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How often should you service your boiler?

How often should you service your boiler

The answer to the question of how often should you service your boiler rather depends on what type of boiler you have. If you have an electric boiler, it needs very little if no maintenance. The only things that tend to go wrong with them are the thermostats, the elements and getting furred-up if you live in a hard water area.

How often should you service your boiler if it’s a gas boiler?

Gas boilers on the other hand need to be services on an annual basis. This is when knowing a good boiler service London based contractor comes in handy. CW Services Plumbing and Heating are one of the best and most popular boiler specialists in the South London area. Have a quick browse through our website to see what we mean.

If the answer to the question of how often should you service your boiler, in the case of gas boilers, is every 12 months – you may wonder why this is. The answer is down to the fact that appliances that heat using real flames, can give off carbon monoxide fumes if the fuel they use isn’t burned properly.

The dangers of CO poisoning

Carbon monoxide or CO poisoning as it is often referred to, claims lives. If an appliance is emitting CO fumes in an unventilated or poorly ventilated room, it can lull unsuspecting victims to sleep. Depending on how long the victims remain asleep, the damage to their health can vary.

If victims awake or are awoken after only a few minutes, the damage may be no more than a bad headache. Long periods of unconsciousness can lead to brain damage (through oxygen starvation) and eventually death.

A real flame is a physical thing. It means that over time it will cause a build up of soot in flues and burners and this can cause the fuel, to not be properly burned. This is when CO emissions can begin. British Gas recommends that all gas appliances should be checked very 12-months. Theses checks are to ensure the appliance is functioning efficiently, and to look for any signs of CO emissions.

CW Services Plumbing and Heating is a Gas Safe registered boiler service London based contractor

The annual checks do not take long to do, but they should only ever be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. We here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating are a Gas Safe registered company and our fitters are individually registered too.

To book your annual service and maintenance check with one of the top boiler service London based contractors, call us here at CW Services on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Repair or replace your gas boiler?

When it comes to the question of should you repair or replace your gas boiler, the answer depends on several issues. Probably the most important consideration to take into account is your gas boiler’s age.

There are two issues you face when you boiler gets too old. One, and by far the most important, is the danger of emissions. The other problem is that many manufactures won’t service or repair old boilers beyond as certain age. That age can vary, but with Worcester-Bosch for example, 20 years seems to be their cut-off period.

There is a third issue too which is about repair and running cost expenses.

Keeping safe from emissions whether you repair or replace your gas boiler

Carbon monoxide (CO) emissions are the prime safety concern with all gas fire appliances. Even a new boiler, if not properly serviced and maintained can emit carbon monoxide. CO poisoning is known in the trade as the “silent killer.” It can lull victims into a sleep from which they never awake.

So regardless of the fact of whether you are having a gas fire appliance repaired, or having it replaced, only ever employ Gas Safe registered fitters and plumbers to do the work.

What to do if the boiler’s manufacturer refuses to repair or service your appliance

If the manufacturer of your boiler will no longer support the device, what are your options? The first consideration should be whether original parts are still available.

There are some companies around that sell so-called “equivalent parts” that are deemed to work with certain appliances. To be completely safe however, you should only ever use original parts. You simply can’t afford to take chances with gas appliances.

If original parts are still available from a trusted source, then it is wholly possible to continue to repair and service and old boiler. You must of course only employ Gas Safe fitters and plumbers as already mentioned.

Escalating repair costs

The fact of the matter is that like any product, the older it gets, the more repair work and maintenance it will require. When considering whether to repair or replace your boiler, escalating repair costs are a key consideration. As a rule they will only continue to get rise as the device ages further.

Escalating running costs

Even if you manage to keep on repairing and getting an old boiler serviced, gas boilers eventually become less efficient with age. New technology and new materials continually lower running costs as they come onto the market.

The truth is that as your gas boiler ages, it will not burn or heat as efficiently, which means that your running costs will rise just to maintain the same levels of heat.

The London boiler repair specialist

Having a good plumbing and heating company around that you can trust is a big help. If you live in South London, and you need a good London boiler repair specialist, you can call on us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We are a Gas Safe registered company.

Customer care is our first consideration. If your boiler will benefit from being repaired in a way that benefits your pocket; that is what we will recommend. If on the other hand your boiler is getting progressively older, less efficient and more costly to run, we will advise you to replace it.

To get in touch with us about whether to repair or replace your gas boiler, call 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Boiler Replacement Service London

Boiler Replacement Service London – CW Services Plumbing and Heating

If you live and/or work in the South London area and the boiler in your home or workplace needs replacing, CW Services Plumbing Boiler Service South Londonand Heating offer the best boiler replacement services at competitive prices.

All types of boilers catered for

Having worked in the plumbing trade for many years, we have experience and expertise installing all types of boilers, including:

  • Combination boilers
  • Conventional boilers
  • System boilers

Whether your boiler is electric or gas powered, we can install a like-for-like replacement, or recommend the most suitable replacement boiler for your premises based on the size of your premises, your power supply, and your heating needs.

We can obtain all major makes of boiler for you at competitive prices, or simply install an existing boiler if you have already purchased one.

Gas Safe registered

As a company, CW Services Heating and Plumbing, and all of our plumbing engineers, are Gas Safe registered. Your health and safety is our prime concern.

What our boiler replacement services include  

  • Free estimates
  • Free boiler advice from our experienced boiler installation engineers
  • Appointments made to your convenience
  • Old boiler removed and disposed of
  • Protecting your property – all exposed areas (carpets, flooring and other surfaces) will be fully protected during the installation process
  • Competitive pricing

Customer care at its best

We provide the very best in customer care. We will provide you with any advice you may need, and we always endeavour to turn up on time. If we are delayed due to circumstances beyond our control you will be fully informed and kept up to date. We will look after your property throughout the replacement process, and leave everything clean and ship-shape when we leave.

Emergency call-out service

When things go wrong with your plumbing and heating, it’s always at a bad time, which is why, if you have a genuine emergency, we offer a 24/7/365 emergency plumber call out service. Simply call us on 020 7733 6812
or 07949 095 184.

CW Services Plumbing and Heating – the boiler replacement specialists you can trust

Whether your boiler is on private premises or business premises, CW Services Plumbing and Heating are the boiler replacement specialists you can trust in the South London area. The chances are that someone near to you in South London has previously hired our services, and we will be happy to provide you with their contact details for a recommendation. Call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

What To Do When You Have Emergency Gas Leak

What to do if you have an emergency gas leak

Over 23 million homes here in the UK use natural gas. Under normal circumstances it is a perfectly safe source of heating provided it is treated with respect and appliances are properly and regularly maintained. But leaks can happen, and if they do it is important to know what to do.

What to do in any gas emergency

Poorly fitted or poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, explosions, and fires. They can also be responsible for emitting carbon monoxide poisoning. If you are involved in any sort of gas emergency, here’s a guide of what steps you should take:

  • The first thing to do is to immediately get some fresh air. Open all the doors and windows in order to ventilate the room and/or premises.
  • Switch off all gas appliances and do not switch them on again until they have been checked out by a Gas Safe registered engineer or plumber.
  • The next thing you should then do is to turn off the gas at the mains.
  • If you live in London, you can then call the emergency services of CW Services Plumbing and Heating. If you live anywhere else here in the UK, or if you cannot get through to CW Services for one reason or another, call the National Gas Emergency number on 0800 111 999.
  • If you or anyone else on the premises is feeling unwell, you and/or they should visit either the appropriate GP or the nearest hospital immediately. Do not delay. When you see the doctor, tell him/her that you may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. (If you enter a room or a premises where someone is unconscious and you have reason to suspect it may be gas related, you must call an ambulance immediately.)
  • Before the gas is switched back on again at the mains, or any gas appliances are re-ignited, it is essential that you have them checked out by a Gas Safe registered engineer or plumber.

Prevention is the best form of cure – book an annual gas appliance check

The best way of avoiding a gas emergency in the home or on a business premises is to make sure that any gas appliances fitted there are annually serviced and tested by a registered Gas Sage engineer or plumber.

If you live and or work in London you can book a gas appliance service and make a repeat annual booking order with CW Services Heating and Plumbing. Both our company and all of our plumbers are Gas Safe registered.

Gas Plumber Emergency Call-out Service London – CW Services Heating and Plumbing, London

Here at CW Services we operate a 24/7 emergency service for both gas and/or plumbing emergencies. In any emergency don’t delay – call 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

 

Why Service your boiler once a year?

Why Service your Boiler Once a Year?

The reason that we here at CW Plumbing and Heating Services say that you should have your boiler checked every year is to not only ensure that it is Gas Safe Registeredoperating efficiently, but to also ensure that it is working safely.

What does an annual gas boiler service consist of?

When one of our Gas Safe registered plumbers carries out an annual boiler service at your premises, (your premises can either be your home or a commercial business premises), the following things will be checked.

  • Our plumbing engineer will inspect the boiler and its controls to ensure they are operating safely and correctly.
  • The annual gas boiler inspection will include checking your boiler over for any signs of corrosion and/or leaks.
  • The casing of your boiler will be removed in order to be able to check that the main internal components are functioning correctly.
  • Our CW Services plumbing engineer will also carry out a gas pressure check to ensure that the boiler is operating at the recommended gas pressure.
  • We will carry out a flue test to make sure that no dangerous emissions are coming from your boiler.
  • All boiler parts will be cleaned as necessary.
  • The casing of the boiler will be replaced and correctly sealed.
  • The CW Services plumbing engineer will leave you with a checklist of the work that has been carried out, and that denotes all of the relevant information about boiler safety.

Electric boilers

Most people today use gas-fired boilers for central heating. The main reason is that they are cheaper to run than electric boilers. However, in some areas a gas Boiler Service South Londonsupply is not available and therefore alternative solutions have to be sought in the form of either electric or LPG boilers.

With today’s modern electric boilers there are no moving parts and therefore regular annual servicing is not normally taken up by most people unless they are unduly worried about ensuring that their electric boilers are running efficiently, and therefore cost effectively.

With gas boilers however, an annual service is essential in order to avoid any risk from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a life threatening event and one which can kill anyone on the premises where the faulty gas appliance is, young or old, totally indiscriminately and without warning. It is known as the silent killer.

Only ever employ Gas Safe registered plumbers and engineers

Whenever you employ a plumbing or heating engineer to work on a gas appliance in your home, it is essential to check that they are fully Gas Safe registered, as are all the plumbers that work for us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. Our company itself is also Gas Safe registered and in addition we are CIPHE approved (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering).

Booking your annual gas boiler service with CW Plumbing and Heating Services South London

When you choose CW Plumbing and Heating Services for either an annual boiler service in London, or our emergency boiler repair London facility, you will be in safe hands. As well as being fully Gas Safe registered, we provide a quality job at competitive prices.

To book your annual gas boiler service with CW Plumbing and Heating Services South London, please call 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184.