Boiler Care & Replacement
From a boiler service to a full central heating installation, we offer a wide range of systems to suit your properties needs.
We will offer great prices and warranties on leading boiler brands such as Worcester Bosch & Vaillant for gas and Grant UK for oil fired systems, along with new up & coming less expensive alternatives from the Ideal Logic + or Glow Worm Energy ranges. We are Vaillant and Grant UK (G1) accredited installers.
Our customers and reputation are very important to us so we guarantee we will not only work efficiently but will always leave your property clean and tidy after any work has been carried out.
As we are a Gas Safe & LPG registered company you can be sure our work is carried out to the highest standard.
As we are an Oftec (Oil) registered company you can be sure our work is carried out to the highest standard.
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Some useful information...
Reducing the setting of the room thermostat by 1°C can reduce
fuel consumption by up to 10 %.
Around 30 % of the heat loss from a property is through the
roof. Replace any old insulation with new insulation, preferably
of around 200 mm thickness or more.
Single glazed windows, particularly those with steel frames,
can loose a great deal of heat. Consideration should be given to
replacement with PVCu or wooden framed double glazing
Lined curtains, or heavier full length curtains can provide
excellent insulation. However, always ensure that the curtains
do not drape over radiators.
To ensure that draughts around doors, windows, letterboxes
and keyholes etc. are reduced by using a suitable draught
Often radiators are sited underneath a window. The
performance of the radiator will be affected if curtains are
allowed to drape over radiator or shelves are fitted above it.
The temperature obtainable in any given room is dependent on
all radiators being operated at the same time. If you decide to
turn off radiators in unused rooms, spare bedrooms etc., you
may experience slightly lower room temperatures in rooms
adjacent to unheated rooms.
The boiler is designed to provide a level of comfort while
keeping gas consumption and the resulting environmental
effect as low as possible. The gas supply to the burner is
controlled according to the level of demand for heat. The boiler
continues to operate with a low flame if the demand of heat
reduces. The technical term for this is modulating control.
Modulating control reduces temperature fluctuations and
provides even distribution of heat throughout the home. This
means that the boiler may stay on for relatively long periods but
will use less gas than a boiler that continually switches on and
NEW CONTROL SYSTEMS
Upgrade your heating control system if necessary with the
latest equipment available. The minimum level of control is a
programmer, interlocking room thermostat and thermostatic
CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEMS WITH ROOM THERMOSTATS
AND THERMOSTATIC RADIATOR VALVES
The central heating control on the boiler should be set to
maximum rated temperature of the central heating system. The
temperature of each room can be set individually (except room
with the room thermostat) using the thermostatic radiator
valves. If damaged, replace the plastic tops used to adjust the
thermostatic radiator valve. It is also advisable to manually
adjust all thermostatic radiator valves every 2 – 3 weeks to
prevent them sticking.
You might have heard about the latest plans to switch the UK’s gas supply to hydrogen – and that the gas boilers we currently use will eventually be phased out.
But what does that mean for you and your home? And does it mean you’ll have to fork out for a completely new kind of boiler?
In this article, we’ll bring you up to speed with the latest plans. We’ll explain why it’s happening, when the changes are likely to start – and why it’s good news for everyone.
Are gas boilers being banned soon?
Short answer: no, not really.
You might have seen headlines about natural gas boilers being banned from 2025. But that’s just for new-build properties, not for existing homes and boilers.
In fact, a boiler you buy today will probably use natural gas for all its working lifetime.
After that, the two main ways to heat your home will be with a heat pump or with a boiler that runs – at least partly - on hydrogen.
The big switch to hydrogen
The UK government is planning to replace natural gas with hydrogen gas – because it’s much more environmentally friendly.
But this change will happen gradually over years, rather than all at once. And that means it shouldn’t be extra hassle or expense for homeowners. In fact, some of the biggest boiler manufacturers in the UK have promised that hydrogen-ready boilers won’t cost any more than a regular gas-powered boiler 1.
Nobody knows the exact timescales, and a lot of the technical details still need to be ironed out, but the change is likely to happen in three main stages.
The first step in the hydrogen transition will be introducing a 20% hydrogen blend into the UK mains supply. Most boilers will be able to use this hydrogen blend without any problems. In fact, many boilers are already being labelled ‘hydrogen-blend ready’ ahead of this first move towards hydrogen.
In the meantime, boiler manufacturers are working on a new ‘hydrogen-ready’ standard which will mean the UK can switch as easily as possible to 100% hydrogen much further down the line. The important thing to realise is that ‘hydrogen-ready’ boilers are still in development, whereas ‘hydrogen-blend ready’ boilers are widely available.
The government is currently carrying out trials to work through all the cost, feasibility and safety issues – and they’re expected to make firm decisions on what role hydrogen will play in heating the UK’s homes by 2026.
But although the timescales and exact details are still be ironed out, any switch to hydrogen is likely to happen in three main stages.
New boilers will be built to a new ‘hydrogen-ready’ standard, which means they’ll work with natural gas but can also be easily modified to run on 100% hydrogen. According to some industry estimates, these boilers should be available from 2023-2025.
A 20% hydrogen blend will be introduced into the gas supply. Most boilers will be able to use this as normal – including all new British Gas boilers. The rollout of 20% hydrogen isn’t expected to begin until 2028 at the very earliest.
When the gas supply switches to 100% hydrogen, every new boiler sold in the UK will simply be a hydrogen boiler. This is the ultimate goal, but it probably won’t happen until the mid-2040s.
What is a hydrogen boiler?
A hydrogen boiler is very similar to a natural gas boiler, which is why many people think they’re the best way to decarbonise our homes.
Hydrogen does burn differently to natural gas, so there will be some design changes inside the boiler itself. But the basic principles are the same.
So, although it’s a big change in many ways, it shouldn’t cause too much disruption. High fives all round!
How much will hydrogen boilers cost?
Good news. Hydrogen boilers are still at prototype stage, but manufacturers are confident they won’t cost any more than the equivalent natural gas boilers.
And because they work in a very similar way, there shouldn’t be any big extra costs when it comes to things like installation and maintenance.
So why the change?
Natural gas is a fossil fuel that produces CO2 when burned. And that makes heating our homes one of the biggest contributors to climate change in the UK.
Hydrogen is very different though. The only by-product of burning hydrogen gas is water – and there are also ways of making hydrogen gas that are very carbon efficient.
Hydrogen is so promising as a low-carbon fuel that the government sees it as an essential way of reaching our goal of being net zero as a country by 2050.
Hydrogen boilers are becoming increasingly more important.
When will the transition to hydrogen happen?
The simple answer is nobody really knows for sure at the moment.
Our best guess is that the introduction of the 20% hydrogen blend will happen within the next decade, but the switch to 100% hydrogen will take significantly longer.
This relatively slow change means most people will have updated to a hydrogen-ready boiler by the time the switch happens, so adapting to the new type of gas should be relatively painless.
It’s also important to realise that hydrogen boilers are just one part of the government’s plan to decarbonise the heating of our homes.
Heat pumps are also expected to play a key role in keeping us warm and cosy while protecting the planet too.
Why can’t we go 100% hydrogen faster?
There are a few reasons.
Firstly, converting all the boilers in the UK is a big job, even if the changes needed to each boiler are fairly small.
Secondly, hydrogen boilers are still at prototype stage, so manufacturers aren’t ready to roll them out yet.
And finally, there’s the supply issue – the UK doesn’t currently produce enough hydrogen to power everyone’s boilers.
Solving these challenges will take a bit of time, but a lot of progress has been made already. So we’re confident a cleaner, greener, hydrogen-powered future is just round the corner!