to draining; placing a hair screen in the drain when using showers, etc. And be sure to use the proper drain cleaning products if need be.
According to this fact, leaving bits of soapy water on the sink after washing your hands or utensils is alright - Wrong! The mixture of water and soap causes faucets and fixtures to corrode, and hence peel and bubble. You are best advised to wipe the fixtures off after each use; it's the extra 2 seconds that help prevent fixtures from corroding.
Though user manuals contain some complicated drawings, they contain information that is useful for the layman as well. Though they may not be the most entertaining read in the world, they can save you money and time in the long-run!
For more informative plumbing advice from the experts at Bonfe, stay tuned!