A gas boiler, fuelled with natural gas, oil, LPG or propane (etc), is the most common kind of appliance used for central heating in Kingsland 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.
Kingsland Super Low Energy Combi Boiler Inspection – 5 Things You Should to Consider
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.
Things to Look Out For in a Gas Boiler Service
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.
For Kingsland Systems We Usually Advise Buying From The Worcester Combi Boiler Range
Combi boilers have a lot of advantages over conventional boilers, but also a few small drawbacks. This article will open your eyes to the things you should consider when purchasing a cheaper model. There are many models of combi boilers available in the market, and like in every other product, the price usually matches the quality and determines the results (you get what you pay for).
1) Possible scaling of the DHW heat exchanger
If the water company in your area, supplies you with hard water, chances are that your DHW heat exchanger will scale with time. In that scenario, you will have two choices; either replace it with an original piece from the manufacturer (which won’t be cheap), or replace the whole boiler. Of course this problem can occur with any conventional tank as well, as this is one of the effects of hard waters. The latest and more expensive combi boilers are already designed to reduce scaling as much as possible. Another thing you could do is run softened water through it, but that would definitely invalidate your warranty.
2) No option of electric immersion heater
With a conventional water storage tank, if for some reason the boiler fails, you have the option of using an emergency electric immersion heater. But the combi boiler is tankless and this option would not be valid.
3)Possible incompatibility between gas pipes
You may need to upgrade the gas supply pipe, because the diameter may not comply with the regulations for installing combi boilers.
4)Good showers, slower baths
Although one of the combis’ strengths is to be able to deliver high pressurized water in both your hot and cold taps, a cheaper model may have a modest flow rate of hot water. That is no problem if you are a shower person, because it will supply just what you need to take a nice hot shower. Nevertheless, it maybe a little slower for your bathtub to fill up.
5)It does not deliver instant hot water to all taps
If the boiler is far away from the tap you are using, it may take a few minutes for the hot water to come through, as it has to travel through many meters of cold water filled pipes. This is not a problem when filling up a tub or taking a shower, but if you just want instant hot water to wash your hands or fill up a basin, it may be irritating to have to wait and see an amount of cold water being wasted down the drain.