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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.

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 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?

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.

Book a power flush central heating upgrade service

power flush central heating

Is your central heating not working as well as it once was? Before changing systems, a power flush central heating service could get your existing system back up and running as efficiently as when it was brand new.

When central heating systems are first installed, they are as clean and bright as a new pin. As long as the thermostat is set correctly, and the heating source (electricity, gas or oil-fired) is working perfectly, any central heating system will work well.

But after months and years of service, any central heating system that pumps water around to carry the heat to the radiators will begin to clog up. It’s unavoidable unless you organise a regular power flush central heating service.

What does a power flush central heating service entail?

Power Flush is a specific trade name. It refers to a particular type of central heating system cleansing. It uses a special technique whereby jets of water are produced under low pressure but at high velocity.

These water jets are sprayed into the central heating system. These jets remove the build-up of both corrosion and sludge in the pipes, the radiators the coils and heat exchangers.

The benefits of power flushing

A Power Flush central heating service not only improves the heat quality the system delivers throughout your home. It will also assist in reducing the cost of your heating bills. This is because your central heating system will operate more efficiently. Another benefit of power flushing is that it will also extend the working life of the system.

After power flushing, you will find that the radiators heat up more rapidly. Also, the hot water will be able to be distributed without any blockages. This results in the heating being distributed between the various rooms in your home that much more evenly. It means less strain being exerted on your hot water boiler.

When sludge is allowed to build up in your central heating it will contribute to the earlier failure of the system. If you power flush central heating on a regular basis you can prevent the system from a premature break-down.

Maximise the efficiency of your new boiler

There is another thing that should be borne in mind too if you are getting a new boiler installed. By power flushing the central heating system prior to the installation, it will ensure your new boiler works to maximum efficiency.

Power flushing central heating is not only recommended for domestic properties. It also works well and provides benefits in industrial premises too.

How to organise a power flush central heating service in South London

If you live and or work in the South London area and you would like to find out more about power flushing a domestic or commercial central heating system, please call us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating for more information. The numbers to contact us on are 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

The sooner you call us the sooner the efficiency of your central heating system can be returned to its “as new” efficiency.