Summer Boiler Settings

Many modern boilers have summer boiler settings. If they don’t you may see just an image of a radiator with a plus or minus sign. You can turn towards plus in winter and towards minus in summer.. Some boilers may have different summer boiler settings which you can find in you manual. When the weather warms best to turn both both your thermostatic valves and your radiator setting lower. It can be a gradual process as spring moves into summer. You may want to check the temperature of your taps as well. Set it as low as you can get away with as in summer. Your bath doesn’t need the same temperature to heat up the water. For example you don’t need to heat up a cold steel bath in summer. If you are adding cold to a bath or to a tap in the kitchen you can probably turn down the temperature. This can save energy and water much of the time. Gas Heating is very cost effective generally but may not be if you don’t take care to maintain it properly so make sure you use your summer boiler...

boiler pressure too high

Boiler pressure too high? You can tell when the pressure gauge (see image) is generally above 2 or 2.5 bars on a gauge that looks something like the image here. Check your owner’s manual for the right amount to check if it is your boiler pressure too high. If you have bleed your radiators and the pressure keeps going up there are a few things that could be going on First, have you recently refilled the system and possibly left the valve on even the slightest bit? if all is okay there than it is likely that your expansion vessel may need re-pressurising or your boiler may have a split in the plate heat exchanger. Call us to let us help you with boiler pressure. If your boiler pressure too high beyond a safe point than a safety will cause your boiler to shut...

Boiler Pressure

If you your boiler pressure drops below 1.5 bars or below what your owner’s manual for your boiler recommends then you need to add water to refill your system. It is nature for  boiler pressure to decrease over time but if you are generally doing it more than once a year then you should call a gas engineer to find the problem. Below are some videos that cover how to add water to different types of systems to get correct boiler pressure. If boiler pressure too high then bleed your radiators.               Combination boilers or “combi” boilers have a feature that makes them stop working due to a too low drop in pressure. In most cases this is easily rectified and will take seconds. Pressure can be lost if you have recently bleed your radiators. If your system consistently loses pressure than you have a leak somewhere. This could be something as simple as a bleed valve that is not closed properly or a radiator valve that is leaking slightly, check all radiator pipes and valves for evidence of leaking. Leaks are normally very easy to spot as the water in the system is discoloured, if you find a leaking valve try to re-tighten it to stop the leak, otherwise replace the...

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...
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