Your heating system should be left on constant and the room stat turned down to 10 degrease. That way if we have a freak cold patch the house will never get to cold. All radiator valves should be left open. This is because if a TRV (Thermostatic Radiator Valve) is left shut for six months the packing inside the valve might get stuck and when the system is turned back on the radiator will not work. If you have an old boiler (not condensing) it is important to let the boiler circulate at least once a week. This is to let the pump run and make sure it does not seize up. Feel free to get in touch should you require boiler repairs or servicing.
Landlord fined for failing to carry out gas safety checksPublished: 21 October, 2015
A landlord has been fined after a defective gas appliance put tenants at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Ashby Bedeau had a gas hob, cooker and boiler under contract from a gas provider at the property in Rutland Road, Bedford, but had not had the hob gas safety checked in January 2015, as required by law.
In February 2015 his tenants felt unwell and contacted the gas helpline, Luton Magistrates’ Court heard.
The engineer that attended the property found carbon monoxide to be present and stopped the property’s gas supply.
The hob was subsequently found to be defective and classified as immediately dangerous.
Ashby Bedeau, of Bedford, admitted breaching Regulation 36(2)(a) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and was fined £265 with costs of £845.
Installers warned to be wary of ‘copycat’ controlsPublished: 19 October, 2015
Martyn Bridges voices his concerns over the growing presence of problematic non-accredited heating controls within the industry
Installers may be a little confused at the moment with many "copycat" controls being introduced to the market as an alternative to genuine plug-in controllers made by the manufacturers of combi boilers.
As such, there are several considerations for heating engineers to make when deciding whether these controls are worth what is often a lower price tag.
Not only should installers check that these controls fully comply with the requirements of the CE mark and EMC Directive, but it is also vital to read the small print on the boiler warranty.
If a call-out is needed during the warranty period and a third party controller is found to be at fault, then it is important to be aware that the boiler manufacturer will not cover this controller under warranty, after all it isn’t their product.
This then leaves the problem of who is going to repair or replace the controller that is at fault.
In most instances the controls manufacturers do not have a field service department, so they cannot or will not attend a call-out. It is therefore going to be the installer who incurs the extra cost of having to replace the controller because, at best, all they will get from the controls manufacturer is a replacement, which of course the installer will then have to go back and fit.
The most efficient choice
The introduction of the new Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive brings with it energy-labelling requirements for heating and hot water appliances.
By rewarding the most efficient systems with a higher rating, this should come into the thoughts of installers when they come to recommend and install heating controls.
ErP will probably drive people to buying controls made by boiler manufacturers as these are able to fully interact with the boiler’s interface, and not just turn it on or off when requested.
The question must be asked whether unofficial controllers will be rewarded with a 4% uplift in efficiency, in the same way as a recognised control such as the Wave smart thermostat from Worcester is. Does the unit ensure that the boiler condenses as much as possible even without intervention from the end user, or is it simply an on/off control offering a one or, at best, two per cent system efficiency uplift?
In an age of increased risk of data theft, installers would also do well to make sure that any usage patterns collected by a controller are safe within the device.
This adds to a whole host of factors heating engineers should be at least mindful of when they come to make recommendations to their customers.
Martyn Bridges is director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group
Pictured: Worcester, Bosch Group's Wave control
Your heating system should be left on constant and the room stat turned down to 10 degrease. That way if we have a freak cold patch the house will never get to cold. All radiator valves should be left open. This is because if a TRV (Thermostatic Radiator Valve) is left shut for six months the packing inside the valve might get stuck and when the system is turned back on the radiator will not work.
If you have an old boiler (not condensing) it is important to let the boiler circulate at least once a week. This is to let the pump run and make sure it does not seize up. Feel free to get in touch should you require boiler repairs or servicing.
As leading plumbers in London, we know how to disconnect a washing machine quickly and safely without any complications. There are four very important things to remember.
1. If it is a new machine there will be travel bolts in the rear of the appliance. It is very important to remove them all.
2. Disconnect the water supply on old machine there will be a hot and a cold (the water inlet will be slimmer than the waste pipe). On most modern appliances there is only a cold inlet as the washing machines heats up the water its self. To disconnect turn the water off. This is done at the end of the flexi hose.Thumb tap 90 Decrees this will turn the water off. Then you can unscrew the flexi pipe.
3. To disconnect the waste you might need a cap (the waste pipe will be larger in diameter than the water inlet). At the end of the flexi waste pipe can be two different fittings. Either a U-bend if that is the case it can be removed. However it might have a fitting that needs to be un screwed. Once removed go to the plumbing merchants and by a cap to replace the fitting. Otherwise there will be a large hole where smells and wastewater can leak out.
4. Un plug the electrics
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The company behind the iconic range of AGA cookers has posted a 3% drop in revenues, but has insisted that it can return to pre-depression levels of trade.
AGA Rangemaster is hoping that at least 50% of its profit can be gained from overseas markets, compared to the 37% last year, as it believes its products are better suited to the international market.
11,000 cast iron cookers were sold in 2011, which was a drop of 6% on the previous year. Despite the latest decline in sales, AGA Rangemaster believe that it can restore cast iron cooker sales to 2007 levels of 19,600.
Despite the fact that the overall sales volume of cookers was only around 62,000 in 2011, a good level of demand from France has fuelled hopes that AGA services will be able to drive export orders up.
AGA has managed to weather a downturn in sales through implementing a range of cost efficiency measures made between 2008 and 2010. Even though revenue dropped by 3% to £250.9 million, operating profits rose from 16% to £18 million, but there are no details on the profit returned fromAGA Rayburn servicing.
Plumbers in London are reporting a significant rise in metal thefts as the government considers a bill to help tackle the problem.
The legislation, which plans to introduce a compulsory licensing scheme for metal dealers has already suffered a record 11 defeats in the House of Lords already.
Measures to tackle the ever-growing issue have been included in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, which is currently being debated in the House of Commons.
Richard de Bruin has had numerous encounters with metal thieves whilst working as plumbers in London.
“I’ve been a victim of copper theft six times. I have had my van cleared out in three minutes,” he said.
“I used to live in a semi-detached house in Raynes Park and they and they jumped over the fence, into the communal alleyway and stole £400-£500 worth of copper.”
The estimated cost of metal theft to the national economy is currently an estimated £770 million a year and is becoming an increasingly high profile issues, which is clearly affecting plumbers London.
Aubrey Miranda, an engineer in Streatham, says he isn’t surprised the price of copper and other metals is on the rise.
“People underestimate how valuable scrap metal is. A 30m sheet of copper can go for £125.”
Fire safety officers are reminding the public about the dangers of carbon monoxide.
Crews were called out to a house in Douglas, Isle of Man on 17th April where a carbon monoxide detector had been triggered.
The alarm had been set off by blow back caused by an oil fired Aga cooker. The occupant of the property wasn’t harmed, but the incident highlights the importance of having your Aga cooker serviced.
Oil burners, gas applications, cookers and fireplaces should all be checked regularly to ensure they don’t pose a carbon monoxide poisoning risk and Aga specifically recommend that their cookers undergo an Aga service at least once a year.
It is important to remember that if you’re going to have your Aga cooker serviced by Aga service engineers that you should turn it off 24 hours in advance of the service for an engineer to work on it.
Fire safety officers are also urging anyone with carbon burning appliances in their home to ensure that they have an alarm fitted to detect any potential carbon links.