Kirk’s Heating & Custom Sheet Metal Three Hills
Our rich history
Our roots run deep in the Three Hills community. In fact, Kirk’s has been around for more than 100 years! That’s quite the legacy, and one we are proud to be a part of and happy to continue.
Our founder, Roger Pringle Kirk, started the business in the early 1900s. Looking for a fresh start, he moved to the Three Hills area and started selling barrels, books, Bibles and bathtubs door to door. Eventually working his way into local homes and farmsteads with his much-needed tinsmith skills, he was able to establish a local shop space in the 1930s. Roger and his business became an integral part of the community, fixing everything from milk pails and radiators to custom sheet metal and, of course, keeping homes warm by making and installing furnaces. His innovative Alberta Winner furnace can still be seen today in the local Kneehill Museum.
In 1971, Vernon Wiebe, who had worked previously for the business, partnered with Norris Kirk, grandson of our founder Roger Pringle Kirk. They rented the shop from Jim Stewart, then owner of Kirks Heating Ltd., for the first two years and then moved to a rent-to-purchase agreement in 1973. After owning the business from 1968-1971, Jim Stewart returned to full-time farming in the Three Hills area. By 1978 Vernon and Norris proceeded with a patent for Roger’s famous Alberta Winner coal furnace and stoker. Vernon’s wife Sharon Wiebe joined Kirk’s as office manager and would do so for more than 40 years. Kirk’s also started to focus on natural gas furnaces and pursued various shop contracts with firms in Central Alberta in the 1980s.
In October 2014, AJ Walker and Jeannette Austin took over and started construction on the present-day Kirk’s Heating & Custom Sheet Metal location. In July 2015, the necessary equipment from downtown Three Hills was moved to the new building on 17th Ave NE. The transition took more than nine months of planning and was completed in four hours with two forklifts, one flat bed truck and 10 men. The equipment was in its new home and we opened our doors for business that summer.
We are privileged to have such a heartwarming — and home-warming — history in our community. Over the years, as the industry and the community have changed, we’ve adapted, improved and experienced significant growth. In 2018 we expanded to include refrigeration and air conditioning services. Just as the Kirk’s owners before us, we have the same values of integrity and a deep commitment to our community. We are happy to provide only the best services and quality workmanship to our Kneehill community.
At Kirk’s Heating & Custom Sheet Metal, our goal is to create a family atmosphere. We are a small but efficient team. Our technicians are all SAIT-certified.
Our shop is a unique mixture of classic and modern equipment that is priceless to our business and enables us to provide custom sheet metal and fabrication work for any type of project. Our 6-foot press break, 8-foot hand break and 8-foot sheer have been used daily for more than 65 years for custom sheet metal projects of all types. Generations of tinsmith tools and patterns line our shop walls, speaking to our history and expertise, and always at hand, ready for your next project.
Frequently asked HVAC questions
The average life of a furnace is 15 to 30 years, but keep in mind that annual furnace maintenance is key to the longevity of your unit and its parts. Common signs that your furnace needs to be replaced include the actual age of your system, whether parts are still available and worth the cost of replacing, rising energy bills, cracked heat exchangers or a size that is no longer equipped to heat your home. Kirk’s Heating is here to help and can give you an honest system assessment. The good news is, replacing your furnace can add value to your home when it comes time to sell. Contact us today for a FREE consultation. Learn more about our heating services.
Every project is different and costs will vary depending on your specific needs. The value in a new high-efficiency furnace can be high, with cost savings and air quality improvements that are priceless. We’d love to provide our expertise and guide you through your project. No project is too big or too small! Contact us today for a FREE consultation or project estimate. Check out our products to see a full list of the heating products we offer.
Every air conditioning project is different and costs will vary depending on your specific requirements. Our specialists will give you sound advice and direction, ensuring you get the right system for your needs. Contact us today for a FREE consultation or project estimate. Learn more about our cooling services.
We do not provide plumbing services, but our team can point you in the right direction. Contact us today!