Boiler types and what our team recommends?

Whether it is a boiler repair or installation service that you need we offer a high standard of work across the region, and are available to private and commercial sectors. This blog highlights boiler choices and their benefits:

Combination Boilers:
When one doesn’t have enough space in their home, they can opt for combination boilers because these are an ingenious space saving idea and don’t need any additional hot water cylinders. They use water from the mains supply only and are energy efficient. Since the supply is directly through the mains you have enough pressure, thus eliminating the need of an external pump. In the UK their demand is on the rise and over 50% of the needs in the domestic areas has been fulfilled through Combi account.

Conventional Boilers
These are also known as regular boilers which heat the central heating system and produce the hot water in the cylinder. Because they need the cylinder to store the water they require some extra space. The benefits of these types of boiler are that they are perfect for home or business where one needs to cover multiple bathrooms. With this type of boiler, one gets a hot water cylinder and a cold water tank as well. Where one has a more traditional radiator system (generally in older properties), these types of boiler suit best.

System Boilers
This needs direct installation because it has a main heating component. It requires a hot water storage cylinder but does not require any storage tanks. These can also supply the hot water to all the taps in your home which makes it useful for busy households and are also economical to run.

What our team recommends?
The team of A1 Gas Force Solihull has been working with the top UK manufacturer for many years and have satisfied the needs of many homeowners in the region. Whenever customers ask us for a recommendation we listen to your needs and make suggestions based on those needs. Our advice is both free and impartial so why not give us a call to discuss your options.

Signs that it is time to replace your old central heating system.

To decrease energy bills it is important to have an efficient boiler in your home and there are some signs which may help you to decide that your heating system is on its way out. Let’s take a look at some common problems:-

Very loud noises:- Certain noises in your heating system are normal but if there is loud banging, knocking, creaking sound coming from your hot water system then there might be something wrong. A simple repair will help you solve the problem but if the problem reoccurs then it’s time to upgrade to brand new heating system. It will also save you money for the long run.

Extreme temperature fluctuation:- If the temperature of your heating system is fluctuating within a few minutes from cold / hot to freezing / boiling then might be a problem. A heating system in good condition should heat quickly and evenly.

Dirty Looking Water:- This can be caused by corrosion within the heating tank or due to leaks in the pipes. High temperatures can accelerate the corrosive action of the minerals and produce rust in the water supply. When It reaches the top of the tank that could be a sign that your central heating is running inefficiently.

Age of Central heating system:- Check the age of your boiler. Most good boilers provide good central heating for 10-15 years with good maintenance. However, it is always worth getting its efficiency tested in case a new system makes more practical sense.

Check the pilot light:- Check the colour of pilot light. If it is strong blue then everything is good, a yellow light means your heating system probably needs servicing.

Finally – never undertake any repairs, servicing or maintenance yourself, always use a fully qualified plumber / engineer.

Common Plumbing Mistakes You Should Avoid

Plumbing issues can occur in every house but sometimes homeowners try to fix the problem on their own and this makes a situation worse. You should avoid this and call a professional plumber because they know how to handle any problem, but you can help by taking note of the following:

  1. Be Careful What You Flush:– When you flush something into your drains you should be careful. Don’t think that your drains are black hole & all the things you flush into will disappear. You can prevent a serious blockage by taking some care with what you flush down the drains. Always avoid putting egg shells, stringy vegetables, bones and shellfish shells, pasta and rice and coffee grounds down you sink.
  2. Be Careful with Grease:– Grease is a major problem which can block your sink. The easiest way to remove a blockage is to get rid of grease because when it gets cold, it turns solid and gathers all dirt and debris. Let it solidify and remove, then dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way.
  3. Don’t Use Drain Cleaning Regularly:- Many people think that drain cleaners fix all problems, but it’s not true. Be careful about washing chemicals down your drain especially if you have a septic tank.
  4. Mismatching Pipes :- If you are trying to fix a water leak under your sink or attempting to replace it, then ensure a perfect pipe match. Always check the size of your existing pipe and don’t use the wrong connector to fix it.
  5. Hire a professional:- We believe that repairing a plumbing problem by yourself is like representing yourself in a court without a lawyer, you will lose the case! So if you have any plumbing issues, hire a professional plumber.