Do you know what regulations you are required to
follow when you have a new boiler fitted ?
Before you begin to read through the boiler options available to you there are basics that you might as well learn now.
1. All boilers must meet Building Regulation Standards. So, whether you’re replacing an old boiler and staying with the same heating system or you’re changing from a different system, any new boiler installation requires Building Regulations approval, for both safety and energy efficiency.
This certification is generally acquired by using an accredited installer, registered under an approved scheme:
For gas boilers – Gas Safe registration
For oil-fired boilers – OFTEC registration
For solid fuel boilers – HETAS registration
If you remember this simple first requirement, hopefully you will remember to ask for your installer’s proof of accreditation before they start work – your boiler will get its certificate, you have peace of mind that the installer you’ve chosen knows what they’re doing and all’s well with the world!
Of course, if for some completely logical reason you choose to use an installer who isn’t a member of one of the approved schemes (I’m sure there must be reasons), you still have to get your boiler certified as safe and efficient which will cost both time and money.
Before any work begins you should inform your Local Authority of your intention to install a new boiler – and pay a notification fee. After the work is complete, the LA may decide to inspect the work or you can apply for a certificate to be issued after an approved scheme participant has inspected it.
2. A common question that is often asked, but rarely answered clearly is: ‘everyone I’ve had a quote from has told me my boiler has to be on an outside wall. Why can’t I keep it where it is?’
Simply put – legislation regarding boiler safety and efficiency requires all new and replacement boilers to be condensing boilers. Available for domestic installation for the past 20 years or so and far more energy efficient than non-condensing boilers, almost all gas and oil boilers installed since 2005/7 respectively have been condensing.
If you still have an older, non-condensing boiler, the length of the flue pipe needed meant that it could be installed where it was most convenient – which wasn’t always on an outside wall. The technology that drives a condensing boiler means that flues are much shorter, so need to be against an outside wall to expel the gases outside.
So – that’s why! If you insist, or there are no suitable outside walls, non-condensing boilers may still be installed in exceptional circumstances, but these are exceptional.
So – now you can begin to look at the boilers available, understand what each type is and what it does………..and make an informed choice.
Types of Gas Boilers
These are the most popular new boiler choice, forming the majority of installations over the past 5-10 years.
Small, compact and highly efficient, they heat water as and when it is needed. Heating on demand does away with the need for water tanks, storage cylinders, loft space, airing cupboards and – a real bonus in a busy house – the need to constantly plan ahead and/or hope you’re not last in the shower queue.
The only real disadvantages are that if many taps/outlets are in use at once there may be a loss of pressure; and some customers find their airing cupboard too useful to lose.
Heat Only Boilers
Heat only, or open ventilated boilers are the conventional standard type of boiler: connected to 2 tanks in the loft space and a hot water cylinder in an airing cupboard. Water is heated in advance and stored.
If you already/still have this system in place and have no real need or desire to change, this is ideal: multiple outlets can be used at once without loss of water pressure and you retain your airing cupboard.
This is a pressurised, sealed system: a sealed hot water storage cylinder in an airing cupboard. The pressure means you can run more than one outlet at a time and there is no need for an expansion tank in the loft.
It’s like a conventional system in that it stores the hot water, but as many of the components are built in to the boiler it is easier, cleaner and faster to install and more efficient to run.
For larger homes and those with more than one bathroom it is a great middle-ground option: water is still stored but the loft space is free.
A back boiler is fitted behind an open fire, heating stove or electric fire to provide domestic hot water and heating. It consists of a water-filled heat exchanger with a hot water output at the top and a cold water feed at the bottom.
We can provide and fit you a new ideal logic
combi boiler with a full 7 YEARS WARRANTY
The Logic+ is the advanced range of combination boilers from Ideal, featuring a small footprint size and a 7 year parts and labour warranty as standard. Fully modulating down to as low as 4.8 kW’s, the Logic+ provides excellent energy savings, making it the perfect choice for new or replacement installations.
Available in outputs of 24, 30 and 35 kW’s, the Logic+ is designed to ensure a quick and hassle free installation thanks to concealed connections, built-in automatic bypass and an integral filling loop. A translucent condensate siphon also allows any debris to be spotted quickly and efficiently.
Siting the product is quick and simple too thanks to a telescopic flue included as standard, push & clip flue turret connections, and zero compartment ventilation which allows the product to be installed neatly into a standard kitchen cupboard.
A clear and simple 16 character digital display provides simple operation of the heating and hot water functions, while fault codes and a history log provides further reassurance.
Complete with a 7 year parts and labour warranty * and recommended by the Energy Saving trust, the Logic+ delivers total home comfort and customer peace of mind.
When it comes time to have a new boiler fitted (yes it happens to us all), then its nice to know you can deal with time served, trained and qualified professionals and that your house and investment in your house is safe. At Cheap Central Heating – we don’t just provide the most competitive pricing available on the most up to date boilers and central heating systems, we also provide you with a level of expertise over and above what most would expect.
We do this because we take great pride in what we do, and to make sure our standards are kept up to date we constantly attend manufacturers and industry training courses so that we know that the service we deliver matches our prices and products.
Does your central heating need a powerflush.
Should you be suffering from cold-spots in your radiators or appear they aren’t outputting the maximum heat potential, then your heating system could really benefit with a Power Flush. Powerflushing has the following advantages to your central heating system:A less noisy central heating boiler results from the removal associated with limescale from your heat exchanger
A prolonged lasting system. Pumps will last longer and radiators may have an extended life if there is no corrosion present and inhibitors are used
Lower energy bills due to a far more efficient central heating system.We use a Sentinel Jetflush 4 powerflushing machine. The Sentinel Jetflush 4 machine has been designed to power flush central heating systems as a means of efficiently dealing with system deterioration.
We also utilize this machine in all brand new central heating boiler installations. Once successfully flushed, a chemical inhibitor will be added to the system to prevent potential corrosion coming back.To further improve the performance associated with heating systems, we highly recommend the installation of a Magna-Clean unit onto the central heating pipework. This is a new magnetic filter which gathers the metal rust deposits (sludge) in your heating system, leading to potentially significant energy efficiencies and reduced running costs.
For further information, please contact us on: 07725 692699
Powerflush Association Register / Registered Member
We offer a fixed price for all powerflush jobs.
We offer 5 year warranty on all our powerflushes if a Magnaclean Filter is fitted at the same time
It’s a fact that your boiler will eventually break down, you will get years of service from a good boiler – but like any mechanical device it will come to a point where your old boiler needs replacing. You may also find that while your old boiler is still working, it may not be working well or at all efficiently which will cost you money now and in the future. Modern boilers are built to much higher standards of efficency and can show you a massive saving on your fuel consumption, as well as added safety features that have been developed over time.