We are a team of professional tradespeople, including builders and plumbers. In the hundreds of homes we visit each year, we come across examples of problems in houses which cause heat loss. Here is a list of the things we come across and how we can help you remedy them.
Blocked Heating Systems
These days the majority of homes have a combination boiler (combi) in place, as opposed to a tank in the loft or airing cupboard. These types of boilers are great as they are much more energy-efficient for smaller homes. Once a home has a combi-boiler in place, the owner often thinks it will just run and run for years without any maintenance.
There are two things, however, that we recommend you do:
1 – Have your boiler serviced every year
Your boiler probably came with a warranty. If so, to keep it valid, you should have your boiler serviced by a Gas Safe engineer every year. This not only ensures your boiler is safe, but also makes sure it is clean and in full working order. If your home is rented, your landlord has an obligation to do this anyway.
2 – Check your system for sludge
Over time, your heating system (boiler, pipework, radiators) accumulate dirt, which turns into sludge-type water. If you notice cold spots on your radiator, that’s a sign that there is sludge in your system, stopping the heat flow. If this is the case, please contact us and we will help you clean your heating system. We could also fit a device such as a BoilerMag or an Adey Magnaclean system which proactively takes dirt out of your heating system.