Category Archives: Boiler Installation

New boiler installation – questions to ask your plumber

new boiler installation

A new boiler installation is quite a costly undertaking. Because of that, it’s important to make sure that you have a quality job done, and this refers both to the boiler itself and the people fitting it. So, don’t be tempted to scrimp. By all means, get several quotes to compare, but don’t necessarily go for the cheapest just to penny pinch. It’s simply not worth it.

Most people already know the type of boiler they want, and they will also have a particular brand in mind too. If you are not sure, you can always invite a plumber to visit your property to give you some advice. If you happen to live in South London, this is all part of the new boiler installation package that we offer our clients here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating.

Choosing a plumber for your new boiler installation

Choosing the right boiler for your home or business premises can be quite tricky because there are many things to take into consideration. As mentioned above, we here at CW Services are perfectly happy to give you the benefit of our professional experience, but if you would rather have independent advice, why not check out Which? They are very well known and highly respected.

But when it comes down to choosing the installation company, that can be a little more difficult. The easiest way to begin is to carry out a local search online or skim through your local trade directory. This will give you a wide range of names to choose from. The difficulty though is to sort the wheat from the chaff. It is important to identify and avoid any “cowboys” you come across.

If you decide your new boiler installation will be gas-fired, the single most important thing that follows is that the installer you choose must be Gas Safe registered. This is a must. But don’t just believe what you read or what you are told. Check it out. You can do that quite simply by going to the Gas Safe website and entering the details of who it is you want to verify.

The other thing you should do is carry out a little research into any qualifications or approvals that the group you are comparing are alleged to hold. As with the Gas Safe register, you should physically verify that any supposed registration is current. Here at CW Services, we are CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing Heating Engineering) approved, and you can check this out at the CIPHE website.

Some technical question to ask about your new boiler installation

Most people have little or no plumbing knowledge, so knowing the questions you ought to be asking can be a bit tricky. To help you out with this, here is a list of the most appropriate queries you can pose.

  • Is the existing gas pipe the correct size?
  • Where should the condense waste pipe be fitted?
  • What are the benefits of having a magnetic filter installed?
  • Is a combi-boiler appropriate for my premises?
  • Should I have individual thermostats fitted?
  • Is it worth installing smart thermostats like Nest?

If any of these questions or subjects are unfamiliar to you, it may be a good idea to do a little bit of research on the web beforehand.

Ask about Power Flushing

If you are going to have a new boiler installation, you don’t want it driving a dirty, heating system. It will still be trying to pump hot water through pipes and radiators that are full of silt and sludge. Ask your selected plumbers whether they can give your system a power flush so you can get your new boiler off to the very best start.

Power Flushing is something that we can and would do here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating prior to a new boiler installation. To find out more or to book an appointment why not call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184?

Commercial water heater installation quote

Commercial water heater installation in South London

Are you looking for a quote for a commercial water heater installation in South London? If you are, you’ve come to the right place. We are CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We can solve all your plumbing problems whether for commercial premises or a private home.

Most commercial businesses have a hot water supply in this day and age. Being able to wash your hands after using the toilet at work is more than just a luxury. It is a necessity from a hygiene point of view. Health and safety is an important issue for all businesses. Having access to hot water at work helps employers to enact their duty of care towards their employee’s well-being.

Where to start

When you are considering obtaining a quote for a commercial water heater installation in South London or anywhere else for that matter you need to know where to start. The first thing to take on board is that there is a difference between a water heater and a boiler.

A boiler is a part of what is referred to as a closed loop system. The loop facilitates hot water and steam circulating through a series of pipes. These pipes can feed radiators or other heating systems such as wet underfloor heating. The water goes around the system warming the various elements, then it returns to the boiler for reheating and recycling.

A hot water boiler heats the water to higher temperatures than water heaters. This is because it turns the water to steam. It is this steam that is circulated as it is easier to move around and it doesn’t lose as much heat as water does.

The other thing about water heaters is that some models don’t have tanks built into them. Whereas a boiler stores hot water in its shell, water heaters only heat on demand. Typically, these are ideal for occasional hand washing in staff toilets.

About storage water heaters

Storage water heaters are good for storing large quantities of hot water. If your commercial water heater installation in London needs to cater for lots of people using hot water at the same time, this may be your best option. Just bear in mind that stored water will gradually lose its warmth. This means more expense in reheating the water for continual use.

When a balanced flue commercial water heater installation in South London is best

If your business premises has a problem with contaminated air (i.e. in a dry cleaner’s premises, or a factory processing chemicals), a balanced flue system might be the best solution. This type of installation draws clean air in from outside the building. Hot water is delivered straight away to the point of use.

Advantages of fan assisted flue systems

Another type of commercial water heater installation in South London you might be interested in is a fan assisted flue system. This type of heater is an excellent choice when an extended flue run-in required. The inclusion of the fan enables hot water to be supplied immediately. If positioning is a problem due to building constraints, fan assist is ideal.

Which type of fuel?

Having decided what type of commercial water heater installation in South London it is you need, you should next consider what fuel you prefer to use. There are several options:

  • Electric
  • Mains gas
  • LPG or Propane
  • Oil
  • Solar

Given the vagaries of the British climate, solar may not be your best route. If you choose a gas installation, make sure you employ a Gas Safe registered plumber. CW Services Plumbing and Heating are fully, and currently Gas Safe approved.

Getting it right

Making the right choice of commercial water heater installer in South London for your business is important. You want to make sure the system you install best suits your needs. You also want to ensure that it is the best type of system from an economic point of view.

If you would like any help or more information about the various types of installation, please call us. You can reach us on 020 7733 6812or 07949 095 184. Why not call us today for an informal, chat and a free, non-obligatory quote?

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.

Water heater installation in London

Water heater installation

If you need a water heater installation in London carrying out, you should get in touch with us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We are based in London SW2 and have been installing boilers of all types for many years. If you want a quality job at a competitive price, with the minimum of fuss and disruption, we are the plumbing firm of first choice.

There are several different types of water heaters or boilers. They include:

  • Standard water heaters that hold large volumes of water which they heat ready for use when required.
  • Water heaters that do not have tanks and supply hot water on demand.
  • Solar water heaters that incorporate tanks that hold water which is heated by solar energy. Not used frequently here in the UK.

The type of water heater installation you chose will depend on your individual needs and circumstances.

Choosing the capacity of water heater

The size of the water heater best for you will depend on two things. First is the amount of hot water that you require to be on tap. Second, is the type of water heater you choose.

Would you like help in calculating which type of what heater installation will best suit your needs?  If yes, we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating would be only too pleased to offer you advice. We can help you with information about the various flow rates of different devices. This will determine how many boilers you will need to provide you with enough hot water to meet your needs.

Tankless water heaters, for example, are rated on a wide range of inlet temperatures. This varies from living space to living space. We can do the necessary calculations for you and tell which boilers would be appropriate.

With a traditional water heater installation, the calculation is much simpler. It revolves around deciding on the volume of water that has to be collected to satisfy your demands at peak times.

Choosing the type of fuel your boiler will run on

When it comes down to choosing which fuel your boiler should run on, the choice is relatively simple. It mostly depends on whether or not you have a ready supply of electricity or gas. While these two fuels tend to be the mainstays, there are other options such as LPG or solar power.

As a rule of thumb, an electric water heater installation costs less to install than gas. However, it is more expensive to run. On the other hand, If you don’t have a good reliable source of gas or electricity, you might opt for LPG of solar.

Again, we emphasise that if you would like help with making a decision, CW Services Plumbing and Heating can offer you non-obligatory, free professional advice.

One thing you must bear in mind is that if you elect for a gas-fired water heater installation, you ought to employ a Gas Safe registered plumber. This is for the health and safety of anyone inhabiting your home.

CW Services are fully Gas Safe registered.

Contact CW Services Plumbing and Heating about your water heater installation in London

Whatever type of water heater installation in London you are after, we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating can oblige. To find out more you can call us on 020 7733 6812 or
07949 095 184.

Call us today for free advice, or to arrange a survey and a free, non-obligatory quotation.