Boiler Installation discussed by Total Boiler Services

If your boiler keeps breaking down or isn’t providing you with the heat and hot water you need then you should book for a professional to come out and check it for you. It may need servicing to get it back up and running efficiently, it may need a repair but if it is over 15 years old there is a chance you will need a new Boiler Installation.

It is vital you have any new boiler installed, serviced or repaired by a qualified gas safe registered professional. Total Boiler Services employ engineers and plumbers who have the right qualifications to ensure your boiler is always safe and in good working order. Using an engineer who isn’t qualified will make your boiler system unsafe and if you are a business you are responsible for the safe working order of your boiler system.

A Gas Safe registered Engineer will know about the latest legal requirements and new technology when it comes to boilers for domestic and commercial use. They will have the qualifications and experience to install the right boiler for you and your property and they will ensure it is always in safe and efficient working order. Total Boiler Services offer expert and qualified plumbing services as well so you don’t need to arrange for any other trades to be involved for your boiler installation.

There are many different signs that may mean you have a boiler which needs servicing, a repair, or that you need a new boiler installation. Many of the signs can be identified before it breaks down completely and this will save you a huge amount of downtime and inconvenience whether in your home or your business.

Signs your Boiler Needs Replacing

  • Your boiler breaks down and needs to be repaired frequently
  • It switches off and needs to be restarted regularly
  • The heating is on but your property isn’t feeling as warm as it should do
  • Your water temperature isn’t as hot as it should be
  • Your boiler is making different noises (creaking, humming, buzzing, groaning)
  • Your energy bills are increasing
  • You have some minor leaks in and around your boiler

A regularly serviced and a well-maintained boiler will last anything from 10-15 years and often longer. Commercial cast iron boilers last longer than most conventional boilers, however, they should always be replaced after 20 years.

You should have your boiler serviced annually by a gas safe registered engineer and they will sign it off as safe, or they can deem it unsafe and decommission it.

If your boiler is old and not working as it should be a new boiler installation will save you money in the long run. The boiler you have installed will depend on the size of your property, the mains supply you have and many other factors which is why it’s really important to use a professional boiler company like Total boiler Services to help you with your decision. If your boiler is having to work really hard to keep your property warm and heat your water it potentially doesn’t have a large enough capacity for the size of your property. This means it won’t last as long as it should do and you will often need a replacement earlier than you would expect which is not economical. You should always have the right boiler system fitted for your property and your needs and it should be programmed to ensure it offers you optimum energy efficiency, saving you money on your energy bills in the long run. If the EPC rating of your boiler is F or above then legally it has to be replaced in line with the Government’s Energy Act. This act sets out the following rules and timescales:

  • Landlords of privately rented non-domestic properties cannot grant new tenancies or renew existing ones if their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is below E as of 1st April 2018
  • Property owners cannot let their building to existing tenants nor allow new lets and renewals if they do not meet the minimum EPC of E as of 1st April 2023

Commercial or Industrial Boilers should be installed in larger premises including:

  • Warehouses
  • Factories
  • Leisure Centres
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Halls
  • Sports Halls
  • Retail Outlets
  • Supermarkets
  • Distribution Centres
  • Workshops
  • Larger Properties
  • and many more.

Be aware that if the pipework needed for a boiler is more than 35mm in diameter then you will need a commercial or industrial style boiler and suitably qualified commercial gas engineer for your boiler installation. A domestic boiler has a range up to and including 70kw net. Above 70kw net and the installation and boiler is considered commercial or industrial-sized.

Benefits of a New Boiler Installation

  • Increased property value
  • More comfortable environment
  • Lower energy costs
  • Increased reliability
  • Improved hot water supply offering comfort and hygiene

Every property is unique and has different needs so it’s impossible to estimate how much a new boiler will cost for your property.

Considerations when Deciding on a Boiler

  • The cost of the boiler
  • The cost of installation by an appropriately trained gas engineer
  • Running and maintenance costs
  • The length of the warranty on your boiler

All of these factors will help you decide which boiler is right for you.

Law in the UK states that all gas boilers have to be installed in accordance with the Gas Safe rules and regulations, and by a qualified and gas safe registered engineer.

Boiler InstallationFactors which will Impact the Cost of a Boiler Installation

  • If you are planning to replace an existing boiler with the same type of boiler in the same location in your property. If you are moving your boiler then the costs for installation will be a lot higher
  • You are planning to have a different type of boiler installed
  • If your pipework and radiators need replacing to suit the boiler you are having installed
  • If you have chosen to have a completely different heating system installed to your existing one
  • The specification of the boiler (technology and special features it has)

Total Boiler Services will break down all of these costs and tell you the benefit of each system which is suitable for your property enabling you to make comparisons and decide which one is best for you.

A new boiler can take anything from 2 – 3 days to install in an average domestic property and longer in a commercial or industrial-sized property. A professional boiler company will plan your installation around your property and business to ensure there is a minimal amount of disruption possible for you.

All gas boiler systems have to be serviced annually by law. Regular maintenance of your boiler will almost always extend its life as well as maximising its efficiencies through its lifecycle, reducing your energy costs, minimising breakdowns as well as importantly controlling and measuring its carbon monoxide production which is dangerous if it exceeds the recommended levels. If your boiler has a warranty then you are normally required to have it serviced annually by a qualified gas engineer to ensure its warranty remains valid.

The Gas Safe Register

A qualified and registered Gas Safe engineer is the only person who can legally work on a gas appliance which includes gas boilers. You should have your boiler, appliances and flues serviced annually by a gas safe registered engineer and this will ensure it is safe and working properly and efficiently.

The Gas Safe Register is the official list of people and businesses who are legally permitted to carry out any work when there is gas involved. Every business who employs engineers or engineers themselves who are gas qualified is always issued with a Gas Safe ID card. A Gas Safe ID card details the type of gas work they are permitted to do so always check this before you have any work carried out.

There is a search option on the Gas Safe website which will help you find a registered business, engineer or to check if an engineer is registered and qualified for the work you need carrying out in your area. You can also check if an engineer is registered by typing their unique 7-digit licence number which is detailed on their Gas Safe ID card into the search function on the Gas Safe website.

Gas Safe registration is a legal requirement for anyone carrying out gas work. All engineers have to hold a ‘core’ element to their qualifications and when this has been passed they can then add in any additional qualifications and types of work they carry out to their own gas safe registration. The Gas Safe Register audit work carried out by engineers to ensure it is safe and in line with current regulations.

A non-registered person can carry out ‘wet work’, as an example; install water pipes and radiators for a heating system, however, any work on the gas boiler itself and the final connection of the water pipework to the boiler HAS to be done by a Gas Safe Engineer.

Gas, fuels and combustion products are extremely dangerous if the system is not working as it should be. There is a huge amount of legislation regarding gas appliances, systems, boiler plants and any work undertaken on them. The legislation is extensive so you should always use an expert like Total Boiler Services who are always up to date on legislation and health & safety and are Gas Safe Registered.

If you are a business owner, commercial property owner boiler installation, repairs and servicing fall under your responsibilities. Responsibility for the safety of your boiler should be detailed in your tenancy or leasehold agreement so always check this carefully.

About Total Boiler Services

We are experienced and qualified for your Boiler Installation, Servicing, Repairs and Maintenance and service throughout Wales (including Cardiff, Newport and Swansea), the West of England and the M4 Corridor.

We are Gas Safe Registered and are experts in all makes and models of boilers and can advise you on the best product and model for your property.

We have a team of professional, qualified, polite and proficient staff and we offer a complete service which includes emergency repairs 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our technical support team is always on hand to resolve any questions our team who are out on a job might have and this enables us to fix and repair systems and equipment quickly and safely.

Contact us today on 02922 407934 if you are looking for professional and expert Boiler Installation, Servicing, Repairs and Maintenance.