Carbon Monoxide Myths Debunked

Believing false carbon monoxide myths can be extremely dangerous. Carbon monoxide is very often misunderstood. There are lots of carbon monoxide myths that are being passed on from one person to the next. What’s dangerous about this is that carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the top causes of accidental poisoning and wrong information can lead to hospitalization or even death. Here are some carbon monoxide myths debunked: MYTH: You could smell carbon monoxide when you turn on your boiler. FACT: This gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless, hence the nickname ‘silent killer’. What you are likely smelling are combustion byproducts which should also be addressed right away. MYTH: Carbon monoxide problems are caused by old heating systems. FACT: Yes, old HVAC units including air conditioners and boilers that are not functioning properly can emit carbon monoxide. However, this is not the only cause. Carbon monoxide also build up when your heating system is not vented properly or the air in your home does not circulate well, like when you have clogged up chimneys. Pain remover chemicals can also cause CO poisoning. MYTH: Heating systems must be checked every two to three years to make sure they are properly functioning. FACT: A boiler service must be done annually. MYTH: Carbon monoxide is not too dangerous. FACT: Carbon monoxide kills more than 500 people in the US annually from unintentional poisoning and is the most common type of fatal indoor air poisoning anywhere. MYTH: People who have inhaled the gas in poisonous levels do not show physical symptoms. FACT: Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include nausea, headache, burning eyes, confusion, drowsiness, and loss...

Combi Boiler Myths

Let’s debunk some of the most common combi boiler myths floating around. Many homeowners who are planning to do a boiler replacement are put off when they hear combi boiler myths. If you are one of them, and you are now rethinking whether getting a combi boiler upgrade is the right choice for you, let us help you by debunking some of these combi boiler myths. Common Combi Boiler Myths: A combi boiler is slow to fill a bath. This was true some ten to fifteen years ago when combi boilers started to gain popularity in the UK. Back then, boilers were sized based on the number of radiators installed and the hot water cylinders so when they were replaced with combi boilers, they were fitted with the same output. But today, boiler manufacturers make a variety of outputs so you can choose to have a larger output with a high flow rate. The hot water takes longer to reach the tap. This is another complaint in back in the day when combis were just becoming known. Today, combi boilers have a preheat function which allows it to keep a small amount of hot water. As a result, you have access to hot water instantly. This function can be turned off. There is no electric immersion or hot water tank that I can use as a backup. This actually true. However, modern boilers come with great warranties that last up to 10 years. This is because manufacturers are confident that the products are tried and tested. Read about our suggestions on different boiler brands. Combi boilers are not efficient for large homes....

When to Replace Your Boiler

Do you know when to replace your boiler? While it is true that a boiler upgrade can help you money, it does not necessarily apply to everyone. Knowing when to replace your boiler can help you make better decisions in making your purchased. There is no doubt that the past few decades have seen great advancement in technology. This includes the systems used by boilers. New models are far more efficient than old boiler models. Efficiency refers to how much gas a boiler uses to heat a home to a certain temperature. A more efficient boiler uses less gas. Using less gas can save you a lot in your annual energy bill. It is also important to understand that as your boiler gets older and outdated, it will be harder to find pare parts for it in case something goes wrong – and something will, sooner or later. New boiler models also emit less harmful gasses to the environment. When to Replace Your Boiler So when is the right time to do a boiler replacement? Generally, if your boiler is fifteen to twenty years old, it is no longer running as efficiently as it used to and may need a replacement. However, if your boiler is fifteen to twenty years old but you do not feel that it needs to be replaced OR it is less than that age range but has needed repair more than it should, you can all your local gas safe registered engineer and have them look at it. Ask for their advice if it would work on your advantage to replace your boiler now. Here...

Problems with Bad Boiler Installation

A bad boiler installation can cause a lot of problems, and in turn more costs. Buying a new boiler can be expensive, but it is also a good investment. Getting a boiler upgrade with a new, more efficient boiler means cleaner heating, cheaper energy costs, low maintenance and peace of mind for you. It is important to note that these benefits can be achieved if the new boiler is installed by a qualified gas safe registered engineer. Trying to cut costs by installing the boiler yourself or having an inexperienced technician do the job can result to a botched installation. A bad boiler installation will only end up costing your more money, not to mention inconvenience and lost time. There are three problems that are commonly caused by a bad boiler installation: Loose connections – Loose connections can cause boiler leaks. Improper water circulation – Pipework that is not properly planned and followed will cause the boiler to not run properly and use up more energy. This will result to higher costs and more strain on the boiler. Gas leak – Gas leaks very dangerous and can be deadly. Leaking natural or propane gas are highly flammable and can result in explosions or fires. Incorrectly installed HVAC units – including boilers – can also cause carbon monoxide leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. Here are some signs to watch out for that can help tell if you had a bad boiler installation: Banging sound when you turn on a hot water faucet – This usually means there are piping issues. Boiler is noisy when turned on – This is a sign of...

How to Recognize Boiler Problems

If you know how to recognize boiler problems, you can identify them early and possibly avoid more costly repairs. Your heating system is one of the most important appliances in your home. It is also one of the most expensive to buy and to repair. Hence, you want it to last a long time. And it will – provided that you use it with care and maintain it properly. Aside from getting an annual boiler service done, you can help prolong the life of your boiler by learning how to recognize boiler problems. If you know how to tell if your boiler is not functioning properly, you can provide a quick fix right away or call an engineer sooner rather than later. Letting a broken boiler sit without getting fixed and ignoring that it needs repair will only cost you more. That small problem will only get bigger and your boiler will perform poorly and slowly deteriorate. What may have been a need for a little tuning on the thermostat or pressure gauge can turn into a need to replace parts or even the entire boiler if the problem is ignored. How to recognize boiler problems Here are five signs that your boiler is not working okay: There is no heat or no hot water (or both) – Perhaps this is the biggest sign that your boiler is having a problem, and it’s hard to miss. If your boiler is not heating, it does not always mean that is broken. This may be solved by doing simple DIY troubleshooting, such as simply checking your thermostat. The flame in the...

Gas Boiler Banging

Listening to your gas boiler banging can be annoying – and concerning. And you have every right to be both annoyed and concerned. A noisy boiler should be addressed right away. Ignoring this common problem may lead to more costly repairs in the future. Gas Boiler Banging – What’s the culprit? The most common culprit here is scale build up. Water contains minerals, and over time, those minerals accumulate at the bottom of the boiler tank, causing hot spots. The water boils rapidly and sends bubbles up the tank. The bubbles then dissipate violently when they reach the top of the tank, producing loud, banging noises. A noisy boiler is also known as “kettling”, as the limescale blocks water flow and causes the water to boil, steam and expand, just like boiling water in a kettle. This is not something that you should fix on your own. Only a gas safe registered engineer should handle the problem. Gas Boiler Banging – Other causes There are a few other things that may be causing boiler noise. Water temperature: If the water gets too hot, it can cause similar rapid boiling in the tank, sending bubbles of water to the top of the tank. Lowering the boiler thermostat can solve this problem, although this will also make your home less warm. Check if your thermostat is defective and needs replacing. You can learn how to calibrate a thermostat too. Low pressure: If the boiler pressure is too low, the boiler will not get enough water supply. With not enough water supply, the heat will not dissipate fast enough and will cause the water to boil. You...
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