A gas boiler, fuelled with natural gas, oil, LPG or propane (etc), is the most common kind of appliance used for central heating in Bowbrook and throughout the United Kingdom. It heats water which flows through pipes or a radiator, and it is used for hot water in the home as well as for a central heating system. It is also used for radiant floor heating systems. An annual boiler inspection and maintenance check by a registered “Gas Safe” gas boiler service heating engineer is essential for safety and comply with UK Law.
The Engineer will make sure that the heating system is installed according to regulations during the annual central heating and boiler inspection, that it is safe and it is working efficiently according to the manufacturers’ instructions. If this is done properly every year, gas boiler breakdowns and the resulting emergency repair work can often be avoided.
Bowbrook Super Low Energy Combi Boiler Inspection – A Number of Things You Will Want to Know
Combi boilers used to be very unreliable and would go wrong regularly, it was only around thirty years ago that Vaillant were the only manufacturers in the UK to have a Model, but in recent years due to technological advances, climate control and the demand for more efficiency, New reliable, highly efficient Combi Boilers now account for over 50% of all new boiler installations in the UK. Combi boiler prices vary due hugely due to brand, dimensions, power consumption and reputation.
They are amazing space saving devices which heat your home and heat your homes water directly from one compact unit. The 'Combi' is naturally highly efficient and does not require a water cylinder or any laborious tanks in the loft. Water is instantly heated and delivered through the taps at mains pressure so you can enjoy powerful showers without the need of a pump.
How A Combi Boiler Works
The Central Heating
When the temperature of your property goes below the required temperature you have set on your thermostat. The thermostat signals to the boiler to fire up the pump inside the boiler. The 'Venturi Effect' into action. The water starts flowing through a narrow gap in the pipe causing pressure to build up, just like when you put your thumb over a garden hose the velocity of the water increases and is this pressure that opens the gas valve.
The gas is ignited and the heat exchanger rapidly heats up a limited amount of water, when the desired temperature is met, the thermostatic element expands, the hot water valve closes and the heating system valve opens. This allows the hot water to escape into and circulate in the central heating system, increasing the heat of your property to your required temperature.
The Hot Water
The hot water is heated similarly to the Central Heating but it is the hot water taps that signals to the boiler to start up. The hot water is heated by taking around 12 litres per minute of mains pressure through the heat exchanger, which transfers the heat from the burning flame to the water. Which is then delivered to the hot water tap.
Applications for the Combi Boiler
The main difficulty is the hot water supply to the taps. Although some manufacturers believe their combi boilers can service multiple bathrooms. Arguing that multiple bathrooms can be supplied sufficiently and depends largely on the lifestyles of the occupants. A combi boiler could feasibly supply larger homes with more bathrooms. However, if for instance bathroom 1 is being used and bathroom 2 was also being used, the combi boiler could not simultaneously supply enough hot water to the taps as the pressure will drop dramatically, meaning both occupants of the bathrooms will experience a poor washing conditions.
We recommend Combi boilers should only be installed in smaller homes with only one bathroom.
Boilers, Furnaces and Central Air Conditioning - When To Fix, When To Replace
A gas boiler, fuelled with natural gas or propane, is one kind of appliance used for central heating. It heats water which flows through pipes or a radiator, and it is used for hot water in the home as well as for a central heating system. It is also used for radiant floor heating systems. An annual maintenance check by a registered gas boiler service heating engineer is very important for safety and efficiency. They will make sure that the heating system is installed according to regulations, that it is safe and it is working efficiently according to the manufacturers' instructions. If this is done properly every year, gas boiler repair work can be avoided.
In order for the boiler to be serviced properly it needs to be working.
Gas boiler service varies according to the type of boiler, but there are some things that should be checked on in any boiler. This will be done by the engineer according to the instructions in the manual which came with the boiler when it was installed. The main things that should be checked are:
1. check for leaks
2. check the gas pressure
3. check if it is producing carbon monoxide
4. check if it is functioning properly
5. check the overall condition
6. check the pump and valves
7. check for enough ventilation
8. check the safety and cleanliness of the flue
Old cast iron boilers that have an open flue will need to be dismantled and cleaned which is not needed for modern boilers. They have a systems performance test. Depending on the condition and type of boiler it can take anywhere from a half an hour to an hour and a half for a complete gas boiler service. Contractors are often willing to do servicing, especially during the summer, for greatly reduced prices, hoping that you will call them later if you need any gas boiler repair work.
If there is concern that a boiler is not working properly, and gas service is required, there are some things that can be checked:
1. Make sure there is enough water pressure by looking on the pressure gauge. It should show 1.0-1.5 bar.
2. Make sure the pilot light is lit.
3. If the pilot light is lit but there is no hot water, or it is unusually noisy, it may be a gas valve or pump failure in which case an engineer needs to be called.
4. If there is hot water but no central heating, the diverter valve may not be functioning.
5. If the top of the radiator is cold it may need to be "bled". There is a bleed valve near the top that will release air. If it is cold on the bottom there is most likely sludge or rust blocking the radiator.
If there is no heat at all check the gas and make sure it is turned on as well as the thermostats and control switches. Make sure the pump is running and make sure the pilot light is lit. Many of these minor gas boiler repairs can be done at home with the use of the manufacturers' manual. If you can identify a problem, but are not sure how to fix it even with a manual, call a heating engineer for routine gas boiler service.
For Bowbrook Systems We Usually Advise Purchasing From The Worcester Combi Boiler Range
Are you looking to buy a new gas boiler? Whether your old one has packed up or you want an upgrade to become more energy efficient there are some things you need to know before you decide to buy. What's more boilers do not come cheap so you should do your research and read reviews before you buy your new boiler.
Your gas boiler is a very important part of your home providing hot water and warmth during the cold months. Most people take their boiler for granted it is only when it stops working you realise how important it is.
The position of where your boiler will be in your home could have an impact on what kind of boiler you go for. If you live in a home with more than one bathroom this may impact the kind of boiler you install due to the demands imposed on the system. If you have any plans to extend into your loft this may restrict your ability to go for a regular boiler as they require loft space for feed and expansion tanks.
When looking for a new boiler shop around for the best price and get a variety of quotes from different boiler manufacturers. You will find prices can vary from supplier to supplier. The price of the boiler may include things like delivery and after sales support so make sure you compare like for like.
You may also be able to get your new gas boiler on finance to spread the cost. If you are looking for a British Gas boiler they often do deals for example they are currently running an offer which gives one year interest free credit.
When it comes to buying your new gas boiler keep your prepared budget in mind as a successful sales consultant may try and up sell you lots of extras. This is why it is very important to do your research before you buy. When you get a quote ask for a written quote which is itemised so you know how much you are paying for parts and labour.
When looking for a new gas boiler consider its energy efficiency, more efficient boilers can reduce carbon emissions and will allow you to benefit from reduced heating bills. You may find the more energy efficient boiler shave a slightly higher price however over time you more than make up for this in cheaper utility bills.
There are a few different types of boiler regular system and combi. More often than not the kind of property you live in will determine which the best gas boiler is for you. Living in a flat will most likely lead you to buy a combi boiler. If you live in a large house you may go for a regular or system boiler. If you are unsure talk to an expert you want to make sure you make the right decision before you buy.
As a new gas boiler can be expensive and provide such an important function within the home you should consider taking out some sort of aftercare support. A gas boiler problem may be expensive to fix but some kind of gas boiler servicing contract could make it much more affordable should a fault occur.