A gas boiler, fuelled with natural gas, oil, LPG or propane (etc), is the most common kind of appliance used for central heating in Shelton 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.
Shelton High Energy Efficiency Combi Boiler Inspection – 5 Things You Need to Know
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.
High Efficiency Condensing Boilers and Combination Boilers
When the cold weather starts to show its nasty face, we all know that it won't be long before the home central heating is switched on to keep us warm. Sometimes though it decides not to work and you have to find someone who knows how to fix it.
A very small percentage of people have their boiler serviced every year without fail, these are the people who prepare for the colder months, knowing that when they need the heating on it will all be fine.
The majority of people though these days seem to forget or just don't bother to have the boiler serviced until it breaks down. The boiler is just like a car, you need to have the car checked over and oil added if needed, otherwise it will eventually breakdown.
I have listed 5 reasons below on why you should have the boiler serviced.
- One of the mains reasons why your boiler should be serviced each year is safety. When a service is carried out the flue pipe that removes the exhaust gas is checked over for leakage. Should a leak in the flue pipe be found, it could be producing carbon monoxide into the room that the boiler is located in, and we all know how dangerous to life it can be.
- We all like to keep warm in the winter months, but can you imagine coming home from work on a very cold evening only to find your home is cold because the boiler has stopped.
- The boiler fitted in your property normally supplies both hot water and heating throughout your home, should the boiler stop working you may find yourself taking a cold shower.
- If your boiler is either a combination or system boiler then it will be fitted with an expansion vessel somewhere, it could be fitted internal of the boiler or fitted externally close to the boiler. This vessel over time will loose its pressure and needs to be reset.
- The boilers of today are very highly tuned to give you the user the efficiency you require, when the service is carried out, the boiler is connected to a gas analyser to check on it efficiency and safety. Should the boiler need adjustments then it can be adjusted and checked over again.
If your boiler is around 11 years old or younger it will most likely be a high efficient condensing boiler. These boilers are not like the old style boilers that went on for many years without having a service. Those boilers were very costly to use, around 40% of your fuel bill went out of the boilers flue.
Today's condensing boilers have an efficiency rating of around 90%, that's a saving of around 30% on your fuel bill, but if fail to have the boiler serviced you will start see your fuel bills rise along with the fuel suppliers regular increase.
It's very important to have a regular boiler service because it will also increase the life of the boiler, if left then the life span becomes very low, and you will be changing the boiler at some stage, and we all know how costly that can be.
Top Tip, When you find someone to service your boiler, if the boiler works by gas then you must use a Gas Safe Registered Engineer to carry out the work for you. You must not use a friend or someone who says don't worry I can do it for you unless they are registered.
The boiler when working keeps us all warm with plenty of hot water, but when it stops it become a headache.
For Shelton Systems We Usually Suggest Buying From The Top 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.