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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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Do I need to bleed my radiators this winter?

A lot of properties within the UK have gas central heating installed, which uses water filled radiators to heat up certain areas. This makes radiator maintenance an essential part of your home upkeep, so you might find yourself asking, Do I need to bleed my radiators?

It is important to recognize the early signs that you may do need to bleed your radiators. With modern water-filled radiators there is a chance that air bubbles can get into the system, which stops the hot water from being pumped around effectively, thus your central heating won’t be heating your home as well and the radiators will need bleeding to release the air.

What suppose to happen is that each radiators should heat all the way to the top, but if air gets into the radiator the system may not heat up at all or only be hot at the bottom. This is because the air is preventing the radiators from completely filling with hot water.

Another sign that you may have air trapped in your radiator system is if you notice any patches of damp or condensation, which can be an indication that the radiators isn’t heating up properly.

How often should I bleed my radiators?

The process of bleeding your radiators is a fairly straightforward process, as the air can be released from the radiators with a special radiator key that can be bought from most DIY shops. This key is used to open the air valve at the top of the radiator to expel the air from within, so the water fills right to the top.

However, this isn’t a process that should need to be done very often and should only be carried out if you have identified a cold spot in a radiator. The radiator system is designed to be airtight, thus air shouldn’t be able to get in easily. However, it doesn’t do any harm to check your radiators every few months to ensure you spot any air pockets early.

If you suspect you have an issue with your radiator and want some friendly and professional advice, then contact Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a boiler repair bromley today. We’ll be happy to advise you on any aspect of your central heating system.

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Signs your central heating system is on its way out

Despite it being the middle of autumn, soon enough you will be in the middle of even cooler weather with winter. Also soon enough before you know it without any warning, your central heating system will break down and it’s beyond repair.

Thus leaving your home without any heat in the middle of winter is never a nice thought. Also having your central heating system breakdown is not only an inconvenient but can also be a big unexpected expense which you haven’t budgeted it for.

There is no need to despair as there could be some small signs that you can spot with your central heating system before it completely breaks down. Having the knowledge of what to look out for could possibly save you money in the long run and also would save you being without heating this winter.
Your central heating boiler is older than 15 years

Your home boiler is usually designed to last approximately up to 15 years if they have been properly serviced every year since installation. If your boiler been in the home longer than that time, this could be a clear sign that you might need a new boiler as it getting old and less efficient. It’s a known fact that an old central heating boiler is renowned for being less efficient, so it would be expensive for you to hang onto that old boiler. That is why it’s recommended you replace the boiler with a modern upgrade.
It takes a long time to heat up

However, many older central heating boilers will take a little bit longer to get to full temperature, which ultimately does costs you, more money. With a new efficient boiler, it will heat up immediately, making them more energy efficient. If you’ve found that your boiler is taking a long time to heat up, this is a sign that it could breakdown in the near future.
Frequent Repairs

A clear indication that your boiler could be on the brink of breaking down is if you constantly having to repair it. It doesn’t matter if these are small, inexpensive repairs, it all adds up to time and money that could be better spent elsewhere and is likely to lead to more serious problems further down the line.

For friendly and professional advice on replacing an old boiler contact Logical Heating & Plumber Solutions a boiler repair croydon company today.

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Common winter central heating problems that will cost you

The autumn seasons is when we start to use our central heating again, and it’s also about that time we start to notice a few central heating problems which weren’t there last year.

These problems will cause your central heating to function inefficiently, thus increasing your energy bills, so it’s vital to get them fixed quickly before the frost and snow set in.

Let’s taken a look at the most common central heating problems and how you should tackle them.

Cold patches in your radiators

If you notice your radiators are warming up unevenly or that there are cold patches near the top, they most likely need bleeding. The cold patches are caused by air which blocks the flow of hot water, causing them to become inefficient. A gas engineer will be able to make a diagnosis and carry out a radiator bleed.

Frozen pipes

If you have a condensing boiler, the water-filled condensing pipe can freeze if the temperature becomes too low. This will cause your heating to stop working until the pipe is thawed out safely. This should be carried out by an engineer to ensure no further damage is caused to your heating system.

Loud noises coming from your heating

Strange whistles, bangs, and gurgles coming from your pipes, radiators or boiler indicate your central heating isn’t operating properly. Issues can include air in the system; low pressure and limescale build up. An engineer will be able to diagnose the exact issue and repair the fault.

Radiators not warming up properly

If your radiators feel cold and fail to warm up properly, this is most likely due to sludge gathering in the system and blocking the flow of hot water. This could be corroded pipework or limescale and an engineer will be able to recommend either a radiator bleed or system flush, depending on the severity of the problem.

All these problems may seem minor, but they will cause your heating to run inefficiently throughout the winter. Putting off a service will not only worsen the problem but will cost you considerably in the long run.

Give us at Logical heating & Plumbing Solutions a boiler repair croydon a call today to learn more about how to solve your central heating problems or to schedule a time for one of our experienced professional gas engineer to come out and take a look.

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