A blessing of modern times, it is very important that boiler owners have the device checked from time to time. One good reason of doing this regular check-up activity is to increase or keep intact the lifespan of the device. It is also probably the best way to get to know if there are any issues with the boiler that can aggravate if not repaired on time.

Reasons behind regular boiler check in London:

  1. Conducting regular checkups is the right way to ensure that the system is safe for use. Unattended boilers that have not been serviced for a long time can become the cause of fatal incidents. For example, boiler leaks become the cause accidents and even deaths in many homes and commercial places.
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  3. Just like any other gadget, boiler check London on regular intervals helps it in running efficiently and optimally. This in turn helps save electricity and energy. And it also helps in effective reduction in energy bills that one needs to pay for at the end of each month.
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  5. The other distinct cost advantage of periodic boiler check London is that it helps meet up with the required insurance policy coverage. Most insurance companies make it mandatory for boiler to be serviced at regular intervals for warranties and other policy-related benefits.
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  7. Regular servicing of the boiler is the ideal way for the service engineer or technician to understand if there are any potent grey areas that need immediate redressal. Any minor or small issue with the boiler can aggravate over a period and with constant usage. A checkup helps avoid a situation where the boiler breaks down permanently or requires a major repair due to significant damage.
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  9. In the UK, it is mandatory requirement by law that boilers and other such safety-hazardous equipment are checked annually by a certified agency. Hence, an annual maintenance helps in being compliant with the legalities of the system.

Be it a boiler at a commercial setup or at home, regular boiler check in London is essential to keep the gadget running smoothly and its full-term.

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Whether your turn your boiler off in the summer or not depends entirely on what you normally use your boiler for throughout the colder months. It may be a good way to save on your bills, but is it worth it practically?

According to this article from boilerguide, there are a few things to consider:

  1. If your shower is electric, you won’t need your boiler for hot water.
  2. Your appliances and white goods e.g dishwasher and washing machine need to be cold fill. This means that they generate their own hot water.
  3. Make sure you get your boiler serviced regularly, especially if you plan to turn it off.

The full article can be found on boilerguide.co.uk.

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When the temperature outside falls below zero, your boiler and heating system can get affected. In fact, when you need your boiler and heating the most the condense pipe of the boiler can get frozen. If the condense pipe of your boiler is too small or isn’t insulated properly, chances are high that it will freeze because of the water residue that stays in the pipe when you use your heating.

Every year we get countless of calls when the first proper cold hits the city. Many customers experience that their boiler is not working and the fault code often indicates that there’s an issue with the condense pipe, which has frozen. Naturally, this will stop the boiler from working because the condensation has nowhere to get out of the system.

If this happens to you, our advice for a temporary fix is to pour some hot water either down the pipe or on the pipe to melt the ice.  Then restart you boiler and turn on the heat again. Repeat the procedure if the ice hasn’t melted.

This type of failure should however not be happening at all, and does not happen where we have installed the boilers. The reason it happens is that the condense pipe is the wrong size, in that case a a bigger pipe should be fitted. The problem could also be solved by insulating the external section of the condense pipe. To fix this problem permanently, contact your plumber to get the condense pipe replaced or insulated.

Call us on 02073502511 or email info@wpjheating.co.uk if you need our help.

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Gas safety week is this week (17th – 23rd September), is the eigth annual gas safety week. WPJ Heating is proud to say that we are strong supporters. The Gas Safe Register coordinates the week every year. The official list is of gas engineers who can legally work on gas installations and appliances. Companies across the UK will raise awareness of the dangers associated with ill – maintained gas appliances.

So, WPJ Heating is gas safe registered and we take care of our customers’ homes – it’s our top priority. We believe that it doesn’t end when we deliver a good service, get paid and leave.

Why Gas Safety is important

Poorly installed or badly serviced gas appliances – (gas boilers, heaters, cookers, fireplaces, underfloor heating) can cause gas leaks, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year, carbon monoxide poisoning affects thousands of people across the UK. It’s a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. It is especially dangerous because it can kill with no warning. Ensure that you service your gas appliances properly and you’ll be taking care of your home.

Gas Safety Guide

Next, follow this simple guide to make sure that your home is gas safe:

Your Landlord

The law states that your landlord has to ensure that gas appliances supplied to you are in good condition. They must arrange regular gas safety checks every year and show you that they have been completed. Landlords will typically also provide a gas safety certificate to show you that your boiler and other gas appliances are safe.

Your Engineer

Check that your engineer is gas safe registered. You can check that an engineer is gas safe registered by visiting www.gassaferegister.co.uk or calling 0800 408 5500. Make sure to check your engineer’s id card and that they are qualified to work on the specific appliance you’ve called them out for. A company may be gas safe registered but it doesn’t mean that all their engineers are qualified to work on any gas appliance. For example, an engineer might have sat exams to be able to work on a boiler, but not a gas cooker. Also check the back of their id card to make sure.

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Your Appliances

Next, if you notice anything odd about any of your gas appliances, call a gas engineer immediately. For example – weak, yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks around your appliance or too much condensation in the room. If you notice any of these signs, call your gas engineer or arrange a boiler service because they may be a sign. Importantly, don’t attempt to adjust or fix gas appliances yourself.

Carbon Monoxide

Third, make sure you have a working, audible carbon monoxide alarm and locate it near any fuel burning appliances. It might be necessary to have more than one carbon monoxide alarm depending on the size of your property. (For example, if your boiler is located in the loft and you have a gas cooker in your kitchen, you’ll need to have an alarm near your gas cooker and another one near your boiler).

Finally, the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapsing and loss of consciousness. Above all, exit the property immediately and call emergency services if you or a family member experience any of these symptoms,.

Gas Safety Emergency

In conclusion, call the national gas emergency helpline 0800 111 999, if you ever smell gas

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Summary:

Boiler installation place to choose from.

Question: Where should i put my boiler?

Answer: Anywhere you want to, as long as you check with a gas safe engineer that it is safe and cost effective.

Bonus: There’s a glossary of key terms at the bottom of this article.

Where should I install my boiler?

You can install your boiler anywhere in your house if your kitchen has got limited space. But consider what is practical, safe and cost effective before you decide to install it in the shed. Of course, you should get advice from your Gas Safe registered heating engineer. Until then, use these tips:

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Boiler installation place: put your boiler under the stairs

You can put your boiler under the stairs to keep the boiler and any ugly pipes out of sight. This is only an option if your walls aren’t adjoining a neighbour’s. We advise that you install your boiler on an outside wall or else it will cost you more than planned to run a longer flue.

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Boiler installation place: Put your boiler in the bathroom?

Bathrooms are becoming a popular choice for boiler installations. If you install your boiler in the bathroom, make sure it’s not out of place in your bathroom design. Also, house it in a cupboard to shield it from damp and humidity. As a bonus, keep your towels in there too because they’ll be warm and toasty when you use them.

Make sure the housing cupboard is far from any water, so that water doesn’t come in contact with the electrics. Read more about regulations for boiler installations here. Again, check with your heating engineer. The boiler you choose will affect its location in your home.

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Boiler installation place: Garage/Outbuilding/Loft

Boiler installations in an outbuilding or garage are also an increasing trend. But before you do this, remember that your new boiler might cut out in freezing weather. Also, consider accessibility. When the time comes to service your boiler, will it be accessible in that obscure corner of your loft? If your boiler must go outside, buy extra frost protection for your condensate piping.

Liquid Petroleum Gas boiler installation

If your boiler runs on liquid petroleum gas (LPG), don’t install it in the basement. LPG doesn’t rise and will not disperse in the event of a gas leak, which is a safety hazard. Your installer should survey your home and tell you what areas are safest and most efficient. While saving the space you set out to by installing your boiler in different parts of the house.

Hope this helps! Leave your feedback and comments below. Also, if you’re thinking of changing your boiler, or you think it needs to get fixed, call us and we’ll be able to help. 

Glossary

Flue – A flue is essentially a pip, or opening (usually attached to a boiler) to remove exhaust gases and allow them to escape outdoors.

Have suggestions? think we should add certain terms to our glossary? Or just have a general query – contact us via live chat, or send us an email: info@wpjheating.co.uk

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Things to consider:

Whether your turn your boiler off in the summer or not depends entirely on what you normally use your boiler for throughout the colder months. It may be a good way to save on your bills, but is it worth it practically?

According to this article from boilerguide, there are a few things to consider:

– If your shower is electric, you won’t need your boiler for hot water.

– Your appliances and white goods e.g dishwasher and washing machine need to be cold fill.
This means that they generate their own hot water.

– Make sure you get your boiler serviced regularly, especially if you plan to turn it off.

The full article can be found on boilerguide.co.uk.

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Boilers shown:  Greenstar 28CDi Compact | Greenstar 15Ri | Greenstar 24i and 30i

Boiler Manufacturers

The best boiler manufacturers are brands including Worcester Bosch, Vaillant and Viessmann are well known and have been manufacturing boilers for a long time.

Choosing a well known brand is only half the battle, however, as you need to make sure that the boiler manufacturer you end up sticking with not only makes quality products that are reliable, but also receive industry approval (from engineers) and offer great customer care. In this article, we’ll speed through the top brands we work with and tell you which brands you can trust.

Best Boiler Manufacturers: What’s the criteria?

Before launching into a comparison of boiler manufacturers, let’s first explain what criteria we’re measuring them against:

– Quality and reliability, measured in terms of frequency of breakdowns.

– Customer care and follow up.

– Recommendations from installation engineers.

Best Boiler Manufacturers: Who are the main brands?

Vaillant is a German company, so it benefits from that famed German engineering expertise. They’ve been a key player in the market for 100 years and more, so you can trust they know what they’re doing. They’re a well known brand across the world, with their boilers selling across 80 different countries – showing that they’re trusted to produce some of the better quality heating appliances. Their boiler range caters to different home sizes, from their basic EcoTec Pro to the more robust EcoTec plus with prices ranging from £740 to £1,500. Research shows that Vaillant customers are happy with the product, reporting that when breakdowns do occur, the 200 strong team of engineers responded to problems quickly, arranging for repairs to be carried out in good time.

Ideal is a boiler manufacturer based in Hull. They too have been manufacturing heating appliances for over 100 years. Their Logic and Logic + combi, system and conventional boilers range in price from £590 to £2,200 depending on the size and how complex the technology is. Customers have complained about reliability, with faults sometimes occurring within the first year of installation.

Worcester Bosch have been manufacturing boilers since 1962. As part of the larger Bosch group, they have over 2,000 employees based in Worcester and Derbyshire. Several Worcester Bosch boilers have been named winners in the Which? magazine Best Boiler category for 2017. Their domestic boilers include the Greenstar junior and Greenstar Si series, with prices ranging from £570 to £2,488. The Worcester Accredited Installer Scheme is run internally by Worcester among their installers to ensure that their boilers are installed correctly. Worcester Accredited Installers are given this status based on how well they represent the values of customer service and efficiency that Worcester upholds*.

*WPJ Heating is a Diamond level Worcester Accredited Installer. Diamond is the highest rank attainable and means Worcester trusts us to deliver the best service possible, installing their products exactly as intended. This usually means we’re able to provide longer guarantees than other Worcester Bosch installers.

Baxi has been manufacturing boilers and heating appliances since 1866. It’s now a part of BDR Thermea, the parent company of two other boiler manufacturing companies – Potterton and Main. Baxi boilers tend to be cheaper than other brands, with prices ranging from £650 to £1,170 and coming with only a two year warranty.

Viessmann has also been manufacturing boilers for a good 100 years. They’ve expanded internationally, with their boilers selling in over 11 countries. Similar to Worcester, many of the boilers in their range won in the Which? Magazine Best Boiler category in 2017. Their condensing combi boilers have proved popular, and their range is priced from £750 to £1500. Viessmann customers were happy, often recommending their products to family and friends. Their heating appliances were considered very reliable and don’t break down often.

Best Boiler Manufacturers: What does the research show?

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Worcester Bosch ranks highest across the board in terms of reliability, customer satisfaction and recommendations from engineers. Viessmann comes close on their heels – scoring just as high on the customer satisfaction and reliability, but aren’t recommended as much by engineers.

To read more about the Which? Best boiler brands survey, click here if you’re a member. 

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water quality

Overtime, water in heating systems can accumulate harmful dirt and debris. Solder fragments discarded by older radiators and boilers can build up and start to cause harm to your heating system. Sludge (or ferrous magnetite) is a natural by-product of all the heating and cooling that goes on and can form viscous and solid deposits. Also, particularly in hard water areas, limescale can build up and cause blockages in the radiators, which can lead to unwanted system noise and damage to important components in your heating appliances. There are simple solutions you can adopt to maintain good water quality and therefore system quality. In this week’s post, we’ll go over why water quality is important, and what measures you can take to make sure that the water in your system is clean and of the optimum quality to ensure it’s efficiency and prolonged lifespan.

Why is water quality important?

Your boiler is supposed to run with clean water in the system – pipework, radiators etc. If not, it won’t work properly and could break down, leaving you without heat over the next few months. Even if the water in your system started out clean, over the years, the water could become contaminated, causing blockages in your pipework and radiators. Apart from potentially costing you hundreds of pounds in boiler repairs, it will will reduce the overall efficiency of your system, causing your radiators to have cold spots even though your boiler is working. Your radiators will be poor convectors of heat, which in turn means wasted energy from your boiler and of course, higher bills than necessary – without the comfort of a warm home. For this reason, when installing a new boiler, it’s important you think about cleaning your heating system to make sure the water quality is at optimum levels before the new installation. But also, consider how you will maintain that water quality over time, so that the life of your system is prolonged and it works – producing the heat you need, without costing you more than it should.

Power Flush

When installing a new boiler, your heating expert should recommend a power flush. It’s the most efficient way to completely clean the system. It removes sludge and debris, restores efficiency and protects components from future damage and corrosion. Using high pressure, special chemical cleaners are pumped through the pipework in both directions to loosen debris and drain it out of the system. You’ll get warmer radiators, more even heat distribution throughout your property and savings on your energy bills. Overall, your system will function better and you’ll get more out of your new boiler.

Plus, if you’re a landlord or homeowner, it’s important to know that UK building regulations for England and Wales require that a central heating system be suitably cleaned and flushed before a new boiler is installed. Some boiler manufacturers even make the length of warranty on their appliances contingent on the system being flushed and cleaned according to regulations.

Maintaining water quality with inhibitor chemicals

While a newly cleaned system can be up to 15% more efficient that a dirty one, it’s still important to protect your system from future scale, corrosion and sludge build-up. After a power flush, when the system is filled back up, inhibitor chemicals should then be added. This is another very important part of maintaining a healthy system. The chemicals are left in circulation and can work with magnetic filters to prevent any further corrosion. It’s important to put the right quantity of chemicals depending on the size of the system.

Magnetic Filters.

As well as thoroughly flushing your central heating system to maintain clean water quality, expects recommend installing a system filter. Magnetic filters are designed to fight the damaging effects of debris and pollutants by capturing them before they reach your boiler. The filter simply connects to the pipework flowing back to the boiler to filter out debris before it can cause any damage or block your pipes.

Frozen Pipework

Extreme conditions are becoming a more common occurrence in the UK. Condensate discharge pipes that are located outside can freeze and cause your system to break down and interrupt your boiler’s functions. This may be of less concern if you live in an area without such weather extremes. But it’s worth knowing, if you notice your boiler or radiators aren’t working as they should over the winter, it’s worth asking your heating engineer to investigate your external pipework.

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Heating system controls can be divided into two main parts programmer, and a room thermostat

As part of our boiler guide series, we’re exploring products that accompany your boiler installation to keep it working at optimum levels and suit your lifestyle. When making a boiler purchasing decision, it’s important to budget and account for bolt-ons like the heating system controls and filters. This post will focus exclusively on heating system controls and in our next boiler guide post, we’ll look at bolt-ons that help you maintain good water quality and therefore system health.

Getting the right heating controls with your boiler installation can make all the difference to the operation and efficiency of your system. Giving you an added way to boost its performance and keep it working for even longer.

Heating system controls can be divided into two main parts- a timer or programmer, and a room thermostat. Here, we’ll explain what each add-on is and how it helps.

Heating System Controls: Programmers

Programmers allow you to set different times for different days of the week for your heating and hot water to come on. They can take into account how often you’re at home, the rooms you use most often and sometimes respond to the weather outside by adjusting your boiler’s output accordingly.

Room Thermostats

Room thermostats will measure the air temperature in the room and allow you to set the level you find comfortable. It will then communicate with your boiler to switch it on and off to maintain the temperature you’ve set.

Programmable Room Thermostats

These combine the functions of a room thermostat and a programmer to control the heating of your whole house from just one unit. When set correctly they save you on energy costs because they wouldn’t have to heat your home from a completely cold start, the boiler simply comes on and off to heat the house when the temperatures in the rooms increase or decrease.

Thermostatic Radiator Valves

A thermostatic radiator valve is fitted to a radiator so you can control the temperature of that room by altering the flow of hot water into the radiator. As the temperature increases or decreases, the valve slowly opens or closes, responding to the ambient air temperature in the room, and changing the amount of hot water flowing through the radiator, maintaining a consistent temperature you’ve chosen. TRVs can save you money on your bills as well as your home’s carbon footprint by ensuring your heating system uses energy efficiently. Rooms that aren’t often used can be easily turned right down for example.

Heating System Controls: Intelligent Heating

Bear in mind, standalone room thermostats and programmers will set and control the temperature of the whole property at the same time. New to the market now though are a series of controllers that take the incorporation of modern technology one step further. These are termed intelligent heating controls and give you further control over your system’s management of heat to fit around your lifestyle. Here are some great examples:

Worcester’s Wave

The Wave is part of Worcester’s smart controls offering that allows you to control your system from an app on your smartphone over an internet connection. It allows you to take advantage of Worcester controls best features – including load and weather compensation. As well as being able to control the temperature in different rooms, it automatically senses when people are at home. Also, you can start heating your home before you get there because you can use the app to set the temperature in your house from anywhere in the world. They can sync with local weather forecasts to optimise start and stop times for the boiler to come on or modulate.

Heatmiser’s NeoStat

Heatmiser also offers an intelligent heating control in its neoStat range. It allows you to control your heating from anywhere for your convenience. The phone app allows you to create and save new programs and alter settings via your smartphone. Changes are instant, so if your schedule changes, or you’re going on holiday, altering the settings are only one click away. Multi zoning also gives you complete control over your underfloor heating system. Another great adaptation to the busy schedules of people today.

Honeywell’s Evohome

Similarly, Evohome gives you more control over your home’s heating by allowing you to control the temperature in any part of your home and save money all from your smart phone. You can add as many rooms or zones as you choose, as well as most types of gas heating systems – so whether you’ve got an underfloor heating system or radiators as your emitters. The Evohome is wireless, so installing it doesn’t require a great deal of renovation.

With all these different options available, your heating installation expert is best placed to conduct a thorough consultation and advise you on what solutions are best for your home and comfort.

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Here at WPJ Heating we pride ourselves on the quality of the boiler installation service we provide, as well as the genuine care and thoughtfulness we put into the excellence of our customer care. Worcester Bosch, the UK’s no 1 boiler manufacturer has recognised our commitment to delivering great service and so have acknowledged us as a Worcester Accredited Installer (WAI).

The WAI scheme is the UK heating industry’s longest running and most exclusive business support scheme. The Worcester Bosch Group aim to work with a very select group of independent heating companies who have demonstrated a commitment to great customer service and quality workmanship consistently over a period of time.

What is a Boiler Guarantee?

A boiler guarantee is an agreement between you (the purchaser) and the boiler manufacturer. In the case of Worcester Bosch that we mainly work with, the company promises to visit your home and fix or replace your boiler if it breaks down within a specified period of time, without any objections or protests. This boiler guarantee is legally binding, so you can have the peace of mind that not only are you getting the best quality product. We’ve got you covered should something go wrong.

Extended Boiler Guarantee

WAI status means that Worcester relies on us to install their boilers exactly as they intended, which means that we are able to offer the extended boiler guarantee on new boilers from the Worcester Greenstar gas – fired range. You can be sure that by installing a Worcester Bosch boiler with us you’re getting the best installation product and service on the market.

Why are we telling you this?

We are Diamond Members of the WAI scheme which means that we are accredited by Worcester Bosch to install their boilers, solar water heating, and heat pumps. The Diamond grade is the highest level, so we are able to give you the longest guarantee on Worcester boilers and products, anything up to 10 years depending on product.

Our WAI status means that we have signed up to a strict code of conduct that covers business practices and focuses on proper interaction with customers. As part of the selection process our engineers have to complete a Worcester Bosch product specific training course to demonstrate that they are competent on Worcester Bosch gas boilers. This course carries an industry recognised certificate. In order to continue our membership in the Worcester Accredited installer scheme our engineers update their training every 5 years.

We want you to know that you can always trust a WPJ Heating engineer because we’re committed to providing you with the best possible service.

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