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3 Reasons to replace the thermostat

If your thermostat is not working efficiently, it may be time to install a new one. Here are 3 reasons to replace the thermostat.

Our home thermostats are designed to assist temperature control within the property. The function of the thermostat can vary depending on their intended environment. However all thermostat serve the same purpose, to keep temperature under control and within your energy bills and budget.

Nearing it expired date

Whilst thermostats do not have an expired date it is thought that if your thermostat is more than fifteen years old, it’s likely to be replaced. Look out for signs that your thermostat’s wiring is deteriorating.

Inefficient

Although your thermostat may appear to be working fine, you could be making huge savings by simply upgrading to a newer digital model. New thermostats allow you to increase your energy efficiency by accurately monitoring temperatures and programming operation times to suit your daily schedule.

Faulty readings

If you notice that your thermostat is showing a temperature reading that is vastly different from the temperature of your room, it may be time to get a new one. Inaccurate or faulty readings are a signs that your thermostat’s temperature gauge is on its way out.

Tips for buying a new thermostat

When purchasing a new thermostat from Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a central heater installers in croydon company, it is worth keeping in mind that the new digital models are likely to be a little more expensive when it comes to replace the thermostat. They do however offer added benefits that will make the extra cost more worthwhile.

Investing in a new digital thermostat will also help you gain better control over the temperature of your home or workspace, enabling you to adjust it to suit your needs and requirements.

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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.

Insulate

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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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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