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Efficient and Reliable Water Heater This Winter

Your property water heater works hard throughout the year to provide hot water for all your family needs.

None the less, the cold weather can affect your water heater’s capability to perform this essential function. Learning how to care for your water heater during the winter can help you prevent hot water emergencies within the home.


If this is located in an unconditioned space, it can be prone to damage caused by cold temperatures. Changes in temperature will cause any metal components to expand and contract, which can weaken the water heater and its plumbing connections over time and lead to leaks and other damage. Furthermore, freezing temperatures can cause any water inside to supply or output pipes to freeze and expand, which can lead to cracked or burst pipes that may cause major flooding and water waste. Adding an insulation blanket and insulating the pipes around it is a good way to prevent cold weather damage to your water heater. Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a boiler repair croydon company  can easily perform this service for you.

Examine Regularly

The best way to prevent a hot water emergency during the winter is to catch problems as soon as possible. Take a look at it regularly and note changes such as leaks, standing water, or even bent and damaged pipes—bring these changes up with Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions immediately to prevent problems from growing worse. Additionally, if you notice issues such as rising water or utility bills and changes in the amount of hot water it produces, it’s also time to contact your plumber for an evaluation to determine the cause of the problem and make the appropriate repairs. The sooner you repair a struggling water heater, the faster you’ll enjoy lower bills and the consistent, reliable hot water you need for comfort and cleaning.

Check Power

Even if you have a newer tankless model, these units can still be prone to some types of cold weather damage. Many tankless  have integrated freeze prevention measures, which are designed to keep the unit and any water inside it warm enough to prevent freezing. However, the freeze prevention heaters inside your water heater need power to function, so it’s important to make sure your water heater remains powered. Even if you plan to leave the home for a period of time, avoid turning off the power to your water heater to keep these freeze prevention measures ready in case they are needed.

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Effective Boiler Maintenance

As a homeowner, having effective boiler maintenance is critical to your property safety and efficiency.

While there are many types of boilers, having it maintenance annually is important as it combat Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. If you’re looking for tips on effective boiler maintenance, here is a brief guide to help you.
Maintain or Replace
An important factor that many homeowners often don’t always consider is the cost of maintenance versus the cost of replacing a boiler. Most people, they think that annually boiler maintenance costs are too high and are unpleasantly surprised when their boiler does breaks down and needs comprehensive replacement.

If you consider the overall maintenance costs and compare them to the efficiency and lifespan of your boiler, it’s usually more affordable to service your boiler annually.

When considering your boiler, check that it’s currently compliant with all Gas Safety Registered, standards and that it’s certified by registered gas safety engineer regularly.
Lifespan and Durability
With proper maintenance and care, some boilers can last anywhere from 15 years to over two decades. If your boiler is relatively new, it can last even longer. The lifespan of the boiler though, is often independent of the lifespan of boiler parts. Some pumps, gauges, or sensors must be checked yearly and replaced as needed. Don’t assume that a 15 year lifespan applies to every part of your boiler.

To enhance the lifespan of various boiler parts, annual checks and maintenance allow you to calibrate and test all the parts that might be heavily used during normal boiler operations. Making sure everything is still running smoothly helps you catch small issues before they become big problems.

Causes of Failure

There are several common causes of failure that you need to keep your eye on as you conduct essential maintenance. Corrosion, pressure build-up, and leaks are all relatively easy issues to discover and correct.

Instead of dealing with malfunctions, like lock outs, faulty temperature readings, and heating system failures, you can correct any water damage and replace seals and pumps to ensure that your boiler keeps working.

Some signs you can look for include:

  • Cracks
  • Water Leakage
  • Brown Spots
  • Discoloration

These are all small signs of bigger problems. If you see any of these, contact a registered gas safety engineer to help you discover the cause.

Conduct regular boiler maintenance to keep everyone in the home safe and warm.

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Get Ready for Winter campaign

Keeping yourself and your home warm and safe

The Met Office this week have launched the Get Ready for Winter campaign. Here are a few tips on keeping yourself and your home warm and safe.

Why can cold weather be bad for your health?

The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections. So it’s all the more important to ensure your home and the homes of people you look out for are the right temperature.

What temperature should rooms be in winter?  

You should heat your home to the temperature of at least 18 °C. This is particularly important if you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease. Having room temperatures slightly over 18 °C could be good for your health. Age UK recommends that your living room temperature should be 21 °C (70 °F).

If you are under the age of 65, active and wearing appropriate clothing, you may wish to keep your home at a comfortable temperature even if it is slightly lower than 18°C.

Overnight, people who are 65 and over or who have pre-existing health conditions may find bedroom temperatures of at least 18 °C are good for their health; this may be less important if you are a healthy adult under 65 and have appropriate clothing and bedding.

It is important to keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold.

Heating and insulating your home

Keeping the heat in

  • Insulating your home not only keeps you warm but will also help to keep your energy costs down.
  • Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors.
  • Make sure that your loft has at least 10-11 inches (270 mm) of insulation. Any home with 4 inches (100 mm) or less should have it topped up.
  • If you have wall cavities, make sure that they are insulated too.
  • Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes.
  • Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat generated inside your rooms.
  • Make sure that your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.

Carbon monoxide kills

When burning fuel, carbon monoxide poisoning can be a health risk. Carbon monoxide is produced when fuel does not burn properly, and every year around 30 people die following accidental exposure to high levels of the gas, which is difficult to detect because you can’t see, smell or taste it.

To minimize risks, a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm, which meets European Standards EN 5029, should be fitted in any room that contains a gas fuel burning appliance, like a boiler and gas fire, and a solid fuel burning appliance, and tested regularly to ensure that it is working, as effectively as possible. The rooms should be adequately ventilated.

More information can be found at the Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions, a boiler repair croydon company.

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Preparing For a Boiler Engineer to Visit Your Home

Preparing For a Boiler Engineer to Visit Your Home

There will be times when they will inevitably need to be serviced by a boiler engineer.

It’s recommended to have a yearly maintenance service on the boiler, especially if the weather getting colder. Also that does also safe guard you against carbon monoxide poisoning.

To help speed up the boiler service, there are several actions that a homeowner can take to allow this to be effective and reliable. Let’s take a quick look at a few top tips.

The frustrating problem that a lot of boiler engineer bromley encounters is a work area that is cluttered. This can add a great deal of time to the entire task and in some cases; a dirty work area may even impede the diagnosis of a problem.

So, it is very important to make certain that the immediate area is free from these materials; particularly if valuable or fragile items are present. Make sure that the location is well lit and as clean as possible.

It is a great idea to write down the problems that the appliance is exhibiting. Is there a strange smell during its use or does water periodically leak? Is the water too hot or does the pilot light fail to turn on?

These are some of the most common questions that may be asked during a visit. By having a checklist handy, the boiler engineer can rule out certain conditions while checking for the most likely faults. As previously, this will allow the entire job to be completed in a short amount of time.

We should never forget that a boiler, radiator or central heating system can become quite hot during use. If these machines are not given an ample opportunity to cool down, the amount of time that the boiler engineer will be on the job can increase.

Once again, this can be easily remedied by turning the appliance off a few hours before the individual arrives. This can help the repair job go much quicker and as many companies will charge by the hour, the homeowner can also save a substantial amount of money.

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4 Important Benefits of Having Your Boiler Serviced Regularly

4 Benefits of Having Your Boiler Service Regularly

Here are 4 benefits of having your boiler service regularly in the home as the boiler within the home is one of the most expensive and essential items that you will be using almost every day during the winter.

Because of that you will need to keep the boiler working safely all year round, so it is important that you have it serviced regularly.

Safety: Overall gas leaks are rare, as regular maintenance will help avoid any such incidences and keep your home safe.

Energy efficiency: Regular boiler servicing is a great way of ensuring that your home boiler uses energy in the most efficient manner and doesn’t give you high heating bills.

Extend boiler life: An annual gas boiler service will ensure that you can use your boiler for the longest time possible.

Boiler cover claims: Please do remember that if you have a boiler cover, the home insurance company will require boiler service records to honour your boiler repair claim.

Boiler service cost

A complete service of your boiler will cost approximately between £50 and £80. For high-efficiency condensing boiler the service costs typically range from £80 to £160.

A full boiler service includes the following:

  • Testing all components of the boiler
  • Cleaning of the boiler pipes/ components
  • Replacement of faulty parts

By law, it is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that all gas appliances installed in the house, including boilers, are working properly.

We at Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions carry out the servicing of all types of domestic boilers to Gas Safe Regulatory standards. All boilers should be serviced yearly in order to protect you and your family and to ensure that they are working correctly, safely and efficiently.

Contact Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions, for your annual boiler service today. We look forward hearing from you. Out number is 0208 664 9099.

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