A gas boiler, fuelled with natural gas, oil, LPG or propane (etc), is the most common kind of appliance used for central heating in Heathgates 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.
Heathgates High Energy Efficiency Combi Boiler Inspection – Many Things You Need to Consider
Worcester-Bosch are undoubtedly one of the leading manufacturers of gas fired boilers in the UK, with a rich history spanning 50 years of production, Worcester are one the household names to look for when purchasing a new gas boiler for your home.
In August 2012, Worcester announced the launch (although to many say it was a revision) of the new Greenstar CDi Classic Combination Boiler Range.
A total of 8 models of boilers have been launched, they are:
Greenstar 29Cdi Classic - (Formerly Greenstar 27Cdi)
Greenstar 34Cdi Classic - (Formerly Greenstar 30Cdi)
Greenstar 38Cdi Classic- (Formerly Greenstar 37Cdi)
Greenstar 42Cdi Classic - (Formerly Greenstar 42Cdi)
All models are available in either standard natural gas, or in an LPG option for those in remote locations.
So What's The Difference?
Most notably, the Greenstar Classic range have had a whole host of internal upgrades and improvements with the clever introduction of a more energy efficient standby mode. With consumers continually looking at ways to reduce their energy consumption within the home, Worcester have managed to reduce the standby electricity output of the CDi boilers from 9W to just 3.5W in the new CDi Classic Boilers.
This enables customers to benefit from a more energy efficient source of heating and hot water, which will have a positive impact on electricity bills. Therefore keeping a high standard in energy efficiency and maintaining the SEBUK A-Rated performance values in excess of 90% efficient.
The overall outputs of 27kW, 30kW and 37kW within the CDi range have been upgraded to 29kW, 34kW and 38kW in a move which substantially improves performance in flow rates, giving better hot water service to bathrooms and kitchens.
In addition to this increase in performance and reduction in energy consumption, the everyday operation has not been overlooked in this overhaul. The introduction of a magnetic flap access panel has greatly improved upon the Greenstar CDi's original push and click mechanism, a feature which often failed with many years of use.
With peace of mind and reduced costs on everyone's minds, Worcester haven't scrimped on the warranty either, with a current promotion of a full 5 Year parts and labour warranty on the boiler and a huge 10 Year Warranty on the primary heat exchanger.
Some features and benefits at a glance:
- Best boiler efficiency rating SEDBUK band A
- Fully condensing in both central heating and domestic hot water modes
- Keep hot facility - instantly available hot water
- Extremely small standby electrical output of 3.5W - energy efficient
- Wall mounting frame allows pipework to be hidden from view
- Vertical pre-piping kit
- Below boiler pipe cover
- Earth bonding strip
- Low NOx and CO2 emissions - environmentally friendly
- 5 year boiler guarantee until 31st December 2012, terms and conditions apply (standard guarantee: 2 years)
- 10 year guarantee on primary heat exchanger
- 5 year anti-scale guarantee on domestic hot water heat exchanger
- Hot water and central heating temperatures can be controlled
- Multi-directional fluing means boiler can be sited in a wider variety of places
- Mechanical, digital and new generation intelligent controls all compatible
- Heat load and flow generated precisely to meet the heating system's requirements using a modulating pump
With the introduction of the new Greenstar Classic Combination boilers in 2012, Worcester's continued program of improvements ensures they remain the UK's favoured choice for boiler manufacturer, there is no better time to purchase a combi boiler to reduce bills and save energy.
High Efficiency Condensing Boilers and Combination Boilers
The main theory of what a conventional non condensing boiler does is pretty simple. A boiler works by igniting a combustible fuel source (oil, natural gas, or LP gas), with an appropriate air mixture. The heat from the flame and hot combustion gases pass through a heat exchanger within the boiler, where water is heated and then circulated through radiators, under floor radiant tubing, and hot water cylinders throughout the house. The flue gases then escape through the chimney or venting system. A decent amount of heat is wasted with this type of boiler, where the heated gases are just directly vented out. These types of boilers have a lower efficiency rating; no higher than 75%. An efficiency rating is basically a gauge of how much energy the boiler transfers from fuel used to how much heat is supplied to the system.
Condensing boilers work a bit differently. They essentially have some of the same components non condensing boilers do, except for a second heat exchanger. One of the gases produced in the combustion of fuel is water vapour.Where the hot flue gases just got vented out in a traditional boiler; condensing boilers condense these vapours around a second heat exchanger before venting. By the time the gases are ready to be vented out they are much cooler, around 60 degrees Celsius. As a result the vent pipe used in installation can be made of PVC.
With these systems some of the internal components have to be made of more durable material, because the condensed water tends to be acidic with a 3-5 pH. This results in the cost of the condensing boiler being higher than average. The secondary heat exchanger is where the system return enters first. So by the time the water enters the primary heat exchanger it is already been preheated, allowing the boiler to work more efficiently. The efficiency rating from condensing boilers range from between 80% to 98%.
Combi boiler / Combination boiler
Combi boiler / Combination boiler is an excellent choice for homes with limited space. Combi boiler / Combination boiler is a domestic water heater and a central heating system combined into one unit. They have a heating coil inside of them, and function like an unlimited on-demand water heater. Combi boilers don't have cylinders or external holding tanks like traditional systems do, so they can be installed in areas where a typical system would never work.
Condensing Boiler Pros
1 They are fuel economical and have a 15-30% higher efficiency rating than non condensing counterparts
2 Considerable savings on annual energy expenses
3 Most units are very quite ( they make as much noise as a window mounted air conditioner)
4 Many Models could easily fit in a small closet and have combination boiler
5 They are more environmentally friendly with C02 output
Condensing Boiler Cons
1 Initial cost of the unit is more
2 Units need to have the acidic condensate fitted outside or to a waste line
3 The dwelling the boiler is installed in needs to be insulated well, otherwise the heat saved through efficiency will be lost through the walls.
4 Most units need an outdoor weather sensor to operate effectively
For Heathgates Systems We Normally Advise Buying From The Our Recommended Combi Boiler Range
There comes a time in every homeowner's life when they must wrestle with the decision of whether or not they should repair their existing heating system, or bite the bullet and purchase a new one. Boilers and furnaces are one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your home, so naturally you want to get as many years of service out of them as possible. Yet some times, it just doesn't make sense to make small repairs on a unit well past its prime.
The best way to prolong your system's lifespan is to ensure you have your system professionally serviced annually. This will help ensure the unit is running at maximum efficiency. It will also ensure that small problems are brought to light before they become larger expenses. However, when problems do come up, consider the following:
Is the problem easily fixable?There are many components of a HVAC unit that can easily be replaced; yet when some parts go it is much more difficult to fix. For example, ignition modules, thermocouples, or zone controls are all components that are easily replaced on heating systems. Yet, when a section of your boiler cracks, there is not much you can do except purchase a new unit.
Likewise, on air conditioners and heat pumps - many things can go wrong which are fixable. But when the evaporator coil or the condenser fails they are not easily repaired. And one of these parts needs to be replaced, it is best to replace the other with a compatible unit. Coils and condensers which are not matched can function together, but will not run optimally. Mismatched units will show decreases in performance, increased energy use, and premature system failure. So despite the higher initial cost, it is a smarter move to replace both components at the same time for maximum efficiency and prolonged equipment life.
Is the equipment inefficient?Another point of consideration is whether or not it pays to keep an outdated piece of equipment running in your home. If your boiler or furnace is over 15 years old, the efficiency is probably somewhere between 50-75%. Newer high efficiency models are between 85-95% efficient. Replacing an outdated unit with a new high efficiency model will save you money on your fuel bill.
What can go wrong next? If you have an older piece of equipment, you also must consider what may go wrong next. Making multiple small repairs can add up fast. If your unit is fixable, but the cost of repair is high, you may want to consider replacement. While it will be more expensive up front, you will save money in small repairs down the road, as well as save yourself a few headaches.