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How often should I check my heater’s gas pressure?

The Importance of Gas Pressure in Heating Units

 

London Heating EngineerBeing a homeowner is one of the most enjoyable things a person can be. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most stressful when something in the home goes wrong. But, with proper maintenance and care the stress never has to happen! One of these important preventative actions is to check the gas pressure in your home’s heating unit. While this might sound complicated, in reality this is quite simple.

Every heating unit, no matter its make or model, comes equipped with a mechanism to regulate the gas pressure within. This mechanism needs to be checked periodically to make sure that the pressure is at the required level. Gas pressure can be either too high or too low, but whether it’s one or the other still ruins the operations of the machine. Proper pressure is needed to ensure that fuel actually reaches the gas lines to power the unit. If pressure is simply too low, then the heating unit will not work, probably at all. But, if the pressure is actually too high, the machine has a chance of exploding and causing untold amounts of damage to the home, and people, around it.

Moreover, regularly checking the pressure in a heating unit can expose problems that possibly were not noticed before. Over time, a machine will experience wearing. To the untrained homeowner, this goes unnoticed. Eventually, cracks do develop, and this means that unwanted and now wasted gas is leaking into the home. A regular check up on the gas pressure can detect these problems, and put an end to them before they become much worse.

While quite a few homeowners will have the do-it-yourself attitude, it is highly recommended to instead have a trained technician come in a thoroughly check the machine. While the associated upfront cost may be higher, the risk of having damage to home and family is significantly reduced.

Do you need to have the gas pressure in your heating unit checked? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and schedule a service call today!

Why is my boiler acting up?

3 Signs Your Boiler Needs To Be Repaired

 

London Boiler RepairProper home management is always a key thing when it comes time for someone to own a home. However, being able to maintain the home is just as important because sometimes appliances start to break down. Boilers are one such example of appliances that may need repair.

A good sign that boiler may need repair is when the boiler starts to make a wide variety of sounds not normally associated with it. For instance, there may be a loud banging or a high pitched whining noise coming from it, which would indicate a loose belt inside. If there are any strange noises coming from the boiler, then the need for repairs should be immediate.

Another sign that boiler repair may be necessary is when the heat output around the house isn’t as high as it normally would be. Simply adjusting the thermostat would be enough to disperse heat around the home but there may be times when that isn’t going to fix the problem. The problem could be linked to a faulty thermostat or also to any potential leaks that may be in the boiler itself. This can be just as bad during the winter if ice is forming in places where it shouldn’t, since the heat is dispersing outwards instead of staying around in the house where it normally would.

The pilot light coming on is another sign that the boiler may need to get some repairs. The purpose of a pilot light is to determine the gas quality in the boiler, and if it starts to burn yellow then that indicates that there is a serious problem with the quality and combination of gas in there, particularly carbon monoxide. Needless to say, making repairs for this should be done as urgently as possible. It is very important to take note of this, as it could lead to serious health problems for the occupants of the home, in addition to asthma and allergies.

In conclusion, there are many signs that show that a boiler may need repair. Between warning lights and low heat flow, getting the repairs is vital.

Do you need to get your boiler checked in the London area? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and get started today! 

What’s wrong with my boiler?

3 Signs Your Boiler Needs a Tune Up

 

London Heating EngineerA boiler is an excellent source of heat for your home. Annual preventative maintenance for your boiler is recommended to keep it running as efficiently as possible and avoid a dreaded mid-winter breakdown. Sometimes though your unit may require a tune up before your planned maintenance inspection. There are three helpful signs to keep in mind indicating that a tune up is in order.

Banging Noises: Boilers are complex, mechanical units so they do tend to make some noise, they should overall be fairly quiet and go unnoticed, but you should be fairly familiar with the normal sounds that your unit makes as it works. Pay attention to any odd noises, particularly banging sounds when you turn your boiler on. This can indicate a problem with your blower motor – it will usually need to be adjusted or repaired in some way. Occasionally, banging noises can be an ignition delay, which is actually dangerous.

Utility Bill Increases: A sudden spike in your utility bill with no other known cause can sometimes reveal a boiler issue. It is expected that your energy bill will increase during the winter months, but unless there has been a rate change, your bill should be roughly the same each month. When various parts of your boiler malfunction, need to be replaced or repaired, it can cause your boiler to have to work a great deal harder to get the same job done. Even a small, quick-fix sort of repair that a tune-up can handle will take a toll on your unit’s efficiency. This will in turn show up on your utility bill.

No Heat: Not having heat is probably the most obvious sign that something has gone wrong with your boiler. There are many different reasons that cause a boiler to unexpectedly stop working. Along with a routine maintenance plan it is a good idea to test your boiler before it gets particularly cold out. Make sure it is producing heat and enough of it. Again, boilers are complicated and have many mechanical parts. Sometimes a small thing can go wrong and affect the whole system. Any heating issues definitely call for a tune up.

Do you need to get your boiler checked in the London area? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and get started today!

How often should I have my heater checked out?

Signs Your Heating Unit Needs a Tune Up

 

London HeatingA heating unit plays a vital part in keeping a home comfortable and running smoothly. Typically, a boiler can last between 15 and 20 years, as long as regular maintenance is performed. There are a few telltale warning signs that your boiler needs to be looked at by a professional HVAC company.

One of the biggest signs that a heating unit is not functioning properly is if there is a variance in the temperature between different rooms in the home. If one room is chilly and another room is uncomfortably warm, this may mean that the boiler is not performing efficiently. A skilled heating engineer will be able to diagnose the problem and present solutions to get your heating unit working correctly again.

No boiler is whisper-quiet, however if a heating unit is making loud clanging noises or a high-pitched squeal this signals that a belt may be loose and in need of replacement, or that the unit is working too hard to heat the home. A heating company can assess the issue and replace or repair any parts that are causing the unit to make these noises.

Routine maintenance should be performed on a heating unit a few times a year. This typically involves a heating company cleaning the unit and replacing the filter. If you find yourself having to hire someone to replace or repair parts on the unit frequently, it may be time to install a new unit. A licensed heating engineer can assist you in weighing the cost-effectiveness of continuing to repair the unit versus replacing the unit altogether.

A properly functioning boiler is essential to keeping a home safe and comfortable. Keeping an eye out for these warning signs will not only prolong the life of a boiler but also help save money on energy bills.

Are you looking for a heating engineer in the London area? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and get started today!

How often does a boiler need maintenance?

Signs Your boiler Needs To Be Repaired

 

London Boiler RepairOur boilers are not often thought of until we need them. And then after that they do not even get a second thought unless they are not working properly. Commonly boilers like so many other things do not just stop working, often there are signs that give a warning. Some of the warning signs are mentioned below.

One of the most reliable signs that something is wrong with the boiler is the utility bill. A sharp increase in this bill can mean that the boiler is not working properly. Another sign that your boiler needs to be repaired is if it continually turns on and off more than it has in the past.

Another sign that your boiler needs to be repaired is if the pilot light is burning a different color instead of blue. A blue flame shows that the gas and air mixture is set the way that it should be, any other color flame and the mixture is not right.

Usually when a boiler turns on there is some types of noise, but if the noises seem to be louder or last longer there is probably something wrong. Anytime your boiler is making sounds that it normally has not made in the past it is a sign your boiler needs to be repaired.

If the home is always cold yet the boiler always seems to be running there is probably something wrong. Winters can be tough and the temperatures have been record breaking lows lately. However an individual who has been around their boiler for awhile can tell if the constant running is due to a cold temperature or if there might be something else wrong.
Working on a boiler is job for a trained professional, there are too many things that can go wrong, and the results of these things can be terrible. Having someone who is knowledgeable about boilers is the only real safe way to go.

Is the boiler in your London home in need of maintenance? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and schedule a service call today!

How can I keep my home warm during the winter?

Tips on keeping your home warm during the winter

 

London HeatingIt’s wintertime again. The weather is getting colder and colder. So, how do you stay warm in your own home? Here are some tips that will help keep the cold away and save on your heating bill:

To start with, make sure that all the windows in your home are properly shut. If there are any leaks in the window caulk make sure to reseal them or at least place a cloth in front of them to prevent cold air entering the room. If the temperature is warm during the day, open the windows.

Use clear plastic sheets or shower curtains to cover the windows in your home that receive light. This prevents cold air from entering while the keeping the warmth captured from the sun light inside. You may also use curtains. Heavy curtains help prevent cold air drafts from coming in a room. Remember when the sun is shining open them to let the warmth come in.

Be sure that your doors are sealed. You can even purchase a door sweep or weather stripping. Placing a towel around the bottom of a door works very well also. Additionally, close the door to any room you are not using. Closing off rooms acts as another wall between the cold air and your home, reduces heat loss, and stops air circulation.

Adding a carpet or a rug can help warm a room and prevent heat loss. Carpets and rugs are also warmer to walk on than wood, stone and other types of flooring. You can also add insulation to attics and other small spaces where heat can escape.

Cooking is another great way to keep your home warm. Warm steam and hot ovens can help heat the house, save money, and feed your family with a nice home cooked meal. While you are cooking light some candles. Candles produce a great deal of warmth. Add them to as many rooms as you would like to quickly heat up your home.

And, last but not least, bundle up and stay warm! Do you need a heating service in the London area? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and get started today!

What does a programmable thermostat do?

The Advantages of a Digital Setback Thermostat

 

London Boiler ServiceThe digital setback thermostat is a device which is both familiar and impressive at the same time. The main aspect of it which people will recognize is the thermostat portion. At the most basic level, a digital setback thermostat offers the same functionality as a traditional thermostat. However, they offer quite a few advantages over them as well.

The biggest advantage a digital setback thermostat has is the fact that it’s programmable. If one wants to use it in the traditional way, it’s possible. One can simply set the desired temperature and it will modify the temperature of a building accordingly. However, one can also tell the digital setback thermostat to change the temperature automatically during the day.

For example, if you’re at at work there’s typically little need to heat or cool your home. However, nobody wants to spend all day working only to come back home to an uncomfortable environment. Switching the climate control on and off on leaving and arriving back home will save on the electricity bill. It would also ensure that you’d be stuck waiting around for a considerable amount of time while the changes took effect.

A digital setback thermostat takes care of that issue. It can be programming to automatically allow a wider range of temperatures when one’s away, and then switch to a different temperature shortly before one arrives home every day. For the average person this translates into eight or more hours every day where the heat and air conditioning won’t contribute to the power bill.

Obviously, there’s a monetary benefit. The advantage goes beyond the pound signs though, and into the reason that power bills even exist. There’s a finite amount of energy in the world. One person using resources when they don’t need to won’t matter very much. However, an entire planet of people doing that ends up being a major drain on the earth’s natural resources. At the same time, the more people use automated power saving systems the more net benefit the world sees from it. The digital setback thermostat can not only allow one to save money, but allow one to help protect the environment as well.

Are you looking to install a digital programmable thermostat in your London home? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and get started today!

Why is my boiler not heating?

3 Signs Your Boiler Needs a Service

 

London boiler repairJust like we depend on our vehicles for our comfort, convenience and often times an improved way of life, we depend on our boiler for many of the same reasons. Also like your car, the boiler needs regular tune-ups and  maintenance to get the most effective use of it. There are three apparent signs that indicate your boiler needs a tune-up. Seeking the consultation and services of a professional, reputable Gas Safe registered heating company can help insure your boiler is ready and running efficiently exactly when you need it.

Not Heating: If you turn on the unit or adjust the thermostat and no heat comes out, this is a clear sign something is wrong. Simple troubleshooting tasks like checking the filter and ensuring the settings are set to heat are easy to perform. But, when those things are properly set, and the unit refuses to heat, there is a need for a service call.

Making Loud Noises: While the boiler doesn’t normally purr like a kitten, it certainly should not roar like a raging tiger either. When functioning properly, the boiler should be a fairly quite unit. Loud banging, clanging, rumbling or rattling noises when you turn on the boiler are usually indicators that either the boiler ignition is stalled or the fan may need to be adjusted or replaced.

Alarming Carbon Monoxide Detector: Carbon monoxide detectors are crucial when using any gas appliance. Carbon monoxide is not detectable by any of the five senses, and extreme levels can be lethal. If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, there is a great chance that the gas boiler has a carbon monoxide leak. After taking proper safety precautions of leaving the home and calling emergency authorities, a professional boiler technician should be consulted.

It is recommended that your boiler is checked and given a service each year. Giving your boiler the proper maintenance and upkeep will avoid costly complications in the long run. A properly running and regularly tuned boiler can save you time and money on required repairs. This way you get to enjoy years of comfort from your boiler just as you enjoy years of convenience from your car.

Does the boiler in your London home need to be repaired? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and schedule a service call today!

Why is my boiler making noise?

3 Signs Your Boiler Needs a Tune Up

 

London Boiler RepairDuring the cold months an efficient boiler is the difference between comfort and possible life threatening conditions. Knowing when to have your boiler checked is vital to keeping it running efficiently.

First of all, your pilot light should always remain blue. If you check your boiler and notice a yellow flame, do not ignore this important sign. This color flame indicates a problem with the balance of gases being released. This could stay minor or explode. Either way, a check is in order because a yellow pilot light could very well indicate the presence of Carbon Monoxide which is extremely unsafe inside of your home. Moreover, this could lead to breathing issues in the family. If your family is experiencing a higher than normal number of cases of breathing issues and chest issues, it’s important to check the boiler and, if necessary (if a yellow pilot light is present) call a professional to immediately come and fix the problem.

While a boiler is not necessarily quiet, too much noise can be a big problem. A loose belt or a faulty ignition switch needs to be replaced before they completely go out. Sometimes a problem that is left unchecked will cause much more damage than would be, if the issue was resolved early on. Other faulty components could include your thermostat, ductwork, and pilot lights. These components, if not running at peak performance, will lead to long-term problems as well as a sky high electric bill.

Finally, if you’ve had multiple problems in the past year or so, it may be time to tune-up or even replace your boiler. Multiple issues involving different components of a boiler system may indicate an outdated system, or at the very least a broken down system on its last leg. If replacing parts is a normal occurrence, it may be time to have a professional come to your home and do a thorough tune-up and check-up.

Use your common sense. If your bill is incredibly higher than last month, there’s an issue. If you’re hearing unusual sounds or smelling musty or foul odors, there’s a big issue. Keep your unit running efficiently and your family safe by requesting a tune-up every two months, regardless of the perceived condition of your unit.

Is the boiler in your London home in need of repairs? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and schedule a service call today!

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