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What Are The Signs Of An Electrical Issue In the Home?

Here is a short guide on one of the home most common problems – the electric. Having electric problems in the home is no fun, so how to overcome this with Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions.

Electrical issues are a pain in the neck, especially when nothing seems to be working. This short guide will discuss a few key appliances that everyone within the home should be mindful of. Many electrical issues do require a professional electrician to look at it; don’t be afraid to give us a call.

Circuit Breaker Issues

Circuit breakers are designed to trip when a circuit is overloaded and overheated. The circuit breaker also prevents wires from starting a fire in your home.

  • If your breaker has tripped, it might be a good idea to try plugging in appliances into a different circuit so the supply isn’t overloaded.
  • Have a breaker that is frequently tripping? It’s best to call LHPS immediately. Even if you shut off your main breaker, power still enters the panel, so if you’ve never worked inside an electrical panel, this is why we ask you to call an experienced professional electrician.

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights are a sign of a defective or loose bulb. If you replaced the bulb and the problem wasn’t solved, there could be two probable issues:

  • the fault may be in the light fixture
  • the connections to the fixture or the wiring in the circuit breaker box may be loose

Both of these issues should be consulted by our professional electrician.

Light Switches/Electrical Outlets Not Working

Light switches that don’t work like normal are another example that you have an electrical problem. Here’s how:

  • The wiring may be loose or be cracked internally.
  • If a plug is loose as in the plug partially falls out, a person could accidentally receive a shock when unplugging the cord

If you think you have faulty light switches or electrical outlets, our professional electrician will inspect your wiring to determine whether any loose connections exist, and replace defective ones.

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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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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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How to Make Your Water Heaters Within The Home Last Longer

The water heaters within the home are quite sturdy systems, and they can last for a long time with the proper care and maintenance. The water heaters, however, won’t last forever, though.

For example, you can severely shorten your home water heater’s lifespan if you don’t make sure to treat it properly. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make sure that your water heater lives a full and productive life. Here’s a brief guide on how you can make your water heater last as long as possible.

Schedule Maintenance

The most important steps you can take by scheduling water heater maintenance, as it is vital to ensuring that your system stays healthy. Most water heater problems don’t show outwardly noticeable signs until it’s far too late to do anything about it. Annual maintenance helps protect against water heater problems by allowing a gas safety engineer to closely examine your water heater in a safe manner. Any developing issues can be found and treated before they become large enough to threaten the system. Annual maintenance also gives your technician time to conduct common maintenance duties, like checking the anode rod and flushing the tank. These will help keep your system running properly.

Get Prompt Repairs

Very often, even with annual maintenance, a problem slips through the cracks and ends up affecting your water heater. If you notice your water heater acting strangely, or have any reason to believe that it is in need of repair, call for repairs right away. By waiting, you only give the problem time to get worse. Boiler service croydon will help alleviate the damage to your system, and ensure that it remains in the best possible shape for as long as possible.

If you are getting problems with your water heaters croydon maybe you should give Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a call. We’re happy to pop round and provide a quote for the work, too, so you’ll know how much it would cost to fix it.

 

 

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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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