Boiler servicing

Boiler Servicing – An Essential Investiment

A study has found that watching spending has become an ingrained way of life that consumers will continue with, even when their finances improve.  It seems the recession has left behind a legacy of cautious consumers, with people needing a strong reason to part with their money.

VITAL BENEFITS

An annual boiler service, however, needs to be seen as essential spending.  In much the same way as a homeowner would regards a service and MOT for their car.  Most people anticipate there will be ongoing costs associated with their vehicles and budget for them accordingly.

An annual boiler service provides some important benefits; it will ensure the boiler is safe, is performing efficiently and reliably, and maintains the manufacturer’s warranty.

SAFETY

The number one reason for a homeowner to have their gas boiler serviced regularly is safety.

Unfortunately, consumer awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is thought to be generally low across the UK.  It is important for heating engineers to explain to their customers that unsafe gas appliances – those that have been incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained – can produce this highly poisonous gas.

According to the Department of Health, 50 people die each year from CO poisoning and another 4,000 are treated in hospital.  It is thought the true number is likely to be much higher, as the early symptoms can easily be mistaken for flu or tiredness.

LONGEVITY

Another benefit of regular servicing extends the service life of your heating system and ensures reliable, trouble-free operation.  This is the only way to make sure that the energy from the fuel is used efficiently and cleanly, thus protecting the environment and saving on heating bills and the likelihood of breakdown, saving the homeowner money and minimising disruption without compromising high heating and hot water convenience.

Again, it is useful to draw on a car analogy.  A homeowner will understand that things like replacing filters and spark plugs are essential to keep their vehicle in top condition, and that avoiding a scheduled service may have a detrimental effect on the way the car works, leaving them out of pocket in the long run.  The same rules apply here, the boiler, burner and control unit form a system like that of a car engine which is essentially runs for many more hours than a car.  If your car was in operation for the same amount of time as your boiler, it would cover more than 60,000 miles in a year.  All car owners know that they need to have a service carried out at regular intervals.  Therefore your heating system should be serviced at least once a year, much like your car.

WARRANTIES

An annual service is usually a condition of a boiler warranty – which is another important reason why you as the homeowner should invest.  Today, boilers come with lengthy warranties, which should be seen as a sign of reliability, but the working parts still need to be checked annually.

Call us today to book your service on 01722 417873.

Sited: McCallum Layton study.  HVP Magazine May 2016.

Written by ‘The Girl in the Office’.

The New Viessmann Vitoden Boilers are here!

The new Vitodens 100-W & 111-W ‘connected’ boilers are now available from Viessmann, the range offers high efficiency gas condensing boilers, which are loaded with features for easy installation, high efficiency and impressive fuel savings.

Product features:
  • NEW user friendly control via backlit LCD touchscreen.

New Vitodens Display

  • NEW improved modulation ratio 1:6.
  • Wall mounted gas condensing combi & system boiler 4.7 to 35 kW.
  • Energy efficiency class: A.
  • 10 year warranty on the Inox-Radial heat exchanger.
  • Modulating stainless steel cylinder burner.

Straightforward access from the front, so no need to leave space at side for maintenance.

NEW: Viessmann has added the Vitodens 111-W to its warranty options. It will be the same offer as for the Vitodens 100-W and at the same prices.

All 100 range models installed since 2007 can be WiFi enabled, with a control accessory, on sale from September. Unlike previous boiler apps, which connect with thermostats, this is the first to connect with the boiler.

Inox-Radial Stainless Steel Heat Exchanger

Heat Exchangers: Stainless Steel v’s Aluminium

Stainless steel is the key and here is why. . .

Heating technology should work together to ensure the smooth operation of the entire system – from boiler via burner, control unit and heat exchanger, to deliver the highest possible operational reliability.  Today, domestic and commercial boiler technology demands the most reliable, energy efficient components.

A key component in choosing the right system, is the heat exchanger within the boiler, as maintenance costs, durability and product lifetime should all be considered when buying a boiler. As the two most common types of heat exchanger in the UK condensing boiler market, we have examined the differences between stainless steel and aluminium to offer a comparison of quality and longevity.

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Stainless Steel Heat Exchangers:

Used by Viessmann throughout its entire condensing boiler range, stainless steel heat exchangers provide a high resistance to corrosion in a wide variety of pH levels, therefore increasing the useful life of your boiler. This provides long term value for money and requires less system downtime due to maintenance.

Important points to consider:

  • Increases useful life of your boiler.
  • Less downtime due to maintenance.
  • Does not require use of system inhibitors.
  • Recommended for filling with potable water (drinking water) no inhibitors required.
  • Self-cleaning.
  • Higher grade corrosion resistant material.

Heat Exchanger (close up)

Aluminium Heat Exchangers:

A lightweight and alternative option, Aluminium heat exchangers also provide high heat transfer but require special inhibitors when maintaining the system, which if not used can result in a high risk of damage to the boiler. Annual maintenance is also vital to remove aluminium oxides, which can build up and clog the condensate line.

Important points to consider:

  • pH treatment critical to longevity of the heat exchanger.
  • Artificially softened water not permitted.
  • Aluminium material corrodes through aluminium oxide build up and erodes further at high flow rates.
  • Reduced lifetime of the heat exchanger.
  • Cheaper to manufacture than stainless steel.

Heat Exchanger Steel v's Aluminium

All Viessmann gas condensing boilers are equipped with stainless steel Inox-Radial heat exchangers. This technology brings with it an extremely high efficiency rate of 98 percent and exceptionally reliable and efficient operation during its long service life.

Viessmann guarantees the Inox-Radial heat exchanger for ten years against leaks resulting from corrosion.

Gas Safety Week

About Gas Safety Week

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones.

Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.

• Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk.

• Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

• Check your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.

• Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

• Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

• Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.

New Boiler Installation

Proud of our Engineers – Viessmann Installation at a New Forest Hotel

It’s hard not to be impressed at the work our engineers undertake especially when it comes to an installation such as this.

What a beautiful building for the installation to take place at.

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Now down to the main plant room. . .

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Two Viessmann gas boilers installed and awaiting to be fully connected and turned on.

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To an untrained eye, such as mine, even I can see the work that has gone into this Plant Room by the sheer size of the new cylinders and pipework.  All the old dropping pipework is coming out to be replaced by new straight and completely secured 2 ½” iron pipework and fittings.

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This not only shows the magnitude of the work involved, but that careful thought and design consideration has been made, to fit into the space available and to make all the equipment accessible and serviceable in the future.  Not forgetting that until it is time to switch over to our new system the old system has to be running as the hotel is fully booked as the work continues.

The Technical Side:

I would like to give you a rundown of the equipment used in this installation:

– 2 x Viessmann-W 200 Vitodens 60kW boilers
– 2 x Viessmann Vitocell 300-B 500L Cylinder
– Viessmann Low Loss Header and insulation
– Spirotrap MBL 2 ½ “
– Spirovent Dearerator 2 ½ ”
– Pumps
– 2 ½” Pipework
– Controls – Weather Compensated

Which means:

Our customer will have complete control of the heating and hot water system within the hotel.

The main plant room has 1 underfloor heating circuit for the conservatory, used as the dining room.  Then 3 individual fully weather compensated heating circuits for the main house ground floor, 1st floor bedrooms and 2nd floor bedrooms.  Meaning different temperatures and timings can be set for the different sections of the hotel.

So from an atmospheric conventionally flued system to include boilers and water heaters, they now have a balanced system with Viessmann high efficiency condensing technology with full weather compensation.

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What a difference we can make!

Written by ‘The Girl in the Office’.

Viessmann Yacht Sponsorship

Pixel Flyer on the move

Pixel Flyer is now pretty much ready and in Falmouth. After waiting for the aggressive weather system in the Atlantic to pass, we are now looking to slip lines at midday tomorrow (Thursday). Once passing Lands End we expect to finish at John O’Groats early Sunday, thereby establishing the record for the ‘Length of Britain’. 
I’m on my way back down to Falmouth now for a press conference this evening, then it’s all systems go…

Our tracker will be live and you can find the link at www.alexalley.com

Written by The Girl in the Office’.