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Using central heating after the summer

Central heating installation in South London

If you are looking for a plumber to carry out a central heating installation in South London, look no further. We are CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We’re based in Brixton and are the number one choice for new central heating installation in the area.

There can be little doubt that central heating is the best and most economic way of heating your property. This goes for both domestic or commercial premises. No other forms of heating are as efficient or as cost friendly.

Underfloor heating is probably the most popular alternative. However, it takes longer to heat up rooms (especially if they are large) and if it is a retrospective installation, it can be quite expensive.

Electricity versus gas

When you’re considering having a new central heating installation in South London, your first decision will be whether to have a gas fired or an electrically driven boiler.

There is more maintenance involved with a gas boiler than an electric one. But by the same token, they are more reliable as they do not suffer from power-cut problems.

All gas appliances need to have an annual safety check. The prime reason for this is that if they are not correctly serviced, they can after a while emit CO gas. CO is the abbreviation for carbon monoxide. This is a colourless and odourless gas. It cannot be detected ordinarily, and if you are in a combined space where emissions are taking place, it can be deadly.

Only book a Gas Safe registered plumber for your central heating installation in South London

There is one very important thing to remember when you have any work done that involves gas appliances or gas pipe-work. Only ever use Gas Safe registered plumbers for fitters. You’ll be pleased to know that we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating are fully Gas Safe approved.

Having a regular safety check will cost a little money. But on the plus side, you will benefit from ensuring your boiler is running at peak efficiency. This means that in the long term your running costs will be lowe. You will also extend the working life of your appliance.

Electric boilers do not really require any maintenance. However, depending on the electricity supplier you use and the tariff you are on, electric powered central heating can be more expensive than gas to operate.

The flexibility of modern central heating

The great thing about any central heating installation in South London is the flexibility it will give you. All modern radiators are thermostatically controlled. It means you can set the temperature on a room by room basis. You can also turn the radiator off altogether in any one particular room without affecting the rest of the house.

Post-summer maintenance

During the summer you will probably not need to have your central heating on. But if you include what they call a “combi-boiler” in your central heating installation in South Londo this is no problem. You can just heat hot water for washing-up, having a bath or shower etc. without having to put the heating on.

When you do begin using your central heating again after summer, it will be a good idea to do a little routine maintenance. Just visit each radiator and bleed off any air that may be locked in the system. Once every two or three years, you might also like to think about having the system drained down and cleaned. We can Powerflush your system for maximum efficiency.

Whatever type of central heating installation in South London you decide to go for, CW Services will be able to carry out the work for you safely, and competitively. This also goes for any maintenance or repair work. To find out more, please call us today on 020 7733 6812or 07949 095 184.

Where to find London heating services

London heating services

Summer’s not the time that we tend to think about heating. However, if you do need London heating services for a boiler repair or to prepare yourself for the cold of winter, summertime is an excellent time to start.

Here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating, we have been providing London heating services to Londoners for many years. We’re based in SW2 so most of our work tends to be in South London. But if you happen to live anywhere here in the City and you need a top-class plumber, we can help.

All types of heating systems covered

Whether you have or are interested in gas or electric heating makes no difference. We are fully Gas Safe registered and have a lot of experience with both types of fuel systems. We also know about solid fuel systems including biomass and LPG.

The most common things we get asked to help with here at CW Services are hot water boilers. We both install new and carry out maintenance and repairs. We also offer a 24/7/365 emergency call-out service.

Underfloor London heating services

An increasing number of people are now having underfloor heating installed. It comes in two types – wet systems and dry systems. Wet uses water as its heating agent while dry used electric wiring which in inlaid into sheets or tiles.

Installing underfloor heating is something that is best done when properties are being built. It can however also be introduced retrospectively, and this is something that we can help you with too.

Electric underfloor or dry heating is the easiest to install retrospectively as the heating elements are already inlaid into the mats. They take up less space beneath the floorboards whereas wet systems incorporate small diameter pipes which need more room.

If you are looking for London heating services to install underfloor heating, we here at CW Services would be pleased to come to your home, carry out a quick, free survey, and advise you how best to proceed.

The importance of a regular maintenance/service regime

Heating systems need to be properly maintained and regularly serviced in order to get the best out of them. This will extend the working life of your boiler and system. Also, if you have a gas boiler, an annual safety and maintenance check will ensure your system is operating correctly and not emitting CO fumes.

Another advantage of having a regular maintenance/service regime in place is that your heating bills will be lower. An efficient boiler costs less to run.

Whoever you get to supply you with London heating services, you will want to make sure that they are reliable. This not only means that they will turn up when they say they will, but also that the work they carry out is of top quality. Our customer service and satisfaction is something that CW Services Plumbing and Heating are proud of.

Remember, whatever London heating services you need, CW Services come highly recommended. Call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

In need of London boiler maintenance?

London boiler maintenance

Are you’re looking for a good London boiler maintenance company to come and service your boiler? If you are, you’re in luck. You’ve come to precisely the right place.

We are CW Services Plumbing and Heating, and one of our specialities is hot water boiler servicing in the South London Area. We also provide a first-class boiler repair service as well as a fast and efficient emergency call-out service.

Being without hot water when you need it can be extremely inconvenient. It means that you can’t do the simple things like washing or shaving without boiling a kettle-full of water. If your hot water boiler also feeds your central heating system (if you have one) it also means cold radiators. As for taking an early morning shower, dousing yourself in cold water will certainly shock you wide awake.

The benefits of regular London boiler maintenance

Having your boiler regularly maintained or serviced will benefit you in several ways. Firstly, if you have a gas-fired boiler, a regular annual servicing will keep you and anyone sharing the space with safe and healthy. Any gas appliances (including boilers) that do not burn efficiently, can give off carbon monoxide (CO fumes). These are potentially lethal.

One thing to bear in mind if you do need gas appliances servicing is to only employ plumbers or engineers who are Gas Safe approved. Just like us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating.

Your responsibilities as a landlord

If you’re a landlord letting a property out, having all gas appliances checked on a yearly basis is a legal requirement. If you get us to do your London boiler maintenance, we’ll issue you with a gas appliance test safety certificate.

Another advantage is that regularly maintaining your gas boiler will prolong its life. If our tests reveal any worn components, we’ll replace them to ensure your boiler runs to maximum efficiency.

Last but not least, the fact that we will ensure your boiler will be finely tuned means that your gas bills will be lower.

Competitive rates

Having a regular London boiler maintenance agreement needn’t be expensive; especially if you choose CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We work at competitive rates and provide a quality job. Most of our work comes via personal recommendation. Our Gas Safe registration is one measure of our quality. Another is the fact that we are also CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing Heating Engineering) approved.

There are many different types of boilers. Some are gas-fired, some are powered by electricity. These include comb boilers, system boilers and regular boilers. If you’d like to know more about the various types visit the Worcester-Bosch website. It has some useful information.

The important thing to remember as far as London boiler maintenance is concerned is that CW Services, have experience with all of the types.

To find out more about regular London boiler maintenance or to request we visit your premises please call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Time for a new boiler installation in London?

Boilers don’t last forever. It means that at some time in your life you will probably be faced with having to have a new boiler installation in London or wherever else you might live. If you live in London, CW Services Plumbing and Heating cannot be beaten for top quality work at a competitive price.

Take prompt action to avoid a complete boiler breakdown

If your boiler is making weird noises, it could be a sign that it is on the way out. The best thing to do is to take immediate action and get it checked out by a professional plumber. The last thing you want to happen is that your boiler breaks down altogether. It will leave you without hot water and maybe heating, if it drives your central heating system too.

The benefits of a new boiler installation in London

If you do need a new boiler there are several benefits that a new boiler installation in London will give you. The first one is reliability. Most reputable new boilers come with a guarantee. Also, if you use us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating to do the work, that too will be guaranteed for 12-months.

The other benefit is from a cost perspective. Yes, a new boiler will cost you money, but you could well find that your operating costs come down. If for example, your old boiler was running inefficiently, (say the element has become furred-up) your heating bills would have been higher than they should have been.

Another thing is that most good quality boilers today are well insulated. This means that any hot water in them stays warmer for longer.

One more benefit you could enjoy from a new boiler installation in London is water pressure. If you suffer from low pressure through some of your taps, you could correct this. You can have the plumber install a water pum. Alternatively, you might like to consider installing an unvented boiler.

We install all types of boilers

One of the best-unvented cylinders on the market today is made by Megaflo. CW Services Plumbing and Heating, are not only Gas Safe registered, we are also G3 qualified. This means we are approved to install pressurised systems.

As well as being able to help you with a new boiler installation in London, we also do boiler repairs and servicing. We also handle all types of boilers: unvented, vented, combi, biomass, gas or electric.

Regular servicing prolongs a boiler’s life

Regular servicing is of course especially important if you have a gas fired boiler installed. It will prolong your boiler’s working life and will help you to ensure that your boiler operates efficiently. This will not only help you to keep your heating bills down. It will also prevent your boiler from emitting poisonous carbon monoxide. Using a Gas Safe approved plumber like CW Services is however essential to guarantee your safety.

We also offer an emergency call-out service

If you find you have a critical situation, you’ll be pleased to know that we offer an emergency call-out service. To take advantage of this or to organise a visit for a plumbing survey and free no-obligation quotation, all you have to do is call 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Who does MEGAFLO installation in London

Are you fed up with having low water pressure from some of the taps in your home? If so, you would benefit from a MEGAFLO installation. What, you may ask, is MEGAFLO and who does MEGAFLO installation in London?

Let’s take it one step at a time. First of all, what is MEGAFLO?

What a MEGAFLO cylinder is

MEGAFLO is what is known as an unvented hot water cylinder. This type of cylinder can be used exclusively as a hot water boiler, or, as is more usual – as part of a central heating system.

A MEGAFLO cylinder has an air bubble built into it. This is used to absorb the water expansion which takes place when water is heated. Unvented cylinders do not have this feature. They rely on another external cylinder being present to take up this absorption. Of all of the types of unvented cylinders, MEGAFLO is the best known and most well-recognised trade name.

The air bubble that is built into all new MEGAFLO cylinders, will dissipate over time. However, when you have your boiler serviced (which incidentally you should do every year), the air bubble can be restored to its original size.

The other thing you should be aware of is that all MEGAFLO cylinders are well insulated. They incorporate a 60mm layer of polyurethane foam. This helps to ensure that once heated, the water in the cylinder stays warmer for longer.

Only use a G3 qualified plumber for your MEGAFLO installation in London

Unlike vented boilers, a MEGAFLO cylinder works under pressure. It means that you can be sure of great water pressure from all of your taps. Unvented boilers, however, are therefore more expensive to install than vented. Also, you need a G3 qualified plumber to carry out your MEGAFLO installation in London; someone like us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating.

It’s not just the cylinder that works under pressure. All of your plumbing pipework must also be graded to work safely. This is why using only a G3 qualified plumber is not only recommended; it is required by law here in the UK.

How to find someone to carry out a MEGAFLO installation in London

One of the ways you can track down a recommended, G3 plumber to carry out a MEGAFLO installation in London is to go to the Green Age website. If you click on this link, it will take you there.

However, as we have already mentioned, we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating are not on only one of the recommended installers, we are also one of the best.

Not only are we G3 qualified, but we are also Gas Safe registered. This is a key consideration if you have gas fired heating.

To find out more about a MEGAFLO installation in London, or to organise a survey and get your free quotation, please call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.