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....

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...

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...

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...
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