Spring Tuneup

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Top Tips | 0 comments

As the warmer weather approaches, now is the time to  have a central heating system system maintenance check. Remember those odd noises your heating has produced since the autumn…hissing, gurgling, banging (not to mention the staining on radiators and pipework)? Had problems getting enough hot water? Your  boiler hasn’t been serviced since who knows when? Spending a bit of money on routine maintenance now could save you from frosty showers, icy windows and a depleted bank account next winter. Call us now on 07922145272 or 01263 710647 for details on our Central Heating/Domestic Hot Water Maintenance Check...

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Fit A Thermostat

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Top Tips | 0 comments

There are only three ways to reduce energy consumption in a heating system: 1.  Reduce waste: only heat the parts of the home in use (use CM Zone to split your system into zones) Don’t overheat your home 2. Reduce demand: heat only when people are home, use a programmable room thermostat to vary the heating programme to suit the lifestyle 3. Increase efficiency: convert fuel to heat more efficiently by fitting controls that allow condensing boilers to condense. All of these can be performed on a home with little or no mess, just by fitting or changing controls. There is no need to change your boiler, just improve the way it works. Install controls to reduce carbon emissions and make a large impact on the overall energy performance of your home. Save money on your heating bills too. S. Dendy Plumbing & Heating  installs Honeywell controls. Check out the Honeywell’s CM Range here. Our favourite energy saving gadget is Honeywell’s user friendly wireless programmable roomstat, the CM927 also available in a wired version, the...

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Winter Tips

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Top Tips | 0 comments

For many householders freezing temperatures will cause havoc with their plumbing and heating systems, which may result in burst pipes costing hundreds, even thousands, of pounds worth of damage. More importantly, it will leave some families without heat or hot water at the coldest time of the year.   The Chartered Institute of and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) gives the following advice to help householders avoid a plumbing emergency. 1. Make sure you know the location of, and have labelled, the stop-valve on the incoming water supply main (otherwise known as a stop-cock). 2. Locate, identify and label all other stop-valves, periodically checking that they are working correctly. 3. Make sure you know the location of any drain valves by which you can empty your water and central heating systems once the source of heat has been extinguished. 4. Ensure that all exposed pipes and storage systems are properly insulated, particularly in the roof space or attic. In very cold weather take special care to prevent water pipes becoming frozen. 5. If you have a storage cistern in the roof space it will be sensible to open the hatch to allow some heat from the house to help keep the cistern from freezing. 6. Inspect your cold water storage system (tank) regularly and, if it is metal, make sure it is not corroding. Call in your plumber if there is any sign of a problem. 7. Check the condition of flexible hosepipes to plumbed-in domestic appliances at regular intervals. Dripping taps and ball-valves are a sure sign that your plumbing system requires maintenance. To avoid them becoming major problems call in your plumber without delay. 8. Have central heating boilers and other heating appliances serviced regularly (the CIPHE advises yearly servicing). 9. If you are going away on a winter holiday, leave the thermostat set low to help prevent pipes from freezing. 10. Check your insurance policy to see if you have to comply with any directives. In the event of a winter plumbing emergency, don’t panic: call Simon on...

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Don’t wait. Stay Gas Safe.

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Top Tips | 0 comments

Now is the time to get your boiler serviced. The question is what should you expect a RGI to do as part of an annual service? The first clue is in the manufacturer’s installation manual. If you’ve inherited your boiler or misplaced the booklet, not to worry as a quick search on Google will quickly reveal a replacement for free download…or you could try here.  Cost of the service will vary according to the model of boiler, its age and the manufacturer’s requirement for replacement of parts e.g. burner seal. As an example, a generic service should  include the following: A check to ensure your boiler meets current regulations.  Boiler turned on to check for running faults Boiler casing removed to check all main boiler components are working correctly  Checks to flue terminals to ensure they are unobstructed and sealed properly  Gas valve adjusted to check that burner is combusting efficiently and properly (normally using a flue gas analyser) Cleanliness of system checked You should receive a boiler servicing report on the checks carried out and the findings.  This is normally recorded in the Benchmark Commissioning and Service Log for late model boilers. Sometimes during a service a RGI will discover a problem with your boiler.  All Gas Safe registered engineers must follow the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) when assessing the risks of an unsafe gas appliance. The guidance provides ‘best practice’ advice to Gas Safe registered engineers on how they should deal with various gas safety concerns which may affect your safety. Have a look at Gas Industry Unsafe Situation Procedure guide. Remember: always use a Gas Safe Registered gas engineer.  Check registration here. DIY and gas can have explosive...

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