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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?

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.

Who to call when you need an emergency plumber in London

emergency plumber in London

Many Londoners look for an emergency plumber in London when they need a heating repair carrying out quickly. It’s not uncommon – particularly when we are in the throes of winter, as we now are.

If you live in South London, the best plumber to call is CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We will be able to help or advise whatever the nature of your heating emergency.

We repair all types of heating systems

People use many different ways of heating their home or business premises. The most common method is, of course, central heating. But even central heating comes in all sorts of varieties. It might be electric, or gas fired. Whatever power source your system uses CW Services Plumbing and Heating can help. We are Gas Safe approved.

The majority of central heating systems here in London incorporate radiators. As a top emergency plumber in London, the most common heating problems we see are caused by:

  • Blocked water pipes
  • Blocked radiators
  • Broken thermostats
  • Faulty or broken water pumps
  • Problems with hot water boilers

Anyone of the above issues can cause your heating to fail, and if it happens when the weather is particularly cold, you’ve got an emergency on your hands. So, you’ll be pleased to know that here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating operate a 24/7/365 emergency call-out service. You find our contact numbers at the end of this brief article.

Underfloor heating and biofuel systems

Another type of central heating is underfloor heating. Again, this can be driven be either gas or electricity. This type of heating is a good option where space is at a premium or you simply don’t like to sit and look at radiators, although some of the modern ones can be quite aesthetically pleasing.

An emergency plumber in London who can’t deal with underfloor heating problems is of no use to you if that is the type of heating you have installed. Luckily, it’s not a problem for CW Services.

Another popular form of heating today is via biofuels such as pellets. Some people buy stand-alone pellet burners which pump out hot air whereas other buy biofuel boilers that heat water which is then sent around a central heating system of pipes or radiators. Again, this is something that CW Services have plenty of experience with.

Use CW Services as your emergency plumber in London

We have built up an excellent reputation in South London where we mostly operate; among the residential community (private homeowners, tenants and landlords) and also in the business community. We are well known for our reliability and our cost-effective service.

We also do a lot of heater system servicing. An annual contract with us can prevent having to call out an emergency plumber in London in the first place, and it can also help to keep your fuel bulls lower as your system will run more efficiently.

If you do require an emergency visit to deal with a heating problem in London, call us on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. You won’t get better service so if you have a need, why not call us today?

Lowering heating bills with automated energy devices and good home management

automated energy devices

Automated energy devices such as smart thermostats are becoming more popular. According to the manufacturers, they can reduce your heating bills anywhere between 12% and 25%. However, the exact amount of savings you can achieve with these remote devices varies. It does depend on how practical you are with operating the heating in your home in the first place.

What automatic energy devices do is make you more aware of your circumstances and relative settings through the use of their apps. This encourages you to be more proactive, which means you can get the most out of the technology. But only if you are okay with using apps in the first place.

If you are into using apps like this, then automated energy devices can deliver savings.

It’s possible to install these types of devices yourself if you’re comfortable with DIY – particularly plumbing and electrical DIY. If you’re not, it’s best to call in the professionals. In the South London area, CW Services Plumbing and Heating are here to help.

Automated energy devices are only part of the picture

Automated energy devices can help to save you money, but of course, you have to spend money to acquire them in the first place. If you use them to the fullest extent, you will recover your initial outlay in time. There are, however, other things you can do without splashing out any serious money. It simply entails getting the best out of what you already have.

Over the years any central heating system that uses heated water will degrade. A build-up of dirt and silt is unavoidable with time. When this happens, your system won’t operate as efficiently as it should. This will push the operating costs up.

You will also find that your hot water boiler becomes less efficient over time. Components wear out, and settings have to be changed. If these things are not attended to, they will contribute to inefficient operation, again costing you money.

Take extra care with gas appliances

If you have gas heating appliances and they are not professionally maintained, they could emit CO poisoning. It is why it is so important to have all gas appliances maintained by a Gas Safe registered plumber or fitter on an annual basis.

However you want to cut down your energy bills, CW Services can help. Whether it is with fitting automated energy devices or making the best of what you already have. We are Gas Safe registered. It means we can ensure that your gas appliances are not only working efficiently but that they are safe to use too.

If you’d like to chat with someone about automated energy devices, why not give us a call? You can reach on either 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. With the cold weather beginning to bite, now is a good time to save on your heating bills. Why not get in touch with us today?

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?