About Boiler Installation, Servicing & Repairs
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Buying a new boiler is expensive so you want to make sure that you buy the correct boiler for your property and have it fitted by an expert as once it is installed you don't want to be removing it or fixing issues because of a substandard installation.
At Fixed Price Trade we will help you choose the right boiler for your home in the North East and provide a fully trained Gas Safe registered gas engineer to install it at a fixed price with the added peace of mind of our 1 year workmanship guarantee.
How to choose a new boiler
Although we will help you choose the correct boiler for your home it's always good to have a bit of knowledge about the options and work involved installing a new boiler. What type of new boiler you choose for your home will mainly depend on two factors, the size of the property where the new boiler is going to be installed and the amount of bathrooms in the property.
Types of boiler
There are two main types of domestic boiler, a Combi Boiler and a Conventional Boiler. The combi boiler has become the more popular choice in recent times but it is not always the best option.
A combi (Combination Boiler) draws water directly from the mains so there is no need for a water storage tank, this is great if you have limited space and want unlimited hot water on demand. Modern combi boilers are also very energy efficient, generaly quicker to install and smaller than a conventional boiler.
There are downsides such as if you have more than one bathroom in use at the same time, or use the tap at the same time as the shower, the water pressure will drop as the pressure is distributed between the facilities in use, also for large properties over several floors the water pressure at the top of the property may be significantly less than on lower floors.
Combi Boiler Pros
- Ideal for smaller properties
- No water tank
- Hot water on demand
- Uses mains water pressure, no need for a water pump
- Quick to install
Combi boiler cons
- Not good for multiple bathrooms
- May not be compatible with solar system
- No back up hot water if boiler breaks down
A conventional Boiler draws water from a water storage tank or cylinder which is usually situated in a loft or airing cupboard.
Conventional Boilers are more suited to a large family home with more than one bathroom as multiple facilities can be used at the same time without a significant loss in water pressure.
A conventional boiler needs a water tank or cylinder, this will take up space in your home, but generally speaking you would fit a conventional boiler in a large family home so this could be fitted out of the way in a loft or cupboard.
Conventional boiler pros
- Ideal for larger properties
- Can use two showers at one time
- Good water pressure
- Full tank of hot water if boiler breaks down
Conventional boiler cons
- Need space for a water tank
- Limited supply of hot water
Boiler servicing & Repairs
There are 4 main types of boiler installed in UK homes and business's, Condensing boilers, Oil Boilers, Biomass Boilers & new to the market are CHP (Combined Heat and Power) Boilers.
Condensing boilers are by far the most popular boiler fitted in UK homes with Combi Boilers, Heat Only Boilers and Systems boilers falling under this category, so these are the ones we are going to concentrate on.
Servicing condensing boilers (Combi, System, Heat only)
How do you know when you boiler needs a service? What should you expect from a service from a professional heating engineer?
Boilers work hard, and like a car or anything mechanical they need looking after. The main tell tell signs that your boiler might need a service are:
- The boiler is hard to start
- The Boiler turns itself off
- The pilot light keeps going out
- Strange noises coming from your boiler
- Radiators or water not heating properly
What to expect from a professional boiler service
Thee are 100's of thousands of boiler services taking place every year in the UK but how do you know if your service has been done correctly?
Below is the minimum that should be done when your boiler is serviced properly
- A visual check of the boiler and flame
- Checks on the flue (external and internal)
- A Check of the operating pressure and heat input
- The Checking of all safety devices
- Checking of the seal of the boiler casing
- The boiler casing should be removed to check all components
- Checks on the burner, heat exchanger, main injector, spark & sensor probe
- The boiler should be fired up to make sure it is working properly
- Any parts that need cleaning should be thoroughly cleaned
How long should it take to service a boiler
It should should take a minimum of 30mins to service the average boiler if the service has been done properly and once the boiler has been serviced and everything is ok you should be given a written report to keep for your records.
Take a look at the diagram below and if you think the main checks highlighted in the image have not been carried out then ask the plumber or heating engineer why.
If you need any Gas Fitting services, Boiler installation or servicing in Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool and across the North East then give us a call on 0191 2685128 today!