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 If you have outdated boiler and heating controls, you may not only be wasting energy but also opening potential problems. Here are some problems out of date controls can cause: Hot water cylinder supplied by gravity-fed water – stored water takes longer to reheat.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....

Boiler Controls

Using the boiler controls effectively is key to an efficiently working boiler. Learn more about them here.   Smart usage of these boiler controls can help you conserve energy and bring down that power bill. Your house will be comfortable in the right temperature and you can also avoid overheating your boiler.   Boiler Controls Built In Boiler Controls – these controls are useful if your boiler can be easily accessed, but not if your boiler is located in a garage or loft. On / Off Switch – Turning the switch on puts your boiler on standby until it is needed to make heat. Standby mode uses very minimal amount of electricity. Some switches feature selecting if you want to turn on both heating and hot water, or just one of the two. Temperature Controls – Some boiler models feature separate controls for the temperature of heat and hot water. Mechanical Boiler Timers – This timer can give you three options when you run your heating system: 1) the boiler is off, 2) the boiler is providing heat, and 3) the boiler turns on and off at set times. It has a large round dial that you can turn to set the correct time. The outer part of the dial has tabs that represent 15- minute periods that are selected when you want the boiler to turn on. A mechanical timer is simple to use, but it will set your boiler to turn on or off at the same time everyday. This might not work well if you have different daily schedules. Central Heating Controls – these controls are...

How To Calibrate A Thermostat

Want to learn how to calibrate a thermostat? We have outlined a few guidelines for you.   Your boiler thermostat can lose calibration after some time. This can come as a result of a number of different things like dirt or accidental bumping. Loss of calibration will affect the thermostat temperature, moving it slightly away from the correct room temperature. As a result, a room that reads 70 degrees might be read by that thermostat at 73 degrees, or too low at 67 degrees. A thermostat reading that’s too high can increase your energy bill by about 10 percent, and a reading that is too low will make the room feel cold even with the heater running. If your boiler is unnecessarily running more than it should, it is wasting energy and you are wasting money. This can be corrected through a simple solution: calibrating the thermostat. Even if you are not a professional engineer, you can learn how to calibrate a thermostat so that you can do it yourself. We have outlined a few simple steps for you.   How To Calibrate A Thermostat Learn how to calibrate a thermostat following these easy steps. Find out what type of thermostat you have. There are two types of thermostats: one contains magnetic contacts and a calibration screw, and the other employs a mercury switch. Clear the area. Clear the area around the thermostat. Check for things that might be interfering with your thermostat’s reading. A candle may be too close or there may be a cold draft from a window close to the thermostat. Check the thermostat temperature. Turn...

Central Heating Problems

RJ Gas Heating’s Registered Gas Safe engineers can fix your home’s central heating problems. We can service your home anywhere in East London. Our technicians are full trained and equipped to install and repair heating systems in homes and offices.   Central Heating Systems Using a central heating system simply means heating your home or office from one source. The boiler is the main part of your heating system. It heats water and distributes the hot water to other parts of your home: your kitchen, bathroom, and other heating units in your bedrooms or living room. A central heating system is an investment you would want to maximize. When used properly and with care, your heating system can help you feel more comfortable in your home. You can even lessen your power bills.   Types of Central Heating Systems There are two main types of central heating systems. A conventional boiler is the simplest to use and probably the most reliable. It includes two water tanks and a cylinder for heating. This means that water needs time to heat. A combination boiler, on the other hand, does not have tanks or a cylinder. It saves you a lot of space and there is no need to pre-heat the water, However, it can only support one to two water sources at a time and is not recommended for homes with several bathrooms or multiple users. There are also other alternate water heating systems such as those that are unvented. Common Central Heating Problems Here are some common central heating problems you may need to watch out for: 1 Boiler is...
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