A gas boiler, fuelled with natural gas, oil, LPG or propane (etc), is the most common kind of appliance used for central heating in Booley Shropshire SY4 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.
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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, underfloor 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 ranges 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 as traditional systems do, so they can be installed in areas where a typical system would never work.
Condensing Boiler Pros
1 They are fuel economy and have a 15-30% higher efficiency rating than non-condensing counterparts
2 Considerable savings on annual energy expenses
3 Most units are very quiet ( they make as much noise as a window-mounted air conditioner)
4 Many Models could easily fit in a small closet and have a 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
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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 home’s 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 signal 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 poor washing conditions.
We recommend Combi boilers should only be installed in smaller homes with only one bathroom.
For Booley Shropshire SY4 Systems We Usually Advise Purchasing From The Vaillant Combi Boiler Range
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.