Maximising the boiler performance

Your boiler is one of the most important (and sometimes most expensive) pieces of equipment in your home or commercial property. Inefficient boiler performance means you will have higher fuel bills than a serviced unit. It can be a false economy to think a service is costly because it is cheaper in the long run.

Maximising the boiler performance doesn’t have to be difficult if you don’t take good care of it, if not – you could end up dealing with unwanted problems. A boiler engineer can help you make sure your boiler is operating at maximum performance to minimise breakdowns.

Assess the refractory lining
This is the material that lines up with the combustion chamber within the boiler, and helps insulate heat that the system produces. It can withstand extreme pressures and temperatures in the combustion process, but older systems cannot withstand such capacity and therefore efficiency decreases. In such cases a professional boiler engineer will be able to diagnose this and make the necessary repairs.

Schedule routine maintenance early
We advise routine maintenance in the way of an annual service, but if have issues you should book a visit immediately. Your boiler engineer can diagnose problems, make the necessary parts replacements and can check for efficient running. Early maintenance ensures that you don’t have to call a boiler engineer in the costly emergency / peak times.

Sometimes potentially serious boiler performance issues are difficult to detect and require an in-depth look at the entire system.

Check for Leaks
Leaks result in boiler inefficiency as the boiler will not be able to convert all the energy into the heat. You may notice a leak, noise or just poor performance but always ensure the engineer is gas safe registered.

Does My Boiler Need Repairs or Replacing?

The boiler heating system is a crucial component of a home or business, and hence owning a boiler makes repair & maintenance services a necessity. They require proper maintenance, monitoring and inspection to ensure that the entire system is functioning properly, and that you are getting the most out of it. If your boiler is old and needs constant replacement of parts, you may start thinking of a boiler replacement. Once you have decided to replace your existing one, there are several factors that should go into evaluating your boiler budgeting decision. Our guidelines on this blog will help you to assess your boiler and decide whether repair or replacement is best for you.

Safety – A primary concern

Safety should be the primary concern when it comes to repairing or replacing the boiler. Everyone wants to ensure that performance is optimal and working smoothly. Routine inspections, maintenance and troubleshooting are important no matter what type of boiler you own or plan to buy. Issues with heat exchangers can cause some serious trouble to homeowners so always consider this factor. Boiler units are exposed to heat and pressure, which can cause faults or cracking which in turn can lead to carbon monoxide leakage. In such cases you should consider calling qualified professionals for repair or replacement.

Efficiency and cost benefits

The efficiency of the boiler is also another factor in deciding whether you should call for boiler repair or a replacement service. Modern boilers are more efficient than old ones, so updating the old boiler will save you a substantial figure in the long run.

Replacements may not be the appropriate choice if your system is operating efficiently and is not in need of major repairs. You may want to compare the 2 options on a spreadsheet to see which is kinder on your budget but asking a professionals advice is always a good idea.

Warning signs that your boiler could need a service

  • A yellow flame instead of blue one
  • Pressure falls below the recommended setting
  • Boiler refills or overheats often
  • Hot water is not as hot as it should be
  • The flow is low
  • Regular breakdowns

Boiler Health – How to prevent your boiler from freezing

A highly-efficient boiler is a good home investment, but winter can be tough on the health of your boiler. During the winter your boiler / pipes could potentially be frozen and lead to system failure. If you have industrial boiler equipment and experience a frozen system, you can expect a shut-down that will cause a loss of productivity. Many people have faced such issues in the past and here is what Absolute Plumbing engineers recommend to prevent this happening.

Keep an eye on the boiler pipes

The biggest challenge during the winter months is to prevent the boiler pipes from freezing. Condensing boiler pipes can collect water and freeze, causing huge destruction. One should check that pipes are properly insulated. Proper insulation can reduce the chance of damage to your boiler pipes without affecting your pocket.

Keep measuring the metrics

It is important to keep measuring the metrics of a boiler like its operating pressure, temperature, water cut off, etc. at regular intervals. If you have an older boiler they tend to loose pressure over time, in such cases, you should make sure that you haven’t lost any power. It is worth starting your boiler once a month during the summer months to make sure nothing seizes.

Schedule and assessment

If you are still worried about your boiler freezing during the winter months, you should book an assessment with a professional to ensure the proper health of your boiler. If you are in Dunstable, St Albans or Harpenden and looking for a heating engineer, the team at Absolute Plumbing work flexible hours to try and fit you in. We look forward to your call.

Moved into a new home? Check for gas or plumbing issues!

Moving into a new home is extremely happy time, but you mustn’t let this stop you from making sensible checks on your new abode. Get everything inspected immediately and start with electricity, plumbing and heating systems. In some cases the plumbing and gas system may be old presenting numerous problems with toilets, sewer lines, pipes, drainage, heating system, boilers, etc. Don’t delay as potential problems will only get worse.

Boiler issues and efficiency

The majority of the boiler problems occur at peak times and can result in expensive repairs. Moreover, any issues with the boiler can put your family at risk so always hire a GAS safe registered engineer for your boiler inspection ensure that everything is safe. If the engineer finds any issues with the boiler they can take suitable action for repair, maintenance, or replacement. They can also check efficiency by determining whether the existing size of boiler is suitable for your home and may recommend a completely new system if it saves you money in the long run.

Check faulty gas appliances and central heating issues

Gas appliances like gas ovens, radiators, etc. can be dangerous as they can cause carbon monoxide leaks and risk your family members wellbeing. Always call a professional engineer for a full inspection.

Inconsistent room temperatures throughout your house can be a tell tale sign of poor heating. Hiring a heating engineer to test your system will ensure that your central heating system is in good working order and you don’t have to worry about a bigger potential repair.

Check for leaks and drainage issues

Listen out for peculiar noises coming from the toilet after flushing or noisy pipes, they can sometimes be a cause for concern.

If you notice that some sinks or your shower tray are taking some time to empty after you’ve used them, there might be some blocking in your drains, hiring a plumber will ensure that debris has been cleared and there is no such issue left.

Moving into a new home is an exciting time but always ensure checks are made at the first opportunity, it is important to know what you are dealing with.

How you can make your heating system more efficient!

Your heating and hot water system is central to the running of your home so it is important that homeowners ensure their heating system is running efficiently. Hot spots, noisy pipes and radiators that need bleeding are just some symptoms which can give an indication to the homeowner that their heating system isn’t running efficiently. If you have a heating system in your home, you can improve its heating efficiency in order to save money and reduce adverse effects on the environment. In this blog we’ll be discussing how to make your heating system more efficient.

Bleeding and optimising the radiators

By bleeding the radiator, one can improve the efficiency of the heating system. In this process, one needs to fill the whole radiator with hot water. If there is a difference between the temperature at the top and the bottom of the radiator, one needs to bleed the radiator and remove air from the system. Optimising radiators with the installation of reflectors (behind the radiator) ensures that heat is not wasted through the wall and provide more efficiency to the heating system.

Installing a Magnaclean Filter and Flushing the heating system

By power flushing the heating system (clearing out the debris which has been there because of its years of operation), it will work more efficiently. The aim of power flushing is to restore the circulation of hot water. Another way to increase the efficiency of a heating system is to install a magnaclean filter which attracts all the debris before it enters into the boiler. It really makes sense and one can improve the efficiency of the heating system significantly with this device. Power flushing takes time depending upon how badly a heating system has been affected.

Servicing the existing boiler, or getting the new one

If your heating system isn’t working properly, you may need to service the boiler. Alternatively, you can opt for a modern boiler which can provide an efficiency of 90%. If you are confused about servicing or replacement, then consult a professional heating engineer to discuss your options, it will almost certainly save you money.

Guide to keep your central heating functioning during winter

Top tips that will go a long way toward keeping your central heating functioning during winter but remember, always get a qualified expert to check these items, never attempt it yourself.

1. Have the boiler serviced annually.

  • The most important thing you can do before autumn is have the boiler serviced by a Gas Safe Registered heating engineer.

2. Consult your boiler owners hand book.

  • It should tell you what you need to keep an eye on and how to make adjustments. Many manufacturers also have “how to” videos on the company web site or YouTube.

3. Check boiler pressure.

  • Boilers tend to lose water pressure gradually over time. Adjusting the pressure should not be a difficult task for the average home owner.
    Caution: Rapid pressure loss such as having to top up every few days, should be checked by a suitably qualified person.

4. Check radiators for cool spots.

  • Cool spots on radiators, particularly near the top, usually indicate trapped air which needs to be bled.

5. Check for a frozen condensation pipe.

  • You can protect the external condensate pipe on your boiler by using pipe insulation.

6. Check for problem indicators.

  • If the flame is not strong and clear blue or if your boiler is leaking, cracking or making clunking noises or sooty marks, have it checked by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.

If there is anything you are unsure of or should you have any concern about your gas heating system, please give us a call. We are always happy to be of service and to help with free professional advice and guidance.

Oil Central Heating

We have the expertise to work on your existing oil central heating system, and to install new infrastructure for new build projects.

Get in touch if you need an oil fired system specialist in St Albans, Harpenden, Luton or Dunstable.

Our services

We provide a comprehensive range of services to households and businesses reliant on oil for their heating and hot water:

  • Boiler installation
  • Oil boiler repair and servicing
  • Oil tank supply and installation
  • Oil boiler installation

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Our OFTEC accreditation means that in addition to being certified to install oil boilers and tanks, we can manage the installation of your onsite oil supply. This work includes the laying of a concrete base, the supply and installation of a tank, laying the fuel line, and full certification.

Tanks and boilers

Improvements in the design and specification of oil storage tanks mean that oil can be as safe and reliable as gas. Domestic oil tanks are now available in a range of sizes and styles, designed to stand vertically or horizontally, and come with monitoring and security features for your safety and peace of mind.

Our tanks meet or exceed all statutory oil storage regulations for UK and Ireland, are manufactured to ISO standards, and are OFCERT approved.

Boilers too can provide the same performance as gas with our condensing boilers delivering up to 90% efficiency.

Get in touch to find out more about upgrading your oil boiler for super-efficient oil central heating and hot water.

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All our services come with 100% commitment to customer care and the benefit of our wide ranging expertise. As specialists in oil central heating we can guarantee the quality of our work and offer full accountability at every stage.

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