How often is it necessary to get a gas boiler serviced?
It is said that you should get your gas boiler serviced every year - but is it really necessary to go through this process annually?
Question answered by NMexican
You should for sure have your boiler serviced every year. There is a lot more to the system than the boiler such as pump(s), controls, air vents, gas, burners, ignition, combustion air. Staying on top of a heating system extends the life of a heating system any way you look at it. If you are at all handy, get a service tech to explain how every thing works and how to service it yourself. It's not rocket science. But having an annual look see is a good idea!
How do you set the valiant boiler so it doesn't percolate and make so much noise?
15 yr old valiant boiler
Service people says it is working just fine. Only one service person ever corrected the problem but a year later here we are again with noise and increase in tempature. The only person in 15 years to correct the problem is gone now. Help?
Question answered by Thomas R
The pressure should be between 12 and 18 PSI the temp should be 180 F if this is where you are at no adjustment is needed and the sound is as you have said "percolation" this is caused by mineral deposits inside the boiler, there are boiler cleaning products on the market that will help.
Many people thing that a hot water boiler needs to be drained and flushed out every year, this is not true and adds to the mineral deposit problem.
A friend and co worker on mine put vinegar into his boiler water and after a few months the popping was gone.
What would happen if i didn't service my gas boiler every year?
Want to find out what happens and why we should have boilers serviced every year- I know there is a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning but what else?
Question answered by peewit
It could break down or become less efficient. In most instances, it is better to have planned preventative maintenence to prevent problems arising in the first instance.
On some contracts, where the boiler does need to be replaced, they will often offer you a discount.
How much does it cost (excluding parts) to have a mobile home gas tested and a certificate issued in the UK?
I have a static caravan and I need to have the cooker, hob and boiler serviced and a Corgi/Gas Certificate issued. I will also need to have the caravan drained down in time for the winter.
Does anyone know what either should cost??????
Question answered by stitched up
Mike P is a typical landlord, he has taken the cheapest quote which is never going to be for a proper service, what he has done is just a safety check, a proper service, with proper efficiency records etc would take an hour per appliance with exception to the cooker, to do this properly would cost between £50 and £90 (British Gas dearest), per appliance, you should get a print out or form with carbon monoxide readings and various other tests, typically, a landlords check includes none of this because they only get a certificate because they have to by law, the service of appliances is optional, being as landlords in the main don't give two hoots about tenants safety, let alone the efficiency of the appliances, they take the minimal charge, even though they make good money from the tenants. I have known gas engineers do a certificate without even visiting the property, they charge less for it obviously but it is a dangerous game, either way, the landlord is in the clear because he they have the certificate, the engineer would be the one to go to prison should something happen, but the landlords card would be marked for the future.
How do you defrost a condensate pipe?
I work in an environment which includes boiler's, boiler breakdown's & boiler servicing.
I get a lot of calls where the customer advises me their condensate pipe has frozen Solid and they have no heating & hot water.
Instead of simply passing their call to the Breakdown's Department it's be nice if I could give them some advice or maybe a few tips to de-frost their condensate pipe or prevent it from freezing over in the first place.
Any tips or comments would be much appreciated.
Question answered by lessershoe
electric blanket as a jury rig or buy, a pipe defroster
Gas central heating question: I cannot temember for the life of me but is the?
pump on my central heating supposed to go off periodically (whilst turn on). As it is runs constantly whilst the system is being used. I have just had my boiler serviced and I' m sure the pump used to go off from time to time. I can hear the system through the radiators up stairs whereas before it was running very quietly. I cannot turn the pump down either.
Just had a new thermostat fitted as old one was defunked.
I will speak to my gas care engineer who serviced the boiler as none of your answers concur so I will play it safe I think. Thanks anyhow.
I never gave the thumbs down boys must be one of those trolls trying to stir things up...sorry
Scottish gas care plan used them for years but never had this happen before after a service!
Question answered by wwwstat
Basically as long as your thermostat calls for heat the pump will run....the boiler itself has a thermostat on it that controls the water temperature and turns the boiler burner on/off seperate from the pump...The thermostat turns both of these units on/off as needed for heat..since you had your thermostat replaced the control that turns your pump and boiler on/off could be bad...this control should send power to pump and to boiler thermostat to turn burner on..
does anyone know of any gas leak detectors available from shops in England?
after having our boiler serviced we were told of a gas escape which has now been sorted with new pipes but does anyone know if there is detector for us to test this in the future like there is a carbon monoxide detector?
Question answered by alvarz
In the US the gas company provides this service absoutely free at any time of the day or night on any day.
If you call them for an inspection they will give you an appointment. But if you call because you smell gas they will be there pronto.
I would assume they are the same over there??
What causes smelling radiators or smell from the heat coming from them?
I have moved into a property about 4 months ago and had trouble with the plumbing where I have not trusted how the property was built - it is a newly converted flat, I had the plumbing redone in the kitchen and there are a number of holes in the wall behind - that create drafts that I have decided to live with...
I also had the boiler serviced. I then went away for 2 nights when it was particularly cold and I turned off the central heating. Since I have returned I have noticed there is a strong pungy smell in the kitchen living room (it is open plan) and the smell coming from the radiators slightly resemble it. I also noticed when I returned that the boiler water pressure had dropped. I assumed this was due to the cold and since I have turned the heating back on the pressure has risen again. I have it at a max of 1.8 when the heating is on and it drops to about 1.5-1.6 when cold normally. When I returned from being away it was about 1.3.
Ive also noticed there are large splits behind the radiators in the skirting board. Some are vertical (through the board) and some are actually at the board joins - where there are now gaps as the paint has disappeared....
Sorry for the bad description - if you need more info please ask to help get an idea of what is going on.
I am more concerned as I am going away
Question answered by nikkai
The smell could be form damp or moist area being heated up, you say that you have had the boiler services and so you could assume that it is in fair to good condition and with the fluctuation of pressures you mention it does seem to be OK.
As the hot water heats up the pipes any damp will smell and the hotter it gets the more it will appear to smell. the good thing is that unless there is an underlying reason for the damp the smell will eventually go.
Have the walls and floors checked to see if there is any damp problems, you can set a C/H system to be on bit only at a very low temperature (sort of anti freezing for your home)
Why Is My Water Tank So Noisy?
Over the last few months my water tank is making a terrible continuous grating noise every time the heating comes on. It is so loud it wakes me up during the night and early in the morning when it comes on. We have recently had the boiler serviced etc. and everything was fine and of course the noise failed to appear when required.
It is like a very loud grating noise, gets louder and higher pitched then goes lower and slightly quieter before the heating timer switches off. Can anyone tell me what this could be and how to stop it. We have family staying soon and I really do not want to have them rudely awakened. The only other thing to do is turn it off during the night, but it is so bloody cold at the moment that is not an option.
Any help would be appreciated, serious answers only please.
Question answered by ladyamydz
Are you on a well? If so, could have to do w/ the water softner system. I'd a professional and inquire. You don't want to risk being without this time of year. Brrrr!
Problems with hot water and central heating?
I have had boiler serviced, replaced the thermostat on the water tank and replaced the valve. still the system turns on every ten minutes runs for a while and then turns off. It doesnt matter if its the hot water only the central heating only or both it still turns on and off! Any help please
Question answered by Turdy malurdy
It sounds like there is a problem with circulation,could be the pump or it could be a blockage somewhere or maybe the system is sludged up.Check that the pump is running and drain some of the water out the system and see how dirty it is.It could be that your heating system needs a power flush.
If this has only started since it was serviced,get the engineer back to fix it.