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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.
Dishwashers are one of the delights of modern day kitchens. Today they have become much more than a household convenience. These appliances are now considered a necessity in most homes. However, like all electrical appliances, dishwashers can become defective with use.
In this article, we will guide you in troubleshooting your dishwasher. This will save you the trouble of having to deal with a defective dishwasher by having it repaired before it stops working. Just relax, grab a cup of coffee, and continue reading.
A clear indication that your dishwasher may need repairs is lukewarm or cold water that circulates through the unit. You must touch the water or dishes immediately after a cleaning cycle. The water should always be hot. In case the water is lukewarm or cold, you should have it checked with an expert dishwasher repair service.
Your dishwasher may also require repair if there is rusting inside the unit. The dishwasher should never rust from the inside. Rusting indicates that there may be some problem with the dishwasher. If you notice signs of rusting inside the unit, you should immediately contact a professional repair firm.
You must immediately get your dishwasher repaired if you see visible cracks in the body of the unit. Visible cracks will affect the performance of the dishwasher in cleaning the dishes. The dishwasher may not be able to successfully clean the dishes if there are signs of cracks in the exterior or interior of the dishwasher. It is important that you get the dishwasher repaired on the first signs of cracks in the inside or outside of the unit.
If the water pools at the bottom of the unit, you have to get it immediately checked with an appliance repair business. Most owners erroneously think that pooling of water inside the dishwasher is normal. The fact is pooling of water is the biggest indicator of malfunctioning within the unit. This not only results in wastage of water resources but also ineffective cleaning of the dishes. An appliance repair technician will effectively repair the unit to prevent pooling of water inside the unit.
You will not be able to shut the unit completely due to broken latch. This will result in ineffective cleaning of dishes. It is essential that the door of the dishwasher be completely closed for optimal cleaning of the dishes. Therefore, it is important that you get the broken door latch fixed immediately. Delay in repairing the latch may cause further problems increasing the cost of repairing the unit.
If your dishwasher shows any of the above signs, you should immediately get it repaired. Bonfe is a reliable name when it comes to troubleshooting and repairing household appliances in Minneapolis, St. Paul's and nearby areas.
In a perfect world, your plumbing would be a onetime, lifetime investment. Unfortunately, this never happens, and unless you perform regular maintenance checks and replace the parts that leak, sag, and nag at your comfortable life, you will be spending more in the long run.
You can easily keep plumbing disasters at bay by performing regular visual inspections and some DIY maintenance work, as detailed in the following plumbing checklist.
Your house's plumbing can develop various abnormalities. The good news is that most of them can be identified visually. The bad news is that this simple visual maintenance routine is commonly overlooked. The first thing to any maintenance work is to properly gauge the current condition of the plumbing and its systems. Only by being aware and alert of the outward signs of an inward plumbing problem can help keep larger issues at bay.
The following tasks are crucial to maintaining a healthy plumbing in your home.
Plumbing can easily become rusted and in the long run develop leaks and even contaminate your water supply. Corrosion is easily identifiable by greenish stains around brass and copper pipes/vales, while steel pipes develop yellowish and orange stains due to corrosion.
Inspect the water heater for signs of rust. Also, don't forget to check the toilet tank - it is one of the biggest guzzlers of water. If any part looks like it's broken or turning rust colored, replace it right away.
Start with the pipes that are exposed. These often experience cracks due to the expansion of pipes either in winters or due to certain strikes. In case of pipes present inside the walls or the foundation, a leak can be identified by watermarks on the ceiling, floor, or wall in addition to any puddles.
Common places that develop leakages include washing machine hoses, caulking areas that have lost the sealing, and sewer pipes as they leave the home.
• Cracked and broken flooring tiles are a danger sign, as it is highly likely that water may have been pooling underneath it and building pressure.
• Presence of mildew near your plumbing - this is a clear sign that water is seeping where it shouldn't.
Once the visual inspection is complete, it is time to take a more hands on approach to your plumbing systems. This will require performing simple testing procedures to see if the systems are working correctly. The following tasks will greatly help:
Important places to perform this check include your shower, kitchen, toilet etc. If you notice a decrease in water pressure then it is an indication that your plumbing has built up sediment.
Blockage is evident if your draining speed has decreased overtime: your tub might not be draining quickly; the kitchen sink starts to back up at the garbage disposal, etc. If the water flowing through the drain makes noises or causes bubbles, then that again signals plumbing issues.
Check if your toilets are wobbly or coming loose from the floor as this indicates a leakage, and will require immediate sealing to prevent future problems. Make sure you drain the water heater periodically and avoid build up of sediments.
Make sure you check the walls near or around the sinks. Push them in to assure no water is leaking and causing structural damage.
Please contact Bonfe for all your plumbing needs. All the best!
Are you experiencing trouble with your heating system? Then you are not alone. Every year hundreds of Americans complain of faulty furnace that does not produce the required heat to warm the rooms. Even the most well maintained heating equipment can break down or have issues. Major problems with the heating equipment can only be solved by expert technicians. However, you should know that there are some faults that you can resolve yourself.
Do you want to know some of the basic furnace repair tips that could save you lots of dollars? Then continue reading. Here you will unveil under the wrap secrets about repairing faulty furnaces that you can perform yourself.
Some of the reasons a furnace may be producing insufficient heat include a loose blower belt, a dirty filter or burner, or a faulty blower. These problems can occur in unison or they may happen independently. If your furnace also produces insufficient heat, you can look at these problems to know whether they are causing the heating problem with the furnace. You just have to possess basic skills to repair the problem yourself.
There are various reasons that a furnace may not be able to produce heat. Some of the reasons that the furnace may be having issues, producing heat include the following:
• Blown Fuse
• Tripped Circuit
• Closed Control Valve
• Faulty Thermostat
• Non Working Pilot Light
None of the above issues will result in significant repair cost for you. As with a furnace that produces insufficient heat, you can easily solve the above problems yourself if you possess basic plumbing and electrical skills.
Does your furnace switches on and then off without producing the desired level of heat? Then the culprit may be an overly dry motor, a dirty filter, or a clogged blower. You can lubricate the dry motor by using oil or grease. Dirty filter can be cleaned or replaced with a new filter. Finally, you can use a vacuum to clean out the clogged blower.
You can check the furnace pilot light by looking at the underside of the furnace. You can spot a blue flame emanating from a small pipe if the pilot light is working fine. Faulty pilot light may be caused by insufficient gas flow, a clogged opening, or a damaged thermocouple.
You can easily resolve the issue yourself if you are having the above problems with your heating system. Having said that, some problems with the furnace can only be resolved by expert technicians. Most reliable heating technicians are licensed, certified, and insured that you can trust in solving your major furnace-heating problems.
Bonfe is a trusted name in Saint Paul and Minneapolis Twin Cities metro area that solves all kinds of issues related to furnace heating. You can visit www.bonfe.com for getting your furnace heating issues resolved at an affordable price.
A report by EPA claims that around 10,000 gallons of water is wasted every year per household in the US due to water leaks in homes. Plumbing leaks in homes increases water bills by around hundreds of dollars. Some of these leaks are not easily noticeable and require a bit of searching to find.
In case you feel that you might not have the acute sensing capability of the detective genius, then do not worry. Here we will reveal five effective methods to find water leaks in your homes to get to the root of the problem.
The most common, yet least noticeable area where water leaks can occur is near the main water line. If you notice unexplained wet areas in your lawn, you could have an underground leak. To confirm whether there is an underground leak, a professional plumber will send video cameras down the pipes to determine the source of the leak. This allows the plumber to locate the problem without digging out your yard.
Another way to determine water leaks in homes is to check the water meter. You should first note down the reading of the water meter. Then do not run the faucet, flush toilet or use any water for the next three hours. Then check the water meter again. If the water meter has changed during this time, it may indicate that you have a water leak in your home.
A lot of people do not notice slow dripping faucets in their showers, sinks or tubs. These leaks may be small, but end up costing a lot of money in terms of increased water bills. It is essential that you regularly inspect the faucets. You should have a professional plumber make a routine check of faucets to ensure that they are not slowly eating away your money in the form of increase in water bills.
This is the most way that water is wasted in the homes. If you hear any noise from the toilet when not in use, you should have a professional plumber check it out. Another way to determine a faulty toilet is to place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color reappears after 15 minutes without flushing, your toilet may have a water leak.
Finally, a sudden increase in your water bill may also indicate a water leak in your home. You should pay attention to the amount that you pay for water bill every month. An unexpected increase in water bill may be indicative of faulty plumbing.
Having determined the source of the water leaks, you should contact a reliable plumber to solve the problem for you. You can visit www.bonfe.com for immediate assistance in fixing your plumbing leaks at your home.
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!