How to Choose the Best Boiler

Learning a few tips on how to choose the best boiler for your home can help you make a wiser decision that will be worth your money. Here are some helpful information from us. Perhaps you have already read somewhere that 55% of your energy bill in one year comes from your heating system. So, a highly efficient boiler can make a big difference in your money saving efforts. And if you’ve been bothered by your nosy boiler, or perhaps the cold weather is getting too cold even for your old boiler, it may be time to do a boiler upgrade. If your boiler efficiency is G- rated, replacing it with an A- rated model – with a full set of heating controls – can save you up to £340 annually. Not to mention, 1,500 kgs of carbon dioxide every year. However, if you’ve done your research on the costs of a new boiler, you probably know that a new boiler installation is one of the largest single expenses homeowners face. Therefore, it is important that you invest your money on a worthwhile one. Here is an easy guideline on how to choose the best boiler for you: What is the best boiler brand? A Which? survey of more than 3,000 boiler owners revealed that the top two brands in the market are Vaillant and Worcester Bosch. These two manufacturers have been the most popular among homeowners and are regarded as the most reliable and scored a customer satisfaction rate of 83%. In the same survey, Which? said that one brand to avoid is Keston, where 79% of the owners said they...

How to Take Care of Your Boiler

Knowing how to take care of your boiler properly can benefit you in more ways than one. Boiler maintenance is important to prolong the life of your boiler. Getting a regular annual boiler service will help ensure that your boiler is in perfect working condition when you need it during the cold months. It also helps keep the efficiency of your boiler high, which in turn can help you save energy and money. Also, a boiler that is properly cared for is less likely to need frequent boiler repairs. (Read more about what to expect during a service, and its benefits.) However, there are things that you can do on a daily or regular basis to take care of your boiler and help ensure it is operating well. Here’s how to take care of your boiler properly: Do not cover your boiler. Keep the air vents open, as well as ventilation grilles, air bricks and outside flues. NEVER attempt to open the boiler cover. Only a trained and qualified gas safe registered engineer should do this. Schedule a repair if something is not working right. Use a damp cloth to wipe your boiler clean, then dry. Use petroleum jelly to remove scratches on the boiler’s body. Rub a small amount on the area where the scratch is, wipe the petroleum jelly off and then buff it using dry cloth to shine. During hot months, run your heating system once a month for about 15 minutes. This will help keep your boiler running efficiently, and avoid getting clogged. This way, the moving parts are in order for when you need your...

Boiler Has No Heat But Has Hot Water

A boiler that has no heat but is producing hot water can cause a lot of frustration, especially if it happens during the winter months. Both the ideas of having a central heating that is not working and that you have no hot water are not appealing. Your initial reaction is probably to panic as you think about the worst case scenarios. Will you have no heat for the entire week? Or maybe you’ll need to do a boiler replacement? Relax. While you might need to get a boiler repair scheduled, you can also take a few steps to see if you can get your boiler running again.   No Heat If your boiler is not keeping your home warm, try the following: Check the thermostat. It is easy to overlook the temperature set on your thermostat. Sometimes, the settings may have been altered during cleaning or dusting. Rule this out by making sure the temperature is set correctly. Set the temperature above the current room temperature and make sure that the setting is set to Heat or Auto. You can also try to get the boiler to work by placing the thermostat to the highest setting. Check the power source. This is another thing that is commonly missed and overlooked. Remember that even if your boiler runs on gas or oil, it is still connected to an electricity source to run. Make sure that the boiler is plugged in properly and that the breaker is not tripped. Check the fuel source. Remember to also check your gas connection and make sure it is on and you have gas supply. Check the...

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...

Choosing a Combi Boiler: Is it the right boiler for me?

Are you wondering if choosing a combi boiler is a good decision? Here are some helpful information for you. Combi Boilers The combi boiler is now the most popular boiler choice for homeowners in the UK. Its main feature is that it provides on- demand domestic heating and hot water. It also does not include a cylinder, unlike the convention boiler. Hence, they are not bulky and storage is easier. (Read more: All About Combi Boilers) Is choosing a combi boiler a good decision? Consider that there are many benefits to investing in a combi boiler. For one, the compact size works great if you have limited space in your home. Most combi boilers can fit into kitchen and storage cupboards. Typically, they also come with minimal piping. If you need to get a new one installed, there work and mess. The water that your combi boiler uses feeds directly from the mains. As such, hot water is always available on demand, and the water pressure will not drop even after long periods of use. It is important to note some disadvantages, though, before choosing a combi boiler. If your home has more than one bathroom, you may experience a drop in water pressure if two or more appliances are using the boiler at the same time. To avoid straining your combi boiler and possibly needing repairs, avoid using multiple appliances at the same time. Also, consider that bigger combi boilers are typically better at fighting decreased pressure because of strain to the system. Choosing a combi boiler: Which one should you get? There is a wide variety of sizes, styles, models and...

Boiler Fix

Do you need to do a boiler fix? It is always best to call for a trained engineer to fix any boiler problems. However, a DIY homeowner can diagnose the issue and do a boiler fix for minor problems. This will actually help you cut your costs, and even make the job faster for the engineer, if you eventually schedule one. Easy Boiler Fix Boiler radiators are not heating: CAUSE: Radiators that are cold at the top show that there is air trapped in the system, rusty pipes, or problem with the pump. SOLUTION: You can remove trapped air by bleeding the radiators. You can do this job yourself. Here’s how. If that does not fix the problem, a power flush may be needed. Here’s how to power flush. Boiler turns off: CAUSE: This problem can be caused by a number of reasons including low water pressure, thermostat problems, a frozen condensate pipe, air trapped in the system or a pump problem. SOLUTION: We already know that you have to bleed the radiators in case air is trapped in the system. If your pipes freeze during cold months, you can thaw them yourself. Learn how to thaw a frozen condensate pipe. You can also learn how to repressurize your boiler  if you see that the pressure is incorrect. Replacing the pump must be done by a qualified engineer. Pilot light keeps turning off CAUSE: Either the thermocouple is not working properly, or there are damages to the seal. SOLUTION: Both of these types of work must only be completed by a qualified engineer. Learn more about how the pilot light works....
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