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Boiler repair tips for peace of mind

Boiler repair tips

If you want some boiler repair tips that will help you to prevent incurring boiler breakdowns and costly call-outs, here are five you ought to be aware of.

Lagging your water pipes

The first of our boiler repair tips is actually nothing to do directly with your boiler; rather it concerns your water pipes – Lagging.

Lagging your water pipes will give them insulation from cold weather. It’s something that you can easily do yourself, and it is not costly. It comes ready-made and is pre-split to make the installation a doddle. You can buy packs of pipe lagging material from most good DIY supermarkets or your local Screwfix outlet.

We’re are all familiar with the saying that prevention is better than cure and this is definitely true when applied to lagging. You can do it at any time of year, but ideally, it is best done before the cold weather sets in. It’s one of the cheapest and simplest boiler repair tips there is.

Turn your boiler off

Like most boiler repair tips, turning your boiler off is common sense. Of course, we are only talking about turning it off once the weather has warmed up. If your boiler is a “combi” all you have to do is to switch it over to hot water mode only.

Just one thing to watch out for; you don’t want to suddenly get to winter, go to switch your boiler on or over to central heating mode only to find it won’t start. To ensure you don’t get caught out this way it’s a good idea to switch it on for about quarter of an hour once a month.

Keep an eye of the water pressure

Hot water boilers tend not to function as well when the water pressure drops too low. The ideal pressure should be between one and one and a half bar. Like all of these boiler repair tips, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to carry this one out. You can check the water pressure by merely reading the dial on the front of your boiler.

If you are unsure about checking the pressure or adjusting it if necessary, simply click on this link for more information.

Power flush your boiler system

Every once in while you should have your boiler system power flushed. Over the months and years, silt and sludge builds up inside your water pipes. It affects the flow of water making any boiler system less efficient, meaning that your boiler has to work harder.

Power flushing is not one of the boiler tips you can do for yourself as it requires specialist equipment. If you live in the South London area and you want to have a power flush carried out, you can get in touch with us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. See below for our contact details.

Having your pipes power flushed every two or three years will get rid of any build-up of sludge and in doing so, you will get maximum heat for your heating system at a lower price. It will also helps to extend the working life of your boiler.

Top of the boiler repair tips – annual servicing

The last of our boiler repair tips is to have your boiler serviced on a yearly basis. This will ensure that your boiler works with maximum efficiency. It will help to keep your heating bills low – will help to avoid any future breakdowns, and will lengthen the life of your boiler.

Regular servicing is also essential if you have a gas-fired boiler. When a boiler doesn’t work efficiently, it can produce carbon monoxide fumes. These can be deadly. To make sure that you and your loved ones are safe, get a Gas Safe registered plumber like CW Services Plumbing and Heating to do your annual boiler servicing.

Why not find out more about organising an annual service contract with us today? Just call us on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Will a remote thermostat installation save money?

remote thermostat installation

If you would like to know whether remote a thermostat installation will save you money, the answer is yes, it could. It’s something you should explore. With the cost of living constantly on the rise and all of the current uncertainty about Brexit, rising costs are likely to accelerate.

So, if you are looking to reduce your outgoings, having a remote thermostat to control your heating may be a good way of keeping your heating bills low. It would also be good for the environment too.

Ecobee or Nest?

There are several so-called “smart thermostats” on the market here in the UK today including Ecobee and Nest. Ecobee claim that their devices can save an average of 23% as regards heating and cooling bills. Nest split their claims down saying they can save 10-12% on heating bills and 15% of cooling bills.

You do, however, need to be a little bit careful with manufacturers’ claims. Remember that they are out to sell their products in the first place. It means that the information they advertise is slanted in their favour. According to “Which,” the savings the makers profess assume you leave your heating on most of the time. This may or may not be the case.

If you are considering going for a remote thermostat installation, Ecobee and Nest are probably the two you will want to check out. There are other systems, but these two are prominent in the UK. There are however more Nest installations than Ecobee. According to the Gadgescentral.co.uk website, the Nest third generation remote thermostat is the best option.

Will a remote thermostat installation work with your heating system?

Remote thermostat installation is becoming more popular. However, as the technology is relatively new, many people are unaware of the compatibility requirements. For example, if you have an older style HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning) system installed, a remote thermostat may not work.

If you want to be sure a remote thermostat installation will work with your heating system, call CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We are based in South London and are one of the top Nest installers in the area.

We may be able to advise you over the phone, or if necessary, come to your home or place of work. We provide services to the domestic and the business sectors. We do not charge for site visits.

Other ways of reducing your heating costs

If you are searching for ways of reducing your heating bills, a remote thermostat installation is one of several options. You can have your central heating system flushed through using our Power Flush technology. You can also employ us to service and maintain your hot water boiler. The more efficient your boiler, the more economical it is to run.

If your central heating system is gas-fired, you’ll be pleased to hear that CW Services are Gas Safe registered.

Whatever your plumbing or heating needs we are here to help. Why not call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184?

When should you book a boiler repair in South London?

boiler repair in South London

Book a boiler repair in South London as soon as you know your boiler is malfunctioning. The same goes whether the boiler is electric or gas-fired.

If your boiler stops working altogether, you’ll want to fix it straight away from a convenience point of view. But if it’s not running efficiently, you ought to get it repaired or serviced from the cost angle. An inefficient boiler will result in higher bills. But that’s not all.

The dangers of CO emissions

If you have a gas-fired boiler, it could be emitting CO gas. CO is the abbreviation for Carbon Monoxide. It is invisible, and it has no odour. In other words, it is impossible to detect without the proper equipment. If your appliance is not burning its fuel efficiently, it could be poisoning you. In a confined environment, this can be deadly.

Whereas you can appoint any plumber to carry out a boiler repair in South London, only a Gas Safe registered plumber can work of gas appliances or piping. Their special training teaches them the correct way to service or repair boilers, fires, and gas cookers ensuring they do not emit CO.

The landlord’s legal responsibilities

If you are a landlord who lets property, you are legally obliged to have gas appliances serviced every 12-months. You must also have the equipment certified. A copy of the certification must be given to your tenants. This is something that we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating can do.

With winter now upon us, the last thing anyone wants is a boiler breakdown. The best way of avoiding having to organise a boiler repair in London is to have your boiler regularly maintained. You can take a yearly maintenance contract out with CW Services. It’s the easiest way of ensuring against a breakdown and of also preventing CO emissions.

If you have an emergency and need a boiler repair in South London carrying out straight away, we offer a 24/7/365 call-out service.

A gas or electric boiler repair in South London

The good thing about having an electric boiler is that they don’t require an annual service. There is no danger of CO emissions as there is no flame. Also, because there are no moving parts, there is little to wear out.

As far as costs are concerned, gas fired boilers are cheaper to run. They are however usually more expensive to install. There is also the cost of the annual servicing to be taken into consideration.

Whether your boiler is gas or electric, makes no difference to CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We can install, service and carry out a boiler repair to the highest standards at an affordable price.

So, if you need a boiler repair in South London, or you want to prevent one, don’t hesitate. Call CW Services and speak to Colin on 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184.

Ways to reduce your heating bill

Boiler check-ups in London

Being a homeowner comes with certain responsibilities. One of the most important is paying your utility bills. With the onset of winter with its attendant cold weather, you might want to look for ways to reduce your heating bill. It is after all, probably one of the biggest bills you will be faced with. Finding a good plumber who does boiler check-ups in London will be a big help.

Fitting loft insulation and double glazing

There are several ways you can go about reducing your heating bill. If you live in a house with a loft, getting insulation fitted is one of the most significant savings you can make.

Okay, first of all, you must pay for the insulation and the fitting; unless of course, you are a competent DIYer. Once fitted, it will last for many years. During that time, you’ll recover the cost and more in terms of lower heating bills.

In the same way that loft insulation can make significant reductions to the cost of heating your home, so too can having double glazing fitted.

Organising regular gas boiler check-ups in London

Another way of making savings is organising boiler checks in London or wherever else you might live. If your boiler runs on electricity, it doesn’t need an annual service. However, if it drives the central heating in your home, you should have your thermostats checked. It will also benefit you to have your water pipes checked too.

Over the years sludge and silt builds-up within water pipes and radiators. These can affect the system efficiency, so having them cleaned or Power Flushed is well worth doing. It’s a different story if you live in London and have gas-fired central heating. Gas-fired boilers contain moving parts. These wear over time and need replacing.

Organising annual gas-fired boiler check-ups in London will not only ensure your boiler works efficiently. It will also make sure that your boiler is working safely too. With ongoing wear and tear, your boiler will not burn its fuel properly. This applies to all gas fittings. It’s not something that you would notice, but this can lead to carbon monoxide being emitted.

Beware of CO poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO gas) is colourless and odourless. This makes it undetectable to your senses. If you are in an enclosed space where these emissions are taking place, you could be killed. The gas lulls you off to sleep. If you remain asleep, you can suffer brain damage and eventually you would die.

Because of the severe nature of CO poisoning, it is recommended to have all gas appliances checked yearly. These types of boiler check-ups in London must be carried out by Gas Safe certified engineers or plumbers. Here in South London, CW Services Plumbing and Heating are appropriately qualified. Be safe and arrange an annual boiler check-up and service with us today.

Landlords take heed

If you happen to be a landlord, any gas appliances in your properties must, by law, be serviced every year. You must also provide your tenants with a copy of the safety certificate. It is something that CW Services can do for you. As well as the private sector, we also work in the commercial sector too.

If you would like to appoint us to service your gas appliances, please call us on 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184. Don’t take any chances with your well-being. Contact us today. As well as keeping safe, you can minimise your heating bills by ensuring your gas boiler is working efficiently.

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.