Boiler Help

You have probably found yourself in a situation – more than once – where you need boiler help. And if this happened during the cold months, the situation is probably dire as you need heating and hot water as soon as possible. (Read more about what to do if your boiler has no hot water or no heat) Where to get proper boiler help Whether you need a boiler repair or a boiler service, it is important that you only get a qualified engineer to look at your boiler. (Learn about what’s included in a boiler checklist) This also includes other works such as boiler installation. A qualified engineer means a gas safe registered engineer who is trained and certified using government regulated standards. You can check if your engineer is gas safe registered using our tips here. By hiring only trained and qualified engineers, you can assure yourself that the repairs and services are properly carried out, and you and your family are not at risking your health or safety. What you can do Most common boiler problems are caused by small glitches that you can fix yourself. Some common issues include: noisy boiler leaking low pressure frozen condensate pipe cold spots in the radiator pilot light problems Before calling for boiler help, you can save some money from the repair costs by checking a few things yourself. Power supply – Always check the power supply to make sure that your boiler is plugged in. As silly as this may sound, this is an easily overlooked issue that certainly does not need an engineer to fix. Remember that...

Using Your Combi Boiler

Using your combi boiler with proper care will keep your home heated and help you save energy. Here are some tips on using your combi boiler. The heating controls that you see on your combi boiler will let your control the temperature in your home and keep it at a comfortable level. They will also allow you to set schedules when your heating system will turn on and off, as your family’s needs require. By setting the controls that your have correctly, you can save money and energy. Modes – The modes in your boiler will allow you to set the machine for: hot water – you can select this mode during hot months, when you do not need central heating in your home hot water and heating – this is best during the cold months off – you can turn the boiler off if you do not need either hot water or central heating Radiator temperature – Some boiler models feature an ‘E’ setting, which means ‘economy’. You will usually see this about three quarters of the way around the dial. Using the economy setting will help your boiler run more efficiently, helping you save money. When winter comes in, you may need to change the setting to maximum to keep your home temperature comfortable. Thermostat – Your thermostat can control the temperature either in a single room, or a more centralized one for, say, the first floor of the home. Typically, 18 – 21°C is sufficient to keep you and your family warm. By simply turning the temperature down by 1°C, you can save around 10% on your gas bill.  Timer...

How to Repressurize a Boiler

Do you know how to repressurize a boiler? One of the most common causes of broken boilers is loss of water pressure. Low water pressure can be caused by several different things such as a leaking boiler. It is also possible to lose pressure when you bleed the radiators. Low water pressure is easy to diagnose. Most modern boiler models feature a built- in pressure gauge that will show the boiler pressure. Before you start the steps to repressurize a boiler, first make sure that it indeed needs to be pressurized by checking the pressure gauge. This is usually found in front of the boiler. Generally, the ideal water pressure should be between 1 and 2 bars. Some models will show a red bar where the water pressure was initially set. If the water pressure is incorrect, you may be able to repressurize a boiler by yourself. Knowing how to increase boiler pressure properly can save you a visit from your local engineer. How to repressurize a boiler Before starting, make sure the boiler is turned off and has cooled down. Always read the manufacturer’s manual before repressurizing a boiler. If the pressure is too low, you will need to top up your system. Locate the filling loop – a flexible hose that is usually silver or grey, with a small valve on each end and usually located at the bottom of the boiler. Make sure both ends are attached securely to both valves. Open both valves either using your hands (if you can) or a flat headed screw driver. When the repressurizing begins, you will hear the water filling the system. Watch...

How to Increase Boiler Pressure

Do you want to know how to increase boiler pressure? Read our tips below.   Loss of pressure is one of the most common boiler problems homeowners experience. Loss of boiler pressure is usually an indication of other issues that your boiler may be having.   How to Increase Boiler Pressure If you suspect that your boiler is losing pressure, check the pressure gauge or indicator. This is usually located on the front side of your boiler. For most boiler models and brands, the pressure is usually set around the 1 bar. Sometimes, there is a red indicator needle that will tell you the pressure set when the boiler was first installed. If you experience a dip in pressure repeatedly, make sure to check the gauge regularly. Each boiler brand and model will come with instructions on its own unique pressure system. Read the user manual and determine if you can do the re- pressurizing yourself. Some boilers will have the instructions placed on the rear of the control panel. If the panel needs tools to remove it, do not attempt to remove it. Call a gas safe registered engineer and book an appointment. Here are some tips once you read the how to increase boiler pressure part of the user manual: Understand how your boiler works, and do additional research if needed. Make sure that the boiler is turned off. Ensure that the heating system has cooled down. Make sure that you know how to identify the filling loop, the pressure gauge and the boiler. Make sure that you have visual access to the pressure gauge as your increase (or...

Boiler and Heating Controls

Learn more about boiler and heating controls and how they can help your central heating system run more efficiently.   Boiler and Heating Controls Heating controls are important in running a boiler- powered central heating system efficiently. Smart use of these controls can help you save money by making sure that each room in your home is comfortably heated while avoiding overheating. This minimizes the heat and fuel used, and helps save you money. If you have outdated boiler and heating controls, you may not only be wasting energy but also opening potential problems. Here are some problems out of date controls can cause: Hot water cylinder supplied by gravity-fed water – stored water takes longer to reheat. No cylinder thermostat – temperature for stored water is too high and can risk scalding. No cylinder insulation – wasted heat through the surface of the cylinder. No room thermostat – rooms get too hot, using too much energy. Lack of thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) – room temperatures get too hot and heating system balance is poor. Absence of boiler interlock – the boiler stays hot all the time and cycles unnecessarily during programmed heating periods.   Here are the basic boiler and heating controls that you need: Boiler Controls On/ Off Switch Temperature Controls Mechanical Boiler Timers Central Heating Controls Room Thermostat Programmable Room Thermostat Thermostatic Radiator Control Valves (TRVs) Hot Water Controls Cylinder Thermostat Advanced Boiler and Heating Controls Intelligent heating controllers Weather compensators Full Zone Controls These controls allow you to take control of when your heating system is on, in which specific room in the house and the exact temperature to run...

How to Set a Boiler Timer

Read our simple tips on how to set a boiler timer. Your boiler either has electronic or mechanical controls that will allow you to set the timer. Your boiler’s timer is an essential tool that will help in your energy saving efforts. Setting the timer will turn the boiler on and off automatically. And although different brands and models of boilers vary, they work basically the same and setting the timers will usually be the same procedure. We have some tips below on how to set a boiler timer. How to Set a Boiler Timer If it is your first time and you don’t know how to set a boiler timer, you may find our tips useful. Find your control panel.  Most modern boiler models have digital control panels. These are easy to set. However, older models use a more complicated type of mechanical timer control panel. Different boiler brands usually vary in the type of control panel that they use. These work only slightly different from each other, and with a bit of time, one will learn how to work on the control panel to set the timer. Read the manual. Because control panels work differently, it is always best to read the user manual first. Doing so will make it easier for you to find out how the control panel works to set the boiler timer correctly. This can save you a lot of time, and avoid possible errors. If you don’t have the manual, you can look it up online. Most brand have PDF versions of their manuals up on their websites or forums. Set the clock....
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